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Sale 767 — 1995 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Monday, 5 June, 1995

Category — U.S. Possessions

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
403°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 403, U.S. PossessionsGUAM, 1899, 10c Brown, Ty. II, Overprint (9), GUAM, 1899, 10c Brown, Ty. II, Overprint (9)GUAM, 1899, 10c Brown, Ty. II, Overprint (9). Original gum, very lightly hinged, Very Fine, choice example of this major U.S. Possessions rarity, with 1990 P.F. certificate

3,500
2,600
404°
ogbl
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 404, U.S. PossessionsGUAM, 1899, 50c Orange, Overprint (11), GUAM, 1899, 50c Orange, Overprint (11)GUAM, 1899, 50c Orange, Overprint (11). Bottom imprint and plate no. 75 block of six, original gum with slight disturbance as always, vibrant color and fresh, Extremely Fine, one of the choicest plate blocks extant

4,000
2,900
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405
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 405, U.S. PossessionsGUAM, 1c-$1.00 1899 Issue, 10c Special Delivery (1-8, 10-12, E1), GUAM, 1c-$1.00 1899 Issue, 10c Special Delivery (1-8, 10-12, E1)GUAM, 1c-$1.00 1899 Issue, 10c Special Delivery (1-8, 10-12, E1). One of each on one oblong rice paper cover, sent registered to Mariana Islands and dated Dec. 24, 1900 with straightline datestamp, each stamp with purple straightline AGANA, GUAM hs tying, matching "Agana Guam R. 182" circle hs with registry number in brown ink, matching "$12" written outside of circle and deleted in black ink, bold "Saipan Marianen 1/1 01" cds on back, 2c stamp with tiny scuff and faint gum stain, $1.00 with gum stains around stamp but barely affecting the top margin only, still Very Fine, a handsome and very rare showpiece, with 1966 P.F. certificate. A nearly identical cover from the same correspondence, realized $6,600 in our 1989 Specialized Guam sale

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
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406°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 406, U.S. PossessionsSandwich Islands, Ooahoo, July 4th 1817, Sandwich Islands, Ooahoo, July 4th 1817Sandwich Islands, Ooahoo, July 4th 1817. Dateline on 1-1/2pp folded letter from Augustus Norton to his father, Winthrop B. Norton, at South Berwick, District of Maine, address panel endorsed "Sandwich Islands" without any postal markings, letter begins "I have improved the first opportunity to write you which is by the Brig Panther of Boston which will leave here tomorrow.", explains his presence in Hawaiian Islands, "I had no idea of coming to these Islands when I left you...I found the ship had cleared out for these Sandwich Islands and from there to Canton", describes journey around Cape Horn and prospects for returning to the States, interesting reference to the King, "The brig belongs to the same owners soon as she arrives she is to be sold to the King for sandle wood",

THE EARLIEST RECORDED LETTER FROM THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS, PRE-DATING BY THREE YEARS THE EARLIEST MISSIONARY LETTER SENT IN 1820

One small side panel of lettersheet missing, but all text and address intact. Tears and splits, but could be easily restored with simple archival treatment. Essentially quite clean and of the greatest historical significance. From a new find

E. 10,000-15,000
11,500
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407°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 407, U.S. PossessionsHonolulu, Oct. 31, 1842, Honolulu, Oct. 31, 1842Honolulu, Oct. 31, 1842. Dateline on folded letter to Boston endorsed "via Mexico", bold "PORT OF MAZATLAN/FORWARDED BY/W.W. SCARBOROUGH & CO." framed handstamp on back along with Mexican transit cds, red "New-York Ship Feb. 13" receiving cds and ms. "20-3/4" rate, opening tear from wax seal just touches forwarder marking and bottom of front panel, still Very Fine and rare routing via Mexico

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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408°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 408, U.S. PossessionsHonolulu, Hawaiian Is./June, 4 1851, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./June, 4 1851Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./June, 4 1851. Bold two-line datestamp on cover to Parsippany N.J., red "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jul." cds and matching "Paid" & "12" rate handstamps, the latest recorded use of the Honolulu straightline and the first day of the 1851 rate, double 6c rate, with original 2pp letter enclosure from American missionary, E. K. Whittlesey, excellent content re missionary life, cover with slight overall toning, Fine and key usage of the Honolulu straightline, ex Knapp

