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Schuyler J. Rumsey Philatelic Auctions Sale: 93

Great Britain and British Commonwealth
Via San Francisco Pre-1870

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4047
Symbol:

image Australian States: Tasmania, 1850 (Jul. 12) Hobart, Tasmania to San Francisco Cal. Gray folded letter datelined "Hobart Town, Can D Land, July the 12th/50" carried by private ship Rebecca Jul. 16th to San Francisco, red "San Francisco, Recd, 21 Oct" cds and matching "Ship 6" clamshell handstamp for 6¢ ship fee to port, some edge toning and wear, Very Fine and early use from Tasmania.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Sender is captain of the "Deucalian" and tells his San Francisco partners he is taking advantage of the sailing of the "Rebecca" to send a letter. He tells of his sale of the California gold and cargo he has brought from San Francisco and the status of purchase of a return cargo in Sydney. Gold would be discovered in Australia the following year.
Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 700.00
Sold...US$ 700.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:55:14 EST
Sold For 700

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4048
Symbol:
Cat No: Stampless

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1850 (Dec.) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. via Honolulu. Light gray cover from the Aaron correspondence endorsed "Fav'd by Chas. Mackellar Esqr." by Sydney merchant, carried by British ship Louisa Baille from Sydney Dec. 11th to Honolulu arriving Feb. 12th, entered mails with perfect strike of "Honolulu, Hawaiian Is. / Feb. 26, 1851." two-line postmark and loaded in official mail bag, carried by same ship Louisa Baille from Honolulu Feb. 26th to San Francisco arriving Mar. 25th, red "San Francisco Cal., 25 Mar" cds and two matching partial "Ship 6" clamshell due handstamps, letter was advertised looking for addressee with "Adv 4" rating, forwarded four months later to foothill gold rush town of Sonora with "San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 23" postmark, manuscript "Ford 5" rating totalled to "15" cent due at right; small nick bottom right, a Very Fine use with a choice strike of the Honolulu straightline.
Estimate; $10,000 - 15,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE COVER ORIGINATING OUTSIDE OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. A REMARKABLE STRIKE AND IN OUR OPINION, THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT COVER BEARING THE HONOLULU STRAIGHTLINE EXISTENT.

Honolulu's straight-line postmark was manufactured by postmaster H.M. Whitney out of italic type from his print shop. Device was used from December 7, 1850 to June 14, 1851.

Illustrated and Described in Gregory's Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870, pp. 227-28, fig. 14-7.
Est. $10,000-15,000 (Image)

Est. $10,000-15,000

Opening US$ 10,000.00
Sold...US$ 10,000.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:56:03 EST
Sold For 10000

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4050
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1851 (Feb. 25) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Gray folded letter datelined "Sydney NSW Feb 25th 1851", carried by private ship Robert Borone to San Francisco, red "San Francisco Cal. 18 Aug" cds and black "Ship 6" clamshell handstamp for 6¢ ship letter rate to port, some interesting content "…I leave tomorrow for San Francisco with 180 passengers (wind and weather permitting), 600 tons coal & about 500 bushels barley - hope to be with you soon, after if not before the receipt of this…", fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

AN UNUSUAL USE OF A RED SAN FRANCISCO CDS AND BLACK "SHIP 6" CLAMSHELL DUE HANDSTAMP. Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 525.00
Sold...US$ 525.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:57:01 EST
Sold For 525

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4051
Symbol:

image Australian States: Tasmania, 1851 (Aug. 30) Hobart, Tasmania to Salem Mass. via San Francisco. Datelined folded letter carried as endorsed by Brig Pryde to San Francisco, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal., 13 Nov" cds and matching "Ship 6" clamshell due handstamp with "6" obliterated by grid cancel, "12" handstamp struck for the 10¢ transcontinental rate plus 2¢ ship fee, carried by PNSC Northerner from San Francisco Nov. 15th to Panama arriving Dec. 2nd, then USMSS Philadelphia from Chagres Dec. 10th to New York, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

