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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — Hawaii: Early Postal History

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1363
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1363, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKamehameha III, Kamehameha IIIKamehameha III. Document in Hawaiian headed with Kamehameha’s name (but not signed by him), dated April 24, 1849, signed by John Young and R. L. Wylie (Minister of Interior and Premier), blind embossed seal, Very Fine

E. 200-300
190
1364
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1364, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKamehameha III, Kamehameha IIIKamehameha III. 1pp ALS "Na Kamehameha III", note written in Hawaiian, some slight toning, Very Fine, scarce

E. 500-750
325
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1365
 
Kamehameha. Four items relating to Kamehameha III and IV (two of each), first is May 14, 1851 mahale land patent to Peter Gulich, signed Kamehameha and Keoni Ana (John Young), red wax seal and black royal stamp, second is similar land patent dated Sept. 1851, third is deed signed by Kamehameha IV and Emma to Philip Antone, last is Royal Patent upon Confirmation of the Land Commission to Kelaeokekoi and heirs, blind embossed seal and black royal stamp with notations by David Kalakaua signed Aug. 17, 1873, some faults, overall a Fine-Very Fine and worthwhile group

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1366
 
Kamehameha IV. 2pp ALS, datelined "Keena 1 September 1857" written in Hawaiian to Paul Kanoa, some toning, Very Fine

E. 500-750
550
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1367
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1367, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKamehameha IV, Kamehameha IVKamehameha IV. Signature "Kamehameha" on part-printed document appointing Kanaana to a government post, dated July 1, 1857, with blind embossed seal, some overall toning, Very Fine

E. 500-750
550
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1368
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1368, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKamehameha IV, Kamehameha IVKamehameha IV. Signature "Kamehameha" on part-printed document appointing Puhuila to a government post, dated July 1, 1857, with blind embossed seal, some overall toning, Very Fine

E. 500-750
550
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1369
 
Kamehameha IV. 2pp ALS, datelined "Keena Honolulu 11th October 1857" written in Hawaiian to Paul Kanoa, some toning, Very Fine

E. 500-750
500
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1370
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1370, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKamehameha V, Kamehameha VKamehameha V. Autograph letter signed "Kamehameha" datelined "Kaunakakai 14 April 1871", contents gives detailed instructions for freeing ship stuck on a reef, split along folds, still Fine and unusual

E. 500-750
850
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1371
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1371, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKamehameha V, Kamehameha VKamehameha V. Free frank "KV" on cover addressed in his hand "To Her Majesty/The Queen./&c &c &c/Kailua" with "Free" at top, Queen Emma was at Hulihee Palace in Kona when this letter (no longer accompanies), dated Honolulu May 14, 1868, was written, throughout the mid-1800s the royal family and other key officials within the Kingdom had the privilege of free franking, cover slightly cleaned, otherwise Fine and very scarce royal frank, ex Van Dyke, Honolulu Advertiser and Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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1372
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1372, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryKalakaua, KalakauaKalakaua. Four items, including Sept. 8, 1879 handwritten and signed note in Hawaiian to Governor Bush, May 2, 1888 note signed Dr. Trouseau asking that a leper's transshipment be delayed, third is June 15, 1890 letter in Hawaiian regarding cabinet appointments, last if Oct. 9, 1877 letter to governor of Kauai with interesting contents such as "The Russians have been repulsed again" plus other better, overall Fine-Very Fine, a scarce group

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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1373
 
Liliukalani. Six items, including Sept. 22, 1879 letter to Gov. Bush in mixed Hawaiian and English and using Liliukolani's nickname "Kushina", Oct. 21, 1879 letter to Gov. Bush and signed "Liliu", Nov. 22, 1900 letter from ex Queen to Carter regarding a land purchase, Jan. 29, 1902 letter from ex Queen to Carter, Oct. 22, 1906 letter from ex Queen to Carter, last is 1869 letter from her husband John Dominis to a ranch keeper, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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1374
 
Royal & Consular Seals. Comprehensive collection of 75 items, many neatly mounted on annotated album pages, highlights incl. "Poe Luna Hoona" (1851), "Not Liable to Stamp Duty" (M-H 407), Hawaiian Consulates at New York and Detroit, U.S. Consulate in Honolulu, Hilo, few other better, also includes five items showing monograms of King Kamehameha IV and his wife, Kamehameha V and Kalakaua, all appear Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating group

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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1375
 
