(Mexican - American War) Major Archive of Military Life in Mexican War. Archive consists of 9 long letters from Members of the Anson County, North Carolina Volunteers covering the critical period of March 1847 to March 1848, totaling 23 pages and approximately. 6,000 words, seven are dated and postmarked with varying types of "Brazos" straightlines; one has a light New Orleans cds, and one was hand carried, the 8 postmarked letters...
Auction # 72 - Gems of Philately
By: Schuyler J. Rumsey Auctions, Inc.
Schuyler J. Rumsey Auctions, Inc. Auction # 72 - Gems of Philately
Welcome to our March 21, 2017 Gems of Philately auction featuring a spectacular array of exceptional stamps and covers. There are 500 lots with strong United States stamps and covers, as well as foreign. The auction is being held in our offices. Browse the entire sale at www.rumseyauctions.com. A limited number of printed catalogs are available.
Please note this sale takes place at the Schuyler Rumsey office at 47 Kearny St Suite 500, San Francisco CA on March 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM PST. Lots 1-500.
Presale Viewing is scheduled in our offices March 17-20, 2017 (10am-5pm).
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Lot #2 - united states postal history historic documents
(George Washington) Last Letter Dictated by George Washington in the Hand of His Secretary, Tobias Lear. Autograph Letter, one page with George Washington's watermark, unsigned to John Halsey datelined "Mount Vernon, Decr. 13th: 1799" ordering Madeira win for Washington one day before his death, in the letter Lear tells Halsey, a New York merchant, that a Mr. J.M. Pintard had offered to sell George Washington "one or two pipes" of...
Lot #3 - united states postal history western express covers
A.J. Oliver & Co.'s Bannock and Salt Lake City Express (Thomas BAN-101). Sharp bold strike on light yellow Stuart correspondence cover bearing 3¢ rose (65), trivial light corner crease, tied by four-ring target, matching "West Liberty Ioa. Dec 5" cds to Virginia City, Idaho Territory, endorsed "via Salt Lake City", Very Fine and choice, with 2016 P.F. certificate.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot #4 - united states postal history western express covers
Beekman's Express, Jacksonville, O.T. Red oval handstamp (Thomas BEE-100) on 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Scottsburg, O., canceled by blue "Wells Fargo & Co. Express, S.Frco., Feb 22" origin cds with black printed franked at top, placed the U.S. mails by Beekman's with "Jacksonville, Ogn., Mar 6" cds, forwarded to Roseburg with "Scottsburg, Or." cds and pencil due "3cts" below printed frank, manuscript "1860" docketing at left, ...
Lot #5 - united states postal history western express covers
"C. O. C. and P.P. Express". Central Overland California and Pikes Peak express company endorsement and matching "Paid" on 3¢ red on buff (U27) star die entire to Spring Gulch, Colorado Territory, "Sumner, Kansas, Jul 29, 1861" origin cds backstamp and partial strike cancelling indicia, additional express endorsement "Paid Murphy 10¢" at left paying for the letter's final destination in Western Colorado Territory; edge faults...
Lot #6 - united states postal history western express covers
Dodge & Co.'s Express (Forwarded by). Red oval handstamp (Thomas DOD-300) on cover to Saint Louis, Mo., with manuscript "Paid, to N.O." (New Orleans) endorsement at upper right, given to a contract steamer from New Orleans for New York where it entered the mails with red "New - York, 10cts., Apr 20" cds, Very Fine, the only west to east coast usage of the Dodge & Co. forwarder handstamp.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500...
Lot #7 - united states postal history western express covers
Tracy & Co.'s Express, Portland. Blue oval handstamp (TRA-101) on legal size cover John Owen and addressed to Genl. J.W. Denver in Sacramento, Cal. and endorsed "Care Wells, Fargo & Co. Express line Portland, Oregon", franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red, type IV tied by "Vancouver, W.T., Sep 21" cds, Tracy connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. in Portland with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Portland, Sep 24"...
