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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — 1864-91 Royal Portraits Issues (On Cover, Mixed Franking with U.S. Stamps)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3250°
c
1864, 2c Rose Vermilion (31). Horizontal strip of three, canceled by three-ring targets struck three times on small cover to Miss Lucy Tillman in San Francisco, and additionally franked with United States 1861 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65) tied by targets of San Francisco, paying the port-of-entry rate plus 2c ship fee, bold red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 23" cds, partial "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 6" double-circle with slug instead of year date. A penciled "1864" on back is incorrect as No. 31 was not available in Honolulu before June 18, 1864; ca. 1865-1866 is more likely, based on the San Francisco cds and target. Like the Tillman cover in the next lot, this shows a 1c overpayment of the 5c Hawaiian postage; strip with perf faults from placement at top including small piece out of right stamp, cover with very minor toning, still Fine and attractive, a rare mixed franking, particularly with the 1c 1861, ex Knapp, Tows, Juhring

E. 4,000-5,000
7,000
3251°
c
1864, 2c Rose Vermilion (31). Pair and single, tied by three-ring target on small cover to San Francisco ca. 1865-66, with United States 1863 5c Brown (76) tied by red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 11" cds and target of San Francisco, double-circle of latter struck at top dated Jun. 6 with slug instead of year date; stamps folded over at top edge, cover slightly reduced at left, just into rim of Honolulu cds, otherwise Fine. Like the previous Tillman cover, there was a willingness on the part of the sender to overpay; this shows a 1c overpayment of the 5c Hawaiian postage, and 1c over the port-of-entry rate plus the 2c ship fee, ex Tows, Juhring

E. 2,000-2,500
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3252°
c
1864-66, 2c Rose Vermilion, 5c Blue (31, 32). Used on United States 1864 3c Pink on Buff (U59), rebacked front of entire, to Petaluma, California, canceled with ms. pen strokes and tied by bold three-ring target with the 2c apparently intended for payment of the 2c ship fee, but not recognized, as there is the addition of a United States 1863 2c Black (73), probably applied at San Francisco and tied by that city's double-circle datestamp and target duplex, bold red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jan. 22" cds, pencil "1867", front with edge flaws, still Fine, a very rare use of the 2c Black Jack

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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3253°
c
1864, 2c Rose Vermilion, Diagonal Half Used as 1c (31b). Top right half tied by negative "HI", with 1866 5c Blue (32), canceled by a matching strike, on 1871 cover to Guernsey, Channel Islands, additionally franked with United States 1870 6c Carmine (148) to pay the treaty rate from the U.S. and tied by bold crossroads cancel of San Francisco, red "G.P.O. Honolulu Paid All Mar. 2" double-circle and magenta "San Francisco Cal. Paid Mar. 13" cds, London and Gurnsey backstamps; cover with some foxing, internal mends at edges accomplished with pieces of selvage

AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE MIXED FRANKING FOR THE TWO TREATY RATES IN EFFECT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, HAWAII AND GREAT BRITAIN

The July 1, 1870 treaty rate required a 6c stamp, which was not issued in Honolulu until February 14, 1871. For nearly eight months this circumstance resulted in frequent use of the 2c Kamehameha IV in strips of three, but when this practice threatened to deplete the supply of 2c stamps, letter writers resorted to the use of 2c halves with the 5c value - the only period when bisects of Hawaiian stamps were regularly permitted (other than as favors). The new 6c stamps had only been available for 16 days when this cover was mailed - the latest recorded use of this very rare franking

E. 5,000-7,500
11,000
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3254°
c
1864-71, 2c Rose Vermilion, 5c Blue, 6c Green (31-33). Tied together by three-ring targets on double-rate cover (with 1c overpayment of Hawaiian postage) to East Hatley, Canada, with United States 1870 6c Dull Rose (148, two), red "G.P.O. Honolulu Paid All Sep. 21" double-circle ds and "San Francisco Cal. Paid All Oct. 17" cds, middle 6c stamp canceled by novel blue crayon squiggle, reverse with Montreal and Hatley datestamps; cover bit reduced at left, tiny worm hole in stamp at right, still Fine, a very scarce and probably unique mixed-franking usage, with Ashbrook's notes on back

