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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 29, Pony Express Covers, The quadruple-rate Pony Express cover with $1.00 "Garter" strip-- an astonishing and unique icon of American postal history

Wells Fargo & Company Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Positions 1/6/11/16, vertical strip of four from the first vertical column in the sheet of 20, large to huge margins all around showing the corner guide marks on each stamp, used with four 10¢ Dark Green, Ty. I (62B), corresponding quadruple $1.00 Pony Express rate and 10¢ per half-ounce postage, 10¢ stamps cancelled with blue manuscript and all stamps tied on large blue linen-lined cover originating in Boston on October 11, 1861, addressed "Agent of Pony Express, St. Joseph, Mo, For Mr. Louis McLane or William A. White, Care of Messrs Wells Fargo & Co, San Francisco, California", with original letter and several legal documents from Reuben A. Richards related to the assignment of a debt owed by Joseph B. Hamblen, carried on the westbound Pony trip departing on Thursday, October 17, 1861, which arrived in San Francisco on October 29--one of the last mails to actually be carried by Pony riders before the service was closed on October 24--cover has minor small tears and nicks around edges, certificate notes slight creases in top three $1.00 stamps and a crease in one 10¢ stamp

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF ANY PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON COVER AND ONE OF FOUR EXTANT COVERS WITH THE $1.00 "GARTER" STAMP. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF ALL CLASSIC UNITED STATES COVERS.

The Horse & Rider Second Issue, the "Garter" Issue and Type II franked envelope were issued to prepay the $1.00 Pony Express rate under the government contract that went into effect on July 1, 1861. The franked entire and Garter adhesive were needed by Wells Fargo & Co.'s eastern offices, since the Horse & Rider stamps were never sent to them. On August 12, 1861, Wells Fargo announced in the New York papers that "Pony Express Envelopes" were "Now ready and for sale at our office." Although this announcement refers only to "envelopes," in fact both the franked entires and adhesive stamps were put on sale in August 1861.

The 1861 10c "Pumpkin" entire with the Type II printed frank was ordered from George F. Nesbitt & Co. (New York) after approval was sought from the Postmaster General's office (see lot 28). Nesbitt was specifically asked to produce envelopes on a thinner, tougher paper than that used for regular stamped envelopes, to reduce weight for the Pony riders. Nesbitt also printed the Garter stamps in sheets of 20 with his imprint below the center stamp in the bottom row. There are four recorded covers with the $1.00 Garter stamp (see list), but only one multiple is known on cover--the strip of four offered here. In fact, this is the only cover with a multiple of any Pony Express stamp.

The cover and letter are addressed to Louis McClane or William A. White, in care of the Wells Fargo office in San Francisco. McLane was Wells Fargo's general agent and later became president of the firm. The letter is datelined "Boston Mass. Octo. 11, 1861", and with the enclosures weighed between 1.5 and 2 ounces, thus requiring four times the express fee and postage. The 40¢ postage was paid with the new 10¢ 1861 First Design (Type I) stamps, and the $4.00 Pony Express fee was paid with the Garter strip. The stamps were cancelled with blue manuscript ink, and it appears that the cover was carried outside the mails all the way to the Wells Fargo office. It should have reached St. Joseph in time for the October 17, 1861, westbound Pony trip, which arrived on October 29. Newspaper notices of letters arriving by Pony during this period list McLane and Wells Fargo as recipients.

The cover was discovered by George M. Hackett in 1902 and was loaned by him to Wells Fargo for a display at the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (see photo opposite). Hackett died in 1959, and his heirs sold the collection in a 1983 Butterfield's auction, where George Kramer bought the Garter cover.

FKW Census W64. Illustrated in 1930 Julius Loeb article in The American Philatelist (reprinted in Western Express, April 1984), described in detail in Ashbrook's Special Service (pages 599-603), and illustrated in Frajola-Kramer-Walske, The Pony Express: A Postal History (page 63). With 1983 P.F. certificate.

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$1.00 “Garter” covers
FKWOriginSt Jo PonyAddresseeProvenance
W52NYC 8/24/618/29/61ForbesH Crocker
W64[Boston 10/11/61][10/17/61]McLaneHackett
W66NYC 10/19/6110/24/61CrouiseCaspary
W68Boston 10/19/6110/27/61PrindleW Crocker

E. 150,000-200,000
Future Sale
United States
U.S. Stamps
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2016-11-09
U.S. Treasures of Philately from The Weinberg Inventory
 
Sale Number 1139, Lot Number 24, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Position 18, huge margins including bottom sheet margin with full “G. F. Nesbitt & Co. N.Y.” imprint, manuscript cancel, small faint thin

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THE DISCOVERY EXAMPLE OF A NESBITT IMPRINT ON THE FAMOUS $1.00 PONY EXPRESS GARTER STAMP, THE PRODUCT OF GEORGE F. NESBITT & CO., THE PROMINENT NEW YORK PRINTER WHO PRODUCED THE NESBITT SERIES OF UNITED STATES POSTAL STATIONERY.

