Auction: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, 10 a.m., Reno, NV
Absentee Bids Due: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001, 6 p.m. PST
Preview: Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, 5 to 9 p.m., Reno, NV
- Placer County through San Francisco County
434. Placer. American
Eagle Mines Co. Inc. in NV, 1924. Issued
to Joseph Selafney for 5000 shares in 1924. Signed by vp J.H. Cullen Jr. and sec. C.H..
Blake. Vignette at top of mine and
mill buildings with workers in foreground loading train car with bags of
ore. 10 x 5. Uncancelled.
Folds, very fine. This company
has the same name as a company of which I was vice president of operations.
We sometimes got sent these certificates by transfer agents or brokers trying
to get new stock issued for old. The only problem was that this was a completely
different company. This company
owned 15 claims at Eucre Bar on the north fork of the American River near
Towle, Placer county. The property
showed a quartz vein in slate and the pay shoots were from 100 to 200
long. The ore contained gold and silver and was said
to average $21 per ton. Ten men
were employed in 1925. (Ref: Mines
Hdbk, 1926, pp428-9.) Est $25-50
435. Placer. Auburn
& Rock Creek GMC. Cert.#49.
Incorporated in New York. Issued
to John Permingham for 100 shares in 1880.
Signed by president P.W. Bowen and secretary Charles L. Burmham.
Uncancelled. Black border
on crème paper. 6 1/4 x 10 1/2. Xf, tips of corners folded. California mill was constructed in 1880, probably
with funds from this offering. In
late 1880 they reported a chute of exceedingly rich ore. (Burchard 1881).
By 1881 the mine had become idle, reported that J. W. Foulkes & Co.
owned it, thus the A&RC GMC probably lost their lease, and the investors
their money. (Burchard 1882). Est.
436. Placer. Auburn.
Robert Gordon Family Archive. Includes three c1860 tintypes,
one of Gordon in front of his 1850 constructed brick building Auburn business
on the corner of Main and Commercial. The collection includes two photo
albums, one circa 1885 and the other post 1920, and about 100 pp of detailed
genealogical records of the family, tracing the roots of three different
families from Ireland in the 1700s directly to Auburn in the 1850s through
about 1950. Highlights of the collection are certainly a 5x7 ferro-type
of Robert Gordon on a buggy in front of his store, circa 1860 and 5x7 ferro-type
of he and his wife, possibly taken by Jacobs, a prominent Auburn photographer
of the period.
437. Placer. Cisco.
Main Street, Cisko (sic), Placer Co, Stereocard, c. 1868.
The scene is of a mining camp. The
card is from the Popular American Scenery, C.P.R.R. Series. The town was name after John J. Cisco, Treasurer
of C.P.R.R. from 1863-1869, at the suggestion of Charles Crocker (Gudde,
1949). In this series of stereocards,
Cisco is misspelled. Very fine.
438. Placer. Clipper
Gap. Clipper Gap Datelined Letter,
1873. The letter is written
to Major Jeff Wilcoxson by Geo Applegate. The letter informs Mr. Wilcoxson about what Applegate has done to
improve his ranch including enclosing 32 acres in hog tight fence. Applegate refers to other projects he has done.
Includes the cover which is torn along right edge.
Very fine. Est. $75-150
439. Placer. Gold
Run. Gold Run Mining District/Indiana
Hill Documents, 1864-1928. Collection of 52 deeds, agreements, contracts and title reports
dating from 1864-1928 for mining properties situated near Indiana Hill and/or
the Gold Run Mining District. At
least one document has Chinese writing around the edge. Very fine. Est. $150-300
440. Placer. Iowa
Hill. Golden Gate Placer Mining
Co. Manuscript Letter & Letterhead, 1885. Written to Geo. W. Swan in S.F. from A. D.
Bowley, datelined Iowa Hill, Placer Co., Cal., 1885. Mr. Bowley is offering his Golden Gate Mine for sale at $75,000
with the terms to be negotiable. He
claims that he has confined and defined a stretch along a channel that averages
one ounce to the pick per day. Bowley
sounds very confident in his interpretation of the ore location. Fold creases with slight staining. Very fine.
441. Placer. Iowa(?).
Golden Gate Mine Check, 1911.
Issued to Helen Lee for $34, check #73.
See lot above for the story. Mint
condition. Est. $25-75
442. Placer. Lincoln.
Lincoln, CA, Documents, 1882-1906.
Lot of 7 pcs. Six of the
documents are billheads issued to A. B. Allen.
The last is a letter from the Grand Lodge of the State of California,
I.O.O.F., asking all the members in CA to participate in the Californias
40,000 Night. Billheads are as follows: (1) Citrus
Rebekah Degree Lodge, No 129, I.O.O.F., Lincoln, 1891. (2) Valley
Lodge, No 107, I.O.O.F., 1889, Lincoln. (3) No printing at top,
datelined Lincoln, 1888. (4 &
5) Two state and county tax invoices
for 160 acres and a $500 improvement, 1887 & 1890. (6) A.
L. Bancroft & Co, Publishers of the Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, for
which A. B. Allen purchased Vol 1 of the Bancroft Works, 1884.
The tax documents have tears along fold creases as well as the billhead
without printing. Some chips and small pieces missing from the
Citrus Rebekah billhead. Fine to
very fine. Est. $50-100
443. Placer. MacIntire
Mining & Lumbering Co. Incorporated in California in 1886. Cert. #126, issued to John J. McIntire for 5 shares in 1888. Signed by President Jno. L Browley and Secretary
F. L. Browley. Transferred in
red ink across face of certificate. No
vignettes. Black border on white
paper. 4-1/4 x 9-1/2. No printer noted. Location of Works: Placer County, Cal. printed on certificate.
