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Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
225
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 225, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Positions 19-20, horizontal pair with bottom right corner sheet margins, original gum, full to large margins all around, vertical creases (one in left stamp, other in right sheet margin), light staining, scuffed at lower right, mostly in margin but just touching stamp at corner

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. MULTIPLES OF THE 5-CENT FIRST PRINTING ARE EXTREMELY RARE, AND NONE ARE KNOWN LARGER THAN A PAIR.

Ex Ostheimer, Honolulu Advertiser and Fekete. With 1954 P.F. certificate

4,000
2,200
226
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 226, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Large margins to ample at bottom, radiant color, clear strike of red “Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Jan. 31” circular datestamp, two small thin spots at top, Very Fine appearance, extremely desirable cancelled by the red Honolulu datestamp, ex Golden, with 2014 P.F. certificate

1,900
1,400
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227
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 227, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Small margins which are clear of frameline on all sides, rich color, tied by unusual circular cork cancel, red “Honolulu*Hawaiian Islands*Oct. 3” (1854) circular datestamp on cover to William C. Spencer in New London Conn., bold “San Francisco Cal. 1 Nov.” circular datestamp also ties stamp, “SHIP” and “12” handstamps, missing part of top flap, tear at top and left and some overall soiling

A FINE COVER BEARING THE 1853 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE.

This cover was carried on the schooner E. L. Frost, which departed Honolulu on October 4, 1854, and arrived in San Francisco on October 28. It was then carried to Panama on the John L. Stephens, which departed November 1.

Gregory census no. 5-5. Ex Golden.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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228
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 228, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5), 1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5)1853, 5c Blue, Thick White Wove (5). Large even margins all around, tied by “San Francisco Cal. 5 Jan.” (1856) circular datestamp on United States 1855 10c Pale Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U18a) to Samuel W. Rodman, New Bedford Mass., receipt docketing at left “D. C. Waterman 11 Dec/55” indicating that the letter was written by D. C. Waterman on Dec. 11, 1855 (a significant point, as discussed below), two tiny toned spots on stamp and small piece out of side flap on reverse

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A HAWAIIAN STAMP USED ON A UNITED STATES 10-CENT NESBITT ENTIRE.

This cover was carried on the brig Agate, which departed Honolulu on December 10, 1855, and arrived in San Francisco on December 27. It was postmarked in San Francisco on January 5 (1856) when the mail was bagged for Panama. The receipt docketing identifies the letter writer as D. C. Waterman, head of a prominent Honolulu shipping and commercial firm, and gives the letter date as December 11, 1855. This is one day after the Agate is reported cleared from Honolulu in published sailing records. This date sequence and the absence of a Honolulu postmark suggest two possibilities. The first is that Waterman handed his letter to someone boarding the ship and asked them to mail it in San Francisco (if this occurred, then the sailing date was actually Dec. 11). The other possibility is that the letter was posted on board the Agate and given to the ship purser to add to the mail. In either case, the 5c Hawaiian stamp was affixed but not cancelled in Honolulu. After arrival in San Francisco, the cover was sent to Panama on the Golden Gate, which departed on January 5, 1856.

The U.S. over-3,000 miles prepaid rate was raised from 6c to 10c, beginning on April 1, 1855 (and prepayment was made compulsory for letters posted in the U.S.). The Hawaiian stamp was intended to pay the rate for internal Hawaiian postage. Normally this letter would have been charged 2c for the ship captain’s fee plus the 10c for U.S. postage, but there is no indication of how the ship fee was paid.

Fred Gregory records a total of 40 examples of Scott No. 5 on cover. Only one is known used solely with a 10c stamp (Siegel 1999 Rarities sale, lot 60). This use on a 10c Nesbitt entire is the only recorded Hawaiian Kamehameha Issue mixed franking with a U.S. embossed envelope stamp.

