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Sale 931 — The Thurston Twigg-Smith Collection of Hawaii Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2007

Category — 1896 Official Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4323
P
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4323, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3), 1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3)1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3). Card mounted, large margins to full, rich colors, few light toned spots, 2c creased, otherwise Very Fine

1,800
800
4324
P
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4324, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3), 1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3)1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3). Card mounted, large margins to clear, rich colors, few light toned spots, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,800
800
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4325
P
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4325, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3), 1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3)1896, 2c-25c Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O6P3). Large margins to clear, rich colors, few small flaws such as toned spots on a few, appear Fine-Very Fine

1,800
800
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4326
S
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4326, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials, "Specimen" Ovpt. (O1S-O6S), 1896, 2c-25c Officials, "Specimen" Ovpt. (O1S-O6S)1896, 2c-25c Officials, "Specimen" Ovpt. (O1S-O6S). Set consisting of the top two horizontal rows of the sheet with selvage on three sides, each stamp with red "Specimen" overprint and hole punch, each multiple with purple "Return to E.5. To be held for Reference. Order of ..... 1896" boxed handstamp with last two digits of yeardate in red ms., Mint N.H., signed in pencil on back and each plated

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND PROBABLY UNIQUE SET OF SPECIMEN MULTIPLES FOR THE 1896 OFFICIALS FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY.

Ex Pietsch.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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4327
nhbl
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4327, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Mint N.H. sheets of 50 with selvage all around, few small faults incl. 5c with some minor offset on gum, 25c gum skip in one horizontal row, three stamps with tiny toned spot and thin spot in selvage

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF SHEETS OF THE OFFICIALS ISSUE.

Ex Honolulu Advertiser. Scott Retail as hinged singles has not changed in over ten years.

12,000
7,000
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4328
nhbl
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4328, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Mint N.H. sheets of 50 with selvage all around, rich colors, few faults incl. some toned spots and minor gum skips

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF SHEETS OF THE OFFICIALS ISSUE.

Scott Retail as hinged singles has not changed in over ten years.

12,000
6,000
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4329
og
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Twelve unused sets plus six additional stamps, original gum, few faults to be expected in such a large group, most Fine-Very Fine

3,120
800
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4330
ogbl
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4330, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Blocks of four, original gum, most stamps Mint N.H., rich colors, Very Fine set

1,050
650
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4331
ogbl
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4331, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Blocks of four, original gum, h.r., three stamps with small thins, 25c some perf tip toning, otherwise Very Fine, ex Honolulu Advertiser

105
300
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4332
 
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4332, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Complete set postally used, few flaws, overall appear Fine-Very Fine

480
110
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4333
 
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4333, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Complete set postally used, few different cancels, few flaws, overall appear Fine-Very Fine

480
110
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4334
bl
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4334, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Blocks of four, each with "Foreign Office, Honolulu, H.I." double circle, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail as singles

420
325
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4335
 
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). 53 postally used stamps, all denominations represented incl. five 25c, mixed condition but few Fine-Very Fine

2,675
0
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4336
 
1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). 89 used stamps with the "Foreign Office, Honolulu, H.I." double circle, incl. 12 complete sets, few faults to be expected, overall fresh and Fine-Very Fine

1,557
600
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4337
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4337, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Complete set, tied by multiple strikes of "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 13 10AM 1900" duplex datestamp and oval on cover to San Francisco, Stevedore company corner card on backflap, receiving backstamp, minor edgewear, 10c stamp light crease and slightly affected from placement at edge

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING SMALL-SIZE COVER BEARING A COMPLETE SET OF THE 1896 OFFICIAL STAMPS.

All of the few known covers with a complete set of the 1896 Officials are philatelically inspired. However, covers with the regular Honolulu postmark are rarer and considered more desirable than covers with the "Foreign Office" favor cancel.

Ex Aall.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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4338
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4338, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6), 1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6)1896, 2c-25c Officials (O1-O6). Complete set, unusually deep rich colors, tied by three strikes of "Foreign Office, Honolulu, H.I." dateless double-circle handstamp on cover to New York, few slightly toned perf tips

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SMALL-SIZE COVER BEARING A COMPLETE SET OF THE 1896 OFFICIAL STAMPS.