Not mentioned in State Mineralogist reports of 1888 to 1896. Datelined Oakland, Cal. A few small stains, slight wrinkling. Very
fine. Est. $50-100
445. Plumas. Clio.
Clio Lumber Co. Photograph by P. J. Thompson of Loyalton,
Cal., circa 1900. Outstanding photograph of the mill, pond, lumber
yard of this company. 10 x 12 mounted
on board. Est. $150-300
446. Plumas. Crescent
Hills. Photopostcard of an extremely
snowy scene. Postmarked Crescent
Hills, Cal., 1911. Addressed to
Johnsville, Cal. Photo is slightly
blurry but shows at least 3 feet of fresh snow. There is a small tear along bottom edge.
Very fine. Est. $25-50
447. Plumas. Plumas
County Gold Nuggets Photopostcard, c. 1910. Card reads Plumas county Nuggets (actual size) One of the pictured nuggets is 7.42 oz ($133.74)
and the other is 13.74 ($247.32). Those
values are from cry from what they would be worth today which would be closer
to $2000 and $3500. Very fine.
448. Plumas. Portola.
W.P.R.R. Oiler. (Western Pacific RR). With 929.46 miles of track, the rail line ran
from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, via Sacramento, Marysville, Oroville
and Beckwith, the lowest pass in the Sierras.
Today, the W.P.P.R museum resides in Portola. The can has a 4 handle, with which one would have carried the oiler,
and a removable top sits atop the can.
Judging from threading a the top lip of the can, a piece that may
have screwed together with the can is presumably missing. 6 total x 4 1/2 diameter at the bottom, tapering up into a 2
diameter at the top. The side bears
a metal label with W.P.P.R embossing.
Was dug by Tom Johnson. Removable
lid with 3 chain. Quite rusted,
dirty, with a small dent near label and bottom. Fine. Est.
449. Plumas. Round
Valley. Cherokee Quartz Mill
Letter, 1863. The letter is
written to Wm. Bolinger at the Cherokee Quartz Mill at Round Valley, Plumas
County, inquiring about the purchase or lease of a good quartz mine. The letter is written by Donald Darwin, who
is interested in moving is quartz mill to a favorable location. The letter is noted at top as sent by Wells,
Fargo & Co Express and the lot includes a franked envelope that is torn
along the right edge. In Gudde (1949),
Cherokee has its peak from 1865-1870 and never had a post office. This letter predates the boom noted by Gudde.
Round Valley is not listed in Gudde for Plumas County.
Gudde lists a Round Valley in Mendocino County which was named by
Fremont. Very fine.
450. Plumas. Taylor
Plumas Mill & MC. Inc. in
NY. Cert #1853, issued to J.R. Kennedy,
Trustee for 100 shares in 1887. Signed
by pres. W.G.Robinson and sec. LS. Sevey Spartan. Vignette of miners working outside of mine opening, above ground. Location of Property, Plumas County printed
on certificate. Brown border and
print. Printer Theo. Dollard,
NY. The name changed from the Crescent
Mine to the Taylor mine in 1882. It
was discovered in 1864, was a producing mine and was worked through 1864. It produced good ore for aobut 10 to 20 years,
but was defunct and in disrepair by 1917. (Ref: Burchard, 1882, p84; Boyle, p110.) Est. $150-250
451. Plumas. Taylorsville.
Fourth of July Broadside, 1952.
There was to be a dance on July 3, a centennial parade and program
beginning at 10 am and the 3rd annual rodeo and barbeque.
Small tears along edge. 11
x 14. Very fine.
453. Plumas. Taylorsville.
Prospector in Taylorsville Photopostcard, c. 1910.
The photocard on the front is edged.
The reverse is of the smaller size postcard, with an apparent cutting
of the card, but the photo is unaffected.
Very fine. Ext. $25-50
454. Plumas. Taylorsville.
Railroad Expense Bills, 1904 7 1909.
Lot of 4 pcs. Two are from
the Boca & Loyalton RR. The
other two are from the Sierra Valleys Railway Co.
All are shipments to the J. C. Young Co in Taylorsville. One of the SVRR papers is torn along the left
edge. Fine to very fine. Est. $50-75
455. Plumas. Taylorsville.
Sierra Valleys Railway Co. Archive, 1909.
Lot of 100+ pcs. Archive
of shipments in and out of Taylorsville, Cal.
Fine. Est. $200-300
456. Plumas. Genesee. Gruss Mining Co. Incorporated
in California in 1917. Cert. #3573,
issued to S.V. Baumsteiger for 1000 shares in 1922. Signed by President W.J. Gruss and Secretary
(illegible). Cancelled by hole punches
through signatures. Vignette of
bald eagle clutching shield and arrows.
Orange border and underprint. 8-1/2
x 11-3/4. Printer A. Carlisle
& Co. S. F. The old Genesee
mine was said to have yielded $1 million in gold and silver.
