Lot 668Mexico, Vapor Nal. "Alejandro", purple straight line handstamp on U.S. 1884, 2¢ brown entire to Mazatlan, with matching fancy circular "Franco" handstamp, reverse with purple "Thomas Bell & Co., San Francisco, Nov. 21, 1887" handstamp, Very Fine and rare, Thomas Bell was a wealthy investor in the New Almaden mine (a cinnabar - mercury mine). He owned a mansion at Bush & Octavia streets in San Francisco.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 669Mexico, Vapor "Alejandro", manuscript endorsement on registered cover to Modena, Italy, franked with 1887, 10c brown lilac on ruled paper, perf 6, strip of three tied by grid handstamps, red oval "Mazatlan, Ene 25, 1888" origin date stamp (Schimmer Sin 28/7), Mazatlan registration handstamp with New York etiquette over it; stamps scissor separated and allover cover tone, F.-V.F., a rare registered maritime usage.
Scott No. 205 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 670Mexico, Curacao (pr. vpr.), manuscript ship endorsement on 1906 cover to Munch, Germany, with additional "via Altata, Guaymas & New York" routing above, franked with 1903, 2c green, strip of three and pair tied by Culiacan cds's, appropriate transit backstamps, Very Fine, illustrated in Schimmer/Heath's Mexican Maritime Mail (page 257), ex-Schimmer.
Scott No. 305 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 671Mexico, Vapor Newbern, Agente De Correos, purple oval handstamp (Schimmer maritime 30, rarity 9) tying 1885, Hidalgo Profile, 6c + 10c + 20c on Mazatlan corner card cover to Paris, France, the cover boarded in Mazatlan and discharged in Guaymas with "Franco Guaymas Jul 16 1885" octagon date stamp on reverse (Schimmer Son 35/4), then by rail with Benson, Ariz. and New York transits. Paris receiver; 20c with pre-use corner nick, otherwise Very Fine, beautiful examples of this rare Newbern ship cancel, a wonderful showpiece.
Scott No. 155+156+158 Estimate $400 - 600.
Charpenter, Renaud Co was an importer of European goods sold retail in Mazatlan. The Newbern was associated with silver smuggling into the USA which had a high tariff on silver. It foundered on rocks at Pt Fermin, San Pedro, California and sank in 1893 with $250,000 in cargo, mostly silver, aboard.
Lot 672Mexico, Vapor "Topeka", manuscript endorsement with "via Colima" routing on cover to Ciudad Guzman, franked with grid canceled 1886, 10c Numeral, red "Mazatlan, Set 18, 1888, Sinaloa Mexico" origin postmark (Schimmer Sin 287) and Manzanillo transit, traveled inland through Colima to Ciudad Guzman; partial backflap and stamp corner nick, otherwise Very Fine, the sea routing would have been preferable to overland during the September rainy season when some rivers may not be crossable, a fine maritime mail example with interesting routing, ex-Whitehead, Schimmer.
Scott No. 180 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 673Mexico, "Willamette Valley", ship endorsement on 10c Mulitas entire Miraflores, Baja California to Mazatlan, canceled by "San Jose Del Cabo, B.C., Jun 30 95" cds, Miraflores commercial corner card (26 June) on reverse, Very Fine, illustrated in Schimmer and Heath Mexican Maritime Mail (page 262), ex-Koenig, Schimmer.
Estimate $200 - 300.