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Sale 769 — The Honolulu Advertiser Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 7 November, 1995

Category — The Forwarders

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2091°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2091, The ForwardersC. Brewer & Co, C. Brewer & CoC. Brewer & Co. Three-page folded letter datelined "Pr `Perry' Via Sandwich Isls Port of Mazatlan 17th Nov. 1844" to Samuel Comstock in Canton. The writer, G.W.P. Bissell, begins, "The U.S. brig `Perry' leaves today for the Sandwich Islands and I embrace the chance to write a few lines with the hope that some vessel may be going to China from the Islands." He notes the Perry has just come from China in the "short passage of 64 days." A ship's agent himself, he may have instructed the Perry's captain to give the letter to C. Brewer & Co., known as a forwarder in 1844. Inscribed "Fw'd C. Brewer & Co.", Brewer sent the letter to Bush & Co. which had a Hong Kong address, in addition to its Lahaina office. Bush fowarded it to Mr. Comstock who marked the letter, "Rec'd 17 January," presumably 1846 as receipt in 1845 would have constituted a 60-day transit from Mazatlan to Canton, an unlikely situation, especially with two transfers involved. Very Fine usage, very rare

E. 5,000-6,000
7,500
2092°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2092, The ForwardersC. Brewer & Co, C. Brewer & CoC. Brewer & Co. Folded letter from Boston, February 24, 1844 to a Mr. William Howard, "Ship Vandalia of Boston/Coast of California" orignally forwarded by Goodhue & Co. who applied their red oval handstamp, marking it "Via Vera Cruz," this was received in Tepic where it was then marked (in ms.), "Rec'd in Tepic the 20th April & forw'd/the 1st of May 1844/Your ob'tSr/Barron Forbes & Co." and sent the letter to C. Brewer in Honolulu, who marked this "Honolulu July 5/44/Recd & Fowarded by/Brewer & Co." The two-page letter from a B.T. Reed is part business (a shipment of letters & papers) and part personal, including a request to tell "Capt. Everett of the death of his father by apoplexy," etc.; small tear from opening affecting "5/44", still Very Fine, very rare triple forwarder

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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2093°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2093, The ForwardersC. Brewer & Co, C. Brewer & CoC. Brewer & Co. Folded letter sent "Via Mexico" and datelined "Royal School, Honolulu, Oahu, S. Is/ Mch. 23/46" from its principal, Amos Starr Cooke, to his brother and sister in Danbury, Conn., back of cover with bold red oval, "Forwarded by C.Brewer & Co.", address leaf with Vera Cruz cds and additional Pensacola Flor. cds (Sep. 12). Cooke began this letter with the hope that a ship would arrive soon, bound for Mexico; on June 3rd he announces "that a vessel sails for Masatlan today at noon, so I must hurry." He writes (in part): "there has been an arrival of an English war steamer with two masts. She remained in our harbor eight days & was visited by large number of natives & foreigners. This mission & their chldren were invited & so were the chiefs & scholars. To the natives & our children it was a novel sight. I think the time is not distant when we shall have steamers plying between this & other ports of the ocean & the two continents, America & Asia. The Sandwich Islands are becoming the centre of much influence & we hope that influence is growing better, as well as wider....The Congress, Commodore Stockton, is daily expected with a new commissioner, & a new consul. We hope they will do much better than the present incumbents, who are still doing what they can to destroy the Government & foment quarrels between it & the foreign residents. Mr. Brinsmade since his return has joined with them & I trust will soon get to the end of his rope. He has fallen from his former height & will fall still lower if he does not cease his opposition to Government. Other foreigners against their own good unite with Messr. Brown, Ladd, Hooper & Brinsmade, who have no business but to find fault with Govt....My position brings me in close contact with the Govt. of these Is. & if I should continue in this school I may think it to be my duty to take the oath of allegiance, & become a subject of his Majesty. But in this, I shall make haste, slowly, for at present it appears a leap in the dark." etc. Peter Brimsdale had gone to Europe for the purpose of creating a joint stock company to take over the properties & rights of Ladd & Co. of Hawaii. However, a contract with a Belgian company, also signed by Kamehameha III, ended in the ruination of Ladd & Co. and Brimsdale's humiliation; lettersheet with pre-print paper crease visible on face, still Very Fine, very rare forwarder, and most unusual with this Florida rather than New Orleans routing during the Mexican War

