Sale 1072 — The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Category — Foreign Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
101
c
Sale 1072, Lot 101, Foreign MailsSan Francisco Cal. Sep. 1 (1849). Bold strike of circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Valparaiso, Chile, docketing indicates Aug. 31, 1849 origin date, faint manuscript "40" double 20c rate, carried to Panama by PMSS Panama (dep. Sep. 2, arr. Sep. 22) where "Forwarded by Zachrisson, Nelson & Co., Panama" oval backstamp was applied, placed on board the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. New Granada, "10" numeral oval grid on-board handstamp perfectly struck at upper left, small hole at right along file fold, otherwise Extremely Fine, the "10" oval handstamp was applied by the mail agent for the Pacific Steam Navigation Co., the British line between ports along the Pacific coast of South America, only two examples are reported (according to Percy Bargholtz, Postal History Journal No. 122, June 2002), ex Walske

E. 750-1,000
1,100
102
c
Sale 1072, Lot 102, Foreign MailsVAPOR BOLIVIA/P. Blue two-line handstamp with name of PSNC steamer Bolivia on blue Sep. 25, 1850 folded letter from Valparaiso, Chile, to San Francisco, red "30" framed due handstamp applied on arrival, "E. & T. Serruys & Ca. Valparaiso" sender's double-line oval backstamp (letter written by this firm), small bleached spot, Fine, carried by PSNC Bolivia from Valparaiso to Panama (dep. Sep. 26, arr. Oct. 19), PMSC California from Panama to San Francisco (dep. Nov. 1, arr.. Nov. 22), scarce name-of-ship marking

E. 300-400
250
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103
c
Sale 1072, Lot 103, Foreign MailsVAPOR N. GRANADA. Two strikes of straightline handstamp with name of PSNC steamer New Granada on blue Mar. 26, 1851 folded letter from Valparaiso, Chile, to San Francisco, red "30" framed due handstamp applied on arrival, Fine, carried by PSNC New Granada from Valparaiso to Panama, PMSC Tennessee from Panama to San Francisco (dep. May 1, arr. May 20), scarce name-of-ship marking

E. 500-750
275
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104
c
Sale 1072, Lot 104, Foreign MailsSan Francisco to London via New Orleans, January 1850. Folded printed circular datelined "San Francisco, Upper California, January 1st, 1850" from Winston & Simmons to Fred. Huth & Co. in London, carried on PMSS Oregon (dep. SF Jan. 1, arr. Panama Jan. 21) and USMSC Alabama (dep. Chagres Jan. 26, arr. New Orleans Jan. 27), entered U.S. mails with red "New Orleans La. Feb. 8" circular datestamp and "STEAM" straightline handstamp, manuscript "59" rate for 40c transcontinental U.S. rate and 19c U.S. packet to England, crossed out and rated "56" debit to England, carried on Ocean Line Hermann (dep. NY Feb. 20, arr. Southampton Mar. 8), manuscript "2/5-1/2" 2sh5-1/2p (59c) due, no other British markings, file fold, Fine, very scarce early California transatlantic mail, ex Vogel and Walske

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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105
c
Sale 1072, Lot 105, Foreign MailsSan Francisco to England via Panama, December 1849. Blue folded letter datelined "San Francisco, California, December 30, 1849" from H. B. Barker to his brother in Whitehaven, England, a lengthy letter (with typed transcription) from an Englishman seeking his fortune in Gold Rush California with a list of ten basics of a prospector's life -- "The best outfit... Best and cheapest route... Expenses in San. Fco & to the mines... Comfort in the mines... The best localities... laborers and miners... Bring a tent..." etc. -- bold "Forwarded by Smith & Lewis Panama" oval backstamp, British P.O. "Panama JA 25 1850" datestamp on back, transit and receiving datestamp front and back, manuscript "1/" shilling due, recipient's extensive docketing and notes about content, Fine, a very scarce early Gold Rush era transatlantic letter via Panama

E. 500-750
1,500
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106
c
Sale 1072, Lot 106, Foreign MailsSan Francisco to England, November 1849. Blue folded letter datelined "San Francisco, November 29, 1849" from H. B. Barker to his brother in Whitehaven, England, letter mentions "A friend who goes to Chile per Steamer takes this as far as Panama, where he will post it, this I consider the best mode as the P. Office here is very carelessly managed", partly clear strike of PACKET LETTER/SOUTHAMPTON" blue two-line handstamp, matching "Southampton FE 1 1850" circular datestamp, manuscript "1/" shilling due mark, recipient's docketing and notes about content, Fine, a scarce early Gold Rush era transatlantic letter with Southampton "Packet Letter" marking

E. 400-500
600
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107
c
Sale 1072, Lot 107, Foreign MailsMEXICO, 1864, 1r Ultramarine (22). "Mazatlan 236 1864" overprint, three large margins, ample at right, tied by clear strike of "FRANCO" in wreath handstamp on buff cover to Col. Warren, publisher of the California Farmer in San Francisco, bold strike of "San Francisco Cal. 1865 Feb. 27" double-circle datestamp and "10" due rate handstamp, arrived in San Francisco on the PMSS John L. Stephens, Extremely Fine, very rare use of Mexican adhesive stamp on inbound cover to California (almost always sent stampless), sent prior to the introduction of the "Steam Mazatlan" oval handstamp in May 1865, ex Rosenthal and Walske

