Sale 1072 — The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Category — California Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
77
c
Sale 1072, Lot 77, California MailsSAN FRANCISCO/June 20 (1849) -- First Day Use of Straightline. Clear strike of straightline handstamp (Williams SAF 230) with manuscript "June 20" (1849) date and "40" rate on cover to Augusta Ga., turned and addressed to the same addressee at Janesville Pa., red "Augusta Ga. Aug. 17" circular datestamp and matching "10" in circle rate handstamp, etiquette label on flap, front and back separated and hinged together, small tear at bottom, part of backflaps cut away to show markings, otherwise Fine, the first day of use of the San Francisco straightline (used June 20 to August 1, 1849), an unusual turned cover, carried by PMSS Panama from San Francisco to Panama (dep. Jun. 21, arr. Jul 12), then by USMSC Falcon from Aspinwall to New Orleans (dep. Jul. 28, arr. Aug. 3)

E. 1,000-1,500
550
78
c
Sale 1072, Lot 78, California MailsSAN FRANCISO/July 2. Bold strike of straightline handstamp with magenta manuscript date and "40" rate on July 2, 1849 folded letter to New York City street address, Very Fine, carried from San Francisco to Panama by PMSS Oregon (dep. Jul. 2) and by USMSC from Chagres to New York (arr. Aug. 17), the San Francisco straightline was used from June 20 to August 1, 1849

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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79
c
Sale 1072, Lot 79, California MailsSAN FRANCISO/July 2. Mostly clear strike of straightline handstamp with magenta manuscript date and "80" double 40c rate on 1849 buff cover to Perth Amboy N.J., slight wear, Very Fine, carried from San Francisco to Panama by PMSS Oregon (dep. Jul. 2) and by USMSC from Chagres to New York (arr. Aug. 17), the San Francisco straightline was used from June 20 to August 1, 1849, this is an extremely rare example of the 80c double rate (equivalent to about $20 in today's money)

E. 750-1,000
650
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80
c
Sale 1072, Lot 80, California MailsSan Francisco Cal. Aug. 1 (1849) -- First Day Use of Circular Datestamp. Partly clear strike on brown cover to Portland Me., red crayon "40" rate, sender's directive "Per Steamer California", carried from San Francisco to Panama by PMSS California (dep. Aug. 2, arr. Aug. 24), then by USMSC Empire City from Chagres to New York (dep. Sep. 1, arr. Sep. 13), small wax seal stain, Fine, ex Jessup, Pearce and Walske

E. 500-750
325
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81
c
Sale 1072, Lot 81, California MailsSan Francisco "2" in Frame Handstamp. Clear strike of rate handstamp on folded letter datelined "San Francisco Harbor, On board Ship York, October 3d, 1849" from Charles Hubbard, addressed to "General Wilson of Missouri, Navy Agent for San Francisco, California", slightly wrinkled, still Fine, an extremely scarce San Francisco drop-rate letter prior to California statehood, ex Tatham

E. 200-300
200
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82
c
Sale 1072, Lot 82, California MailsSacramento Cal. Apl. 11 (1850). Bold oval datestamp and "Paid 40" double oval rate handstamp on cover to Pontotoc Miss., with original letter dated at Sacramento, Mar. 29, 1850, from a miner who travels between California and Hawaii, good content with description of Sacramento which 'was known as Sutter's Fort", small stain in datestamp, edges slightly toned and worn, still Very Fine, a superb strike of the scarce large "Paid 40" Sacramento rate marking

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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83
c
Sale 1072, Lot 83, California MailsSacramento Cal. Mar. 20. Bold oval datestamp and red crayon "40" rate on blue folded letter datelined "Union Bar, North Fork of American River, Feby. 27th 1850", from Morris R. Wilkinson to his sister in Goshen Pa., a good prospector's letter with an appended note dated Mar. 3 which sums up the experience "My prospects I must say are not very flattering...", edges with minor age bleaching and small faults along folds, otherwise Very Fine, ex Walske

E. 500-750
275
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84
c
Sale 1072, Lot 84, California Mails"San Diego Cal. June 16" (1851). Manuscript postmark and "12-1/2 paid" rate on folded cover to California Governor John McDougal in San Jose, carried by northbound PMSS Oregon from San Diego to San Francisco (dep. Jun. 17, arr. Jun 19), part of lower flap trimmed, Very Fine, scarce coastal steamer use between California towns, ex Pearce and Myerson

