Lot 2589Guam, Agana, Guam., Apr 10 1900, blue straight line handstamps tying 1899, 1¢ deep green (s.e.) + 2¢ rose carmine + 5¢ blue on double rate U.S. 1893, 2¢ Columbian entire to Baltimore, Md., purple straight line date stamp and receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine, a choice combination franking usage.
Scott No. 1+2a+5+U349 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2590Guam, Agana, Guam., Aug 16 1900, purple straight line handstamps tying 1899, 3¢ purple + 4¢ lilac brown (s.e.) + 5¢ blue on registered U.S. 1899, 2¢ Washington entire to Boston, Mass., matching straight line date stamp and circular "Agana, Guam" handstamp and boxed "Certif" handstamp, reverse with San Francisco transit and receiving postmarks, Extremely Fine, a wonderful combination franking; with 1985 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 3+4+5+U.S. U369 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2591Guam, Agana, Guam., Aug 17 1900, violet straight line handstamp and matching date stamp on cover to Newark, N.J., with "Government House, Agana, Guam." corner card and Navy Department O.B. penalty imprint at right, reverse with San Francisco transit and receiving postmarks; couple sealed cover tears, otherwise Very Fine, a very rare imprint cover.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 2592Guam, Agana, Guam., Jan 23 1901, purple straight line handstamps tying 1899, 2¢ red + 3¢ purple on "Navy Department, Agana Isle of Guam" imprint cover to the Vice Consul of the Dominican Republic in Barcelona, Spain, violet straight line date stamp and reverse with Philippines transit receiving postmarks; certificate mentions cover cleaned which we find no evidence of, Very Fine; with 1989 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 2+3 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2593Guam, Agana, Guam., Jan 23 1901, violet straight line handstamp with matching date stamp on 1875, 1¢ Liberty postal card to Newton, Mass., with additional San Francisco transit postmark, light upper left corner wrinkling, Very Fine, a very scarce U.S. postal card use.
Scott No. U.S. UX5 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2594Guam, Agana, Guam., Jan 23 1901, violet straight line handstamp with matching date stamp on 1873, 1¢ Liberty postal card to Newton, Mass., with additional San Francisco transit postmark, Very Fine, scarce usage during Navy Department operation.
Scott No. U.S. UX3 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2595Guam, Agana, Guam., Feb 28 1901, two strikes of purple straight line handstamp tying 1899, 1¢ green + 2¢ red + 3¢ purple on registered U.S. 1883, 4¢ Jackson entire to Hecker, Ill., matching straight line date stamp and circular "Agana, Guam" handstamp with manuscript "R 422" registry number, reverse with "Mil Sta No 1, Manila P.I." and San Francisco transit postmarks, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. 1+2+3+U.S. U257 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2596Guam, Agana, Guam., May 15 1901, purple straight line handstamp tying 1899, 8¢ violet brown on registered U.S. 1899, 2¢ Washington entire to Honolulu, H.I., matching straight line date stamp and circular violet "Agana, Guam" handstamp with manuscript registry number, reverse with Philippines transit and receiving postmarks; cover with light diagonal crease, otherwise Very Fine; with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 7+U.S. U365 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2597Guam, Agana, Island of Guam, Jan 11, 1902, two strikes of cds tying U.S. 1893, 1¢ + 4¢ Columbian + 1898, 1¢ Trans-Miss on registered 1887, 4¢ Jackson entire to Kendall Green, Mass., with circular "Agana, Guam" handstamp and manuscript "R 21" registry number, reverse with San Francisco transit cds; cover with central file fold and edge toning, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 230+233+285+U327 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2598Guam, "Guam, Mariana Islands, Pacific Ocean, April 24th 1866", dateline on two-page letter written on front and back reading "My dear Gray, I am taking the chance of any passing ship that I could send a line by, to inform you and all friends of our having been shipwrecked on Wake Island (uninhabited), lost all boxes costumes, wear apparel Music &c but thanks to God we have been spared to reach this (Spanish) Island and are now anxiously waiting the arrival of some Vessel to take us on to Manila on our way to Hong Kong - We are well - will write all particulars when I have means of forwarding a letter. I know all will sympathize with us - Yours truly with kind remembrances from all our party to us. Anna Bishop Schultz"; couple small flaws, Very Fine and remarkable letter.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
THE EARLIEST WRITTEN REPORT OF A SHIPWRECK AT WAKE ISLAND, THE EVENT THAT LITERALLY PUT WAKE ISLAND ON WORLD MAPS FOR THE FIRST TIME.
On the evening of March 4, 1866, the 650-ton iron hulled barque "Libelle" of Bremen, Germany, commanded by Captain Anton Tobias, sailed into a gale on her westbound journey across the Pacific Ocean from Honolulu to Hong Kong, The ship smashed into the coral reef off the east end of the Wake Island atoll, ran aground and broke apart. The hastily scrawled note illustrated here probably represented the first report of the "Libelle" castaways' fate to reach the United States. The sender, Anna Bishop Schultz (1810-1884), was a global celebrity "whose reputation as a singer extended over the entire civilized, and a great part of the uncivilized, world, and whose travels were more extensive than those of any artist of the age", according to her New York Times obituary. After performances in Hawaii in 1865, the Schultzes and their troupe embarked aboard the star-crossed "Libelle" for Hong Kong on February 18, 1866, for their next scheduled appearance. Tragedy struck en route, stranding them on Wake Island until they chanced a desperate dash to refuge at the nearest habitation, 1,400 miles away, in a srnall boat. Against all odds they arrived safely at Guam, weather-beaten and pitiable but otherwise unscathed.
Reference: "Shipwrecked on Wake Island in 1866", Ken Lawrence, American Philatelist, October 2018, pp. 946-950.