Lot #8 - united states postal history western express covers
Tracy & Co.'s Express., Paid. Ornate box frank (Thomas TRA-005) on 3¢ Nesbitt entire addressed to Roseburg, O., canceled by blue "Tracy & Co. Express, Portland" oval handstamp, printed "From, H. Rosenfeld & Co., Wholesale & Retail Dealers…Portland, Oregon" corner card with manuscript re-addressing and "Dec 30/60" date, Very Fine and choice, ex-Barkhausen, Haas and Kramer.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot #9 - united states postal history western express covers
Paid Over Tracy & Co's Oregon Express. Three-line printed frank in conjunction with Wells, Fargo & Co. frank, printed over 3¢ indicia (Thomas TRA-002)) at top right on 3¢ Nesbitt entire (U10) addressed to "Walla Walla (Village) near New Fort Walla Walla W.T." in Washington Territory, bold clear strike of blue "Tracy & Cos. Express, Portland" oval handstamp; lightly soiled & most of flap missing, Very Fine,...
Lot #10 - united states postal history western express covers
Wells Fargo & Co., 1883-88, Blue Newspaper Stamp. Tied by purple "Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express, San Francisco Cal. Sep 22 1888" oval date stamp on cover to local street address, Very Fine.
Scott No. 143LP9; $2,400; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A VERY RARE USE OF THIS WELLS FARGO & CO. NEWSPAPER ISSUE ON COVER - WITH ONLY A FEW EXAMPLES KNOWN.
This is one of the finest known usages of this...
Lot #11 - united states postal history western express covers
Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed "Paid Over Our Mexican and California Express - - 35 Cts." frank on 3¢ green entire to Paris, France bearing Mexico 25c Hidalgo, "Ures" (109) cancelled by manuscript, partial strike of "Franco En Banamichi" oval postmark, indicia cancelled by black "New York, Dec 31" exchange cds, black "50" handstamp, blue Cherbourg (1.13.75) entry cds and matching "12" decimes due handstamp, Paris Poste Restante...
Lot #12 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(Arkansas) "Arkansas 29 April". Manuscript territorial postmark on 1828 folded letter to Bangor Me., interesting letter to writer's brother, mentioning bad weather including hurricanes, going to the lead mines in Missouri and "matrimonial affairs… still unsettled,", Very Fine and rare.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.
Lot #13 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(California) Monterey, Cal. Folded letter datelined "U.S. Ship Warren, Monterey, December 28th. 1848" and with Monterey "Ship 8" manuscript rating to Doct. Robert F. Maccom, U.S. Ship Ohio, Mazatlan, Mexico, manuscript endorsement "Per brig Euphemia", interesting content, Extremely Fine.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.
A FASCINATING EARLY NAVAL CALIFORNIA COVER FROM MONTEREY SENT JUST AFTER THE MEXICAN WAR.
Lot #14 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(Colorado) Denver Colo. May 12. Territorial cds duplexed with grid cancel ties 10¢ brown, 12¢ blackish violet (Scott 161, 162) on 1874 cover to Bombay, India, red "Chicago Ill. Am. Pkt. '18' " credit exchange postmark, red London (6.1.74) transit and matching "1d" colonial credit handstamp also ties stamps, Sea Post Office (6.19) backstamp, Very Fine and rare use from Colorado Territory to India, signed by...
Lot #15 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(Colorado) Fort Garland Colo Apr 15. Partial clear strike of cds with matching quartered corks on 2¢ brown (157) pair and 6¢ dull pink (159) on Col. James Bassel correspondence cover to Hong Kong, China at the 10¢ trans-pacific rate, endorsed "Via San Francisco" at lower left, Hong Kong (6.5.75) arrival backstamp, top part of letter only with "Fort Garland C.T., April 15/75" dateline accompanies; small opening...
Lot #16 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(Illinois - Chicago) Washn. City, Mar 23. Cds with matching free handstamp "H. Dearborn" free frank signature on folded War Department cover to Philadelphia Pa., original letter (separated) datelined "War Department, March 23d. 1805" and reads "Your letter of the 19th inst. is received. Orders will be sent to Mr Ingels to deliver the white cotton cloths for printing. The Factory at Chikago will be substituted for that...
