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Sale 1159 — 2017 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 June, 2017

Category — Early Califorina

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
11
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 11, Early Califorina1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (9, 11A), 1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (9, 11A)1c Blue, Ty. IV, 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (9, 11A). Horizontal strip of 3c, large margins to just in, cancelled by "Santa Clara Cal. Oct. 19" manuscript postmark on buff cover to Plushville Ind. with Noisy Carrier's illustrated miner's corner card depicting miner panning for gold, his exclamation “I have got most enough” is crossed out, with "Noisy Carrier’s, No. 77 Long Wharf, San Francisco" imprint, woodcut has “Anthony & Baker” imprint, missing part of top flap, some edgewear

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
12
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 12, Early Califorina3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Ample margins to just touched, knife cut in bottom of stamp, tied by "Georgetown Cal. Jan. 16" circular datestamp on brown cover to San Francisco with illustrated Long Tom miner's design and "Wm. T. Gibbs' Miners Envelope--Georgetown, Cal." imprint, depicts three miners loading gravel into a sluice box, "Anthony & Baker SC" imprint at bottom of design, minor edgewear

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)

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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13
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 13, Early Califorina3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11), 3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Huge margins to just in at top right including part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 26 May" circular datestamp on buff cover to Nevada Cal. with "Long Tom" illustrated miner's design depicting miners working a sluice box, barely reduced at right

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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14
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 14, Early Califorina3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins, bright color, tied by bold "San Francisco Cal. 17 Jan." circular datestamp on buff cover to Sacramento City Cal., clear strike of "NC-RR/POST" (Noisy Carrier River Route) two-line handstamp at left, struck again on back, Jan. 1857 docketing, stamp with tiny corner repair at bottom left

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.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
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15
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 15, Early CaliforinaCalifornia Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B; Frajola Type 4A), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B; Frajola Type 4A)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B; Frajola Type 4A). Instructions for mailing and list of towns on back, "Penny Post Co. Stockton" double-line circular handstamp, "Stockton Cal. Nov. 8" (1855) circular datestamp, to local San Francisco street address, couple small stain spots

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.

Ex Haas

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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16
c
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 16, Early CaliforinaCalifornia Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff entire (34LU11a; Frajola Type 3D), California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff entire (34LU11a; Frajola Type 3D)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff entire (34LU11a; Frajola Type 3D). Bold "Mokelumne Hill Cal. Nov. 6" (1855) circular datestamp and "Paid 3" handstamp on entire to J. W. Sullivan, Post Office Building, San Francisco, backstamped "From Cuthrie's Newspaper & Periodical Depot, Mokelumne Hill, Cal." oval, 1855 docketing and note on back by H. D. Loomis "Received this letter containing money from the Post Office Nov. 7th about 15 minutes after 8 A.M. 1855. HL", slight edge tear at top right

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

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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17
og
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 17, Early CaliforinaWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00 Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00 Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00 Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5). All five Horse & Rider stamps including $2.00 Red and $4.00 Green, First Issue (April 1861) and $1.00 Red, $2.00 Green and $4.00 Black, Second Issue (July 1, 1861), all except the $1.00 with original gum (rarely found on these), h.r. and $2.00 Red large part original gum, $2.00 Green with plate variety below "O" of "Fargo", full to large margins, the two Green stamps with a tiny spot of gum toning

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

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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18
ngbl
Sale Number 1159, Lot Number 18, Early CaliforinaWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, $2.00 Green, Horse & Rider Issues (143L3, 143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, $2.00 Green, Horse & Rider Issues (143L3, 143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, $2.00 Green, Horse & Rider Issues (143L3, 143L4). Blocks of four, unused (no gum), $1.00 Positions L13-14/L17-18, margins clear to slightly in, $2.00 Positions 3-4/8-9, ample margins, Fine-Very Fine, scarce blocks of the government-authorized Pony Express Second Issue (July 1861)

2,250
800
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