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Sale 1211 — The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 29-30 October, 2019

Category — Western Mails, including the Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
339°
c
Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 339, Western Mails, including the Pony Express, "Long Tom" Noisy Carriers illustrated mining scene on a cover from California to Maine

"Michigan Bluff Cal. Apr. 2", beautifully bold strike of circular datestamp with "Paid" in circle and manuscript "10" rate on buff cover to Camden, Maine, with "Long Tom Noisy Carriers 77 Long Wharf, San Francisco" illustrated mining scene, very minor wrinkling, Very Fine example of this rare illustrated design, 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 Haas, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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