VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND UNUSUAL HAWAIIAN AND UNITED STATES MIXED FRANKING.
A nearly-identical usage (but a cover-front only) from the same sender to a different addressee was sold in our Honolulu Advertiser sale (lot 3252). It is also postmarked at Honolulu on Jan. 22 and San Francisco on Feb. 18, with a pencil 1867 year date. Both covers date from the Tenth Period (12/3/64 to 9/25/67), during which the basic rate from Hawaii to the U.S. was 5c Hawaiian and 5c U.S. (3c plus 2c ship fee). The use of an additional Hawaiian 2c stamp might have been the sender's method of making up the full 5c U.S. postage, and the manuscript cancels could have been applied at an outlying post office (the targets were applied at Honolulu). If this theory is correct, then the 2c Black Jack stamp would have been applied at Honolulu or possibly San Francisco. The cover-front in the Advertiser sale realized $2,000 hammer. The complete cover offered here is worth considerably more.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR FRANKING USED ON PATRIOTIC COVER TO FRANCE FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.
In our opinion, this is one of the most attractive Angell covers. It does not have messy forwarding instructions (as do many Angell covers), the stamps are neatly arranged and cancelled by an attractive fancy cork, and the design is simple, yet colorful, and is not obscured by markings or writing.
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE BLACK JACK USAGE TO SWITZERLAND -- 28-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE PLUS 5-CENT REGISTRY FEE.
With 1988 Holcombe certificate