Lot 1240Forwarded by Macondray & Co, San Francisco, red oval forwarder handstamp on back of folded letter to Boston with "San Francisco, Jan. 14" cds (Williams SAF-260) and boxed "40" rate handstamp, some staining on reverse, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1241Forwarded by Thomas O. Larkin, Monterey, California, clear strike of oval forwarder handstamp on flap of blue folded letter datelined "Boston January 15th 1845" to Ship Vandalia, on the Coast of Upper California, letter states it is being sent care of Midshipman Charles Henry Caldwell who sails from Portsmouth in a few days for the Pacific; some paper loss on flap affects oval, Very Fine, ex-Hackett.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN EARLY LETTER FROM BOSTON TO SHIP "VANDALIA" ON COAST OF UPPER CALIFORNIA WITH THE RARE THOMAS O. LARKIN OF MONTEREY, ALTA CALIFORNIA FORWARDING HANDSTAMP, THE FIRST AND ONLY UNITED STATES CONSUL TO ALTA CALIFORNIA.
Letters to the West Coast of North America prior to January 1849 were carried privately and forwarded by a network of agents and U.S. consuls making use of whatever vessels were available. Thomas O. Larkin arrived in California in 1832 and was appointed the first and only U.S. Consul to Alta California (then part of Mexico) at Monterey on May 1, 1843 by President James K. Polk. This was to become a turbulent time leading up to Mexican War and Larkin played an important part in diplomatic relations. He also served as a mail forwarder in addition to other diplomatic duties until 1846, when war broke out with Mexico and he was captured by the Mexican Army.
Lot 1242Forwarded Via Nicaragua, From Noisy Carriers Publishing Hall, San Francisco, green framed handstamp on cover to Oyster Bay, Long Island N.Y. bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) horizontal pair tied by "New-York 'Ship' Jan 2" cds, manuscript "Mis-Sent & Forwd" and partial red "Oyster Bay N.Y." circular handstamp with matching manuscript "Jan. 6th" dating to New York City address; light water staining, cover with stains beginning to appear from non-archival tape that should be removed, F.-V.F.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Noisy acted as a forwarding agent in San Francisco in the period 1852 to 1856 and took in mails for Cornelius Vanderbilt's Line via Nicaragua.
Lot 1243Stmr. Sierra Nevada, Via Nicaragua in Advance of the Mails, blue oval handstamp on ca. 1854 cover to Branchport N.Y., franked with 1851, 3¢ dull red, pair tied by "New - York, Ship, Oct 9" cds; light cover wear, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 11A Estimate $300 - 400.