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H. Hackfeld & Co., Honolulu

This company was formed as a mercantile firm in 1849 by Capt. Henry Hackfeld and was supported by German capital. The name H. Hackfeld & Co. was adopted in 1853. Hackfeld himself left Hawaii in 1863 and never returned but established a world-wide enterprise under the same name. Hackfeld became agents for Lihue Plantation, Grove Farm and Pioneer Mill at Lahaina and financed many other plantations, securing their agencies. Hackfeld left J. C. Pfluger and J. Bollman in charge, but in 1871, they returned to Germany, leaving J. C. Glade and Ed. Fursteneau running the business to tough through the lean years of 1871-1876. Paul Isenberg, H. F. Glade and J. F. Hackfeld arrived from Bremen in 1881 and took up the reins of the Hawaiian arm of the business. In 1890, it entered the guano business, buying Laysan Island. The Hawaiian part of the company was incorporated in 1897 and grew to become another of Hawaii's "Big Five." The firm's assets were seized in World War I and it was succeeded by American Factors in 1918. H. Hackfeld & Co. also was known for its forwarding mark (see Hawaii Forwarder Agent Marks).

AUXPRICOMM-Hackfeld(circle)
21mm single lined circle
unserifed letters; cross side ornaments
blue

Hackfeld & Co 1Aug71

August 1, 1871

Davey unlisted

H. HACKFELD & CO/
date/
HONOLULU
Usage: 1869
This mark seems scarce. Noted as a backstamp on mail to Germany.

AUXPRICOMM-Hackfeld(sunburst)
33mm x 21mm single lined outer and inner ovals
unserifed letters above, unserifed below; ultramarine, reddish purple

81 - Jun 14 to Good, Lake Co Hackfeld oval on rverse

June 13, 1881

Davey unlisted

H. Hackfeld & Co/
date and sunburst side ornaments/
Honolulu
Usage: 1881

AUXPRICOMM-Hackfeld(straightline)
29mm top line - 20mm bottom line unserifed letters
blue

Hackfeld & Co 12_88

May _, 1888

Davey unlisted

H. HACKFELD & CO./ HONOLULU, H I
Usage: 1888

AUXPRICOMM-Hackfeld(cross)
44mm x 25mm single lined inner and outer ovals
serifed letters above, unserifed below; blue

Hackfeld & Co 9Mar89

March 8, 1889

Davey unlisted

H. HACKFELD & CO./
date? and cross side ornaments/
HONOLULU, H I
Usage: 1884-1889

AUXPRICOMM-Hackfeld(arc)
41mm x 13mm unbordered arc, above; straightline, below
serifed letters
purple

Hackfeld & Co 5Jan95

January 5, 1895

Davey unlisted

H. HACKFELD & CO/
HONOLULU.

Usage: February 1, 1893 December 17, 1897
Numerous examples exist of this mark.

AUXPRICOMM-Hackfeld(limited)
__mm x __mm double lined oval
serifed letters above, unserifed below; purple

Hackfeld&Co Limited Malmgren _Jun99

June _, 1899
Courtesy of Richard Malmgren

Davey unlisted

H. HACKFELD & CO./
LIMITED./

fancy scroll/
HONOLULU. H. I.
Usage: 1889


E. O. Hall & Son, Honolulu

E. O. Hall & Son was established in 1852 as a Honolulu ship chandlery and hardware store. It was a major supplier of equipment to sugar plantations and mills.

AUXPRICOMM-Hall(date)
outer and inner ovals; unserifed letters

E.O Hall & Sons oval 30Jun71

June 30, 1871

Davey unlisted

E. O. HALL & SON,/
date/
HONOLULU. H. I.
Usage: 1871
Believed to be a scarce mark.

AUXPRICOMM-Hall(no date)
42mm x 25mm single lined outer and inner ovals; serifed letters
purple

hawaii 56 back mark

June 6, 1893
Courtesy of Antone Medeiros

Davey unlisted

E. O. HALL & SON,/
SHIP CHANDLERS,/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1893
Noted as a backstamp.


The Hawaiian News Company, Honolulu

The Hawaiian News Company was a Honolulu stationery store advertising books, periodicals, stationery, postage stamps and photos among other things.

AUXPRICOMM-HawNews(circle)
30mm double lined circle
serifed letters above, the rest are unserifed
blue

Hawaiian New Co 15Jun91

June 15, 1891

Davey unlisted

THE HAWAIIAN NEWS CO./
STATIONERS,

date/
RED RUBBER STAMPS,/
HONOLULU, H. I.

