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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
33°
P
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 33, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Black, 13c Black, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Wove (5TC3, 6TC3), 1853, 5c Black, 13c Black, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Wove (5TC3, 6TC3)1853, 5c Black, 13c Black, Trial Color Plate Proofs on Wove (5TC3, 6TC3). 5c on thick paper, three large margins, ample to touching at B., 13c on slightly thinner paper, three large margins, frameline clear at B., Very Fine, these are considered by specialists to be 1853 proofs prepared at the time of the First Printing, extremely rare, only two sets believed to exist, ex Middendorf, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 2,000-3,000
5,000
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 34, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 19-20, bottom right corner margin pair, original gum, vertical creases (one in left stamp, other in right sheet margin), light staining, scuffed at lower right, mostly in margin but just touching stamp at corner, multiples of the 5c First Printing are extremely rare and none larger than a pair is known, an important Kamehameha Issue rarity, ex Ostheimer, with 1954 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for two unused singles

1,700
1,700
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 35, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 5, original gum, large even margins, deep color and impression, slight thin at T.L. corner, Extremely Fine appearance

850
850
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 36, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 14, original gum, full even margins, faint toning at T., otherwise Extremely Fine

850
850
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 37, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 1, original gum, large margins on three sides, clear at L., tiny toned spot, otherwise Very Fine

850
850
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 38, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 16, original gum, ample to large margins, offset from another sheet on back (also pen notation), Very Fine

850
900
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 39, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 8, original gum, three large margins, clear at T., toning and soiled speck at B.L., otherwise Very Fine

850
750
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 40, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 7 and 20, both with original gum, ample margins to just slightly in, carbon speck on one, Fine

1,700
800
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41°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 41, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 18-19, horizontal pair, two large margins, other sides clear to ample, large segmented 7-bar grid cancel, beautiful deep shade and impression, some paper from the original cover adhering on back, Fine, a pair is the largest-size multiple of the 5c First Printing recorded, only a few exist (one pair on cover is known, see lot ##)

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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42°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 42, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 12, large even margins, red Honolulu and black San Francisco cds cancels, Extremely Fine Gem, the 5c First Printing is very scarce in any condition even approaching this superb quality, ex Wilcox

850
1,400
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43°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 43, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5 var), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5 var)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5 var). Line thru "Honolulu", Pos. 2, large even margins, beautiful bright red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*" cds, small thin spots, Extremely Fine appearance

1,250
850
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44°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 44, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 3, large margins alla round, vivid red "Honololu*U.S. Postage Paid*" cds, slight thinning and scissors cut at B.L., Extremely Fine appearance, scarce cancel on the 5c Kamehameha

850
525
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45°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 45, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 4, ample margins all around, wide-spaced 7-bar grid cancel, Very Fine

850
675
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46°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 46, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 13, ample margins, deep shade, light grid cancel, Very Fine, ex Atherton

850
800
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47°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 47, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 17, mostly large margins, bright red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*" cds, minor toning, still Very Fine, ex Caspary

850
650
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48°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 48, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Line thru "Honolulu", Pos. 2, ample to large margins, face-free San Francisco cds at lower left, small thin at B.R. corner, Very Fine appearance

1,250
800
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49°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 49, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 15, mostly large margins, close at B.L., red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*" cds, slight thinning and irregularity in paper visible only on back, Very Fine appearance, ex Wilcox

850
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50°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 50, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 16, ample margins to clear at upper right, red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*" cds, faint thin and crease, Very Fine appearance, ex Wilcox

850
350
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51°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 51, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 9, ample to large margins, red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*" cds, thin and tear, Very Fine appearance

850
625
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52°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 52, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 10, three large to huge margins, ample to clear at B., San Francisco cds, tiny thin, Very Fine appearance

850
525
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53°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 53, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 5, clear to ample margins, 7-bar grid cancel, Fine, ex Wilcox

850
575
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54°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 54, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 6, three ample to large margins, slightly in at B., red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*" cds, faintly toned, slight thin, Fine appearance

850
375
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55°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 55, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Pos. 11, three full margins, ample to in at lower left, vivid red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*" cds, thins and crease, Fine appearance, scarce cancel on the 5c Kamehameha

850
290
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56°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 56, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Positions 1-4/5-8/9-12, the top three rows of the pane of twenty, block of twelve with sheet margins, full original gum, beautiful fresh color and fine impression, bottom row creased, slight thinning in margins just touches one stamp

THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE AND ONE OF THREE, POSSIBLY FOUR, BLOCKS EXTANT

This and the block of eight in the following lot were cut from the same pane and were seen together in the Ferrars H. Tows collection sold by Carl E. Pelander in October 1948. After the Tows auction, the pieces were sold to Alfred H. Caspary (block of eight) and Admiral Frederic R. Harris. (block of twelve). When the Harris and Caspary collections were sold in 1954 and 1957, respectively, no one seized the opportunity to reunite the two. The larger block from the Harris sale went to Harold Leavitt, a California collector, and the small block from Caspary went to Josiah K. Lilly. After the Lilly collection was sold by our firm in 1967, the two blocks were finally reunited and acquired by Alfred J. Ostheimer III. Seen together again for the first time since the 1948 Tows sale, it is observed that someone, presumably Caspary, trimmed off a small part of the sheet margin of the smaller block.

Ex Tows, Adm. Harris, Leavitt, Ostheimer. Mentioned in Meyer-Harris (p. 131)

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000
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57°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 57, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Positions 13-16/17-20, the bottom two rows of the pane, block of eight with sheet margins, full original gum, as bright and fresh as the previous block, the sheet margin has been trimmed very slightly

THIS BLOCK, TOGETHER WITH THE ADJOINING BLOCK OF TWELVE OFFERED IN THE PREVIOUS LOT, FORM THE ORIGINAL PANE OF TWENTY

The history of this block and its companion from the original pane is given in the previous lot description. In the Caspary sale, this block was described with "faint thinning in 2 small places," but there are no thins in this block, in or out of fluid.

Ex Tows, Caspary, Lilly, Ostheimer. Mentioned in Meyer-Harris (p. 131)

E. 10,000-15,000
27,500
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 58, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 1, original gum, large to huge margins incl. part of upper left corner, Extremely Fine

450
550
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59°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 59, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 2, original gum, large margins incl. part of top sheet margin, Extremely Fine

450
525
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60°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 60, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 19, unused, two huge margins incl. bottom sheet margin, ample on other sides, Extremely Fine

450
425
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61°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 61, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 9, left sheet amrgin, large margins, part o.g,, Extremely Fine

450
550
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62°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 62, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Original gum, large margins, rich color and impression, Extremely Fine

450
550
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63°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 63, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 11, original gum, full to large margins, intense shade, Extremely Fine

450
525
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64°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 64, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 6, original gum, full even margins, Extremely Fine

450
550
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65°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 65, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 17, original gum, large even margins, Extremely Fine

450
550
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66°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 66, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 7, slightly disturbed o.g., large even margins, Extremely Fine

450
375
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67°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 67, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 13, unused, left sheet amrgin, others ample to large, bright and fresh, small thin in selvage only, Extremely Fine

450
550
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68°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 68, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 12, original gum, full margins all around, slight crease, pen mark on back, otherwise Extremely Fine

450
280
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69°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 69, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 3, original gum, large even margins, faint diagonal crease, Extremely Fine appearance

450
190
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 70, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 4, top right corner sheet margin and ample to large margins other sides, original gum,. h.r., Very Fine

450
425
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71°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 71, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 20, original gum, ample margins, Very Fine

450
475
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72°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 72, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 8, original gum, three ample margins, touched at T., Fine

450
525
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73°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 73, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 10, part o.g., clear to ample margins, Fine

450
270
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74°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 74, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Pos. 5, unused, ample margins to just touched, slight crease, otherwise Fine

450
180
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 75, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Four (three unused, one with o.g.), Pos. 14, 15, 16 and 18, small margins and minor faults, goods color and Fine appearance

1,800
900
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76°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 76, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Horizontal pair, full strike of red "U.S./POSTAGE PAID" in oval - used on a limited basis in 1853 and altered by removing "U.S." in 1859 for use on the Numerals - corners clipped slightly, margins otherwise complete, Fine, used pairs of the 13c Kamehameha are extremely rare (no larger used multiple is recorded), ex Tows

1,500
2,500
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77°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 77, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). A magnificent bottom sheet margin copy canceled by Large Grid of Squares (also found on Missionaries), huge margins all around, sound but for a minute scuff entirely in left margin clear of design, Extremely Fine Gem, the 13c Kamehameha is a very rare stamp in used condition - the Scott valuation (less than unused) is incorrect and, in any case, moot for a classic Hawaiian stamp of this extraordinary quality

