Lot 386Hawaii, 1850 (May 22) Honolulu, Hawaii to Copenhagen, Denmark via Hong Kong, China, gray folded letter datelined "Honolulu Mai 22d 1850", carried privately to China on American Ship Robert Pulsford from Honolulu May 29th to Hong Kong arriving around Jul. 20th, red "Forwarded by Wm. Pustau & Co" framed handstamp (Sell/Rowe type 54e), entered mails with Hong Kong (7.23) double-arc datestamp and manuscript "4/-" shilling due rating, endorsed "Via Southampton", red London (9.27) transit cds and rerated "6/-" shillings due, Copenhagen (10.1) arrival cds and red crayon "84" sk final due rating; top edge tear, otherwise Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A RARE HONOLULU, HAWAII USE TO DENMARK VIA HONG KONG. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RED WM. PUSTAU & CO. HONG KONG FORWARDER HANDSTAMPS.
The "Robert Pulsford" was an American ship (405 tons) involved in early trade between New Zealand and the United States, transporting cargo along the coast of China and India, and finally as a whaling vessel in the Pacific Ocean. The crew made it safely to Honolulu on board Schooner "Martha" on Apr. 2nd.
The letter was written by Ludvig Holberg Anthon to his Aunt Lady Sophie Nellemann. Ludvig was the first Danish citizen to settle in Hawaii around late 1839 and operated as a merchant. He became the Royal Danish Consul to Hawaii in 1849. In April 1852, he sold his belongings and left Hawaii for Denmark with his wife, Elisabeth Louise and their two children. However, the following year in December 1853, they returned to Hawaii and he continued as the Danish Consul until they left for good in February 1858.
Lot 387Hawaii, 1857 (Jun. 4) Hong Kong, China to Honolulu, Hawaii via San Francisco, gray folded letter datelined "Hong Kong, 4th June 1857" addressed to L.H. Anthon Esq. at Honolulu in care of Messrs. G.B. Post & Co., San Francisco, endorsed "p Eva Johanna", carried as endorsed by Dutch Ship Eva Johanna that departed Hong Kong Jul. 9th to San Francisco arriving Aug. 31st 1857, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal, Sep 8 1857" cds and matching "SHIP" and "3" rating handstamps, forwarded by G.B. Post probably on Am. Bark Yankee from San Francisco Sep. 9th to Honolulu arriving Sep. 24th.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
A SCARCE HONG KONG TO HAWAII FOREIGN MAIL USE VIA SAN FRANCISCO, ONE OF ONLY 3 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS SAN FRANCISCO "3" CENT DUE HANDSTAMP ON MAIL TO HAWAII.
The "Eva Johanna" encountered severe weather on the way according to the Sep. 1st 1857 Daily Alta California: "…off the Island of Formosa, experienced a severe typhoon, which carried away the main topgallant mast, main topgallant yard and jibboom…". She was left in port for repairs and departed San Francisco back to Hong Kong on Sep. 30th.
Lot 388Hawaii, HONOLULU U.S. Postage Paid, Mar 2, bold strike of red cds on small buff piece bearing U.S. 3¢ dull red (11A) horizontal pair, margins to slightly in, tied by neat "San Francisco Cal., 1 Apr" cds, matching "PAID" straightline over the Honolulu cds, Very Fine and quite attractive; with 2006 Weiss certificate.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 389Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaiian Is. / March 29, 1851, bold strike of two-line handstamp in black on blue folded letter from Thaddeus Pomeroy to his brother George in New York City, carried by American Whaling Ship Columbus from Honolulu Apr. 1st to San Francisco arriving Apr. 20th, red "San Francisco, Cal., 1 May" cds and red crayon "42" rating for the 40¢ transcontinental rate plus 2¢ ship letter fee, then carried by PMSC Oregon from San Francisco May 1st to Panama, after crossing Isthmus, carried on USMSC Empire City from Chagres May 24th to New York Jun. 3rd; horizontal fold at top from contents, small repaired erosion spot at top right corner, Very Fine, Gregory Census No. 23, ex-Honolulu Advertiser, Twigg-Smith, Walske.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
A BEAUTIFULLY STRUCK EXAMPLE OF THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK.
In this letter, Thaddeus Pomeroy reports to his brother that he is unable to travel due to illness and leaks in the ship, writing: "I have been revelling the last six months in the idea of getting home to die comfortably at the old homestead this summer & if the Barque had not returned I should probably have succeeded, as the fates have denied me that privilege I must now be content to remain here some two or three months & then return to live…".