Lot 1001California Penny Post Co., 1855-59, 7¢ black, impressed on U.S. 3¢ envelope (No. U9), and company ad on backflap listing nine offices, addressed to Grass Valley (one of the nine offices), manuscript canceled with "Forest City, Cal., Jany 19" cds (SIE-550, R5) with manuscript date, trivial cover edge wear, Very Fine and choice, an extremely rare California Penny Post usage from Forest City in Sierra County.
Scott No. 34LU12 $4,500.
ONE OF FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE PENNY POST 7¢ ORNATE BOXED FRANK ON A NESBITT WHITE ENVELOPE AND UNIQUE TO THE GRASS VALLEY OFFICE FOR DISTRIBUTION.
Lot 1002California Penny Post Co., 1855-59, 7¢ black on buff, fresh envelope addressed to San Francisco, franked with 1851, 3¢ dull red, two singles (different shades) for double rate, tied by "Camptonville, Cal., Feb 14" cds (YUB-260, R4), reverse with docketing "Recd 16th at 12½P.M."; small light corner stamp at top right, Very Fine.
Scott No. 34LU11+11 Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
THE ONLY KNOWN DOUBLE RATE EXAMPLE OF THE PENNY POST 7¢ PLAIN BOXED FRANK ON BUFF ENVELOPE - ONLY EIGHT USAGES OF THIS FRANK RECORDED.