VERY FINE. A NEWLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE AND ONE OF ONLY TEN STRUCK IN BLUE.
This cover was carried on the bark Connecticut, which departed Honolulu on December 7, 1850, and arrived in San Francisco on December 31. It was carried to Panama on the PMSS Carolina, which departed on January 1 (1851) and arrived on January 19. After crossing the isthmus by mule pack and riverboat, it left Chagres on the USMSC Georgia, which departed on January 28 and arrived in New York on February 8 after stopping at Havana.
Fred Gregory records a total of 35 examples of the Honolulu straightline handstamp. Of these, the first nine are struck in blue during a brief time period -- between November 2 and December 7, 1850. This newly recorded cover raises the count to 36 total with ten struck in blue. This was used on the same day as the cover offered in our 2011 sale of the David Golden collection (Sale 1009, lot 65)