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

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

Category — Hawaii: Numeral Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1414
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1414, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1859, 1c Light Blue, Bluish White (12), HAWAII, 1859, 1c Light Blue, Bluish White (12)HAWAII, 1859, 1c Light Blue, Bluish White (12). Plate 2-A, Type IX (Westerberg Position 9), unused (no gum), huge margins, beautiful pastel Light Blue shade, clear impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1859 ONE-CENT LIGHT BLUE HAWAIIAN NUMERAL ISSUE.

The pastel shade, clear impression and semi-opaque paper of this stamp are characteristic of a particular group of early Numeral stamps, including the only known blocks of the 2c from Plate 1-A. We believe they originated from the same printing.

This stamp was the lead-off One-Cent Numeral in the Honolulu Advertiser sale, and it still ranks as the finest unused example we have ever encountered. The only one possible runner-up is the stamp in the Drucker collection, which our firm sold in 2003 (Sale 856, lot 755).

Ex Caspary, Ishikawa, Honolulu Advertiser and Gross. With 1995 P.F. certificate

15,000
17,000
1415
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1415, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13), HAWAII, 1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13)HAWAII, 1859, 2c Light Blue, Bluish White (13). Plate 3-B, Type VIII (Westerberg Position 8), margins to in, pen cancel removed, small diagonal crease at top right, tiny thin spot at lower left, otherwise Fine example of this scarce Numeral, with 2006 P.F. certificate

5,000
700
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1416
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1416, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1862, 2c Black, Greenish Blue (14), HAWAII, 1862, 2c Black, Greenish Blue (14)HAWAII, 1862, 2c Black, Greenish Blue (14). Plate 3-Gx, Type I (Westerberg Position 3), unused (no gum), large to huge margins, bright “Robin’s Egg” Blue paper and crisp impression

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 1862 2-CENT NUMERAL ON GREENISH BLUE PAPER. A DIFFICULT ISSUE TO FIND IN SUCH WONDERFUL CONDITION.

Ex Lichtenstein, Karasch, Ishikawa, Pietsch and Gross. With 1967 P.F. certificate

8,000
12,000
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1417
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1417, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1863, 1c Black, Grayish (15), HAWAII, 1863, 1c Black, Grayish (15)HAWAII, 1863, 1c Black, Grayish (15). Plate 4-A, Type III (Westerberg Position 3), unused (no gum), ample margins, small toned spot at center not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine appearance, with 1978 B.P.S. certificate

850
650
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1418
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1418, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16), HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16)HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16). Plate 3-E, Type III (Westerberg Position 1), ample to huge margins including top sheet margin and 6.5mm of righthand gutter margin, tied by red “Honolulu Hawaiian- Islands Aug. 1” (1860) circular datestamp on gray cover to Mrs. Gustav Reiners, Wailua Falls, Kauai, full clear strike of “Forwarded by Melchers & Co. Honolulu” oval handstamp, short sealed tear in cover at right, minor tropical stained spots on cover and stamp

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED NUMERAL ISSUE COVER WITH A HANDSTAMPED FORWARDER’S MARKING AND ONE OF TWO EXAMPLES OF THE MELCHERS & COMPANY OVAL.

According to Gregory, two German immigrants, Gustav C. Melchers and Gustav Reiners, established Melchers & Company in Hawaii in 1852. Melchers returned to Germany in the mid-1850s. Reiners returned to Germany in 1861, leaving the business in the hands of F. A. Schaefer, who bought out the other partners in 1867. Gregory records two examples of the Melchers & Co. oval: one on a newspaper wrapper to Europe and the other on the cover offered here.

Because mail-forwarders were entrusted primarily with letters sent between the islands and other countries, the use of inter-island stamps in conjunction with forwarder markings was extremely limited. We know of just two Numeral covers handled by forwarders, but only this cover received a handstamped forwarder’s marking before it was carried by inter-island schooner for Kauai. The other cover has a 2c Blue Numeral and manuscript notation on back indicating that Waterhouse & Co. forwarded the letter (ex Caspary).

Ex Honolulu Advertiser, Pietsch and Gross. With 1979 Friedl certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
14,500
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1419
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1419, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16), HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16)HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16). Plate 3-G, Type X (Westerberg Position 10), huge margins all around including bottom right corner sheet margin, neat magenta pen cancel in three strokes, oily blue “Lahaina Hawaiian-Islands Mar. 25” circular datestamp on folded cover to Levi Haalelea at Honolulu, left flap missing, small cover tear at left, vertical file folds including one affecting left margin of the stamp well away from design, small toned spot well away from design

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE WIDE-MARGINED EXAMPLE OF THE 1860 2-CENT HAWAIIAN NUMERAL TIED ON COVER.

The recipient, Levi Haalelea was an important figure in Hawaiian history. He was a high chief of the Kingdom of Hawaii. His wife was Princess Kekauonohi, the granddaughter of Kamehameha I.

