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Sale 1193 — The Alfredo Frohlich Collection: The Evolution of Postal Systems in Panama 1777-1881

Sale Date — Tuesday, 4 December, 2018

Category — Via Panama - United States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1615
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1615, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1849 San Francisco Straightline, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1849 San Francisco StraightlineVIA PANAMA, United States, 1849 San Francisco Straightline. Clear strike of straightline handstamp with manuscript "June 20" date and "40" rate on brown cover to Clinton N.J., 1849 receipt docketing, sent via Panama and across the isthmus in closed bags, couple light creases in cover, Very Fine, this is the earliest recorded use of the rare San Francisco straightline -- essentially a first day of use after Postmaster R. T. Allen arrived on June 15, 1849, and prepared the mail for the first trip of the PMSS Panama, which departed on June 20th, only ten examples exist from this first day per the Mingee Census, this cover is No. SF SL3

E. 750-1,000
800
1616
 
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1616, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1849 San Francisco Prices Current, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1849 San Francisco Prices CurrentVIA PANAMA, United States, 1849 San Francisco Prices Current. Folded "San Francisco Letter Sheet Price Current, Vol. 1, No. 1" dated August 30, 1840 (in error, should read 1849) with pencil manuscript "Appleton, Boston" and unrecorded, red "Forwarded by Robt. Wells & Co., San Francisco, U. Calif." handstamp on flap, sent via Panama likely inside another cover, couple minor splits along folds, Very Fine, this is the earliest recorded prices current under the U.S. Military Administration of California, the addressee is likely Nathan Appleton who was a merchant and politician, this forwarding agent is unlisted in Rowe, ex Cipolla, with 2014 Moorhouse certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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1617
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1617, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1851 San Francisco News-Letter, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1851 San Francisco News-LetterVIA PANAMA, United States, 1851 San Francisco News-Letter. Folded "San Francisco News-Letter, Vol. 1, No. 4" with "For the Steamers Carolina and Panama, September 13 and 15, 1851.", lightly struck "San Francisco 15 Sept 6" circular datestamp and "Paid" handstamp, addressed to Hardwick Mass., "Pr Steamer Panama" directive at top, couple minor toned spots and splitting along folds, otherwise Fine and scarce, with 2014 Moorhouse certificate

E. 500-750
425
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1618
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1618, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1851 San Francisco to France, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1851 San Francisco to FranceVIA PANAMA, United States, 1851 San Francisco to France. Folded letter datelined San Francisco Sept. 30, 1851 to Bordeaux, France, forwarded privately to Panama with blue stylized boxed "JBF Arrivet a Panama" backstamp (over fold) so no U.S. postal markings, British "Panama OC 22, 1851" double-arc datestamp, red London transit and boxed "Colonies &c Art. 13" accountancy handstamp, Bordeaux arrival with "15" decimes due, Very Fine and unusual routing, U.S. postal regulations required eastbound mail from California to be carried by U.S. packets via Panama and New York, only letters forwarded outside the U.S. mails could reach RMSP steamers at Chagres

E. 500-750
300
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1619
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1619, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1852 San Francisco Prices Current, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1852 San Francisco Prices CurrentVIA PANAMA, United States, 1852 San Francisco Prices Current. Folded "The San Francisco Prices Current and Shipping List" of Hussey, Bond & Hale, dated Aug. 13, 1852, with two strikes of blue "San Francisco 15 Aug." circular datestamp, "5" handstamp and black "Paid" straightline, addressed to Boston Mass., small archival reinforcement, Very Fine, a rare over-3,500 miles printed circular rate, only six examples are recorded, four of which are stampless, ex Cipolla, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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1620
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1620, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1854 "Independent Line Ahead of the Mails, Uncle Sam and North Star, via Panama", VIA PANAMA, United States, 1854 "Independent Line Ahead of the Mails, Uncle Sam and North Star, via Panama"VIA PANAMA, United States, 1854 "Independent Line Ahead of the Mails, Uncle Sam and North Star, via Panama". Clear strike of oval handstamp on cover to Reading Pa., horizontal pair of 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), margins to in, tied by two penstrokes, "Missent" handstamp, top flap reattached, small ink spot at left, Fine and scarce, this Independent Line was created by Cornelius Vanderbilt as an opposition line between California and New York via Panama from Aug. 17, 1853 thru Sept. 1, 1854, ex Goldberg, Campbell and Feldman