George F. Nesbitt & Company is best known for its extensive work in printing books, trade cards, advertising materials and the first U.S. government stamped envelopes. Although Nesbitt was identified as the maker of the franked envelopes and Garter issue in an 1867 article about the Pony Express stamps, subsequent writers mistakenly attributed the Garter printing to Britton & Rey, the San Francisco printers who produced the Horse & Rider issues. Around the year 2000 the Garter stamp offered here was found, bearing the imprint “G. F. Nesbitt & Co. N.Y.” and providing conclusive evidence of the printer.

Ex Gruys and Twigg-Smith

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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United States
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2014-10-21
The William Fekete Collection
 
Sale Number 1082, Lot Number 530, Carriers and Locals thru RevenuesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Red vertical pen line across shield, ample to large margins, Very Fine, with 1960 P.F. certificate

800
1,600
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United States
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Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2013-12-19
United States Postal History
 
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 1841, Western Mails cont: Transcontinental and Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Huge margins, cancelled by single wavy-line pen stroke, small faint thin at top and two pinholes

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL USED EXAMPLE OF THE PONY EXPRESS GARTER STAMP.

Ex Hall and Twigg-Smith. With 2009 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
9,500
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United States
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2013-07-23
U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History and U.S. Possessions
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Sale Number 1051, Lot Number 1204, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Unused, (no gum), large margins to full at top, Very Fine, a fresh example of the Pony Express Garter stamp, signed Sloane in pencil

800
1,500
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2012-06-27
United States Stamps and Postal History, CSA, General Foreign
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Sale Number 1026, Lot Number 1920, Carriers and Locals: Stamps and CoversWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Large margins, cancelled by single pen stroke, thins and large adherence, appears Very Fine, with 1996 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
600
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United States
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2012-03-01
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1019, Lot Number 1005, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Position 20 from bottom right corner of sheet, red pen line across shield, large margins showing parts of all four dividing crosses, "Pony Ex" written in bottom margin, Extremely Fine

300
1,200
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2011-06-21
United States Stamps & Postal History, Foreign
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Sale Number 1011, Lot Number 1206, Western Express (Wells Fargo thru Whitney, groups)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Unused, (no gum), large margins to barely touching at bottom, tiny thin spot, Very Fine appearance

800
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
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2010-12-13
U.S. & C.S.A. Stamps and Postal History
 
Sale Number 1002, Lot Number 4094, Local and Private Posts - Wells FargoWells, Fargo & Co., $1.00 Blue (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co., $1.00 Blue (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co., $1.00 Blue (143L6). Full to large margins showing trace of adjacent stamp at top, trace of circular datestamp at right, small crease not mentioned on accompanying certificate, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 1985 P.F. certificate which declines opinion on the cancel

1,250
1,000
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United States
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2009-12-05
The Pony Express Collection formed by Thurston Twigg-Smith
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Sale Number 979, Lot Number 38, Phase III (7/1/1861-10/26/1861)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Positions 1-3, horizontal strip of three, enormous margins with huge top left corner sheet margins, original gum, lightly hinged, right stamp with small rust mark from paper clip at bottom left and small toned spots in top margin, two creases in left margin not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS EXTRAORDINARY CORNER SHEET-MARGIN STRIP OF THREE IS THE ONLY RECORDED UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THE $1.00 PONY EXPRESS GARTER STAMP.

The Horse & Rider stamps were never used on westbound Pony Express mail. In Rate Period 3, Wells Fargo & Co. introduced a special franked envelope for westbound mail, but its use was extremely limited. On July 1, 1861, the new contract rate went into effect. On August 12, 1861, Wells Fargo & Co. announced in the New York papers that “Pony Express Envelopes” were “Now ready and for sale at our office.” Although this announcement refers only to “envelopes,” in fact both the franked entires and $1.00 adhesive stamps were put on sale in August 1861.

The small belt-shaped “Garter” stamp looks nothing like the Horse & Rider issues and omits the words “Pony Express.” Although Nesbitt was identified as the maker of the franks and Garter issue in an 1867 article, subsequent writers mistakenly attributed the Garter printing to Britton & Rey. Around the year 2000 a Garter stamp was found with the imprint “G. F. Nesbitt & Co. N.Y.” (see lot 39 in this sale).

The Garter was printed from a lithographic stone of 20 subjects, arranged 5 across and 4 high, based on the corner margin strip and three blocks printed on card with the word “Sample” written across them. A digital reconstruction of the sheet layout is shown opposite.

The Garter stamp is extremely rare in any form. The strip of three offered here is the only recorded unused multiple on regular paper. Only four covers are recorded, including two from New York City and two from Boston, dated from August 24 (lot 41) to October 26, 1861.

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
26,000
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