E. 5,000-6,000
8,500
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2094°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2094, The ForwardersBush & Co, Bush & CoBush & Co. Three-page folded letter to Lewiston Falls, Maine, datelined "Lahaina, Maui, Sand. Isls. March 27, 1850" with bold red "FORWARDED VIA PANAMA,/BY BUSH & CO.,/LAHAINA" truncated box on address panel, clear "San Francisco 40 15 May" cds with matching straightline "PER STR. ISTHMUS" handstamp; affectionate contents from a "bachelor cousin" writing to his female cousins, and which sheds some light on mailings: "When you write to me you need not mind about the postage as I can pay the postage here. But you will have to pay the postage on the letter I send you as there are no arrangements so that I can pay the postage in advance. Perhaps you had better seal and direct the letters to me then enclose in an envelope directed to Messr. S.N. Williams, San Francisco, then they will receive them with their own and forward them to me."; lettersheet with small internal erosion barely apparent on address panel at bottom left corner, still Very Fine, the only recorded example of this marking - one of the greatest of all Hawaiian forwarder covers, ex Ostheimer III

E. 5,000-6,000
9,500
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2095°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2095, The ForwardersCheng Yueh, Cheng YuehCheng Yueh. Cover to Honolulu and believed to be hand-carried from mainland China. The first column at right translates: "Important letter please deliver to Honolulu." The second column starts with the name of the store which could be "Mauke" in Wailuku, Maui, followed by "to be received by" indicating the store or someone there was the addressee, with the Cheng Yueh firm acting as forwarder. In the third column the red handstamped characters direct the letter to Wailuku (literally "Wai lu gu fu" or "Wailuku Town") and Cheng Yueh. The characters at the bottom of the 3d column can be interpreted to mean "forward to." Franked with double the local rate, 2c Rose Vermilion (31) pair and postmarked "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jan. 25" black cds; scattered toned spots affecting perfs, still Fine. Mr. Cheng, in Wailuku, received mail for Chinese laborers and arranged for delivery, ex Ostheimer III

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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2096°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2096, The ForwardersS.C. Damon, S.C. DamonS.C. Damon. Three-page folded letter to Philadelphia with ms. "forwarded by S.C. Damon Honolulu." The Reverend Samuel Damon was pastor of Bethel Union Church, Seamen's chapel, and provided various services for sailors who sought his help. The writer, M.M. Martin, had signed on the whaling ship from Hell: "I confess I was not prepared to find myself Leagued with a sett of men, that with few exceptions, were fit subjects for a Prison, and as they had all left Home to escape the Penalty for some Crime committed by them, I found it impossible to convince them that I was not forced to leave on the same account." He then describes being robbed, being in debt to the captain, who "commenced shortening our allowance, until we had not sufficient to eat. This of course produced discontent and at last the whole ships company went aft & complained. After some little conversation with us he would up by say `if we did not like it, we could go where we could get better & be d--d.' I took him at his word...the man really appeared as if he had gone crazy, as he commenced quarreling with his officers, cussing them and calling them all the worthless scoundrels & c." He notes in a P.S.: "You will direct your letter to the care of C. Brewer & Co.Honolulu Oahu Sandwich Islands. By the Overland Mail," etc.; address leaf with ms. "Paid 0.50 overland" in the hand of Damon, red "New York 7cts Ship Aug. 20" cds; wear at edges and folds, still Fine, very rare

