Lot 607Darwin, Inyo Co., Cal., Jan 13, 1880 (Inyo), bold clear strike of cds and target duplex (INY-600) tying 3¢ Banknote on cover to New York City, receiving backstamp, Very Fine and choice, the latest recorded use, known usages from July 24, 1879 to January 13, 1880.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 608Independence, Cal., Nov 27 (Inyo), manuscript postmark (INY-830, R5) on ca. 1866 cover to Michigan, franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by manuscript cancel; cover edge nicks, F.-V.F., an extremely rare early manuscript postmark, with only one other example recorded.
Scott Nos. 65 Estimate $250 - 350.
Lot 609Keeler, Inyo Co., Cal., Oct 24, 1885 (Inyo), perfect strike of purple cds and Maltese cross duplex (INY-1000) tying 1883, 2¢ red brown on cover to Georgetown, an Extremely Fine strike.
Scott Nos. 210 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 610Nevada City, Cal., 3 Paid, Nov 23 (Nevada), integral rate cds (NEV-1190) with "Paid 3" handstamp below on 1853 cover to Freesport, Ill., with red "Steamer Winfield Scott" handstamp at top; cover wear and repair internal hole in address panel, Very Fine appearance, ex-Lichtenstein, Clifford.
Estimate $300 - 400.
ONE OF THE SEVEN KNOWN COVERS RECOVERED FROM THE WRECK OF THE "STEAMER WINFIELD SCOTT".
The "Winfield Scott" was a 1,291-ton steamer built in New York City in 1851, which was put into service along the Pacific Coast route in 1852. The "Winfield Scott" was purchased by the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company from the New York and San Francisco Line in July 1853. One round trip between San Francisco and Panama, but on December 2, 1853, she was stranded off Anacapa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel and lost on her second trip for the company. The five mail bags, passengers, crew and cargo including gold species were saved. Nine examples of this two-line handstamp are recorded, of which two were carried before the "Winfield Scott" was commissioned into the Pacific service.
Lot 612(Mail Routes) 1850 Gold Rush letter to St. Louis, Mo. via Acapulco and New Orleans, folded letter written between July 31st and August 3rd aboard the steamship Northerner by William T. Reynolds to his wife, the ship departed Panama on its way to San Francisco and the letter dropped off at Acapulco to be transported back via Panama City, Chagres and New Orleans, then up the Mississippi to St. Louis, entered the U.S. mails with red "New Orleans, La., Sep 6" cds with matching "Steam" straight line handstamp and "30" in circle ratemaker, with lengthy enclosure illuminating the trip, Very Fine and rare, ex-Skinner.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 613(Mail Routes) Via Nicaragua, Ahead of the Mails, red two-line handstamp on 6¢ green (U14) Nesbitt buff entire to Monticello, S.C., carried from San Francisco and entered the mails with bold "New York, Ship, Dec 24" cds; pencil "1853" dating, Very Fine and scarce "Via Nicaragua" use.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 614 ()(Mail Routes) Via Panama, imprint with Illustrated Side Wheel Steamship Design and manuscript "per N. Glasgow" ship endorsement below, on rebacked cover front to Pictou, Nova Scotia, franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red + 12¢ black (26+36) tied by neat "San Francisco, Cal, Dec 17, 1860" cds, light red arched "U. States, C" exchange handstamp; cover tears at left, reduced at sides and stain in address panel at lower right, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate $200 - 300.