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Sale 1126 — The William H. Gross Collection: Hawaii

Sale Date — Sunday, 29 May, 2016

Category — 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
27
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 27, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Full to large margins including right sheet margin, clear at top, tied by “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Sep. 8” (1857) circular datestamp, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large margins including left interpane margin with centerline, both stamps tied by “San Francisco Cal. Oct. 5, 1857” circular datestamp on buff cover to J. T. McMurran at Natchez Miss., docketing indicates sender was Thomas M. Jordan, slight edgewear, Extremely Fine, carried on British bark Sebastopol (depart Sep. 8, arrive Sep. 29), PMSC Golden Gate left on Oct. 5 but returned with broken shaft, Golden Age took the Panama mail (depart Oct. 11, arrive Oct. 24), carried to New York on USMSC Star of the West (depart Oct. 24, arrive Nov 4), signed Ashbrook, ex Krug and Haas

E. 4,000-5,000
2,000
28
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 28, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Large margins to slightly in at bottom, uncancelled, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), full to large margins, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 26” (1860) circular datestamp, 12c tied by “San Francisco Cal. Dec. 21, 1860” circular datestamp on yellow cover to Miss C. C. Murdock, Brooklyn N.Y. street address, slightly reduced at left, 5c sealed tear at top right, 12c scuff, Very Fine appearance, carried on American bark Comet (depart Nov. 26, 1860, arrive Dec. 18), absence of “via Panama” directive indicates overland route to St. Louis by Butterfield stagecoach, signed Ashbrook, ex Krug

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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29
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 29, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Two, each with three clear to large margins, more or less cut into on fourth side, bright and fresh, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17) and 1857 10c Green, Ty. III (33), 12c clear to ample margins, internal tear and slight toning, 10c deep rich color, few toned perfs, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jan. 24” (1860) circular datestamp on cover to Mrs. Julia A. Byrne at Robbinston, Maine, two strikes of “San Francisco Cal. Feb. 13, 1860” circular datestamp tying one of the 5c Kamehameha III stamps, vertical fold clear of stamps, some light toning

A FINE APPEARING AND EXTREMELY RARE DOUBLE-RATE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH A COMBINATION OF IMPERFORATE 1851 AND PERFORATED 1857 ISSUES.

This cover was carried on the American bark Comet, which cleared Honolulu on January 24, 1860, and arrived in San Francisco on February 10. At this point the San Francisco post office began sending all mail by the Butterfield overland stage route to St. Louis (via Los Angeles and El Paso) unless the letter was specifically marked for steamship service via Panama.

The stamps on this cover correctly prepay double-rate postage: 10c Hawaiian, 20c U.S. and 2c ship captain’s fee. The Gregory census reports two covers with a Hawaii 5c 1857 pair and U.S. 12c 1851 and 10c 1857 Issues. The other cover was sold in our sale of the Golden collection. This cover is the finer of the two.

We record just five double-rate frankings with the 5c 1857 Second Printing on cover: 1) pair on doublerate cover with U.S. postage unpaid (offered in this sale, lot 33); 2) two 5c singles on double-rate cover to Robbinston Me. with U.S. 12c 1851 and 10c 1857, the cover offered here; 3) pair on double-rate cover to Chicago and forwarded, with U.S. 12c 1851 and 10c 1857 (ex Golden, Siegel Sale 1009, lot 297); 4) pair on double-rate 1861 cover with the 13c Kamehameha III stamp and U.S. postage (ex Golden, Siegel Sale 1009, lot 256); and 5) pair on double-rate 1861 cover with the 13c Kamehameha III stamp and U.S. postage, similar to number 5 on this list (U.S. stamps affixed over 5c pair).

Ex Honolulu Advertiser. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
7,000
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30
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 30, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Large margins to clear at bottom, small part of top left corner clipped and mended with another stamp, used with United States 1857 1c Blue, Ty. V (24, two) and 10c Green, Ty. V (35), red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jul. 22” (1861) circular datestamp, tied by “San Francisco Cal. Aug. 15, 1861” circular datestamp on gold, red and blue Eagle & Shield Union patriotic cover, “The Union, it must and shall be preserved” below, addressed to Dubuque, Iowa, from the Zublin correspondence, some light soiling around edges and gum toning around perfs, stamps have faults including reattached corner at top left of Hawaiian 5c, all stamps have been lifted and reaffixed

AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXHIBIT-WORTHY COVER. OF THE FOUR CIVIL WAR PATRIOTICS USED FROM HAWAII THAT WE RECORD, ONLY THIS COVER BEARS A MIXED FRANKING.

