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2019-09-25
Outstanding Pony Express Covers from the George J. Kramer Collection
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Sale Number 1207, Lot Number 17, Pony Express Covers, Pony Express way-mail use from Nevada Territory with $2.00 Red on Freeman & Co. franked entire with Wells Fargo & Co. overprint

Wells Fargo & Company Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Position 16, mostly large margins, ample to just touched at right, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Carson City, Jun. 16" (1861) oval datestamp on 10¢ Pale Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U18a) to William B. Taylor, current postmaster of New York City, with red Wells Fargo & Co. frank printed twice over green Freeman & Co. frank, sender's directive "Pr Pony Express June 16/61"--at Carson City the cover was placed into the way-mail pouch of the mochilla carried on the Pony trip that departed San Francisco on Saturday, June 15, 1861, passed through Carson City June 16, and arrived in St. Joseph June 27--entered the mails with green "St. Joseph Mo. Jun. 27" circular datestamp and matching grid cancel on 10¢ embossed stamp, cover restored at top with some paper added and part of red printed frank inked in, $2.00 stamp has faint crease and tiny repair at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS COVER IS THE EARLIEST OF EIGHT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF PONY EXPRESS USAGE OF OBSOLETE FREEMAN & COMPANY FRANKED ENTIRE WITH THE WELLS FARGO & COMPANY OVERPRINT -- AMONG THE EIGHT, IT IS ONE OF FOUR WITH THE $2.00 RED, THE ONLY WAY-MAIL USAGE AND THE ONLY ONE ORIGINATING IN NEVADA TERRITORY.

John Freeman was an agent for Adams & Co. at the time of the firm's spectacular Lehman-like collapse in February 1855. He ran the Freeman & Co. Express until November 1859, then sold out to Wells Fargo & Co. The unused supply of 10¢ embossed envelopes bearing Freeman & Co.'s green frank was overprinted with the Wells Fargo & Co. red frank in two directions. Some of these were used to send letters by Pony Express. There are eight examples recorded in the FKW census, evenly divided between $2.00 and $1.00 Horse-and-Rider stamp frankings (see table below).

This cover was datestamped on June 16, 1861, by the Wells Fargo & Co. office at Carson City in Nevada Territory. The $2.00 Red paid the Pony Express fee (Rate Period 3), and the red frank presumably paid for Wells Fargo service from another location. Carson City was situated on the Pony Express route, and this cover was added to the mochilla containing the mail that originated in San Francisco on Saturday, June 15. The mochilla had four pouches. Three were used for mail originating at the San Francisco and St. Joseph offices. The letters were bundled and wrapped in water-resistant oiled silk, then placed in the pouches, which were locked for the entire trip (only certain offices had the key). The fourth pouch was used for way mail, which was collected at stations along the route and placed into the pouch by the station agents.

Pony Express way-mail covers are rare, as are Pony covers originating in Nevada Territory. Only five covers from Carson City are recorded in the FKW census: E23, E30, E60A, E97 and E152. This is the only one with the Freeman & Co. overprinted frank. The addressee, William B. Taylor, served briefly as New York City's postmaster, from January 16, 1861, through March 20, 1862.

FKW Census E97. Illustrated in Needham-Berthold, Handstamped Franks: Used as Cancellations on Pony Express Letters 1860 and 1861 and the Pony Express Stamps and Their Use (reprint of Collectors Club Philatelist articles, July and October 1927) and Nathan-Boggs, The Pony Express (page 41).

Ex Lichtenstein (Costales Apr. 26-27, 1950, lot 5) and J. David Baker

Covers with overprinted Freeman & Co. Express frank (all eastbound)
*=WF& Co. outlying office to Sacramento **=Way mail picked up east of Sacramento
FKWOriginating Office DateSt Jo CDS DateAddressEntirePony Stamp
E97**Carson Cty 6/16/18616/27/1861Taylor, NYCU18a Buff$2 Red
E104*Marysville 6/20/18617/4/1861Woodward, Foxcroft MEU17a White$2 Red
E106*Nevada 6/24/18617/8/1861Birdseye, NYCU17a White$2 Red
E107SF 6/29/18617/11/1861Wetherbee, Westfield MAU18a Buff$2 Red
E111SF 7/6/18617/18/1861Wetherbee, Westfield MAU18a Buff$1 Red
E116*Marysville 7/17/18617/29/1861Hapgood, Warren OHU17a White$1 Red
E121SF 7/20/18618/1/1861Merrill, NYCU18a Buff$1 Red
E124SF 7/24/18618/5/1861Merrill, NYCU18a Buff$1 Red