Usage: 1891
Noted as a backstamp.

AUXPRICOMM-HawNews(oval)
__mm x __mm single lined inner and outer ovals
serifed letters; star side ornaments
purple

Hawaiian News Co Chang

October 15, 1896
Courtesy Albert Chang

Davey unlisted

HAWAIIAN NEWS COMPANY,/
date/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1896
Noted as a backstamp.


Hawaiian Stamp Co., Honolulu

Hawaiian Stamp Co. was a dealer in postage stamps for collectors. It specialized in selling Hawaiian postage stamps to tourists and collectors both in Hawaii and abroad.

AUXPRICOMM-HawStamp
50mm x 27mm fancy bordered oval
unserifed letters in name, others serifed
purple

Hawaiian Stamp Co 24Apr94

April 24, 1894

Davey unlisted

Office of the/
HAWAIIAN STAMP CO./
Dealers in Hawaiian/
Postage Stamps./
HONOLULU, H. I.

Usage: 1894
A fairly common mark.


HOLLISTER & CO., Honolulu

A drug store, also known to manufacture soda water and offer a wide variety of goods and sundries ranging from tobacco and magazines to ladies' trusses. The owners were H. R. Hollister and H. A. Parmalee and the firm was located at 85 Nuuanu Street. J. L. Royston was the resident pharmacist.

AUXPRICOMM-Hollister
38mm x 22.5mm single lined oval
serifed letters above and below; purple

Hollister 18Dec83

December 18, 1883

Davey unlisted

HOLLISTER & CO.
ornament/
star - date - star/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1883-1884


Honolulu Iron Works., Honolulu

Equipment needed for sugar mills was the specialty of Honolulu Iron Works. Everything from evaporators to crushers, gears, vacuum pans and coolers were manufactured here or imported by the firm.

AUXPRICOMM-HonoIron
45.5mm x 25mm single lined inner and outer ovals
serifed letters above and below; reddish purple

Honolulu Iron Works 16Apr96

April 16, 1896

Davey unlisted

HONOLULU IRON WORKS CO.
ornament/
star - date - star/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1896

Noted as a backstamp.


Hyman Bros., Honolulu

Hyman Bros. were general merchandise and commission merchants, specializing in clothing and dry goods.

AUXPRICOMM-HymanBros
unbordered two straightlines
script
purple; red

Hyman Bros 15Jan85

January 15, 1885

Davey unlisted

Hyman Bros./
Honolulu, H. I.

Usage: 1885-1893


Interisland Steam Navigation Company, Honolulu

One of two major inter-island steamship companies. For more information about this company and the ship marks associated with it, see Auxiliary Marks Ship Marks.

AUXPRICOMM-InterISSteam
41mm x 26mm double lined oval
unserifed letters
purple

IISNCo 24Apr99

April 24, 1899

Davey unlisted

INTER-ISLAND
ornament
STEAM NAVIGATION CO sunburst side ornaments
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1899

Noted as a backstamp.


Kilauea Plantation Retail Store, Kauai

Kilauea Store advertised the "most complete assortment of merchandise, of the best quality to be found on Kauai." All sales were strictly cash.

AUXPRICOMM-KilaueaStore
59mm x 5mm top line, 46mm x 5mm bottom line; unbordered two straight lines
unserifed letters except "G"
purple

Kilauea Sugar Co's Retail Store 21July93

July 21, 1893

Davey unlisted

KILAUEA SUGAR CO'S/
RETAIL STORE

Usage: 1893


King Bros. Art Store, Honolulu

King Bros. Art Store on Hotel Street offered photographs, water colors and oil paintings of Hawaii.

AUXPRICOMM-KingBros
48mm x 35mm single lined palette
serifed letters except in the center
purple

King Bros 1Feb92

February 1, 1892

Davey unlisted

if not call for in 10 days, return to/
KING BROS'/
ART STORE,
HONOLULU,/
H. I.

Usage: 1892-1893
Always seen as a backstamp.


S. Kojima, Honolulu

No data concerning this firm has been uncovered.

