Lot 30601852, 3¢ dull red, type II, horizontal pair, lifted from its original position over 13¢ stamp, the left 3¢ is repaired with piece added at top, canceled by partial strike of San Francisco cds, used in combination with Hawaii, 1851, 13c Blue, "Hawaiian Postage" (3), type II, the righthand position in setting of two, huge margins except ample at left (between two positions), slight creasing and small tears typical of the fragile pelure paper that have been treated by a paper restorer, both stamps paying United States and Hawaiian composite postage of 5¢ Hawaiian, 2¢ ship captain's fee and 6¢ U.S. transcontinental rate on 1854 buff cover to Thomas Croswell & Son in Farmington Falls, Maine, original letter from George D. Gower datelined "Lahaina March 22d/54" no longer accompanies; minor cover edge staining removed and opening tear sealed at upper left, the Missionary is intact without any paper addition or painting-in of design as so often encountered, Very Fine appearance, ex-Hackmey, Gross, Middendorf; with 1999 P.F. and 2021 P.S.E. certificates.
Scott No. 11A Estimate $50,000 - 75,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED MIXED FRANKING OF THE HAWAIIAN 13¢ "HAWAIIAN POSTAGE" MISSIONARY AND UNITED STATES STAMPS.
Cover #10 in the Gregory 13¢ "Hawaiian Postage" Issue (Scott 3) Cover Census of 11 covers. This is the only 13¢ "Hawaiian Postage" cover in the census used with United States stamps and one of only eight covers with complete stamps available to collectors. The earliest known use (No. 1) has most of the stamp torn away, and there are two covers (No. 2, No. 9) ensconced in the National Postal Museum.
This cover was carried by the brig "Prince de Joinville" from Honolulu Mar. 23rd 1854 to San Francisco arriving Apr. 10th. It was carried on steamship "John L. Stephens" from San Francisco Apr. 15th to Panama and probably by USMSS "Illinois" from Aspinwall Apr. 17th to New York arriving Apr. 25th.
The sender, George D. Gower, was born Aug. 31, 1826 at Farmington, Maine and later operated a lumber business in New Haven, Conn. While he lived in Lahaina during the 1850s, he regularly read Anglican services at his home on Sunday afternoon, frequented by whaler captains and others. He served as Customs Collector of Lahaina from 1851 to 1854.
The 13¢ "Hawaiian Postage" Missionary pays the correct composite rate (5¢ Hawaiian, 2¢ ship captain's fee and 6¢ U.S. transcontinental rate). During the Treaty Period, the short-lived paste-over practice at the Honolulu Post Office of affixing United States stamps (6¢ postage) over Hawaiian postage was probably done as a precaution against having United States postage charged to the recipients of letters from Hawaii. When United States postage stamps were used, no "Ship" or rate markings were applied at San Francisco to the paste-over covers, but 2¢ was charged to the account of the Honolulu post office for the ship fee paid with the Hawaii stamp. In his book, Fred Gregory records only one paste-over Missionary cover and eight with 1853 Kamehameha III Issue.
Lot 3035 o1851, 1¢ blue, type Ib, Position 3R1E, huge margins all around superbly framing the key type characteristics, wonderful bright Plate 1 Early color with a sharp impression, neatly canceled by Cincinnati Ohio cds, a Superb gem, ex-Kirke; with 1975 and 1985 P.F., 2011 P.S.E. certificates, latter Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $50,000).
Scott No. 5A $6,750.
THIS EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 1851 1¢ TYPE IB FROM PLATE ONE EARLY IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY THE P.S.E., THE SOLE EXAMPLE AND HIGHEST AWARDED FOR ANY TYPE IB.
The type 1b issues were only produced from the early state of plate one. Six positions at the top of the right plate, positions 3R-6R and 8R-9R, furnished all of these types distinguished by the complete design at top and nearly complete design at bottom. Out of the six positions, positions 6R & 8R are known as the best examples as the scrolls are nearly complete at the bottom while the lesser examples the scrolls at bottom are not as complete. Due to near complete scrolls at the bottom, many examples of type 1b are cut into at the bottom. The stunning example offered has large margins all around and shows the entire design.