E. 2,500-3,500
2,400
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2097°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2097, The ForwardersA.P. Everett, A.P. EverettA.P. Everett. August 14, 1852 folded letter to Canton with red oval "Forwarded by/A.P. Everett/Honolulu, H.I.", endorsed in ms. "p `Reindeer'" and "care/Messrs. Williams Athon & Co./Hong Kong"; letter from A.A. Neilson mentions a shipment of Chinese laborers and that "the town is just recovering from the effects of a fever,"; left side panel missing, Fine and very rare, ex Ostheimer III

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
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2098°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2098, The ForwardersH.T. Fitch, H.T. FitchH.T. Fitch. Cover to New Bedford with red "FORWARDED BY/H.T. FITCH./HONOLULU" in octagon with matching straightline "BARK FRACIS PALMER", rare mispelled variety, reverse of cover with a second forwarder's handstamp, "FORWARDED BY/G.B. POST & CO./SAN FRANCISCO" in black octagon, clear strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 20 Dec." cds, "SHIP" and "12' handstamps, docketing indicates this cover originated on the vessel, French Rock in May 12, 1855 and was received in January, 1856, Very Fine and rare

E. 4,000-5,000
7,000
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2099°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2099, The ForwardersGilman & Co, Gilman & CoGilman & Co. 1855 bill of lading for 21 bundles of whalebone sent by the captain of the Pacific, on board the bark Louisa, bound for New Bedford, on back is mostly clear strike of "FORWARDED BY/GILMAN & CO.,/LAHAINA" truncated handstamp (the curious red square in circle in the corner may be an internal accounting mark), bill with vignette showing ships in harbor, folded to show both sides, Fine and attractive

E. 2,000-2,500
2,000
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2100°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2100, The ForwardersGilman & Co, Gilman & CoGilman & Co. Buff cover to New Bedford with colorless embossed oval on flap, "GILMAN & CO,/+/LAHAINA MAUI./HAWAIIAN/+/ISLANDS." Gilman apparently placed this letter in one of his pouches bound from Lahaina for New York, accounting for the absence of Honolulu and San Francisco markings, the 3c Rose Red (25) tied by "New-York Aug. 13" cds was most likely applied by Gilman's correspondent in New York; flap and embossing with hinge mending, Fine appearance, the listing example, ex Chase, Krug

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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2101°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2101, The ForwardersJoseph W. Gregory, Joseph W. GregoryJoseph W. Gregory. Folded letter datelined "Hilo 24 Oct. 1851" from a whaling captain writing to New Bedford ("Most of the vessels in the arctic seas this season have been very unsuccessful"), address leaf with neat strike of red oval, "GREGORY'S/HONOLULU/EXPRESS" and ms. "Paid 25" at right, Very Fine and choice, one of the rarest of all Gregory Express markings, ex Ostheimer

E. 5,000-6,000
8,500
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2102°
 
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2102, The ForwardersGregory's Express Pocket Letter Book, Gregory's Express Pocket Letter BookGregory's Express Pocket Letter Book. 48pp, wraps, 3 x 5 in., printed in 1851 by Nesbitt & Co. of New York, front & back covers in black with text in gold, described on the front as "made of the finest letter paper, and of the size of a folded letter, which, with an envelope will not exceed the weight of a single letter," etc. All the pages are filled with six letters from the Goodale family to Mary Goodale including a letter datelined "Paeahu E. Maui" from Warren Goodale and a lengthy excerpt from The Polynesian about the resignation of R. Bishop as Collector of Customs and the possible appointment of Warren Goodale; Very Fine, suitable for exhibition, ex Twigg-Smith

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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2103°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2103, The ForwardersH. Hackfeld, H. HackfeldH. Hackfeld. October 18, 1866 folded letter to San Francisco from Honolulu, clear "FORWARDED BY/H. HACKFELD & CO./HONOLULU H.I." double-line oval at top, bold red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 19" cds, vertical pair of U.S. 2c Black (73) canceled at San Francisco with the 4c representing the drop rate + 2c ship fee; some internal separations, pair with s.e. and file crease thru bottom stamp, Fine and attractive appearance, very rare Black Jack usage

