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The George J. Kramer Collection of Western Trails and Routes continued...

Western Towns - Oregon continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
3121       image"O&C RR Sept 27 -73". Oregon & California Railroad manuscript postmark with matching squiggle on 3¢ green (147) on cover to Roseburg Ore., original letter headlined "Comstock Coalbank", also includes Oregon and California Railroad company ticket; some soiling, Fine, ex-Helbock.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
3122       imageOregon, 1862-84. Group of 4 covers including manuscript "The Dalles Ogn, Sept 19/62" postmark with 10¢ #68 to Wisc.; No. Canyonville Or. with #65 to Roseburg Or., Portland Ore. on #U58 to New London Conn., and 1884 Grant's Pass, Jackson County Ore. duplex on #210 to Jacksonville Ore.; some faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Towns - Texas
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
3123       imageBelton, Tex. Jun 1. Cds ties 5¢ blue, Stone 2 (4), position 38, four margins, over indicia of U.S. 3¢ red (U27) buff star die entire to Fort Worth Tex., endorsed "Via Dallas" at bottom left, circa 1862; reduced at left with small corner flaw, stamp lifted and placed adjacent to show indicia, Very Fine, signed Kimbrough.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

The addressee, Mrs. Junius W. Smith was the wife of a prominent Fort Worth area attorney.
(Image1)
Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3124       imageCamp Rice, Texas, Sep 19, 188. Cds duplexed with matching cancel on yellow cover to Knoxville Ill., Sep. 20th receiving backstamp, reduced slightly at right, Very Fine, ex-Willard on his exhibit page with hand-drawn map.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Camp Rice was a garrisoned military post established in 1884. It was first noted in the Postal Guide of 1885. The camp was located about 50 miles south of El Paso on the Rio Grande. It was on the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railroad probably to protect against the Apache incursion into Mexico via Texas.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $240.00
Will close during Public Auction
3125       imageEagle Pass Tex, Oct 28. Bold strike of cds ties C.S.A. 5¢ blue (7) horizontal pair, large margins to in at left, on blue folded cover that originated in Mexico to San Antonio, carried out of the mails across the River to Eagle Pass, docketed on reverse "October 23 - 1862, Don Jesus Silba on Flour + Wheat", Very Fine.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