Gregory census no. 5-16. Ex Seybold, Barkhausen, Krug and Golden. With 1964 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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229
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 229, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Two multiples forming an original complete sheet of 20: block of twelve with sheet margins, Positions 1-4/5-8/9-12, comprising the top three rows of the sheet, full original gum, beautiful fresh color and fine impression, includes Position 3 double transfer, bottom row creased, slight thinning in margins just touches one stamp; and block of eight with sheet margins, Positions 13-16/17-20, comprising the bottom two rows of the sheet, full original gum, as bright and fresh as the previous block, the sheet margin has been trimmed very slightly

A SPECTACULAR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SHEET OF 20, FROM TWO BLOCKS--THE TOP BLOCK IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE AND ONE OF THREE, OR POSSIBLY FOUR, BLOCKS EXTANT. THE BOTTOM BLOCK WAS ORIGINALLY JOINED WITH THE TOP BLOCK IN THE SHEET.

These blocks of twelve and eight were cut from the same sheet and were seen together in the Ferrars H. Tows collection sold by Carl E. Pelander in October 1948. After the Tows auction, the blocks were sold to Alfred H. Caspary (block of eight) and Admiral Frederic R. Harris (block of twelve). When the Harris and Caspary collections were sold in 1954 and 1957, respectively, no one seized the opportunity to reunite the two. The larger block from the Harris sale went to Harold Leavitt, a California collector, and the small block from Caspary went to Josiah K. Lilly. After the Lilly collection was sold by our firm in 1967, the two blocks were finally reunited and acquired by Alfred J. Ostheimer III. Seen together again for the first time since the 1948 Tows sale, it was observed that someone, presumably Caspary, trimmed off a small part of the sheet margin of the smaller block.

Block of 12 ex Tows, Admiral Harris, Leavitt, Ostheimer, Honolulu Advertiser and Golden. Block of eight ex Tows, Caspary, Lilly, Ostheimer, Honolulu Advertiser and Golden. Mentioned in Meyer-Harris (p. 131)

E. 20,000-30,000
24,000
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230
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Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 230, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Reconstruction of the complete sheet of 20, consisting of nine pairs and two singles, original gum, bit heavy h.r. due to the reconstruction, seven positions with side selvage, Positions 1-2/5-6 and 9-10 originally formed a block of six, includes Position 3 double transfer, few creases or other flaws

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SHEET OF 20 OF THE 1853 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE.

Ex Ishikawa and Golden. Scott Retail as pairs and singles.

19,750
4,750
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231
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 231, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Large margins to in, rich color nicely complemented by red grid cancel, small thin spot above Kamehameha’s head, Fine appearance, desirable cancel on this issue, ex Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate

1,700
550
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232
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 232, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5, 6), 1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5, 6)1853, 5c Blue, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (5, 6). 5c large to full margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, 13c three large margins and just in at bottom, tied together by red “Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*Mar. 15” (1856) circular datestamp on cover sent by Reverend Coan in Hilo to his son Titus Munson Coan in New Bedford Mass. “Care of Capt. James M. Willis”, perfect strikes of “PAID 12” handstamp and “San Francisco Cal. 21 Apr.” circular datestamp, 5c lifted and reaffixed, slightly refolded on three sides to hide edgewear, small tear at top

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDNGLY RARE FRANKING COMBINING BOTH KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUES AFTER THE APRIL 1855 RATE CHANGE RENDERED OBSOLETE THE 13-CENT’S ORIGINAL PURPOSE. ONLY TWO COVERS FRANKED SOLELY BY THE TWO 1853 KAMEHAMEHA III STAMPS ARE RECORDED BY FRED GREGORY.

Following the United States rate change, effective April 1, 1855, the 13c Kamehameha III stamp could no longer prepay the full rate from Hawaii to the U.S. East Coast, which increased from 13c to 17c. In consequence the patrons of Hawaii’s postal system began using 5c stamps plus 12c U.S. stamps, or 13c stamps plus 4c cash, or, in this case, 5c and 13c stamps together. Although 13c stamps were sold for reduced rates in 1861 (the so-called “mute surcharge”), post office correspondence confirms that in 1855 and 1856 the 13c stamps were sold for 13c. If combined with a 5c for 18c Hawaiian postage, the sender incurred a loss of 1c. Surviving covers with such 5c/13c combinations--at least six of which are recorded (including two without any other stamps)--originate at Hilo, but other outlying offices might also have forwarded letters to Honolulu with similar frankings.

