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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
VERY FINE APPEARING ORIGINAL-GUM TETE-BECHE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT BLUE "INTERISLAND" NUMERAL ISSUE.
With 2004 P.S.E. certificate
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
VERY FINE APPEARING COMPLETE PANE OF TEN OF THE 1864 2-CENT NUMERAL ISSUE ON LAID PAPER.
With 1977 H.P.S. certificate
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