400
1,350
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78°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 78, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Three large to huge margins showing frameline of adjoining stamp above, touched at bottom, small scissors cut in top margin, vivid red 7-bar grid cancel, matching "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*Feb.10" circular datestamp on folded cover to Curtis J. Lyons at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., black "San Francisco Cal. 16 Mar." circular datestamp, matching "SHIP" and "12" due handstamps, docketing on flap indicates that this originated at Kohala on Jan. 29, 1855; an extremely attractive and rare cover, showing the appropriate single use of a 5c First Printing (U.S. postage at the pre-April 1855 rate was collected from the addressee), ex Spencer, Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts

E. 3,000-4,000
9,000
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79°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 79, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Three large to huge margins showing bit of frameline above, clear at bottom, tied by beautifully clear red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*Oct. 18" circular datestamp on 1856 buff cover addressed "To Office of Commissioner of Pension, Washington D.C. U.S.", carried on the Fanny Major from Honolulu on Oct. 21, 1856, arriving in San Francisco on Nov. 18; the San Francisco post office, recognizing the official status of the addressee, waived postage due and applied its "San Francisco Cal. Free 20 Nov." circular datestamp in perfect alignment with the Hawaiian stamp and marking, light horizontal fold clear of stamp, Very Fine, an extraordinary combination of foreign postage and United States free-franking privilege, ex Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
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80°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 80, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Ample to large margins, bold grid cancel (not tied), red "Honolulu*Hawaiian-Islands*Oct. 13" circular datestamp on buff cover to Westford, Conn., black "San Francisco Cal. 20 No." circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" and "12" due handstamps, with letter enclosure from a whaler, A. H. Storrs, datelined "Lahaina, Maui, H.I. Thursday Sept. 20/55" which mentions "The Reindeer is lying in this port and sails for home in a few days..."; this letter and cover was sent from Lahaina to Honolulu and from there on the Flying Dart, which cleared on Oct. 13 and arrived in San Francisco on Nov. 12; without one backflap, faint age toning at right, still Very Fine, illustrated in Meyer-Harris (p. 38), ex Harris, Krug, Rust, with 1960 Friedl certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
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81°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 81, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Horizontal pair, close margins clearing framelines in places, uncanceled, red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*SEPT 4" circular datestamp, used with horizontal pair of United States 1851 12c Black (17), margins clear to touching framelines, tied by black "San Francisco Cal. [?] Oct." circular datestamp on buff cover to Mrs. Ann B. Archer at Port Gibson, Mississippi, red pencil "32c crossed out, some minor spots of wear at edges

THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING A PAIR OR ANY MULTIPLE OF THE 1853 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA FIRST PRINTING

This cover comes from the Archer correspondence, which includes the unique Missionary/Kamehameha mixed franking offered as lot ## in this sale. The cover does not have a year-date, but was probably carried in 1856 on the Yankee, which cleared Honolulu on September 4 and arrived in San Francisco on September 21. The San Francisco datestamp does not show the day clearly, but it was probably postmarked on or about the first of the month when the next Panama sailing was set to depart. The small red pencil "32c" accurately reflects the necessary postage for a double-rate letter (2 x 5c Hawaiian = 10c, plus 2 x 10c U.S. = 20c, plus the 2c ship captain's fee), but the use of two 12c stamps involved a 2c overpayment.

By September 1856 the Honolulu post office was beginning to run short of 5c stamps, as a consequence of the April 1855 rate change, which increased the Hawaii-U.S. rate from 13c to 17c and created greater demand for 5c-plus-12c frankings. This pair is the only recorded multiple of the 5c First Printing (Scott 5) on cover.

Illustrated and discussed in Meyer-Harris (pp. 36-37). Ex Gibson, Harris, Ostheimer.