E. 1,000-1,500
2,700
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108
c
Sale 1072, Lot 108, Foreign MailsSTEAM MAZATLAN. Mostly clear strike of oval handstamp, lightly struck "FRANCO" in wreath handstamp applied at Mazatlan (one real prepaid Mexican postage), bold "San Francisco Cal. May 16, 1865" double-circle datestamp and "10" due rate handstamp on blue folded letter datelined Mazatlan, May 9, 1866 to San Francisco, pencil "1284" box number, Very Fine, very scarce marking applied to letters arriving at San Francisco on Pacific Mail Steam Ship Co. steamers, beginning in May 1865, ex Mayer and Walske

E. 500-750
1,100
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109
c
Sale 1072, Lot 109, Foreign MailsSTEAM PANAMA. Fully struck oval handstamp over blue "Correos Guatemala Oct. 31, 1866" double-circle datestamp, red "FRANCO" framed handstamp and black numeral "1" (real) backstamp on bright buff cover to San Francisco, bold "San Francisco Cal. 10 Dec. 13" due datestamp, pencil "1077" box number, Very Fine, carried on PMSS Constitution from Panama to San Francisco (dep. Dec. 1, arr. Dec. 13), the origin in Guatemala is exceedingly unusual, ex Mayer and Walske

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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110
c
Sale 1072, Lot 110, Foreign MailsPURSER. Clearly struck straightline handstamp, "30" in circle rate handstamp and "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 12" circular datestamp on blue folded cover from San Salvador to San Francisco, receipt docketing with Mar. 24, 1869 origin notation, pencil "1011" box number, Very Fine, carried on PMSS Golden City from Panama to San Francisco (dep. Mar. 30, arr. Apr. 12), rated 30 cents due for triple 10c steamship rate

E. 400-500
350
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111
c
Sale 1072, Lot 111, Foreign MailsSan Francisco Cal. Dec. 23, 1862. Double-circle datestamp and "SHIP.12" due handstamp on yellow cover to Edward Hall, Ellington Conn., sender's directive "Str. 'Scotland' to San Francisco" and origin notation in same hand "Japan 23 Nov. 1862", neat receipt docketing below "Ship" marking "Recd. Jan. 21", Extremely Fine, examples of mail from Japan to the U.S. are very scarce in this period, this was sent by Francis Hall, who traveled to Japan as a correspondent for Horace Greeley's New York Tribune, Hall became a prominent businessman in Kanagawa and joined the firm of Walsh & Co. (he became a partner in Walsh, Hall & Co.)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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112
c
Sale 1072, Lot 112, Foreign MailsSan Francisco Cal. Dead Letter Office. Large double-circle handstamp with "1859" year slug and no other date on blue folded letter to Tahiti, datelined "San Francisco 24 Avril 1858" from the firm of Belloc Frere & Sescau, blue oval handstamp showing offices in Paris, Lima and San Francisco -- without any indication of prepayment, it appears that the sender simply put the letter into the mails unfranked -- the San Francisco Dead Letter Office received it in 1859, but there is no other indication of its disposition -- Very Fine, an extremely rare Dead Letter Office marking, which, when found, is usually struck on back

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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113
c
Sale 1072, Lot 113, Foreign MailsNEW SOUTH WALES, 1863, 2p Blue (48). Horizontal strip of three, tied by bold strikes of "Sydney 64 MY 16 C" duplex datestamp and "N.S.W." oval on blue cover to San Francisco, sender's ship-name directive "per Uruguay", "San Francisco Cal. Oct. 6" double-circle datestamp and "FOREIGN" straightline handstamp with "10" error rate, all markings clearly struck

EXTREMELY FINE. REPORTED TO BE ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE RARE SAN FRANCISCO "FOREIGN" HANDSTAMP ON MAIL FROM NEW SOUTH WALES.

From August to November 1864, the San Francisco post office incorrectly applied the 10c contract steamship rate to letters received from non-contract vessels and used the "FOREIGN" marking on letters arriving from foreign countries and addressed to United States destinations. Only two such covers are reported from New South Wales.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
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114
c
Sale 1072, Lot 114, Foreign MailsNEW SOUTH WALES, 1860, 1sh Rose (42). Bright color, tied by "Sydney DE 2 1868" duplex datestamp and "N.S.W." oval on small cover to San Francisco, sender's ship-name directive "per R.M.S. 'Rakaia'", carried to Panama on the last sailing of the Panama, New Zealand & Australian Royal Mail Co. Line, then by PMSS Golden City from Panama to San Francisco (dep. Jan. 9, arr. Jan 22), bold "San Francisco Cal. 10 Jan. 23" (1869) circular datestamp with integral 10c steamship due rate, Very Fine, extremely scarce use from New South Wales to San Francisco on the last P&NZRMC sailing, ex Walske

E. 750-1,000
750
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