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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Hawaii

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2170, HawaiiHonolulu, Hawaiian Is/Nov. 30, 1850, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is/Nov. 30, 1850Honolulu, Hawaiian Is/Nov. 30, 1850. Bold strike of two-line handstamp in blue on blue folded letter datelined "Honolulu Nov. 28th 1850" to Mrs. Thomas Weill in New Bedford Mass., orange "San Francisco 40 1 Jan." integral-rate circular datestamp, faint vertical file fold ends in small edge tears (not affecting any markings), small stained spot in address


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)

E. 15,000-20,000
Future Sale
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2171, Hawaii3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Cancelled by cogwheel, "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 7, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover from Hawaii to Mrs. Louisa Priest in Boxborough Mass., red "Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Nov. 11" circular datestamp, with enclosure from Daniel Wetherbee dated Nov. 8, 1863 so probably not original but from the same correspondence, stamp with small tear at bottom, otherwise Very Fine and very unusual, the 2c ship fee must have been paid in cash, looking at the sailing data there is an outside chance this was carried on the American Whale Bark Coral which departed Nov. 12 with an arrival in New Bedford the following spring (possibly made a stop in San Francisco?), for 1863 this could have been carried on the American bark Comet which departed Honolulu Nov. 14 and arrived San Francisco Dec. 5 with mails for the east coast postmarked on the 7th, with small typed notes from Ashbrook and Harris remarking how unusual the cover is

E. 1,000-1,500
Future Sale
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