E. 6,000-8,000
6,000
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409°
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 409, U.S. PossessionsHilo, Byrons Bay, Owy He, S.I. March 24th 52, U.S. Ship St. Marys, Hilo, Byrons Bay, Owy He, S.I. March 24th 52, U.S. Ship St. MarysHilo, Byrons Bay, Owy He, S.I. March 24th 52, U.S. Ship St. Marys. Dateline on 2pp folded letter from Thomas Troy, intriguing content with explicit detail regarding the burial of "The Old Man" including a description of funeral ritual ("they placed a pot of water and a pan of rice at his head; this was after he dying, the rice was to keep him from being hungry and the water he could drink on his way to the land of bliss.), refers to deceased as "Mon Dho" later in letter, docketing on reverse panel explains that Mon Dho was a Japanese sailor who was shipwrecked and stranded in San Francisco, the St. Marys was bringing him back to the Government of Japan prior to Perry's expedition, Very Fine and a fascinating letter pre-dating the opening of formal relations between Japan and the West

E. 750-1,000
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410
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 410, U.S. Possessions1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Four full margins, distinctive early color on fresh bright paper, neat San Francisco cds, dealer's hs on back, Extremely Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

650
1,300
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411°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 411, U.S. Possessions1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Slightly irregular margins cutting in places, tied by bright red "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jul. 13" cds on cover to David Staples, Staples Ranch Cal., clearly struck "San Francisco Aug. 3, 1858" cds and "SHIP 5" straightline hs, half of backflap intact, a bit worn at edges, still Fine and unusual use of the 5c Kamehameha III on mail addressed to California, far scarcer than mail to East Coast

1,250
1,250
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412°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 412, U.S. Possessions12c Black (17), 12c Black (17)12c Black (17). Bottom sheet margin copy, used with Hawaii 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), top sheet margin copy, cut in at lower right, tied by bold "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 21, 1861" cds, faint red "Honolulu I.S. Postage Paid Feb. 28" cds on buff cover to Proctorsville Vt., small opening nick at bottom left, otherwise Fine and handsome mixed franking cover, ex Knapp

E. 4,000-5,000
3,750
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413°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 413, U.S. Possessions1859, 1c Light Blue, Bluish White (12), 1859, 1c Light Blue, Bluish White (12)1859, 1c Light Blue, Bluish White (12). Pl. 2-A, Ty. VII, small margins but framelines on all sides, slightly thinning and tiny corner tear at T.R., otherwise Fine and extremely rare

6,000
1,700
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414°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 414, U.S. Possessions1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13), 1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13)1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13). Pl. 1-A, Ty. IX, late printing, unused, small margins with framelines on all sides, corner crease and small thin, light toning, otherwise Fine, rare

6,000
1,900
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415°
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 415, U.S. Possessions1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13), 1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13)1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13). Pl. 1-A, Ty. I, clean letters "LETA" from early printing, ample margins to just touching frameline at upper right, bold oily blue "Paid" in oval, minor overall toning, otherwise Very Fine, desirable cancel on this rare stamp

2,500
1,800
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416
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 416, U.S. Possessions1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13), 1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13)1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13). Full to large margins, canceled by portion of red "(Postage) Paid" in oval, right edge described in 1991 P.F. certificate as "slightly toned" though this barely discernible and on the reverse only, still Very Fine and choice

2,500
3,500
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417°
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 417, U.S. Possessions1862, 2c Black, Greenish Blue (14), 1862, 2c Black, Greenish Blue (14)1862, 2c Black, Greenish Blue (14). Pl. 3-Gx, Ty. I, the Robin's Egg Blue paper with exceptionally rich color, ms. cancel, ample to huge margins, Very Fine, a rare Numeral issue

2,000
2,700
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418°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 418, U.S. Possessions1863, 1c Black, Grayish (15), 1863, 1c Black, Grayish (15)1863, 1c Black, Grayish (15). Pl. 4-B, Ty. I-X, complete pane of ten, unused, large margins, creases and tiny thin, a few stain spots, still a Very Fine appearing and exhibition-worthy multiple, Scott Retail for two blocks and pair

4,600
5,000
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419°
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 419, U.S. Possessions1863, 2c Black, Grayish (16), 1863, 2c Black, Grayish (16)1863, 2c Black, Grayish (16). Pl. 3-C, Ty. III, large even margins, beautifully struck bold blue Lahaina Customs House seal with full-rigged ship clearly showing at center of stamp, small tear at bottom, trivial considering the exceptionaly clarity of the cancel, Extremely Fine appearance

E. 1,000-1,500
1,250
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420
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 420, U.S. Possessions1862, 2c Black, Grayish (16), 1862, 2c Black, Grayish (16)1862, 2c Black, Grayish (16). Pl. 3-E, Ty. I showing right sheet margin, large other sides, canceled by Lahaina cds in blue, Extremely Fine, wtih 1991 P.F. certificate

500
700
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421°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 421, U.S. Possessions1863, 2c Black, "2" at Top (16a), 1863, 2c Black, "2" at Top (16a)1863, 2c Black, "2" at Top (16a). Pl. 3-D, Ty. IX, unused, large margins, small spot of toning shows on back only, Extremely Fine example of this rare variety