AUXPRICOMM-Kojima
43mm x 29mm double lined outer and single lined inner ovals
unserifed letters; purple

Kojima 5Jan97

Davey unlisted

S. KOJIMA/
Japanese characters and sunburst side ornaments
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1897


Lewers & Cooke, Honolulu

Lewers & Cooke was owned by Robert Lewers, F. J. Lowrey and C. M. Cooke. It traded in lumber and hardware and was a major importer of lumber from the Pacific Northwest. Lewers & Cooke formed out of Lewers & Dickson sometime between 1880 and 1887.

AUXPRICOMM-Lewers(long oval)
45mm x 26mm single lined inner and outer ovals
serifed letters
purple

Lewers & Co 29Jan83 Kay

January 29, 1883
Courtesy of Phil Kay

Davey unlisted

LEWERS & COOKE
Maltese cross side ornaments/date
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1883
Noted as a backstamp. Note the Maltese cross side ornaments are better centered than in the next mark.

AUXPRICOMM-Lewers
43mm x 25mm single lined inner and outer ovals
serifed letters; cross side ornaments
purple

Lewers & Co 8Apr87

April 8, 1887

Davey unlisted

Lewers & Cooke./
date/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1887-1888
Always seen as a backstamp.


Lum Kee & Co., Kapaa, Kauai

Lum Kee and Co. was a general merchandise store at Kapaa.

AUXPRICOMM-LumKee
46mm x 27mm octagon bordered by crowns
unserifed letters except "General Merchandise" is serifed
purple

Lum Kee 7Apr95

April 7, 1895

Davey unlisted

LUM KEE & CO./
DEALERS IN/
GENERAL MERCHANDISE/
KAPAA KAUAI, H. I.

Usage: 1895
Noted as a backstamp.


Meier & Kruse, Kauai

Kekaha's general store was under the management of Meier & Kruse in 1890.

AUXPRICOMM-Meier&Kruse
33mm x 20mm double lined oval
serifed letters except KEKAHA
purple

Meier & Kruse 14Feb90 Kekaha

February 14, 1890

Davey unlisted

MEIER & KRUSE/
KEKAHA/
KAUAI H. J.

Usage: 1890


Oahu Railway and Land Company, Honolulu

Oahu Railway and Land Company was started by Benjamin Dillingham. The first stretch of track was laid in 1889. For more detail on the Oahu Railway, see Island of Oahu Routes. A good book on this and other railroads in the Kingdom period is "Hawaiian Railroads" by John B. Hungerford, Hungerford Press, 1963.

AUXPRICOMM-OahuRR
63mm x 4mm straight line
unserifed letters
purple

Oahu Railway 5Mar00

March 5, 1900

Davey unlisted

Oahu Railway and Land Company
Usage: 1900


J. M. Oat, Jr., Honolulu

Oat ran a stationery store and newspaper company in Honolulu during the 1880's. His firm is to be distinguished from J. M. Oat & Co., his father's sail making business. The junior Oat's close connection with the postal service began in the 1870's when he was hired as a clerk in the office. After that stint, his business interrelated with postal affairs. In 1893, Oat was appointed Postmaster General of Hawaii to fill the shoes of ailing Walter Hill in the aftermath of the 1893 revolution. Oat remained in that job through the remainder of Hawaii's independent postal system and then was appointed postmaster of Honolulu. Oat also forwarded mail and used a mark for that purpose (see Hawaii Forwarder Agent Marks).

AUXPRICOMM-JMOat
43mm x 26mm single lined outer and inner ovals
unserifed letters above, serifed letters below; star side ornaments
purple

J.M.Oat Jr

August 14, 1886

Davey unlisted

J. M. OAT JR. & CO./
date/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1886
Noted as a backstamp.


Pioneer Shirt Factory of A. M. Mellis, Honolulu

Alfred M. Mellis operated the Pioneer Shirt Factory. He specialized in making white shirts, nightgowns and overshirts. At least part of his trade was mail order based on directions for self-measurement Mellis would furnish people who could not visit for a fitting. He was established before 1888.

AUXPRICOMM-PioneerShirt
31mm x 42mm dress shirt design
unserifed letters, except "Up Stairs" is in serifed letters
black

Pioneer Shirt Factory 29Oct90

October 20, 1890
Courtesy of Phil Kay

Davey unlisted

Pioneer Shirt Factory/
of A.M. MELLIS/
104 Fort Street/
UP STAIRS/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1890


F. A. Schaefer & Co., Honolulu

A general merchandising company and importer located in Merchant Street. The firm was the continuation of a business originally known as Melchers & Co. A forwarding mark is also known from F. A. Shaefer & Co. It was in business from the name change in 1867, when Shaefer bought the partnership, until after 1900. Shaefer died in 1907.