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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2104°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2104, The ForwardersWilliam G. Irwin & Co, William G. Irwin & CoWilliam G. Irwin & Co. Cover to the American Biscuit Co. in San Francisco with 5c Rose Lake (76) tied by "San Francisco Cal. F." oval, handstamp on reverse: "FORWARDED BY/WM. G. IRWIN & CO./Shipping/AND/Commission Merchants/HONOLULU, H.I." in large magenta oval, corner card of H. Hackfeld & Co., in earlier years a fowarder itself, light "PAQUOBOT" dull violet on face; cover with tiny scuffed area at bottom left corner, still Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
0
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2105°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2105, The ForwardersWilliam G. Irwin & Co, William G. Irwin & CoWilliam G. Irwin & Co. 5c Columbian entire (U350) to Honolulu with bold red "FORWARDED BY/WM. G. IRWIN & CO./Shipping/AND/Commission Merchants/HONOLULU, H.I.", 5c uncanceled; no flap and two tiny mended nicks at top edge, Fine and very scarce

E. 500-750
500
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2106°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2106, The ForwardersWilliam G. Irwin & Co, William G. Irwin & CoWilliam G. Irwin & Co. 10c Columbian entire (U351) to Messrs. Castle & Cooke in Honolulu with red oval handstamp, "FORWARDED BY/WM. G. IRWIN & CO./Limited/Shipping/AND/Commission Merchants/HONOLULU, H.I.", backstamped by forwarding oval of J.D. Spreckels & Co. and oval datestamp of the San Francisco sender, Welch & Co., 10c with squared circle ds of Honolulu; slightly reduced at right and scattered toned spots, Fine and very scarce

E. 500-750
675
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2107°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2107, The ForwardersMakee Anthon & Co, Makee Anthon & CoMakee Anthon & Co. Folded letter datelined "Sandwich Islands, Honolulu, Decem. 30th/49" from whaling captain Thomas Wall to his wife in New Bedford with very bold "FORWARDED BY/MAKEE ANTHON & CO./SANDWICH ISLANDS" red oval handstamp, faint San Francisco postmark with integral "40" rate; Wall plans to leave soon for the "Northern part of the ochotsk Sea" and hopes to return to Hawaii by September, and then back to New Bedford, "home to see thee and Little Tommy and then for California." This letter, along with next lot, went on the brig Planet which reached San Francisco on February 18th; Fine and rare

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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2108°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2108, The ForwardersMakee Anthon & Co, Makee Anthon & CoMakee Anthon & Co. Folded letter to San Francisco from Honolulu, January 25, 1850, written by James Makee himself with red oval handstamp on back, "FORWARDED BY/MAKEE ANTHON & CO./SANDWICH ISLANDS", front with ms. endorsement, "pr `Planet'" and incredibly detailed strike of "Ship 6", the fancy rate handstamp from San Francisco introduced around this time and usually incompletely struck or showing wear; file folds, Fine and rare. Makee was a ship's captain turned merchant; he later purchased the Haliimaile Plantation in East Maui with Charles Brewer II and founded the Ulupalakua Ranch

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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2109°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2109, The ForwardersMackie Anthon & Co, Mackie Anthon & CoMackie Anthon & Co. March 20, 1855 folded letter from Hamburg to Krull & Moll in Honolulu, with manuscript endorsement, "Care of Messr. Mackie & Anthon Honolulu", red ms. "3/2" and orange red London "Paid" datestamp, also endorsed "Messr Bandmann, Nielsen & Co. San Francisco California," with black "PAID" handstamp of San Francisco, docketing indicates June 5 receiving date, merchant's blue oval handstamp in corner, file notes in pencil at bottom, Fine

E. 500-600
625
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2110°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2110, The ForwardersPorter & Ogden, Porter & OgdenPorter & Ogden. Unusually fresh ca. 1850-52 folded cover to Manchester, England with neat strike of red oval, "Forwarded by/Porter & Ogden/Honolulu", endorsed "Per Gregory's Express/Via San Francisco, Panama & New York" and "Paid to England", all in a pleasing calligraphy, Extremely Fine and rare, ex Ostheimer III

