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The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection: Classic United States and Hawaii continued...

Hawaii: Kamehameha III Issues continued...
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236 c Image1857, 5c on 13c Dark Red (7). Type I manuscript 5” applied by post office clerk Alvah Clark, huge margins to in, uncancelled in Hawaii (as usual during this time period), used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large to huge margins including bottom sheet margin, tied by San Francisco Cal. Jul. 20, 1857” circular datestamp on folded letter to Mrs. Otis Simmons in Little Compton R.I., red Honolulu*U.S. Postage Paid*June 27” circular datestamp, manuscript 12” at top right, 12c some faint toning not mentioned on accompanying certificate, the provisional with tiny pinhole at top right

A VERY FINE COVER WITH THE HAWAIIAN 1857 5” ON 13-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III PROVISIONAL STAMP USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE. ONE OF ELEVEN SUCH COMBINATIONS RECORDED BY GREGORY.

The Gregory census lists 18 covers with the 5c on 13c surcharge (Volume III, Appendix II-F). Five were carried on this trip of the Vaquero, which stopped at Honolulu on its way from Australia and carried two bags of mail when it cleared Honolulu on June 27, 1857. She returned to safe harbor with a broken mast and left again on June 30 with additional mail, arriving in San Francisco on July 16. Mail to the east was postmarked in San Francisco on July 20 for the sailing of the PMSC John L. Stephens, which arrived in Panama City on August 3. At least some of the mail from the John L. Stephens missed the two sailings of USMSC steamers on August 3 (based on east coast postmarks on other No. 7 covers from the same Honolulu sailing). If this cover missed those sailings as well, then it was likely carried on the August 13 sailing of the Illinois, which arrived in New York September 3 after a stop at Havana.

No. 9 in the Gregory census and illustrated in Hawaiian Foreign Mail to 1870 (p. II-55). Ex Rohloff, Kramer (where erroneously described as carried on the Fanny Major) and Walske. With 2003 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $45,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000


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237   Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Positions 13-16, horizontal strip of four, large margins to just touched, red Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Sep. 3” large circular datestamp at left, right pair uncancelled, left stamp small sealed corner tear at top left, Positions 14 and 16 also with small sealed tears

FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE -- EITHER UNUSED OR USED -- OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING.

This is believed to be the only used strip of four extant. Pictured in Meyer-Harris (p. 130) on its original quadruple-rate cover, from which it was removed.

Ex Admiral Harris, Honolulu Advertiser and Golden. With 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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238   Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, bright shade, tied by red Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jun. 18” circular datestamps on piece, small corner creases at bottom corners, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful and scarce used pair, ex King Farouk and Golden, with 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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$ 2,000.00


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239 c Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Used with United States 1c and 10c 1851-55 Issues, unusually and artistically arranged on a small envelope with small Paid” in sender’s hand and a neat address to Berlin Mass., the stamps were trimmed of all margins by the artist, who probably considered extra paper unsightly (so type characteristics also trimmed), lightly struck red Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid” large circular datestamp ties 5c and 1c at right, carried by the Yankee (cleared Jul. 12, arrived Aug. 2), upon arrival the San Francisco office cancelled and tied each stamp with its San Francisco Cal. Aug. 5, 1858” circular datestamp, small ink stain at center is trivial

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND UNUSUAL FRANKING AND ARRANGEMENT OF STAMPS PAYING THE 5-CENT HAWAIIAN POSTAGE PLUS 12-CENT U.S. POSTAGE FOR THE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE AND 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN’S FEE.

Ex Admiral Harris, Krug, Honolulu Advertiser and Bailar. With 1996 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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240 c Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Horizontal pair, large margins to in at bottom, bright color, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17) and 1857 Perforated

10c Green, Ty. III (33), 12c large margins to just in at bottom right, 10c perfs scissors-separated at right, faint strike of red Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Feb. 18” (1858) circular datestamp on cover to Jonathan Brewster in Chicago Ill. and forwarded to Northampton Mass., all stamps tied by single strike of San Francisco Cal. Mar. (20, 1858)” circular datestamp, red crayon for 3” at left and manuscript due 3 cts” below stamps, 10c scissors-trimmed perfs at right, cover stains and small erosion spot below stamps, U.S. stamps slightly toned

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DOUBLE-RATE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH A PAIR OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING USED WITH 1851 IMPERFORATE AND 1857 PERFORATED UNITED STATES STAMPS, PAYING THE CORRECT 22-CENT RATE. ONLY TWO COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THIS COMBINATION OF STAMPS.

Although the dates in the postmarks are difficult to read, we believe this was carried on the bark Yankee, which departed Honolulu on February 27, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco on March 15 (datestamped March 20 for Panama sailing).

The Gregory census records two covers with a Hawaii No. 8 pair and U.S. Nos. 17 and 33. Ex Golden. With 1978 and 2011 P.F. certificates (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000


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241 c Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Full margins to just barely in at bottom right, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large margins to slightly in at upper right, tied together by light strike of red Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Oct. 3” (1859) circular datestamp, a second clearer strike on cover to Miss Almira L. Bartow in Brooklyn N.Y., stamps additionally tied by light strike of San Francisco Cal. Oct. 24, 1859” circular datestamp, repeated at lower left, OVERLAND” straightline handstamp (with small R”) which must have been impressed over the edge of the (no longer present) letter, causing some distortion of the strike, 12c inconsequential light wrinkle called a light vertical crease” on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMBINATION OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE AND ONE OF SIX RECORDED MIXED-FRANKING COVERS WITH OVERLAND” ROUTE DIRECTIVE MARKING.

