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Sale 834 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 113, Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)Kearny Expedition, Kearny ExpeditionKearny Expedition. Folded letter datelined "Presidio Barracks, San Francisco California, April 29th" from a member of the 7th Regt. N.Y.S. Vols., 1847 docketing on back, red "St. Louis Mo. Aug. 26" and matching "Steam 10" handstamp, to Norwich N.Y., good content lamenting the lack of an "organized enemy to give us battle", expertly cleaned and repaired along file folds, Very Fine appearance, a rare letter from a member of the Kearney expedition, accompanied by two additional folded letters from same correspondence discussing murder trial in Binghamton N.Y.

E. 1,500-2,000
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 114, Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)San Francisco 1 Feb. 40, San Francisco 1 Feb. 40San Francisco 1 Feb. 40. Integral-rate circular datestamp with ms. line thru rate on folded cover sent free to Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott in Washington D.C., docketing indicates 1851 date from Maj. Kearny, two vertical file folds (one slightly toned), Very Fine

E. 100-150
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 115, Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)San Francisco 1 June 40, San Francisco 1 June 40San Francisco 1 June 40. Integral-rate circular datestamp on 1850 brown cover to New Orleans, red "FORWARDED" straightline with ms. "40/80" below handstamped 40c rate, redirected back to San Francisco, neat docketing, Fine, an extraordinary transcontinental cover that travelled back and forth to California

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 116, Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)San Jose Cal. Jun. 4, San Jose Cal. Jun. 4San Jose Cal. Jun. 4. Oily red circular datestamp and ms. "12-1/2" forwarding rate on brown cover, red "Shushan N.Y. Apr. 14" circular datestamp and ms. "40" rate applied at origin, to San Jose and redirected to Sacramento, postage totaled to "52-1/2", sender created address panel in ink, torn across bottom corner, otherwise Very Fine, very scarce combination of rates

E. 200-300
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 117, Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)San Francisco Cal. 17 Apr. (1852), San Francisco Cal. 17 Apr. (1852)San Francisco Cal. 17 Apr. (1852). Orange-red circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and red crayon "1.96" multiple rate on large blue court cover to Newport R.I., forwarded to Providence with "Newport May 19" circular datestamp and ms. "Forw 1.15", notation at top "25c pd by Clk" and on back "The PM at Newport forwards this presuming it may be necessary to open it before the court convenes here...", skillfully restored (some mended tears, cleaned, edges improved), appears Fine, a remarkable transcontinental multiple-rate usage

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 118, Postal Markings by State and Territory (California)Montreal to San Francisco, Montreal to San FranciscoMontreal to San Francisco. Folded letter datelined "Montreal Sept. 29th 1851" and addressed to San Francisco Cal., red "Montreal L.C. Oc. 1, 1851" circular datestamp and matching "Canada" in arc, ms. rating, bold "15" handstamp for distance over 3,000 miles, faint file fold, minor age spotting, Fine and unusual usage, ex Kramer

E. 200-300
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California Covers. Six, incl. blue "Pacific Express Co. Columbia Dec. 16" oval handstamp on illustrated 3c entire to Murphy's Camp; "Eureka North Mar. 17, 1858" ms. pmk. to Wisconsin Hill Cal.; San Francisco circular datestamp with matching "12-1/2" rating to Mormon Island Cal.; 5c rated cover from Benicia to Mormon Island; last two rated 3c from Benicia to Mormon Island, some wear, most appear Fine-Very Fine, interesting group

E. 300-400
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