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Sale 81: The Sescal Sale

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United States Postal History

Lots 1-10 Lots 11-15

Lot 1    

"Foremans Ranch, Novr. 4" (San Joaquin), manuscript postmark with manuscript "Paid 10" on off-white cover to Naugatuck Conn.; original enclosed family letter datelined "Stockton Novbr. 3 1858", Very Fine and rare unlisted town, Only Two Record Examples.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

We offered the other recorded Foremans Ranch cover in our Sale 33 Lot 847.

Realized: $450

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Lot 2    

Greenwood Cal. Dec 19 (El Dorado), clear strike of blue cds (ELD-1710) cancels 10¢ green (U18) buff entire to Germany, magenta "10" rating, red "N. York Br. Pkt. 'Paid 7' Jan 27" credit exchange cds, red "Aachen, Franco, 13/2" framed transit, German (2.15) arrival backstamp; light bend at right, Very Fine, Unusual use sent at the Prussian Closed Mail rate even though only 10¢ prepaid., ex-Pearce.
Scott No. U18    Estimate $300 - 400.

Realized: $250

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Lot 3    

Midway, Cal., Nov. 4 - 95 (Alameda), straight line postmark with manuscript date on fresh cover to Stockton, franked with 1¢ Bureau pair tied by matching fancy star in circle handstamps, receiving backstamp, Extremely Fine, a "provisional" style postmark that is unlisted in Williams, very rare and quite possibly unique.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $210

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Lot 4    

(Monterey) "Magistrates Office, Monterey Sept. 2nd 1847", dateline on blue folded letter from Walter Colton, Alcalde of Monterey addressed to John Burton, Alcalde of Pueblo de San Jose; some minor toning, F.-V.F., a scarce letter carried by Kearny's semi-monthly military mail.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Rev. Walter Colton was named Alcalde of Monterey by Commodore Stockton. Robert Semple and Colton established the "Californian", the first newspaper to be published in California Aug. 16, 1847.

Complete Images.

Realized: $4,500

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Lot 5    

Placerville, Cal., Nov 17 (El Dorado), cds (ELD-2980) tying four margin 1851, 10¢ green, type III on cover to Weston, O., Very Fine, ex-Tatham.
Scott No. 15    Estimate $150 - 200.

Realized: $130

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Lot 6    

"Rabbit Town, Cal Feb 15th" (Sierra), manuscript postmark (SIE-1340, R4) on buff cover bearing 10¢ green (15), four margins, cancelled by manuscript "X" to Plymouth Post, Mich., manuscript "Missent to and forw. from Plymouth N.Y. Mar. 20th" rating; reduced slightly irregular at right, Very Fine and rare manuscript postmark.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $350

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Lot 7    

(Rough & Ready) 1859 (Dec. 23) Sweetland, Cal. (Nevada), datelined receipt for mining claim reading in part, "…for a certain parcel of mining ground situated on Manzarita Hill and known as the claims of Bicknell & Co. and bounded by the Claims of Curtis the Rough & Ready and Joint Stock Claims, Sweetland Dec 23rd 1859…" and signed "Henry A. Brigham", Very Fine.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Lot 8    

San Francisco, 40, Nov 15 (San Francisco), red integral rate cds (SAF-290, R5) on 1850 folded letter to Grafton, Mass., manuscript P.M.S.S. Co. "Tennessee" ship endorsement, forwarded to Lee, Ill. with red "Grafton, Ms., Jan 2" cds and manuscript "Ford 10" and totaling "50" rate; file fold, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $160

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Lot 9    

San Francisco, Cal., Jul 2, 1860 (San Francisco), clear cds on incoming folded letter sheet, with "Ship 6" clamshell rate handstamp, manuscript "Julie & Wilhelm" private ship endorsement; file fold affecting markings, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $60

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Lot 10    

(San Jose) "Pueblo de S. Jose Julio 22 Jul 1838", datelined on 2+ page folded letter written in Spanish to Antonio Peralta, Rancho San Antonio, Very Fine and rare early San Jose letter.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Pacheco's Ranch was 18,000 acres in Contra Costa County. Rancho San Antonio, also known as the Peralta Grant, was a 44,800-acre land grant by Governor Pablo Vicente de Solá, the last Spanish governor of California, to Don Luís María Peralta, a sergeant in the Spanish Army and later, commissioner of the Pueblo of San José, in recognition of his forty years of service. The grant, issued on August 3, 1820, embraced the sites of the cities of San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, Piedmont, Berkeley, and Albany.

Realized: $3,250

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