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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1210
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1210, 1851-56 and 1857-60 Issues Covers1c Blue, Ty. II (7), 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Two horizontal strips of three, left strip Positions 83-85R1E, right strip Positions 86-88R1E, large margins, each with one margin clear to slightly in, right strip small scissors-cut between right stamps, cancelled by penstrokes, blue "New Bedford Ms. Aug 23" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Honolulu, Hawaii, addressed to "Capt. Joseph Diaz, Ship 'Pocahontas', care of Messrs. Makee Anthon & Co. Honolulu, Sandwich Islands", sender's directive instructions "Via California"

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF SIX ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMPS ON A COVER TO HAWAII. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE FRANKING, AND QUITE LIKELY THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF A UNITED STATES ADHESIVE STAMP TO OR FROM HAWAII.

The ship Pocahontas, a whaling vessel built at Wareham, Massachusetts, in 1821, was lost in 1857. There are several pieces of information we can use to narrow down the year of use of this cover. The United States stamps on this cover paid the 6c rate for distances over 3,000 miles. The rate was in effect from July 1851 thru April 1855. Hawaiian postage would have been paid in cash. Makee Anthon & Co. was a prominent forwarder who would hold mail for arriving ships, but the business was dissolved in 1852. That would narrow the period of use to 1851 or 1852. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is in possession of Captain Diaz's log books, from a voyage to the North Pacific from 1850-1853. According to the Dennis Woods abstracts, an exhaustive collection of voyage abstracts of Yankee whalers compiled from the newspaper The Whalemen’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript (1843-1917), the Pocahontas was at Honolulu October 1851, which is positive proof that this August cover was mailed in 1851, within the first two months of the 1851 Issue's release.

Ex Haas and "Tito". With 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
15,500
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