Lot 3022Stockton Cal, Jun 26, neat blue cds with matching bold "12½" oval rating handstamp on blue folded cover to John McDougal, Governor of California, Vallejo Cal., Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate $400 - 600.
By the Act of August 14, 1848, "letters conveyed from one to any other place in California: 12 ½ cents". This letter was mailed June 26, 1851, four days before the end of the rate.
Lot 3023Table Rock Cal. Mar 31, gem strike of cds (SIE-1770) with matching framed "Paid" and "10" rating handstamps on blue cover to Rochester N.H., Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Tatham.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 3024Uniontown H.B., Cal., blue oval postmark (HUM-4870) with manuscript cancelled 1851 10¢ green type II (14), rich color, on cover to Leominster, Mass.; minor cover soiling and two tears at top, one affecting adhesive, F.-V.F., one of the rarest California postmarks.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 30251855 (c. May 21) New York N.Y. to San Francisco, Cal., light buff cover with blue Shippers Line of California Packets, Earle & Weed, Agts. illustrated cameo showing full rigged ship bearing 10¢ green, type II (14), large margins to just in, tied by "New York May 21" ocean mail cds, docketed "Dated May 21, Rd. June 10, Inv. Swordfish"; missing part of top flap and central file fold, some toning and wear, Fine and scarce early use of the New York Ocean Mail cancel, ex-Chase.
Estimate $500 - 750.
This was sent on the regular contract route via Panama and contained an invoice for goods sent by the clipper ship "Swordfish" that went via Cape Horn.
Lot 3026Weaverville. Cal. "Apr 10", oval postmark with red manuscript dating on buff cover with illustrated "Rocking the Cradle" miner's design depicting miners working with "Long Toms", Hutchings imprint at left, "Anthony & Baker SC" engraver's imprint at bottom of design, from the Abby Peirce correspondence to Boston Mass. bearing replacement 3¢ dull red (11A) horizontal pair for stamps removed, manuscript cancel in black, Very Fine appearance, a rare design, ex-Poland, Jarrett; with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Illustrated in Letters of Gold on p. 272. According to Kutz, this design was first used by miners from Georgia.
Lot 3027 *Yankee Jim Cal., Jun 4, cds ties 1851 10¢ green (14) as forwarding postage on buff cover back to Hanover N.H., originally posted with 1¢ blue (9) and 3¢ dull red (11A) strip of three, pos. 88-89-90L3 showing double and triple frameline varieties, each cancelled by manuscript "X" and 1¢ tied by blue "Hanover N.H. Apr 5" cds to Yankee Jim's Cal., Very Fine and attractive 1851 issue forwarded transcontinental use; with 1985 and 1989 P.F. certificates.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 3028California Town Balance, small group of 5 covers comprising Fort Jones Cal. with #65 to Brunswick Me., 1884 Fort Jones Cal. duplex on #210 to Ashland Ore.; 1879 Fort Ross Cal. use to San Francisco, "San Francisco, 40, 18 June" integral cds 1850 cover to Providence R.I., 1862 San Francisco transatlantic use to France; small faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate $150 - 200.