Lot 953California Penny Post Co., 1855-59, 7¢ vermilion, on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, "Penny Post Co., Sacramento" circular handstamp alongside, printed listed of California Cities which the Penny Post Co. serviced, Very Fine and choice, ex-Ackerman, Straley.
Scott No. 34LU7 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A WONDERFUL & RARE CALIFORNIA PENNY POST CO. USAGE FROM SACRAMENTO.
Lot 954Mailed at Still's N.Y. Bookstore, San Francisco Mar. 20, wonderful strike of "mail bag" service operator's marking on flap side of 10¢ Green on Buff entire, cancelled by San Francisco Cal. cds, to Mapleville R.I., docketed "1857", small part of backflap gone, Very Fine, ex-Jessup, Haas, pictured in Letters of Gold.
Estimate $500 - 750.
RARE HANDSTAMP OF JOHN H. STILL, THE FIRST BOOK DEALER IN SAN FRANCISCO, WHO ALSO SERVED AS A MAIL EXPEDITER.
Lot 955Noisy Carrier's Mail, San Francisco., oval handstamp on cover to Westport, CT, franked with large margin 1855, 10¢ green, type I tied by "San Francisco, Cal., 20 Feb." cds, flap and cover repair at top left with tiny portion of marking drawn in, still Extremely Fine, a very scarce letter bag operator usage, the stamp is outstanding and as an Extremely Fine
Scott No. 13 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 956Overland Stagecoach, three covers with different illustrated designs; includes Six-Horse "From San Francisco Via Los Angeles" Hutching & Rosenfield design on cover franked with 1857, 10¢ green, type III (33) tied by fancy blue star handstamp, matching "Marysville, Cal., Aug 9" cds; cover professional restored and cleaned, a Four-Horse woodblock design on stampless cover with "Downieville, Cal., Feb 14, 1862" cds and "Paid" handstamp; reduced at right, and a hand colored Four-Horse "Overland via Los Angeles" design on cover used in 1872 from Visalia, F.-V.F. appearance.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 957Via Nicaragua Line in Advance of the Mail, oval handstamp on fold letter sheet to San Francisco, Cal. from correspondence originating in New Bedford, Mass., endorsed "Pr Nicaragua" at top and docketed inside "October 20th, 1853", Very Fine, a rare east to west out-of-the-mails usage via the Nicaragua Line, ex-Jessup, Salzer.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 958 ()Via Panama, steamship illustration with imprint of "Geo. H. Bell, Stationer, 153 Montgomery St. San Francisco" on rebacked cover front, franked with 1857 1¢ blue, type V + 3¢ dull red, three singles tied by "Santa Rosa, Cal." cds to Varna, N.Y.; adhesives with few minor faults & 1¢ may not belong, Very Fine appearance; with 2007 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 24+26 Estimate $250 - 350.
Lot 959Via Tehuantepec, endorsement on cover sent free to Hon. J.W. Denver as Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C., "Sacramento City, Cal., Jan 19, 1859" cds, Very Fine, ex-Robertson, Walske.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A RARE "VIA TEHUANTEPEC" USAGE SENT FREE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS - JOHN W. DENVER.
In October 1858, a route was contracted as 8162 from San Francisco to New Orleans using a mixed steamboat and overland route via the Tehuantepec Isthmus in Mexico. Contracted at $250,000 for 12 months with twice a month service. The course of the route was by steamboat to either Acapulco or Salina Cruz, then overland by mule to Suchile, then by river boat to Minatitlan on the Caotzacoalcos River and then by steamboat to New Orleans, La. The route was little used as the section over the mountain range by mule created a long transit time. The total revenue collected for the route was just $5,276.66 and the route was not renewed in 1859. From October 1858 to March 1859, the "Quaker City" was used on the New Orleans to Minatitlan portion of the route. A total of 25 covers endorsed as going "Via Tehuantepec" are recorded in the census.