E. 15,000-20,000
37,500
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82°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 82, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Top sheet margin copy with clear to large margins on two other sides, slightly in at bottom, beautiful color and impression, tied by vivid red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*May 1" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed in the hand of the Rev. Titus Coan from Hilo to his son, Titus Munson, in New Bedford, Mass., used with United States 1855 10c Green, Ty. III (15) and 1851 12c Black (17), former has ample margins, latter has three margins, in at bottom, each stamp tied by "San Francisco Cal. 21 May" circular datestamp

A REMARKABLE MIXED FRANKING, PRECISELY PREPAYING THE HAWAIIAN 5-CENT RATE, THE UNITED STATES 20-CENT DOUBLE RATE, AND THE 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN'S FEE

There is evidence on this cover indicating that when it left the post office at Hilo, there was additional Hawaiian postage affixed, which was removed at Honolulu, and, in its place, the two United States stamps were affixed. Beneath the 10c and 12c stamps are scuffs in the envelope, of the size and shape that would result if other stamps were peeled off. The scuffs were not there when the address was written (the letter "n" of "Munson" is affected), but were there before the U.S. stamps were affixed and then canceled at the San Francisco post office (the datestamps are impressed over the scuffs). The Honolulu "U.S. Postage Paid" marking confirms that the letter was fully prepaid at Hilo, probably with two 13c Kamehameha stamps, which, together with the 5c Kamehameha, would make up 31c of the necessary 32c postage (the other 1c paid in cash). The use of 10c and 12c values on the same cover is rare - in this case, the precise U.S. postage was 22c (2 x 10c postage plus 2c ship fee).

Ex Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts.

E. 20,000-30,000
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 83, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Large to huge margins, used with United States 1851 1c Blue, Ty. II (7) and 10c Green Ty. III (15), 1c pair with right side torn and patched with another stamp, 10c large margins all around, on a cover front only, red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*May 21" circular datestamp, Hawaiian and U.S. stamps tied by "San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun." circular datestamps, addressed to Curtis J. Lyons at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., despite the defect in the 1c pair and the lack of backflaps, the franking and overall appearance of this piece is Very Fine and it is ideally suited for exhibition, ex Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts

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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 84, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Two large margins, touched or slightly in other sides, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), ample amrgins to slightly cut in, red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Jul. 5" circular datestamp, both stamps tied by "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 3" circular datestamp on buff cover to Princeton, Ill., probably carried in 1856 on the Yankee, which cleared Honolulu on July 5 and arrived in S.F. on Aug. 24, stamps have been cleaned to remove toning (still shows on 12c), otherwise Fine, very scarce mixed franking, ex Krug, Rust, signed Ashbrook

E. 2,000-3,000
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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 85, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Full to large margins all around, tied by red 7-bar grid, matching "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Sep. 6" circular datestamp on bright white envelope addressed to Thomas C. P. Hyde in Bolton, Conn., sender's note "Paid.", with black "San Francisco Cal. 30 Sep." circular datestamp and "PAID/8/SHIP" handstamp in three lines (6c plus 2c ship captain's fee), carried in 1854 on the Restless, which cleared Honolulu on Sep. 7 and arrived in S.F. on Sep. 23

THE FINEST OF THE FIVE COVERS KNOWN TO US WITH A SINGLE 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III STAMP USED BY ITSELF PRIOR TO APRIL 1855, PAYING THE SHORT-LIVED RATE FOR WHICH IT WAS CREATED

Our records contain just five examples of the 13c Kamehameha III stamp used by itself - without any secondary franking - on covers dated prior to the United States April 1855 rate change. This rate change effectively increased the Hawaiian rate to the U.S. East Coast from 13c to 17c, thereby destroying the purpose for which this stamp was originally created. During the period from May 1853 until April 1855, the practice of affixing United States stamps to Hawaiian mail became more regular. Only two of the five solitary 13c covers have the stamp tied by any marking, and this is the finest of all five covers.

Though the Scott Catalogue values 13c mixed-franking covers more highly than this single franking, it is well-known among specialists that this usage is far rarer than any other. In fact, the Meyer-Harris book illustrates this cover on page 29 and states (p. 31): "Since the custom of adding United States stamps was begun very soon after the "Boston Engraved" issue came into use, covers with a 13c engraved and without any United States stamps are even rarer than `Missionary' covers."

