Sale 1083 — Hawaiian Stamps and Covers
Sale Date — Wednesday, 22 October, 2014
Category — 1851 Missionary Issue
A FINE AND CHOICE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE HAWAIIAN 5-CENT MISSIONARY. CONSIDERING THE TYPICAL CONDITION OF THE FRAGILE MISSIONARY STAMPS, THIS IS ESSENTIALLY A SOUND USED EXAMPLE OF THIS MAJOR PHILATELIC RARITY.
Our census of Hawaii No. 2, published in Part 1 of the Honolulu Advertiser catalogue, is available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/HI2/HI2.pdf . The example offered here, neatly cancelled with no major repairs, is a great condition rarity. Our census records only eleven 5c Missionaries off cover that are sound or have only minor faults, such as this example
Siegel Census No. 2-II-CAN-59 (as sound). Ex Atherton. With 1995 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 5-CENT HAWAIIAN MISSIONARY.
Our census of Hawaii No. 2, published in Part 1 of the Honolulu Advertiser catalogue, is available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/HI2/HI2.pdf .
Siegel Census No. 2-II-CAN-52. Ex Isleham. With 2001 P.F. certificate
ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE EIGHT AVAILABLE COVERS BEARING A SINGLE 5-CENT HAWAIIAN MISSIONARY STAMP AND ONE OF TWO RECORDED MISSIONARY COVERS WITH A FORWARDER’S HANDSTAMPED MARKING.
Ten 5c Missionary covers are recorded in our census and the Gregory census. Included in this total are the Dawson 2c/5c cover and the 5c cover acquired by the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in the Honolulu Advertiser sale, leaving eight 5c covers for collectors. Of the 28 recorded intact Missionary covers, only two were handstamped by forwarders: the Porter & Ogden cover (ex Honolulu Advertiser, offered in the 2013 Rarities of the World sale) and the G. D. Gilman cover offered here. This is the only recorded example of this “G. D. Gilman” handstamp.
Gorham D. Gilman (1822-1909) was a prominent Hawaiian businessman who returned to the U.S. in 1862 and served as Hawaiian Consul in Boston. After applying the forwarder marking, Gilman mailed this cover at Lahaina. It was datestamped at Honolulu on October 4 (1852), the same day as the Dawson cover and a 13c Missionary cover (3-I-COV-142). All of the October 4 mail was probably carried from Honolulu to San Francisco on the Mary A. Jones, which cleared customs on October 4, 1852 (The Friend, October 8), and sailed the following day. The ship arrived in San Francisco on October 26, after a reported journey of 21 days (Daily Alta California, October 27).
According to the Daily Alta California (October 27, 1852), the PMSC Northerner and California were brought down from Benicia in “newly painted” condition on October 26 and 27, respectively. The Northerner was scheduled to depart on Saturday, October 30, and the California on Monday, November 1. This and the 13c Missionary cover with the October 4 Honolulu datestamp have San Francisco November 1 datestamps, whereas the Dawson cover with the U.S. 3c 1851 pair has an October 27 San Francisco datestamp. The two Missionary covers without U.S. stamps affixed required an extra step to account for U.S. postage and the ship letter fee. After making the necessary accounting entries, they were datestamped and bagged for the Panama departure. The November 1 date was inserted into the San Francisco datestamp to correspond with the sailing of the California, but the actual application of the marking could have occurred days earlier.
The California arrived on November 16. All of the mail was carried across the isthmus to Aspinwall, and from there it left on the U.S. Mail Steamship Company’s Georgia, which departed Aspinwall on November 18 and arrived in New York on November 28, after stopping at Kingston, Jamaica. According to the Weekly Herald report, the Georgia arrived in New York with the largest load of California gold ever transported. The Georgia was under the command of the famous American naval officer, Admiral David Dixon Porter, who at the time held the rank of lieutenant and worked as a civilian for the U.S. Mail Steamship Company.
Ex George H. Worthington (pencil code “3/15/93 Scott Auction UHN SS”), Alfred F. Lichtenstein, Frank Godden, Emmerson C. Krug, Adm. Frederic R. Harris, Charles F. Meroni, David Golden, Guido Craveri, Tito Giamporcaro, “Lake Shore” and Walske. Red “Kohler” handstamp at bottom right.
Siegel Census No. 2-I-COV-70. Gregory Census No. 5c-3 (Figure 19-10). With 1994 Philatelic Foundation certificate.
For an introduction to the Hawaiian Missionaries: http://siegelauctions.com/2013/1045/Missionaries.pdf
A VERY FINE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 13-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" MISSIONARY
There are seven unused examples of the 13c "Hawaiian Postage" Missionary recorded in our census, which is available at http://siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/HI3/HI3.pdf , including four that have repairs. Although we count this stamp among the repaired examples, the sealed tear is very minor and does not involve any paper restoration or painting in of the design -- the other three repaired copies have paper addition and repainting.
Ex Bowers, Hind, Lichtenstein, Ostheimer III and Honolulu Advertiser. Siegel Census No. 3-I-UNC-78. With 1967 and 1995 P.F. certificates (former no longer accompanies). Scott value for an unused example with minor repair
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 13-CENT "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" MISSIONARY STAMP WITH A RED CANCELLATION.
Our census of Hawaii No. 3, published in Part 1 of the Honolulu Advertiser catalogue, is available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/HI3/HI3.pdf .
Siegel Census No. 3-II-CAN-93. Ex Wilson. With 1997 P.F. certificate.
FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 1852 13-CENT "H.I. & U.S. POSTAGE" MISSIONARY.
Our census of Hawaii No. 4, published in Part 1 of the Honolulu Advertiser catalogue and available at our website at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/HI4/HI4.pdf , contains 35 used stamps off cover or on piece plus nine covers.
Siegel Census No. 4-II-CAN-155. Ex Isleham. With 2001 P.F. certificate.