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Sale 1103 — The Larry Lyons Collection: All Roads Lead to San Francisco

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Carnes City, Loomis` Letter Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1539
c
Sale Number 1103, Lot Number 1539, Carnes City, Loomis` Letter ExpressCarnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1), Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1)Carnes' City Letter Express, San Francisco, (5c) Rose (35L1). Full to large margins, tied by black "Paid" handstamp with second strike on large cover addressed in blue to 267 Washington Street South in San Francisco, bold matching "CARNES' EXPRESS/SAN FRANCISCO" straightline handstamp at center, blue manuscript instructions in corner "send by Carnes Carier", cover with vertical folds not affecting stamp

A MAJOR LOCAL POST RARITY, REPRESENTING THE PROPER USE OF THE CARNES CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP DURING CARNES'S OWNERSHIP. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST SPECTACULAR OF ALL AMERICAN LOCAL POST COVERS.

The local-post scene in San Francisco during the 1863-67 period is confusing to reconstruct, due to the similarity of names among competing posts and the changes in ownership, with one selling out to the other. All of this must be reconstructed from dated material and city directories. According to information gleaned by Ernest A. Wiltsee from contemporary sources, the Carnes City Letter Express was started in 1865 by George A. Carnes, a former postal clerk. Very early on, Carnes issued the Grizzly Bear stamps with his name. During the first year, Carnes also acquired the San Francisco Letter Express and changed the post's name to Carnes San Francisco Letter Express. Whether Carnes or William E. Loomis bought out Gahagan & Howe's City Express has been debated, but in late 1866, Carnes and his partner sold out to Loomis. From 1867 on, we find the Carnes stamps and San Francisco Letter Express Horse & Rider marking used by Loomis. Eventually Loomis altered the Grizzly Bear printing plate by removing the Carnes name and printed his own stamps (Scott 98L1). This is one of only a few Carnes covers known to us that was clearly carried by the original Carnes service, for which it was created.

Ex Kuphal. With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
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