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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2084, Trans-Continental Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Large margins to clear, light pre-use diagonal creasing and tiny tear, tied by blue "Pony Express San Francisco May 11" (1861) Running Pony oval handstamp on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) to Dr. M.J. Pimentel in Boston Mass., blue "PAID" in oval handstamp, green "St. Joseph Mo. May 24" circular datestamp also ties stamp, missing backflap

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 PONY EXPRESS STAMP TIED BY THE BLUE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY OVAL ON AN EASTBOUND COVER.

This cover was carried on the Saturday, May 11, 1861, trip from San Francisco, which arrived at St. Joseph on May 23. When Phase II (Interim Phase) started on April 1, 1861, the rate for a Pony Express letter was substantially reduced to $2 per half-ounce, down from the $5 per half-ounce or $2.50 per quarter-ounce rates in effect during the previous year. At the same time, the new agents--Wells, Fargo & Company--had special stamps and envelopes printed for use on Pony Express letters. The $2 rate was in effect for a brief period, from April 1 to June 30, 1861. The FKW census records 37 $2.00 Red covers.

The $2 and $4 were printed in sheets of 20 (5 wide by 4 high). Rather than build up the printing stone from intermediate transfer groups or from a primary matrix containing the denomination, the printers used a blank matrix to enter each subject on the stone for each value. This required a total of 40 transfers (20 for each value). The denomination (shaded numerals "2" and "4") then had to be individually transferred to each subject on both stones, thus requiring another 40 separate transfers. It seems incredible that experienced lithographers such as Britton & Rey did not simplify the process by using intermediate transfers. Based on the fact that the $2 and $4 of the July 1861 issue (in Green and Black) were printed from the same stones as the April 1861 issue, it is certain that the printers had retained the two original stones. Lithographic stones were usually re-used by erasing the image and repolishing the surface, but in the case of the Pony Express stones, they were evidently preserved for future printings.

FKW Census E74. Trip ET-99. Ex Walske. With 1980 P.F. certificate

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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1330, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Spaulding`s thru WymanWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Full margins to clear, neat strike of blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada" (Cal.) oval datestamp, tiny corner crease at top right, thin spot at left, Very Fine appearance, with 1976 P.F. certificate as sound

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2016-11-09
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Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 23, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Position 17, ample margins to just touching, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express. Sacramento. May 12” (1861) double-circle datestamp on 10c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U16) to New York City with Wells, Fargo & Co. red printed frank, green “St. Joseph Mo. May 24” circular datestamp, stains removed and top left corner restored, the stamp and tying datestamp are unaffected

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS FARGO & CO. SACRAMENTO OFFICE’S LARGE DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP USED TO CANCEL A PONY EXPRESS STAMP.

Sacramento was the original western terminus for the actual Pony ride. The mail was usually carried between Sacramento and San Francisco by river steamer. As the Sacramento Valley Railroad line was extended further east, the terminus was moved to Folsom (starting July 7, 1860). On July 1, 1861, it was moved to Placerville. Nonetheless, Sacramento remained an important gathering point for Pony Express mail.

Beginning with the Phase III period (April 1 to June 30, 1861), Wells Fargo & Co. served as agents for the Overland Mail Company and The Central Overland California & Pike’s Peak Express Company in operating the Pony Express. It was during this period that Wells Fargo & Co. introduced stamps and envelopes for prepayment of Pony Express fees.

A special oval “Pony Express Sacramento” datestamp was typically used by Wells Fargo & Co. on Pony Express mail originating at their Sacramento office. However, in this case, the large double-circle datestamp that was usually applied to letters carried over Wells Fargo & Co.’s regular express routes was used on a Pony Express letter. This is the only recorded example of the double-circle datestamp on Pony Express mail.

FKW Census E78. Trip ET-99. Ex Twigg-Smith. With 1963 P.F. certificate (prior to restoration).

