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United States Postal History

California Postal History
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1201     14 imageBenicia, Cal., Jan 19 (Solano). Balloon type cds (SOL-100) tying 1851, 10¢ green, type II on 1855, 10¢ Nesbitt entire to Massachusetts, Very Fine.
Scott No. 14; Estimate $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
1202       image"Monterey, California, Apl 17. 1849". Manuscript postmark (MOT-1610) and matching "40" cent rating on orange buff cover to New York N.Y., accompanied by blue enclosed letter datelined "Monterey, California April 13 1849" from a member of the U.S. Military to his sister describing the influence of the discovery of gold to the military way of life, being transferred to San Francisco, mail ships Oregon and California etc. including "…I leave tomorrow on the Brig Malik Adel, and the brig stops 4 or 5 days at Santa Cruz. General Riley has arrived & Colonel Mason has resigned to him the Command, both civil and military…Mrs. General Smith and Mrs. Major Ogden and another lady all of whom came up with me return home with the California because I suppose no servants can be obtained here…Col. Mason also returns with the California…", Very Fine.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED MONTEREY POSTMARKED COVER, SENT DURING THE PRE-STATEHOOD PERIOD.

This is a rare version of the Monterey manuscript postmark with California spelled out, we have not seen another.
(Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1203     15 imagePlacerville, Cal., Nov 17 (El Dorado). Cds (ELD-2980) tying four margin 1851, 10¢ green, type III on cover to Weston, O., Very Fine, ex-Tatham.
Scott No. 15; Estimate $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1204     9+11+U14 imageRattlesnake Bar, Cal. (Placer). Addressing on incoming 1853, 6¢ Nesbitt entire uprated with 1851, 1¢ blue, type IV + 3¢ dull red, all tied by two strikes of "Searsmont, Me., Aug 30" cds; couple cover folds, Very Fine.
Scott No. 9+11+U14; Estimate $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
1205       image"Rough & Ready, Cal. 27 June 1854" (Nevada). Manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 1" rating on buff wrapper to Danbury Conn., Very Fine, undoubtedly a unique usage of this rare transcontinental circular rate from California.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
1206   imageRough and Ready, Cal. - Wells Fargo & Co. Express Exchange Note (Nevada). 9 x 4.375", from "Rough & Ready, Cal. Jan. 2- 1856" paid to the order of "E.B. Comstock, Agent" at the office of the American Express Company in Pontiac, Mich - One Hundred & fifty"; some creasing, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $250 - 350. (Image1)
Est. $250-350
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1207       image(Rough & Ready) 1859 (Dec. 23) Sweetland, Cal. (Nevada). Datelined receipt for mining claim reading in part, "…for a certain parcel of mining ground situated on Manzarita Hill and known as the claims of Bicknell & Co. and bounded by the Claims of Curtis the Rough & Ready and Joint Stock Claims, Sweetland Dec 23rd 1859…" and signed "Henry A. Brigham", Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1208     9+11 imageSacramento City, Cal., Jun 19 (Sacramento). Two strikes of balloon type cds (SAC-2520) tying 1851, 1¢ blue, type IV + 3¢ dull red, three singles on cover to Hartford, Ct.; center 3¢ stamp damaged, F.-V.F. appearance.
Scott No. 9+11; Estimate $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
1209       imageSan Francisco, Cal. (San Francisco). Three 1850's incoming folded letters from Great Britain; each with 1/2½d rating, includes 1852 from Paisley, 1855 from London and 1858 from Dundee, each with S.F. "Paid" straight line handstamp applied upon arrival, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1210       imageCalifornia Town & County Postmarks on Cover, 1860-90s. Collection of 57 covers and a card, nice range of postmarks mostly from 1880-90's with some duplication and T&PM's; with towns including 1879 Maxwell, 1885 Suisun City, 1886 & 1891 Gibsonville (different types), 1884 Goodyear's Bar, 1885 & 1897 Mountain House (different types), Madera and Redding types, 1891 Raymond with fancy star duplex, 1885 Fowler, 1886 Traver, l881 Willows, 1883 Baird oval, 1889 Portville, 1878 Orland octagon, Aila oval in purple and black, unusual 1885 Roberts makeshift straight line and circle date stamp postmark, etc.; condition a bit varied with strong clear strikes throughout.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Routes & Forwarders
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1211       image(Mail Routes) New York & California Steam Ship Line For San Francisco. Via Nicaragua, C. Morgan, Agent. Illustrated steamship corner card on cover to Sheffield, Mass., "New - York, Ship 5 cts., Jun 6" cds, Very Fine, a rare advertising envelope from this short-lived line (March to July 1853), ex-Polland.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1212     35 image(Mail Routes) Overland Mail - From San Francisco Via Los Angeles. Illustrated Six-Horse Stagecoach design with Hutchings & Rosenfield imprint below, on cover to Rockville, Md., franked with grid canceled 1857, 10¢ green, type V, matching "San Jose, Cal., Sep 2" cds; sealed cover tears with one affecting design, Fine.
Scott No. 35; Estimate $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1213       image(Mail Routes) Steam Mazatlan. Oval handstamp and "San Francisco, Cal., Feb 22" cds (Williams SAF-600) on incoming folded letter datelined "Fuerte, Jvre 28 de 1865", with additional "San Francisco, Cal., 10, Feb 22" integral rate cds used as due marking (William SAF-330); cover with some light toning along file fold, otherwise Very Fine, and a very rare usage from El Fuerte, Mexico.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

