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FILTER: All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 143L6, Symbol IN ("H")
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Cat./Est. Value
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2020-02-25
The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection
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Sale 1216, Lot 180, 1860-61 Transcontinental Pony Express, cont.Wells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Large margins, cancelled by single wavy-line pen stroke, thins and large adherence, appears Very Fine, a rare stamp in any condition, with 1996 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
850
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2012-06-27
United States Stamps and Postal History, CSA, General Foreign
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Sale 1026, Lot 1920, Carriers and Locals: Stamps and CoversWells, 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
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2009-12-05
The Pony Express Collection formed by Thurston Twigg-Smith
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Sale 979, Lot 38, Phase III (7/1/1861-10/26/1861)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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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2003-11-15
Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities
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Sale 869, Lot 3327, Carriers and LocalsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). 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. THE ONLY RECORDED CORNER SHEET-MARGIN MULTIPLE OF THE PONY EXPRESS GARTER STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING STRIP.

The Wells, Fargo & Co. $1.00 Blue stamp, known to collectors as the Garter issue, is known used on westbound transcontinental covers carried by the Pony Express. It was printed in New York City by George Nesbitt.

Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
16,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2001-03-06
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
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Sale 834, Lot 753, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, 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
250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2000-11-13
The Hall Collection of Carriers, Locals & Western Expresses
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Sale 830, Lot 828, Pony Express StampsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Horizontal strip of three, enormous margins with huge top left corner sheet margins, original gum, lightly hinged, couple toned spots and creases in margin

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED CORNER SHEET-MARGIN MULTIPLE OF THE PONY EXPRESS GARTER STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING STRIP.

The Wells, Fargo & Co. $1.00 Blue stamp, known to collectors as the Garter issue, is known used on westbound transcontinental covers carried by the Pony Express. It was printed in New York City by George Nesbitt.

Ex Lilly. Scott value for three unused singles is $2,250.00

E. 3,000-4,000
10,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2000-06-27
U.S. Stamps and Covers, Foreign
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Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Red pen line, also has original gum, h.r. and paper adherence, ample to large margins, small thin in top margin, Very Fine appearance

300
170
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2000-05-13
2000 Rarities of the World
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Sale 824, Lot 431, Wells, Fargo & Co.Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Original gum, large margins all around showing dividing marks at all four corners, rich color, Extremely Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate

550
1,100
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1999-11-15
The David Golden Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
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Sale 817, Lot 1577, Wells, Fargo & Co. (Western Express)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Part original gum, some adherance and faint toning, Very Fine, scarce

550
350
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1996-03-26
U.S. Independent Mails
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Sale 773, Lot 384, Wells, Fargo & CompanyWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Unused, large margins, Extremely Fine and very scarce

450
850
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