Sale 1264 — The Stephen Rose Collection of 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Foreign Uses: Hawaii thru British North America

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
309
c
Sale 1264, Lot 309, Foreign Uses: Hawaii thru British North America2c Brown (113). Used with 3c Ultramarine (114) and Hawaii, 1866, 5c Blue (32), 3c stamp affixed slightly overlapping the Hawaiian stamp, which is uncancelled, Pictorial stamps tied by quartered cork cancels with "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 22" (1870) circular datestamp on cover to Bridgeport Conn., "D.C. MURRAY" name-of-ship handstamp in red and carried on that non-contract bark, departing Honolulu June 2, 1870, and arriving San Francisco June 22, stamps with light creases and 2c some minor gum toning around perfs, some expert cover restoration at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE ON A U.S.-HAWAII MIXED FRANKING COVER TO THE UNITED STATES. ONLY FIVE 2-CENT 1869 COVERS ARE RECORDED FROM HAWAII.

The rate from Hawaii to the U.S. in June 1870 was 10c for a contract steamer or 5c for a non-contract ship (3c postage plus 2c ship fee), plus 5c Hawaiian postage. The contract steamer was faster but more expensive and the next sailing when this cover was posted was not for almost two weeks, on the Ajax (departed June 23, 1870). This was the last non-contract sailing before a new postal convention became effective (July 1, 1870), which abolished the separate 2c ship fee and the need for mixed U.S.-Hawaiian postage.

Ex Golden.

E. 2,000-3,000
6,000
310
c
Sale 1264, Lot 310, Foreign Uses: Hawaii thru British North America2c Brown (113). Horizontal strip of three, natural straight edge at left, tied by target cancels with "Pembina Dakota Sep. 6" (1870) territorial circular datestamp on blue cover from Fort Garry on the Red River (modern Winnipeg) to Montreal, Canada via U.S. Dakota Territory, blurry receiving backstamp, receipt docketing of Sep. 16

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL COVERS FROM RED RIVER SETTLEMENT, ADDRESSED TO CANADA AND MAILED THROUGH THE U.S. TERRITORIAL POST OFFICE IN DAKOTA TERRITORY.

In 1869-70, mail from the isolated Canadian outpost at Fort Garry on the Red River (modem Winnipeg) was first routed by private courier down the river to Pembina in the U.S. Dakota Territory to enter the U.S. mail system before being sent on to its destination in eastern or western Canada. U.S. stamps were sold at Fort Garry to pay for the standard 6c rate from the U.S. to Canada. This was the only available southern route for Canadian mail posted north of Dakota. This is one of two covers recorded with the 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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311
c
Sale 1264, Lot 311, Foreign Uses: Hawaii thru British North America2c Brown (113). Rich color and nicely centered, cork cancel and "Houlton Me. 28 Jan." duplex circular datestamp on Cherubs pictorial cover to Woodstock, New Brunswick, "PAID/2" handstamp applied at Houlton for ferriage rate to Canadian post office near border, Woodstock receiving backstamp (Jan. 28)

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS 2-CENT SPECIAL CROSS-BORDER "FERRIAGE" RATE.

The normal rate to Canada during this time was 6c. The Houlton, Maine, and Woodstock, New Brunswick, post offices were only about ten miles apart and qualified for the special 2c ferriage rate. A similar illustrated cover from the same correspondence was offered in our 2004 sale of the Millard Mack collection (realized $5,250 hammer).

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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312
c
Sale 1264, Lot 312, Foreign Uses: Hawaii thru British North America2c Brown (113). Deep shade, tied by bold rosette cancel on Sep. 15, 1869 folded circular and prices current from New York City to Belleville, Canada, pencil "1" due marking, Very Fine, a scarce 2c 1869 circular-rate cover to Canada

E. 300-400
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313
c
Sale 1264, Lot 313, Foreign Uses: Hawaii thru British North America2c Brown (113). Used with L-shaped block of three of 3c Green (147), straight edge at right, cancelled by brownish-black Star in Circle fancy cancels, matching "Sebastopol Cal. Feb. 25" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Victoria, British Columbia, bottom flap refolded to show all of stamps, minor sealed edge tear at top right, stamps with light gum stains and 2c and one 3c creased over edge, still Fine appearing and scarce use, ex Kuphal, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
225
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