Sale 1051 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History and U.S. Possessions

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 23-24 July, 2013

Category — California Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1182
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1182, California MailsSAN FRANCISCO. Neat strike of straightline handstamp (Williams SAF 230) with magenta manuscript "July 2" and "40" rate on orange cover addressed to "Providence, Rhode Island, United States", some slight edgewear

VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST HANDSTAMPED POSTMARK USED AT SAN FRANCISCO.

This San Francisco marking is recorded on covers dated from June 20 to August 1, 1849. Although written from California, the sender addressed the letter to the "United States"

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
1183
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1183, California MailsSAN FRANCISCO. Clear strike of straightline handstamp (Williams SAF 230) with magenta manuscript "July 2" and "40" rate on folded letter datelined "San Francisco June 30th 1849" to Ramapo N.J., manuscript "pr Steamer Oregon" at lower left, some splitting along folds and wear, otherwise Fine, this rare San Francisco marking is recorded on covers dated from June 20 to August 1, 1849

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1184
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1184, California Mails"San Francisco June 20" Manuscript Postmark. Neat red manuscript postmark with matching "40" rate on blue 1849 folded letter to Little Britain N.Y., yeardate of letter is missing but some fascinating contents discussing passage thru Mexico to San Francisco incl. "we are here before the flood of emigration, only three vessels have got here around Cape Horn.... The South Americans are pouring in daily, there are 100 ships laying at anchor in the bay nearly deserted by their crews...the people as they arrive stop in tents until they are ready to go up the rivers to the mines as there is not houses to accommodate all.", some waterstaining and edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE SAN FRANCISCO MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK ON A FOLDED LETTER WITH FASCINATING CONTENTS DISCUSSING THE EARLY DAYS OF THE GOLD RUSH.

The Williams book notes that the San Francisco manuscript postmark was used between March 15 and June 20 of 1849. That would make this the last day of use.

With 1997 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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1185
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1185, California MailsSan Francisco REC'd. 5 Nov. Clear strike of circular datestamp (Williams SAF-310) and matching "20" rate handstamp on folded letter datelined "Valparaiso 4 October 1851" and addressed to San Francisco, manuscript "Original p Golden Gate to Panama" at upper left, docketed inside "Rec'd p. Str. 'Panama' Novr. 5/51", indistinct "Forwarded by Smith & Lewis Panama" oval backstamp, light horizontal file folds, Very Fine, the "San Francisco REC'd" marking is rare, ex Salzer

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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1186
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1186, California Mails40c Transcontinental Rate Covers. Three, one 1849 folded letter to New York with boxed "40" handstamp and matching "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 1" circular datestamp; one black "40" in circle on cover to San Francisco with red 27mm "New-York Jun. 26" circular datestamp; third with red "San Francisco 40 10 June" integral-rate circular datestamp on orange cover to Windsor Vt., Fine-Very Fine group

E. 200-300
300
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1187
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1187, California MailsSan Francisco 80 1 Oct. Red 80-cent integral-rate circular datestamp (Williams SAF-270) on blue folded printed Prices Current prepared for the Daily Alta California dated Oct. 1, 1850 and addressed to Bath Me., some slight wear, Very Fine, late use of the "80" integral-rate circular datestamp, this style is last known used on Oct. 4, 1850

E. 200-300
140
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1188
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1188, California Mails1850, San Francisco to New York. Two folded letters, Aug. 1, 1850 with "12-1/2" in circle due handstamp, and Sep. 17, 1850 routed "p Isthmus" and rated "60" double 30c rate due, Very Fine, ex Wiltsee and Jessup

E. 200-300
150
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1189
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1189, California MailsVIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS. Clear strike of red octagonal handstamp on folded letter datelined "San Juan Del Sur 16 Aug. 1853" and addressed to Daniel Gibb & Co. in San Francisco, light horizontal file fold well clear of marking, minor age spotting, Very Fine strike and a rare use of the "Via Nicaragua" San Francisco mailbag operator marking on an inbound letter from the Pacific coastal town of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, illustrated in Wiltsee on p. 328

E. 500-750
650
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1190
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1190, California Mails6c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U14). Cancelled by well-struck "New-York Ship Feb. 24" (1854) circular datestamp, addressed to East Baldwin Me., sender's route directive "Via Nicaragua", rare green "From Noisy Carriers Mail. 77 Long Wharf S.F. CAL." framed handstamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, unusual use of Noisy Carriers mailbag operator marking on a cover sent via Nicaragua -- most were sent via Panama -- this departed San Francisco on the Cortez and was then carried to New York on the Northern Light

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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1191
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1191, California Mails"Denverton Cal. Feb. 14." Manuscript postmark (Williams SOL-640) on cover to Angelica N.Y. with 5c Red Brown (75), horizontal pair, cancelled by manuscript, 1863 docketing at lower left, missing top flap and small part of one side flap, some cover staining just affects left stamp, still Fine, scarce, this postmark is three years earlier than the earliest recorded in the Williams book

E. 300-400
200
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1192
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1192, California Mails"Don Pedros Bar Cal., Jan. 27th". Manuscript postmark (Williams TUO-640) on 6c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U14) to Wareham Mass., embossed stamp cancelled by small penstrokes, some slight edgewear, Very Fine

E. 150-200
150
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1193
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1193, California MailsMac Dermott's Bridge Cal. Sep. 4. Clear strike of double-line oval datestamp (Williams SAJ-1790) with numeral day in manuscript on 10c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U18) to Newbridge Ga., some wear and staining, still Very Fine, scarce marking and this post office only operated for approximately 16 months

E. 200-300
425
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1194
c
Sale 1051, Lot 1194, California Mails"R. Views Feb. 5, 1862" (Rio Vista, Cal.). Manuscript postmark and "X" cancel on 10c Yellow Green (68), deep shade, minor perf flaws from placement at top edge, on cover to a Mrs. Roxcynthia Knapp in Warsaw N.Y., enclosed letter datelined "Rio Vista Jan. 26th 1862" references dreadful flooding and the stoppage of the mails, letter restarts on Feb. 12 and states that the overland mails are again in operation, Very Fine, a rare town marking, "Old" Rio Vista (population approx. 150) was destroyed in January 1862 by the Sacramento River flooding referenced in this letter

E. 200-300
250
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