Lot 5Forwarded by Starkey Janion & Co., Honolulu, Oahu, light buff circa Aug. 1849 cover from American Consul Joel Turrill to Stephen Lathrop, his Brother-in-law who had taken custody of his daughter for her schooling, clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 1" cds and red manuscript "Ship 42" rating for 40¢ West coast rate plus 2¢ ship fee, part of letter written on inside of envelope; some edgewear, no flap but partial embossed Consul seal, F.-V.F.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
ONE OF ONLY 7 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE STARKEY JANION & CO. HONOLULU FORWARDERS OVAL. AN EARLY EXAMPLE OF MAIL SENT ON THE PANAMA ROUTE.
Carried on Hawaiian schooner "Caroline" that departed Honolulu Aug. 18th 1849 to San Francisco arriving Sep. 23rd (via Lahaina Aug. 23rd). Then by PMSC "Oregon" from San Francisco Oct. 1st to Panama, and then USMSC "Ohio" from Chagres to New York. This cover was also accompanied by another Aug. 10th 1849 use from the same correspondence to Oswego N.Y. (ex-Honolulu Advertiser, Walske).
Starkey Janion & Co. was formed in 1845 by James Starkey and Robert Janion, both Englishmen by birth. Starkey was in Honolulu before 1843 but returned to England soon after, where he met Janion and they formed Starkey Janion & Co. Janion moved to Honolulu in 1845 to run the business. The Starkey-Janion partnership dissolved in 1851 and Janion formed Janion, Green & Co. Janion returned to England in 1856 and Theo. H. Davies took his place. Davies arrived in 1857. Eventually, Davies took over and formed the giant Theo. H. Davies & Co.