During the period starting in April 1855 it was already a regular practice to affix U.S. postage stamps to outbound letters on which the U.S. rate had been prepaid. This is a remarkable example of a fully-prepaid letter, to which no U.S. stamps were affixed. The San Francisco “PAID 12” handstamp confirms that the letter was prepaid without U.S. adhesive stamps. The other recorded cover, which is of lesser quality, was offered in our sale of the Twigg-Smith collection (Siegel Sale 931, lot 4022).

Gregory census no. 5-18. Ex Caspary, Krug and Golden. Signed Ashbrook.

E. 20,000-30,000
37,500
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233
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 233, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6), 1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6)1853, 13c Dark Red, Thick White Wove (6). Large margins, light vertical crease at left in margin only, tied by bold “3” handstamp and “Marlboro Mass. Sep. 11” circular datestamp on cover to Honolulu, Hawaii, addressed to “Warren Goodale Esqr., Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands”, a few wrinkles around edges

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 1853 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III ISSUE USED ON MAIL FROM THE UNITED STATES TO HAWAII.

Descendants of the Goodale and Thurston families have been associated with the Hawaiian islands ever since Lucy (Goodale) Thurston and the Revered Asa Thurston arrived with the Pioneer Company of Missionaries in April 1820. The Goodales were prominent residents of Marlborough (Marlboro), Massachusetts. The addressee, Warren Goodale, was the nephew of Lucy Thurston. He was born in Marlborough in 1825 and traveled to Hawaii in 1849. He became a tutor at the Royal School in Honolulu and subsequently was appointed Marshal of the Kingdom and Collector of Customs. He was one of two men present at Fort Honolulu when it was raided by the French in August 1849. Sometime after his wife, Ellen (Whitmore) Goodale, died in 1861 (see Sale 1009, lot 365), he moved his family back to Massachusetts and joined the Union Army in the Civil War. He subsequently resettled in Hawaii where he was involved in the sugar industry.

There is no year date on this cover, but since it is addressed to Warren Goodale in Honolulu, it must have been mailed prior to his resignation as Collector of Customs in December 1863. The “3” handstamp could be interpreted as 3c U.S. postage, which would mean that the cover was postmarked at Marlborough on Sep. 11, 1863, after the U.S. rate to California was reduced to 3c in July 1863. The 13c Hawaiian stamp would leave a balance of 10c to cover the 7c due in Hawaii (5c plus 2c ship fee). In any case, the absence of San Francisco and Honolulu postmarks is normal for a letter to Hawaii in this period.

The Hawaiian stamp was probably sent to or carried back to Massachusetts by a member of the Goodale family. Its use on mail to Hawaii appears to have been permitted by the Marlborough post office, either due to the “United States 8 Cts.” label on the stamp or out of respect to the Goodale family (or both). Once the letter entered the mail stream, it made its way to Honolulu via San Francisco.

Ex Juhring, Ishikawa and Golden. With 1979 H.P.S. and 2011 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail for single on cover $22,500.00

E. 10,000-15,000
8,500
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234
ng
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 234, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7), 1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7)1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7). Type I (Clark) numeral with long flag, unused (no gum), large margins to in at top, bright color, few creases, scuff at bottom, otherwise Fine, ex Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate

7,000
1,900
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235
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 235, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7), 1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7)1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7). Type I (Clark) numeral with long flag, large margins all around, used with United States 1851-55 10c Green, Ty. II (14) and 12c Black (17), all three tied together by two strikes of “San Francisco Cal. 20 Feb.” circular datestamp, hinged together as they would have originally appeared, 12c defective, 5c slight wrinkles/creasing and tiny faint toned spot

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1857 5-CENT ON 13-CENT PROVISIONAL SURCHARGE USED WITH UNITED STATES 1851-55 10-CENT AND 12-CENT STAMPS.

The 5c provisional surcharge was necessary due to a shortage of 5c stamps just after the transition from Postmaster Whitney to Postmaster Jackson. Most were made by Jackson’s clerk, Alvah Clark, around the start of 1857. New supplies of the 5c stamp (Scott No. 8) were received at the end of June 1857.