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2015-12-17
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4427, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Ample to full margins, part of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp at bottom, rim of additional circular datestamp at right and U.S. numeral debit rate handstamp at top (second numeral is "4"), Very Fine and choice, an outstanding used example of the first Pony Express stamp

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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4428, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Large margins to just in at bottom and lower right, blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp struck to show the nearly full pony riding on top of the pony of the adhesive stamp, Fine and visually striking with the arrangement of the cancel

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The Larry Lyons Collection: All Roads Lead to San Francisco
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Sale Number 1103, Lot Number 1561, 1860-61 Transcontinental Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Large margins to just touched including part of adjoining stamps at top and right, tied by well-struck blue "Pony Express San Francisco Jun. 5" (1861) Running Pony handstamp on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) to New York, the entire cancelled by blue segmented cork and indistinct St. Joseph Mo. circular datestamp, top flap with small part missing and small part sensibly repaired, the stamp with expert repair at top right, the cover gently cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 PONY EXPRESS STAMP TIED BY THE BLUE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY OVAL.

This cover was carried on the Wednesday, June 5, 1861, trip from San Francisco, which arrived at St. Joseph on June 17. When Phase II (Interim Phase) started on April 1, 1861, the rate for a Pony Express letter was substantially reduced to $2 per half-ounce, down from the $5 per half-ounce or $2.50 per quarter-ounce rates in effect during the previous year. At the same time, the new agents--Wells, Fargo & Company--had special stamps and envelopes printed for use on Pony Express letters. The $2 rate was in effect for a brief period, from April 1 to June 30, 1861. The FKW census records 37 $2.00 Red covers.

The $2 and $4 were printed in sheets of 20 (5 wide by 4 high). Rather than build up the printing stone from intermediate transfer groups or from a primary matrix containing the denomination, the printers used a blank matrix to enter each subject on the stone for each value. This required a total of 40 transfers (20 for each value). The denomination (shaded numerals "2" and "4") then had to be individually transferred to each subject on both stones, thus requiring another 40 separate transfers. It seems incredible that experienced lithographers such as Britton & Rey did not simplify the process by using intermediate transfers. Based on the fact that the $2 and $4 of the July 1861 issue (in Green and Black) were printed from the same stones as the April 1861 issue, it is certain that the printers had retained the two original stones. Lithographic stones were usually re-used by erasing the image and repolishing the surface, but in the case of the Pony Express stones, they were evidently preserved for future printings.

FKW Census E93. With 1992 P.F. certificate

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The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses
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Sale Number 1072, Lot Number 45, 1860-61 Transcontinental Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Position 3, large margin at right showing frameline of adjoining stamp, clear to slightly in on other sides, bright color, tied by blue “Pony Express, San Francisco, May 22” (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) to Dr. M. J. Pimentel at a Boston street address, bold blue "PAID" in oval handstamp applied by Pony Express office in San Francisco, bold strike of green “St. Joseph Mo. Jun. 3” circular datestamp cancels embossed stamp, neatly docketed with June 6 receipt date, faint greenish color around edges, part of backflap removed

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SHORT-LIVED WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY $2.00 HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE TIED BY THE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY OVAL ON COVER.

This cover was carried on the Wednesday, May 22, 1861, trip from San Francisco, which arrived at St. Joseph on June 3. When Phase II (Interim Phase) started on April 1, 1861, the rate for a Pony Express letter was substantially reduced to $2 per half-ounce, down from the $5 per half-ounce or $2.50 per quarter-ounce rates in effect during the previous year. At the same time, the new agents--Wells, Fargo & Company--had special stamps and envelopes printed for use on Pony Express letters. The $2 rate was in effect for a brief period, from April 1 to June 30, 1861. The FKW census records 37 $2.00 Red covers.

The $2 and $4 were printed in sheets of 20 (5 wide by 4 high). Rather than build up the printing stone from intermediate transfer groups or from a primary matrix containing the denomination, the printers used a blank matrix to enter each subject on the stone for each value. This required a total of 40 transfers (20 for each value). The denomination (shaded numerals "2" and "4") then had to be individually transferred to each subject on both stones, thus requiring another 40 separate transfers. It seems incredible that experienced lithographers such as Britton & Rey did not simplify the process by using intermediate transfers. Based on the fact that the $2 and $4 of the July 1861 issue (in Green and Black) were printed from the same stones as the April 1861 issue, it is certain that the printers had retained the two original stones. Lithographic stones were usually re-used by erasing the image and repolishing the surface, but in the case of the Pony Express stones, they were evidently preserved for future printings.