This company reopened the mine, intending to work it for copper. Consisted of a vein at a slate/meta-andesite
contact bearing chalcocite and massive sulfides. In about 1920 the company shifted its focus to the Surcease mine
in Butte County that it optioned from the Goldfield Consolidated Mines Exploration
Co. About 1922-23 it relinquished
this option and took out a lease on the Finney Mine at Downieville. (1920,1925
& 1931 volumes of the Mines Handbook) The company was reported inactive in the 1949
Mines Register. Glue stain on left
edge, fine. Est. $25-50
457. Railroad. Central
Pacific Documents., 1873-1881. Lot of 3 pcs. The first
is a manuscript letter on Central Pacific Railroad letter datelined Sacramento,
1873. The letter is sent to satellite
branch discussing a new method of recording sales information. The second is a manuscript letter on Central
Pacific Railroad datelined San Francisco, 1881. The letter is written to D. A .Bender of the V & T RR in Carson
City. Both of these letters are
signed by T. H. Goodman. The third
piece is a CPRR billhead to the V & T RR for the use of an engine at
the Reno switching yard dated 1876. Very
fine. Est. $150-300
458. Railroad. Wayside
Notes on the Sunset Route, Southern Pacific, 1908. This softbound book was issued by the Passenger
Department of the Southern Pacific, San Francisco. The book is a souvenir and promotional piece
describing travel along the Sunset Route from San Francisco to San Diego
and on to Arizona. Each of the stops
is describe, even the small towns of Felton and Monterey. The covers are in color. Within are several small photographs of the
notable places of towns which the train stops.
The cover is almost detached at the binding. 5 x 6.5. Very fine. Est. $50-100
459. Redlands. Bear
Valley Irrigation Co. Inc. in
1890. Cert.#36, issued to Electa
A. Fay for ten shares in 1891. Signed
by transfer agent, Arthur H. day and treas. W. G. Bartlett. Nice vignette at top of the New Bear Valley
Dam. Green border and underprint. 14 coupons attached. 14 x 10. Very
fine. Theres quite a story behind
this company and its founder. In
1883, Frank Elwood Brown, co-founder of Redlands, traveled with Hiram Barton
(vineyardist and sheep rancher) to Bear Valley in search of the perfect
place for water storage to be used for the valleys farms in summertime. There are conflicting stories about how Brown
knew to look in Bear Valley, but some say he read about it in the San Bernardino
460. Sacramento. Dreamland
Dance Hall/ 5c//blank, 22mm, octagonal, al, au. Three pieces. Est $10-25
461. Sacramento. Sacramento.
Black & Co Fantasy $20 Gold Piece.
Sac. California Gold/SMV.900/(pic of a press)/1855/20 Dollars//Blake
& Co/20/Assayers. Rd, br(?),
32 mm. This reverse design shows concentric circles
around the 20 in the middle. This
design is not shown or described for Blake & Co gold coins. Rough points along edges. Xf. Est.
462. Sacramento. Sacramento.
Darius Ogden Mills & Co. Bill of Exchange, 1864.
Issued to William Condon for $600 gold.
Check #21131. Vignette at
top right of a side-paddle wheel steamer.
Vignette at left of a schooner.
Very small vignette at bottom center of a dog laying down. Crème paper with SECOND in gray underprint.
Printer - Bald, Coysland & Co, New York.
4 x 9. Paper is slightly acidified at lower left corner
with resultant staining and chips. Upper
left corner has small piece missing. Extremely fine. Est. $150-300
463. Sacramento. Sacramento.
Governors Special Message to the Legislature in relation to Corporations,
1854. The address concerns incorporations of companies
especially directed at the steam navigation companies. The Governor is concerned that monopolies may
develop. 6 pps. Front and rear cover missing. 5 x 7. Printer
- George Kerr, State Printer. Fine.
464. Sacramento. Sacramento.
Native Sons of the Golden West Centennial Commemorative Coin. (pic of the capitol with Us Flag and CA State flag and bear)/Native
Sons of the Golden West/(ring of small stars along edge//Friendship Loyalty
Charity/1875/Centennial/1975/100 Years. Rd, br, 39 mm. Vf. Est. $25-50
465. Sacramento. Sacramento.
Revenue Laws of the State of California, 1897.
Original hard bound cover with California State Seal pressed on back
cover. 3 x 5. Title states
Prepared for the use of Assessors, Collectors, Auditors,
and State and County Officers. 128
pps. Near mint condition.
466. San Bernardino or Inyo. Three photographs of
an unidentified mill. All 6 x 10 each, horizontal format, matted. Each
says Joy-Grantz on the bottom, probably a Los Angeles Photographer. These
three photos were originally in a dilapidated frame with a Los Angeles frame
company emblem on the back. We removed them from the frame and a larger
mat hoping for identification. One photograph shows the mill in its completed
form and two photos show the mill after an explosion or fire. They appear
to date to about 1935. A large dry lake can be seen in the background of
one photo. All are in a very arid desert setting, typical of Inyo or San
Bernardino deserts. Each in excellent condition and quality. These should
be identifiable to a southern California mining expert. Est. $100-200
468. San Bernardino.
Mojave. Sanchez and Soledad
G&SMC. Inc. in CA. Cert.#863, issued to M.W. Sprague for 25 shares
in 1883. Signed by president James
Noel and sec. I.W. Felt. Green and
black masthead with the State Seal of Colorado incorporated into the design.
Black border, black print and green underprint.
Seal includes Mojave Mining Dist., San Bernardino County.