In a 1968 article in "Western Express", Scott Polland opined that this "6" clamshell handstamp was applied in error. We believe that it was purposely struck to satisfy postal requirements to mark ship letters with a "Ship" marking, and then the "6" rating obliterated.
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 700.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:57:27 EST
Sold For 0

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4053
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1852 (Apr. 27) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Blue folded cover with red "Paid Ship Letter, Sydney, AP 27, 1852" crown cds and red manuscript rating, carried as endorsed by Bark Jessie Byne from Sydney Apr. 27th via Honolulu to San Francisco, "San Francisco Cal. 2 Aug" cds and matching "Ship 6" clamshell due handstamp; horizontal fold, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750. Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 575.00
Sold...US$ 575.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:59:15 EST
Sold For 575

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4058
Symbol:
Cat No: 2

image Australian States: Tasmania, 1854 (c.) Kelly's Point, Tasmania to Wolcott N.Y. Cover bearing Tasmania, 4d red orange (2), two cut to shape singles, right showing partial imprint at bottom, each tied by "67" barred numeral ovals, carried by private ship via Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal., 16 Dec" cds and matching "Ship" and "12" rating handstamps for 10¢ rate over 3,000 miles plus 2¢ ship fee, carried by ship via Panama to New York; light cover restoration, Very Fine appearance, ex-Kramer.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED TASMANIA COVER WITH THE NUMERAL "67" CANCELS OF KELLY'S POINT.

Illustrated in Vol. I of Tasmania handbooks as the sole example on cover of numeral 67 of Birch's Bay. Recent research by David McNamee has shown that this device was almost certainly issued to Kelly's Point. Cover remains the only example with numeral 67.
Est. $2,000-3,000 (Image)

Est. $2,000-3,000

Opening US$ 4,500.00
Sold...US$ 4,500.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:03:38 EST
Sold For 4500

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4059
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1854 (Nov. 25) Sydney, New South Wales to Gold Springs Cal. via San Francisco. Cover with two strikes of the "Adams & Co., Sydney N.S.W." oval handstamp, endorsed "Per Adams & Co's Express", probably carried by American Bark Julia Ann from Newcastle to Honolulu arriving Mar. 15th, departing Mar. 30th for San Francisco arriving Apr. 12th, entered mails with bold "San Francisco Cal., 13 Apr" cds and matching "7" cents due for 5¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, sent via stagecoach to Gold Springs.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ADAMS & CO. SYDNEY N.S.W. HANDSTAMP.

Adams & Co. failed in California on February 23, 1855, so the cover was mailed upon arrival in San Francisco.
Est. $2,000-3,000 (Image)

Est. $2,000-3,000

Opening US$ 1,600.00
Sold...US$ 1,600.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:04:07 EST
Sold For 1600

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4060
Symbol:
Cat No: Collection

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1856 (May 14) Sydney, New South Wales to Stockton Cal. via San Francisco. Mourning cover bearing New South Wales, 6d greenish gray, some creasing, cancelled by barred oval, matching "Sydney N.S.W., MY 14 1856" rimless backstamp, carried by private ship via Pacific Ocean, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal. 26 Aug" cds and matching "SHIP" and "5" cent due rating, stagecoach to Stockton; wear and flaws, Fine and scarce mourning cover use.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

An anomaly of the 1855 to 1861 ship letter rates was the rate to the port of entry was 6¢ and the rate to a town under 3,000 miles from port of entry was only 5¢.
Est. $400-600 (Image)

Est. $400-600

Opening US$ 375.00
Sold...US$ 375.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:04:47 EST
Sold For 375

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4064
Symbol:
Cat No: 30

image Australian States: Victoria, 1861 (Mar. 18) Melbourne, Victoria to San Francisco Cal. Gray folded cover with original letter bearing Victoria, 6d blue (30) tied by bold "1" numeral grid, matching "Melbourne, MA 18, 61" backstamp, carried as endorsed by Iconium to San Francisco, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal., Jun 7, 1861" cds and matching bold "Ship 6" due handstamp; some edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

This San Francisco "Ship 6" marking is the last state of the device with the clamshell removed. See article by Fred Gregory in "Western Express".
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 700.00
Sold...US$ 700.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:06:45 EST
Sold For 700

