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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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Lots 1201-1210

Lot 1201    

Benicia, Cal., Jan 19 (Solano), balloon type cds (SOL-100) tying 1851, 10¢ green, type II on 1855, 10¢ Nesbitt entire to Massachusetts, Very Fine.
Scott No. 14    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 1202    

"Monterey, California, Apl 17. 1849", manuscript postmark (MOT-1610) and matching "40" cent rating on orange buff cover to New York N.Y., accompanied by blue enclosed letter datelined "Monterey, California April 13 1849" from a member of the U.S. Military to his sister describing the influence of the discovery of gold to the military way of life, being transferred to San Francisco, mail ships Oregon and California etc. including "…I leave tomorrow on the Brig Malik Adel, and the brig stops 4 or 5 days at Santa Cruz. General Riley has arrived & Colonel Mason has resigned to him the Command, both civil and military…Mrs. General Smith and Mrs. Major Ogden and another lady all of whom came up with me return home with the California because I suppose no servants can be obtained here…Col. Mason also returns with the California…", Very Fine.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED MONTEREY POSTMARKED COVER, SENT DURING THE PRE-STATEHOOD PERIOD.

This is a rare version of the Monterey manuscript postmark with California spelled out, we have not seen another.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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Lot 1203    

Placerville, Cal., Nov 17 (El Dorado), cds (ELD-2980) tying four margin 1851, 10¢ green, type III on cover to Weston, O., Very Fine, ex-Tatham.
Scott No. 15    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 1204    

Rattlesnake Bar, Cal. (Placer), addressing on incoming 1853, 6¢ Nesbitt entire uprated with 1851, 1¢ blue, type IV + 3¢ dull red, all tied by two strikes of "Searsmont, Me., Aug 30" cds; couple cover folds, Very Fine.
Scott No. 9+11+U14    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 1205    

"Rough & Ready, Cal. 27 June 1854" (Nevada), manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 1" rating on buff wrapper to Danbury Conn., Very Fine, undoubtedly a unique usage of this rare transcontinental circular rate from California.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1206

Rough and Ready, Cal. - Wells Fargo & Co. Express Exchange Note (Nevada), 9 x 4.375", from "Rough & Ready, Cal. Jan. 2- 1856" paid to the order of "E.B. Comstock, Agent" at the office of the American Express Company in Pontiac, Mich - One Hundred & fifty"; some creasing, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

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Current Opening Bid: $120

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Lot 1207    

(Rough & Ready) 1859 (Dec. 23) Sweetland, Cal. (Nevada), datelined receipt for mining claim reading in part, "…for a certain parcel of mining ground situated on Manzarita Hill and known as the claims of Bicknell & Co. and bounded by the Claims of Curtis the Rough & Ready and Joint Stock Claims, Sweetland Dec 23rd 1859…" and signed "Henry A. Brigham", Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 1208    

Sacramento City, Cal., Jun 19 (Sacramento), two strikes of balloon type cds (SAC-2520) tying 1851, 1¢ blue, type IV + 3¢ dull red, three singles on cover to Hartford, Ct.; center 3¢ stamp damaged, F.-V.F. appearance.
Scott No. 9+11    Estimate $100 - 150.

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Current Opening Bid: $40

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Lot 1209    

San Francisco, Cal. (San Francisco), three 1850's incoming folded letters from Great Britain; each with 1/2½d rating, includes 1852 from Paisley, 1855 from London and 1858 from Dundee, each with S.F. "Paid" straight line handstamp applied upon arrival, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 1210    

California Town & County Postmarks on Cover, 1860-90s, collection of 57 covers and a card, nice range of postmarks mostly from 1880-90's with some duplication and T&PM's; with towns including 1879 Maxwell, 1885 Suisun City, 1886 & 1891 Gibsonville (different types), 1884 Goodyear's Bar, 1885 & 1897 Mountain House (different types), Madera and Redding types, 1891 Raymond with fancy star duplex, 1885 Fowler, 1886 Traver, l881 Willows, 1883 Baird oval, 1889 Portville, 1878 Orland octagon, Aila oval in purple and black, unusual 1885 Roberts makeshift straight line and circle date stamp postmark, etc.; condition a bit varied with strong clear strikes throughout.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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