E. 2,500-3,500
4,000
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3255°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Tied by three-ring target with United States 1863 5c Brown (76) canceled by cogwheel cancel, on striking blue envelope to Richmond, Ind., red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 6" cds, "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 25" double-circle ds and cog duplex, original 1866 enclosure, reduced bit irregularly at right, just clear of address, Fine and very attractive

E. 2,000-2,500
2,100
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3256°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Horizontal pair, each with matching pen cancel, on cover to San Francisco with United States 1861 3c Rose (65) horizontal pair with s.e. and tied by targets, matching "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 16" double-circle, portion of "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Aug. 27" cds, cover with some wrinkling and reduced at left into Honolulu cds, otherwise Fine, unusual mixed franking from the Tillman correspondence showing payment of 10c for one ounce (Hawaiian) with the 6c in U.S. stamps representing two times the port of entry postage plus 2c ship fee

E. 1,500-2,000
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3257°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Two, each with matching bold pen stroke, on double-rate cover to Derry, N.H., with United States 1861 3c Rose (65) and 1863 5c Brown (76), each canceled by rim of target, bold red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Dec. 10" cds and "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 10" double-circle ds, endorsed, "By Steamer from S.F.", 1867 docketing along left edge, left No. 32 torn, Fine appearance, very scarce

E. 1,500-2,000
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3258°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Canceled by faint cancel (possibly negative "H") and tied by quartered cork cancel of San Francisco with United States 1861 10c Green (68) on ca. 1869 orange cover to Galena, Ill., black "Honolulu Hawaiian Islands Apr. 21" cds, May 6 S.F. datestamp; although this was franked for Hawaiian Steam Service, this went by non-contract ship and was overpaid; cover with opening tear at top left, 10c with small piece out at top, Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
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3259°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Tied by negative "HI" in circle on ca. 1869 orange cover to Salem, Oregon, with United States 1868 5c Brown, F. Grill (95, two) for Hawaiian Steam Service rate, clear black "Honolulu Hawaiian Islands Jun. 22" and "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 5" cds, U.S. stamps with second light strike of latter and canceled by matching cork cancels, slightly reduced at right, barely into perfs of right stamp, Fine and rare combination with the U.S. 1868 Grilled Issue, ex Tows

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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3260°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Tied by seldom-seen fancy cork cancel (similar to Meyer-Harris No. 42) on ca. 1869 cover to Elisha Allen in Bangor, Maine, with United States 1868 10c Green, F. Grill (96) tied by quartered cork. This is correctly franked for Hawaiian Steam Service, and sailing records show that the Idaho cleared Honolulu on Nov. 27, 1869, arriving in S.F on Dec. 9 (mail was postmarked Dec. 10 - Gregory); the absence of both a Honolulu datestamp and an oval Steam Service handstamp raise the possibility that this cover was carried on a non-contract sailing in proximity. A clear "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 10" ties the 10c and there is an additional "Bangor Me. Dec. 20" double-circle and small quartered cork duplex recieving cds; small piece out of back from opening, still fresh and Very Fine, a very attractive and rare usage, ex Krug

E. 1,500-2,000
1,350
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3261°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Horizontal pair, each with negative "HI" cancel on large-size cover to Rouen, France with strip of three of United States 1868 15c Black, F. Grill (98), partly clear "Honolulu Hawaiian Islands Feb. 8" cds and "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 24" cds, imprint at top, "On His Majesty's Service" and additional "Interior Department" with ms. initials, "T.F.", red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Mar. 5" exchange cds, London and Calais postmarks, with latter also tying strip, single Rouen backstamp; cover with some normal light wear, stamps with French dealer notations below them, otherwise clean and Fine. This paid the obsolete French mail of 15c per -1/4 oz., yet it has a credit (in red crayon) of "24/2", indicating it weighed -1/2 oz., or 30c, and was treated as though the rate was in effect. (In January 1870 the available rates were the the 4c open mail via American packet to England; a 12c/20c British mail rate, or 10c via American or French packet, direct). The 10c Hawaiian postage was also an overpayment, though it conforms to the U.S. franking. A very rare and intriguing usage

E. 3,000-4,000
6,500
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3262°
c
1866, 5c Blue (32). Just tied by negative "HI" cancel on cover to London, England, with United States 1861 12c Black (69) and 1869 10c Yellow (116), each tied by circle of wedges cancel, 10c also tied by red London Paid datestamp, scarce blue oval at left, "General Post Office Honolulu, H.I. Dec. 13, 1869" and magenta "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 13 Paid" cds, cover with small sealed eadge tear and light soiling, 5c corner nick and 12c two short perfs

AN ENORMOUSLY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE MIXED-COUNTRY AND MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING

This was franked to pay the 10c Hawaiian Steam Service rate to the U.S., and the 12c rate to Great Britain; however, by the time the cover reached San Francisco, the latter rate had been reduced to 6c.

Ex Ackerman, Tows, Adm. Harris, Juhring

E. 8,000-10,000
23,000
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3263°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by large segmented target on 1873 cover to Switzerland with United States 1870 2c Red Brown, 6c Carmine (146, 148), canceled by crossroads cancels, paying the closed mail rate via Hamburg, red "G.P.O. Honolulu Paid All Jun. 7" double-circle ds, San Francisco double-circle ds, red New York exchange cds, uncommon ship endorsement along top, "U.S. Surveying Ship `Portsmouth'"; No. 33 with closed tear, cover with small edge faults including small opening nick at top, Fine, very rare

E. 2,500-3,500
3,250
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3264°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Two singles tied by twice-struck three-ring target on cloth-lined 1875 cover with United States 1873 2c Brown (157) and 6c Dull Pink (159) paying the 8c registry rate to Amherst, Mass., bold red "REGISTERED" handstamp and matching "G.P.O./Hawn.Islds./Paid All/2-25-75" cds, "San Francisco Cal. Registered Mar. 21" cds on face, ms. "Registered by Hervey E. Whitney Honolulu Oahu H.I." on back; cover toned at edges, 6c with gum toning and U.S. 6c faulty, otherwise Fine, very scarce mixed franking showing this short-lived U.S. registry rate (Jan.1, 1874-June 30, 1875) and possibly the earliest known use of this sans-serif "Registered" marking

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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3265°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Used with United States 1873 7c Vermilion (160) horizontal pair on rebacked 1875 cover front to Kent, England, paying the 8c registry fee plus 6c rate to England, red "G.P.O./Hawn.Islds./Paid All/6 10 75" in circle, partial San Francisco cds and straightline 'REGISTERED" handstamp, light London registered crown handstamp; 6c with toned spots, left 7c with crease, Fine and rare, ex Tows

E. 750-1,000
950
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3266°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by fancy segmented target on rebacked 1876 registered cover front to Kent, England, with United States 1873 15c Yellow Orange (163) tied by circle of wedges, red straightline "REGISTERED" struck twice, indistinct Honolulu G.P.O. circle - but "7- 31-76" is readable, Fine and rare, ex Tows

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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3267°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by target with United States 1873 3c Green (158) on 1878 cover to Setauket, New York, the 3c is also tied by a red "G.P.O. Honolulu Paid All Feb. 3" double-circle ds but is otherwise uncanceled, as it did not pay any rate - the 6c treaty rate did not require domestic U.S. postage, though obviously the sender was unaware of this, magenta "San Francisco Paid All Feb. 18" cds at left, no other marking; light vertical cover crease at center, still Very Fine, interesting and possibly unique usage

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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3268°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by three-ring target with tiny circles in center, on cover to Bremen with United States 1875 5c Blue (179), tied by crossroads cancel with magenta "San Francisco Paid All Feb. 19" cds, reverse with rimless "Genl. Post Office Honolulu, H.I. Feb. 6, 1878" ds and "*New York* British Transit D" circle; small tears at top from opening, still Very Fine and scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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3269°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by three-ring cancel with tiny circles in center on 1878 cover to Bremen with United States 1873 3c Green (158) pair tied between perfs by quartered cork cancel, magenta "San Francisco Paid All Apr. 15" cds on face, reverse with rimless Honolulu ds, New York and Bremen transits, 6c short corner perf, Very Fine usage

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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3270°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by three-ring target on 1873 cover to Hatley, Canada, with United States 1870 6c Carmine (148), s.e. single with four-bar cork cancel, pencil "6c U.S" partly visible beneath it, red "G.P.O. Honolulu. Paid All. Apr. 11" double-circle ds, San Francisco cds and Montreal and Hatley backstamps, cover with scattered toning, Fine, scarce mixed franking for destination beyond United States border

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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3271°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by fancy segmented target on 1878 cover to Aberdeen, Scotland, with United States 1873 6c Dull Pink (159), tied by crossroads cancel, clear "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 5" cds, additional two strikes of crossroads cancel just tying No. 33; sealed tears at top from opening, otherwise clean and Fine