This cover was carried on the American ship Speedwell, which cleared Honolulu on July 22, 1861, and arrived in San Francisco on August 14. The following day it was sent to Placerville for the next stagecoach departure on the Central Overland Route to St. Joseph, Missouri. The Central Overland Mail Co. took over the mail contract from Butterfield when the Southern Route was jeopardized by the Civil War. Service began on July 1, 1861 (source: Frajola website).

Our records contain just four examples of Civil War patriotic stationery used from Hawaii. This is the earliest usage, the only mixed franking, and the only U.S. 1857 Issue franking. The others are: a 12c 1861 on Standing Liberty red and blue patriotic cover postmarked at Honolulu on April 18, 1863; and two small red-and-blue patriotic emblem covers used between islands, each with a 2c Kamehameha IV stamp. Other examples, if any, must be extremely rare.

Ex Matthies, Ostheimer and Honolulu Advertiser. Illustrated in Gregory book (page II-78). With 1971 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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31
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 31, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Large to huge margins on three sides, clear at right, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 27” (1860) circular datestamp, 5c and 12c tied by “San Francisco Cal. Nov. 14, 1860” circular datestamp on buff cover to Miss Isabella Chamberlain, Parkesburgh, Fountain Inn P.O., Pennsylvania, forwarded to Philadelphia street address with 1857 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by “Parkesburgh Pa. Dec. 17” circular datestamp, 5c has small scuff at top, 12c upper right corner expertly restored with another stamp, two small stained spots, otherwise fresh and in excellent condition

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE COMBINATION OF STAMPS INCLUDING AN IMPERFORATE MIXED FRANKING AT ORIGIN AND ADDITIONAL PERFORATED STAMP APPLIED FOR FORWARDING POSTAGE.

This cover was carried on the American bark Yankee, which cleared Honolulu on October 27, 1860, and arrived in San Francisco on November 12. It was then carried by the Butterfield overland stage route to St. Louis (via Los Angeles and El Paso). Upon reaching Parkesburgh, Pennsylvania, it was forwarded to Philadelphia, and the forwarding postage was prepaid with the perforated 3c 1857 stamp.

With 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
2,600
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32
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 32, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Right sheet margin and large margins on two sides, in at top and nicked at corner, couple minor faults, uncancelled, offset from address ties stamp at corner, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jul. 18” (1860) circular datestamp, used with two vertical pairs of United States 1857 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by “San Francisco Cal. Aug. 3, 1860” circular datestamp on small cover to Miss E. S. Gilliam, at Violet Bank near Petersburg, Virginia, carried on the American bark Frances Palmer (cleared July 18, arrived August 1), carried overland on Butterfield stage, minor flap tears (one just nicks top of envelope), otherwise fresh and Very Fine, an extremely unusual franking to prepay U.S. rate, ex Knapp, Krug, Meroni and Honolulu Advertiser, signed Ashbrook, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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33
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 33, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Horizontal pair, large margins on two sides showing bits of adjoining stamps, just barely in at left and touched at bottom, beautiful rich color, red “Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Mar. 15” (1858) circular datestamp on double-rate cover to John E. Parsons in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the pair is tied by “San Francisco Cal. Apr. 5, 1858 12” circular datestamp with 12c integral rate, realizing this was a double-rate letter, the San Francisco post office struck its “SHIP” handstamp over the “12” rate and applied the “22” handstamp for postage due (2 x 10c plus 2c ship fee), in original condition as found with a slight vertical fold at center and minor edgewear, pair has slight corner crease (not mentoned on certificate)

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MULTIPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING ON COVER. ONLY FIVE DOUBLE-RATE FRANKINGS WITH THIS ISSUE ARE KNOWN, INCLUDING FOUR WITH PAIRS.

This cover was carried on the American schooner Golden State, which cleared Honolulu on March 16, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco on April 4. From there it was carried on the Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s John L. Stephens, departing on April 5 and arriving in Panama City on April 18. After crossing the isthmus to Aspinwall, it was carried by the U.S. Mail Steamship Company’s Moses Taylor, departing on April 18 and arriving in New York on April 27.