AUXPRICOMM-FASchaefer
30mm x 18mm double lined inner and outer football ovals
letterpress
serifed letters
black

FA Schaeffer 21Dec99 Kay

December 19, 1899
Courtesy of Phil Kay

Davey unlisted

F. A. SCHAEFER & Co/
cross emblem at center/sunburst side ornaments/
HONOLULU. H. I.
Usage: 1899

Printed on back flap.


Thrum & Oat, Honolulu

Stationery and newspaper partnership operated by Thomas G. Thrum and J. M. Oat, Jr. in the late 1870's.

AUXPRICOMM-Thrum&Oat
41mm x 25mm double lined oval
serifed letters; ultramarine

Thrum & Oat-300

May 23, 1877

Davey unlisted

Thrum & Oat/
Stationers, News Dealers/
& Booksellers/
Honolulu, H. I.

Usage: 1877


Von Holt & Heuck, Honolulu

Research on this firm is continuing.

AUXPRICOMM-VonHoltHeuck
__mm x __mm double lined outer and single lined inner ovals
serifed letters
blue

Von Holt Heuck Gary Peters

July, 1854
Courtesy of Gary Peters

Davey unlisted

VON HOLT & HEUCK/
diamond side ornaments/
HONOLULU.
Usage: 1854

Noted as a backstamp.


WALKER & ALLEN Co., Honolulu

This firm was the continuation of Allen, Walker & Co., after Allen sold out and moved to San Francisco (see Allen, Walker & Co., above). Closely allied with the Chas. Brooks firm in San Francisco, Walker & Allen tried unsuccessfully to avoid bankruptcy when Chas. Brooks failed in 1867. Eventually, Walker & Allen emerged and continued in business as commission merchants.

AUXPRICOMM-WalkerAllen
37mm x 24mm single lined inner and outer ovals
unserifed letters above and in center, serifed letters below
reddish orange

Walker & Allen Feb 71

February __, 1871
Courtesy of Phil Kay

Davey unlisted

WALKER & ALLEN CO./
shining cross side ornaments/
SHIPPING/COMMISSION/MERCHANTS
HONOLULU
Usage: 1871

Noted as a backstamp.


J. T. Waterhouse, Honolulu

John Thomas Waterhouse established himself as an importer, wholesale and retail dealer in 1851. He advertised wares "from a needle to an anchor."

AUXPRICOMM-Waterhouse(cross)
46mm x 39mm single lined oval, unserifed letters; Maltese cross side ornaments

Waterhouse 31Dec85 cross

December 31, 1885
Courtesy of Phil Kay

Davey unlisted

J. T. WATERHOUSE/
date and Maltese cross side ornaments/
HONOLULU. H. I.
Usage: 1882-1889

AUXPRICOMM-Waterhouse(star)
45mm x 25mm single lined outer and inner ovals
serifed letters above, unserifed below; star side ornaments
purple

Waterhouse 31Mar90

March 31, 1890

Davey unlisted

J. T. WATERHOUSE,/
date/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1890
Noted as a backstamp.

AUXPRICOMM-Waterhouse(sunburst)
43mm x 26mm oval; sunburst side ornaments

JT Waterhouse sunburst 2Apr95

April 2, 1895

Davey unlisted

J. T. WATERHOUSE,/
date and sunburst side ornaments/
HONOLULU, H. I.
Usage: 1893-1896
purple, black
Noted as a backstamp.


WILDER'S STEAMSHIP CO., LTD., Honolulu

Wilder's Steam Navigation Co. was one of the two companies operating a significant number of inter-island steamers in Hawaii during the 1880's and 1890's. See AUXILIARY MARKS - Ship Marks

AUXPRICOMM-Wilder's
37mm double lined circle
unserifed letters
purple

Wilder's Steamship Co 2 Oct 99

October 2, 1899

Davey unlisted

WILDER'S STEAMSHIP CO.
-L'd.-
date
ornament
HONOLULU, H. I.

Usage: 1899


WING ON TAI & CO., Honolulu

Nothing more is known about this firm.

AUXPRICOMM-WingOnTai
Three straightlines
__mm x __ mm overall; unserifed letters; purple

Wing On Tai Hono 2Sep98

September 2, 1898

Davey unlisted

WING ON TAI & CO./
27 King Street,/
P. O. Box 1025 Honolulu, H. I.

Usage: 1898

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