Lot 4071Adams & Co. Express Broadside "California, Oregon and Australia, via Panama", 1853 circa broadside listing services offered and principal offices in the United States, file folds with top separated and reinforced, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 4072Australian States: New South Wales, 1854 (Mar. 6) Sydney, New South Wales to Boston Mass. via Peru, blue folded cover bearing New South Wales, Laureate, 6d brown, plate II (Sc 19, SG 73), four margins, tied by multiple strikes of barred oval, matching "Sydney, N.S.W., FE*11, 1854" rimless backstamp, carried by private ship direct to South America (not via England as endorsed), then British packet to Panama and across Isthmus by mule and canoe to Aspinwall, contract steamship to New York where "Steamship 20" in circle due handstamp struck, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
A CHOICE NEW SOUTH WALES USE PREPAID FOR DOUBLE THE 3D PRIVATE SHIP RATE.
Cover was prepaid 6d for double the 3d private ship rate, but was treated as single rate in New York with 20¢ due for steamship rate over 2,500 miles.
Some private ships from Australia traveled across the Pacific direct to Panama, others first to Valparaiso or Callao. Mail to the United States west coast was then carried from Panama to San Francisco on Pacific Mail Steamship vessels. Mail to the eastern United States crossed the Isthmus to Aspinwall and went by contract steamships to New York.
Lot 4073Australian States: New South Wales, 1854 (Mar. 25) Melbourne, N.S.W. to Fayetteville Vt. via Peru, buff cover with blue embossed "Adams & Co., American & European Express, Melbourne, N.S.W." cameo on back flap, manuscript "13" express rating, carried out of mails as endorsed by Bark Orestes from Melbourne Mar. 25th to Callao, Peru, then via Panama where Adams's agent J.M. Freeman forwarded letter across Isthmus by mule and canoe, then ship to New York; small flaws including flap repair, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate $500 - 750.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED ADAMS & CO.'S EXPRESS MELBOURNE ENVELOPES.
Reference: Census of recorded covers in "Adams & Co.'s Express, the Melbourne Australia Branch", Allan Levy, Collectors Club Philatelist, May 1982.
Lot 4074Australian States: Victoria, 1854 (Apr. 17) Melbourne, Victoria to Haverhill Mass. via Panama, datelined blue folded letter with "Forwarded by Rogers, Warfield Lord & Co., Melbourne" forwarder's oval on reverse, carried as endorsed by American Steamship Golden Age from Melbourne May 5th, via Sydney May 12th and Tahiti May 24th to Panama arriving Jun. 19th, across Isthmus by mule and canoe to Aspinwall, then U.S. Mail S.S. Co. vessel to New York where "Steamship 20 Cts" in circle due handstamp struck; cover stained, Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ROGERS, WARFIELD & LORD FORWARDER HANDSTAMP.