It is interesting to note that no complete sets on cover were offered in either the Honolulu Advertiser or Pietsch sales.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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4339
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4339, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c Green (O1), 1896, 2c Green (O1)1896, 2c Green (O1). Tied by Honolulu dateless square handstamp on Hawaiian Gazette Co. newspaper wrapper to the Hawaiian Legation, Washington D.C., purple "Foreign Office, Honolulu, H.I., May 22, 1897" double-circle datestamp (Ty. 501), stamp with three nibbed perfs at left and slight crease, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, ex Honolulu Advertiser

E. 400-500
300
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4340
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4340, 1896 Official Issue1896, 2c Green (O1), 1896, 2c Green (O1)1896, 2c Green (O1). Choice centering, tied by blurry Honolulu dateless square handstamp on wrapper to Boston, well-struck "Foreign Office, Honolulu, H.I." dateless double-circle handstamp at left, Very Fine, scarce printed-matter usage

400
190
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4341
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4341, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Black Brown (O2)1896, 5c Black Brown (O2). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jul. 20, 1899" duplex datestamp and oval on "On Hawaiian Government Service. Department of Foreign Affairs" official imprint cover to Concord N.H., with San Francisco and receiving backstamps, trace of additional red cancel on stamp, Very Fine, pretty usage

450
500
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4342
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4342, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Black Brown (O2)1896, 5c Black Brown (O2). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 8, 1898" duplex on red and blue "Remember the Maine" Patriotic cover to Eugene Or., back of cover with purple "Foreign Postage paid by citizens of Honolulu, American stamps will be good only after you ANNEX HAWAII" three-line handstamp, also with San Francisco and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at right, some wear incl. cover tear at right, some toned spots and light cover crease at bottom left, still Very Fine, beautiful usage

E. 500-750
1,300
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4343
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4343, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Black Brown (O2)1896, 5c Black Brown (O2). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 23, 1898" duplex on "First Reg't Colorado Inf. U.S. Volunteers" imprint cover to Mercersburg Pa., neat San Francisco and receiving backstamps, some cover toning which also affects one perf tip, trivial edgewear, otherwise Fine, ex Pietsch

450
550
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4344
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4344, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Black Brown (O2)1896, 5c Black Brown (O2). Choice centering, tied by light strike of "Honolulu H.I. Aug. 3, 1899" duplex on cover to St. Louis Mo., backstamps incl. Tacoma Wa., Litchfield Ill. and receiving, address partly crossed out, some slight wear, Very Fine appearance, scarce

450
200
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4345
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4345, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown (O2), 1896, 5c Black Brown (O2)1896, 5c Black Brown (O2). Sharp impression, tied by "Honolulu H.I. Aug. 3, 1898" duplex on Young Men's Christian Association cover to San Francisco, transit and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at right, some overall wear and toning, still Fine

450
190
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4346
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4346, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown, Official (O2), 1896, 5c Black Brown, Official (O2)1896, 5c Black Brown, Official (O2). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Aug. 10, 1898" duplex on Young Men's Christian Association cover to Shakopee Minn., San Francisco and receiving backstamps, reduced at left into corner card, toning, stamp affected from placement at edge still appears Fine, ex Honolulu Advertiser

450
100
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4347
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4347, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose, Official (O2, O4), 1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose, Official (O2, O4)1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose, Official (O2, O4). Tied by two strikes of "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 9, 1898" duplex on "House of Representatives, Republic of Hawaii" imprint cover to Stockton Cal., excess gum causing toning around stamps, cover toned as well, part of address scratched out, slightly reduced at right, Fine triple-rated letter, ex Aall

E. 300-400
475
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4348
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4348, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose (O3, O4), 1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose (O3, O4)1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose (O3, O4). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 8, 1898" duplexes and used with 1894 5c Rose Lake (76) which is tied by June 3 duplex on green corner card cover to San Francisco, blue crayon "2" and also 2c U.S. stamp affixed at top right, red "T 50 Centimes" due marking at left, slightly reduced at right into U.S. stamp, some slight overall wear, Very Fine, a most unusual usage, this must have been a double-weight letter and was originally underpaid by the 5c stamp, the Hawaiian post office eventually realized this was a soldier's letter and then affixed the Official stamps to pay for the postage, ex Pietsch

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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4349
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4349, 1896 Official Issue1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4), 1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4)1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4). Tied by "Honolulu H.I. Nov. 11, 1897" duplex on oversize cover with "On Hawaiian Government Service. Department of Foreign Affairs" imprint to the Hawaiian Minister in Washington D.C., some slight toning around stamp, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and desirable usage

E. 300-400
375
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4350
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4350, 1896 Official Issue1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4), 1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4)1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4). Bright color, tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jun. 8, 1898" duplex on red and blue "Remember the Maine" Patriotic cover to Oakland Or., back of cover with purple "Foreign Postage paid by citizens of Honolulu, American stamps will be good only after you ANNEX HAWAII" three-line handstamp, San Francisco and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at left where repaired and with small part of design painted in, still Fine, scarce, ex Pietsch

E. 500-750
400
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4351
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4351, 1896 Official Issue1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4), 1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4)1896, 10c Bright Rose (O4). Radiant color, tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jul. 26, 1898" duplex on red and blue "Remember the Maine" Patriotic cover with printed soldier's letter endorsement and infantry identification, to San Francisco, transit and receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at right, few toned spots affect a few perfs, otherwise Very Fine, ex Pietsch

