Sale 1119 — The Steven Walske Collection of US-France Transatlantic Mail

Sale Date — Wednesday, 16 March, 2016

Category — Mail to and from the West Coast

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
520
c
Sale 1119, Lot 520, Mail to and from the West CoastSan Francisco to La Havre, France. Bold "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 1" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" straightline, manuscript "40" U.S. transcontinental rate on 1849 folded cover to Le Havre, France, London transit backstamp with light strike of red "COLONIES/&c ART. 13" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, Calais arrival datestamp, "15" decimes due including 10 decimes Great Britain sea postage, Le Havre receiving backstamp, faint soiling, Very Fine, the earliest recorded cover from San Francisco to France, carried from San Francisco by PMSC steamer Panama, arriving Panama Sep. 22, left Chagres on USMC steamer Falcon, arriving New Orleans Oct. 4, then by USMC steamer Ohio, arriving New York Oct. 13, carried from New York on Cunarder Canada, arriving Liverpool Oct. 28, ex Haas and Kramer

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
521
c
Sale 1119, Lot 521, Mail to and from the West CoastBordeaux, France to San Francisco, Royal Mail Steam Packet via Jamaica. Feb. 12, 1850 folded tissue-paper cover from Bordeaux, France to San Francisco, manuscript "21" decimes prepayment on back, red Bordeaux double-circle datestamp and London Feb. 15 transit datestamp, carried from Southampton on Royal Mail Steam Packet steamer Great Western, arriving Jamaica Mar. 18, then by RMSP steamer Tay to Chagres, arriving Mar. 25, then by Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Panama, arriving San Francisco Apr. 20, red "30" cents due handstamp in San Francisco, Very Fine and extremely rare, French Circular #27 set a 21 decimes per 7.5 grams rate to Chagres by Royal Mail Steam Packets via Jamaica, effective Sep. 15, 1848, the U.S. rate from Chagres to San Franciso was 30c per -1/2 ounce, fewer than five RMSP letters are recorded from this period, ex Noel

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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522
c
Sale 1119, Lot 522, Mail to and from the West CoastForwarded by Reynolds & Co. Express, Stockton & San Francisco, Sonora. Blue double oval handstamp (Thomas REY-104) and "Not Paid" in oval both boldly struck on back of 1851 narrow cover from Angouleme, France to San Francisco via Royal Mail Steam Packet West Indies, manuscript "28" decimes prepayment on back, Angouleme (Jul. 10) and Paris datestamps front and back, red London transit datestamp, carried from Southampton on Royal Mail Steam Packet steamer Avon, arriving St. Thomas Aug. 4 and Chagres Aug. 12, then by Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Oregon, departing Panama Sep. 1 and arriving San Francisco Sep. 18, red "20" cents due handstamp, delivered to the gold mines by Reynolds & Co. with $1.00 express fee collected, some slight dampstaining, but the markings -- particularly the express handstamps -- are clear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER FROM FRANCE TO SAN FRANCISCO, CARRIED BY THE ROYAL MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY VIA ST. THOMAS AND CHAGRES, PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY TO SAN FRANCISCO, THEN BY REYNOLDS & CO. TO THE MINES.

French Circular #51 set a 28 decimes per 7.5 grams fully prepaid rate to California by Royal Mail Steam Packet via Southampton and Chagres. The U.S. erroneously collected 20c due on most letters. Fewer than five RMSP letters are recorded from this period.

Reynolds was a pioneering expressman in the southern mines. Beginning in January 1850, he connected with Todd & Bryan in Stockton and through them to San Francisco, and with Adams & Co. to other parts of the U.S. and to Europe. Reynolds & Co. dissolved in the fall of 1851, not long after this cover was delivered

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
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523°
c
Sale 1119, Lot 523, Mail to and from the West Coast12c Black (17). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at bottom, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), all stamps tied by red "New York Am. Packet Aug. 12" (1854) circular datestamp with third strike at bottom right, clear strike of "Stmr. Sierra Nevada/Via Nicaragua/Advance of the Mails" on buff cover to Lyon, France, red Calais arrival datestamp also ties 12c pair, "8" decimes due handstamp ties 3c stamp, receiving backstamps, negligible edgewear and right 12c stamp with corner crease from bend in the cover

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING USE OF 12-CENT AND 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMPS WITH THE "STEAMER SIERRA NEVADA, VIA NICARAGUA, ADVANCE OF THE MAILS" HANDSTAMP ON COVER FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO FRANCE.

The rate from the U.S. to France via Great Britain under the 1848 treaty was 16c for American Packet plus 5c inland. If coming from the West Coast, an additional 5c surcharge was added. This 27c franking overpays the treaty rate by 1c. It was routed via the non-contract Vanderbilt steamer Sierra Nevada, leaving San Francisco Jul. 15 and arriving San Juan del Sur Jul. 27. It was then carried by the Vanderbilt steamer Star of the West, leaving Nicaragua Jul. 29 and arriving New York Aug. 7. Carriage from New York was via the Ocean Line steamer Hermann on Aug. 12, arriving Southampton on Aug. 26. This is one of only a handful of "Via Nicaragua" covers to Europe and the only recorded example to France.

Ex Piller

E. 10,000-15,000
10,000
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