Ex Adm. Harris, Haas. With 1962 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
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86°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 86, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Full even margins, uncanceled, with red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Jul. 11" circular datestamp on small neatly folded 4-page folded letter from Maria Whitney Pogue at Lahainaluna to Fidelia Fiske in Persia, datelined "Lahainaluna, Maui, Hawaiian Is., June 21st, 1854" and addressed to "Ooroomiah [sic], Persia, Care of Henry Hill Esqr., No. 33 Pemberton Sq., Boston, Mass. U.S.A.", prepaid to Boston, in Honolulu the Hawaiian stamp was left uncanceled, and a pair of United States 1851 3c Rose Red (11), large margins to slightly in, was affixed over it; the letter was carried by the Restless, clearing Honolulu on July 13, 1854, and arriving in San Francisco on August 9; one week later, the pair of U.S. stamps was canceled and tied by the "San Francisco Cal. 16 Aug." circular datestamp in preparation for the mid-month sailing via Panama; 3c 1851 pair lifted and hinged in place

A REMARKABLE MIXED-FRANKING LETTER, MAILED BY MARIA WHITNEY POGUE - THE FIRST MISSIONARY CHILD BORN IN HAWAII - TO HER SCHOOLMATE FROM MOUNT HOLYOKE, FIDELIA FISKE, WHO WAS WORKING AMONG THE NESTORIANS IN PERSIA

A complete background of the Pogue-Fiske correspondence is provided in the description to lot 7, the 13c Missionary cover to Persia. This letter, written in June 1854, adds another chapter to the fascinating story.

The rates that applied to the earlier Missionary cover were still in effect at the time this June 1854 letter was mailed - 5c Hawaiian, 6c U.S. postage and 2c ship captain's fee. However, by this time the Missionaries had been superseded by the Kamehameha III issue (though the two were issues were used concurrently), and the practice of affixing United States stamps on letters at the Honolulu post office had become more regular. Paste-overs, as they are termed, were one means of showing full prepayment of the U.S. rate. Perhaps a half-dozen covers are known franked in this manner.

An interesting feature of this letter is the manuscript note at the top of the address panel: "overland Contple 12 Octe 54", which, based on the route to Oroomiah described in Fidelia Fiske's biography, indicates "Overland via Constantinople (Turkey)." Where and by whom this route marking was applied is not known, but the letter was probably carried from Boston to Smyrna, then by water to Constantinople. Whether the land-journey commenced at Constantinople or, as described in Fiske's biography, from Trebizond in northeast Turkey, is uncertain.

The letter itself discusses missionary life and problems of health. Mrs. Pogue writes with remarkable candor, "The increase of foreigners increases fearfully the amount of sin committed & we are appalled to think & see what is going on around us - The ravages of small-pox last year - you probably have heard of it - will nigh sweep off the nation - nothing but the most strenuous efforts & the most strick tabus kept the disease out from any part of the Is. It is remarkable that the disease was introduced first probably by a sailor's intercourse with a prostitute at Honolulu & that that class of persons were the greatest sufferers. Wherever persons of bad character were found there we were sure to hear of the disease & most of the abandoned were carried off by it." Fidelia Fiske received this letter and, according to docketing in her hand, answered it on April 29, 1855.

From the group discovered in May 1938 in a sea chest in the basement of a library in Shelburne, Massachusetts (see also lots ## and ##). Sold through Spencer Anderson. Ex Haas

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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 87, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5). Each with ample margins to slightly in, 13c upper left corner clipped with piece added (this could be vastly improved), tied together by red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*May 24" circular datestamp on cover from Rev. Titus Coan at Hilo to his children, Titus Munson and Hattie, at Bridgeport, Conn., used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large margins to slightly in, toned, probably affixed in Honolulu and canceled by "San Francisco Cal. 27 Jun." circular datestamp, carried in 1856 on the Fanny Major, which cleared Honolulu on May 24 and arrived in San Francisco on June 16, the envelope is in fresh and clean condition

ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS MIXED FRANKING AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE ALL OF THE STAMPS VISIBLE

In the period following the April 1855 rate change, which increased the Hawaii-U.S. rate from 13c to 17c, letters are found franked with 5c and 13c Kamehameha III stamps used together to prepay the new rate. It is believed that all of the surviving covers (six confirmed) with these 5c-plus-13c mixed frankings originated in Hilo; however, one cannot conclude that they were limited to Hilo, because there is the strong possibility that other outlying post offices forwarded letters to Honolulu with similar frankings, but the covers have not survived.