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4065
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1861 (Apr. 17) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Datelined folded letter bearing New South Wales, 6d violet (40), some per flaws, tied by "N.S.W." barred oval duplexed with "Sydney, AP17 '61" cds, carried as endorsed by ship Alcyone via Pacific Ocean, entered mail with "San Francisco Cal. Jul 3, 1861" cds and matching bold "Ship 5" rating handstamp (earliest recorded example); cover wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

In 1861, the anomaly that letters sent beyond the port of entry were charged less than those to the port of entry was corrected. Now the rate to port of entry was 5¢; the rate beyond was domestic postage plus 2¢ captain's concession.

Illustrated in "Letters of Gold" by Coburn on p. 339.
Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 400.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:07:08 EST
Sold For 0

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4066
Symbol:
Cat No: 36, 39

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1861 (Jun. 29) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Datelined folded letter bearing New South Wales 2d blue (36), 6d brown (39), each tied by "N.S.W." oval duplexed with "Sydney, JU 29 '61" cds, carried as endorsed by Midas via Newcastle across the Pacific Ocean, entered mails with "San Francisco, Oct 17, 1861" cds and matching bold "Ship 5" due handstamp for 5¢ port-of-entry ship fee; some age spotting, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Apparently the 8d rate included 2d to Newcastle plus 6d for private ship letter.
Est. $750-1,000 (Image)

Est. $750-1,000

Opening US$ 550.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:07:21 EST
Sold For 0

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4068
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1864 (Jul. 13) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Cover bearing New South Wales, 2d blue, strip of three, tied by two bold strikes of "N.S.W." oval duplex with "Sydney, JY13 '64" cds, carried by Bark Australind via Pacific Ocean, sharp "San Francisco Cal., Oct 1, 1864" cds with matching bold "FOREIGN" and "10" rating handstamps, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

A REMARKABLE USE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO "FOREIGN" HANDSTAMP ON AUSTRALIAN MAILS, ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED.

The Forster-Gregory census records a total of eighteen covers with the "FOREIGN" handstamp - only three of which originate from Australian colonies.
Est. $2,000-3,000 (Image)

Est. $2,000-3,000

Opening US$ 2,400.00
Sold...US$ 2,400.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:08:21 EST
Sold For 2400

Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4069
Symbol:
Cat No: 16, 25

image Australian States: South Australia, 1864 (Jul. 27) Port Adelaide, South Australia to West Port Conn. Blue cover bearing South Australia, 2d vermilion (16), 1s lake brown (25) tied by barred numeral ovals prepaying 14d for the prepaid rate via England, matching "Port-Adelaide, JY 27 '64" cds, endorsement "Via England" crossed out and updated to "Via Sydney", private ship via Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal., Nov 5, 1864" cds with "SHIP" straightline and "8" in circle due handstamp, overland stage to Westport; reduced at right, some edge wear and small tears, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

Cover was correctly prepaid for the 14d rate via Southampton but sent via the Pacific. It should have been rated "6" cents due in San Francisco for a single-rate or "12" cents due for a double rate.
Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)

Est. $1,000-1,500

Opening US$ 900.00
Sold...US$ 900.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:09:03 EST
Sold For 900
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4070
Symbol:

image Australian States: New South Wales, 1864 (Aug. 23) Sydney, New South Wales to San Francisco Cal. Blue cover bearing New South Wales, 2d blue, strip of three, tied by two strikes of "N.S.W." oval duplex with "Sydney, AU 23 '64" cds, carried as endorsed by ship Amateur via Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, entered mails with sharp "San Francisco Cal., Jan 25, 1865" cds and matching "Ship4" due handstamp; tone spot, couple edge tears, right stamp small flaws, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Correctly rated "4" for cover to port-of-entry as specified by blanket rate of July 1864. The 2¢ local letter rate plus 2¢ ship fee.
Est. $500-750 (Image)

Est. $500-750

Opening US$ 425.00
Sold...US$ 425.00


Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:09:35 EST
Sold For 425


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