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United States Stamps continued...

3c 1851-57 Issues - Carriers, Locals and Western Mails
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619 c Image3c 1851 Issue with Carriers & Locals. Four covers bearing a single No. 11 or 11A, including used from Philadelphia with 1c Eagle Carrier (LO2), from New York with Swarts' City Dispatch (136L10), from Philadelphia with acid tied Blood's adhesive and finally from New York with handstamped Cornwall's Madison Square Post Office, a few minor flaws, overall Fine group (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $350.00
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620 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, ample margins to touched at bottom, tied by "New-York Sep. 27" (1854) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Rochester N.Y., clear strike of "Independent Line/Ahead of the Mails/Uncle Sam/and North Star/Via. Panama." oval handstamp, sender's directive"per Ind Steamer Uncle Sam, Sep. 1st 1854" at top, letter references the Uncle Sam sailing at 3 o'clock that afternoon, choice condition stamps, cover and marking

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE VANDERBILT "AHEAD OF THE MAILS, UNCLE SAM" PROPAGANDA HANDSTAMP. THIS LETTER WAS CARRIED ON THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE UNCLE SAM ON THE PANAMA ROUTE.

This Independent Line was created by Cornelius Vanderbilt as an opposition line between California and New York via Panama, from August 17, 1853, thru September 1, 1854. His handstamps typically boasted that these sailings would be "Ahead of the Mails", implying faster delivery to the opposite coast.

Ex Haas and Kramer. Illustrated in Letters of Gold on p. 100 (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
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621 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Two singles, bottom stamp with small faults, cancelled by three neat penstrokes with bold strike of "Nicaragua Line/In Advance/Of The Mail." oval handstamp on east-to-west cover to Stockton Cal., upon arrival in San Francisco handed over to Adams Express for transmission to Stockton and struck with blue "Adams & Co's Express San Francisco" serrated oval handstamp over the Nicaragua marking

VERY FINE AND VERY RARE EAST-TO-WEST COVER WITH A NICARAGUA "IN ADVANCE OF THE MAILS" MARKING, HANDLED BY ADAMS & CO. IN SAN FRANCISCO AND NEVER ENTERING THE REGULAR MAILS.

This type of Nicaragua Line” oval handstamp was used at New York on westbound mail and is much scarcer than the similarly-worded markings originating in California, struck on eastbound mail.