The "Paid" in oval handstamp was a standard marking used by Wells, Fargo & Company, but its function on Pony Express covers is not completely understood. The "Paid" oval is recorded on nine Pony Express covers carried during Phase II (Interim Phase) from April 1 to June 30, 1861 (FKW census). An additional five covers carried during Phase III (July-October 1861) have the same "Paid" oval. The fact that certain covers have the adhesive Pony Express stamp affixed over the "Paid" indicates that it was applied to those envelopes prior to being stamped for the Pony service. Three of the four recorded covers from this May 22 trip have the "Paid."

FKW Census E81. Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Stach

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Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 1835, Western Mails cont: Transcontinental and Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Position 15, large margins all around, bright color, tied by blue "Pony Express, San Francisco, Jun. 22" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green Star Die entire (U33) to A. W. Canfield, New York City, green "St. Joseph Jul. 4" circular datestamp, trivial faint spot at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SHORT-LIVED WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY $2.00 HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE ON COVER.

This cover was carried on the Saturday, June 22, 1861, trip from San Francisco, which arrived at St. Joseph on July 4. It is addressed to A. W. Canfield, who received 18 of the recorded eastbound Pony Express covers, including the two Civil War patriotic Flag-and-Cannon covers (one of which is in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum collection).

When Phase II (Interim Phase) started on April 1, 1861, the rate for a Pony Express letter was substantially reduced to $2 per half-ounce, down from the $5 per half-ounce or $2.50 per quarter-ounce rates in effect during the previous year. At the same time, the new agents--Wells, Fargo & Company--had special stamps and envelopes printed for use on Pony Express letters. The $2 rate was in effect for a brief period, from April 1 to June 30, 1861. The FKW census records 37 $2.00 Red covers.

The $2 and $4 were printed in sheets of 20 (5 wide by 4 high). Rather than build up the printing stone from intermediate transfer groups or from a primary matrix containing the denomination, the printers used a blank matrix to enter each subject on the stone for each value. This required a total of 40 transfers (20 for each value). The denomination (shaded numerals “2” and “4”) then had to be individually transferred to each subject on both stones, thus requiring another 40 separate transfers. It seems incredible that experienced lithographers such as Britton & Rey did not simplify the process by using intermediate transfers. Based on the fact that the $2 and $4 of the July 1861 issue (in Green and Black) were printed from the same stones as the April 1861 issue, it is certain that the printers had retained the two original stones. Lithographic stones were usually re-used by erasing the image and repolishing the surface, but in the case of the Pony Express stones, they were evidently preserved for future printings.

FKW Census E103. Trip ET-111. Ex Hall. Illustrated in Nathan-Boggs book (p. 42).

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Sale Number 1048, Lot Number 404, Carriers and Locals incl. Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Large margins to ample, rich color, tied by blue “Pony Express, San Francisco, Jun. 29” (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp, second clear strike below with matching “Paid” in oval on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) to Washington Townsend in West Chester Pa., green “St. Joseph Mo. Jul. 11” circular datestamp, manuscript “Recd. at West Chester July 15, 1861 at 10. P.M. W.T." written by recipient over additional pencil docketing, embossed stamp uncancelled, some minor wrinkling and file fold which does not affect the adhesive

VERY FINE. A VERY RARE PONY EXPRESS COVER WITH THE $2.00 HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE AND TWO BOLD STRIKES OF THE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY OVAL.

The “Paid” in oval handstamp was a standard marking used by Wells, Fargo & Company, but its function on Pony Express covers is not completely understood. The “Paid” oval is recorded on nine Pony Express covers carried during Phase II (Interim Phase) from April 1 to June 30, 1861 (FKW census). An additional five covers carried during Phase III (July-October 1861) have the same “Paid” oval. The fact that certain covers have the adhesive Pony Express stamp affixed over the “Paid” indicates that it was applied to those envelopes prior to being stamped for the Pony service.

The FKW census recorded 37 covers with the $2.00 Red First Issue. This cover left San Francisco on June 29 and arrived in St. Joseph after a 12-day trip. Four days later, on July 15, it reached Washington Townsend (1813-1894), a prominent West Chester Pa. lawyer and prosecuting attorney for Chester County, as well as deputy attorney under the Pennsylvania State Attorney General. He served as a delegate to both Whig and Republican presidential conventions and later served as a Republican member of Congress from 1869 to 1877.

FKW Census E108. Trip ET-113.

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