Lot #17 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(New Mexico) Cimarron, New Mexico, Aug 17 1867. Bold strike of blue double-circle datestamp with manuscript "Paid 3¢" rating on orange cover to Delaware Oh., original enclosed letter datelined "Cimarron New Mexico Aug 17th/67" with farmer telling of problems in harvesting hay for government; reduced slightly at right, upper right corner repair, Fine and rare, with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.
Lot #18 - united states postal history Postal Markings Arranged by State
(Wyoming) Ft. Laramie, O.R., June 15. Complete sharp strike of cds with manuscript date on folded letter to New York City, manuscript "5" rate at top, with three-page letter datelined "Encampment opposite Fort Laramie, June 9th, 1852", letter with interesting content regarding the trip out west…We helped to shoot a Buffalo and one of our young men an Antelope so they had fresh meat plenty. The Indians keep away from us for fear of the...
Lot #19 - united states postal history foreign mail
1814 (Nov. 20) Canton, China to Boston, Mass. via Saybrook Ct. Dateline on folded letter with "Canton Novr 20th. 1814" to Boston Mass., endorsed "Favd. by Capt. Wm Cook", entered mails after 9 months at sea with manuscript "SayBrook Sept 9" 1815 postmark and matching "Sh 20¾" war surcharge rating for 18¾¢ inland postage (12½¢ plus 50% war surcharge) plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot #20 - united states postal history foreign mail
1820 (Aug. 5) New York N.Y. to London, England. Datelined folded letter with bold strike of red "Ship.Atlantic * W. Matlock * Sailed Octo. 6." fancy oval handstamp, "Liverpool / Ship Letter" framed handstamp and manuscript "3/2" 3s2d due rating for double rate letter (2x 8d ship letter, 2x 11d inland), reverse with London (11.3.1820) arrival backstamp and London Penny Post datestamp; some edge wear, Very Fine and choice...
Lot #21 - united states postal history foreign mail
1835 (Mar. 21) Malaga, Spain to New York N.Y. via Philadelphia. Datelined folded letter endorsed "p. Franklin via Philadelphia", entered mails with red "Phila, 10 May" octagon datestamp and matching Full-Rigged Ship octagon handstamp and "14½" cent rating for 2¢ ship fee plus 12½¢ inland postage to New York, choice and Very Fine, ex-Vernon Morris Jr., with 1997 P.F. certificate.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot #22 - united states postal history foreign mail
(Hudson Bay Company) "En Route, August 7th, 1838" to London, England. Datelined folded Autograph Letter Signed with integral address leaf of A.M. McLeod written while with the Hudson's Bay Co. canoe brigade express traveling from Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca to York Factory on Hudson's Bay via Norway House to Chief Factor John Stewart in London, carried by H.B.C. ship to England arriving with stepped "Deal/Ship Letter" handstamp...
Lot #23 - united states postal history foreign mail
1840s Great Britain to New York N.Y. "Consignee" endorsement on Arbitration of War, Universal Brotherhood, Freedom of Commerce engraved illustrated envelope with J. Valentine Dundee imprint, carried transatlantic as a consignee's letter, entered the mails with New York "6" in circle due handstamp for an incoming ship letter to the port of arrival; some faults and slightly refolded, Very Fine appearance, a rare used...
Lot #24 - united states postal history foreign mail
1851 (Aug. 14) Edinburgh, Scotland to Boston, Mass. Red "Paid at Edinh AU 14" origin postmark with red manuscript "1/-" shilling prepaid rating on Ocean Penny Postage illustrated propaganda design envelope, State 5a, J. Valentine imprint at left, Johnstone imprint at bottom, Liverpool (8.16) backstamp and matching red "5/Cents" credit handstamp to U.S., carried by Cunard Line Asia from Liverpool Aug. 16th to New York arriving...
Lot #25 - united states postal history foreign mail
1859 (Feb. 18) Camp Floyd, Utah Territory to Dublin, Ireland. Choice strike of rimless "Camp Floyd, U.T., February 18" cds and matching "Paid 3" in arc overwritten with manuscript "24" rating at upper right on buff cover to Dublin, Ireland, New York reddish black "19" credit handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Asia from New York Mar. 30th to Liverpool arriving Apr. 10th, sharp strike of "America, Paid, Dublin, AP 11 1859" (...