Lot 2642Philippines, Hand Illustrated Leather Post Cards, two cards sent to the U.S.; one with burnished rendering of Water Buffalo Swimming in Pacific Ocean pulling address sign, franked with 1906, 4¢ carmine (242) tied by duplex cancel, message side with "Manila, P.I., Oct 5, 1906" postmark and additional illustration of native hut, other with Native Hut illustration with "Home Sweet Home" caption, franked with 1899, 2¢ carmine (214) canceled by Aroroy, Masbate, P.I., Apr 16, 1906 duplex postmark, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2643Philippines, 1901, $1 black, type II, tied on piece by light town cancels, deep color, Fine.
Scott No. 223A $750.
Lot 2644Philippines, 1901, $5 dark green, slightly tropicalized o.g., rich deep color, attractive centering, Very Fine.
Scott No. 225 $700.
Lot 2645Philippines, 1904, $2 dark blue, o.g., fresh with bold color, Fine and attractive.
Scott No. 238 $650.
Lot 2646Samoa, U.S.S. "Mohican" Pacific Station, Harbor of Apia, Upolu I, Samoan Group, South Pacific Ocean, October 15th 1886., signed "Geo. H. Cooke, U.S.A. on quadruple rate legal size cover to his wife at Asbury Park, N.J., red magenta "Navy Pay Office, San Francisco." two-line handstamp, entered the U.S. mails bearing 2¢ red brown (210), four singles, tied by "San Francisco, Cal. 1886" cds, reverse with "Asbury Park N.J. Rec'd Nov 9" cds backstamp; faults, cover reduced at right, Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A VERY RARE "OUTSIDE THE MAILS" NAVAL SHIP LETTER USAGE FROM APIA, SAMOA DURING THE MUNICIPALITY POST OFFICE PERIOD.
The U.S.S. "Mohican" was a steam sloop of war, launched in December 1883 and sent to Callao, Peru in 1886 and then to Samoan waters to protect American interests from German political interference. This letter is unusual as it was apparently handled by the Navy Department and prepaid by their San Francisco Pay Office before entering the mails, unlike the example offered from the J.R. Hughes collection (Sale 44 Lot 2275, realized $2,875) that was sent by private ship without prepayment.