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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — Hawaiian Mail via California

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2078°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2078, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaSAN FRANCISCO. June 20, SAN FRANCISCO. June 20SAN FRANCISCO. June 20. Clear strike of straightline postmark with ms. date in red, matching "40" rate on light buff cover to Stephen Lathrop in Oswego, N.Y. Based on other covers to Lathrop in 1849 with contents still present, this cover originated in Honolulu, with the address panel in the hand of American consul Joel Turrill; Very Fine, a choice example of this early California marking, ex Clifford, Polland. The American Stampless Cover Catalog Vol. I lists this marking as being used from June 20 to August 1st, 1849; at least two other examples are recorded with the June 20th date, with the ms. predecessor of the straightline also known on this date

E. 2,500-3,500
3,250
2079°
c
San Francisco Cal. Sep. 1. Clear cds with ms. "Ship 42" in violet ms. on light buff cover to Stephen Lathrop in Oswego, N.Y., original enclosure datelined "Honolulu July 1st 1849" from American consul Joel Turrill, mostly regarding bills of exchange, a remark about "gold excitement" in California and noting, "we hope to get a letter in about two months from the time they leave the U.S. mail," Fine

E. 300-400
550
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2080°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2080, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaSan Francisco Cal. Nov. 28, San Francisco Cal. Nov. 28San Francisco Cal. Nov. 28. Partly clear cds in black on 1849 folded cover from "Honolulu..Sandwich islands" to London, England, matching "40" in frame and "PAID" handstamp with red crayon "40" at left, due markings including "9-1/2d" ms. "2/5-1/2", reverse with red "New-York Jan. 13" cds and "AMERICA/FE 4/1850" in doubleline oval, Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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2081°
c
San Francisco Cal. Jan. 14. Cds with matching boxed "40" handstamp clearly struck, on light buff cover to Stephen Lathrop in Oswego, N.Y., original enclosure datelined "Honolulu Nov. 30, 1849" from this brother George regarding business though at one point he remarks that his life insurance policy includes an additional charge "for the privilege of residing at the Sandwich Islands...although this is a more healthy country than New York by far," etc., cover with light soiling, Fine

E. 150-200
375
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2082°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2082, Hawaiian Mail via California"Overland Mail via California and Panama, "Overland Mail via California and Panama"Overland Mail via California and Panama." Early endorsement on on light buff cover to Stephen Lathrop in Oswego, N.Y., original four-page enclosure datelined "Honolulu Dec. 23d 1849" from American consul Joel Turrill regarding bills of exchange, stock in the Oswego & Syracuse R.R., real estate and current events: "The gold fever has much damaged the course of business here...some made fortunes in California but thousands will be ruined by the unnatural state of things," etc. The writer notes in a P.S. that he missed the Dec. 23 sailing by three or four hours but "has a chance to mail today" (Dec. 29) and "it will still be in time for the Feb. mail," referring to the newly-established route between San Francisco and Panama; cover with "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 30" cds in black with matching boxed "40", endorsed "pr. English Bark Daniel Grant"; small edge wear, Fine

E. 300-400
450
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2083°
c
San Francisco 40 6 Mar. Lightly struck cds in red with integral rate, on light buff cover to Stephen Lathrop in Oswego, N.Y., original 2pp business enclosure datelined "Honolulu Feb. 5th, 1850" from American consul Joel Turrill, Fine

E. 150-200
125
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2084°
c
San Francisco 40 1 Jan. Neat clear strike of cds with integral rate, in red, datelined "Honolulu Nov. 19th/50" from the captain of a whaling ship, James E. Bennett, who writes to Swift & Allen of New Bedford about the removal of two of his crew - one to illness, the other to incompatibility ("you or any man or men would blame me for keeping him a moment longer in the ship"). He continues: "I am in hopes to be at home by the 1st of July with 200 bbls of sperm in addition to what I have on board there has been a ship lost to the North this season and the Gratitude has not been reported since Aug. and we know of no other one that has not been reported it is a report from the Natives that a ship was lost and all hands perished and the G. has not been reported since that time I merely mention this to you hoping that the report will not reach the Ears of Friends of those in the ship before it is known further whether it is correct or not. Yours truly." He then adds one further bit of unpleasantness in a P.S.: "I have had a sad accident happen to 3 of my men in this place the accidental discharge of the ship's gun burned Howland, Dowden and one Portuguese so bad that it was feared they would lose their eyes," etc., Very Fine, fresh example