Ex Ishikawa, Honolulu Advertiser and Gross

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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1420
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1420, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16), HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16)HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16). Plate 3-G, Type X (Westerberg Position 10), clear margins all around, tied by penstroke on buff cover to Charlie Wetmore at Honolulu, docketing indicates sent May 27, 1861 and received June 3, small scuff in address

FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS NUMERAL ISSUE ON COVER.

The recipient, Charles Hinckley Wetmore, was a physician who served as a missionary and government physician. With 1996 P.F. certificate not noting scuff

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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1421
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1421, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16), HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16)HAWAII, 1859-63, 2c Black, Grayish (16). Plate 3-E, Type I (Westerberg Position 3), large margins to clear, sealed horizontal tear at bottom left, tied by bold strike of blue Lahaina Customs House seal with full-rigged ship on cover to Rev. S. E. Bishop at Honolulu, June 7, 1860 docketing at left indicates this was mailed by Cornelia Ann Bishop to her husband, cover lightly cleaned with two mended nicks at bottom

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LATEST RECORDED USE OF THE LAHAINA CUSTOMS HOUSE SEAL ON COVER. FEWER THAN TEN FULL COVERS WITH THIS CANCEL ARE REPORTED.

This marking was used by Cornelius S. Bartow, the Lahaina postmaster, before he received cancelling devices ordered through the Honolulu post office. In a letter to the postmaster-general, he refers to this provisional cancellation: “Did you order a stamp for the department of this place? It seems to me to be very necessary, as I am now compelled to use the Custom House seal.” The marking was usually struck in an oily greenish-blue ink, which left very poor impressions.

The Rev. Sereno Edwards Bishop was the son of the Rev. Artema and Elizabeth Bishop, missionaries of the Second Company. Rev. Bishop was the Seaman’s Chaplain at Lahaina from 1853 to 1862, the period in which this cover was mailed, evidently while he was visiting Honolulu.

Ex Admiral Harris, Pietsch and Gross. With 2020 P.F. certificate. Scott value $5,000.00 on cover.

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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1422
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1422, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18), HAWAII, 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18)HAWAII, 1863, 2c Black, Blue Gray (18). Plate 5-A, Type IX (Westerberg Position 9), unused (no gum), huge balanced margins all around

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS WIDELY CONSIDERED TO BE THE FINEST UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT HAWAIIAN NUMERAL ON BLUE GRAY WOVE PAPER. A PHENOMENAL STAMP IN EVERY RESPECT.

A Power Search review of the 142 unused and used singles offered in our past auctions reveals the rarity of this issue with four large margins.

Ex Caspary, Tows, Pietsch and Gross

3,500
4,750
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1423
ogbl
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1423, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1864, 1c Black (19), HAWAII, 1864, 1c Black (19)HAWAII, 1864, 1c Black (19). Plate 6-A, Types I-VI (Westerberg Positions 1-6), block of six, unused (no gum), huge margins to full, intense shade and impression, crisp paper

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS WITHOUT QUESTION ONE OF THE FINEST BLOCKS OF THE 1864 ONE-CENT NUMERAL ISSUE ON MEDIUM WHITE WOVE PAPER IN EXISTENCE.

Most multiples of this issue tend to have smaller margins than the example offered here, or faults such as creases. Power Search did not locate any superior blocks.

Ex Caspary, Lilly, Pietsch and Gross. Scott value as block of four and a pair $4,300.00

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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1424
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1424, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, “Hawaiian Postage” (21), HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, “Hawaiian Postage” (21)HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, “Hawaiian Postage” (21). Plate 9-A, Type X (Westerberg Position 2), large margins, small tear at left, tied by square grid cancel, used with United States 1863 5c Brown (76), perfs in, tied by target cancel, red “Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 7” (1865) circular datestamp, bold “San Francisco Cal. Oct. 27, 1865” double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Salt Lake City, Utah, forwarded to Huntsville with manuscript 3c due notation, slightly reduced at right and some minor wear

FINE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE MIXED-FRANKING NUMERAL ISSUE COVER TO SALT LAKE CITY.

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 overland to Salt Lake City.

Ex Krug, Honolulu Advertiser and Gross. Illustrated in the Gregory book (page II-194). Signed Ashbrook

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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1425
ogbl
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1425, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, “Interisland” (22), HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, “Interisland” (22)HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, “Interisland” (22). Plate 12-A, Types I-X (Westerberg Positions 2/4/6/8/10 at left and Positions 1/3/5/7/9 at right), straddle-pane block of ten, different shades, original gum, h.r. at top, large margins to just touched at top left, horizontal crease affects second row, few other light creases, small bleach age spot at bottom left

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE STRADDLE-PANE MULTIPLE OF THE 1865 5-CENT “INTERISLAND” NUMERAL ISSUE.