E. 1,000-1,500
2,600
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1621
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1621, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1851, 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1851, 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1851, 1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Affixed and lightly cancelled by San Francisco datestamp on three-page folded "The San Francisco News Letter, No. 16" with "A Summary of Events from Feb., 20th to March 5th, 1857.", addressed to Boston Mass., incl. vignette advertisement for "Mr. Thompson, the Mountain Express Man", Very Fine, the 1c stamp paid the reduced printed circular rate to any distance, John A. "Snowshoe" Thompson was a lone individual who would carry as much as 60-80 pounds of mail over the Sierra Nevadas during the winter months, ex Risvold, with 2014 Moorhouse certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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1622
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1622, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4), VIA PANAMA, United States, California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4)VIA PANAMA, United States, California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 5c Blue (34L4). Large margins to just in, uncancelled as almost always, used with 1855, 10c Green, Ty. II (14), large margins to clear, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 16 Jul." circular datestamp on cover to Caroline Center N.Y., 10c small scissors-cut at top right, 5c creases at bottom right and light soiling, cover with some soiling and wear including surface scrape at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY SIX 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 5c Penny Post adhesive cover with a 3c 1851 and another missing an adhesive (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

E. 7,500-10,000
5,000
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1623
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1623, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1855, 10c Green, Ty. III (15), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1855, 10c Green, Ty. III (15)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1855, 10c Green, Ty. III (15). Three large margins, just in at bottom, tiny margin nick at top, tied by light strike of "San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun." circular datestamp on 1857 "The San Francisco News Letter" illustrated newspaper depicting Eagle, Steamship, Train etc. and addressed to Troy N.Y., printed "P.M.S.S. Golden Age June 20" at upper left, newspaper does not accompany but with handwritten note inside, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO NEWS LETTER ILLUSTRATED LETTERSHEET.

The San Francisco News Letter was published by Frederick Marriott and served to advance his intertwining financial and political interests, to level attacks against his foes, and to extort money from public figures who he threatened with the prospect of scandalous news reports. Each publication date was tied to an outbound Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company sailing to Panama and was sold by all Wells, Fargo & Co. agents throughout California. This was carried on the PMSS Golden Age, which departed San Francisco on June 20 and arrived Panama July 4. After transiting across the isthmus 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.

E. 7,500-10,000
7,000
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1624
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1624, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1851, 1c Blue, Ty. II (7), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1851, 1c Blue, Ty. II (7)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1851, 1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Plate 2, large to full margins, tied by square grid cancel on "The San Francisco News Letter" illustrated newspaper depicting Eagle, Steamship, Train, etc. and addressed to New York City, printed "P.M.S.S. Sonora July 4th 1857" at upper left, newsletter contains many stories covering period from June 20 thru July 4, pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF A SINGLE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE STAMP USED ON THE ILLUSTRATED SAN FRANCISCO NEWSLETTER. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE RECORDED WITH THE ONE-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

The San Francisco News Letter was published by Frederick Marriott and served to advance his intertwining financial and political interests, to level attacks against his foes, and to extort money from public figures who he threatened with the prospect of scandalous news reports. Each publication date was tied to an outbound Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company sailing to Panama and was sold by all Well's, Fargo & Co. agents throughout California. This was carried on the PMSS Sonora, which departed San Francisco on July 4 and arrived Panama July 18. After transiting across the isthmus it was carried on the USMSC Illinois, which departed Aspinwall July 19 and arrived New York July 27.