Lot 30121847, 5¢ red brown, o.g., extra large balanced margins all around, rich color, a Superb gem; with 2017 P.S.E. certificate Graded (Superb 98, SMQ $32,500).
Scott No. 1 $6,000.
THE HIGHEST GRADED MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 5¢ 1847 ISSUE, AN EXTRAORDINARY STAMP OFFERED TO AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME.
The next highest grade for an original gum example is 90 by the P.S.E., while without gum the highest is 95.
Lot 31571862, 24¢ red lilac, used with 1¢ blue (63) and 3¢ rose (65), tied by large Boston "Paid" grids and red "N. York, Am. Pkt. '7 Paid' May 16" credit exchange cds on 1863 red and blue Odd Fellows Emblem, Flag, House and "Victory" Patriotic cover to Florence, Italy, red Aachen Franco transit and matching red "Franco, Preuss.Resp.Vereins., Aus Gangs-Grenze" framed handstamp, Luzern (6.2) transit backstamp and "Debours/Transit suisse" with ms. "30" rating, Genoa (6.4) and Firenze arrival cds, small boxed "Francobolli Insufficent" (Insufficent stamps), Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Matthies, Myers, Erivan Haub; with 2020 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 70 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
A BEAUTIFUL THREE-COLOR 1861 ISSUE FRANKING ON A MAGEE PATRIOTIC COVER FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE TO ITALY AT THE 28¢ PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE.
Unlike most other covers from this correspondence to Italy, the example offered here was insufficiently paid for its weight and required postage from the recipient.
Lot 3038 o1851, 1¢ blue, type III, Position 73R4, huge margins all around including part of three adjoining stamps, intense Plate 4 color with a sharp flawless impression clearly showing breaks in outer lines, light strike of cds cancel, a Superb jumbo gem, ex-Merlin; with 2008 P.S.E. certificate Graded (Superb 98 Jumbo, SMQ $32,500).
Scott No. 8 $1,500.
A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE IMPERFORATE 1851 1¢ TYPE III GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY THE P.S.E. - THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED AND ONE OF ONLY TWO TO ACHIEVE IT.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line.
Lot 3001Brattleboro, Vt., 1846, 5¢ black on buff, Position 10, large margins except barely touched at top right, bright and fresh, canceled by "Paid" handstamp, additional strike adjacent, matching partial "Brattleboro, Vt. Oct 30" cds on small neat 1846 folded letter to Norwich Conn., Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Caspary, Erivan Haub; signed "W.H.C." (Warren H. Colson), with 2021 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 5X1 $17,500.
ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE RARE 5¢ BRATTLEBORO POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP ON COVER.
The USPCS census records nineteen covers bearing the Brattleboro provisional, this being number 20209.
Lot 3041 o1851, 1¢ blue, type IIIa, Plate 4, huge margins including sheet margin at left, detailed impression clearly showing wide break in top outer line, deep rich color on bright paper, light unobtrusive strike of New Orleans cds leaves entire design clearly visible, a Superb jumbo, ex-Collier, Merlin; with 1996 P.F. and 2009 P.S.E. certificates, latter graded (Superb 98 Jumbo, SMQ $16,250).
Scott No. 8A $800.
A REMARKABLE SHEET-MARGIN USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1¢ 1851 TYPE IIIA IMPERFORATE GRADED SUPERB 98 JUMBO BY THE PSE - THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Type IIIa is defined as having a break in the outer line at either top or bottom. The stamp offered here is a superb example of this type, which clearly shows the wide break at top and the complete bottom line. Plate 4 imperforate stamps are desirable and rare since they were issued in April-June 1857 shortly before perforations were introduced.
Only three stamps have been graded by the PSE in the lofty grade of Superb 98 Jumbo.
Lot 31561861, 12¢ black, horizontal pair, used with 1¢ blue (63) staddle s.e. single and 3¢ rose (65), tied by two strikes of large "Paid" circular grid cancel, red "Boston. Br. Pkt. '7 Paid' Apr 22" credit exchange cds on 1862 green Magnus Lady Liberty, Shield and Flag patriotic cover from the Angell correspondence to Vienna, Austria, carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Asia from New York Apr. 23rd to Queenstown arriving May 4th, red Aachen Franco (5.6) framed transit, forwarded upon arrival with numerous backstamps, various manuscript ratings, Very Fine, ex-Matthies; with 2021 P.S.E. certificate.