Eagle Pass, Texas is located on the east bank of the Rio Grande River directly across from Piedras Negras, Mexico. It was adjacent to Fort Duncan that was built in 1849. Texas seceded from the Union February 1st 1861 and joined the Confederacy March 6th 1861. After that date the fort was garrisoned by Confederate troops until the end of the war. On March 23rd 1868, it was reoccupied by Federal troops. This folded cover originated somewhere in Mexico and was carried privately to Eagle Pass where it was placed in the Confederate mails.
(Image1)
Est. $3,000-4,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3126       imageHouston, Texas "May 2nd". Fancy red cds with manuscript date and matching red "X" rating handstamp on 1840 folded letter to New York N.Y., F.-V.F. use from the Texas Republic period.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
3127       image1858 (Jun. 11) Calmar, Sweden to Austin, Texas. Cover with partial origin cds endorsed "Via Coeln & Ostende" at top, "Aachen" (6.17) transit cds and framed "Aus Schweden per Stralsund" handstamp, blue manuscript "2½" debit rating updated with large manuscript "17" debit rating, carried by Cunard Line Arabia from Liverpool Jun. 19th to Boston arriving Jun. 30th, reverse with "Boston, Br. Pkt. Jun 30" exchange cds and "42" cent due rating, flap with "Innocence" label, Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
3128       image1855 (Aug. 13) Springfield, Canada to Victoria Texas. Blue folded letter with indistinct blue cds and "3d" in circle rating handstamp crossed out and updated to "6d" in circle, black Hamilton (10.14.55) transit backstamp and matching "Canada 10 Cts." straightline exchange handstamp, Fine and rare, ex-Steinhart.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3129       image"Sherman Tex., Feb. 14th". Manuscript postmark with matching "10" cent rating on light blue cover to Trenton N.J., good content: "…I am off for California. I will start the first day of April next and take the route through the El Paso…the distance from this point to the southern extremity of the Sierra Nevada or Snow Mountains will be over 859 miles & we will make this in about 40 days…"; some red wax adherence, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Gold Mania - In 1848 gold was discovered in California. Those who could afford passage on a ship, usually took it. Many of the others - walked!
. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
3130 *      imageWaco Village Tex., Dec 7. Clear strike of cds cancels legal-size 6¢ red (U12) buff Nesbitt entire from nearby Fort Graham to the Commissioner of Pensions at Washington D.C.; reduced and restored, Fine and rare Texas usage.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
3131       imageTexas, 1870s-80s. Group of 4 comprising Fort Concho with #147 to Jacksonville Ill., 1886 Fort Davis with #210 to Whipple Barracks, Prescott Ariz. Terr., N. &M. Tex. R.R. railroad cds on 3¢ entire to Stoner Ky. (ex-Wyer); and stained Williamstown Mass. to Zulu 'Rifle Pits' Texas endorsed "Via Dodge City, Kansas", F.-V.F. group.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
Western Towns - Utah & Wisconsin
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
3132       image"Carson City, June 30/50" (Utah Territory). Manuscript postmark on 10¢ green (U16) buff Nesbitt entire to Middletown, R.I., endorsed "Via San Francisco" at lower left, missent and forwarded (most likely from New York), with photocopy of portion of original enclosure and excerpts from letter (Western Express, July 1990) datelined "Steam Boat Valley, June 18/59…I was a jeuror orn a caise at Egelle Valley, one William Sides kill one Jessip with a knife…It was proved to be a willfull murder, there being to (two) jeurors bribed in consequence and June 24…new mines (but 12 miles from here) the gold is so plenty that it yields $100 per bucket of dird and from that down to 10 cents per bucket of dird said to be the riches mines that was ever now in calfornia"; couple small cover tears at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
3133       imageEphraim, Utah, Jul 29 1887. Bold serrated cds duplexed with fancy negative star cancel ties 2¢ red brown (210) on cover to Manti, Utah, printed "Canute Peterson, Ephraim, Sanpete Co., Utah" corner card, receipt docketing, Very Fine, ex-Willard.
Estimate; $75 - 100. (Image1)
Est. $75-100
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
3134       imagePark City, Utah. Mar 7. Cds duplexed with target cancel ties 2¢ red brown (210) on cover with illustrated Crescent City Company corner card showing crescent moon, to Grand Rapids Mich., endorsed "care GR & I RR", Mar. 11th arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex-Willard on his exhibit page with hand-drawn map.
Estimate; $100 - 150.

Park City was in Summit County located about 25 miles east of Salt Lake City. It was a boom town for silver mining that did not fade out. The mines were opened about 1872 and in the 1880s, there were about 500 in operation. The Crescent Mining Company operated on Crescent Ridge.
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Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3135       image"G.S.L.C. Cal July 23/50". Manuscript postmark and matching "Paid 40" rating on 1850 orange buff cover to Clinton Wisc.; cover restored, Very Fine appearance, with clear 1994 P.S.E. certificate.
Estimate; $5,000 - 7,500.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS GREAT SALT LAKE CITY MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK DURING THE UNORGANIZED TERRITORY PERIOD.

