VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A HAWAIIAN STAMP USED ON A UNITED STATES 10-CENT NESBITT ENTIRE.
This cover was carried on the brig Agate, which departed Honolulu on Dec. 10, 1855, and arrived in San Francisco on Dec. 27. It was postmarked in San Francisco on Jan. 5 (1857) when the mail was bagged for Panama. The receipt docketing identifies the letter writer as D. C. Waterman, head of a prominent Honolulu shipping and commercial firm, and gives the letter date as Dec. 11, 1855. This is one day after the Agate is reported cleared from Honolulu in published sailing records. This date sequence and the absence of a Honolulu postmark suggest two possibilities. The first is that Waterman handed his letter to someone boarding the ship and asked them to mail it in San Francisco (if this occurred, then the sailing date was actually Dec. 11). The other possibility is that the letter was posted on board the Agate and given to the ship purser to add to the mail. In either case, the 5c Hawaiian stamp was affixed but not cancelled in Honolulu. After arrival in San Francisco, the cover was sent to Panama on the Golden Gate, which departed on Jan. 5.
The U.S. over-3,000 miles prepaid rate was raised from 6c to 10c, beginning on April 1, 1855 (and prepayment was made compulsory for letters posted in the U.S.). The Hawaiian stamp was intended to pay the rate for internal Hawaiian postage. Normally this letter would have been charged 2c for the ship captain's fee plus the 10c for U.S. postage, but there is no indication of how the ship fee was paid.
Fred Gregory records a total of 40 examples of Scott No. 5 on cover. Only one is known used solely with a 10c stamp (Siegel 1999 Rarities sale, lot 60). This use on a 10c Nesbitt entire is the only recorded Hawaiian Kamehameha Issue mixed franking with a U.S. embossed envelope stamp.
Gregory Census No. 5-16. Ex Seybold, Barkhausen and Krug. With 1964 and 2011 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING WITH THE 1861 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III THIRD PRINTING.
This was evidently treated as a double-rate letter at Honolulu and charged the double 6c unpaid rate at San Francisco.
Signed Bloch and with 1970 Friedl certificate
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT ROSE WITH DOUBLE OVERPRINT. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.
With 2006 P.F. certificate.