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The Steven C. Walske Collection of Hawaiian Postal History continued...

Second Treaty Period: Stampless Covers
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
17 c ImageHAWAII, Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Nov. 20 (1852). Bold strike of red circular datestamp on buff cover to Mr. Joseph Huestes in Crown Point N.Y., bold strike of blue San Francisco Cal. 16 Dec.” circular datestamp with matching Paid” and 8” in circle handstamps, some slight cover wrinkles and wear


The Gregory book (Vol. 1, p. 255) notes that blue ink was introduced in the San Francisco office in September 1852, but that the earliest use on Hawaii-related mail is Dec. 1, when some prepaid covers were marked with blue ink and others in black. From Dec. 15, 1852, to Jan. 15, 1853, prepaid covers from Hawaii were marked in blue, while collect covers were marked in black. The exception is Jan. 15, when both collect and prepaid covers were marked in blue.

This cover was carried on the Zoe, which departed Honolulu Nov. 22, 1852, and arrived in San Francisco Dec. 12. From there it was carried on the PMSC Tennessee, which departed Dec. 16 and arrived in Panama on Dec. 31. It was carried on the USMSC Illinois, which departed Aspinwall Jan. 2, 1853, and arrived in New York Jan. 13.

Ex Van Dyke and Pietsch. (Image)

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E. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $750.00
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18 c Image3c Brownish Carmine (11A). Horizontal pair, rich color, tied by San Francisco Cal. 25 Apr.” (no year date) circular datestamp on buff cover to New London Conn., red crayon 13” marking indicating the full amount of Hawaiian (5c) and U.S. postage (6c) plus 2c ship fee needed to pay to get this cover to the U.S , no other Hawaiian markings, minor edge flaws and wrinkles, otherwise Fine (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $400.00
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19 c ImageHAWAII, Tahiti to France via Honolulu. Small cover with clear strike of Poste Aux Lettres (Tahiti) 27 Janv. 55” double-circle datestamp with date in manuscript, neat red Honolulu * U.S. Postage Paid * Feb. 24” circular datestamp on cover originating in Tahiti and sent to Cognac, France, addressed to Madame Louis Roy chez M Dalmazy Laine” with original letter datelined Papeete le 26 Janvier 1855”, San Francisco Cal. 31 Mar.” circular datestamp, red crayon 28” (26c for transatlantic service via American Packet pus 2c ship fee from Hawaii), red New-York Am. Pkt. May 2” circular datestamp, Calais transit datestamp (May 15), light strike of 8” decimes due handstamp, Paris (May 15) and receiving (May 16) backstamps, manuscript 1855/7” may be receipt docketing, trivial edgewear


This cover and another to Rochefort with similar markings were carried in the same mail packet, so we shall describe their travels together. They were brought from Tahiti to Honolulu on the steamship City of Norfolk en route from Melbourne to San Francisco via Tasmania, Tahiti and Honolulu. The City of Norfolk left Tahiti on Jan. 28, 1855, and arrived in Honolulu on Feb. 16, where she docked until continuing her trip to San Francisco on Feb. 24. The mail from Tahiti entered the Honolulu post office and the covers were datestamped on Feb. 24. The City of Norfolk arrived in San Francisco on March 19, and from there the mail was carried to Panama on the PMSC John L. Stephens, which departed March 31 and arrived April 13. After crossing the isthmus on the new Panama railroad, the covers were carried to New York on the USMSC George Law (renamed Central America in 1857), which departed April 15 and arrived April 24. At New York they were placed on the Collins Line’s Pacific, which departed on May 2 and arrived at Liverpool on May 13. After the channel crossing to Calais, they entered the French mail system and were delivered to the addressees (8 decimes due for ship-letter postage).

Mail between Tahiti and Hawaii was exchanged in accordance with a postal treaty signed on Nov. 24, 1853, and printed in The Polynesian on Dec. 10. The impetus for negotiating a postal treaty between Tahiti and Hawaii was Honolulu Postmaster Whitney’s desire to be reimbursed for U.S. postage he paid to San Francisco on letters and newspapers sent between the U.S. and Tahiti via Honolulu. Accounts were maintained between the three postal entities which facilitated reimbursement.

Three covers from Tahiti to Honolulu are recorded. One is a newspaper wrapper from Tahiti to R. C. Wyllie in Honolulu, which he forwarded to the United States outside the mails, probably by diplomatic pouch (ex Pietsch). Only the two covers to France dated Jan. 27 have both Tahiti and Honolulu postmarks. The other (addressed to Rochefort) was recently offered in our auction of the Golden collection (Siegel Sale 1009, lot 97).

Illustrated and described in the Gregory book (Vol. 1, pp. 316-317). With 2001 Sismondo certificate. (Image)

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E. 10,000-15,000

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20 c ImageLondon to Hawaii. Folded letter in French datelined London le 24 Juin 1852”, addressed to Monsieur le Consul de Francaise, Honolulu, iles Sandwich par San Francisco, Amerique”, red Paid 23 JU 23 1852” London circular datestamp and Coventry St.” straightline handstamp, magenta 2/4” for prepaid 2sh4p to San Francisco and Paid” handstamp applied in San Francisco, red crayon 5” for Hawaiian postage due, Very Fine, carried on the RMSP Magdalena, (Southampton July 2, St. Thomas July 18), RMSP Dee (St. Thomas July 20, Chagres July 27), PMSC Golden Gate (Panama Aug. 5, San Francisco Aug. 18), American brig Noble (San Francisco Aug. 18, Honolulu Sep. 1), the letter was marked 5” cents due in Honolulu, either to make it clear that consular mail could not be sent free, or as a contraindication to the San Francisco Paid” marking, illustrated and described in Gregory book (Vol. I, pp. 332-333) (Image)

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E. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $650.00
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21 c ImageHAWAII, Mackie, Anthon & Co. March 20, 1855 folded letter from Hamburg to Krull & Moll in Honolulu, with manuscript directive Care of Messr. Mackie & Anthon Honolulu”, red manuscript 3/2” (3sh2p) and orange red London Paid” datestamp, also directed to Messr Bandmann, Nielsen & Co. San Francisco California,” black Paid” handstamp of San Francisco, docketing indicates June 5 receiving date, merchant’s blue oval handstamp in corner, file notes in pencil at bottom, some internal splits reinforced, Very Fine, scarce, carried on the Collins Line’s Baltic (Liverpool Mar. 24, New York Apr. 6), Grenada (New York Apr. 17, Havana Apr. 22), El Dorado (Havana Apr. 23, Aspinwall Apr. 28), John L. Stephens (Panama May 3, San Francisco May 18), Vaquero (San Francisco May 23, Honolulu June 5), ex Honolulu Advertiser and Kramer (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,400.00
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