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Sale 1102 — The Wilson Born Collection of United States Telegraphs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 23 June, 2015

Category — Alta thru American Telegraph Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1155
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1155, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.Alta California Telegraph Company, Alta California Telegraph CompanyAlta California Telegraph Company. Both of the ASCC-listed styles, in fact these are the two covers illustrated in catalogue on page 136, first cameo design corner card in brown, with original telegram form with eagle design, dated Jan. 30, 1857, Very Fine, second with illustrated woodcut of Zeus throwing lightning bolts (Wade imprint), addressed to Stockton messenger for the Boat Benicia, back panel with tears, still Very Fine, ASCC Nos. 272-273

E. 500-750
300
1156
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1156, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.Alta California Telegraph Company, Alta California Telegraph CompanyAlta California Telegraph Company. Imprint and illustrated woodcut of Zeus throwing lightning bolts (Wade imprint) on buff cover to Mokelumne Hill with original message form on printed letterhead, datelined San Francisco, July 30, 1859, Extremely Fine, immaculate condition, the Alta California Telegraph office is where the Pony Express had it home base in San Francisco, ex "New Helvetia", ASCC No. 273

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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1157
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1157, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.Alta California Telegraph Company, Alta California Telegraph CompanyAlta California Telegraph Company. Imprint and illustrated woodcut of Zeus throwing lightning bolts (Wade imprint), different heading than prior lot with "To San Francisco and all the principal towns in the state: also, Carson Valley.", on cover to Union Hotel, backflap tear extends just into front at top, appears Very Fine, the Alta California Telegraph office is where the Pony Express had it home base in San Francisco, ASCC No. 273 var

E. 300-400
325
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1158
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1158, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.Alta Telegraph Company, Alta Telegraph CompanyAlta Telegraph Company. One cover and 13 original telegrams, cover with the beautiful Zeus and lightning bolt design, some soiling, telegrams incl. three with eagle design at top (two different), some flaws, overall Fine

E. 300-400
425
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1159
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1159, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Three covers, two with albino embossed corner cards, both of the ASCC-listed styles (Nos. 280 and 283), each sent through the mails, round "Boston & Maine District" design with 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), tied by blue "Eastern R.R. Aug. 6" circular datestamp, addressed to Philadelphia, with original letter, stamp minor corner bend, Very Fine, second with eagle design and 3c Rose (65), grid cancel (not tied), West Cornwall Ct. circular datestamp, stamp with small edge tear, otherwise Fine, also third cover with American Telegraph Company Southern District "Under Control and Supervision of United States Military Telegraph", 2c Black (73), tied by fancy star in circle, addressed to a Colonel, stamp with small faults, some erosion in address, Very Fine appearance

E. 400-500
225
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1160
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1160, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Red 1861 lithographed envelope with ornate design of Morse key and register framed by flags and flanked by telegraph machines, constellation of stars and lightning emanating from an eagle at top and 34 state or territory shields around edges, "Cambridge Livingston, Secy." and "E.S. Sanford, Pres." imprints (Sanford was a prominent express operator and was associated with Adams and Harnden), addressed locally with 1861 docketing on front, few faults on backflap, otherwise Very Fine and very scarce, particularly in red, 1993 ASCC No. 284, rarity 8, ex Hahn

E. 400-500
200
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1161
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1161, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Blue 1861 lithographed envelope with ornate design of Morse key and register framed by flags and flanked by telegraph machines, constellation of stars and lightning emanating from an eagle at top and 34 state or territory shields around edges, addressed locally, Very Fine and pristine, scarce especially in this condition, 1993 ASCC No. 284, rarity 8

E. 400-500
200
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1162
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1162, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Blue 1861 lithographed envelope with ornate design of Morse key and register framed by flags and flanked by telegraph machines, constellation of stars and lightning emanating from an eagle at top and 34 state or territory shields around edges, "Cambridge Livingston, Secy." and "E.S. Sanford, Pres." imprints (Sanford was a prominent express operator and was associated with Adams and Harnden), addressed locally, original telegram form dated Aug. 23, 1861, Very Fine and scarce, 1993 ASCC No. 284, rarity 8, illustrated on page 140

E. 300-400
225
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1163
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1163, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Blue 1861 lithographed envelope with ornate design of Morse key and register framed by flags and flanked by telegraph machines, constellation of stars and lightning emanating from an eagle at top and 34 state or territory shields around edges, addressed locally, with original telegram tape, staple holes at left, still Very Fine and scarce, 1993 ASCC No. 284, rarity 8

E. 300-400
170
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1164
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1164, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Three 1862 lithographed envelopes with ornate design of Morse key and register framed by flags and flanked by telegraph machines (machinery raised and without the constellation of eagle and stars as in other design), "No Charges" and "City Offices at the Principal Hotels" imprints, one each in blue (with "Answer by Bearer", which is crossed out), red and black, addressed locally, blue with with original telegram form and few faults on backflap, red small backflap repair, still Very Fine and most attractive trio, 1993 ASCC No. 285, Rarity 7

E. 500-750
275
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1165
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1165, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, New York, American Telegraph Company, New YorkAmerican Telegraph Company, New York. Three 1862 lithographed envelopes with ornate design of Morse key and register framed by flags and flanked by telegraph machines (machinery raised and without the constellation of eagle and stars as in other design), "No Charges" and "City Offices at the Principal Hotels" imprints, two in red (with and without "Answer by Bearer", which is crossed out), one in black, addressed locally, one red missing piece of backflap, black with small edge nick, Very Fine or appear so, 1993 ASCC No. 285, Rarity 7

E. 400-500
225
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1166
c
Sale Number 1102, Lot Number 1166, Alta thru American Telegraph Co.American Telegraph Company, American Telegraph CompanyAmerican Telegraph Company. Substantial collection in four binders, first two contain covers and telegrams, second two telegrams only, more than 130 covers in first two volumes from 1850's-60's, designs as listed in ASCC on pp. 139-142, including five of the elaborately illustrated shield and telegraph machine in black, (ASCC No. 285, rarity 7, one faulty), color and albino embossed, printed, etc., a good number entered the mails with 3c 1851-57 Issues or 1861 Issue, the telegram volumes include ten with 3c Telegraph Part Perforated (R19b), the final volume with all Civil War period telegrams, some faulty covers to be found (incl. with 1c and 2c 1861 issue stamp), but overall Fine and fascinating collection, American Telegraph was formed in 1856 through the consolidation of several companies, after the Civil War it was merged with Western Union in Nov. 1865

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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