VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE RARE "I HAVE GOT MOST ENOUGH" ILLUSTRATED MINER'S COVER PUBLISHED BY NOISY CARRIER'S.
The sender's crossing out the "I have got most enough" is a poignant statement on the mentality of most gold miners. We have offered only one other example of this design (with a single 10c, Scott 16) since keeping computerized records.
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS MINER'S ENVELOPE DESIGN RECORDED BY KUTZ.
William T. Gibbs was an expressman operating in the California mining region during this period. This cover is not only an extremely rare (possibly unique) design, the use of a miner's envelope between post offices in California is most unusual.
Ex Polland, Kutz and Jarrett. Illustrated in Gold Fever (p. 63) and Letters of Gold (p. 271)
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND VERY SCARCE "LONG TOM" MINER'S ENVELOPE USED WITHIN CALIFORNIA.
According to Ken Kutz in Gold Fever: "The early miners formed syndicates and worked as a group using 'Long Toms' to extract the gold. In essence it was an elongated sluice box with riffles or sacking in the bottom to catch the gold. A continuous current of water washed the gravel through the Long Tom, leaving the contained gold behind." Only a half-dozen examples of this design are reported by Kutz (with and without Noisy Carrier imprint).
Ex Knapp, Wiltsee, Jessup, Haas, Kutz and Jarrett
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE RARE "NC-RR/POST" MARKING.
According to the description of the "NC-RR/POST" cover in the 1982 Kelleher catalogue of the Dr. W. Scott Polland collection (lot 193): "one of only 4 known...this mail service by steamer between San Francisco and Sacramento was operated by Charles P. Kimball in 1857-58."
Ex Lehman, Baker, Haas and Goldberg. With 1969 and 2007 P.F. certificates.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNUSUALLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY ENTIRE USED FROM STOCKTON TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT POSTAL MARKINGS.
This entire was delivered to the post office (for 2c) in Stockton, carried by government mail to San Francisco where delivered by the Penny Post Co. (for 5c, total 7c). Examples with the Penny Post Company handstamp and a post office datestamp are rare -- the Frajola census lists only two of this Type 4A entire with private and government markings combined.
VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO CALIFORNIA PENNY POST COMPANY ENTIRES FROM MOKELUMNE HILL RECORDED IN THE FRAJOLA CENSUS, AND IT IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WITH THE CUTHRIE'S BACKSTAMP.
The addressee, J. W. Sullivan, was a well-known newsroom and letter-bag operator in San Francisco.
Ex Lyons. With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE SET OF WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY'S HORSE & RIDER STAMPS ISSUED FOR USE ON THE LEGENDARY PONY EXPRESS.
Commencing July 1, 1861, the Pony Express was authorized by Congress to carry mail at the rate of $1.00 per half ounce. Although the Scott Catalogue lists the July 1861 issue Pony Express stamps (143L3-143L6) with other private post issues, we wish to emphasize that these stamps were issued under the terms of a government mail contract; therefore, they have semi-official status. Although some of the Horse & Rider stamps were remaindered, they are scarce and the vast majority do not have gum or four margins