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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — California-Related

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2158
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2158, California-RelatedNicaragua Line/In Advance/of the Mail, Nicaragua Line/In Advance/of the MailNicaragua Line/In Advance/of the Mail. Perfectly-struck oval handstamp applied by New York City office on westbound cover to Nicaragua, slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, small piece out at bottom right (probably insect nibblings), Very Fine strike and a rare westbound use, ex Haas

E. 1,000-1,500
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2159
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2159, California-Related3c Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Red, Ty. II (11A). Vertical Pair, large margins to just in, top stamp tiny tears, tied by "Sacramento Cal. 30 Mar" circular datestamp on cover to Strong Me., with "From Noisy Carrier's Mail, 77 Long Wharf, S.F. Cal." boxed handstamp, Very Fine and scarce, one of three known from Sacramento, ex Meroni and Baker, signed Ashbrook (who notes "1855" as date of use, thus last sailing under 6c rate)

E. 400-500
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2160
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2160, California-RelatedWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $2.00 Green (143L1, 143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $2.00 Green (143L1, 143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $2.00 Green (143L1, 143L4). First with three large margins, just in at left, neat strike of San Francisco Running Pony oval handstamp, second with margins just in and with similar cancel, first with few faults (but makes up only $800.00 of the total Scott Retail), second with small scissors-cut at top left, Fine and rare used examples of the two $2.00 Pony Express stamps

5,300
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2161
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2161, California-Related5c Red Brown (12), 5c Red Brown (12)5c Red Brown (12). Rich color, top right corner cut off and repaired, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express San Francisco" oval handstamp, struck four additional times on legal-size buff cover with Wells, Fargo & Co. black printed frank, used as a paste-up and docketed "Recd Properly Sealed June 8 1857 Wm. Smith DepClk", corners clipped and restored

ONE OF TWO RECORDED WELLS FARGO & COMPANY EXPRESS COVERS WITH THE 5-CENT 1856 ISSUE.

Ex Mayer

E. 2,000-3,000
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2162
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2162, California-Related3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to in, cancelled by manuscript "X", "Watsonville Cal. Feb. 28" circular datestamp on yellow cover with blue illustrated 4-horse stagecoach design and "The Star of the Union--California" imprint, "Overland via Los Angeles U.S. Mail" on coach, to Santa Cruz Cal., manuscript "Paid 3cts", slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine and scarce intra-California use, the 3c 1851 might be original to this cover, but offered on its own merits

E. 200-300
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2163
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2163, California-Related10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jun. 20, 1860" circular datestamp on buff cover to Painesville O., with "Via Panama" with illustrated sidewheel steamship design, slightly reduced at right, stamp with natural s.e. at right, cover with small corner faults and a few small age spots, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
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2164
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2164, California-Related10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Two, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 5, 1860" circular datestamp on cover with "Per Overland Mail Stage, Via Los Angeles" 4-horse stagecoach design, Hitchcock of San Francisco imprint, the entire design crossed out and sender's routing instructions "pr Steamer", to New London Conn., some soiling, edgewear just affects right stamp, still Very Fine and very unusual use of this propaganda envelope, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
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2165
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2165, California-Related1859 "Overland via Los Angeles" Stagecoach Cover to France, 1859 "Overland via Los Angeles" Stagecoach Cover to France1859 "Overland via Los Angeles" Stagecoach Cover to France. Clear "Chico Cal. Oct. 28" (1859) double-line circle datestamp on cover with illustrated 4-horse stagecoach design and "Overland via Los Angeles U.S. Mail" imprint, addressed to Paris, France, manuscript "Paid 15 cents" at top right, red "New York Paid 6 Nov. 26" 6c credit datestamp, Paris receiving backstamp, slightly rough opening at top and missing backflap

FINE AND RARE TRANSATLANTIC USE OF AN ILLUSTRATED BUTTERFIELD STAGECOACH COVER.

The inscription "Oct. 31, 8am" at top was likely written by a Butterfield agent as this cover departed that day from San Francisco. The 15c rate was 3c for U.S. postage, 6c U.S. ship and 6c French ship (2c British transit)

E. 1,500-2,000
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2166
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2166, California-Related10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 1, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Painesville O. with illustrated 4-horse stagecoach design, banner reads "PER OVERLAND MAIL VIA LOS ANGELES" with two tiny American flags waving from lead horses, stamp with minor flaws in right margin, still Extremely Fine, a rare cover and the only stagecoach design expressing patriotic sentiments, ex Grunin, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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2167
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2167, California-Related3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Well-centered, corner defect at top left, cancelled by segmented cork and tied by "Camptonville Cal. Feb. 18, 1864" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Skowhegan Me. with illustrated railroad propaganda design and slogan, reads "Per Overland Mail via Placerville and Salt Lake. Hurrah! But we must have the [locomotive]", Hutchings and Rosenfield imprint, slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine, rare, fewer than eight examples of this railroad propaganda design are known to us with the "Via Placerville and Salt Lake" Chorpenning Route designation, ex Knapp and J. David Baker

E. 500-750
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2168
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2168, California-Related3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by manuscript, matching "Little York Cal. Jan. 20" manuscript postmark on "Per Overland Mail Stage Via Placerville, In hope of the [locomotive]" illustrated railroad propaganda cover to Johnston R.I., E. B. Davidson of Sacramento imprint, sender's routing instructions "Per Steamer" at lower left written with no trace of irony, slightly reduced at left, stamp slightly affected from placement near edge of cover, still Very Fine, ex J. David Baker

E. 200-300
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2169
c
California-Related Mail (Mostly). Five items, including Conn. Mutual Life Insurance illustrated corner card to San Francisco with red crayon "40" rate, cover to San Francisco with bold "80" boxed handstamp with routing instructions "Via Chagres & Panama" with oval "Forwarded by Zachrisson, Nelson & Co. Panama" backstamp, blue 1851 folded letter from Liverpool, England to San Francisco with "80" in circle handstamp, buff cover with Noisy Carrier's illustrated corner card at top left to Mariposa (ex Haas), last is 1855 folded letter from Baranquilla, Colombia to New York sent via Aspinwall and Chagres with red oval forwarder's handstamp, overall Very Fine group

E. 1,000-1,500
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