It is not known whether the Hawaiian stamps overpaid the rate by 1c or the 13c stamps were sold for 12c each. The latter seems more likely, given the financial prudence of the missionaries and the existence of official correspondence indicating that 13c stamps were sold for lower rates at times during this period. When the letters were received in Honolulu, they were usually franked with United States stamps. For collectors the more desirable arrangement of stamps is displayed on this cover, rather than the paste-overs.

Ex Rust

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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 88, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5). Each with ample margins to slightly in, creasing not readily apparent, tied by faint red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid" large circular datestamp on cover to Cannicello, Virginia, red "San Francisco Cal. 12 Paid Oct. 5, 1857" circular datestamp, probably carried on the Fanny Major, which cleared Honolulu on Aug. 31 and arrived in San Francisco on Sep. 24, sealed tear in flap just extends onto face of cover at top

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING, COMBINING BOTH KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUES AFTER THE APRIL 1855 RATE CHANGE RENDERED OBSOLETE THE 13-CENT'S ORIGINAL PURPOSE

Following the United States rate change, effective April 1, 1855, the 13c Kamehameha III stamp could no longer prepay the full rate from Hawaii to the U.S. East Coast, which increased from 13c to 17c. In consequence the patrons of Hawaii's postal system began using 5c stamps plus 12c U.S. stamps, or 13c stamps plus 4c cash, or, in this case, 5c and 13c stamps together. Whether the last franking method involved overpayment, or the 13c stamps were sold for 12c each, has never been clearly established, though written official communications indicate that at times the 13c stamps were sold for reduced rates. Surviving covers with such combinations - at least six of which are recorded - all originate at Hilo, but other outlying offices might also have forwarded letters to Honolulu with similar frankings.

During the period dating from April 1855 it was already a regular practice to affix U.S. postage stamps to outbound letters on which the U.S. rate had been prepaid. This is a remarkable example of a fully-prepaid letter, on which no U.S. stamps were affixed. The red San Francisco datestamp with "Paid 12" confirms that the letter never carried U.S. stamps.

Ex Knapp, Tows, Krug, Rust, with 1959 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 89, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Large margins at sides, clear at ample at top and bottom, bright fresh color, slight wrinkling before use, tied by vivid red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Dec. 28" circular datestamp on bluish-gray folded letter datelined "Hilo, December 13, 1855" from B. Pitman, Postmaster of Hilo, and addressed to W. R. Post at Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York; forwarded from Hilo to Honolulu where the 13c stamp was canceled and a United States 1851 12c Black (17), ample margins to just touched, was affixed, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 21 Jan." circular datestamp; forwarded to Southampton N.Y. with bold "Sag Harbor N.Y. Feb. 18" circular datestamp and additional rate "Forwarded 3" in manuscript; small spots of wear at folds, otherwise in excellent condition

ONE OF THREE KNOWN COVERS FROM HILO TO THIS ADDRESSEE, MAILED IN SEQUENCE WITH MIXED FRANKINGS, DEMONSTRATING THE IMPROVISED USE OF THE KAMEHAMEHA ISSUE AFTER THE APRIL 1855 RATE CHANGE

Based on the content of these letters, we know that the Hilo postmaster, B. Pitman, mailed three sequential letters to the same addressee, each containing installment bills of exchange for proceeds from the ship Ontario. This December 13, 1855, folded letter, the subsequent December 23 folded letter (the following lot), and an earlier December 7 letter (ex Rust and sold in our Sale 681, lot 591) comprise the three letters. In addition, Pitman also wrote from Hilo to Mrs. Sally Pitman in Boston on May 13, 1856.

The three December letters were forwarded from Hilo to Honolulu over a two-week period, but they remained at the Honolulu office until the Yankee was cleared for departure on January 3, 1856, arriving in San Francisco on January 17. On this and the earlier letter, each of the 13c Kamehameha III stamps was used (presumably with cash) to prepay the 17c rate. On the final letter (the following lot), the postmaster had a 5c Kamehameha III stamp and used the two together. We can be certain that the U.S. 12c stamps were affixed in Honolulu, because the last cover is a paste-over usage, and the red Honolulu datestamp just ties the 12c together with the Hawaiian stamps. Evidently the addressee, W. R. Post, had moved from Sag Harbor to Southampton, and the three letters were forwarded on the same day, February 18, postage due 3c each.