Hawaii Government Documents and Signatures. Approximately 60 items, mostly pertaining to official government business, few Royal items included such as letter from Princess Poomaikelani, letter to Kamehameha from Paul Kanos, royal seal on unused stationery, others are a wide range of items such as tax collector's bonds, letters from Dept. of Finance, Justice, few receipts, other, overall Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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1376
 
Hawaiian Documents. 15 items, including framed 1841 letter from Levi Chamberlain, Dec. 1848 letter from Levi Chamberlain to Dwight Baldwin, 1842 2pp letter from missionary Mary Ives to Conn., several illustrated Oahu Railway and Land Co. illustrated letters signed by Dillingham, 1884 sugar company indenture with three Hawaiian Revenue stamps, 1886 indenture for Princeville Plantation with six Hawaii Revenue stamps, some faults, overall Fine-Very Fine and diverse group

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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1377
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1377, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryFirst English-Hawaiian Dictionary, First English-Hawaiian DictionaryFirst English-Hawaiian Dictionary. Book titled "He Hoakakaolelo No Na Huaolelo Beritania, I Mea Kokua I Na Kanaka Hawaii E Ao Ana Ia Olelo" in Hawaiian, printed by the Lahainaluna Press in 1845, 184 pages with text in two columns, in a remarkable state of preservation with some toning throughout, bound to style with marbled colored boards, embossing on title page from American Congregational Association in Boston, inside front cover indicates donated to them by Reverend A. B. Smith, first paragraph of preface written by Reverend Emerson reads "The design of this work is primarily to aid Hawaiian youth of intelligence in acquiring a knowledge of the English language; and it is intended, in connection with the grammar, to furnish them adequate help, under the direction of the living teacher, until they can use the English Dictionary with English Definitions.", Very Fine, a phenomenal and rare early book from Hawaii, very few example of this first English-Hawaiian dictionaries exist

E. 3,000-4,000
1,600
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1378
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1378, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryClipper Ship Advertising Cards, Clipper Ship Advertising CardsClipper Ship Advertising Cards. Five different multicolored cards, includes the following ships: Dispatch Line Akbar, Glidden & Williams’ Line Fearless (Watson’s Press imprint), Panther (Nesbitt & Co. imprint), Shipper’s Line Sea Serpent (Nebsitt & Co. imprint), and Coleman’s California Line Volunteer with Civil War theme (Nesbitt & Co. imprint), a couple with trivial flaws, overall excellent condition

A VALUABLE GROUP OF CLIPPER SHIP CARDS, INCLUDING THE FEARLESS, ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING AND DESIRABLE OF ALL DESIGNS.

Clipper ship cards were produced during the 1850s and 1860s as an advertising tool used by shipping lines to promote freight service. Competition was keen, and companies used spectacular images and colorful printing to get attention. Speed of delivery and careful handling were of the utmost importance to merchants, thus the text emphasized attributes such as record trips of “107 Days,” “A1 Ship,” “Fast sailing and good delivery of cargo,” and so on. A collection of clipper ship cards was offered in Siegel Sale 725 (PDF of catalogue is available on our website).

Ex Pietsch and Gross

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1379
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1379, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHawaii to Boston, 1832, Hawaii to Boston, 1832Hawaii to Boston, 1832. Two folded letters, first datelined "Oahu 16th November 1832" with business contents, red "New Bedford Mass. Apr. 11" circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp and manuscript "32" rate, with sender's "Ship Rodman", second with similar dateline of Nov. 17, 1832 from same correspondence and marked as duplicate, red "Edgartown Ms. Apl. 29th" manuscript postmark with "Ship" and "14-1/2" rate and sent on Brig. Griffin, Very Fine pair of covers sent a day apart by different routings and paying different rates

E. 300-400
1,300
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1380
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1380, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryU.S. to Hawaii, Baldwin Correspondence, U.S. to Hawaii, Baldwin CorrespondenceU.S. to Hawaii, Baldwin Correspondence. Three folded letters addressed to Reverend Dwight Baldwin, one dated Sept. 27, 1832, one dated Oct. 12, 1839, last dated Nov. 8, 1845, one with no indication of rate so carried entirely outside of the mails, one paying 10c rate in 1845 sent care of board of commissions for foreign missions, one paying 25c rate in 1840 and sent via Boston, Very Fine, two ex Van Dyke

