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Sold Date: 12/09/2009
Channel: Auction House
Source: Cowan's Auctions

belonging to American author Charles M. Newell. Newell, a Bostonian, wrote several romantic novels about the Hawaiian Islands in the late 19th century, including Kalani of Oahu 1881; Kamehameha the Conquering King 1885) and The Voyage of the Fleetwing (1886) and The Isle of Palms 1888. Included in this lot are the following: A star of the Royal Order of Kapiolani housed in its original red leather case, silk lined lid with imprint of the Parisian firm of Kretly. This is technically a "Grand Cross of Order" consisting of a silver Maltese cross with a center red enameled medallion displaying a gold double "K" monogram surrounded by a white enameled banner with "KULIA I KANUU" (Strive to Reach the Summit),a gold portrait of Queen Kapi'olani sits atop the banner. The reverse of the medal is also enameled in red, with a central medallion of two gold "Ks" and a white ribbon banner with a gold "KULIA" with a gold wreath surround. The medal is suspended from a red and yellow striped silk ribbon, lacking its hanger. Three pieces of official correspondence to Newell accompany the medal from the Hawaiian royalty, including a letter in Hawaiian signed by Queen Kapiolani; a July 31, 1886 transmittal ALS from Kapiolani's secretary J.S. Webb; and a congratulatory ALS dated January 14, 1885 from Iolani Palace, signed by Edward Purrie, the Royal Chamberlain. None of these mention the medal, but congratulate and thank Newell for his service to the Kingdom; presumably the medal was part of the honor. The lot further includes copies of Kalani of Oahu with inked sentiment by Newell to a friend on a free end paper; and a similarly inscribed copy of The Isle of Palms. A ca 1880s albumen photograph of a statue of King Kamehameha the first, and a scrapbook containing numerous clippings of reviews of Newell's books round out the archive.
Condition: Medal with missing pieces of enamel; letters fragile and missing pieces.
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