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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale: 1211

United States
Western Mails, including the Pony Express

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 334
Symbol: C
Cat No: 17

image An exceptional "Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails" cover to a foreign destination, franked with the 3¢ and 12¢ 1851 Issue

12¢ Black (17), three full margins to touched at right, used with 3¢ Dull Red, Type II (11A), tied together by three strikes of "20" debit handstamp with additional strike at top right on folded printed market report to London, England, with brief letter in German dated September 15, 1853, sender's routing "pr. Cortes Via Nicaragua" and fully struck red "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" in truncated frame handstamp--carried from New York to England on Ocean Line Washington, departing October 8, 1853, and arriving Southampton October 21--red receiving backstamp (October 23, 1853), British manuscript due rate either crossed out or changed (also ties 3¢ stamp)

Very Fine; vertical file fold with slight toning causes light margin crease in 3¢ stamp, minor wear which is not very evident on the front--these negligible flaws are not noted on certificate.

A remarkable use. This is one of a very few known "Via Nicaragua" covers to an overseas destination and an extremely rare combination of stamps, which underpaid the prevailing rate to England.

Upon arrival in New York, the "20" debit handstamp was used to cancel the stamps. According to regulations, the 15¢ partial prepayment had to be ignored entirely, with the full postage due from the addressee. Perhaps the sender (a German merchant) misinterpreted the August 1853 rate of 15¢ to certain German States as applicable to British mail, or perhaps this letter was mixed in with a group to Germany and mis-stamped. Whatever the sender's intention with the franking, this is an extraordinary cover.

Ex Joseph Hackmey. With 2007 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 4,000-5,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 3,500.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:11:40 EST
Sold For 3500

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 335
Cat No: 11d

image 3¢ 1851 Issue diagonal bisect used on a "Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails" cover front

3¢ Dull Red, Type I, Diagonal Half Used as 1¢ (11d), Bottom right diagonal half, tied across the cut by bold strike of New York City grid cancel on blue folded cover front with expertly added flaps addressed to New York, route directive "Via Nicaragua" in same hand as address, blue crayon "Circular San Frco May 31/53" at bottom in a different hand, sender's route directive "via Nicaragua" and clear strike of blue "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" two-line italicized handstamp, the expert restoration is not noted on accompanying certificate, Very Fine appearance and a rare bisected use of the 3¢ 1851 paying the 1¢ circular rate with the "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" blue italicized handstamp, this is one of two such uses recorded, ex Dr. Chase, Brown and Hackmey, with clear 2007 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 1,500-2,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 4,000.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:12:41 EST
Sold For 4000

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 336
Symbol: C
Cat No: 17a

image 12¢ 1851 bisect with "Via Nicaragua Ahead of the Mails" marking--a rare and beautiful cover

12¢ Black, Diagonal Half Used as 6¢ (17a), Bottom left diagonal half, margins to just in at top left where slightly irregular, intense shade, tied across the cut by "New-York Ship 7cts Sep. 25" (1853) circular datestamp with integral due rate on buff cover to a cadet at West Point in New York, bold strike of red "VIA NICARAGUA/AHEAD OF THE MAILS" in truncated frame handstamp, pencil manuscript at top indicates letter was dated in September 1853 (letter no longer accompanies), stamp with light horizontal crease, otherwise Very Fine, a stunning bisected use of the 12¢ 1851 Issue with a remarkably clear "Via Nicaragua" marking, according to research by James Allen, the 1st Assistant PMG's first official notice to postmasters that bisected stamps were invalid was published on September 12, 1853 (Chronicle 239), this cover was received in New York 13 days after the announcement and the bisect was therefore not accepted as prepayment and was struck with the "New York Ship" 7¢ due datestamp (Image)

E. $ 3,000-4,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 4,000.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:13:37 EST
Sold For 4000

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 337
Symbol: C
Cat No: 16

image 1855 10¢ Imperforate Types II and IV on a "Noisy Carriers" cover to Maine

10¢ Green, Type IV (16), Position 74L1, recut at top, full margins to well clear at left, double-rate usage with 10¢ Green, Type III (15) at left, three large margins, cut in at left, tied by two strikes of "San Francisco Cal. 16 Jul." circular datestamp on buff cover to Brunswick Maine, beautiful bold strike of green "From Noisy Carriers. Mail. 77 Long Wharf S.F. Cal." in ornamental framed handstamp, small piece of backflap missing and minor wrinkles, still Very Fine, a magnificent strike of the scarce Noisy Carriers handstamp in green and a very rare use with the 1855 10¢ Type IV, one of only two examples of the recut 10¢ 1855 on a cover with the Noisy Carriers handstamp in our Levi records, Noisy Carriers Publishing Hall was operated by Charles P. Kimball, one of its services was the delivery of letter bags to steamers departing for Nicaragua or Panama, the markings were applied to indicate (or advertise) the source of the mail, ex Jessup, Pearce, Grunin and Hackmey, with 2005 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 2,000-3,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,500.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:14:00 EST
Sold For 1500

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 338
Symbol: C
Cat No: Raimond S.F.

image Perfect strike of San Francisco merchant's illustrated oval on a 10¢ Nesbitt entire