Ex Polland, Haas, Vogel and Bailar

E. 7,500-10,000
20,000
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1625
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1625, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1857, 10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1857, 10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1857, 10c Green, Ty. II, III (32, 33). Ty. II horizontal pair and single, Ty. III horizontal strip of three, all tied by multiple strikes of "San Francisco Cal. May 20, 1859" circular datestamps on folded letter to Hamburg, Germany, cover datelined in Mazatlan, Mexico on May 8 where this cover originated, carried privately to San Francisco where it entered the mails, sent via Panama and New York, two strikes of red "New York Br. Pkt. Jun. 14" datestamp, cover missing top and left flaps of outer page, horizontal pair with slight perf faults from placement over edge

FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE USE. THIS WAS CARRIED PRIVATELY FROM MAZATLAN, MEXICO TO SAN FRANCISCO WHERE IT ENTERED THE MAILS WITH SIX 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE STAMPS TO PAY THE DOUBLE 30-CENT PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL RATE TO GERMANY.

With 2014 Moorhouse certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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1626
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1626, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1859 Cover to U.S.S. Lancaster in Chile, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1859 Cover to U.S.S. Lancaster in ChileVIA PANAMA, United States, 1859 Cover to U.S.S. Lancaster in Chile. Red "Philadelphia Pa. Sep. 3 Paid" circular datestamp on cover to "U.S. Ship Lancaster, Pacific Squadron, Valparaiso, Chile", red "Paid" in circle, manuscript "68" for double rate with "48" due to Britain, "Panama SP 15 1859" double-arc datestamp, minor edge nicks and small part of backflap missing, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
225
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1627
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1627, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1864 San Francisco to Jarnac, France, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1864 San Francisco to Jarnac, FranceVIA PANAMA, United States, 1864 San Francisco to Jarnac, France. "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 23, 1864" double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to Jarnac, France, endorsed "Steamer Constitution" confirming via Panama route rather than overland, "New York Apr. 16" debit handstamp, "15" treaty rate handstamp, transit and arrival backstamps, "8" decimes due handstamp, Very Fine

E. 300-400
225
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1628
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1628, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 12c Black (69), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 12c Black (69)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 12c Black (69). Used with 10c Green (68), tied by target cancel and San Francisco double-circle datestamp on 1864 folded cover to Lima, Peru, Panama May 18 double-arc transit datestamp, arrival backstamp, Very Fine, an attractive cover to Peru paying the 22c rate by British Mail via Panama, signed Holcombe and Calves

E. 300-400
225
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1629
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1629, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 10c Yellow Green (68), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 10c Yellow Green (68)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 10c Yellow Green (68). Two singles, used with 2c Black (73) and cancelled in blue with matching "Cumberland Md. May 11" circular datestamp on 1864 cover addressed to Commodore Roger Perry at Callao, Peru, Panama May 24 double-arc transit datestamp and arrival backstamps, cover with minor edge tears, Very Fine, signed Ashbrook and with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
250
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1630
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1630, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 12c Black (69), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 12c Black (69)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 12c Black (69). Used with 10c Green (68), each with target cancels, "Holmes Hole Mass. Oct. 1" (1864) circular datestamp on cover to Callao, Peru, Panama Oct. 14 double-arc transit datestamp, arrival backstamps, S. Crosby & Co. forwarders handstamp at top left, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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1631
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1631, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 5c Brown, 30c Orange (71, 76), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 5c Brown, 30c Orange (71, 76)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 5c Brown, 30c Orange (71, 76). Tied by grid in circle cancel, clear strike of "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 17, 1865" double-circle datestamp on cover with "Via Panama" illustrated steamship corner card, addressed to Locarno, Switzerland, red New York transit datestamp and "12" credit handstamp, blue "Aachen Franco 23 7" framed transit handstamp, red and blue crayon credits, Swiss transit backstamps, faint purple ink stain at lower right, light toning and folds at edges

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS "VIA PANAMA" ILLUSTRATED DESIGN WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED. A WONDERFUL 1861 ISSUE TRANSATLANTIC COVER.

