Rare Stamps & Postal History of the World
May 3-4, 2022
Welcome to our May 3-4 Sale which will take place live in our Galleries as well as via CherrystoneLIVE. This 1,306 lot sale features United States and Possessions, with 19th & 20th Century single rarities, graded items, proofs, essays and back of the book material. A-Z countries include specialized Austria, Egypt, France, as well as Germany with a selection of WWII Occupation Issues and mail from POW Camps. Great Britain and British Commonwealth include rare singles, high values, BNA and British Africa. There are numerous rarities from Iran, Italy (with Old States and Italian Colonies), Israel, with sheets of 7-9 and J1-5, Korea, Latvia and many other collecting areas. The auction concludes with a solid section of Large Lots and Collections ranging from single country albums to specialized collections, multi-carton worldwide groups and large cover lots offered intact.
GERMAN COLONIES German Ship Mail
1915 (13 Feb) picture postcard (statue of King Kamehameha) from "SMS Geier", endorsed "Feldpost Germany", sent from Honolulu, Hawaii to Frankfurt, Germany, with Marine Shiffspost and additional handstamp at top. Also included are two covers to crew members of "Geier", one handstamped "Prisoner of War" and additional "German Prison Camp Hawaiian Government Censored", with June 7, 1917 pmk alongside; the other from Germany, endorsed "Feldpost" and addressed to Honolulu. (SMS Geier was en route to the German base in Tsingtao when war broke out in Europe in August 1914. She crossed the central Pacific in an attempt to link up with Maximilian von Spee's East Asia Squadron. In need of engine repairs and coal, Geier put into the neutral United States port at Honolulu, Hawaii, in October 1914, where she was eventually interned. After the U.S. entry into the war in April 1917, the US Navy seized Geier, commissioned her as "USS Schurz", and placed her on convoy duty. She was ultimately sunk following a collision with a freighter off the coast of North Carolina)
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