Lot 21Forwarded by F. A. Schaefer & Co., Commission Merchants, Honolulu, H. I., full clear strike of purple oval handstamp on reverse of registered 1893, 1¢ green entire (U10) to Moscow, Russia, uprated with 1893, 1¢ green, red overprint + 18¢ dull rose, black overprint and tied by purple target handstamps, red "Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb 19, 1894" cds with matching "R" registry and "A.R." return receipt handstamps, appropriate transit and receiving backstamps; cover fold and Honolulu postmark enhanced, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 55+71 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
ONE OF THREE RECORDED STRIKES OF THE F. A. SCHAEFER & CO. FORWARDER HANDSTAMP.
Frederick August Schaefer was born in Bremen, Germany in 1836 and came to Hawaii in 1857 to work for Melchers & Co. in Honolulu. He became a partner in the firm in 1861 and bought out his partners in 1867, continuing the business as F. A. Schaefer & Co. on the same premises. His forwarder handstamp is known to be used in 1892-94 on the reverse of outbound covers.