Sale 1072 — The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses
Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Category — California Mails
FINE. THE EARLIEST OF TWELVE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 40-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE PREPAID BY THE 1847 ISSUE.
This cover was carried by the USMSC Ohio from New York to Havana (dep. Oct. 16, arr. Oct. 24); from Havana to Chagres on the USMSC Falcon (dep. Oct. 24, arr. Oct. 29); and from Panama to San Francisco on the PMSS Panama (dep. Nov. 10, arr. Dec. 1).
The 1847 cover census by Thomas J. Alexander records thirteen 1847 covers with the 40c transcontinental rate, including one with a Philatelic Foundation certificate stating that the 10c stamps did not originate. Of the remaining twelve covers, four have 10c 1847 singles and eight have multiples (including the 80c franking, ex Kapiloff).
Signed Ashbrook and described in Special Service (p. 391). Illustrated in Coburn Letters of Gold (p. 43). Ex Stollnitz, Giamporcaro and Walske. With 1987 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE AND ATTRACTIVE WOODCUT STAGECOACH DESIGN, AND VERY UNUSUAL TO HAVE THE OVERLAND MAIL DIRECTIVE PRINTED ON A NESBITT ENTIRE.
The Butterfield Southern Overland mail route commenced contract service on September 15, 1858. Envelopes designating the "Overland" stagecoach route began to appear at this time. This outstanding woodcut and other similar designs are almost always printed on plain envelopes. Only a handful of 10c entires exist with any form of horse-drawn stagecoach design.
Ex Barkhausen and Risvold (who paid $3,000 for this cover in 1979, according to his notation on back).
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN UNUSUAL 1851 ISSUE FRANKING FOR DOUBLE 10-CENT TRANSCONTINENTAL RATE FROM SAN FRANCISCO WITH THE RARE GREEN NOISY CARRIERS HANDSTAMP. ONE OF THE MORE SPECTACULAR COVERS WITH THIS MARKING.
This cover was carried from San Francisco to Panama on the PMSS Golden Gate (dep. May 1, arr. May 13), then from Aspinwall to New York on the USMSC George Law (dep. May 15, arr. May 24).
Ex Knapp, Eno and Walske. With 2008 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE COVER AND SUPERB STRIKE OF THIS THREE-LINE HANDSTAMP, WHICH IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL NOISY CARRIER'S MARKINGS. THE STRIKE ON THIS COVER IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXTANT.
This cover was carried on the PMSS Golden Gate from San Francisco to Panama (depart July 1), then by USMSC Illinois from Aspinwall to New York (depart July 16, arrive July 24).
Illustrated in Coburn Letters of Gold (p. 115). Ex Haas, Vogel and Walske.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE 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. Her first trip as a Pacific Mail Steamship Co. contract vessel was on August 16, 1853 (see lot XX). On December 1, 1853, she left San Francisco for Panama, but was stranded off Anacapa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel and lost. The mails, passengers and cargo were saved, and the recovered mail was transferred to the PMSS California, which left San Francisco on December 7 and arrived in Panama on December 24. The USMSC Illinois carried the mail from Aspinwall to New York (depart December 26, arrive January 5, 1854).
Our Levi records contain nine examples of the two-line handstamp, including seven recovered from the December 1 wreck. This and one other have the Mokelumne Hill circular datestamp (the other, dated November 25, realized $9,000 in our Sale 820, lot 103).