E. 250-350
700
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2085°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2085, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaSan Francisco 1 Dec. 40, San Francisco 1 Dec. 40San Francisco 1 Dec. 40. Orange red cds with integral rate on folded printed sheet, "THE HONOLULU LETTER SHEET PRICE CURRENT And Review of the Market. HONOLULU, Hawaiian Islands, October 1, 1850" as issued by Crabb & Spalding and supplemented by a updated handwritten list - with notes on cargo and destination - of twelve whalers and thirteen merchant ships then in port. The endorsement, "Pr Steamer via Panama" indicates this went aboard one of the twice-monthly contract steamers which usually left on the 1st or the 16th of the month, or if that date fell on a Sunday, a day earlier. This cover, postmarked Sunday December 1st, presents a curious date anomaly, particularly when compared with the cover in the following lot, datestamped the previous day - Saturday November 30th, the customary sailing day; Fine and scarce, very desirable with the manuscript supplement of the market review, ex Ostheimer III

E. 300-400
1,600
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2086°
c
San Francisco Cal. 30 Nov. Red cds with matching "40" rate handstamp, on 1850 Crabb & Spalding market review from Honolulu (same wording in letterhead as previous lot but with wider spacing and a frame for the dateline), Fine

E. 300-400
1,600
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2087°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2087, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaBARK `FANNY MAJOR', BARK `FANNY MAJOR'BARK `FANNY MAJOR'. Straightline handstamp on cover to Mrs. M.E. Whitmore, mother-in-law of Warren Goodale, Collector of General Customs and sender of this cover, bold "SHIP" handstamp with matching "12", clear "San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun." cds, additional "FORWARDED BY G.B. POST & CO. SAN FRANCISCO" in octagon. This was probably forwarded by H.T. Fitch, who worked with Post and usually handstamped his mail with the name of the ship being used; sealed tears, one affecting Post handstamp, very rare, ex Twigg-Smith

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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2088°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2088, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaSan Francisco Cal. 16 Jun, San Francisco Cal. 16 JunSan Francisco Cal. 16 Jun. Cds with large "SHIP" handstamp and matching "12" on cover to "Goffs Corner, Maine, (or Orfordville, New Hampshire) U.S. America", endorsed "Via San Francisco" and with ms. "remailed" in corner, blue "Goffs Corners Me. Jul. 14" and no indication of a further charge, 1854 pencil docketing on back indicates Hawaiian origin; small tears at top from opening, Fine

E. 500-600
500
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2089°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2089, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaOVERLAND, OVERLANDOVERLAND. Straightline handstamp, boldly struck on small yellow envelope to a box number in Newark, N.J., red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 15" cds and "San Francisco Cal. 12 Paid Dec. 12, 1859" cds. This sailed on the Architect on November 17, arriving December 11th. Because San Francisco was the western terminus of the Butterfield Overland Route, the marking used here has been attributed to that route, though the vast majority of such mail from S.F. appears to have been marked "Overland Via Los Angeles" and this may have been part of a packet of letters with that designation; Extremely Fine, a beautiful and very rare stampless usage, ex Knapp, Towles, Baker

E. 1,500-2,000
5,000
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2090°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2090, Hawaiian Mail via CaliforniaOVERLAND, OVERLANDOVERLAND. Straightline handstamp, bold nearly complete strike on cover to Perry, Maine, red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 16" cds and red "San Francisco Cal. 12 Paid Dec. 12, 1859" cds. Like the previous cover, this went on the Architect; it also has no routing instructions - the use of the Butterfield route is most likely; minor toning at edges, not affecting markings, Fine and rare

E. 750-1,000
1,350
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