E. 200-300
500
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1381
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1381, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryMontrose Pa. to Waimea, Hawaii, Montrose Pa. to Waimea, HawaiiMontrose Pa. to Waimea, Hawaii. Green folded letter with well-struck red "Montrose Pa. Jun. 30" (1834) circular datestamp to Rev. Lorenzo Lyons at Waimea, Hawaii, manuscript "Paid 14-1/2" rate, addressed care of an address in New York, slight soiling along vertical file fold, still Very Fine, the 14-1/2c is an enigmatic rate, it appears the post office allowed prepayment of 12-1/2c rate plus 2c ship captain's fee

E. 200-300
750
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1382
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1382, Hawaii: Early Postal History, "Hilo, Hawaii, Sept 14, 1843". Dateline on 3pp folded letter from D. B. Lyman to family in Newton Falls O., light strike of red "Fairhaven, Mass. Apr 5" circular datestamp with "SHIP" handstamp, manuscript "27" rate, this certainly took a long time to find its recipient, fascinating contents reads in part "In July or Aug 1842 commissioners were sent by the Hawaiian government to meet with the governments of the U.S. & of the principle powers of Europe with a view to secure the independence of the Islands. Soon after, the British Consul left secretly for England, leaving his deputy, a sworn enemy to this Govt…about the middle of Feby 1843 H.B.M. Ship Carysfort R't Hon. Lord George Paulet arrived & after some strange movements, quite in the style of the British Consul who had left, made such demands & enforced them in such a manner that the King & his executive consul thought it best to surrender all provisionally…The 6th of July, the U.S. Frigate Constellation arrived. The commander Commodore Kearny protested against the cession of the Islands to the British crown, announcing his determination to hold Kamehameha III & Lord George Paulet responsible for all that American interests might suffer in consequence of it. He also raised the Hawaiian flag & saluted the native authorities under it when they visited him on board his ship., splitting along folds, otherwise Very Fine letter with fantastic contents discussing important events in Hawaii during the time when Britain attempted to annex Hawaii

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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1383
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1383, Hawaii: Early Postal History, "Moree Sandwich Islands Oct. 25th 1846". Dateline on folded letter to New Bedford Mass., manuscript "6" rate, red "SHIP" handstamp with unusual matching "JUN" at bottom left, Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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1384
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1384, Hawaii: Early Postal History, "Barque 'Clement', Honolulu, Oahu, Sandwich Islands, Oct 3rd 1848". Dateline on folded letter carried privately to Whitehall, London, England, sender is a crew member on a return to New London and notes recipients were named in a local newspaper, endorsed "Sandwich Island Oct. 3, 1848" at lower left, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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1385
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1385, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu to New York and Forwarded to Stockbridge Mass, Honolulu to New York and Forwarded to Stockbridge MassHonolulu to New York and Forwarded to Stockbridge Mass. Two folded letters, first datelined "Honolulu Sandwich Islands Apl. 29th 51" with "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jun." circular datestamp with matching "40" handstamp for transcontinental rate on gray folded letter to New York and forwarded to Stockbridge Mass., "New-York 5cts. Jul. 21" integral-rate circular datestamp, some insect nibblings at right, Very Fine and unusual, the July 21 5c forwarding fee was subject to the new rates that came into effect July 1 (just after this left California, charging 3c for prepaid and 5c for unpaid), second folded letter datelined March 24 of 1850 with 40c charged for transcontinental and 5c for forwarding fee for distance under 300 miles, an excellent pair of covers with the 5c forwarding postage paying two different rates

E. 200-300
800
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1386
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1386, Hawaii: Early Postal History3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two, ample margins to just in, tied by large "Paid" grids, red "Boston 6cts 23 Apr." (1852) integral-rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Boston April 3rd 1852" to Honolulu, Hawaii, addressed to Makee Anthon & Co., red crayon "5" Hawaiian postage due marking at top, horizontal file fold affects one stamp, some slight expert restoration, otherwise Fine, a rare and desirable early use of U.S. stamps to Hawaii, the stamps pay the 6c rate rate to the west coast, recipient paid for Hawaiian postage in cash -- this cover and the cover in lot 1387 were sent on the same day by the same sender, one with stamps, the other without

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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1387
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1387, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryBoston to Honolulu, 1852, Boston to Honolulu, 1852Boston to Honolulu, 1852. Gray folded letter with red "Boston 6cts. 2? Apr." (1852) integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp to Makee, Anthon & Co. in Oahu, Hawaii, small red crayon "5" Hawaiian postage due marking, Very Fine -- this cover and the cover in lot 1386 were sent on the same day by the same sender, one with stamps, the other without

