VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY UNUSUAL MIXED UNITED STATES AND HAWAIIAN FRANKING DURING THE CONVENTION PERIOD, WHEN THE 6-CENT RATE COULD BE PREPAID WITH THE STAMP OF THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
The 6c U.S.-Hawaii treaty rate (Jul. 1, 1870, to Dec. 31, 1881) required the sender in Hawaii to affix only a Hawaiian stamp on a letter addressed to a place within the United States. The addressee, Clara Moseley, was the daughter of Hiram Bingham Moseley, a descendent of Rev. Hiram Bingham, one of the Pioneer Company of Missionaries. The sender's decision to affix U.S. and Hawaiian 6c stamps could have been a misinterpretation of the rate requirements, although this seems unlikely eight years into the Convention period. It is also possible that the letter was over the half-ounce weight limit, and the U.S. stamp was added to pay the additional rate.
Ex Braus, Risvold and "Andromeda". With 2010 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER FRANKED WITH THE CLIPPERTON ISLAND PRIVATE FRANKING STAMP.
Clipperton Island lies 670 miles southwest of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was an important source of guano fertilizer and home to 150-200 miners at the time the Clipperton Island stamp was issued for use on mail carried from the island to San Francisco. This cover to Germany entered the mails at San Francisco and is additionally franked with the proper 5c U.S. postage for the U.P.U. rate. Very few other Clipperton Island covers are known. With 2016 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE MIXED-FRANKING COVER FROM SAMOA TO THE UNITED STATES.
The Odenweller book notes that the grids tying the Samoa and U.S. stamps are different, but we think they are identical and were likely applied to all three stamps on arrival in San Francisco.
Ex Hollowbush, Vogel and "Andromeda"
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE FRANKING ON A REGISTERED COVER FROM SAMOA TO GERMANY, PAYING FIVE-TIMES 3-PENCE RATE PLUS REGISTRY FEE.
The Odenweller census lists only one other with a similar franking, mailed on the exact same day but to a different recipient in Leipzig.
Ex Vogel and "Andromeda"
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE USAGE FROM SAMOA TO STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN.
Ex Rohloff and Vogel