Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — Overland Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4039
c
Sale 908, Lot 4039, Overland Mail1c Blue, Ty. V, 3c Dull Red (24, 26). Vertical strip of 3c with part perforated guideline at right, tied by "San Francisco Cal." circular datestamps with two different dates (Jul. 29 and Aug. 1, 1859), sender's routing "Via Overland Mail", minor edgewear, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
4040
c
Sale 908, Lot 4040, Overland Mail10c Green, Ty. I (31). Scissors-separated with s.e. at right and bottom but leaving type characteristics intact, tied by "Three Creeks June 1859" ms. pmk., light strike of "Three Creeks Ark. Jun. 21" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Big Bar, Cal., endorsed "Overland via Fort Smith" at top left, cleaned and minor faults, otherwise Fine, rare usage in many respects

E. 750-1,000
900
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4041
c
Sale 908, Lot 4041, Overland Mail10c Green, Ty. II (32). Sheet margin and guideline at left, tied by "Sacramento City Cal. Feb. 16, 1859" circular datestamp on buff cover to San Antonio, Tex., slightly reduced at right, stamp has long sealed tear but not readily apparent, otherwise Very Fine, scarce Butterfield Mail Route usage from California to Texas (almost all covers are directed to points further east)

E. 200-300
350
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4042
c
California Mails. 13 covers with a variety of scarce markings, includes three different New York 40c rate handstamps (red "40" in circle, rare red "New-York 40 cts." integral rate with attached "Paid" and black "New-York 40" integral rate), "30" rate handstamp on cover to New York, two covers to California with New York 10c debit datestamps, July 1851 to San Francisco with faint strike of rare red "Pan. & San Fran. S.S." Type I route agent's datestamp, "Steamship 20" in circle on 1854 cover from Australia to Maine with "Paid at Beechworth" handstamp, blue "Stmr. Sierra Nevada Via Nicaragua In Advance of the Mails" oval on cover to New York (faults), two covers to San Francisco with "Vapor Bogota" and "Vapor Santiago" straightlines, 1875 cover with blue "P.M.S.S. Co. S. S. City of New York" ribbon-marker backstamp and "New York Ship Letter 4", and ca. 1872 cover with "N.Y. Steamship 10" datestamp, some faults but overall Fine and an extremely desirable group for the postal historian

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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4043
c
Sale 908, Lot 4043, Overland Mail10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 16" circular datestamp on hand-colored 4-Horse Stagecoach cover to Charlotte Center N.Y., "Overland via Los Angeles" imprint, barely reduced at right, stamp with trivial edge toning, Very Fine, scarce and attractive usage, ex Rohloff and Haas

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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4044
c
Sale 908, Lot 4044, Overland Mail10c Green, Ty. I (31). Horizontal pair, tied by "San Francisco Cal. May 30, 1859" circular datestamp on blue "The Star of the Union" illustrated 4-Horse Stagecoach cover to Champlain N.Y., 1859 docketing at left, slightly reduced at right where expertly restored, right stamp rounded corner at top right, some minor edgewear, Fine, attractive and scarce usage of the perforated Ty. I stamps on a stagecoach cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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4045
c
Sale 908, Lot 4045, Overland Mail10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 12, 1858" circular datestamp on illustrated 4-Horse Stagecoach cover to Newark N.J., "Overland via Los Angeles" imprint, slightly reduced at top, lightly cleaned, stamp lifted and replaced, otherwise Very Fine, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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4046
c
Sale 908, Lot 4046, Overland Mail3c Dull Red (26). S.e. at right and rounded corner, tied by "San Francisco Cal. May ? 1860" circular datestamp on cover to Sacramento Cal., 4-Horse Stagecoach design with ms. lines thru "Per Overland Mail" and stamp positioned over "Via Los Angeles", Very Fine, rare intra-California use of this illustrated envelope, especially interesting with sender's obvious effort to change its meaning, ex Kutz

E. 750-1,000
525
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4047
c
Sale 908, Lot 4047, Overland Mail"Overland via Los Angeles" 4-Horse Stagecoach Envelope. Unused with watercoloring which may or may not be contemporary, Very Fine

E. 75-100
80
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4048
c
Sale 908, Lot 4048, Overland Mail10c Green, Ty. V (35). Bright color, tied by "Napa City Cal. Feb. 18" circular datestamp on "Per Overland Mail, via Los Angeles" illustrated Railroad Propaganda cover to Rutland Vt., McNeill & Dudley (Napa City) imprint, small repaired tear at top left

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE McNEILL & DUDLEY RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN CONTAINED IN THE LEVI RECORDS OF WESTERN ILLUSTRATED COVERS.

The railroad designs were part of a public relations effort to promote completion of the transcontinental railroad. Although the "Per Overland Mail" route depicts a steam locomotive, the mail was actually transported by horses and stagecoach. Some of the designs are more explicit, reading "Overland Mail in hope of the [railroad]." This Napa City publisher's design is distinctive and, according to our Levi records, represented by this sole cover.

Ex Beals

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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