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. 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 and "New Helvetia"
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FINEST OF THE FEW COVERS KNOWN WITH THIS RARE FORM OF NOISY CARRIER'S MARKING.
Of the various types of markings used by Noisy Carrier's forwarding office on outbound mail from San Francisco, this is one of the scarcest and most difficult to find clearly struck. This cover's impressive pedigree includes the fastidious collectors Louis Grunin and David Jarrett, which testifies to its exceptionally choice quality.
Ex Knapp, Jessup, Haas, Grunin, Jarrett and Goldberg. 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, Walske and "New Helvetia".
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO NEWS LETTER ILLUSTRATED LETTERSHEET.
The "San Francisco News Letter" was sold by all Wells, Fargo & Co. agents throughout the state of California and was sent on each sailing of the Pacific Mail Steamship to Panama. This was carried on the PMSS Golden Age which departed San Francisco 21 June and arrived Panama July 4, it was then carried across the isthmus where it was carried on the USMSC Star of the West which departed Aspinwall July 4 and arrived New York July 13.
Ex Beane and Walske.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED INTACT COVERS BEARING THIS RARE SAN FRANCISCO LOCAL POST STAMP, OF WHICH FOUR ARE USED WITH THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE.
The Frajola census records only four covers with this combination of the 10c 1855 and 5c adhesive, plus one other 5c Penny Post adhesive cover with a 3c 1851 (http://www.rfrajola.com/cpp/CP7.htm )
This was carried on the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company's John L. Stephens which departed San Francisco on July 16, 1855, and arrived in Panama on July 31. it was then carried over the isthmus and put on the USMC Steamer Empire City which departed Aspinwall August 2 and arrived in New York on August 11.
Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske. With 2004 P.F. certificate
A PHENOMENALLY RARE GOLD RUSH POKE, OR POUCH, WHICH UNDOUBTEDLY CARRIED GOLD NUGGETS OR DUST, BEARING A LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE AND SENT FROM MURPHY'S CALIFORNIA TO OHIO. A REMARKABLE ARTIFACT OF THE GOLD RUSH ERA.
This likely contained about 4-1/2 ounces of gold, as the nine 10c stamps would have paid the rate of 10c per half ounce.
FINE. A RARE QUADRUPLE-RATE FRANKING SENT EAST TO WEST ON THE TEHUANTEPEC ROUTE. BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY SUCH FRANKING ON A COVER CARRIED VIA TEHUANTEPEC.
According to the Pony Express: Historic Resource Study website (http://www.nps.gov/archive/poex/hrs/hrs1b.htm): "...it began in October 1858, under contract to the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company. Starting from New Orleans, a Concord coach carried mail and passengers to Minatitlan on the east coast of Mexico. From there, the route crossed the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to the Pacific Coast. Mail and passengers were then transferred to steamships going to San Francisco. The new overland ocean service from New Orleans to San Francisco took approximately fifteen to eighteen days one way. The accomplishment of the new company clearly presented itself as a shorter and faster alternative to all previous ocean and overland mail routes." Despite its advantages, the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company's mail contract was not renewed by the Postmaster General in 1859.
Ex Kramer. Illustrated in Letters of Gold on p. 105.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND VERY RARE WOODCUT "VIA PANAMA" STEAMSHIP DESIGN USED WITH THE 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM TIMBUCTOO, CALIFORNIA.
Ex William West.