E. 2,000-2,500
7,500
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2111°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2111, The ForwardersRice & Co, Rice & CoRice & Co. March 22, 1853 folded letter from Manila to San Francisco with manuscript endorsement, "Forwarded by/Rice & Co. Honolulu S.I.", partial San Francisco cds and clear "Ship 6" fancy rate handstamp, Very Fine. The Rice company was a partnership of the commisision merchants Abijah P. Everett and W.B. Rice. Everett did business as a forwarder on his own in 1851-53, but his partnership with Rice lasted only one year - this cover is the only known example

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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2112°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2112, The ForwardersF.A. Schaefer & Co, F.A. Schaefer & CoF.A. Schaefer & Co. Registered 1c Green entire (U1) to Moscow, Russia franked with 1c Green (55) and 18c Dull Rose (71) each tied dull purple target, reverse with large purple oval Feb. 18, 1894 handstamp, "Forwarded by/F,A. SCHAEFER & CO./COMMISSION/MERCHANTS/HONOLULU, H.I." along with San Francisco, New York and Moscow backstamps, red "R" of Hawaii P.O. and New York registry label; 18c stamp torn before use, otherwise Very Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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2113°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2113, The ForwardersF.A. Schaefer & Co, F.A. Schaefer & CoF.A. Schaefer & Co. Registered 5c Blue entire (U4) to Moscow, Russia with 5c Ultramarine (59) and 10c Red Brown (68) tied by dull purple targets, reverse with "Forwarded by/F,A. SCHAEFER & CO./COMMISSION/MERCHANTS/HONOLULU, H.I." in large purple oval along with San Francisco, New York and Moscow datestamps, bold "Honolulu Hawaii Feb. 19, 1894" magenta ds with matching registry markings, N.Y. registry label; file creases far from stamps, small stain to the right of the 10c, still Fine, attractive and rare usage

E. 600-800
900
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2114°
c
Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2114, The ForwardersJ.C. Spalding, J.C. SpaldingJ.C. Spalding. Large buff cover to New London, Conn. with oily red oval handstamp, "Forwarded by/Honolulu/J.C.Spalding", bold "Honolulu *Hawaiian-Islands* Apr. 5" cds, pencil "4-1/2 oz" and ms. "92" (nine times the 10c unpaid rate + 2c ship fee) black "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 30" cds with no ship marking, dates suggest this sailed from Honolulu on the Zoe in 1853; edge faults including reduction at right with mended corner at top right, very rare forwarder - the recording example, unlisted in American Stampless Cover Catalog, Vol. II

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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2115°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2115, The ForwardersThomas Spencer, Thomas SpencerThomas Spencer. Unpaid buff cover to Holmes Hole, Mass. with red double line oval, "Forwarded by/Honolulu/Thomas Spencer", bold "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Nov. 2" cds with black "San Francisco Cal. 1 Dec." and matching "12", discreet ms. "chge Box No. 2" at top; cover with light wear, still Very Fine, the rare predecessor to the more familiar octagon handstamp

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
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2116°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2116, The ForwardersThomas Spencer, Thomas SpencerThomas Spencer. Large blue cloth-lined cover to Swift and Allen of New Bedford with fantastic bold strike of "FORWARDED BY/THOMAS SPENCER/SHIP CHANDLER/HONOLULU/SANDWICH ISLANDS." in black octagon, red "Honolulu *U.S. Postage Paid* Dec. 28" cds, red crayon "92c" and pencil "4-1/2", postmarked in San Francisco Jan. 21st with "PAID" handstamp, some wear as to be expected, still Very Fine, handsome usage