10¢ Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U16), cancelled by partly clear strike of "San Francisco Cal 5 Jan." (1857) circular datestamp and addressed to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, beautiful bold strike of "R. E. Raimond, General Shipping and Commission Merchant. 105 Front St. Near Washington, San Francisco" oval handstamp, depicting a small full-rigged ship in center, manuscript docketing confirms origin date and January 31, 1857 receipt, Extremely Fine, ex Knapp and Barkhausen (Image)

E. $ 400-500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 900.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:14:33 EST
Sold For 900

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 339
Symbol: C
Cat No: Noisy Carriers

image "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 (Image)

E. $ 1,000-1,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,400.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:14:57 EST
Sold For 1400

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 340
Symbol: C
Cat No: Stagecoach Illustrated

image A beautiful hand-colored illustrated stagecoach design sent free from California

"San Luis Obispo Cal. Apr. 4", neat strike of circular datestamp with double-struck "FREE" in oval handstamp on cover from the postmaster of San Luis Obispo to the third assistant postmaster general in Washington D.C., with "Overland--via--Los Angeles" hand-colored illustrated four-horse stagecoach design, second part of imprint crossed out, Extremely Fine and fresh cover, a beautiful western overland mail use, illustrated in Ashbrook 1¢ 1851-57 book, Vol. 2 (p. 280), with 1994 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 1,000-1,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,200.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:15:36 EST
Sold For 1200

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 341
Symbol: C
Cat No: 35

image Woodcut four-horse overland mail stagecoach illustrated design bearing the 10¢ 1859 Issue

10¢ Green, Type V (35), rich color, centered to bottom right, tied by blurry strike of "Jacksonville Cal." circular datestamp with unclear date on buff cover to Lowell, Massachusetts, with large "Overland" illustrated four-horse stagecoach design, Boyd imprint, a wonderful design with banners including the names of San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis and New York, Very Fine, a rare and attractive example of this stagecoach design, ex West and Dr. Polland, with 1992 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 2,000-3,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 2,600.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:16:24 EST
Sold For 2600

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 342
Symbol: C
Cat No: 35

image "Via Panama" illustrated steamship design on a cover from Timbuctoo, California

10¢ Green, Type V (35), three wide margins, cancelled by segmented grid, "Timbuctoo Cal. Jul. 30" circular datestamp on cover to Almont, Michigan, with "Via Panama" illustrated sidewheel steamship design, Randal & Co. of Marysville imprint, barely reduced at left, couple tiny trivial edge tears, Very Fine, a beautiful and rare woodcut "Via Panama" design, ex Dr. Polland, with 1995 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 2,000-3,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,600.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:17:05 EST
Sold For 1600

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 343
Symbol: C
Cat No: 9

image 1¢ and 3¢ 1851 Issue on Wells Fargo & Co. Express cover to Cincinnati via New York

1¢ Blue, Type IV (9), recut once at top and twice at bottom, huge margins to in, used with vertical pair of 3¢ Dull Red, Type I (11), large margins to barely in at lower left, on 3¢ Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to Cincinnati, red "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Sacramento" oval handstamp applied to entire before stamps were affixed, also with blue "State [?], Paid, Office" oval handstamp at lower left, entered mails in New York City with stamps tied by "N. York Steamship" dateless circle handstamps

Fine appearance; stamps lifted and hinged in place to reveal the express markings, cover has been cleaned and edges improved, tiny tear at top right corner.

This is an extremely rare use of 1851 Issue stamps on a Wells Fargo & Company entire from Sacramento to Cincinnati, which was carried outside the government mails until it reached New York City. It is illustrated in Ashbrook, The United One Cent Stamp of 1851-1857, Volume 2 (p. 267), where he notes "this cover shows a California origin but no California postmark, showing it was carried outside of the mails to New York where it was marked with the 'N. York Steamship.' This cover may have gone by an independent line via Panama but it is more than probable it was the Nicaragua route."

Ex Dr. Scott Polland, George J. Kramer and Joseph Hackmey. (Image)

E. $ 2,000-3,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 2,100.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:17:28 EST
Sold For 2100
Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 344
Symbol: C
Cat No: Pony Express

image Clear strike of the San Francisco Running Pony handstamp on eastbound Pony Express cover with 1859 10¢ Type V--a beautiful adhesive-stamped cover

10¢ Green, Type V (35), rich color, centered to bottom, tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Saint Joseph Mo. Dec. 12" (1860) double-circle datestamp on November 26, 1860, blue folded letter (in German) to New York City, blue "Pony Express San Francisco Nov. 28" Running Pony oval handstamp struck at left, second part strike at right also ties stamp, black "The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Dec. 11" oval datestamp

Very Fine. A beautiful cover with clear strikes of each marking. This is one of the finest Pony Express covers with a 10¢ 1857 stamp.

This cover was carried on the Pony trip departing San Francisco on Saturday, November 28, 1860, and arriving at St. Joseph 13 days later on December 11. The Pony Express rate at this time was $2.50 per quarter ounce, which was paid in cash. The 10¢ stamp paid the transcontinental U.S. postage.

Ex Edward S. Knapp, Louis Grunin and "Sevenoaks." Frajola-Kramer-Walske census E23. Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 256). With 1988 P.F. certificate. (Image)

E. $ 15,000-20,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 23,000.00

Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:18:54 EST
Sold For 23000

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