E. 300-400
500
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1388
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1388, Hawaii: Early Postal History3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, large margins to in, tied by large "Paid" grid, red "Boston Aug. 19" circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Boston Aug. 19th 1854" to Honolulu, Hawaii, addressed to James Makee, stamps pay the 6c rate rate to the west coast, recipient paid for Hawaiian postage in cash, contents discuss loss of a ship and insurance, also Makee's mother and her living arrangements, last part notes "the iron doors &c will go on board the 'Vancouver' next week", stamps with few faults, some expert restoration, Very Fine appearance

E. 400-500
550
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1389
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1389, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHamburg, Germany to Honolulu, Hamburg, Germany to HonoluluHamburg, Germany to Honolulu. 1854 folded letter from U. Albing of Hamburg to commission merchants Krull & Moll, endorsed "Via Panama" and forwarded to England with manuscript "2- 8d" for double rate and sent by American packet open mail, light orange red British circular datestamp, black "PAID" handstamp of San Francisco and pencil "42" (double 21c rate) with no town cancel, Fine

E. 200-300
450
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1390
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1390, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, Hawaiian Is./Nov. 7, 1850, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./Nov. 7, 1850Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./Nov. 7, 1850. Bold strike of blue two-line handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Wahoo October 25th 1850" and addressed to Mr. John H. Jones in Cold Spring, New York, light strike of orange-red "San Francisco 40 15 Dec." integral-rate circular datestamp, receipt docketing of Jan. 25, 1851, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. ONLY NINE EXAMPLES OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK ARE RECORDED STRUCK IN BLUE. A GREAT HAWAIIAN RARITY.

This cover was carried on the bark Spartacus, which departed Honolulu November 7, 1850, and arrived in San Francisco on December 10. It was carried to Panama on the California, which departed on December 15 and arrived on January 3, 1851. After crossing the Isthmus by mule and riverboat, it left Chagres on the Falcon, which departed on January 12 or 13 and arrived in New York on January 24 after a stop at Havana.

Fred Gregory records a total of 35 examples of this straightline marking. Of these, the first nine are struck in blue, including one other with the same markings and sent on the same ships as the example offered here. The change from blue to black seems to have occurred after December 7, 1850.

E. 15,000-20,000
25,000
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1391
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1391, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, Hawaiian Is./April 30, 1851, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./April 30, 1851Honolulu, Hawaiian Is./April 30, 1851. Well-struck two-line datestamp on buff cover to Miss A. E. Bond in Boston, neat "San Francisco Cal. 1 Jun." (1851) circular datestamp, red crayon "42" rate (40c via Panama rate plus 2c ship fee), barely reduced at right, cover with small scuff at center from wax seal

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL CLEAR STRIKE OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE DATESTAMP ON A 42-CENT RATE COVER TO THE EAST COAST.

This cover was carried to San Francisco on the British clipper ship John Calvin, which departed Honolulu on Apr. 30, 1851, and arrived on May 24. It was carried to Panama on the Constitution, which departed on Jun. 1 and arrived on Jun. 23. After crossing the isthmus by mulepack and riverboat, it left Chagres on the Empire City, which departed on Jun. 26 and arrived in New York on Jul. 6 after stopping at Kingston, Jamaica.

Gregory Census No. 24. Ex Van Dyke, Ishikawa and Golden. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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1392
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1392, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Oct. 21 (1853), Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Oct. 21 (1853)Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Oct. 21 (1853). Red circular datestamp on cover to William N. Armstrong in Blanford Mass. and forwarded to Andover Mass., light strike of "San Francisco Cal. 10 Nov." circular datestamp and "PAID/8/SHIP" handstamp, orange-red "Blanford Mass. 15 Dec." circular datestamp and matching "Paid 3" in circle handstamp, minor wear, Very Fine, carried on the Zoe, which departed Honolulu Oct. 22 and arrived in San Francisco Nov. 9, ex Adm. Harris and Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
850
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1393
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1393, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 30, Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 30Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jun. 30. Neat strike of red circular datestamp on cover to Henry Hutchinson in New York, red "San Francisco Cal. 12 Paid Jul. 25, 1859" circular datestamp, docketed at top, Very Fine, carried on the Am.bk. Frances Palmer which departed Honolulu June 30 and arrived San Francisco July 24