Ex Ferrary and with his purple trefoil backstamp at bottom right, Admiral Harris, Lee, Van Dyke, Honolulu Advertiser and Gross. Scott value for two normal blocks and two singles $6,350.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,700
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1426
ogbl
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1426, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue, “Interisland”, Tete-Beche (22a), HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue, “Interisland”, Tete-Beche (22a)HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue, “Interisland”, Tete-Beche (22a). Plate 12-A, Types VI/IV/II/III/I (Westerberg Positions 2/4/6/8/10), the right columns of two plates in a tete-beche pane of ten, original gum, h.r., fresh, the two impressions in distinctly different shades, large margins to clear, horizontal crease between two rows, tiny thin speck in center straddle-pane margin, a few bleach age spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED TETE-BECHE PANES OF THE 1865 5-CENT BLUE “INTERISLAND” NUMERAL ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF HAWAIIAN PHILATELY.

Apart from the Post Office sheet of 25 comprising two complete panes of ten and a tete-beche row, offered in our Honolulu Advertiser sale, we record two tete-beche panes of ten. The other was lot 633 in the Tows sale. A block of six and a block of four are the only other known multiples larger than a pair.

Ex Ishikawa, Honolulu Advertiser and Gross. The block is unlisted in Scott — each of the five tete-beche pairs is valued at $18,000.00, for a total catalogue value of $90,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
22,000
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1427
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1427, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, "Interisland" (22), HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, "Interisland" (22)HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, "Interisland" (22). Plate 12-A, Type IV (Westerberg Position 4), margins in to clear, bold strike of target cancel, thins at upper right, appears Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

900
250
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1428
og
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1428, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, "Interisland", Tete Beche (22a), HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, "Interisland", Tete Beche (22a)HAWAII, 1865, 5c Blue on Blue, "Interisland", Tete Beche (22a). Plate 12-A, Types VI and I (Westerberg Positions 10 and 2), large margins all around, large part original gum, some toning from gum shows thru, vertical crease between stamps, another affecting one stamp, small thin spot and corner crease in right stamp

VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT BLUE "INTERISLAND" NUMERAL ISSUE.

With 2004 P.S.E. certificate

18,000
1,500
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1429
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Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1429, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 1c Black, Tete-Beche (23b), HAWAII, 1865, 1c Black, Tete-Beche (23b)HAWAII, 1865, 1c Black, Tete-Beche (23b). Plate 8-A, Types I-IXc (Westerberg Positions 2-10), unused (no gum), huge margins to full including wide sheet margin, bright shade, few faint toned spots above the stamps of no consequence

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE 1865 ONE-CENT HAWAIIAN NUMERAL ON LAID PAPER. THIS IS THE ONLY TETE-BECHE MULTIPLE CONTAINING THE RESET STATE OF TYPE IX.

The type at left, “Hawaiian Postage”, is known in three states on this plate. State A only shows the “Ha” and “e”. State B shows only the “Ha”, with the rest of the type dropped out. State C shows the type fixed so all letters are visible.

According to the Westerberg book, this was the first plate with the odd numbered types on the right side of the plates. This and other characteristics indicate it was the last plate used before the form was reset for the first 5c Numeral. In the order of printing, it follows the 2c, Scott 24.

Ex Ishikawa, Pietsch and Gross. With 2020 P.F. certificate

6,000
4,250
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1430
ngbl
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1430, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1864, 2c Black, Laid (24), HAWAII, 1864, 2c Black, Laid (24)HAWAII, 1864, 2c Black, Laid (24). Plate 7-A, Types I-X (Westerberg Positions 1-10), complete pane of ten, early impression with Position 3 showing "I" of "INTER" and Position 9 showing slight wear on "S" of "POSTAGE", unused (no gum), horizontal crease between third and fourth rows, small toned spot at bottom between stamps

VERY FINE APPEARING COMPLETE PANE OF TEN OF THE 1864 2-CENT NUMERAL ISSUE ON LAID PAPER.

With 1977 H.P.S. certificate

3,700
2,200
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1431
ngbl
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1431, Hawaii: Numeral IssuesHAWAII, 1865, 1c Dark Blue (25), HAWAII, 1865, 1c Dark Blue (25)HAWAII, 1865, 1c Dark Blue (25). Plate 11-A, Types I-X (Westerberg Positions 1-10), two complete panes in an unused block of 20, unused (no gum), large margins, few light creases, minor soiling at bottom well away from stamps

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BLOCK OF 20 IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 1865 2-CENT DARK BLUE NUMERAL ON WOVE PAPER. ONLY FIVE ARE KNOWN TO US.

In addition to this and two other blocks of 20 from the Golden collection, we know of two other blocks of the same size (one ex Honolulu Advertiser and the other ex Pietsch).

Ex Golden. Scott value as four blocks of four and four singles

7,200
4,500
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