E. 400-500
225
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85
c
Sale 1072, Lot 85, California Mails10c Black (2). Four singles, first stamp at left shows extended framelines in three corners (noted by Ashbrook as "the only 10c 1847 that I can recall with three of the corners showing extended frame lines"), second stamp from left is Position 2R1 Double Transfer Ty. C, all with full margins except one stamp touched in two places, tied by bold pen strokes and light blue "Philada Pa. Oct. 1" circular datestamp on October 1, 1849 folded letter to San Francisco, manuscript "40" and "Paid", well-written letter acknowledging the receipt of the addressee's journal of his around-the-Horn voyage, mentions waiting to attend the opera (the letter includes a clipping from The North American which the sender attached), separations and tiny tears at folds partly hinge mended, stamp at right with light water spot

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

E. 20,000-30,000
15,500
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86
c
Sale 1072, Lot 86, California Mails3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Positions 79-80L5E, horizontal pair, large margins including sheet margin at right, rich color, beautiful impression, small scissors-cut at upper right, manuscript "#" cancels, tied by red "Sacramento City Cal. 30 Sep." (1851) circular datestamp on small cover to South Coventry Conn., carried from San Francisco to Panama on PMSS Oregon (dep. Oct. 1, arr. Oct. 20), then from Chagres to New York on USMSC Ohio (dep. Oct. 25, arr. Nov. 5), Very Fine, the arrival of the PMSS Oregon on Sep. 18 brought the first shipment of 1851 Issue stamps to California, the earliest recorded use of the new issue from California is Sep. 30 (the cover offered here), ex Jessup, Pearce and Walske

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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87
c
Sale 1072, Lot 87, California Mails3c Orange Brown, Ty. I (10). Horizontal pair, ample margins to slightly in, bright color, tied by grid cancels, red "San Francisco Cal. 1 Oct." (1851) circular datestamp on blue folded market report and prices current datelined San Francisco, Sep. 30, to Baltimore, sender's directive "p 'Oregon', 1 Oct.", carried from San Francisco to Panama on PMSS Oregon (dep. Oct. 1, arr. Oct. 20), then from Chagres to New York on USMSC Ohio (dep. Oct. 25, arr. Nov. 5), slightly toned along file fold, still Very Fine, the arrival of the PMSS Oregon on Sep. 18 brought the first shipment of 1851 Issue stamps to California, the earliest recorded use of the new issue from California is Sep. 30 (the cover in lot XX), this is postmarked at San Francisco on the day the Oregon sailed, ex Walske

E. 750-1,000
350
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88
c
Sale 1072, Lot 88, California Mails3c Red on White Nesbitt entire (U10). Clear strike of blue "Maxwell's Creek Cal. Feb. 29" (1856) circular datestamp (date in manuscript), matching "PAID" straightline and "7" cents provisional uprating in manuscript, to New York City street address, Extremely Fine, a superb example of the 3c Nesbitt entire uprated for 10c rate, ex Jessup, Pearce and Walske

E. 500-750
1,100
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89
c
Sale 1072, Lot 89, California Mails6c Green on White Nesbitt entire (U13). Sharp strike of "Nevada City Cal. 3 Paid Apr. 25" (1856) integral-rate circular datestamp, "PAID" straightline and "4 cts Extra" blue manuscript uprating, addressed to Sardinia N.Y., part of backflap missing, Extremely Fine, scarce provisionally uprated 6c Nesbitt entire for 10c rate, ex Jessup, Pearce and Walske

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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90
c
Sale 1072, Lot 90, California Mails3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Ample margins to slightly in, pen cancel and tied by "Benicia Cal. Nov. 21" circular datestamp on legal-size buff cover with DEP-T OF THE PACIFIC/OFFICIAL BUSINESS" two-line imprint, addressed to Capt. J. L. Folsom, U.S. Army at San Francisco, folded in at left to fit page, another vertical fold at center, slight wear, still Fine, scarce California military imprint

E. 150-200
130
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91
c
Sale 1072, Lot 91, California Mails3c Rose (65). Tied by 13-bar grid cancel, "Santa Clara Cal. Jul. 22" circular datestamp on buff cover to Piqua O. with red California State Telegraph illustrated advertisement, a bit worn, one side flap reattached and reduced at left, minor mend at upper left, still Fine, the California State Telegraph envelopes are very scarce sent through the mails

E. 200-300
120
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92
c
Sale 1072, Lot 92, California Mails3c Rose (65). Tied by blue target cancel, matching clearly struck "Yuma A.T. Apr. 1" (1869) Arizona Territory circular datestamp on yellow cover to Auburn Cal., slightly reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, carried by steamboat up the Colorado river to Ehrenberg, then by stage on the La Paz and San Bernardino Line to California where it connected with the Los Angeles stagecoach to Auburn, extremely scarce territorial marking and route

E. 500-750
700
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93
c
Sale 1072, Lot 93, California Mails10c Green on White Nesbitt entire (U17). Partly clear "San Francisco Cal. 5 Jul." circular datestamp (manuscript "1858" notation in error, correct year is 1859), addressed to Mrs. Laura L. Hawley in Burlington Vt. with marvelous large "Overland" illustrated four-horse stagecoach design, Boyd imprint at lower left of woodcut, a wonderful design with banners showing names of San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis and New York

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).

