Lot 734California Patriotic Cover Group, of 6 covers all addressed to the east coast; includes Flag and verse design with manuscript Murphy's (Scott 68), Flag and Eagle design with manuscript 1861 Alviso, Cal. postmark (35) with original enclosure, San Francisco usages including Sailor and Flag design (65) and Eagle and Shield design (63x3), Cannon & Flag design from Sacramento (68) and Flag design from Santa Cruz (24+26x3), also two California Seal in Flag patriotic cover from Stockton (stamps torn from corners) with original enclosures, with with Liberty & Flag patriotic design; stamp and cover flaws, a Fine and rare group.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 735Camptonville, Cal., Dec 24 (Yuba), clear first type cds (YUB-260) on cover to Attica, O., franked with large margin 1855, 10¢ green, type II canceled by matching "Paid" handstamp; stamp with corner bend slightly creasing at top right, otherwise Very Fine; with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 14 Estimate $250 - 350.
Lot 736Hitchcock's Ranch, Cal., May 5 (El Dorado), manuscript postmark (ELD-1890) on cover with red and blue allover Flag patriotic design with "J.W. Sullivan, Publisher, San Francisco" imprint, to Foxboro, Mass. bearing uncanceled 1861, 3¢ rose (65) which appears to be added, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare California ranch postmark, the only example recorded in Williams.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 737Murphys, Cal. Jun 7, sharp cds with matching target cancel ties 3¢ green (147) on yellow cover to Philadelphia Pa., original illustrated letterhead enclosure Mammoth Grove Hotel datelined "Calaveras County, Cal., May 31st 1871" showing gazebo and cut down redwood stump, some interesting content "At last we are en route for the "Zeo Semite", having left Frisco Monday morning at 8 a.m. via C.P.R.R. arriving at Stockton about 12:30 where our carriages were awaiting us…we pushed on to Copperopolis…a distance of thirty-eight miles. This place was one time the great mining district of Copper from which it takes its name. The mine is not in operation now…we started for Murphy's, a distance of fifteen miles where we arrived…at Big Trees…Wednesday morning we rambled among the Giants of the Forest"… I measured two of them myself. One called "Pride of the Forest" measured sixty-three feet in circumference, and the other "Phil Sheridan" seventy and a half feet, and they are so beautiful…"; cover opening tear, otherwise Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 738Sacramento / Oct 21 1849 / 40, straightline postmark with integral rate marking on homemade buff cover to Harpers Ferry Va.; some wear and light soiling, F.-V.F. and rare.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
THE EARLIEST OF ONLY 8 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE SACRAMENTO STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK.
Sacramento straightline postmarks are known used from October 21 to November 10, 1849, with 8 examples recorded. Sacramento oval postmarks were used concurrently.
Lot 739Sacramento, Cal., Mar 13, 1866 (Sacramento), cds with bold strike of matching fancy Stars in Shield cancelling 1861, 3¢ rose on Russ House corner card cover to Massachusetts; cover slight reduced at right and stamp with small margin tear, a Very Fine and choice strike, one of the finest strikes.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 740San Francisco, Cal., Oct 20, 1861 (San Francisco), cds canceling on incoming 1861, 10¢ Star Die entire canceled upon arrival, with blue "Consulate, Acapulco" circular eagle cachet handstamp; slight cover soiling and vertical fold affecting indicia, Fine, a rare forerunner usage to the the Steam Acapulco Line.
Scott No. U33 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 741San Francisco, Cal, Mar 11, 1863 postmark with "Steam Panama", 1863 (Feb. 2) Concepcion, Chile to San Francisco, Cal., blue 1863 folded letter with partial British Valparaiso (2.2) backstamp and red manuscript "1/-" rating, Panama (2.23) transit datestamp and red "Paid-To / Panama" two-line handstamp, entered U.S. mails with "Steam Panama" type 1 oval handstamp, matching "San Francisco, Cal, Mar 11, 1863" cds (Williams SAF-600) and bold "10" rating, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex-Patrick Campbell.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
A CHOICE "STEAM PANAMA" USE FROM CHILE TO SAN FRANCISCO CAL.
Lot 742San Francisco 1906 Earthquake, cover without postage endorsed "San Francisco Fire" at top right and cancelled by "San Francisco, Cal., Apr 28, 1906" duplex to Vancouver, Wash., with original datelined letter with excellent content including "…I was down in what was once the city of San Francisco yesterday and all that is left is a pile of brick and stone and twisted iron and mortar. You can't tell one street from another and it makes one's heart sick to look at the terrible wreck…"; some light aging and flap torn, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
The San Francisco earthquake hit at 5:12AM on April 18th, 1906. The Post Office survived the quake and allowed mail to be sent postage free to help expedite news from the now devastated city.
Lot 743(San Francisco Earthquake) Help San Francisco, brown large size Chicago Commercial Association label headlined "Help San Francisco" with socked-on-the-nose cancel "Chicago, May 1, 1906", Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $300 - 400.