12 x 7 1/4. Uncancelled. XF. No
printer noted. This company was
mentioned by Burchard in 1885 as beginning to develop their property. Assays
of $20 to $1000 per ton were reported. The certificate states the mine is
in the Mojave district, San Bernardino County, while the Mojave district
has also been noted in Los Angeles county and Kern county. Is was located
at the townsite of Goldtown, which may have changed names later. The district
is on the edge of Townships 10 and 11 N, R 12 W, centered on Soledad Butte,
4 miles southwest of Mojave. The key ore veins are on the north flank of
Soledad Mountain. The ore generally occurs in quartz veins 4-15 feet wide. Free gold and horn silver are noted in the
literature. The district was notably skipped over by early writers of California
gold deposits, and is not found in the Report of State Mineralogist
until the mid-1890s. The Sanchez & Soledad Co. didnt leave much of
a mark in history. We were unable to determine just which property they
held. The discovery period of the
district appears to be about the time of this certificate, though the early
gold discoveries near Soledad could also be here. [ref: Tucker in Mining
in California, Sept. 1923, pp156-164]
469. San Bernardino.
Needles. Mount Whipple
Incorporated in Arizona in 1903.
Issued to J.L. Curtis for 7990 shares in 1919. Cancelled. Signed by president
J. L. Curtis and secretary W. Worthing. Central vignette of a mill on a rivers edge, flanked by two smaller
vignettes of underground mining scenes. Green border and seal. Printed
by Goes. 8 1/4 x 11.
Vf, folds, red cancellation across certificate.
This company was probably a reorganization of the Mount Whipple Mining
Company. The companys office was located in Needles
and its property near Empire Flats, on the Colorado River, near the junction
of the Bill Williams Fork River. The
property consisted of 10 claims, developed by a 1000 ft tunnel from which
small shipments or ore had been made, assaying up to 15% copper, with materially
larger gold values. (Copper Handbook,
1908, p. 1000; 1910-1911, p. 1242,) Mount
Whipple Mining Company was listed as dead in Vol. XI of the Copper Handbook.
470. San Bernardino.
Needles. Needles Mining
& Smelting Co. Cert.#13. Incorporated in Maine. Issued to James J. Storrow for 1 share in 1910.
Signed by president Sharp. Brown border, no vignette. Printed by John A. Lowell Bank Note Co. 8 x 10 3/4. Xf, folds. The company consisted
of various properties in both California and Arizona, a limesote quarry
in San Bernardino CA, and a smelter on the bank of the Colorado River, 1
mile NW of Needles. By 1912-13,
the smelter was not in operation, but the company, nonetheless, was producing
200 tons of gold ore at $15 per day. (Ref:
Weed, 1912-1913, pp.626, 627). Est.
471. San Bernardino.
Randsburg. Yellow Aster
M&MC Vouchers, 1902. Lot
of 3 pcs. Datelined Randsburg, CA.,
August 14, 1902. 4 x 7 3/4. Vf, some stains. On the heals of the famed Cripple Creek , and precedents of the
Tonopah and Goldfield bonanzas, the Yellow Aster was perhaps one of the
most important gold mines of the late 19th century in Southern California. The group, consisting of three prospectors,
John Singleton, Fred Mooers and Charles Burham, struck rich gold veins in
the desert hills of east San Bernardino.
With the help of pioneer woman Rose, wife of Charles, the band successfully
ran the Yellow Aster up through the early part of the 1900s. Perhaps without the integral hand of Rose,
the company would not have reaped such rewards as it did. As a result, all of the original partners,
with exception to Mooers who died before 1900 and before the wealth, lived
the lives of prosperous mining men. Est.
472. San Bernardino.
San Bernardino. San Bernardino/Eagle.
San Bernardino &/ S & S/ Eagle Soda Works.
Embossed aqua 12 oz. soda bottle.
Circa 1905. Rare. Clean, mint. Est. $25-50
474. San Bernardino.
Yermo. Calico Photopostcard,
c. 1920. Silver Mine Tunnel,
Calico Ghost town, Yermo, Cal. The
scene shows a run down mine portal with mostly covered rail tracks entering
and a rusting upside down ore cart at the left.
At adit entrance is a posted sign that says Dangers, Zonda(?) Mine,
Keep Out. Very fine.
475. San Diego. San
Diego. California Expedition
Medal. Eastside Beer Gold Medal
Winner on obverse, and Panama-Pacific-International Exposition on reverse.
Rd, br, 28mm, xf, dark around edges and at high points.
476. San Diego. San
Diego. San Diego & Coronado
Ferry Co. Two Pass Cards, 1895
& 1919. The 1895 card had blue
ink on blue paper, #64, issued to E. H. Hornbeck and is 1.5 x 3. The second card has black ink on gray paper,
#93, signed by W. Ciagtos and is 2.5 x 4.
The older card has some wear to reverse; the other is mint. Est. $75-150
477. San Francisco & Sacramento. Druggist Billheads, Early, 1862-1872. Lot of 4 pcs. William H. Keith, San Francisco, 1862, billed to the State of California
for a sponge. R. H. McDonald &
Co, 1866, Sacramento, billed to Margaret Roach. H. C. Kirk & Co, Sacramento, 187x. C. F. Richards & Co, 1866, San Francisco, manuscript letter
to B. B. Redding, Sec. State, Cal.
The letter is asking for receipt of $5 and sworn statement sent to
establish a trademark. B. B.
Redding is the namesake of Redding, Cal.
Initially, the town was known as Latona, a Greek Goddess of Mythology
with a less than desirable reputation, later changed to Reading, in honor
of Pierson B. Reading. In 1872,
B. B. Redding, as land agent for the Central Pacific RR, laid out a new
townsite just north of Reading, after the acquiring a right of way for the
railway. The town folk rejected the name of Redding
at, first, but lost out in 1880, when the state legislature officially named
the town for Redding. The Redding
family was very influential and B. B. Redding was still alive, which may
account for the involvement of the state in the naming. B. B. Redding was Secretary of State for California
during the sixties as manifest by the above described letter (Gudde, 1949).