We record just five double-rate frankings with the 5c 1857 Second Printing on cover: 1) pair on doublerate cover with U.S. postage unpaid, the cover offered here; 2) two 5c singles on double-rate cover to Robbinston Me. with U.S. 12c 1851 and 10c 1857 (offered in this sale, lot 29); 3) pair on double-rate cover to Chicago and forwarded, with U.S. 12c 1851 and 10c 1857 (ex Golden, Siegel Sale 1009, lot 297); 4) pair on double-rate 1861 cover with the 13c Kamehameha III stamp and U.S. postage (ex Golden, Siegel Sale 1009, lot 256); and 5) pair on double-rate 1861 cover with the 13c Kamehameha III stamp and U.S. postage, similar to number 5 on this list (U.S. stamps affixed over 5c pair).

Ex Honolulu Advertiser. Illustrated in Gregory book (II-89). With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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34
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 34, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Ample margins to slightly in, uncancelled, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), close margins to slightly in, 12c tied by red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 16” (1859) circular datestamp, also tied by “San Francisco Cal. Dec. 12, 1859” circular datestamp on cover to Miss Almira L. Bartow (the sister of Lahaina postmaster, Cornelius S. Bartow), at Brooklyn N.Y. street address, bold strike of “OVERLAND” straightline handstamp (with small “R”) applied at San Francisco, tear at bottom, light staining

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. ONLY A FEW ARE KNOWN WITH THE "OVERLAND" HANDSTAMP, WHICH WAS APPLIED IN SAN FRANCISCO TO INDICATE THE TRANSCONTINENTAL ROUTE.

This cover was carried on the American whaler Architect, which cleared Honolulu on November 17, 1859, and arrived in San Francisco on December 11. It was then carried by the Butterfield overland stage route to St. Louis (via Los Angeles and El Paso).

As explained by Richard C. Frajola and Michael Perlman in their important article on the California “Overland” mail directive markings (available at http://www.rfrajola.com/overland/overland.htm), there were two different, successive meanings of this handstamp. The first, when applied prior to January 23, 1860, was that the letter was received too late for the mail steamer departure from San Francisco, and that it would be sent by the Butterfield overland mail instead. After January 23, when the default for mail transportation was changed to the overland mail route, the “Overland” marking meant that the letter was received too late for the stagecoach departure from San Francisco, and that it would be sent by next overland mail instead. In San Francisco, two different versions of the "Overland" straightline were used. In the case of this cover, dated at San Francisco on December 12, 1859, the meaning of the “Overland” is “received too late for steamer.” The Perlman-Frajola census records 14 “Overland” marked covers from Hawaii. The two covers offered in lots 34 and 35 were carried in the same mail from Honolulu to the U.S. East Coast.

Ex Knapp, Tows, Admiral Harris, Krug, Rust and Pietsch. Signed Ashbrook. Illustrated in Gregory book (page II-72)

E. 4,000-5,000
2,600
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35
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 35, 1857 Kamehameha III Issue, Second Printing (Scott 8)Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 15 (1859), Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 15 (1859)Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 15 (1859). Clear strike of red circular datestamp on small yellow cover to a post office box number in Newark, N.J., red “San Francisco Cal. 12 Paid Dec. 12, 1859” integral- rate circular datestamp, bold strike of San Francisco “OVERLAND” straightline handstamp at upper left (with small “R”)

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND DIMINUTIVE COVER WITH A PERFECT STRIKE OF THE "OVERLAND" HANDSTAMP, WHICH WAS APPLIED IN SAN FRANCISCO TO INDICATE THE TRANSCONTINENTAL ROUTE.

This cover was carried on the American whaler Architect, clearing Honolulu on November 17, 1859, and arriving in San Francisco on Sunday, December 11. It was put on the Butterfield stage bound for St. Louis via Los Angeles, which left on Monday, December 12, the date of the San Francisco postmark. Prior to January 23, 1860, the “Overland” marking was applied at San Francisco to indicate that the mail missed the steamer departure and would be sent by the overland stage route. The Perlman-Frajola census records 14 “Overland” marked covers from Hawaii. The two covers offered in lots 34 and 35 were carried in the same mail from Honolulu to the U.S. East Coast.

Ex Knapp, Tows, Baker, Haas and Honolulu Advertiser

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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