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
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