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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1146
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1146, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Red, Type I (33L1), California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Red, Type I (33L1)California City Letter Express Co., San Francisco, 10c Red, Type I (33L1). Large margins to slightly in, projections cut into at sides, rich color, small ms. "X" cancel (not tied as usual), used on cover to J. H. Stearns

A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CALIFORNIA CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONLY THREE COVERS ARE RECORDED.

Our records contain five examples of the Red 33L1 stamp. Two additional Type I stamps in black-and-white photos cannot be identified by color. One 33L1 (cut to shape) is contained in the British Library's Tapling collection. Of the four confirmed 33L1's available to collectors, two are used alone on separate covers addressed to Lieut. Col. J. H. Stearns in San Francisco (one offered here, the other ex Wiltsee). The third is an uncancelled stamp off cover (ex Lilly, small faults). The fourth example is used with Scott No. 68 and is the only 33L1 cover with a U.S. stamp of any kind (ex Golden).

Ex Middendorf. Unpriced in Scott.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,250
1147
 
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1147, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)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). Red crayon "X", added to a yellow cover with 10c Green, Ty. V (35) tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 26, 1860" circular datestamp, which is about five years too late for this California post, still a Very Fine and rare stamp, ex Kapiloff

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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1148
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1148, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)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 eight offices at left, unusual square grid cancel, addressed to "Adams & Co." at corner of Merchant and Montgomery in San Francisco, some wear incl. creasing, otherwise Very Fine, genuinely used examples of this entire are extremely rare (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, with 1967 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $1,750.00

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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1149
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1149, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)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, Ty. I (11), mostly large margins, cancelled by ms. "X"

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 the Lyons census (The Penny Post, July 2005)

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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1150
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1150, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B). Instructions for mailing and list of towns on back, bold "San Francisco Cal. 2 Oct." (1855) circular datestamp, to local San Francisco street address, light cover creases, otherwise Very Fine and extremely rare, the 7c plus 3c rated entires were intended to prepay Penny Post Co. service to the mails in one city (2c), regular government mail service between cities (3c U.S. stamp) and delivery by the Penny Post in the destination city (5c) -- in this case, the San Francisco postmark indicates that something unusual occurred, but the absence of any evidence of origin leaves us grasping for an answer, Scott Retail $1,400.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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1151
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1151, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)Carnes' 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). Large margins, tied by needle-point grid that pierces the paper, affixed over red "City Letter/Carnes/Express" double-line oval handstamp on yellow cover to local shipping house, with original letter dated Feb. 17, 1865, tiny nick at top left

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO COVERS KNOWN TO US WITH CARNES CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP USED DURING HIS OWNERSHIP OF THE POST. 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. Among his competitors were the California City Letter Express operated by Hoag & Madison and the San Francisco Letter Express, which used the distinctive oval Horse & Rider handstamp. Sometime in 1865, Carnes acquired or took over the San Francisco Letter Express and changed its name to Carnes San Francisco Letter Express. This cover was mailed in February 1865, which is an early Carnes usage. The red oval marking beneath the stamp (as well as the stamp itself) is inscribed "Carnes City Letter Express." In late 1866 Carnes sold out to William E. Loomis, from which point the supply of 35L1 was used while new stamps were printed with the Carnes name removed (Scott 98L1). We know of one other cover with 35L1 used under Carnes's ownership. It was sold in our 1996 Rarities sale and in our 2006 Edgar Kuphal sale. The Knapp collection contained a cover with 35L1 tied by a blue dotted grid, which is believed to have been a Loomis cancel, and there is a 35L1 cover in the P.F. records with the stamp tied by a "Paid" straightline (possibly by Loomis).

Ex Worthington, Caspary, Boker, Richardson and Golden. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $17,500.00

E. 10,000-15,000
12,500
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1152
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1152, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)G. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (36L1), G. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (36L1)G. Carter's Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (36L1). Two covers, first tied by ms. "X" to Lowell Mass., second with "Despatch" crossed out to local street address, Very Fine, first with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
275
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1153
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1153, Local and Private Posts (California City Letter Express thru Cheever & Towle)Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1), Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1)Cheever & Towle, Boston Mass., 2c Blue (37L1). Cut to shape, cancelled by ms. and used on blue 1844 folded letter to local street address, some toning at bottom of cover, Very Fine, Scott Retail $500.00

E. 200-300
275
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