2,250
3,250
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422°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 422, U.S. Possessions1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Pl. 5-A, Ty. VIII, unused, ample margins, Very Fine

1,500
1,600
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423°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 423, U.S. Possessions1863, 2c Black, Gray (18 var). Plate 5-A, Ty, 1863, 2c Black, Gray (18 var). Plate 5-A, Ty1863, 2c Black, Gray (18 var). Plate 5-A, Ty. VIII on Grayish Paper, one of the rare examples of this type (see Westerberg p. 55), unused with large margins, very faint toning in top margin, Extremely Fine, only a few examples recorded

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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424°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 424, U.S. Possessions1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21), 1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21)1865, 5c Blue on Blue (21). Pl. 9-A, Ty. IV, close margins showing framelines on three sides, just partly in at bottom, tied by large target cancel, matching black "Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Nov. 21" cds overstruck by "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 22" cds on the folllowing day, on cover to New Bedford Mass., the requisite U.S. 5c stamp was applied over the Numeral and tied by S.F. cogwheel with matching "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 3" (1865) double-circle ds, "New Bedford Mass Dec. 27" double-circle receiving backstamp; the U.S. stamp is no longer present, a trace of cogwheel cancel is visible - most likely the 5c was moved to show Numeral and then lost; illustrated in Meyer-Harris (fig. 70) in its present form, a Very Fine and unusual "Held for Postage" usage

E. 3,000-4,000
0
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425°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 425, U.S. Possessions1864, 1c Black, Laid (23), 1864, 1c Black, Laid (23)1864, 1c Black, Laid (23). Pl. 8-A, Ty. I-X, complete pane of ten, full original gum, mostly large margins, creased through center row, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail for two blocks and pair

2,150
1,900
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426°
og
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 426, U.S. Possessions1864, 1c Black, "HA" (23a), 1864, 1c Black, "HA" (23a)1864, 1c Black, "HA" (23a). Pl. 8-A, Ty. IX(b), unused, large margins, Extremely Fine, a very rare variety, ex Col. Green, backstamped Hugo Griebert & Co.

2,500
3,500
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427°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 427, U.S. Possessions1864, 2c Black, Laid (24), 1864, 2c Black, Laid (24)1864, 2c Black, Laid (24). Pl. 7-A, Ty. I-X, complete unused pane of ten, mostly large margins, a few horizontal creases, Very Fine appearance, scarce multiple, Scott Retail as two blocks and pair

2,100
1,700
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428°
 
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 428, U.S. Possessions1882, 5c Ultramarine, Imperforate Horizontally (39a), 1882, 5c Ultramarine, Imperforate Horizontally (39a)1882, 5c Ultramarine, Imperforate Horizontally (39a). Vertical pair, lightly cancelled by purple town cds, few toned spots around perfs as expected, Fine and very rare used pair

4,500
3,250
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429°
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Sale Number 767, Lot Number 429, U.S. PossessionsPHILIPPINES, 1926, 18c Sampson, Air Post, Violet Overprint (C7), PHILIPPINES, 1926, 18c Sampson, Air Post, Violet Overprint (C7)PHILIPPINES, 1926, 18c Sampson, Air Post, Violet Overprint (C7). Full original gum, well-centered, extraordinary freshness, Extremely Fine Gem, a scarce stamp that is seldom seen in this quality, with 1990 P.S.E. certificate

1,500
0
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430
og
PUERTO RICO, Ponce Provisional, 1898, 5c Violet on Yellowish (200). Full to huge margins, original gum with normal toning, h.r., prominent control mark, Extremely Fine and rare

6,500
3,500
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431
 
PUERTO RICO, Coamo Issue, 1898, 5c Black, Type I (201). Full sheet of ten, original gum with some small areas of drying, h.r., large margins all around, F. Santiago control mark, Very Fine and rare, signed on back by Mekeel

8,000
4,750
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432
og
PUERTO RICO, Coamo Issue, 1898, 5c Black, Type II (201). Pos. 10, full to large margins, control mark, uncanceled on small piece with black border at top (part of mourning cover?), Very Fine

650
600
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433
 
PUERTO RICO, Coamo Issue, 1898, 5c Black, Type II (201). Pos. 1, margins all around, control mark, portion of blue datestamp, small thin and light toning, FIne appearance, very rare

1,050
525
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434
ogbl
PUERTO RICO, 1899, 1c, 2c Postage Dues (J1, J2). Complete sheets of 100, tropical gum with considerable separations and/or hinge reinforcement, centered Very Good-Very Fine

5,140
900
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