E. 600-800
1,000
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3272°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Canceled by three-ring target on 1880 cover to East Hatley, Canada, with vertical strip of three of United States 1879 1c Ultramarine 182), tied by cork cancel, one also tying 6c, clear "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 21" cds, reverse with Hilo and Honolulu postmarks, East Hatley receiver and purple datestamp of Hitchcock & Co. Plantation of Papaikou, edge wear affecting 6c and bottom 1c, otherwise Fine, the U.S. franking on this cover is extremely rare

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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3273°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by fancy segmented target on 1881 cover to Halle, Prussia, and readdressed to Nurnberg with United States 1879 5c Blue (185) canceled by negative "M", no Honolulu cds but clear "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 29" datestamp, only three days before Hawaii joined the Universal Postal Union, reverse with Halle and Nurnberg datestamps, German accounting mark, "25/1" in blue crayon; 6c with nicked corner, small part of cover missing on back (not affecting markings) and paper clip mark on face, still Fine, very late mixed franking

E. 750-1,000
650
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3274°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by target with three dots in center on 1881 cover to Rome, Italy with United States 1879 2c Vermilion, 3c Green (183, 184) just tied by cork cancels and faint "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 14" cds with additional clear strike on cover, reverse with "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 6" cds and Rome receiver, purple datestamp of publisher Thomas Thrum, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, very scarce usage, signed Diena

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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3275°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by target and fancy segmented target on cover to Ballater, Scotland, with United States 1879 5c Blue (185) tied by "San Francisco Cal." duplex, clear "Post Office Wailuku, H.I. Sep. 23, 1881" cds and purple Honolulu cds, latter also tying 6c, etc., large opening tears neatly repaired, Very Fine appearance, unusual with stamp canceled by three different Hawaiian markings

E. 400-500
650
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3276°
c
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Tied by fancy segmented target on yellow cover to Dresden, Germany, with United States 1879 3c Green (184, two) tied by oblong cork cancels, clear "Honolulu, H.I. Paid All Dec. 19, 1881" cds, reverse with San Francisco cds in magenta, partly struck Dresden boxed receiving datestamp; light soiling and small edge wear, Fine, rare mixed franking showing 1c overpayment of the 5c UPU rate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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3277°
 
1871, 6c Yellow Green (33). Canceled by negative "H" on lilac cover front to Toronto, Canada, with United States 1868 10c Green, F. Grill (96) canceled by light segmented cork cancel, bold "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 14" cds and matching cork duplex at right, red "G.P.O. Honolulu Paid All. Aug. 1" double-circle ds, endorsed ms. "pr. `Ajax'" in corner. Mailed ca. 1871-74, this paid the normal 6c treaty rate, but the U.S. franking is a 4c overpayment of the 6c rate to Canada

E. 300-400
450
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3278°
c
1871, 18c Dull Rose (34). Tied by three-ring target with tiny circles, on triple-rate cloth-lined cover with United States 1879 5c Blue (185), pair tied by quartered cork cancels, addressed to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, purple straightline "REGISTERED" handstamp and matching "Honolulu, H.I. Paid All Dec. 2, 1879", purple "REGISTERED/DEC 24 1879/SAN FRANCISCO, CAL." handstamp on face, reverse with Philadelphia markings and ms. registry notation that this was sent by Louis P. DuBois - First Clerk in the Honolulu G.P.O.; cover edge wear and creasing not affecting stamps, 18c with tiny flaws, still Fine, a very rare usage of the 18c Mataio Kekuanaoa Royal Portrait issue, with notes by Ashbrook, ex Gibson

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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3279°
c
1882, 5c Ultramarine (39). Tied by large target, with United States 1885 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1) tied by smaller target, on cover to San Francisco, clear "Honolulu H.I. May 12, 1887" cds, "San Francisco Cal. Paid All May 23" cds in deep magenta, blue special delivery number handstamp, reverse with purple San Francisco special delivery office clock timestamp, also purple merchant handstamp of H.J. Nolte applied in Honolulu; cover bit reduced at left, slightly into Paid All cds, some paper adherence on back from old time mounting, still Fine, an incredibly rare mixed franking for Hawaiian postage and U.S. special delivery fee

E. 2,000-2,500
4,000
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