Very fine. Est. $50-150
478. San Francisco area. Tokens, Lot of 3. A)
The Waldorf/ S.F. Cal bi metallic//gf 12 1/2 drink at the bar, probably
K2691, b) The New Varsity octagonal, Palo Alto c) Golden Gate Intl 1939
medal in brass, unc. Est $20-40
479. San Francisco.
(San Francisco). Hotel/
Victoria// E.M.T. Rd, al,
25mm, xf. Not in Kappan maverick index. W. F. Morris was the proprietor of the Hotel
Victoria which was located at Bush and
Stockton Sts (Merchants Directory, 1911).
There may be another Hotel Victoria with the proprietors initials
of E. M. T. but we couldnt find any. We
were told that this token was from Sonora, Cal, but we could not verify
this. Rare. Est.
480. San Francisco.
California Gold Tokens circa 1870-1900. Lot of 2 pcs. Both made
to look like the California gold fractional currency. Both are octagonal.
One dated 1853, 10mm, California Gold on reverse, probably 14kt or higher.
The second dated 1855 is 12mm with the reverse California Gold/ 1/2/ (pic
of bear) Both au. Est. $100-200
482. San Francisco.
Gold Rush Shipping Receipt from the Staghound, 1856, for 500
barrels of cranberries from Boston. The
paper carries the color flag of the company in yellow and red. Cape Cod
and surrounds have traditionally produced most of the cranberries in the
United States. Extremely fine. Est. $100-200
483. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Adams &
Co. Express & Banking Co, Check, 1853.
Issued to L. H. Feagan for $463.
Check #56. Vignette at upper
right of several men working sluice boxes panning for gold. Vignette at left of allegorical male wearing
a winged hat holding a small bag. Left
two corners are missing one inch pieces.
Piece missing at bottom center and bottom right corner. White pieces of paper glued at right upper
corner on near center of reverse. Small tears along right edge. Fine. Est.
484. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Anglo Californian
Bank, Limited. Cert.#957.
A British company, incorporation date unknown.
Issued to Hoel K. Hecht for 40 shares in 1906.
Signed by manager and accountant.
Cancelled by inked rubber stamp through signatures. No vignette, but very fancy masthead and logo
on left edge incorporating the company initials. No border. Many British
companies were active in the US mining industry around the turn of the century.
Some invested in or actually operated mines, while others such as
this one, offered other services that were peripheral to mining.
The Anglo- Californian Bank Ltd. got its start in 1867-8 as the J.
& W. Seligman & Co. merchants and bankers in San Francisco. Their
head office was in New York. In 1873, it incorporated as the Anglo-Californian
Bank, Ltd, with a capital of 300,000 pounds sterling, financed by British
concerns. Ignatz Steinhart and Fred Low, a onetime California Governor,
were among the early managers. Steinhart was the senior manager until the
bank merged with the London-Paris National Bank and became the Anglo &
London Paris National Bank. At the time of the merger, their assets were
more than $12 million, considered one of the stronger banks. [ref: Cross,
Financing an Empire, v1, 1927.] Folds and smudges, two loose leaf hole punches
at top, slight yellowing upper right corner. 8 x 9 1/4. Est. $50-100
485. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Bank of
America Check, 1931 with Chinese Writing and issued in Hong Kong Currency. The Chinese writing is in red underprint.
Issued from the Clay-Montgomery Branch to Louu Ging Chuen for $100. 4 x 7. Very fine. Est. $25-50
486. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Bank of
California, One sheet of 6 checks.
San Francisco printed below masthead.
RND7 imprinted checks. Green
print, yellow underprint and revenue in orange. Unissued, 187x. XF. 8 x 16 1/2.
XF. These are rare unused, and particularly rare in full sheet form.
Fifth check has minor mildew in 2 spots. Est.$50-150
487. San Francisco.
San Francisco. California
Perfume Co. Bottle, c. 1890-1900. 5.5
inches tall. Fruit Flavors
embossed on front. Clear.
This is the earliest known perfume bottle with word California embossed
on it. Most perfumes tended to come from France and
this California enterprise tried to bring a bit of the French je ne sais
quoi to California. Est. $50-100
488. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Californias
World Fair on S.F. Bay, Ten Photo Postcards
featuring nighttime views of. All
have white borders. Stanley A. Piltz,
photographer. Each is a different view, with accompanying description on
the back. Vf, some smudges. 3 x 5. Several
other chromo-litho postcards of the Worlds Fair, including two brochures.
All are very fine. Est. $40-80
490. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Cigar Company
Billheads, 1888 & 1899. The
first is from Charles, Jacobs & Co., Cigar Manufacturers sold to R.
C. Holliday of Dillon, M. T., 1888. The
billhead as a fancy masthead with a box of cigars at each side. There is a one inch tear at left center.
The second is from the Owl Cigar Co sold to E. Mane & Bro of
Jackson, Cal., in 1899. This billhead has the company logo in red ink
on yellow paper. The logo contains
a barn owl seated within the O of Owl in the title. Three tears along top edge affecting dateline. Fold crease at upper left corner. Both are very fine. Est. $25-50
491. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Expressmens
Mutual Benefit Association, c. 1885.
Blank application for membership and has a return addressed envelope.
