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Sale 925 — The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1443
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1443, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Blue, Type III, Without Ornaments (33L8), California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Blue, Type III, Without Ornaments (33L8)California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Blue, Type III, Without Ornaments (33L8). Large to huge margins, ample to clear at left, neatly cancelled by usual ms. line (not tied as usual), used with 10c Green (68), corner creases, tied by cogwheel with "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 31, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover to Providence R.I.

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)

60,000
40,000
1444
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1444, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Letter Express Co. (Hoogs & Madison), San Francisco, Black Printed Frank, California Letter Express Co. (Hoogs & Madison), San Francisco, Black Printed FrankCalifornia Letter Express Co. (Hoogs & Madison), San Francisco, Black Printed Frank. With horse & rider illustration, five-line inscription and "PAID" imprint, locally addressed

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

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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1445
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1445, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Blue (34L1), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Blue (34L1)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Blue (34L1). Vertical pair with huge right sheet margin and large margins all around, unused (no gum), faint horizontal crease in top stamp, diagonal crease and thin in sheet margin, bottom stamp is sound, Extremely Fine appearance, we know of one other multiple of this rare stamp -- the block of six in the Golden collection (Siegel Sale 817, lot 866, realized $6,000 hammer), which at one point this pair joined -- signed Sloane, Scott value for two singles is $1,400.00 and a block is $3,000.00

1,400
1,200
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1446
ngbl
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1446, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L2), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L2)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L2). Block of 20 comprising two panes of ten, unused (no gum), sheet margins at sides, large margins all around, slight crease and tiny thin at lower right

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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1447
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1447, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L2), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L2)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L2). Large margins, ostensibly "tied" by "Sacramento City Cal. Apr. 3, 1860" circular datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Coloma, the Penny Post Co. went out of business in 1856, therefore this cannot be a genuine use of the stamp in 1860, ex Haas

E. 200-300
600
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1448
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1448, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4). Unused (no gum), rich color, few thin spots, small tear at top, otherwise Fine, with 1997 A.P.S. certificate

600
325
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1449
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1449, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). A superb stamp with full even margins, intense shade and early impression, tied by "New-York Ship Sep. 8" (1855) circular datestamp on "Via Nicaragua" imprint cover to Dorchester Mass., placed on board the Vanderbilt Line's Uncle Sam in San Francisco with California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4) stamp affixed at upper left and uncancelled as usual, entered mails in New York and missent to Gloucester Mass., perfectly struck blue "Gloucester Ms. Sep. 10" circular datestamp with tiny "MISSENT"%$ straightline, redirected to Dorchester, faint gum stains around 10c stamp, 5c trivial corner crease, small edge tear at top not affecting stamps or markings

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

E. 25,000-35,000
47,500
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1450
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1450, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Black Entire (34LU1), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Black Entire (34LU1)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 2c Black Entire (34LU1). Printed frank with instructions for users, 3c Brownish Carmine (11), ample to large margins including part of stamp at left, in at right, tied by bold "San Francisco Cal. 30 Aug." (1855) circular datestamp, on entire to Marysville street address, backstamped "DETAINED FOR POSTAGE"%$ in large block letters and "San Francisco Cal. 30 Aug. 3 Paid" integral-rate circular datestamp, "Paid" straightline on front, docketed "1855 Oct. 17 Filed" on back, faint stains and vertical fold

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.

Ex Piller

9,000
4,000
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1451
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1451, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU3a), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU3a)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU3a). With seven-line inscription, "Stockton Cal. Jul. 10" circular datestamp, addressed to San Francisco street address, Very Fine, very rare used example of the 5c entire (16 reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post), Stockton was one of the California towns serviced by the Penny Post Co., this franked entire was used early in the Penny Post's operation, ex Haas, illustrated in Letters of Gold, with 1967 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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1452
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1452, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Vermilion on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU7), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Vermilion on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU7)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Vermilion on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU7). Instructions and list of offices eight at left, blue "Monterey Cal. Oct. 18" circular datestamp, San Francisco street address, interesting receipt docketing "Recd from H L Goodwin at 12 O'Clock N on the 20th Oct", numerous tiny pinholes, small scuff does not affect markings, slightly reduced at top and lightly folded, still Very Fine appearance, genuinely used examples of this entire are extremely rare (16 genuine used entires reported in Lyons census in July 2005 Penny Post; remainders were used to create forged Wells Fargo express usages), one of the fascinating aspects of this issue is that both the Penny Post oval and 3c U.S. stamp were embossed in the same color by George F. Nesbitt, ex Knapp, Meroni, Boker and Hawley

1,750
2,100
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1453
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1453, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on Buff Entire (34LU9), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on Buff Entire (34LU9)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on Buff Entire (34LU9). Printed frank on plain envelope to San Francisco street address with 3c Dull Red (11), mostly large margins incl. sheet margin and centerline at left, just in at corner, tied by bold "Stockton Cal. Apr. 19" circular datestamp

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

E. 2,500-3,500
2,600
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1454
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1454, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU11), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU11)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU11). To San Francisco addressee with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, pencil "X" and tied by "Penny Post Co. San Francisco" double-line circular handstamp, vertical crease thru stamp is not very noticeable

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

E. 3,000-4,000
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1455
nh
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1455, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11a), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11a)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11a). Conjunctive use to Stockton with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Steamboat" framed handstamp, repaired along edge at top center but not affecting frank

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1456
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1456, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Blue on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11a var), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Blue on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11a var)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Blue on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11a var). This frank is listed by Scott only in Black, "Sacramento City Cal. May 13" (1856) circular datestamp, to San Francisco street address, ms. "PP" (Penny Post)

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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1457
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1457, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, "Collect Penny Postage" in Black on Buff Entire (34LU11C), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, "Collect Penny Postage" in Black on Buff Entire (34LU11C)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, "Collect Penny Postage" in Black on Buff Entire (34LU11C). No denomination stated, used with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, bright shade, tied by large blue rectangular grid, matching "Marysville Cal. Feb. 26" circular datestamp on entire to San Francisco street address, interesting docketing on back: "(4) See C. F. Taylor & Co., recd the 27th Feb. of H.L.G. [Henry L. Goodwin] H. D. Loomis, See letter for Taylor", mended tear at top into frank, vertical fold

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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1458
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1458, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU14 var), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU14 var)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on Buff Entire (34LU14 var). Spelling error "Daguerreotpyes" in text, 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, couple stained spots, tied by "Stockton Cal. Feb. 27" (1856) circular datestamp on entire with printed "Box 5,005" address, embossed seal on flap, backstamped with Stockton merchant's oval

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

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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1459
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1459, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on White Entire (34LU12), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on White Entire (34LU12)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on White Entire (34LU12). Instructions for mailing and list of towns served on back, clearly struck "Penny Post Co. San Francisco" double-line circular handstamp on entire to Sacramento street address

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).

Ex Polland

4,500
2,800
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1460
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1460, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Vermilion on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU7), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Vermilion on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU7)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Vermilion on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU7). Unused, fresh and Extremely Fine, scarcer than Scott value indicates

225
375
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1461
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1461, California City Letter Express Co, California Penny Post Co.California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on Buff Entire (34LU9), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on Buff Entire (34LU9)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Black on Buff Entire (34LU9). Unused, two small faint spots, Very Fine

150
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