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Sale 1126 — The William H. Gross Collection: Hawaii

Sale Date — Sunday, 29 May, 2016

Category — 1861 Kamehameha III Issue, Third Printing (Scott 9)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
36
ogbl
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 36, 1861  Kamehameha III Issue, Third Printing (Scott 9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9), 1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Positions 9-12/13-16/17-20, bottom sheet margin block of twelve, full original gum (crackly with some resulting paper wrinkles), large margins all around, deep shade, top row creased, carbon speck on one stamp, couple thin spots, otherwise Extremely Fine, one of two recorded blocks of twelve, which are the largest recorded multiples of the 1861 5c Third Printing, ex Honolulu Advertiser, Scott value as blocks and singles

5,500
4,750
37
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 37, 1861  Kamehameha III Issue, Third Printing (Scott 9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9), 1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Three large margins, close at top, deep rich color and impression, square grid cancel of Hilo, used with United States 1861-63 2c Black, 3c Rose (65, 73), 2c s.e., 3c few clipped perfs, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 7” (1865) circular datestamp on buff cover to Terryville, Connecticut, “San Francisco Cal. Oct. 28, 1865” double-circle datestamp, matching cogwheel cancel on 3c and ties 2c, small opening tear and mended corner in cover at bottom left, the 5c has tiny crease and microscopic tear at top from placement near edge (not mentioned on certificate)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE 1861 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III THIRD PRINTING AND UNITED STATES 1861-63 ISSUE, INCLUDING THE 2-CENT BLACK JACK.

This cover was carried on the American bark D. C. Murray, which cleared Honolulu on October 7, 1865, and arrived in San Francisco on October 27. From there it was carried on the overland mail route from California.

Ex West, Admiral Harris, Krug and Honolulu Advertiser. Illustrated in Gregory book (page II-191). Signed Ashbrook. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
2,600
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38
c
Sale Number 1126, Lot Number 38, 1861  Kamehameha III Issue, Third Printing (Scott 9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9), 1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Horizontal pair, three huge margins including part of top sheet margin, in at bottom, square grid cancels, scissors-cut between stamps at bottom and small tear at bottom left, used with United States 1863 5c Brown (76), short perf, on buff cover to Miss C. Murdock at Brooklyn N.Y. street address, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 25” (1864) circular datestamp, bold “San Francisco Cal. Jul. 20, 1864” double-circle datestamp, grid cancel ties U.S. stamp over Honolulu datestamp, slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THE 1861 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III THIRD PRINTING ON COVER AND THE ONLY ONE USED WITH UNITED STATES STAMPS.

This cover was carried on the American bark Young Hector, which cleared Honolulu on June 26, 1864, and arrived in San Francisco on July 19.

The Gregory census of 1861 5c Third Printing covers lists three with pairs (the largest size multiple known on cover). Of the three, only this cover is a mixed franking with United States stamps. The 5c Kamehameha III pair prepaid the U.S. and Hawaiian postage, and the U.S. stamp was affixed at the Honolulu post office. The practice of applying the U.S. stamp over the Honolulu marking is evidenced by a fair number of covers in this period.

Ex Ostheimer and Honolulu Advertiser. With 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
4,500
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