The illustrated "Via Panama" envelopes were published and used mainly from 1858 through 1860. This is the only example of this particular type we have seen or could locate in the Levi records. It is used quite late, but was probably published years earlier.

E. 5,000-7,500
0
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1632
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1632, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1866 Wells Fargo & Co. to Colombia, VIA PANAMA, United States, 1866 Wells Fargo & Co. to ColombiaVIA PANAMA, United States, 1866 Wells Fargo & Co. to Colombia. 3c Pink entire (U59) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to Buenaventura, Colombia, clear strike of blue "Wells Fargo & Co, San Francisco Mar 9" oval datestamp and "Paid" in oval, "via Panama" endorsement at bottom, red "Panama de Oficio" and "Panama Debe" handstamps, the former likely struck in error as this was not an official use, also with boxed "De Ultramar" handstamp, rated "10" and manuscript "10c", Lima Jul. 31 transit backstamp, stamp originally affixed at top left but subsequently removed prior to mailing as the Wells Fargo "Paid" oval is struck over that spot

VERY FINE AND STRIKING USE OF A WELLS FARGO & CO. ENTIRE TO COLOMBIA VIA PANAMA AND LIMA, PERU. UNDOUBTEDLY A UNIQUE USE.

The Panama "De Ultramar" handstamp is very rare and is seldom found used on cover. The interesting route via Lima was likely employed due to the infrequency of southbound ships stopping at Buenaventura from Panama. It was probably deemed faster to catch a northbound coastal ship from Lima that would call at Buenaventura.

Ex Campbell. With 2014 Moorhouse certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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1633
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1633, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 3c Rose, 10c Yellow Green (65, 68), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 3c Rose, 10c Yellow Green (65, 68)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1861, 3c Rose, 10c Yellow Green (65, 68). 3c single with corner torn off, 10c horizontal pair, cancelled by ovals, "Weaverville Cal. Apr. 18" (1868) circular datestamp on cover to Newcastle, New South Wales, from the Richardson correspondence, "12" cents credit handstamp, "Panama MY 17 68" transit datestamp, faint Sydney transit and arrival backstamps, cover tear on back, minor edge faults

FINE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL ROUTE FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW SOUTH WALES VIA PANAMA.

This cover overpaid by 1c the 22c rate to New South Wales by American Packet to Panama, then by British Packet to Australasia (with 12c credited to Great Britain). The PMSS Golden Age carried it from San Francisco to Panama on April 20, 1868. It then sailed by British steamer Rakaia from Panama on May 24. This cover originates from a group of nine covers addressed to Martin Richardson at Newcastle, New South Wales, which came to light in 1981 and were sold through Christie's Robson Lowe in New York.

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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1634
c
Sale Number 1193, Lot Number 1634, Via Panama - United StatesVIA PANAMA, United States, 1869, 2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114), VIA PANAMA, United States, 1869, 2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114)VIA PANAMA, United States, 1869, 2c Brown, 3c Ultramarine (113, 114). Horizontal pair of 3c, used with four singles 15c Black, F. Grill (97), tied by cork cancels, "Portchester N.Y. Aug. 31" circular datestamp on cover to Lima, Peru, Davis correspondence, 1869 Panama transit circular datestamp, red "24" credit also ties 2c, receiving backstamp, two 15c barely affected from placement near edge of cover

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND SCARCE FRANKING TO PAY DOUBLE THE 34-CENT RATE BY AMERICAN PACKET TO PANAMA AND THEN TO DESTINATION VIA BRITISH PACKET.

This rate was in effect from October 1867 to March 1870. Ex Foote. With 2014 Moorhouse certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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1635
c
Via Panama, United States Balance. Sixteen covers, some neatly written up on exhibit pages, eight with 1851 or 1857 Issue stamps, most going westbound to San Francisco, one to Hawaii, two with New York Ocean Mail circular datestamps with integral grid, plus seven stampless from 1854-67 going from either San Francisco or San Diego to France via Panama and New York, few in slightly mixed condition, mostly Fine or better

E. 1,500-2,000
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