Worldwide Stamps and Covers Via San Francisco Pre-1870
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4054
Australian States: New South Wales, 1852 (Apr. 30) Sydney, New South Wales to Boston Mass. via San Francisco. Blue docketed folded cover sent out of mails by ship Lalla Rookh via Honolulu to San Francisco, brownish "Forwarded by G.B. Post & Co., San Francisco" forwarder's oval, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal., 1 Oct" cds and matching "20" due rating handstamp for double the 10¢ rate via Panama to Boston, Very Fine. Estimate; $500 - 750. Est. $500-750 (Image)
Opening US$ 725.00
Closed..Jun-12-2020, 18:59:59 EST
Sold For 725
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4057
Australian States: New South Wales, 1853 (Jun. 15) Sofala, New South Wales to Mokelumne Hill Cal. Gray datelined folded letter bearing New South Wales, 1d red, 2d blue pair, tied by barred ovals for 5d ship letter from country town, reverse with partial "Sofala" origin datestamp and sharp "Ship Letter, Sydney, JU * 20, 1853" crown cds, carried by private ship via Pacific Ocean to San Francisco, "San Francisco Cal., 14 Sep" cds and partial "Ship" and "7" handstamps for 5¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, sent by stagecoach to Mokelumne Hill; small edge tear and wear, 2d pair with small flaws from edge placement, a Very Fine use,ex-Robson Lowe. Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.
The writer had left California for the mines in Australia, his ship stopping at Polo (Samoa) where "My mate and I selected two sisters and enjoyed ourselves with them in the bush…". A good description of the mines follows with the comment "…women and provisions are cheap and plenty but rum is high…". Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)
Opening US$ 900.00
Closed..Jun-12-2020, 19:01:58 EST
Sold For 900
Sale No: 93
Lot No: 4067
Cat No: 47, 48, 40
Australian States: New South Wales, 1864 (Jun. 13) Clarencetown, New South Wales to El Monte Cal. via San Francisco. Cover bearing 1d red (47), 2d blue (48) and three 6d violet (40) singles, all tied by radial "56" numeral cancels prepaying the 21d rate west-coast rate via Southampton, matching "Clarencetown N.S.W., JU 13, 1864" rimless postmark, sent by ship Uruguay across Pacific Ocean, "San Francisco, Cal. Oct 16, 1864" cds and matching "FOREIGN" and "10" rating handstamps, stagecoach to El Monte; stamp flaws, some aging and soiling, reduced at left, Fine. Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED SAN FRANCISCO "FOREIGN" HANDSTAMPED COVERS ORIGINATING FROM THE AUSTRALIAN COLONIES.
For a two month period in 1864, the San Francisco postmaster misinterpreted the 1863 blanket rate for arriving ship letters, applying a FOREIGN handstamp and charging 10¢ postage. See "San Francisco's Foreign Handstamp of 1864", D. Forster and F. Gregory, Collectors Club Philatelist, May-June 2006. The Forster-Gregory census records a total of eighteen covers with the "FOREIGN" handstamp - only three of which originate from Australian colonies.
This cover was properly franked for the Southampton rate to west coast, but the Sydney postmaster sent on an opportunity sailing of the "Uruguay" via the Pacific Ocean. Est. $1,000-1,500 (Image)