Application is three pages long and asks for a medical physical.
Hole in application from punch pin.
Very fine. Est. $50-100
492. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Folsom
Autograph. Payment voucher issued
to Page Bacon & Co on Nov. 26, 1853.
Signed by Joseph L. Folsom and A. C. Peachy. Autograph bright and bold. Not
endorsed or cancelled. 3 x 7.
Extremely fine. Est. $100-300
493. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Folsom
Autograph. Payment voucher issued
to William Morris for $5000 on Oct, 10, 1851,
Signed by Capt. J. L. Folsom and Jamie Blair. Signed by Folsom on reverse as well. Blue paper. 4 x 7.5. Extremely fine. Est. $150-300
494. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Gold rush
era checks, Two, unissued. 185x check on Parrott & Co. Bankers,
SF and check from Adams & Co. Bankers in Stockton (Newell & Co.,
agents), with Adams & Co. Express at left.
Parrott brought $300,000 with him from Mexico in 1849, quickly establishing
him as one of the best bankers in California. He made it through every crash.
Adams didnt fare so well, failing in the 1850as after opening in 1851.
Generally vf. Est. $75-150
495. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Harpers
New Monthly Magazine. No
XCII-January, 1858-Vol. XVI. The
Superstition of Sailors, page 183, is an article about the S.
S. Central America. Fine. Est. $50-100
496. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Henry G.
Hanks, Assayer, c. 1900 and Abbot A. Hanks, Assayers, 1946. Lot of 3 pcs. These two assayers are definitely related since both use the same
company logo, an Egyptian sitting in front of a crude furnace. The Henry G. Hanks piece is a four page Assay
Table with four tables. Table No.
1 is Value of Gold and Silver Bullion in ounces troy and decimals. Table No 2 Giving the Number of Ounces of Pure
Metal in One Ton of ore, and grams of ore. Table No 3 For Determining the Value of Gold and Silver Bullion.
Table No 4 Useful in Calculating Percentages and otherwise.
This early Hanks took over the business of the Pacific Chemical Works.
The Abbot Hanks pieces are receipts for gold and silver assays, 1946.
Very fine. Est. $50-100
497. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Hills Brothers
Commission Merchants for the Sale of Dairy and General Farm Produce Price
List, Oct., 29, 1892. One page,
double sided, with black print on yellow paper listing produce and commodities. Two many examples to list. Half inch tear at right edge along center fold.
Very fine. Est. $50-75
498. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Imitation
$50 Gold Octagonal. San Francisco
California/ 880 Thous./ (Pic- bald eagle on shield)/ Fifty// 50. Oct, Gilt, 40mm, vf/ very minor rust stain
on reverse. Unc. Est. $50-100
500. San Francisco.
San Francisco. John Taylor
& Co Advertising Broadside, c. 1870.
This company was Importers and Manufacturers of Assayers Materials,
Mine and Mill Supplies and School, Physical and Chemical Apparatus and Chemicals.
8.5 x 11. At the left edge is a list of the different
types of jobs and services and items that they provide. Taylor succeeded Kellogg & Hewston in some
Fashion. While Selbys name was
given as having bought out the San Francisco Smelting and Refining Works,
formerly the Kellogg & Hewston, Taylors name appears on early catalogs
as the successor. The body of the
advertisement opens with From out long experience in supplying leading
mines in California and adjoining States and Territories, we feel confident
we can fill all orders satisfactorily..
Slight staining along top edge.
Small tear at top center edge. Very
fine. Est. $25-75
501. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Lilienthal
& Co Billhead with manuscript letter, 1898. The Lilienthal & Co was a whiskey distributor. The letter is the V & T RR agent in Mound
House, Nev, regarding a shipment of borax that was short. Very fine.
502. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Manuscript
note from B. Peyton & Co. Will Mr. Lawton be good enough to pay
$890.40 to J. Parrott at Page, Bacon & Co.? I have called there without seeing him this morning and will give
a proper receipt when we do meet. Balie Peyton was an attorney for the
municipal government of San Francisco in 1855-1856. Parrott was a shipping
merchant and later became a banker and capitalist. This note is on blue
unlined paper. It has a black strip of scrapbook paper attached at left,
and a tear in the top left. Undated, though certainly circa 1850-1855. [ref:
Bancroft] Est. $50-100
503. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Map
of San Francisco, showing location of Lakeview. This is a sort of fold-out prospectus for real
estate of the Lakeview area. Residence
sites for sale by order of Adolph Sutro. Lakeview has left little trace other than the
hills it sat on. The range is generally
known now as Mount Davis except on maps where it is still known as the San
Miguel Hills, which sit on the San Miguel land grant, 1845. This particular advertisement piece is dated
1890. Lakeview was apparently a
portion of Rancho San Miguel, which sat facing the Laguna de la Merced,
near Lake Merced, also a land grand in 1835.
A detailed map of San Francisco on inside, along with lot views of
Lakeview. Lakeview is the Greatest Buy in the Market.
19 x 24. Vf, some wrinkles, a small rip at fold, a rip
and repaired rip at bottom of Lakeview map. Est. $25-75
504. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Market
& 14th Sts. Homestead Association., Deed, 1876. Issued to Peder Sather for a real estate purchase. Folds out to 11 x 17 and is 4 pages. Minor staining. Folds are stiff with minor tears at conjunctions. Very fine.
505. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Market
Street Railway Co. Incorporated
in California. Issued to De Coppet
& Doremus for 15 shares, cert #3713, in 1922.
