Lot 82Fillmore City, Utah, address destination on ca. 1858 wrapper to the Governor of Utah (either Brigham Young or Alfred Cumming), franked with 1857, 1¢ blue, type V tied by "Tahlequah, Ark" circular handstamp; stamp with small stain spot, F.-V.F., a rare circular rate usage from the capitol of Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory to the former capitol of Utah Territory.
Scott No. 24 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 83Salt Lake Cal., July 16, manuscript postmark with "Paid 10" rate on cover to Poughquag, N.Y.; cover with edge wear, light stains and small erosion hole above address, Fine appearance.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE SALT LAKE CAL. POSTMARK USED ON THIS DATE, WHICH IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED POSTMARK DATE OF UTAH AS AN UNORGANIZED TERRITORY.
When the Salt Lake City post office was established by the U.S. Government on January 18, 1849, no expense provision or contract was made to transport the mails. It was left to the Mormons to carry the U.S. mails at their own expense. This letter was carried east by a special express headed by A. W. Babbitt, which left Salt Lake City on 27 July, 1849 for Kanesville, Iowa on the Missouri River. Although the postmaster at Salt Lake City for a while in 1849 used the term "Cal." in his manuscript postmark, the town was not attached to California for Post Office Department administrative purposes (as Fort Leavenworth and Scott were attached to Missouri).
Lot 84Great Salt Lake City, California, address destination endorsed "by way of Kanesville, Iowa" on 1850 folded letter with manuscript "Concordsville (Pa.), Jun 7" postmark at left and "10" rate; some cover edge wear and light allover soiling, F.-V.F.
Estimate $500 - 750.
A RARE "GREAT SALT LAKE CITY, CALIFORNIA" INCOMING COVER SENT ON THE MORMON TRAIL.
As no transcontinental mail contracts yet existed, almost all westbound overland mail moved on wagon trains. Some was carried by Mormons via Kanesville, Iowa. At this time, Salt Lake City was within the boundaries of the California Territorial lands recently ceded by Mexico.
Lot 85Salt Lake City, Utah, T., Nov 1, cds with matching "Paid 3" handstamp on 1853 folded letter to Shadwell Depot, Va., letter from traveler to California…"But wither I shall pitch my tent in California, Oregon, Australia or the India Isles is yet to be determined", F.-V.F.
Estimate $75 - 100.
Lot 86Salt Lake City, Utah T., Apr 1, cds with matching "Paid 24" in circle rate handstamp on cover to Ayr, Scotland, with red "19" credit handstamp applied in Boston, sailed on the Cunard Asia on May 23rd arriving with red "Liverpool, Ju 2, 55" entry cds, receiving backstamp, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate $500 - 750.
AN APRIL 1ST 1855 FIRST DAY OF USAGE OF PREPAYMENT BECOMING COMPULSORY.
Lot 87(Wyoming) Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jun 20, cds and 1868, 12¢ black, F. grill (s.e. at right) tied by geometric cancel on cover to Bolton, England, reverse with "Bolton, 7 Jy 69" receiving postmark, Very Fine, ex-Vogel.
Scott No. 97 Estimate $400 - 600.
A SHOWPIECE TERRITORIAL USE OF THE 1868 12¢ F. GRILL TO ENGLAND.
This cover was correctly prepaid at the 12¢ rate from the US to Great Britain, which was in effect in 1868 and 1869 only. The previous rate was 24¢ and the subsequent rate was 6¢. Bolton, now part of greater Manchester, was home to a large number of textile mills.
Lot 88(Wyoming) Laramie, Wy. Ty., Jul 17, cds in blue and 1868, 3¢ rose, F. grill (small defect) with matching blue negative star canceling on cover to Golden City, Colorado Territory, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 94 Estimate $100 - 150.
Laramie City emerged 80 miles south of Fort Laramie on the planned alignment of the first transcontinental railroad. The rails reached Laramie City in May of 1868. Wyoming Territory was created two months later.