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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2117°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2117, The ForwardersThomas Spencer, Thomas SpencerThomas Spencer. Buff cover to New Bedford Mass. with beautiful strike of "FORWARDED BY/THOMAS SPENCER/SHIP CHANDLER/HONOLULU/SANDWICH ISLANDS" in octagon handstamp, red "Honolulu *U.S. Postage Paid* Jan. 21" cds and matching "PAID 12" handstamp. This was carried on the Fanny Major which arrived in California February 6, 1857, clear "San Francisco Cal. 20 Feb." cds, 1857 docketing indicates this was received on March 17th; no flap and slightly reduced at top, still Very Fine, attractive and rare

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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2118°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2118, The ForwardersStarkey, Janion & Co, Starkey, Janion & CoStarkey, Janion & Co. Light buff cover to Stephen Lathrop, red oval, "Forwarded/by Starkey Janion & Co./Honolulu Oahu" in italics, clear "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 1" cds and red ms. "Ship 42", original enclosure is four-page letter from American consul Joel Turrill. Lathrop, his Oswego attorney, had taken custody of the Hawaii resident's daughter for her schooling; no flap but embossed seal with eagle of American Consulate still intact, Very Fine and rare

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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2119°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2119, The ForwardersU.S. Consul, U.S. ConsulU.S. Consul. Folded letter, datelined "Mowee Sandwich Island April 15th 1846" to Ballston, N.Y., from a New Bedford whaler to his brother, bit faded red manuscript, "Forwarded by U.S. Consul,/Sandwich Islands"; some soiling and wear, including tiny paper loss along folds, very rare. The U.S. Consul at Lahaina served as a forwarding agent for U.S. citizens aboard whaling ships off Lahaina

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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2120°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2120, The ForwardersVon Pfister & Co, Von Pfister & CoVon Pfister & Co. Folded letter to Boston with manuscript forwarding endorsement, "Forwd by Von Pfister & Co. Lahaina, Maui S. Islands", two-part contents headed "St. Francisco, Yerba Buena April 2d, 1842" from Capt. John Paty (whose descendants still live in Hawaii) indicating he would be leaving for the Sandwich Islands at the end of the month; address leaf with orange red "New Bedford Ms. Feb. 15" (1843) cds and matching "SHIP" with "12" rate in magenta ms., Very Fine, very rare forwarder, ex Ostheimer III

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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2121°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2121, The ForwardersWaldo & Co, Waldo & CoWaldo & Co. Green folded letter to Middle Island, N.Y., datelined "Port of Lahaina Mowee Sandwich Islands September 5th 1845" with bold red forwarder's handstamp, "FORWARDED BY/WALDO & CO./MAUI" in truncated box, red Boston Feb. 3 cds partly struck off edge, matching "SHIP" and "7" handstamps, interesting contents from a crew member on the whaler Nile to a friend: "shall go to New Zealand after we go in to Port the whaling is pretty well broke up on the North West nearly all the ships that we have seen or heard of not got as much oil as we have there is so much fog there that we could not do anything a good deal of the time we struck 13 whales & saved 6 of them and picked up one dead one we have got 85lbs of sperm oil," etc. There is also talk of other ships, rumor that "the Oregon question is settled and that there is war between Mexico and the United States," etc., address leaf with minor soiling, Fine and attractive, very rare marking

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
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2122°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2122, The ForwardersWaldo & Co, Waldo & CoWaldo & Co. Folded cover to New Bedford, Mass. with clear strike of "FORWARDED BY/WALDO & CO./MAUI." in red truncated box handstamp, additional strike of a red "SHIP" handstamp and matching "6" of New Bedford for port of entry delivery, pencil docketing of "Apl 1/47" altered at a later date to read "51", though all known examples of this forwarder are from 1846-47; left side flap removed, still Very Fine, very rare