Scott No. 69 Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
A WONDERFUL DR. ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE MAGNUS PATRIOTIC COVER TO AUSTRIA.
Dr. Henry C. Angell (1829-1911) graduated from the Hahnemann medical College of Philadelphia in 1853, and subsequently spent four years of study at the hospitals of London, Paris, Vienna, and Berlin. Afterwards, he settled in Boston becoming Professor of Ophthalmology at Boston University school of medicine. He was president of the Philharmonic society of Boston and an avid art collector. In 1861, illness in his family compelled him to go to Europe. In this visit he spent three and a half years, devoting his time and studies to the diseases of the eye. The larger portion of his time was spent with Professors Arlt and Jæger in Vienna, three months with Professor Von Græfe in Berlin, and six months in the eye clinics of Paris and London before returning home in 1864. It as during this time he received the wide variety of Civil War patriotic envelopes mailed to him while in France, Italy, England, Germany and Austria, plus a few forwarded to other destinations.
Lot 30401851, 1¢ blue, type III, Position 99R2, Horizontal strip of three, types II-II-III, Positions 97-99R2, the right stamp - Position 99R2 - has full margins all around at top and bottom framing the key elements of the Type III design (the wide breaks in outer lines), left stamps with large to just touched margins, strong shade on crisp paper, tied by two strikes of "Hartford Ct., Dec 4, 1857" cds on cover to Worcester Mass.; strip with crease at top and tiny tear in each stamp, Very Fine appearance; with 2019 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 8 $16,500.
A NEW DISCOVERY OF THE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 1851 1¢ IMPERFORATE TYPE III FROM POSITION 99R2 IN A STRIP OF THREE. THE 99R2 IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF TYPE III, WITH THE WIDEST BREAKS AT TOP AND BOTTOM.
Type III is defined by breaks in the outer lines at both top and bottom. Many Type III stamps have breaks that were created or enlarged by plate wear. Since the wear occurred over a period of time, the majority of stamps of this type (both unused and used) has small breaks in at least one line. The most notable exception is Position 99R2. According to the Neinken book, "The 99R2 stamp is a fresh entry, that was short transferred both at top and bottom, over an original entry that had been erased… The reason that 99R2 is the finest example of Type III is because of its very short transfer at top and at bottom, giving us the wide breaks in these lines." (p. 184).
Lot 30341847, 10¢ black, horizontal strip of three, Positions 31-33R, left stamp Type B double transfer, three large to huge margins including left sheet margin, right two stamps ample margins at bottom, left stamp just touched to just in at bottom, canceled by light strikes of red grid on folded cover from Panama to G. W. P. Bissell in San Blas, Mexico, docketed at right "1850 Panama Nov. 21--Perry Gmo and Bissell acknowledging receipt of silver last reunited in the steamer to Panama"; left pair with minor vertical creases, Very Fine and rare left-margin strip of three used from Panama to Mexico, USPCS Census 10219., ex-Emerson, Burroughs, Hindes, Garrett, Ishikawa, Hackmey, Gross; signed Stanley B. Ashbrook, with 2020 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 2, 2 var. Estimate $10,000 - 15,000.
AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE 1847 ISSUE USED ENTIRELY OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES FROM PANAMA TO MEXICO.
This cover originated in Panama and was stamped by the U.S. mail agent and consul, Amos B. Corwine, before it was carried on a Pacific Mail Steamship Co. steamer on the coastal route to San Francisco. Among the stops made on this route was the Mexican port city of San Blas. Official records of 1847 stamp distribution indicate that 25 sheets of the 10¢ (2,500 stamps) were sent on June 22, 1850, to Corwine in Panama, and received on July 16. Another 25 sheets were sent on January 17, 1851, and received March 21. The stamps on this cover come from the first supply. The USPCS 1847 census lists ten covers originating in Panama. This is one of three addressed to a destination outside of the United States, including one to Mazatlan and two to San Blas/Tepic. It is written on paper watermarked "J WHATMAN / 1850".
References: Illustrated in "1847 Covers from Panama" by Creighton C. Hart, Chronicle 58.