Signed by D. Morris vice president and P. Hawkins asst secretary. Vignette of spread winged eagle clutching leaves
and twigs. Green border and underprint.
Cancelled by rubber stamp of same and hole punches through signature
lines. Printer - Republic Bank Note, PA. Receipt stapled to reverse that has two State of New York Revenue
adhesive stamps one for 10 cents and the other for 20 cents. Two others a red Documentary adhesive revenues
one for 10 cents and the other for 20 cents. Very fine. Est. $25-50
507. San Francisco.
San Francisco. North Pacific
Transportation Co Imprinted Revenue, RNC 21, Checks, 1871 & 1873. Written on the Bank of California with two
color variations of the imprinted revenue.
One is orange the other is a shade of brown, no discoloration. At the left edge of each check is a vignette
of a sailing ship. One of the checks
is issued to Miller & Lux. These
checks are near mint condition. One
has a small punch hole at left center.
508. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Order of
Red Men Newsletter, Insignia, June, 1894.
The Insignia is Devoted to the Interests of the Improved Order of
the Red Men and its Collateral Branches.
Front cover displays the portrait of Rev. J. Sims Great Mishinewa. Inside title page has attractive vignette of
major historical events: Discovery
of America by Columbus, Tea Party Boston Harbor, etc. There are eight pages that have articles about the different tribes
and some of their activities across the state of California. There is even a short article on the Winnemucca
tribe. Advertisements on inside
front and rear covers. Three small
tears on back cover along left edge. Minor
wear staining. Extremely fine.
509. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Pacific
Refinery & Assay Office, Assay Report, 1875. The report is for the Forest Hill Mill, sent by Mr. Duisenberg,
which had two samples run. The result
was that one ton of ore assayed with traces of Gold and $1.21 and $1.56
Silver. The assay report is signed
by F. Reichling & Co. Very fine. Est. $50-100
510. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Palace
Hotel Co. Bond. Issued to Ruth
V. Wolf for $5,000, cert #4, in 1925. Signed
by All asst. trust officer and G. Boyd asst. secretary. No vignette. Orange border
and safety print. Cancelled by star
shaped hole punches in signature lines.
Printer - A. Carlisle & Co.
9 x 12. The Palace Hotel
was built by William Sharon and William Ralston in the 1870s. The Palace was the finest places to stay on
the west coast and stayed that way for decades. Very fine. Est. $20-40
511. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Peoples
Ice Co. Incorporated in 1875. Issued to J. S. Thompson for 75 shares, cert
#133, in 1877. Signed by John Caslin
president and Jno. S. Sinceuy secretary.
Vignette at upper left of a plant next to a lake with a train leaving. Black border. Cancelled by star shaped punches in signature lines. Printer - Lith G. F. Brown & Co, SF.
Staining along left edge from stub and along top and right edges.
Fold creases. Very fine. Est. $100-150
512. San Francisco.
San Francisco. S. S. Astral
in San Francisco Bay Photopostcard, c. 1920. Very fine. Est. $25-50
513. San Francisco.
San Francisco. San Francisco
Assaying & Refining Works bullion deposit and assay sheet, 1866
with litho of building at left. This company bought out Kellogg & Hewston,
formerly Kellogg & Humbert. It was headed by several key Comstock men
who were trying to corner the private bullion businesses. This sheet shows
an ingot weighing 139 ounces running about 800 fine in gold. Torn along
one of the left folds, otherwise vf. Est. $100-200
515. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Schmidt
Label & Lithograph Co. Incorporated
in 1882. Issued to M. Schmidt for
50 shares, cert #201, in 1902. Very
fancy masthead with flower bouquet with company logo. Signed by M. Schmidt president and H. G. Dehr secretary.
Signed on reverse by M. Schmidt.
Cancelled by hole punches of same through signature lines.
Green border with black print. Extremely
fine. Est. $250-500
516. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Schmidt
Label & Lithographic Co Letterhead, 1886.
Signed W. Schmidt. Typewritten
letter to the Bullion & Exchange Bank in Carson City indicating the
prices for cost of order for checks. This two page letter has many typos. The vignette at the top is a fancy masthead of the company logo
and is very attractive. Signed by
W. Schmidt. Extremely fine. Est. $25-50
517. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Selby Smelting
& Lead Co Bullion Deposit Receipt, 1886. Lot of 2 pcs. Deposit with
Selby Sm. & Lead Co for refining by
Anglo California Bank. Two Carson
Mint ingots were apparently sent to the Anglo Cal Bank to pay bills by a
depositor. The bank in turn sent
the ingots to Selby for payment. It
is rare to find certificates of US Mint ingots being melted by another facility. Very fine.
518. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Shipping
Receipt, 1865 for Mercury Flasks shipped to Australia. 100 flasks of quicksilver were shipped to the
Australian gold mines from San Francisco via Sydney on June 22, 1865. Mercury was used for gold milling in both the
lode milling process and in the placer mining process to extract fine gold.
The British Bark Paramatta carried the shipment.
Extremely fine. Est. $50-100
519. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Souvenir/
(Pic-statue)/ Jap Statue// GF/ 5¢/ IT/ Art Saloon/ 1356/ Market St.
S.F. Rd, br, 21mm. K 87. We are not sure what
significance this pictorial token has.
Japanese culture has long been a part of San Francisco. As an example, in 1911 there were two different
Japanese newspapers. Vf. Est. $100-200
520. San Francisco.
San Francisco. St. Louis
& San Francisco Railway Co. Manuscript
letter indicating the purchase of shares by the SL & SF RR in the St.
