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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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The John Drew Collection of Santa Cruz County

Lots 936-945 Lots 946-950

Lot 936    

(Santa Cruz - Branciforte) "Santa Cruz. Cal., Apl. 3", manuscript postmark on circa 1850 blue folded letter docketed from "A.A. Heecox, Inspector of Elections at Santa Cruz" to Peter H. Burnett, Governor of California; small edge tear, filing fold toning, Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

THE FINEST OF ONLY TWO RECORDED SANTA CRUZ USAGES DURING BRANCIFORTE COUNTY PERIOD.

First named Villa de Branciforte after the Marques de Branciforte, the 53rd Viceroy of Mexico. The pueblo was established July 24, 1797. The Mission Santa Cruz, 12th in the chain of California missions was founded Sept. 24th 1791. Branciforte County was established Feb. 18th 1850 and its name changed to Santa Cruz County when created April 5, 1850.

Peter H. Burnett was elected first Governor of California, November 13, 1849. The state capitol was at San Jose. John McDougal succeed Peter Burnett as Governor on Jan. 9th 1851, dating this cover to 1850.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 937    

(Santa Cruz) "Santa Cruz Cal, May 22", manuscript postmark (SCR-1400) and matching "40" cent rating on circa 1850 cover to Pine Bluff Ark.; some staining and repaired faults, Fine appearance.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED SANTA CRUZ POSTMARK AS SANTA CRUZ COUNTY.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 938    

(Santa Cruz) "Santa Cruz, Cal Jun 27", manuscript postmark and "Paid 12½" cent rating on blue 1851 folded cover to the Secretary of State at Benecia Cal., forwarded to Vallejo; receipt docketing on reverse, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 939    

(Santa Cruz) "Santa Cruz, Cal 22 Octo", manuscript postmark (SCR-1400) on two covers, first with manuscript "Paid 3cts" rating on blue 1852 folded cover to Hon. Winslow S. Pierce, Comp. of State, Vallejo Cal., endorsed "official"; other with manuscript "5" unpaid rating on cover front with top flap to Vallejo Cal., F.-V.F. and scarce pair of covers sent the same day at the prepaid 3¢ and unpaid 5¢ rates.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 940    

(Santa Cruz) Santa Cruz Cal. May 24 (SCR-1410) cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with manuscript "20c" rating on illustrated Four-Horse Stagecoach cover with "San Francisco via Los Angeles, U.S. Mail" banner, "St. Louis" and "New York" in flags, to Elgin Mich.; faint water stain, expert top right corner mend, Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A RARE SAN FRANCISCO VIA LOS ANGELES U.S. MAIL ILLUSTRATED COVER.

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Current Opening Bid: $475

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Lot 941    

(Santa Cruz) Santa Cruz Cal (SCR-1420) cds ties 10¢ green (68) on cover to Canandaigua N.Y. on Eagle and Shield patriotic design with "The Union-The Constitution, and the Enforcement of the Laws." slogan, reduced slightly at left, F.-V.F., A rare patriotic design from California.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 942    

(Santa Cruz) Santa Cruz Cal, Apr 7, sharp strike of cds on orange cover bearing 10¢ green, grill (96) pair with right s.e., each cancelled by grid cancels to Locarno, Switzerland, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit, Apr 25" exchange cds, reverse with Basel (5.13.68), Locarno (5.15) and Cevio (5.15) backstamps, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 943    

(Santa Cruz) Santa Cruz, Cal. Dec 22, cds on 1879 registered cover bearing 2¢ vermilion (183) and 6¢ pink (186) strip of three tied by picnic fence fancy cancels addressed in attractive red manuscript to Switzerland; many backstamps including San Francisco, New York and Swiss (1.15) arrival, Fine and unusual fancy cancel use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 944    

(Santa Cruz) 1912 Santa Cruz Water Pageant, multicolor all-over design on reverse of cover bearing 1¢ green pair tied by "Santa Cruz, Jun 25, 1912" wavy flag machine cancel to Oakland Cal., blue printed "Santa Cruz Beach Company" corner card, Very Fine and rare festival ad.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 945    

(Santa Cruz) Freeman & Co's Express, Santa Cruz, blue oval handstamp cancels 3¢ red (U10) buff entire to San Jose Cal., some edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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