E. 300-400
475
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1394
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1394, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 23 (1860), Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 23 (1860)Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 23 (1860). Red circular datestamp on legal-size cover to James Hunnewell in Boston, "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 16, 1860" circular datestamp, blue crayon "42" quadruple rate (40c collect plus 2c ship fee), docketed "Cotton Gin's pr Bark 'Arctic', November 1861 Invoice, Bill of Lading &c", some wear including small repair at upper left, otherwise Fine quadruple-rate use, carried on the bark Comet, which departed Honolulu June 23 and arrived in San Francisco Jul. 16 (Monday departure of Butterfield overland stagecoach), ex Golden

E. 200-300
200
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1395
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1395, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Sep 1, Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Sep 1Honolulu, U.S. Postage Paid, Sep 1. Red circular datestamp on legal size cover to Brooklyn N.Y., endorsed "Commission and Evidence, Fred L. Hanks, Commissioner" at top and "Deposited in the Post Office, Honolulu Sandwich Islands, 31 August, 1861" on back, bold "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 30, 1861" double-circle datestamp, reduced at sides and top and with some edgewear, U.S. postage affixed over Hawaiian marking has been removed, still Fine and unusual early official use

E. 300-400
300
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1396
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1396, Hawaii: Early Postal HistoryHonolulu, Hawaiian-Islands, May 20 (1861), Honolulu, Hawaiian-Islands, May 20 (1861)Honolulu, Hawaiian-Islands, May 20 (1861). Red circular datestamp on small cover to Rochester N.Y., bold "San Francisco Cal. 12 Jun. 11 1861" circular datestamp, with original enclosure which mentions "Our intelligence from St. Louis comes though per Pony Express - in a very short time - our latest dates being April 15, less than a month - What an improvement on the old Cape Horn system", missing part of top flap and opened at sides, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
475
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1397
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1397, Hawaii: Early Postal History12c Black (69), 12c Black (69)12c Black (69). Well-centered, minor gum toning, affixed by Honolulu post office over bold “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Mar. 8” (1862) circular datestamp, tied by cogwheel cancel with matching bold “San Francisco Cal. Mar. 25, 1862” double-circle datestamp on bluish linen-lined cover to Mrs. Amy T. Brown at Boston street address, Very Fine, carried on the American bark Comet, which cleared Honolulu on March 8, 1862, and arrived in San Francisco on March 25, from there it was sent east on the overland stage, ex Pietsch and Gross

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1398
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1398, Hawaii: Early Postal History1c Blue, Ty. V, 30c Orange (24, 38), 1c Blue, Ty. V, 30c Orange (24, 38)1c Blue, Ty. V, 30c Orange (24, 38). Two 1c, one with trivial perf flaws, used with 30c and affixed over red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Jul. 17” (1861) circular datestamp, all stamps affixed at the Honolulu post office and tied by “San Francisco Cal. Aug. 8, 1861” circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Lubeck, Germany, Melchers & Co. embossed stationery seal, sender’s endorsement “On Service” and “Lubeck Consulate, Honolulu”, red pencil “32” rate applied at Honolulu stating the total amount of prepaid postage, including 30c for Prussian Closed Mail rate and 2c ship captain’s fee, red “N.Y. Am. Pkt. 7 Paid Aug. 31” credit datestamp, red “Aachen Franco” transit datestamp (Sep. 13) and Lubeck receiving backstamp (Sep. 14), the addressee’s name has been skillfully removed from cover

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE UNITED STATES 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE FROM HAWAII. AN OUTSTANDING COVER, NOT ONLY FOR ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN HAWAIIAN POSTAL HISTORY, BUT MORE GENERALLY AS A CLASSIC UNITED STATES 1857-60 ISSUE AND TRANSATLANTIC MAIL USAGE.

This cover was carried on the American bark Yankee, which cleared Honolulu on July 18, 1861, and arrived in San Francisco on August 7. 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).

Once this cover reached New York, it was carried on the Inman steamer City of Washington, which departed on August 31, 1861. At Queenstown the mail for Prussia was off-loaded and sent to London, then on to Antwerp, Belgium, and Aachen, where it entered the Prussian mail system on September 13. The next day it was delivered in Lubeck.

Ex Tows, Krug, Rust, Ishikawa, Pietsch and Gross. Signed Ashbrook. Illustrated in Gregory book (II-118)

E. 10,000-15,000
13,500
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