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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
377°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 377, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue, Tete Beche (22a), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, Tete Beche (22a)1865, 5c Blue on Blue, Tete Beche (22a). Plate 12-A, the Post Office sheet of 25 containing two complete panes and a tete-beche row (Ty. VI/IV/II/III/I), full original gum, margins all around, fresh and superb but for a few bleach-stained specks

THE CELEBRATED AND UNIQUE "POST OFFICE" SHEET - THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF ANY NUMERAL AND THE MOST SPECTACULAR TETE-BECHE PIECE EXTANT

In this famous sheet of 25 stamps, we have empirical evidence that the post office sometimes divided the full sheets of 50 stamps into even half-sheets of 25 for distribution. From this multiple we may observe the print-and-turn method of printing, in which the pane of ten subjects was impressed three times, then the paper was turned 180°, and the final two impressions were made. Here we have two upright panes and a tete-beche row from the adjoining pane (see Figure #).

Ex Ferrary, Adm. Harris, Ostheimer. The Scott value for five tete-beche pairs, two blocks and seven singles is $41,300.00

E. 50,000-75,000
105,000
378°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 378, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (22a), 1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (22a)1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (22a). Plate 12-A, Ty. VI/IV/II/III/I, the right column in a tete-beche pane of ten, full original gum, fresh, the two impressions in distinctly different shades, margins all around, crease between two rows, tiny thin speck in center straddle-pane margin, a few bleach-stained spots

ONE OF TWO RECORDED TETE-BECHE PANES OF TEN

Apart from the Post Office sheet offered in the previous lot, we record two tete-beche panes of ten (the other from the Tows sale, lot. 633), a tete-beche block of six (ex Caspary), and the tete-beche block of four in the following lot.

Ex Ishikawa. The block is unlisted in Scott. Value for five tete-beche pairs

35,000
30,000
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379°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 379, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (22a), 1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (22a)1865, 5c Blue, Tete Beche (22a). Plate 12-A, Ty. IV-III/II-II, Pos. 4-8/6-6, tete-beche block of four, original gum, large even margins, distinctly different shades between two columns, couple toned specks

AN EXTREMELY FINE BLOCK AND ONE OF FIVE OR SIX LARGE MULTIPLES OF THE 5-CENT "INTER ISLAND" TETE-BECHE VARIETY

Ex Middendorf. The block is unlisted in Scott. Value for two pairs

14,000
8,500
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380°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 380, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. VIII-III/V-I, Pos. 7-8/9-10 - three adjoining impressions forming a horizontal block of twelve, full original gum, large margins, fresh, short scissors cut between two, couple vertical creases (one between columns)

AN EXTREMELY FINE BLOCK AND THE ONLY CROSS-SHEET BLOCK KNOWN

Just as the "Post Office" sheet proves that the full sheets were divided in half, including a tete-beche row, this block, which spans across three panes, is evidence that the post office varied its procedure. In this case, the full sheet was divided into smaller units of 30 and 20 stamps, without a tete-beche row (see Figure #).

Ex Burrus, Ostheimer. Scott retail for three blocks

5,250
10,000
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381°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 381, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. I-X, Pos. 1-10, complete pane of ten, original gum, large margins to touched at bottom frameline, vertical row creased, otherwise Very Fine, with 1974 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as two blocks and pair

4,300
4,250
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382°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 382, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. I-X, straddle pane of ten, Pos. 2/4/6/8/10 at left, 1/3/5/7/9 at right, different shades, original gum, large margins to just touched at top left, horizontal crease thru two, small bleach-stained spot on one, light soiling on another

A VERY RARE STRADDLE-PANE MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT "INTER ISLAND" NUMERAL

Ex Ferrary, Adm. Harris, Lee, Van Dyke. Scott Retail for two normal blocks and pair is $4,300.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,750
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383°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 383, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. VI-IX, Pos 2-1, straddle-pane pair with slightly overlapping impressions, comparable to Scott 16f, large part original gum, tiny thin speck at left stamp, still Extremely Fine and outstanding, ex Tows, Adm. Harris, Ostheimer, unlisted in Scott, value for a normal pair

800
1,350
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384°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 384, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. VIII, Pos. 7, dropped "t" of "Cents" (the only position to show this variety), unused, large margins, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine

400
650
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385°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 385, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. III, Pos. 8, large part original gum, large margins, Extremely Fine Gem

400
475
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386°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 386, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. IX, Pos. 1, large margins, perfectly clear Negative "HI" in Oval cancel, few tiny bleach spots, still Extremely Fine, a very scarce stamp used and extremely rare with this fancy cancellation

500
1,600
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387°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 387, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. VIII, Pos. 7, large to huge margins, beautiful deep shade and impression, bold pitch-black "Lahaina Hawaiian-Islands Sep. 8" cds, Extremely Fine Gem, rare in such choice used condition, ex Ishikawa, with 1971 A.P.S. certificate

500
2,100
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388°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 388, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue, Grayish White (22b), 1865, 5c Blue, Grayish White (22b)1865, 5c Blue, Grayish White (22b). Plate 12-Ax, Ty. IX, Pos. 1, unused, close but clear margins, faint toned spot shows on back only, Fine, extremely rare printing on paper that is identical to the subsequent issue (Scott 25-26), ex Power, with copy of note from J. F. Westerberg

E. 2,000-2,500
2,000
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389°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 389, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. VI, Pos. 2, close margins touching frameline and just into corner at top right, large target ties Numeral and United States 1863 5c Brown (76), well-centered, on 1866 cover to San Francisco, from the Chase correspondence, bold red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Mar. 22" large circular datestamp, "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 13" double-circle datestamp, carried on the D. C. Murray (cleared Mar. 22, arrived Apr. 13), the cover has been lightly cleaned and reinforced at edges where a bit worn, still Very Fine, the 5c "Interisland" Numeral is extremely rare on cover, ex Seybold, Adm. Harris

E. 3,000-4,000
8,500
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390°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 390, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. X, Pos. 5, close margins touching frameline in places, tied by bold large target, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Apr. 4" large circular datestamp on cover to San Francisco, from the George S. Chase correspondence; used with United States 1863 5c Brown (76), uncanceled, which is unusual, but evidently the entire cover was delivered in San Francisco without receiving any arrival markings; this was probably carried from Honolulu to S.F. on the Ajax (cleared Apr. 4, arrived Apr. 15, 1866); skilfully restored opening faults in flap and along top, not affecting stamps, Very Fine appearance, ex Adm. Harris

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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391°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 391, 1859-65 Numeral Issue (Scott 22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (22). Plate 12-A, Ty. VIII, Pos. 7, dropped "t" of "Cents" (th only position to show this variety), large margins, tied by large target, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 19" large circular datestamp, used with United States 1861-61 1c Blue, 5c Brown (63, 76), 1c strip of three, 5c defective, on 1866 double-rate cover to Richmond, Ind., "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 11" double-circle datestamp, carried on the Cambridge (cleared May 19, arrived Jun. 10); someone, a philatelic vandal no doubt, tore off the second 5c Numeral, which made the correct double rate - nonetheless an attractive and rare 5c "Interisland" cover. With 1978 H.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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