Owner Biography

Robert B Honeyman, Jr.

The Honeyman collection on view (Inverted Jenny at top left)
The Honeyman collection on view (Inverted Jenny at top left)
Robert Brodhead Honeyman Jr. graduated in 1920 from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, with an engineering degree. Mr. Honeyman was an avid collector in a variety of areas including art, science, American and English literature, stamps, British orders, decorations, medals, and others.

His collection of books and manuscripts in the history of science was quite significant, and was auctioned at Sotheby's.

Mr. Honeyman maintained two homes, one in Rye, New York, and the other in Southern California, near Mission San Juan Capistrano, where he built his private museum at Rancho Los Cerritos.

The Robert B. Honeyman Jr. Collection of Early Californian and Western American Pictorial Material is one of the premier pictorial collections of The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. The collection, containing over 2300 items, includes original paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks, lettersheets, and other pictorial materials, with emphasis on early California and the Gold Rush period.

He died in 1987 at 90 years of age. His stamp collection was auctioned by Siegel Auction Galleries in 2007, and included the Inverted Jenny Position 13. This stamp was thought lost to philately until it turned up in his estate.

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