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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale: 1223

United States
California and Western Mails

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8467
Symbol: C
Cat No: 34LU10a

image California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on White entire (34LU10a; Frajola Type 3D). Mostly clear strike of "Oroville/Cal." two-line handstamp with manuscript "June 2" (1856) date, addressed to "Peney Post" with San Francisco street address, expertly cleaned and some minor cosmetic improvements, Very Fine appearance, late use of this scarce entire, the California Penny Post was started on June 25, 1855, and lasted approximately one year -- this is the only example of any Penny Post Co. entire in the Frajola census with the Oroville straightline, ex Lyons, with 2002 P.S.E. certificate stating "cleaned and restored" but the are no paper additions or sealed tears except on the backflap (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 550.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:29:05 EST
Sold For 550

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8468
Symbol: C
Cat No: Cal. Penny Post

image California Penny Post Co., San Francisco (unlisted; Frajola Type 6C). Interior envelope, "Penny Post Co. San Francisco" double-line circle handstamp lightly but legibly struck on printed entire with printed instructions at top and "Care of the Penny-Post Co." directive at bottom, San Francisco street address, 50mm sealed tear at right, otherwise Fine, this is the only recorded example in Frajola census, ex Knapp, Hertz, Golden and Lyons (Image)

E. $ 500-750

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 325.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:29:41 EST
Sold For 325

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8469
Symbol: C
Cat No: San Francisco Letter Expr

image San Francisco City Letter Express. Two-line framed handstamp in greenish blue with matching strike of seldom-seen "Rec'd... M" framed time-stamp on yellow cover to local street address, pencil "Valentine" at left, repaired flap tear which extends into top of cover, Very Fine appearance, the "Rec'd" marking is proof that the San Francisco Letter Express prepared envelopes for patrons, presumably the purpose of this ancillary marking was to record the time the letter was received by the post -- we do not know of another example, this local post was operated by William E. Loomis (who later purchased Carnes City Letter Express) from 1860-61, ex Hahn and Lyons (Image)

E. $ 500-750

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 500.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:30:24 EST
Sold For 500

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8470
Symbol: C
Cat No: San Francisco City Letter

image San Francisco City Letter Express. Ornately framed rectangular handstamp struck in blue on yellow cover addressed in ink to "Col., Warren, Mason & Pacific" and with pencil street address, extensive docketing on back, small tears at top from opening, Very Fine strike of this scarce San Francisco local, ex Haas, with 2006 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 500-750

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 375.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:30:52 EST
Sold For 375

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8471
Symbol: C
Cat No: California Letter Express

image California Letter Express Co. (Hoogs & Madison), San Francisco, Black Printed Frank. Four-line inscription and "PAID" handstamp, unaddressed, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of this style printed frank -- a small number of private posts operated in San Francisco during the 1862 to 1867 period, including Frey's Valentine Express, Appleton's Valentine Express, Hoogs & Madison, Robinson & Co., George A. Carnes, William E. Loomis, Gahagan & Howe and the San Francisco City Letter Express (under different owners); stamps and franked envelopes were issued by these local posts -- the distinctive horse-and-rider design is the better known of the California Letter Express Co. franked envelopes with only four recorded by Lyons; this is the only recorded example of this style without the horse-and-rider design -- ex Lyons (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 400.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:31:25 EST
Sold For 400

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8472
Symbol: C
Cat No: 123LU2a

image Private Post Office, San Francisco, 15c Blue on 3c White entire (123LU2a on U58). Elaborately framed frank with letter mailing instructions on 3c Pink entire, blue "Private Post Office No. 5 Kearny St. S.F. June 3" double-circle datestamp cancels embossed stamp, second strike on back, to local address, some staining on front, Very Fine appearance, this is the only recorded used example of the San Francisco Private Post Office local printed frank printed on white -- according to research by John Bowman and Gordon Stimmell (see Penny Post Oct. 2005, pp. 24-25 and Chronicle No. 208, p. 271), the Private Post Office changed its name to the Public Letter Office -- or the other way around depending on one's interpretation of the dates and the evidence connecting the two from the back of a corner cut for the Private Post Office in Stimmell's collection -- before it was believed that the two operations were separate and this is the reason for the separate Scott Catalogue listings (123LU and 125LU) -- ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Lyons, Scott value $4,750.00 (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 650.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:32:18 EST
Sold For 650

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8473
Symbol: C
Cat No: Gahagan & Howe

image Gahagan & Howe's City Express, San Francisco. Clearly struck grayish-blue double-line oval "City G. & H. Express/423 Washn St. S.E. Cor/Sansome St." on cover to local address, "F. Boilleau San Francisco" sender's red double oval handstamp, Very Fine, a scarce San Francisco local post handstamp, Dennis Gahagan and C.E.B. Howe bought Robinson's & Co. San Francisco Letter Express from John C. Robinson in 1864 and sold out to Loomis in early 1865, the office at 423 Washington was only two blocks from the Wells, Fargo office, ex Lyons, with 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

E. $ 300-400

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 350.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:32:51 EST
Sold For 350

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8474
Symbol: C
Cat No: By Telegraph Office, Cali

image By Telegraph. Office (California State Telegraph Company). Bold blue four-line notched corner rectangular handstamp continuing "No. 159 Clay St. San Francisco. Cal." on ca. 1854 buff cover to local addressee, Very Fine and scarce, ex Lyons, with 2012 P.F. certificate, 1993 ASCC No. 266, Rarity 7 (Image)

E. $ 150-200

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 80.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:33:29 EST
Sold For 80

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8475
Symbol: C
Cat No: 12LU1

image Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU1). On 2c Green entire (U311) to Fresno Cal., Overman Wheel Co. handstamp, "Fresno Cal. Jul. 15 4:30PM 1894" datestamp and duplex oval grid cancel, backstamped with purple Jul. 15, 1894 "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, accompanying certificate notes light toning and a light central file fold, both of which are utterly inconsequential, Extremely Fine and very rare, neither of the two Bicycle Mail Route entires are frequently seen, a review using Power Search located only one other example of both Scott 12LU1 and 12LU2 (on amber entire) outside of this sale, ex Geisler, with 2009 P.F. certificate, Scott value $1,750.00 (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 950.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:34:28 EST
Sold For 950

Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8476
Symbol: C
Cat No: 12LU2

image Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU2). On 2c Green on Amber entire (U312) to San Francisco, Overman Wheel Co. handstamp, "Gilroy Cal. Jul 14 1894" circular datestamp and cork cancel over indicia, backstamped with purple Jul. 11, 1894 "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, cover with tear at bottom right corner tear, still Very Fine and extremely rare, neither of the two Bicycle Mail Route entires are frequently seen, a review using Power Search located only one other example of both Scott 12LU1 and 12LU2 (on amber entire) outside of this sale, Scott Retail $1,750.00 (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 750.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:35:00 EST
Sold For 750
Sale No: 1223
Lot No: 8477
Symbol: C
Cat No: 12LU2

image Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU2). On 2c Green on Amber entire (U312), cancelled by parallel bars, 2c embossed stamp cancelled by grid, "Fresno Cal. Jul. 20 8:30 AM 1894" circular datestamp to local address, purple "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" illustrated backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, scarce, Scott value $1,750.00 (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 800.00


Closed..Jun-04-2020, 17:35:29 EST
Sold For 800

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