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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — Hawaiian Missionaries Multiples, Collateral Material

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
29°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 29, Hawaiian Missionaries Multiples, Collateral Material1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3), 1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3)1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3). Types I-II-I in horizontal strip of three, tied by vivid red Sugar Cane cancellations, matching "Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Feb. 20" (1852) circular datestamp on brown envelope with part of address in the hand of William Dawson: "[Mr. Jacob] H. Dawson, [273] Cherry Street, New York", approximately one-third of the red San Francisco circular datestamp shows at lower left, the matching "PAID" handstamp is struck at bottom and on the lefthand pair of strip, ms. "18" rate also ties Missionaries (three-times 6c U.S. rate)

THE ONLY RECORDED INTACT MULTIPLE, ON OR OFF COVER, OF ANY MISSIONARY STAMP, PROVIDING RIGOROUS PROOF OF THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE TWO TYPESET CLICHES

This remarkable survivor comes from the famous Dawson find, from which the celebrated 2c Missionary cover emerged unscathed. This triple-rate cover with the unique strip of three, was less fortunate. The charring has affected the front of the envelope and the strip has been partially restored with repainting of approximately half of the lefthand stamp, the upper third and a wedge-shaped piece of the center stamp, and the lower right corner of the righthand stamp. The cancellation has been added or touched up in places. Out of respect to this cover's provenance, the envelope has never been restored, but this could be accomplished by a skilled paper restorer.

The full story of the Dawson find is told in the description of lot 9, the famous 2c Missionary cover. The origin of the Sugar Cane cancellation and the relationship between this cover and the 2c and 13c Missionaries on piece is described in lot 14. Sailing records indicate that this cover was carried on one of three February 1852 voyages from Honolulu to San Francisco: the Maid of Julpha (cleared Feb. 23, arrived Mar. 22), Eagle (cleared Feb. 25, arrived Mar. 26), or the Noble (cleared Feb. 25, arrived Mar. 16) [Gregory]..

The triple rate was fully prepaid by the strip, inclusive of United States postage (3 x 5c Hawaiian = 15c plus 3x 6c U.S. = 18c for a total of 33c). The 2c ship captain's fee was overpaid by 4c because each 13c stamp included 2c for the ship captain, but this was charged per letter, not per rate.

The strip shows the perfect alignment of Types I and II at left, representing the correct cliche positions, and the shifted position of Type I at right from the adjoining impression.

Ex Henry J. Crocker (acquired from New England Stamp Co. after 1905, resulting in Crocker's definitive plating of the Missionaries), Frank C. Atherton, Honolulu Academy of Arts. Illustrated in Hawaii, Its Stamps and Postal History, Meyer-Harris (p. 101). Census No. 3-I-COV-137/139, 3-II-COV-138. Other census references: Brewster 3-I-On Cover-2 and 3 and 3-II-On Cover-1; Bash 3-1. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 100,000-150,000
125,000
30°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 30, Hawaiian Missionaries Multiples, Collateral Material1852, 13c Blue, "H.I. & U.S. Postage" (4), 1852, 13c Blue, "H.I. & U.S. Postage" (4)1852, 13c Blue, "H.I. & U.S. Postage" (4). Types I and II, originally a horizontal pair used together, separated and rejoined, margins clear of framelines to slightly in, large at top, bold 7-bar grid cancels struck three times clearly tying pair together, in addition there is a faint red San Francisco circular datestamp, internal tears at top and center have been archivally sealed, a few wrinkles and tiny faults

THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 13-CENT "H.I. & U.S. POSTAGE" STAMP AND ONE OF TWO KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE ENTIRE MISSIONARY ISSUE

This pair was part of Henry J. Crocker's plating study of the Missionaries, which also included the strip on cover in the previous lot. Together they represent the only known multiples of the Missionaries.

Little is known of the origin of this pair, though it is possible that it, too, emanated from the Dawson find and was removed from a damaged cover. The two positions show an interesting skewed alignment of the framelines. Type II has the characteristic missing period after the "U" of "U.S."

Ex Henry J. Crocker. Census No. 4-I-CAN-167 and 4-II-CAN-168. Brewster 4-I-Used-5 and 4-II-Used-7. With 1995 P.F. certificate. Scott value for two singles in repaired condition is $55,000.00

E. 40,000-50,000
37,500
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31°
 
[Missionary Issue Collateral]. Printed 1853 receipt of William H. Brown, Collector from Stow, Mass. showing the same printer's ornaments as used on the Hawaiian Missionaries, Very Fine, from the Goodale papers

E. 150-200
140
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32°
 
Grinnell Reproduction of 13c "Hawaiian Postage" Missionary. One of the skillful counterfeits that caused the great Grinnell Missionary scandal of the 1920s (see Meyer-Harris, pages 117-121), very few exist outside of the Grinnell family's hands

E. 500-600
0
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