Ex Golden. With 1980 and 2011 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail as a used single with no premium for the other two stamps

10,000
5,500
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236
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 236, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7), 1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7)1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7). Type I manuscript “5” applied by post office clerk Alvah Clark, huge margins to in, uncancelled in Hawaii (as usual during this time period), used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large to huge margins including bottom sheet margin, tied by “San Francisco Cal. Jul. 20, 1857” circular datestamp on folded letter to Mrs. Otis Simmons in Little Compton R.I., red “Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*June 27” circular datestamp, manuscript “12” at top right, 12c some faint toning not mentioned on accompanying certificate, the provisional with tiny pinhole at top right

A VERY FINE COVER WITH THE HAWAIIAN 1857 “5” ON 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III PROVISIONAL STAMP USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. ONE OF ELEVEN SUCH COMBINATIONS RECORDED BY GREGORY.

The Gregory census lists 18 covers with the 5c on 13c surcharge (Volume III, Appendix II-F). Five were carried on this trip of the Vaquero, which stopped at Honolulu on its way from Australia and carried two bags of mail when it cleared Honolulu on June 27, 1857. She returned to safe harbor with a broken mast and left again on June 30 with additional mail, arriving in San Francisco on July 16. Mail to the east was postmarked in San Francisco on July 20 for the sailing of the PMSC John L. Stephens, which arrived in Panama City on August 3. At least some of the mail from the John L. Stephens missed the two sailings of USMSC steamers on August 3 (based on east coast postmarks on other No. 7 covers from the same Honolulu sailing). If this cover missed those sailings as well, then it was likely carried on the August 13 sailing of the Illinois, which arrived in New York September 3 after a stop at Havana.

No. 9 in the Gregory census and illustrated in Hawaiian Foreign Mail to 1870 (p. II-55). Ex Rohloff, Kramer (where erroneously described as carried on the Fanny Major) and Walske. With 2003 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $45,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
8,000
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237
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 237, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Positions 13-16, horizontal strip of four, large margins to just touched, red “Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Sep. 3” large circular datestamp at left, right pair uncancelled, left stamp small sealed corner tear at top left, Positions 14 and 16 also with small sealed tears

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE -- EITHER UNUSED OR USED -- OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING.

This is believed to be the only used strip of four extant. Pictured in Meyer-Harris (p. 130) on its original quadruple-rate cover, from which it was removed.

Ex Admiral Harris, Honolulu Advertiser and Golden. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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238
 
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 238, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, bright shade, tied by red “Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 18” circular datestamps on piece, small corner creases at bottom corners, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful and scarce used pair, ex King Farouk and Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate

2,000
2,700
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239
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 239, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Used with United States 1c and 10c 1851-55 Issues, unusually and artistically arranged on a small envelope with small “Paid” in sender’s hand and a neat address to Berlin Mass., the stamps were trimmed of all margins by the artist, who probably considered extra paper unsightly (so type characteristics also trimmed), lightly struck red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid” large circular datestamp ties 5c and 1c at right, carried by the Yankee (cleared Jul. 12, arrived Aug. 2), upon arrival the San Francisco office cancelled and tied each stamp with its “San Francisco Cal. Aug. 5, 1858” circular datestamp, small ink stain at center is trivial

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL FRANKING AND ARRANGEMENT OF STAMPS PAYING THE 5-CENT HAWAIIAN POSTAGE PLUS 12-CENT U.S. POSTAGE FOR THE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE AND 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN’S FEE.

Ex Admiral Harris, Krug, Honolulu Advertiser and Bailar. With 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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240
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 240, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Horizontal pair, large margins to in at bottom, bright color, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17) and 1857 Perforated

10c Green, Ty. III (33), 12c large margins to just in at bottom right, 10c perfs scissors-separated at right, faint strike of red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Feb. 18” (1858) circular datestamp on cover to Jonathan Brewster in Chicago Ill. and forwarded to Northampton Mass., all stamps tied by single strike of “San Francisco Cal. Mar. (20, 1858)” circular datestamp, red crayon “for 3” at left and manuscript “due 3 cts” below stamps, 10c scissors-trimmed perfs at right, cover stains and small erosion spot below stamps, U.S. stamps slightly toned

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOUBLE-RATE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH A PAIR OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING USED WITH 1851 IMPERFORATE AND 1857 PERFORATED UNITED STATES STAMPS, PAYING THE CORRECT 22-CENT RATE. ONLY TWO COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THIS COMBINATION OF STAMPS.