E. 3,000-4,000
6,000
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94
c
Sale 1072, Lot 94, California Mails3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two horizontal strips of three, large margins to slightly in (one strip has inter-pane centerline margin at left), tied by multiple strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 1 May" (1855) circular datestamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U2) to Patchogue N.Y., Nesbitt seal on flap, full clear strike of green "From/Noisy Carriers/Mail./77 Long Wharf S.F. CAL." framed mailbag operator's handstamp, opening tears at upper right including one into embossed stamp (neither very noticeable)

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

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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95
c
Sale 1072, Lot 95, California Mails3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two singles, different shades, one with ample to large margins, rich orange color, stamp at left with ample margins to slightly in, upper right corner scuffed from peeling -- given the two different shades and condition of lefthand stamp, we think it was probably peeled off another envelope and re-used by the thrifty sender -- tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jul. 1" (1854) circular datestamp on brown cover to Oakdale Pa., perfectly clear strike of bluish-black "NOISY CARRIER'S PUBLICATION HALL/LONG WHARF SAN FRANCISCO/CHARLES P. KIMBALL PROPRIETOR" three-line handstamp in very small type, minor overall wear

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.

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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96
c
Sale 1072, Lot 96, California MailsPan. & San. Fran. S.S. Jun. 29 (1852). Partly clear strike of brownish red route agent's circular datestamp on brown cover to Keeseville N.Y., small manuscript "35" overstruck by "10" in double-line circle due handstamp, Fine, carried on the PMSS California, departing San Francisco on June 18 and arriving at Panama on July 4, then on the USMSC Isthmus, departing Aspinwall on July 7 and arriving at New York on July 15, the "Pan. & San Fran. S.S." circular datestamp was used between November 1850 and June 1852 on mail handled by route agents aboard ships of the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, contract mail carried by PMSS Co. was received in locked bags, but letters picked up en route were postmarked by official route agents, as evidenced by 25 recorded examples of these rare markings on covers, another cover from this trip (see Sale 908, lot 4007) has the same small manuscript "35" but comes from a different correspondence, the meaning of this notation is not known, ex Walske, accompanied by Ashbrook letter regarding this cover

E. 500-750
275
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97
c
Sale 1072, Lot 97, California MailsSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT. Red two-line handstamp clearly struck on 1853 brown cover to Ellisburgh N.Y., perfectly clear strike of "Mokelumne Hill Cal. Nov. 28" circular datestamp with "Paid" and "6" handstamps, very faint waterstain, small nick in right edge

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).

Ex Walske

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
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98
c
Sale 1072, Lot 98, California MailsSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT. Two-line handstamp in red struck twice on 1853 light brown cover to Wirt N.Y., blue manuscript "10" due rate applied on arrival at New York City, minor edgewear and slightly rounded corner at bottom right, Fine, a rare cover carried on the first trip of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s Winfield Scott, which departed San Francisco on August 16, 1853, bound for Panama, she wrecked on Anacapa Island on the second trip (December 1, 1853), only nine examples of this ship purser handstamp are recorded in our Levi records

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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99
c
Sale 1072, Lot 99, California MailsBy Kenyon's Foreign Letter Office, N. York. Partly clear strike of red oval handstamp and bold matching "PAID" in oval handstamp on small cover to San Francisco, docketing with Feb. 26, 1851 origin date (note on back gives Providence R.I. as origin), backflap mostly removed but etiquette label intact, Fine, carried from New York to Havana on USMSC Ohio (dep. Feb. 26, arr. Mar. 6), Havana to Chagres on USMSC Falcon (dep. Mar. 6, arr. Mar. 11), Panama to SF on PMSS Oregon (dep. Mar. 15, arr. Apr. 2), no post office markings since this was carried privately along the entire route, ex Knapp, Walske

E. 400-500
225
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100
c
Sale 1072, Lot 100, California MailsNew-York Oct. 14 (1851). Perfect strike of ocean-mail circular datestamp and "FREE" straightline handstamp on folded cover to Governor Burnett at San Jose with free frank of U.S. Congressman George Briggs, receipt docketing "Circular of M. Bernheiset of Utah Territory, Nov. 16/1850", file folds, Very Fine, ex Pearce, Walske

E. 200-300
550
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