This cover was carried by John Green and Benjamin Holladay, they left August 2nd and arrived in Kanesville on September 12th.
(Image1)
Est. $5,000-7,500
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
3136       image"Salt Lake Deseret, Nov 20 1850". Manuscript territorial postmark and matching "10" rating on blue folded letter from gold prospector W.R. Dickinson to his father William, datelined "November 14th 1850" and again on "November 19", the contents of this letter includes several significant references to the Mormon settlement in Salt Lake City, the writer was a gold prospector headed for California, begins by describing his journey: "…there was a plenty of mormons wageons teeams all along The road -- there was estemated to be aboute 15.00 [cross-out thru second 0] Mormons. There was game a plenty -- buffalo aplenty", followed by a description of buffalo hunting. The writer also mentions difficulties with Indians: "indeans hostile between hear, Salt lake and the mines" and gives an account of a Mormon party of 10 that was attacked (all but two killed). Reference is made to "the mail from Independence to Salt Lake 4 months in the year, once a month, it goes out in the morning at 10 oclock for the States" and "letters do not cost but 10 cents from hear to the States". Of the greatest significance are first-hand accounts of meeting Brigham Young with references to polygamy: "I have seen Brigam Younge and gave him Best wishes. Plade the fiddle for him to dance At a party. He has got some thirty or forty Spiritual Wives besides his own, and I talk of Takeing one for the winter as for life and What do you think of that, dad, do you think I am a goner, ha. I intend starting for Callafornia in the spring, I think. I sende my love to pardy and tell him that i will tell all aboute the Spiritual Wives when i come home…"; accompanied by a second letter from the same writer, datelined "State of Deserett, Salt lake City, May 29th 1851" with a report of Indian hostilities and dissatisfaction with the Mormon community., Very Fine.
Estimate; $10,000 - 15,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO OR THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE "DESERET" MORMON POSTAL MARKING.

On March 4, 1849, the Constitution for the provisional government of the State of Deseret was approved by the Mormons, and soon submitted to Congress for approval. As of September 9, 1850, Congress created portions of the requested area as Utah Territory, and as the State of California.

The first mail under the new Government contract from Independence to Salt Lake City was received in early November. This November 20th letter was carried on the first return eastbound mail. Assuming the first mail to Salt Lake City left before September 9th, the writer would not know that the petition for "the State of Deseret" had been rejected. However, he surely would have known by the time of his later May 29th 1851 letter.
(Image1)
Est. $10,000-15,000
SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
3137       image1851 (Aug. 29) Paris, France to Salt Lake City, Deseret. Blue folded cover addressed to Governor Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, Deseret, bearing France 25c blue (6) horizontal pair and 1F carmine (9), margins to touched, pair scissor cut between, tied by roller cancel, matching "Paris, 29 Aout 51" origin cds, small red "PD" framed handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Liverpool Sep. 6th to Boston arriving Sep. 17th, bold "Br. Packet, Boston, 17 Sep, 5" debit exchange cds, sent overland via Independence Mo.; small tear at right, Very Fine.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

A REMARKABLE TRANSATLANTIC USE FROM FRANCE ADDRESSED TO GOVERNOR BRIGHAM YOUNG AT SALT LAKE CITY, DESERET.

Cover was prepaid 150 centimes (15 decimes) per British packet to Boston. Effective with July 1851 rate change, the U.S. inland postage for under 3,000 miles was 5¢ collect. Evidently, the French writer did not know that the State of Deseret was not recognized.
(Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
3138       imageSalt Lake City, U. T. / Dec 1. Two-line territorial postmark and matching "5" rating on 1851 blue folded letter to Kanesville Ioa. datelined "November 7, Salt Lake City U.T.", writer mentions "…I and my family are well fixed in this valley…You will do well to bring your cows…"; reinforced edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $4,000 - 6,000.

THIS IS THE LATEST RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RARE TWO-LINE SALT LAKE CITY POSTMARK.

According to the July 9th 1851 Deseret News, "Eastern and Western Mails, The Mail Leaves this office (Salt Lake City) on the first day of every month for Independence and Sacramento." No mails arrived in Salt Lake City in December or January this winter. One can assume that this express was also substantially delayed in route. This two-line postmark is recorded from July 1st to December 1st 1851.
(Image1)
Est. $4,000-6,000
SOLD for $3,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
3139       imageSalt Lake City, Utah, May 1. Cds and matching "5" rating handstamp for unpaid rate on 1854 adversity cover made from printed East India Company form to Philadelphia Pa., Very Fine and scarce territorial use, The earliest recorded example of this Salt Lake City cds..
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Since the Post Office Department prohibited collect mail beginning April 1st 1855, this cover can be dated to 1854.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction
3140       imageSalt Lake City, Utah '5' Jul 1. Integral 5¢ due cds on 1854 gray folded cover to Edwardsville Ill., Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Since the Post Office Department prohibited collect mail beginning April 1st 1855, this cover can be dated to 1854.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction

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