VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE CALIFORNIA CITY LETTER EXPRESS TYPE III STAMP IN BLUE -- THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 33L8 COVER AND ONE OF TWO COVERS WITH ANY OF THE CALIFORNIA CITY LETTER EXPRESS ISSUES AND REGULAR UNITED STATES POSTAGE.
Our records -- updated from the Golden sale -- contain just two examples of the Blue Type III (without ornaments) stamp, Scott 33L8. One is used on the cover offered here, and the other is a repaired off-cover stamp (ex Schwartz, D.K. Collection, Siegel Sale 862, lot 67, realized $3,500 hammer). There is only one other California City Letter Express Co. combination cover recorded, with 33L1 and a 10c 1861 used together, which realized $21,000 hammer in our Golden sale.
Ex Caspary and Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 524, realized $55,000 hammer)
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PRINTED FRANK FOR HOOGS & MADISON'S CALIFORNIA LETTER EXPRESS.
A small number of private posts operated in San Francisco during the 1862 to 1867 period, including Frey's Valentine Express, Appleton's Valentine Express, Hoogs & Madison, Robinson & Co., George A. Carnes, William E. Loomis, Gahagan & Howe and the San Francisco City Letter Express (under different owners). Stamps and franked envelopes were issued by these local posts. This distinctive horse-and-rider design is one of the rarest.
Ex Pearce and Haas. Illustrated in Letters of Gold
EXTREMELY FINE MULTIPLE. PROBABLY THE LARGEST EXISTING BLOCK OF THIS CALIFORNIA PENNY POST ISSUE.
Ex Lilly, Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 867, realized $7,500 hammer). Scott Retail of $4,00.00 as blocks of four and singles (with no premium for the wide spacing) does not do justice to the rarity of this item.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE EIGHT RECORDED INTACT COVERS BEARING THIS SAN FRANCISCO LOCAL POST STAMP. THE ONLY EXAMPLE WITH THIS COMBINATION OF MARKINGS.
The California Penny Post Co. took this letter to the wharf for mailing aboard the next outbound vessel via the Vanderbilt Line's Nicaragua route. The 5c stamp paid for this service. On arrival in New York it was treated as an incoming ship letter and postmarked with the "New-York Ship" circular datestamp. The census by Larry Lyons in The Penny Post (October 2005) reports ten 34L4 covers, but two have 10c stamps missing.
The New York Sep. 8 (1855) datestamp coincides with the arrival date of the Vanderbilt Line's Northern Light, which sailed from San Juan del Norte on or about August 31. The Vanderbilt Line's Uncle Sam left San Francisco on August 18, arriving at San Juan del Sur on August 29, while Colonel William Walker controlled the town and briefly prevented passengers from crossing the Isthmus. News of these events were published in the New York Herald on September 9, the day after this mail arrived (source: Wierenga, U.S. Incoming Steamship Mail 1847-1875, p. 334 and 368).
Ex Brown, Wiltsee, Jessup, Grunin, Edwards and Sevenoaks. With 1987 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST 2-CENT FRANK AND 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO "DETAINED FOR POSTAGE" HANSTAMP.
This inter-city express and local post operated for about one year in 1855 and 1856. Examples of its 2c printed envelopes, which paid the rate for delivery to the post office, are extremely rare (six reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post). In this instance, it appears that the letter was placed in the San Francisco post office without a 3c stamp, which was required on inter-city Penny Post mail. The post office marked the letter "Detained for Postage," and, on August 30, 1855, the 3c stamp was applied and cancelled. Another possibility is that the 3c stamp was not recognized by the San Francisco post office, which had an ongoing feud with Goodwin over his operation, and that the "3 Paid" integral-rate circular datestamp indicates additional payment was received in coin.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY ENTIRE WITH 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE FRANKING. CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.
Ten genuine entires are reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post.
Ex Worthington and Piller. This entire with 3c 1851 is listed but unpriced in Scott
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON A CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY 7-CENT ENTIRE.
The 3c 1851 stamp was necessary to pay the U.S. government rate from one of the towns served by the California Penny Post Co. to San Francisco. In this case the origin is unknown. The 7c Penny Post Co. entire was designed to pay the rates for delivery to the post office (2c) and delivery from the post office in San Francisco (5c), although it appears that this cover never entered the regular mails. Eight used entires are reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post.
Ex Polland and Piller. With 1973 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE USE OF THE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY ENTIRE IN CONJUNCTION WITH WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY'S STEAMBOAT SERVICE.
Fourteen used entires are reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post. Only a few conjunctive usages between the California Penny Post Company and Wells, Fargo & Co. are known. Presumably Wells, Fargo & Co. carried the letter from San Francisco to Sacramento on one of their regular steamer runs.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY ENTIRE IN BLUE.
This variation of the "Penny-Postage Paid, 7" frank (Haller P10-Ty. 3a; Scott L98A) is printed in blue, not black, and contains the words "Care of" in tiny type between the denomination and "To The Penny Post Co." imprint. Both we and Larry Lyons record three examples: 1) Undated, Wells Fargo & Co. Sacramento ovals, to San Francisco, ex Knapp, Barkhausen, Golden; 2) Benicia Cal. May 12 (1856) datestamp, to San Francisco, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, Golden; and 3) Sacramento City Cal. May 13 (1856) datestamp, the cover offered here, ex Chapman, Polland, Haas, Siegel Sale 773. These entires were probably printed in mid-1856 toward the end of the Penny Post Company's existence (reported to have occurred in June 1856). The Scott Catalogue has not yet listed the 34LU11a in Blue, even though all three have been offered at auction during the past nine years.
Illustrated in Letters of Gold. Ex Chapman, Polland and Haas. With 1967 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE OF CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY FRANK AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
The docketing on back is probably related to Goodwin's dispute with the San Francisco post office over operation of his private local and inter-city post. This "Collect" entire without a denomination stated is extremely rare; this is the only example known to us or listed by Larry Lyons in his census (The Penny Post, July 2005).
Ex Caspary, Haas (who paid $2,250 for it in 1982) and Piller.
VERY FINE. AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY 7-CENT INTER-CITY RATE ENTIRE WITH 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
Thirteen used entires are reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post.
Ex Piller. Scott Retail $5,000.00 for 34LU14 with No. 11
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY PRISTINE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY ENTIRE. ONLY THREE OF THE ORNATE BORDER FRANK ARE KNOWN ON THE WHITE NESBITT ENTIRE.
Only three used entires are reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post. Another example of the rare 34LU12 entire travelling in the reverse direction, from Stockton to San Francisco, was offered in our Hall sale (Sale 830, lot 533, realized $4,250 hammer).