Although the dates in the postmarks are difficult to read, we believe this was carried on the bark Yankee, which departed Honolulu on February 27, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco on March 15 (datestamped March 20 for Panama sailing).

The Gregory census records two covers with a Hawaii No. 8 pair and U.S. Nos. 17 and 33. Ex Golden. With 1978 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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241
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 241, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Full margins to just barely in at bottom right, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large margins to slightly in at upper right, tied together by light strike of red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 3” (1859) circular datestamp, a second clearer strike on cover to Miss Almira L. Bartow in Brooklyn N.Y., stamps additionally tied by light strike of “San Francisco Cal. Oct. 24, 1859” circular datestamp, repeated at lower left, “OVERLAND” straightline handstamp (with small “R”) which must have been impressed over the edge of the (no longer present) letter, causing some distortion of the strike, 12c inconsequential light wrinkle called a “light vertical crease” on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMBINATION OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND ONE OF SIX RECORDED MIXED-FRANKING COVERS WITH “OVERLAND” ROUTE DIRECTIVE MARKING.

This cover was carried on the bark Yankee, which departed Honolulu on October 3, 1859, and arrived in San Francisco on October 21. It arrived one day too late for the regular twice-monthly sailing for Panama and was marked with the “OVERLAND” handstamp to indicate its late arrival and alternate routing on the next Butterfield stagecoach. The San Francisco October 24 postmark date corresponds with the regular Monday stagecoach departure. Michael Perlman records 14 covers from Hawaii with the “OVERLAND” handstamp, including six with U.S.-Hawaii mixed frankings (all 5c and 12c 1851). The addressee, Almira Lucilla Bartow, was the sister of Lahaina postmaster Cornelius S. Bartow.

Ex Seybold, Admiral Harris, Krug and Golden. Illustrated in Ashbrook’s book on the 1c (Volume 2, page 261). With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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242
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 242, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Large margins all around, bright color, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at right, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Apr. 24” (1858) circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Mrs. Frances Fish in New London Conn., stamps uncancelled at Honolulu, tied together by light strike of “San Francisco Cal. Jun. 5, 1858” circular datestamp, cover slightly acid toned

VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

This cover was carried on the schooner Liholiho, which departed Honolulu on April 26, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco on May 21 (mail for the East Coast was datestamped on June 5).

Ex Juhring, Ishikawa (where mistakenly described as No. 5) and Golden. With 1981 Friedl certificate (as No. 5). With 2011 P.F. certificate as the correct No. 8. Signed Bloch in pencil.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,200
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243
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 243, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8), 1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8)1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Huge margins to barely touched including part of adjoining stamp at left and sheet margin at right, uncancelled, red “Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Dec. 3” (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Miss E. D. Turrill, in care of D. P. Belknap in San Francisco, clearly struck “Ship 5” handstamp and “San Francisco Cal. Dec. 19, 1861” double-circle datestamp, stamp with small tear at upper right mostly in margin

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE USE OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING ON COVER TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH “SHIP 5” DUE MARKING.

This cover was carried on the American whaling ship Harrison, which departed Honolulu on December 3, 1861, and arrived in San Francisco on December 18. Mail was postmarked at San Francisco on the following day. The addressee is believed to be the daughter of Joel Turrill, a prominent attorney and congressman from Oswego, New York. He had served as U.S. Consul to the Hawaiian Islands (1845-50). In the financial crisis of 1857 he lost all of his property, and he died in December 1859. This cover was addressed to her in care of D. P. Belknap, a prominent San Francisco resident. Belknap presumably paid the 5c incoming ship-letter postage.