Illustrated in Ashbrook Vol. II, where he states, "Covers showing via Nicaragua markings that traveled from east to west are extremely rare." He further comments that he had only seen four such examples. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,900.00
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622 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, large margins to touched including part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by "New-York Ship Jan. 9" circular datestamp, with blue "Via Nicaragua/In Advance of the Mails/Sullivan" double oval handstamp on buff cover to Freetown Assonet Mass., right stamp with light diagonal crease, missing part of backflap and small stain at top, Very Fine appearance, a scarce and desirable example of the "Via Nicaragua" marking from the Sullivan News Office in San Francisco, with 2010 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $600.00
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623 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Vertical pair, bright color, full margins to touched, bottom stamp light horizontal crease, tied by "New-York Ship Oct. 27" circular datestamp on buff cover to Waldoboro Me., with blue "Via Nicaragua/Ahead of the Mails" framed handstamp, manuscript "I sent two papers", Very Fine, ex Hulme, with 1989 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
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624 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Tied by "New-York Jul. 9" circular datestamp with red "Freeman & Co.'s Express, San Francisco" oval handstamp (Thomas FRE-103) on buff cover to Cambridge Mass., matching "Reply by/Freeman & Cos. Express" two-line backstamp, stamp with couple tiny edge flaws, appears Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $325.00
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625 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to barely touched at bottom, tied by "Sacramento City Cal. Jul. 28, 1857" circular datestamp on buff cover to Bates Ranch Cal. with "Pacific Express Co. Paid" illustrated horse and rider corner card struck in blue (Thomas PAC-005), some very minor edgewear, Very Fine, this frank is very rare struck in blue with fewer than ten recorded, this is the only example pictured in the Western Express Companies census bearing an adhesive stamp (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $400.00
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626 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Ample to large margins at sides, in at top and bottom, tied by clear strike of blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Steamboat" in ornamental frame handstamp on buff cover to Sacramento, 1854 use after U.S. Post Office Dept. issued order requiring that U.S. postage be paid on express mail but before conversion to postal stationery, backflap removed, light scoring lines on cover (one touches stamp), otherwise Very Fine, this Wells, Fargo & Co. handstamp was used on mail carried on steamboats on the Sacramento River, ex Lichtenstein, Baker and "New Helvetia", 1993 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $500.00
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627 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Rich color, single short perf at right, tied by blue-green target cancel with matching "St. Joseph Mo. Mar. 21" double-circle datestamp on orange-buff cover to Wallingford Conn. with "The Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, Denver City K.T. Mar. 11" oval datestamp, some very minor edge toning, Very Fine west-to-east express cover, this company ran a stage route and operated the Pony Express in 1860-61 (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $225.00
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628 c Image"Per Pony Express from San Francisco, May 11th, 1860." Manuscript sender's endorsement on cover addressed to Rev. Thomas B. Fox, Office of the Christian Examiner, Boston, Mass., 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "New-York May 25, 1860" circular datestamp, with one page of original enclosure datelined "By Pony Express, San Francisco, Friday morning, May 11, 1860" with pithy comments about life in California, including this reference to the pony express: "I send you a word of greeting through the Rocky Mountains. Is not the pony express a right down California institution -- snorting through the passes of the Rocky Mountains at a rate that beats the steamer eight days clean in getting letters through to New York & Boston. Prices are moderate -- $5 a letter: Cheap for the luxury of writing to you..."; also mentions "Walker's filibustering generals" and remarks that San Francisco has burned down four times, stamp has trivial corner crease and faint stain

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF AN "INTERIOR" PONY EXPRESS COVER, CARRIED IN A FRANKED ENTIRE TO NEW YORK CITY AND MAILED FROM THERE WITH A 3-CENT 1857 STAMP. THIS COVER CROSSED NEVADA AS LOCAL MILITIA UNDER THE COMMAND OF MAJOR WILLIAM ORMSBY WERE WIPED OUT BY PAIUTE INDIANS IN THE FIRST BATTLE OF PYRAMID LAKE ON MAY 12, 1860.

This cover was carried on the eastbound Pony Express trip that departed San Francisco on Friday, May 11, 1860. This express passed through Carson City in Nevada on May 12, the same day that Major William Ormsby's army was annihilated at the First Battle of Pyramid Lake. The San Francisco Bulletin (June 13, 1860) published the following report from St. Louis, dated May 24, confirming the arrival of the May 11 express ten days later on May 21: "The Pony Express which left San Francisco May 11th, arrived on the 21st. A rider was killed by the Indians on the California end. Mail and dispatches saved."

The cover offered here is the only one recorded for this May 11 trip (FKW Census E4A). It has the sender’s directive to go by the May 11 Pony Express from San Francisco, but no express markings. It was carried inside another envelope, reached St. Joseph on May 21, and after it was carried to New York City, this interior envelope was mailed and postmarked on May 25.

Information about the addressee, Reverend Thomas B. Fox, may be found at http://www.frsuu.org/serm45.htm

FKW Census E4A. Ex Pearce, Jessup, Piller and Lyons. 1990 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies. (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $13,500.00
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629 c Image3c Rose, Ty. I (25). Horizontal pair, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A) and 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), tied by "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 21, 1859" circular datestamp with "OVERLAND MAIL,/VIA: 'LOS ANGELES.'" oddly punctuated two-line imprint on plain envelope to Danielsonville Conn., slightly reduced at left and gently cleaned, Fine, a most unusual mixed-issue combination on a very rare Overland Mail imprint envelope (this is the only example in our Levi records), ex Jarrett (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction

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