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.