Lot 5801847 Battle of Santa Clara Cannon Ball, 8½ pound cannon ball found around the bay edge by some of the creeks that lead into the bay and believed to a relic of one of the few battles that shot cannonball in the area - the 1847 Battle of Santa Clara, Fine, offered here "as is".
Estimate $200 - 300.
In the late 1840's, before California became a part of the U.S., a small group of local Bay Area residents, called "Californios" thought it ought to be an independent country by itself. They were in conflict with the U.S. Representatives and a group of them from Yerba Buena (San Francisco) set out to do battle with the Californios with a weapon only they had, a cannon from a warship anchored in the S.F. bay. When forces finally met and started shooting at each other, the cannon fired three shots, not causing any casualties. The battle ended with no "winners" or "losers", both sides returning to their abodes.
Lot 581Big Pine, June 12th, 1874 (Inyo), manuscript postmark (INY-140, R5) only used during the first period of this post office, on cover to Merced, Cal. franked with manuscript canceled 3¢ Banknote; cover reduction at right, Very Fine, rare with only a few examples are known.
Estimate $150 - 200.