Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 1011 — United States Stamps & Postal History, Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 21-24 June, 2011

Category — Western Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1134
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1134, Western MailsAlpheus Felch, Alpheus FelchAlpheus Felch. Free frank "Free A. Felch", former U.S. Senator (1847-53), franked as president of a commission appointed by President Franklin Pierce to settle land claims in California (1853-56), on blue cover from California to Ann Arbor, Michigan, routed thru New York, clear strike of red boxed "Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails" handstamp, also strikes of "Steam/Ship" and "Free" handstamps, minor wear

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TRANS-CONTINENTAL COVER WITH ALPHEUS FELCH'S FREE FRANK AND THE "VIA NICARAGUA" ROUTE HANDSTAMP. SENT FROM CALIFORNIA WHILE FELCH WAS PRESIDENT OF A SPECIAL COMMISSION TO SETTLE LAND CLAIMS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE MEXICAN WAR.

Alpheus Felch was Governor of Michigan from 1846 to 1847 and U.S. Senator from March 1847 to March 1853, when he was appointed by President Franklin Pierce to be part of a commission to settle Spanish and Mexican land claims in California arising from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War. Felch served as president of the commission until 1856. This undated cover was mailed during Felch's stay in California and had to have been franked in his role as commissioner.

Ex Knapp, Wiltsee, Grunin, Robertson.

E. 1,500-2,000
750
1135
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1135, Western MailsAlpheus Felch, Alpheus FelchAlpheus Felch. Free frank "Free A. Felch", former U.S. Senator (1847-53), franked as president of a commission appointed by President Franklin Pierce to settle land claims in California (1853-56), on light buff cover from California to Charlestown Mass., routed thru New York, clear strike of red boxed "Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails" handstamp, "New-York Ship 7 cts. Oct. 10" datestamp with rate crossed out in recognition of the free frank, with original autograph letter signed by Felch and datelined San Francisco, Sep. 15, 1853

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE TRANS-CONTINENTAL COVER WITH ALPHEUS FELCH'S FREE FRANK AND THE "VIA NICARAGUA" ROUTE HANDSTAMP.

Alpheus Felch was Governor of Michigan from 1846 to 1847 and U.S. Senator from March 1847 to March 1853, when he was appointed by President Franklin Pierce to be part of a commission to settle Spanish and Mexican land claims in California arising from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War. Felch served as president of the commission until 1856.

Ex Hahn

E. 1,500-2,000
650
Back to Top
1136
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1136, Western MailsVia Tehuantepec, Via TehuantepecVia Tehuantepec. Manuscript route directive and matching address to "Mrs. Ellen M. Stanton," in Pittsburgh Pa., written by Edwin M. Stanton while serving as Special Federal Agent in California, on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U15), "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 30, 1858" circular datestamp, some light soiling and small scuff, otherwise Very Fine, scarce cover sent via Tehuantepec route made even more desirable by the sender, before serving as President Lincoln's Secretary of War Stanton was sent to California in 1858 by the Attorney General Jeremiah Black as special Federal Agent for the settlement of land claims

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
Back to Top
1137
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1137, Western MailsOverland via Los Angeles, Overland via Los AngelesOverland via Los Angeles. Three-line imprint in black on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Downieville Cal., clearly struck "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 14, 1859" circular datestamp, backflap removed and faults affecting a couple of letters of imprint, still Fine and exhibit-worthy; beginning in Sep. 1858 the Overland Mail Co. started regular semi-weekly stagecoach service along the so-called "Butterfield Route" between San Francisco and St. Louis via Los Angeles; a variety of markings, printed and handstamped, were used on mail to designate this route; this "Overland via Los Angeles" three-line imprint is found on 3c and 10c Nesbitt entires, in red or black, with or without the Wells, Fargo & Company's frank, and one plain envelope; a census quickly compiled from our Levi records and other sources counts 17 entires in total (excluding the plain envelope with a 10c adhesive)

E. 400-500
375
Back to Top
1138
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1138, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Rich color, cancelled by blue penstrokes, "West Point Cal. Jan 19" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Denmark N.Y., with "Overland--via--Los Angeles" hand-colored illustrated four-horse stagecoach design, stamp lifted and replaced, cover expertly repaired at left and lightly cleaned, Very Fine appearance and scarce, ex Baker and Beals, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
225
Back to Top
1139
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1139, Western Mails3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (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. 500-750
450
Back to Top
1140
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1140, Western MailsSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT, STEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTTSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT. Two-line handstamp in red struck on 1853 brown cover to Auraria Ga., red "Culloma Cal. Nov. 29" circular datestamp and "10" rate handstamp, refolded at top, stained and repaired at bottom right

ONE OF ONLY SEVEN KNOWN COVERS RECOVERED FROM THE WRECK OF THE PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY STEAMER WINFIELD SCOTT.

The Winfield Scott was a 1,291-ton steamer built in New York City in 1851, which was put into service along the Pacific Coast route in 1852. On December 2, 1853, she was stranded off Anacapa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel and lost, but the mails, passengers and cargo were saved. Our Levi records contain nine examples of the two-line handstamp, of which two were carried before the Winfield Scott was commissioned into the Pacific service.