Louis, Wichita & Sertera(?) Railway Co. The letter is unsigned but dated 1879. This appears to be a rough draft as the penmanship
is difficult to read and there are at least two mistakes. 8 x 11. Slight
tears along folds. Very fine.
521. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Stereocard
of San Francisco, c. 18xx. S.
F. Bay from Broadway & Montgomery written in pencil at bottom. Orange matting with purple on reverse. Alexander Thomas Leonard, M. D. address
label on reverse. Image is bright
with minor staining. Background
view is a little washed out. Extremely
fine. Est. $25-75
522. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Sutro Heights
Broadside, c. 1895. The broadside
folds out to 18 x 20. On side has
a map of the available lots for sale in the Sutro Heights area and shows
the cable car lines and location of the Cliff House.
The other side has a list of promotional statements why to live and
buy property in the San Francisco area especially the Sutro Heights. Will E. Fisher & Co are the agents promoting
the sale of property for just $25 down, $10 a month at 7% interest.
Printer - Bosqui Eng. SF. Extremely
condition. Est. $100-300
523. San Francisco.
San Francisco. United
Railroads of San Francisco. Incorporated
in California. Lot of 2 pcs.
Vignette of trollie car with horse drawn wagons. One has orange border and underprint and green
border and underprint. All coupons
attached. Printer - American Bank
Note, NY. Very fine. Est. $50-100
525. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Wells,
Fargo & Co, Check, 1868. Issued
to Joseph Kelly for $200 gold. Check
#337481. Gray background with FIRST
in underprint. 2 cent revenue stamp
at upper left corner. 4 x 9. Top edge has several small nicks. Lower left corner is missing very small piece.
Very fine. Est. $50-150
526. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Wells,
Fargo & Co, Check, 1868. Issued
to Mrs. J. R. Fouralt for $100 Gold. Check
#338878. Gray background with SECOND
in white underprint. 2 cent revenue
stamp at top center. 4 x 9. Very small pinhead sized stains at upper corner.
Small nicks on all edges. Small chip missing from upper corner. Very fine.
527. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Wells,
Fargo & Co., Check, 1864. Issued
to D. R. Kingsbury Asst. Treas for $150 Currency.
Check #266250. 2 cent revenue
stamp at upper left corner. California
State Tax stamp at lower left corner.
Blue pencil writing across check.
4 x 9. Three small pieces
missing along bottom edge. Extremely
fine. Est. $50-150
528. San Francisco.
San Francisco. Young Mens
Christian Association, 1858, payment to member. Two Documents on light blue paper. One receipt, No.727, issued to Jas. S. Pratt,
acknowledging his dues payment for $5 in 1858. Signed by treasurer D.C. Breech.
Variation on California state seal at left. The other paper recognizes James as a new member of the YMCA.
A folded document, signed by Rec. secretary John H. Kemp.
James Pratt was an attorney with the Pratt & Cole law firm (and
later a US Senator). Breech and Kemp are not listed in Bancroft,
nor is the YMCA. The YMCA was founded
in London in 1844. Boston had the
first American YMCA in 1851. It
soon showed up in SF, where it was deemed a hopefully positive influence
on the reckless dissipation of SF citizenry.
(The Annals for San Francisco).
These are the earliest YMCA documents that we have yet to uncover
from private hands, and represent an important role in the development of
Societal change in San Francisco during an era of moral collapse.
Vf. 8 x 5 (folded) and
4 x 8 1/2. Est. $250-350
529. San Francisco.
SF Photograph of 105 Kearney.
5 x 8.5 albumen photograph by C. C. Curtis of the Fratinger &
Co. three story building at 105 Kearney in San Francisco, circa 1888. The outside of the adjacent store is decked
in Fourth of July regalia. Traver
was founded in 1884 and had a population of 600 by 1888. It was an agricultural community 15 miles from Visalia. The photo has generally good contrast but is
faded at the top, affecting the roof ornamentation. Curtis name is stamped at the bottom of the photograph. Rare ephemera from Tulare Co. [ref: Mautz,
Polks California Gazetteer, 1888] Est.
530. San Francisco.
South San Francisco. Arrowhead
Hotel Photographs, 1917. Lot
of 3 pcs. One shows the hotel from
with a shot across a lake. The hotel
is surrounded by palm trees. The
second shows a closer view of the hotel from the rear(?). The third shows five women in front of the hotel and at the bottom
of the photo are penned in their names.
The photos came from a scrap book based on black paper attached at
rear. The photo of the women has
a tear at upper left corner. Very
fine. Est. $20-40
531. San Francisco.
Steamer Billheads, 9 pcs.
Steamer New World, 1862, Steamer Chrysopolis, 1862, Steamer
Helen Hensley, 1861, Steamer Cornelia, 1862, Steamboat Eclipse, 1858,Steamer,
C. M. Webber, 1862; Steamboat Antelope, 1859; Steamboat Queen City, 1860. Extremely fine to mint condition. Est. $800-1200
532. San Francisco. Brass Tag, heavy, 4 ½ x
2 stamped with Fetta Esterina/Sant Francisco/Callifornia. This tag was dug in Columbus, Nevada years
ago and possibly dates to the 1850s. Notice
the way California is spelled! Esterina
not listed in Bancroft, or any of my San Francisco Directories from 1862-1914.
An interesting piece! Probably a
luggage/trunk tag. Columbus was a Nevada mining camp active in the 1860s-70s.