VERY FINE AND DESIRABLE COVER FROM THE FIRST DAY OF THE 1851 ISSUE.
With 1974 American First Day Cover Society certificate
ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS WITH MIXED FRANKING OF HAWAIIAN MISSIONARY AND UNITED STATES STAMPS -- THE ONLY COMBINATION INVOLVING THE 13-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" STAMP. DISCOVERED IN A STEAMER TRUNK OF PAPERS AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.
This cover is No. 3-II-COV-144 in our census of Hawaiian Missionary stamps (see Honolulu Advertiser sale catalogue, Sale 769, Appendix). There are 28 individual Missionary covers known, but of these three are permanently contained at the National Postal Museum and a fourth is at the British Library, leaving 24 covers available to collectors. Of these, only six have combination frankings with United States stamps, including the famous 2c cover. Only this cover has a 13c "Hawaiian Postage" used with United States stamps.
Based on the Lahaina March 22 dateline and Farmington Falls May 10 date, the cover was carried from Hawaii on the ?????, which departed on March ?? and arrived in San Francisco on April ??, in time to make the mid-month eastbound Panama sailing. March 1854 is a relatively late use of the 13c "Hawaiian Postage" Missionary, but 13c is the correct composite rate, and the practice of affixing United States postage over Hawaiian postage is evidenced by several other covers from the same period.
The absence of Hawaiian postal markings -- in particular, the "Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid *" red datestamp -- suggests two possibilities: 1) the paste-over franking was viewed in Hawaii as sufficient to indicate full prepayment to the San Francisco post office, or 2) the cover left Lahaina and was not handled directly by the Honolulu office.
An exciting artifact of Hawaiian postal history and well-suited for exhibition
FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PASTE-OVER COMBINATION OF 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III STAMP AND UNITED STATES 1851 ISSUE.
The 13c stamp prepaid the 5c Hawaiian postage, 2c ship captain's fee and 6c transcontinental rate. The practice of applying United States stamps over Hawaiian postage dates to this period in 1854, as evidenced by six to ten such paste-over covers.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND EXTREMELY RARE FRANKING THAT LEFT THE 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN'S FEE UNPAID ON ARRIVAL AT SAN FRANCISCO. BELIEVED TO BE A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF STAMPS AND MARKINGS -- FROM THE CROSWELL CORRESPONDENCE.
In our analysis of a similar cover in the Honolulu Advertiser sale (lot 103), we stated that the "Paid" marking -- identical to this strike -- was most likely applied at Honolulu to indicate to San Francisco that payment of the ship captain's fee had been received. However, the difference between the orange-red ink of the "Paid" and the deep red ink of the Honolulu datestamp causes us to revise our opinion. We now believe that San Francisco applied the "Paid" after receiving reimbursement for the 2c, perhaps through an accounting with Honolulu.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE. PROBABLY UNIQUE AS A CORNER MARGIN BLOCK.
Ex Caspary (where it realized $2,600 in 1956) and Hetherington. With 1957 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as four singles (incl. plate varieties) is $13,000.00 -- premium for a block is a mere 8%
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCK IN FLAWLESS CONDITION. A MARVELOUS CLASSIC USED MULTIPLE.
Ex Lehman. With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN PAIRS OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Vertical multiples of the 12c 1851 are far scarcer than horizontal pairs. The vertical format, intensity of impression, margins and colorful cancels leave nothing to be desired in this pair.
With 1998 P.F. certificate