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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2123°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2123, The ForwardersWilliam Scarborough, William ScarboroughWilliam Scarborough. Three-page folded letter from Dr. Seth Andrews of Kailua to his parents in Pittsford, N.Y., dated June 15, 1841, sent via Mexico and backstamped with bold double-line oval in black, "FORWARDED BY WM. SCARBOROUGH & CO. MAZATLAN", partial Mexican datestamp of October 26 also on back, red "New-York Ship Jan. 13" receiving cds, forwarded to Michigan and re-rated to "45-3/4." Contents include comments on school, politics, religion ("The churches in general remain much as when I wrote last i.e. exhibiting no unusual interest in religion") and an important description of Kapiolani: "Another chief has fallen. Kapiolani the widow of Naihe, applied to me in March last to examine tumour in her breast which had been growing for some months. It proved to be a cancer. I of course prepared an operation as it did not appear to have advanced so far as to present an unfavorable case. As I could command no medical council here & not willing if it could be avoided to assume the responsibility of operating alone I advised her to go to Honolulu to Doct. Judd. Doct. J. in the presence of a physician resident at H. removed the breast. The wound healed speedily and she was on the point of sailing for another island to attend the national assembly of which she had been just appointed a member when she was attacked with erysipelas of which she died in a few days. She was one of the brightest ornaments of this nation, both as a christian and in point of civilization." etc.; some silking at folds and tiny filled-in area of Pittsford cds, waterstains affect address panel only slightly, otherwise a Fine and rare usage. The route via Mazatlan and Vera Cruz came into heavy use from 1842 to 1848 when it was discovered that it could shorten the transit time by as much as four months, although this letter, not leaving until Aug. 5th, on the Joseph Peabody, took 82 days just to reach Vera Cruz

E. 5,000-6,000
4,000
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2124°
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2124, The ForwardersThomas O. Larkin, Thomas O. LarkinThomas O. Larkin. Partly clear oval handstamp, "FORWARDED BY THOMAS O. LARKIN MONTEREY/CALIFORNIA" with ornament, on May 20, 1846 folded letter sent on the barkentine Angola to William H. Davis, Supercargo of the brig Euphemia from his brother Robert in Honolulu, who comments that the market is currently overstocked with all kinds of merchandise and alludes to a feud with another businessman, and the dangers of his brother's voyage: "I am very anxious to hear news from you as we heard of your long passage to Monterey which had excited suspicion on the part of the Govt. from which I pray God you have received no injury in your business or in entering your vessel"; Fine, rare and early California forwarder's marking from California's Mexican period. William Davis, part-Hawaiian, and whose sister was an ancestor of Hawaii's future Governor Samuel Wilder King, went on to found the city of San Diego

E. 1,500-2,000
5,250
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Sale Number 769, Lot Number 2125, The ForwardersHarnden & Co, Harnden & CoHarnden & Co. Clear strike of circle handstamp in black, "Harnden & Co./of Liverpool/Have Paid Postage/TO LIVERPOOL/TRANS-ATLANTIC/TO BE COLLECTED/by/HARNDEN & Co. of U.S." with ms. charges, on folded letter datelined "Honolulu July 24, 1848," from S.H. Williams: "The recent discovery of a Gold Mine in California, which promises extraordinary results, has induced a brisk demand for iron, clothing, shoes and we think provisions of all kinds will soon follow from the immense concentration of population in consequence of the discovery, and the neglect of crops...We think the Island will derive much advantage from this mania for Gold Digging, by taking from us a certain kind of population of no very reputable character as well as creating a demand for our surplus stock of mdze. The whaling fleet will congregate here from fear of desertion of their crews on the coast, and the impossibility of recruiting there while the excitement lasts." etc. Sent via China, this letter was charged 2 shillings for the Hawaii to Liverpool postage, and 2 shilling for the transatlantic transit, with 4 shillings collected in Boston, Dec. 15, 1848; Very Fine, a very early description of California gold fever - and an accurate one. News of the gold discovered at John Sutter's sawmill on February 24, 1848, spread slowly; it was Mormon Elder Sam Brannan, a shrewd San Francisco businessman, who set off the rush for gold on May 12th, when he was heard shouting in public, "Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!" after having spent weeks quietly buying up large quantities of any merchandise miners would need. Ex Ishikawa

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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