E. 750-1,000
850
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4352
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4352, 1896 Official Issue1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose (O2, O4), 1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose (O2, O4)1896, 5c Black Brown, 10c Bright Rose (O2, O4). Horizontal pair of 10c, tied by "Honolulu H.I. Jul. 8, 1898" duplexes on red and blue "Remember the Maine" Patriotic cover with infantry identification to New York City, two San Francisco and receiving backstamps, edge faults incl. tear at right, still Very Fine, scarce quintuple-rate franking, ex Norbeck and Pietsch

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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4353
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4353, 1896 Official Issue1896, 6c Deep Ultramarine, 10c Bright Rose, 12c Orange, Officials (O3-O5), 1896, 6c Deep Ultramarine, 10c Bright Rose, 12c Orange, Officials (O3-O5)1896, 6c Deep Ultramarine, 10c Bright Rose, 12c Orange, Officials (O3-O5). Tied by red "Honolulu Hawaii Jan. 27, 1897" double-circle datestamp (Ty. 273.01), matching "R" registry handstamp (Ty. 701) on mostly complete registered "On Hawaiian Government Service" imprint cover to Hawaiian Consul at Hamburg, Germany, N.Y. registry label, transit backstamps, reduced at left cutting away part of imprint, vertical fold, still Fine and extremely attractive, an exceedingly rare three-color combination of Official stamps

E. 1,500-2,000
5,750
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4354
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4354, 1896 Official Issue1896, 25c Grayish Violet (O6), 1896, 25c Grayish Violet (O6)1896, 25c Grayish Violet (O6). Used with 5c Blackish Brown (O2) on large gray cloth-lined envelope from the Department of Foreign Affairs to Hon. Francis Hatch, Hawaiian Minister in Washington, paying six times the 5c UPU rate, "Honolulu H.I. Apr. 22, 1898" duplex struck several times, San Francisco and Washington postmarks on reverse, "ON HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT SERVICE" imprint at top, 25c with few perfs at bottom scissor trimmed and 5c with light diagonal crease, cover with minor scattered toned spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE 25-CENT OFFICIAL ON COVER, AND THE ONLY USAGE WHICH WAS NOT SENT VIA REGISTERED MAIL.

Please refer to lot 4355 for the history of this issue and a census of the four recorded 25c Official covers.

Ex Honolulu Advertiser.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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4355
c
Sale Number 931, Lot Number 4355, 1896 Official Issue1896, 25c Grayish Violet, Official (O6), 1896, 25c Grayish Violet, Official (O6)1896, 25c Grayish Violet, Official (O6). Horizontal pair used with 1896 5c Blackish Brown, 10c Bright Rose, Official (O2, O4), tied by two strikes of purple "Honolulu, Hawaii, May 5, 1897" double-circle datestamp, matching "R" registry handstamp (Ty. 701) on large gray cloth-lined envelope with "On Hawaiian Government Service, Department of Foreign Affairs" imprint, addressed to Hon. Francis Hatch, Hawaiian Minister in Washington, paying eleven times the 5c UPU rate plus 10c registry fee, San Francisco transit and Washington D.C. receiving datestamps on back, stamps and cover with minor scattered toned spots

VERY FINE. A TRULY SPECTACULAR AND VERY RARE FRANKING WITH THE HAWAIIAN OFFICIAL ISSUE, WHICH WAS CREATED TO PROMOTE THE ANNEXATION MOVEMENT. THIS MAY 5, 1897, COVER IS REPORTED BY GREGORY TO BE THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 5-CENT AND 25-CENT VALUES.

The Official set depicting Lorrin A. Thurston, grandfather of Thurston Twigg-Smith and proponent of annexation, was issued on January 28, 1897. When use of this issue was discontinued on August 12, 1898, nearly half the original printing of 10,000 was still on hand, with many of those sold going directly to dealers and collectors (later, stamps were cancelled to order to prevent their unauthorized use). Despite the numerous philatelic mailings of later Hawaiian issues, the Officials appear to have been neglected. This, combined with the small printings and light use of the high values in a very narrow time frame, accounts for the rarity of the 25c Official on cover.

We are aware of the following four 25c covers: 1) May 5, 1897, 25c pair with 5c and 10c, registered to Hatch, Washington D.C., the cover offered here; 2) Oct. 20, 1897, 25c pair with 10c pair, registered to Hatch, Washington D.C., ex Blueler, Omdahl; 3) Nov. 9, 1897, 25c strip of three with 10c pair, registered to Hatch, Washington D.C., ex Pietsch; and 4) Apr. 22, 1898, 25c single and 5c single, non-registered to Hatch, Washington D.C., ex Honolulu Advertiser, offered in this sale as lot 4354.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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