Ex Knapp, Wiltsee and Hahn

E. 1,500-2,000
750
Back to Top
1141
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1141, Western MailsPER STR. COLUMBUS, PER STR. COLUMBUSPER STR. COLUMBUS. Red straightline handstamp and matching "San Francisco 17 June 40" integral-rate circular datestamp on cover to East Granby Ct., fresh and Very Fine, scarce, carried on the first sailing of the Columbus, with copy of 1995 P.F. certificate for a similar cover (as reference)

E. 500-750
350
Back to Top
1142
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1142, Western MailsGreenwood Cal. Jan. 2, Greenwood Cal. Jan. 2Greenwood Cal. Jan. 2. Greenish blue circular datestamp and matching "Paid" with manuscript "10" rate on manila cover to Rockland Me. with "Put's California Envelope" illustrated design depicting miners at breakfast table, promoter outside doorway, slogan "California and Miners' Rights", satiric verse showing disdain for promoters, skillfully cleaned, Very Fine, this is the only example of this design recorded by Kutz in Gold Fever, ex Jarrett

E. 750-1,000
2,100
Back to Top
1143
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1143, Western Mails12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a), 12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a)12c Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6c (17a). Top left diagonal half, large margins to clear, tied across the cut by light strike of "San Francisco Cal. 16 Aug." circular datestamp on cover to Boston, endorsed "pr. Steamship 'Winfield Scott' August 16th 1853", slightly reduced at right, gently cleaned, Very Fine appearance, with 1980 P.F. certificate

2,750
1,300
Back to Top
1144
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1144, Western Mails1c Blue, Ty. IV (9), 1c Blue, Ty. IV (9)1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 25-28R1L, horizontal strip of four, mostly ample to large margins, rich color, tied by segmented cork cancel, indistinct Cal. town circular datestamp on 6c Green Nesbitt entire (U14) to Johnstown N.Y., minor cover soiling and edge faults, still Very Fine, rare use of 1c 1851 on uprated 6c entire for 10c transcontinental rate, ex Seybold, Green

E. 750-1,000
500
Back to Top
1145
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1145, Western Mails3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, full to clear margins and bright color, pen cancels, matching "Spanish Flat Cal. Oct. 13th" manuscript postmark on 1854 cover to Haddam Conn., minor backflap tear, otherwise Extremely Fine, the earliest known postmark from this El Dorado Co. town, in use for only about a month before a handstamp was introduced, ex Polland and Tatham

E. 200-300
200
Back to Top
1146
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1146, Western Mails10c Green, Ty. II (14), 10c Green, Ty. II (14)10c Green, Ty. II (14). Full margins to just touching at bottom, tied by "Cottonwood P.O. Cal Aug 2/56" manuscript postmark on cover to Washington D.C., receipt docketing at right, Very Fine, attractive early use from this Shasta Co. town, ex Polland and Tatham

240
150
Back to Top
1147
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1147, Western Mails3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10)3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10). Cancelled by bold "10" in circle with matching "PAID" straightline and "Minot Me. Apr. 10" circular datestamp, to Bidwells Bar Cal., ms. "Stamps 3/Money 7/ 10", small edge tears and backflap tear, Fine appearance and an unusual use and combination of markings, uprating the 3c entire in cash to pay the over-3,000 mile rate to California, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
425
Back to Top
1148
 
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1148, Western MailsThe Deseret News, The Deseret NewsThe Deseret News. Two issues of this early Mormon newspaper, published in Salt Lake City on April 7 and April 14, 1858, each four pages, some edge splits and tears but all content present, Fine and scarce pair of issues from this newspaper which was founded in 1850, according to Wikipedia, this was the newspaper for the State of Deseret, which was proposed in 1849 by Latter-day Saint settlers in Salt Lake City as a provisional state of the United States, the provisional state existed for slightly over two years and was never recognized by the United States government, the name derives from the word for "honeybee" in the Book of Mormon

E. 300-400
0
Back to Top
1149
c
Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1149, Western MailsCalifornia and Western Stampless Covers, California and Western Stampless CoversCalifornia and Western Stampless Covers. Six covers, first two with "Pan. & San. Fran. S.S." circular datestamp, May 27 and Jun. 29 respectively, first light but mostly readable strike on folded letter, second struck in red, partly off cover, small ms. "35" overstruck by bold New York "10" in circle due handstamp, third cover with perfect bold strike of "Nicaragua Line, In Advance of the Mail." oval handstamp to Virgin Bay, Nicaragua, faults incl. repair at top center, still presentable, extremely unusual use of this marking on mail to Nicaragua, fourth cover with "Noisy Carriers./Mail./77 Long Wharf S.F. Cal." framed handstamp struck in green on buff cover to West Dennis Mass., fifth cover Easton Md. to San Francisco, 40c rate and forwarded to Sonoma with ms. "12 -1/2", final item folded letter with sender's route endorsement "by Louises Extra Mail" -- Provo to Salt Lake City, datelined "Provo Augst. 26th 1860" from John Gerber to his son at Salt Lake City, letter begins: "I send this by Louises Mail who wishes to fetch his gun to protect him from the Bears in Provo Valley", Very Fine group

E. 1,000-1,500
700
Back to Top
Copyright 2021. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy