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United States
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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 24, Pony Express Covers, The $1.00 and $2.00 Pony Express combination cover--the only cover known with two different July 1861 Issue stamps and one of two with the $2.00 Green

Wells Fargo & Company Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Position 18 (showing plate flaw on rider's face), large margins to just touching frameline, used with $1.00 Red (143L3), Position R1, full margins to slightly in, both stamps tied by clear strike of blue "Pony Express, San Francisco, Aug. 3" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on large cover addressed to C. S. Parsons, 93 Beekman Street in New York City, separated vertical pair of 10¢ Green, Ty. V (35) cancelled by three strikes of New York City grid cancel-- carried on the Pony trip that departed San Francisco on Saturday, August 3, 1861, and arrived in St. Joseph on or about August 15, the mail from this Pony trip was brought to New York City and postmarked at the post office on August 18 (two others are recorded: FKW E131 with NYC grid cancel, and E133 with NYC August 18 datestamp)--cover opened on three sides and slightly reduced, long diagonal cover tear across upper left corner has been expertly repaired (not affecting stamps), 10¢ pair has a large piece of one replaced, a third 10¢ stamp to make up the triple rate was probably removed, but there is no trace of it

THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH A COMBINATION OF THE PONY EXPRESS SECOND HORSE & RIDER ISSUE AND ONE OF TWO COVERS WITH THE $2.00 GREEN SECOND ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT PONY COVER AND IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF WESTERN AMERICANA.

The first Pony Express stamps--the $2.00 Red and $4.00 Green--were issued in April 1861 after Wells Fargo & Co. became involved in operating the express. When the $1.00 per half-ounce contract rate took effect on July 1, 1861, a new set of stamps was ready, comprising the $1.00 Red, $2.00 Green and $4.00 Black. The FKW census lists only two covers with the Second Issue $2.00 Green (143L4), and this is the only recorded cover with a combination of two Second Issue stamps. The only other Horse & Rider combination cover is offered as lot 16 in this sale--it is stamped with the April 1861 $2.00 Red and $4.00 Green.

This cover was prepaid $3.00 for the triple Pony Express rate based on weight (it weighed between 1 and 1.5 ounces). The corresponding postage of 10¢ per half-ounce should have been 30¢, which has led to the longstanding assumption that a third 10¢ stamp was originally affixed and has since fallen off or been removed. There is no physical evidence of a missing stamp, such as a ghost outline in regular or ultraviolet light, but it is possible the third stamp was affixed at the top right corner, and the cover has been reduced slightly at right. Since this is the only known cover with a combination of the July 1861 Horse & Rider stamps, the missing stamp and restoration are immaterial.

The cover originated in San Francisco and was carried by steamer to Sacramento, which was the original western terminus for the actual Pony relay, but starting with the July 7, 1860, trip, the terminus was moved to Folsom, located at the eastern end of the Sacramento Valley Railroad line. On July 1, 1861, the terminus was moved farther east to Placerville. On the eastern end of the Pony relay, during the summer of 1861 there were problems caused by Confederate bushwacker attacks on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad lines and bridges, beginning in June. Federal military forces were called in to protect the mail route, which was one of Ulysses S. Grant's first commissions as a colonel. After the troops left in August 1861, the Platte Bridge Railroad Tragedy occurred when sabotage led to the derailment of a train over the Platte River, which killed 20 and injured 100 more. Shortly after, the eastern terminus was relocated from St. Joseph to Atchison, Kansas, to provide greater protection from Confederate partisans.

The addressee, C. S. Parsons at 93 Beekman Street, is listed in the city directory as Clement S. Parsons, who was a successful owner of a firm which sold boots and shoes. In August 1861 he served as a trustee on the board of the Columbian Marine Insurance company. This cover probably contained business papers.

FKW Census E132. Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service (pages 184-185), Nathan-Boggs, The Pony Express (page 46) and Bakers' U.S. Classics (page 113). Ex John F. Seybold and J. David Baker. Acquired by George Kramer in our July 10-11, 1986, sale (Sale 668, lot 50). With 1953 P.F. certificate.

E. 50,000-75,000
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2017-03-01
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Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1333, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Spaulding`s thru WymanWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Vertical pair, huge margins including left sheet margin, unused (no gum), top stamp horizontal crease, bottom left edge of selvage with crease, Very Fine appearance, with 1971 A.P.S. certificate, Scott Retail as singles

600
375
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2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1563, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Position 17, unused (no gum), large and even margins, rich color, Very Fine and choice, ex Twigg-Smith

E. 400-500
750
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2015-12-17
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4430, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Full margins to just in at lower right, neat blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp fresh and Fine, genuinely used examples of the $2.00 Green Pony Express stamp are very rare

4,500
1,000
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2015-12-17
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4431, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Large margin at right, to just in at bottom, part strike of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, couple minor flaws incl. small edge tear, appears Fine, genuinely used examples of the $2.00 Green Pony Express stamp are very rare

4,500
900
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2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 815, Local Posts: Wells, Fargo Pony Express thru Westtown SchoolWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Original gum, small h.r., full to large margins, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 1982 P.F. certificate

275
300
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2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
 
Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 816, Local Posts: Wells, Fargo Pony Express thru Westtown SchoolWells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Position 12, three large margins including part of adjoining stamp at bottom, full at top, rich color, blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. FEWER THAN TEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE $2.00 HORSE & RIDER SECOND ISSUE ARE REPORTED.

The $2.00 Green Second Issue is extremely scarce in used condition. Only two covers are recorded, and we have seen approximately eight genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

Ex Twigg-Smith and "New Helvetia". With 1996 P.F. certificate.

E. 6,000-8,000
11,000
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2015-06-22
United States Stamps and Covers
 
Sale Number 1100, Lot Number 195, Transcontinental and Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Clear margins to touched at right, strongly struck blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp slightly indents stamp, manuscript offset on back from cover incl "Pony", Fine and rare, we have seen fewer than 10 genuinely used stamps plus the two recorded covers

3,500
1,700
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2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
 
Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2066, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Clear margins to touched at right, strongly struck blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp slightly indents stamp, manuscript offset on back from cover incl "Pony", Fine and rare, we have seen fewer than 10 genuinely used stamps plus the two recorded covers

3,500
5,000
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2014-06-26
2014 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1205, Carriers and Locals, Western ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Position 6, clear margins to just in at bottom right corner, rich color, light strike of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, faint horizontal crease at upper left

FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN TEN USED EXAMPLES OF THE $2.00 HORSE & RIDER SECOND ISSUE ARE REPORTED.

The $2.00 Green Second Issue is extremely scarce in used condition. Only two covers are recorded, and we have seen approximately eight genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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