The letter would have to have crossed from Republican held territory into French held Mazatlan for a steamship to San Francisco, so this may explain the long time between writing in Fuerte and receipt in San Francisco.
(Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1214       image(Mail Routes) Steam Mazatlan. Oval handstamp applied at San Francisco on inbound covers, postmarked "San Francisco, Cal./May 16, 1865" double circle and addressed to the Office of the P.M.S.Co. in San Francisco with black "10" due rate handstamp for the steamship rate; small flap fault, Very Fine and scarce short-lived steamer marking.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Adams to Reynolds
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1215       imageAdams & Co., Express, San Francisco. Blue oval handstamp on blue folded cover docketed "Marysville, Feb 1 1853" on reverse to Sacramento, Cal., forwarded to San Francisco, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co, Express, Sacramento" oval handstamp, Very Fine and scarce combination use.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1216     26 imageCentral Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Co., Denver City, K.T. Oval date stamp on cover addressed to Leavenworth City, Kans., franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red tied by grid handstamp; cover a bit reduced at left, Very Fine.
Scott No. 26; Estimate $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
1217       imageThe Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo., Dec 17. Clear oval handstamp on 1857, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Chenango, N.Y., entered the mails with "Saint Joseph, Mo., Dec 18" cds cancelling indicia; cover lightly cleaned, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
1218       imageEverts, Snell & Co.'s Express, Feather River. Blue oval handstamp with "Evert" for "Everts" mis-spelling (EVS-102), on incoming 1852 cover to Marysville, Cal., "Abion, Mich. Dec 27" origin cds and matching "X" in circle rate handstamp; minor edge wear, Very Fine, ex-Knapp.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
1219       imageFreeman & Co.'s Express. Red ribbon frank on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Genl. Denver in Weaverville, Cal., with Wachhorst & Denver jewelry merchant corner card at lower left, frank crossed-out and posted with "Sacramento City, Cal., Jul 17, 1860" cds, Very Fine, Freeman had already sold to Wells, Fargo & Co. in late 1859.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1220       imageFreeman & Co.'s Express, Sac. Messr. Blue oval date stamp canceling on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Weaverville, Cal., red ribbon frank at top and B.F. Rountree grocer corner card at bottom left; a bit reduced at left, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction

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