Lot 1FORWd., BY. PECK & Co., Port of Lahaina, unusual straightline forwarder's handstamp on backflap of folded letter datelined "Mowee one of the Sandwich Isl. / April 3. 1844" to New London, Conn., light strikes of red Mass. cds and "Ship" straightline handstamp with manuscript "14½" due rating for 80-150 miles plus 2¢ ship fee, letter from Edmund Tinker to his mother mentioning going on board the Georgia and lack of shore leave, Very Fine.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE PECK & CO. FORWARDERS HANDSTAMP. IT IS FROM A NEW FIND AND HAS NEVER BEEN OFFERED AT PUBLIC AUCTION.
THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF A HAWAIIAN FORWARDER HANDSTAMP.
Sherman Peck was a planter at Koloa, Kauai in he 1830s, but left for Lahaina around 1841 after drought and disease ruined the silkworm company he had with Charles Titcomb. At Lahaina, Peck was a ship chandler and merchant. He later formed a relationship with C. Brewer & Co.
References: Marking illustrated as listing example in Fred Gregory's Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 on p. III-72.