VERY FINE. ONLY NINE EXAMPLES OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK ARE RECORDED STRUCK IN BLUE. THIS IS A NEWLY-DISCOVERED EXAMPLE. A GREAT RARITY.
This cover was carried on the bark Spartacus, which departed Honolulu November 7, 1850, and arrived in San Francisco on December 10. It was carried to Panama on the California, which departed on December 15 and arrived on January 3, 1851. After crossing the Isthmus by mule and riverboat, it left Chagres on the Falcon, which departed on January 12 or 13 and arrived in New York on January 24 after a stop at Havana.
Fred Gregory records a total of 35 examples of this straightline marking. Of these, the first nine are struck in blue, including one other with the same markings and sent on the same ships as the example offered here. The change from blue to black seems to have occurred after December 7, 1850.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SHEET OF TWENTY OF THE 1853 13-CENT BOSTON ENGRAVED ISSUE.
Ex Ishikawa and Golden. Scott Retail as pairs and singles.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PASTE-OVER COMBINATION OF 1853 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE AND UNITED STATES 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE. VERY DESIRABLE WITH THE HONOLULU POSTMARK AND SAN FRANCISCO "PAID".
This cover was carried on the bark Wavelet, which departed Honolulu on May 16, 1854, and arrived in San Francisco on June 8. From there it was sent to Panama on the Sonora, which departed on June 16 and arrived on June 29.
The 13c stamp prepaid the 5c Hawaiian postage, 2c ship captain's fee and 6c transcontinental rate. The short-lived practice of applying United States stamps (6c postage) over the 13c Hawaiian stamp was likely intended to avoid confusion over whether or not U.S. postage had been prepaid. The postmaster in Honolulu affixed the U.S. stamps to cover up the Hawaiian postage, and the letter was postmarked in San Francisco without applying a "Ship" or rate mark (although in this case it was marked "Paid"). The 2c ship fee was credited to San Francisco in the regular accounting.
Fred Gregory records eight such paste-over frankings (plus one earlier Missionary cover). Gregory Census No. 13-2. With 1978 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PASTE-OVER COMBINATION OF THE 1853 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE AND UNITED STATES 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
The San Francisco Nov. 16 (1854) postmark date coincides with the preparation of the mail carried to Panama on the Golden Age, which departed on Nov. 16 and arrived on Nov. 28. Without any indication of the origin date in Honolulu, we cannot pinpoint one of the various ship sailings that arrived in San Francisco before Nov. 16 and after the prior sailing for Panama in November.
The 13c stamp prepaid the 5c Hawaiian postage, 2c ship captain's fee and 6c transcontinental rate. The short-lived practice of applying United States stamps (6c postage) over the 13c Hawaiian stamp was likely intended to avoid confusion over whether or not U.S. postage had been prepaid. The postmaster in Honolulu affixed the U.S. stamps to cover up the Hawaiian postage, and the letter was postmarked in San Francisco without applying a "Ship" or rate mark. The 2c ship fee was credited to San Francisco in the regular accounting.
Fred Gregory records eight such paste-overs (plus one earlier Missionary cover). Gregory Census No. 13-10. Ex Krug.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE 1865 5-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" NUMERAL ISSUE AND UNITED STATES 5-CENT 1863 ISSUE.
This cover was carried on the brig Hesperian, which departed Honolulu on May 8 and arrived in San Francisco on June 3, 1866.
With 1973 and 2011 P.F. certificates, only the latter mentioning the flap replacement
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE ORIGINAL-GUM PANE OF THE 1865 5-CENT "INTERISLAND" NUMERAL ISSUE.
Ex Honolulu Advertiser. With 1974 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as two blocks and two singles
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN IMPORTANT AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM TÊTE-BÊCHE BLOCK OF SIX OF THE 1865 5-CENT BLUE "INTERISLAND" NUMERAL ISSUE.
Tête-bêche blocks of the 5c "Interisland" Numeral are exceedingly rare. We record five: 1) the Post Office sheet of 25, ex Ferrary, Harris, Ostheimer and Honolulu Advertiser; 2) pane of ten, ex Tows; 3) pane of ten, ex Ishikawa and Honolulu Advertiser; 4) the block of six offered here, ex Caspary and Ishikawa; and 5) block of four, ex Middendorf and Honolulu Advertiser.
Ex Caspary and Ishikawa. Scott Retail as three tête-bêche pairs.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BLOCK OF 20 IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 1865 2-CENT DARK BLUE NUMERAL ON WOVE PAPER. ONLY FIVE ARE KNOWN TO US.
In addition to this and two other blocks of 20 from the Golden collection, we know of two other blocks of the same size (one ex Honolulu Advertiser and the other ex Pietsch).
Scott Retail as four blocks of four and four singles
FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 1893 6-CENT PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OVERPRINT ERROR -- THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.
Two errors of the 1893 Provisional Government Overprint Issues were made. One sheet of the 10c Red Brown, normally overprinted in black, was overprinted in red (Scott 61B). One sheet of the 6c Green, normally overprinted in red, was overprinted in black (Scott 66C). According to an affidavit by Louis T. Kenake, clerk of the Stamp Division of the Republic of Hawaii, the 10c sheet was issued to the postmaster at Kahuka, Oahu (Meyer-Harris, p. 240). The 6c sheet was purchased by Postmaster Jos. M. Oat and sometime around 1901 most of it was sold to dealer J. H. Makins, probably on behalf of Henry J. Crocker. The San Francisco earthquake is said to have destroyed a number of examples of both the overprint errors.
This lot is accompanied by a photocopy of a 1904 letter from J. H. Makins to collector Percy T. Morgan relating to Morgan’s purchase of examples of the overprint errors, relaying Makins’ understanding of their origin, as well as a photocopy of an affidavit on Makins & Co. letterhead from Postmaster Oat certifying that he purchased the only sheet produced of the 6c error.
The other recorded block of four was offered in our sale of the Honolulu Advertiser collection.
Ex Tows and Ishikawa.
THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE AND THE ONLY IMPRINT BLOCK THAT SURVIVES FROM THE ONE PANE OF THE 1894 2-CENT PICTORIAL ISSUED WITHOUT HORIZONTAL PERFORATIONS.
According to www.hawaiianstamps.com, the 2c 1894 Pictorial was printed and perforated in sheets of 200, arranged in four panes of 50, and only one pane of 50 was issued. The top imprint pair in the Honolulu Advertiser sale proves that this is the only imprint block that can possibly exist.
Ex Ishikawa and Honolulu Advertiser. Scott Retail as three pairs
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MINT NEVER-HINGED TOP POSITION PLATE BLOCK OF THE 1903 PHILIPPINES OVERPRINT.
This is the only Mint N.H. plate block we located using Power Search. We have offered only one hinged plate block since keeping computerized records.
With 2011 P.S.A.G. certificate. Offered to the market for the first time in over 50 years