Ex Golden. With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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244
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 244, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9), 1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Reconstruction of the sheet of 20 with block of twelve at top, blocks of five and three at bottom, the bottom left block of three from a different multiple (based on differences in the gum), original gum, h.r. where reconstructed, sheet margins at sides, some toning and creases

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE RECONSTRUCTED SHEET OF 20 OF THE 1861 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III THIRD PRINTING ON THIN BLUISH WOVE PAPER. THE TOP BLOCK OF TWELVE IS LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE.

Another block of twelve was offered in Honolulu Advertiser sale. Ex Golden. Scott Retail as three blocks of four and singles.

9,200
3,500
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245
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 245, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9), 1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9)1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Ample to large margins, deep rich color, tied by square grid cancel, “Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jan. 19” circular datestamp on cover to San Francisco, “San Francisco Cal. Feb. 9, 1864” double-circle datestamp and “DUE 6” straightline handstamp, the datestamp also ties stamp and the due marking indicates proper rate for a ship letter addressed to port of entry

EXTREMELY FINE IN EVERY RESPECT. THE 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III 1861 THIRD PRINTING ON BLUISH PAPER IS SCARCE ON COVER. THIS CHOICE TIED EXAMPLE IS A RARE USE TO THE PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH “DUE 6” RATE.

Fred Gregory reports 50 covers with the 5c Third Printing (Scott 9), but only 15 are covers with this stamp used alone (not in combination with United States stamps). Only one other is addressed to San Francisco, and the cover offered here is the only one with the “Due 6” straightline. It was carried on the Comet, departing Honolulu on January 21, 1864, arriving in San Francisco on February 9.

Letters from Hawaii to San Francisco showing the 1863 rates are discussed in the Gregory book (Volume II, pages 165-169). The San Francisco post office inconsistently applied the 4c and 6c collect rates. Six examples are recorded by Gregory.

Ex Honolulu Advertiser, Twigg-Smith and Walske. With 2007 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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246
TC
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 246, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1868, 5c Orange Red, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (10TC1a), 1868, 5c Orange Red, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (10TC1a)1868, 5c Orange Red, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (10TC1a). 84 x 57mm India paper die sunk on slightly larger card with full die sinkage, die no. C-217 at top, remarkably fresh color, a few minor toned spots far from design, still Very Fine, an enormously rare and trial color proof, only one other is recorded and it is cut to stamp size

3,000
5,750
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247
ogbl
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 247, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1868, 5c Blue, Re-Issue (10), 1868, 5c Blue, Re-Issue (10)1868, 5c Blue, Re-Issue (10). Complete sheet of 20 with sheet margins all around, identified by David Golden as third printing, original gum, h.r., bit heavy horizontal crease between second and third rows, few small thin spots and toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, ex Taylor and Golden, Scott Retail as blocks and singles

630
650
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248
c
Sale Number 1216, Lot Number 248, Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues1864, 2c Rose Vermilion (31), 1864, 2c Rose Vermilion (31)1864, 2c Rose Vermilion (31). Horizontal strip of three overpaying 5c Hawaiian postage, cancelled by three-ring targets struck three times (avoiding the U.S. stamps) on small cover to Miss Lucy Tillman in San Francisco, additionally stamped at origin with United States 1861 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65) tied by target cancels of San Francisco, paying the old 4c rate for mail addressed to San Francisco, bold red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid May 23” (1867) circular datestamp, part “San Francisco Cal. Jun. 6” double-circle with slug instead of yeardate, pencil “1864” on back possibly refers to issue date of Hawaiian stamps, strip with perf faults from placement at top including small piece out of right stamp, cover with very minor toning

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE FRANKING FROM HAWAII TO SAN FRANCISCO. ESPECIALLY RARE WITH THE ONE-CENT STAMP.

This cover is illustrated and discussed in the Gregory book (Volume II, page 175). According to Gregory, it was carried from Honolulu to San Francisco on the American bark Comet (cleared May 23, 1867, arrived June 6). After the Act of March 1863 effectively reduced the city delivery rate in San Francisco from 2c to 1c, the correct prepaid U.S. postage should have been 3c (1c for local delivery plus 2c ship captain’s fee). However, surviving covers show that there was much confusion over the correct amount to prepay.

Ex Knapp, Tows, Juhring, Honolulu Advertiser and Bailar. With 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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