This cover was carried on the bark Yankee, which departed Honolulu on October 3, 1859, and arrived in San Francisco on October 21. It arrived one day too late for the regular twice-monthly sailing for Panama and was marked with the OVERLAND” handstamp to indicate its late arrival and alternate routing on the next Butterfield stagecoach. The San Francisco October 24 postmark date corresponds with the regular Monday stagecoach departure. Michael Perlman records 14 covers from Hawaii with the OVERLAND” handstamp, including six with U.S.-Hawaii mixed frankings (all 5c and 12c 1851). The addressee, Almira Lucilla Bartow, was the sister of Lahaina postmaster Cornelius S. Bartow.

Ex Seybold, Admiral Harris, Krug and Golden. Illustrated in Ashbrook’s book on the 1c (Volume 2, page 261). With 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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242 c Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Large margins all around, bright color, used with United States 1851 12c Black (17), large margins to clear including part of adjoining stamp at right, red Honolulu U.S. Postage Paid Apr. 24” (1858) circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Mrs. Frances Fish in New London Conn., stamps uncancelled at Honolulu, tied together by light strike of San Francisco Cal. Jun. 5, 1858” circular datestamp, cover slightly acid toned

VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE MIXED-FRANKING COVER WITH THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING AND UNITED STATES 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

This cover was carried on the schooner Liholiho, which departed Honolulu on April 26, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco on May 21 (mail for the East Coast was datestamped on June 5).

Ex Juhring, Ishikawa (where mistakenly described as No. 5) and Golden. With 1981 Friedl certificate (as No. 5). With 2011 P.F. certificate as the correct No. 8. Signed Bloch in pencil. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000


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243 c Image1857, 5c Blue, Thin White Wove (8). Huge margins to barely touched including part of adjoining stamp at left and sheet margin at right, uncancelled, red Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Dec. 3” (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Miss E. D. Turrill, in care of D. P. Belknap in San Francisco, clearly struck Ship 5” handstamp and San Francisco Cal. Dec. 19, 1861” double-circle datestamp, stamp with small tear at upper right mostly in margin

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE USE OF THE 1857 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III SECOND PRINTING ON COVER TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH SHIP 5” DUE MARKING.

This cover was carried on the American whaling ship Harrison, which departed Honolulu on December 3, 1861, and arrived in San Francisco on December 18. Mail was postmarked at San Francisco on the following day. The addressee is believed to be the daughter of Joel Turrill, a prominent attorney and congressman from Oswego, New York. He had served as U.S. Consul to the Hawaiian Islands (1845-50). In the financial crisis of 1857 he lost all of his property, and he died in December 1859. This cover was addressed to her in care of D. P. Belknap, a prominent San Francisco resident. Belknap presumably paid the 5c incoming ship-letter postage.

Ex Golden. With 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000


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244 ogbl Image1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Reconstruction of the sheet of 20 with block of twelve at top, blocks of five and three at bottom, the bottom left block of three from a different multiple (based on differences in the gum), original gum, h.r. where reconstructed, sheet margins at sides, some toning and creases

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE RECONSTRUCTED SHEET OF 20 OF THE 1861 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III THIRD PRINTING ON THIN BLUISH WOVE PAPER. THE TOP BLOCK OF TWELVE IS LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS ISSUE.

Another block of twelve was offered in Honolulu Advertiser sale. Ex Golden. Scott Retail as three blocks of four and singles. (Image)

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$ 9,200.00


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245 c Image1861, 5c Blue, Thin Bluish Wove (9). Ample to large margins, deep rich color, tied by square grid cancel, Honolulu Hawaiian-Islands Jan. 19” circular datestamp on cover to San Francisco, San Francisco Cal. Feb. 9, 1864” double-circle datestamp and DUE 6” straightline handstamp, the datestamp also ties stamp and the due marking indicates proper rate for a ship letter addressed to port of entry

EXTREMELY FINE IN EVERY RESPECT. THE 5-CENT KAMEHAMEHA III 1861 THIRD PRINTING ON BLUISH PAPER IS SCARCE ON COVER. THIS CHOICE TIED EXAMPLE IS A RARE USE TO THE PORT OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH DUE 6” RATE.

Fred Gregory reports 50 covers with the 5c Third Printing (Scott 9), but only 15 are covers with this stamp used alone (not in combination with United States stamps). Only one other is addressed to San Francisco, and the cover offered here is the only one with the Due 6” straightline. It was carried on the Comet, departing Honolulu on January 21, 1864, arriving in San Francisco on February 9.

Letters from Hawaii to San Francisco showing the 1863 rates are discussed in the Gregory book (Volume II, pages 165-169). The San Francisco post office inconsistently applied the 4c and 6c collect rates. Six examples are recorded by Gregory.

Ex Honolulu Advertiser, Twigg-Smith and Walske. With 2007 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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246 TC Image1868, 5c Orange Red, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (10TC1a). 84 x 57mm India paper die sunk on slightly larger card with full die sinkage, die no. C-217 at top, remarkably fresh color, a few minor toned spots far from design, still Very Fine, an enormously rare and trial color proof, only one other is recorded and it is cut to stamp size (Image)

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$ 3,000.00


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