The correspondence was preserved and sold intact to one of the earliest American cover collectors, John F. Seybold. After the Seybold colection was dispersed, the covers went separate ways into the collections of Knapp (Dec. 13), West (Dec. 23) and Tows (Dec. 7). Two of the three have been reunited in the Advertiser collection.

Ex Seybold, Knapp, Middendorf.

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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 90, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5). Each with full to large margins, rich colors, 13c long vertical scissors cut at left (pre-use), used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), average, creases, all stamps tied by red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Dec. 28" circular datestamp on bluish-gray folded letter datelined "Hilo, December 23d 1855" from Hilo postmaster, B. Pitman, to W. R. Post at Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York, carried by the Yankee on January 3, 1856, arriving in San Francisco on January 17; the 12c stamp, affixed over the 5c at Honolulu, was canceled by the "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 21" circular datestamp, which also ties both Hawaiian stamps; redirected to Southampton N.Y. with bold "Sag Harbor N.Y. Feb. 18" circular datestamp and "Forwarded 3" postage due rate in manuscript; some wear, tears and minute paper loss around edges and folds have been discreetly sealed and strengthened with archival tape, but the cover has in no way been repaired or retsored; the 12c stamp has been lifted and hinged in place below the Hawaiian stamps to show the complete "picture" of this remarkable usage

THE THIRD AND LAST OF THE POSTMAASTER PITMAN COVERS TO SAG HARBOR, BEARING BOTH KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUES IN A MIXED FRANKING WITH THE UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE

The background of this correspondence and the rates involved are given in the description for the previous lot. Of the three Pitman covers sent from Hilo in December 1855, only this cover has both the 5c and 13c Kamehameha III issues, which were affixed when the cover was forwarded from the Hilo post office to Honolulu. A later cover from Pitman to Mrs. Sally Pitman (May 1856) also has the 5c-plus-13c mixed franking with a 12c 1851 applied in Honolulu.

The fact that the 12c stamp on this cover is tied by the red Honolulu datestamp confirms beyond question that the U.S. stamp was affixed in Hawaii, not in San Francisco. It is known that the Hawaiian post offices were supplied with United States stamps.

The trio of Pitman covers was sold intact to John F. Seybold, one of the earliest American collectors of covers. When the Seybold collection was dispersed, the three covers went into the Knapp, Tows and West collections. This cover was William West's, and, after his collection was sold at auction, it went to Admiral Harris and eventually to Philip G. Rust.

Illustrated and discussed in Meyer-Harris (pp. 40-41). Ex Seybold, West, Harris, Rust.

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c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 91, 1853 Kamehameha III Issue (Scott 5-6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Two huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp above, clear at bottom and left, faint vertical crease before use, tied by pencil squiggle on small neatly folded letter datelined "Port of `Hilo' island of `Hawaii', March 26th 1856" from a whaler, George L. Luce, reporting to his employers, the firm of J. H. Brower & Co. on South Street in New York City; fully prepaid from Hilo (13c stamp plus 4c in cash) and forwarded to Honolulu, postmarked there with red "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Apr. 5" circular datestamp, United States 1851 12c Black (17), margins to just slightly in, affixed at Honolulu and tied by "San Francisco Cal. May 5" circular datestamp; carried by the Long Island, which cleared Honolulu on Apr. 8 and arrived in San Francisco on May 5

A VERY CHOICE AND BEAUTIFUL SIDE-BY-SIDE MIXED FRANKING FROM HILO DURING THE PERIOD IN WHICH IMPROVISED USE OF THE 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA STAMP TOOK MANY VARIED FORMS

Among the methods of prepayment available to patrons after the April 1855 rate change was the use of a single 13c Kamehameha III stamp plus 4c in cash. This variation and others seem to have originated from the Hilo post office, judging from the surviving covers, but it is also possible that other outlying post offices forwarded mail to Honolulu with similar frankings, examples of which have not survived. In any case, presuming that the U.S. stamp was not affixed until the letter was processed at Honolulu, the Hilo office must have had a way of indicating to the Honolulu office that letters such as this had been fully prepaid, despite the presence of only a 13c stamp. Perhaps the mail was bundled and tagged according to prepayment.

A pencil note on the letter inside states: "This wonderful cover was purchased from old John W. Scott at John St. N.Y." Illustrated and discussed in Meyer-Harris (pp. 33-34). Ex Emerson, Harris, Burrus, Ostheimer.

E. 10,000-15,000
30,000
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