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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2019-10-29
The William H. Gross Collection: United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1211, Lot Number 346, Western Mails, including the Pony Express, One of two recorded strips of three of the 25¢ Blue Virginia City Pony Express stamp on cover--an impressive 1861 Issue and Pony Express combination franking

Wells Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25¢ Blue (143L8), vertical strip of three, margins mostly full to just slightly into frameline, used with three 3¢ Rose (65) and tied by two strikes of blue "Wells, Fargo & Co Virginia City N.T. Feb. 15" (1863) oval datestamp on buff legal-size paste-up cover to San Francisco, addressed to Wm. E. Wood, in care of Stanford Brothers, additional clear strike of datestamp with matching "PAID" in double-line oval handstamp, docketing at left indicates the heavy contents related to bids for a tunnel contract

Fine appearance; strip has small tear and toning at top, 3¢ stamps have small faults, cover edgewear and tears.

This is one of only two recorded strips of three of the 25¢ Blue Virginia City Pony Express stamp on cover. It is a remarkable artifact of Western Express postal history.

We record only four covers bearing multiples of the Wells Fargo & Co. 25¢ Blue, as follows:

1 Strip of 5 plus one, February 25, 1863, "Edwards" (Grombacher) Collection, Christie's sale, 10/29/1991

2 Strip of 3, February 20, 1863, ex Mitchell (Sale 859, lot 199)

3 Strip of 3, February 15, 1863, the cover offered here

4 Pair, February 19, 1863, ex Kramer

E. 10,000-15,000
0
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2092, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Large margins to barely touched at top left, rich color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 1 Jun" (1863) double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with printed frank to Gold Hill, Nevada Territory, small tear at top just touches Wells, Fargo printed frank

VERY FINE. A CHOICE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO GOLD HILL, NEVADA TERRITORY, WITH THE 25-CENT BLUE HORSE & RIDER ISSUE.

Ex Walske. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2093, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Large margins to full, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Sonora" oval datestamp with second strike canceling indicia of 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank to Mrs. C. C. Crittenden, San Francisco, with original letter enclosure datelined "Aurora April 24th" (1863) from her son Howard, accompanying certificate states stamp with "small faults" but they consist only of a tiny tear and crease in right margin

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY 25-CENT BLUE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON A COVER FROM THE CELEBRATED CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover and letter were sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her son Howard, from Aurora in April 1863. Clara's husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, was a prominent West Coast attorney, who also resided in Virginia City. The move to Nevada became necessary after California passed a law prohibiting the practice of law by anyone who would not take the loyalty oath. “Parker” Crittenden was a pro-Southerner who chose to relocate to Virginia City, rather than swear allegiance to the Federal government. His wife stayed in San Francisco for some time, and the two corresponded frequently while he was away. A few years later he was shot dead by his mistress in front of his wife and son.

Illustrated in Gamett's Nevada Express: Wells, Fargo & Co. and Other Letter Expresses 1857-1895 on p. 38. Ex Reinhart, Gamett and Walske. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2018-03-27
United States and Possessions
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Sale Number 1179, Lot Number 2646, Carriers and Locals: Local Posts, continuedWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Sheet margin at left, other margins to clear, tied by “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City. N.T. Nov. ?” (1863) oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, second strike over embossed stamp, accompanying certificate states stamp is "lifted, repaired and replaced during restoration" but the only apparent repair is a tiny portion of the top right corner, stamp also with corner crease, appears Very Fine, with 1994 P.S.E. certificate

4,750
1,700
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2016-12-15
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1565, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Ample to full margins all around, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City N.T." oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right and indicia oxidized, faint edge toning, still an attractive use with a sound and Very Fine stamp

4,750
1,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-12-17
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4433, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Large margins to clear, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Sacramento" double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with printed frank, cancelled by blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co., Strawberry Val." to Woodbridge Cal., expertly repaired along right edge affecting indicia, rejoined at left and bottom, otherwise Very Fine and attractive, ex Hollowbush, with 2010 P.F. certificate

4,000
1,200
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-24
The Larry Lyons Collection: All Roads Lead to San Francisco
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Sale Number 1103, Lot Number 1564, 1862-65 Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Full to huge margins, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City N.T., ?" oval datestamp on 3c Pink on White entire (U34) with printed frank to San Francisco, expertly restored at right with small portions of embossed stamp drawn in, Very Fine appearance, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2072, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Huge to large margins all around incl. part of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City N.T., May 10" oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with printed frank to San Francisco, reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER WITH THE 25-CENT BLUE HORSE & RIDER ISSUE.

Ex Risvold.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2073, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Full to ample margins all around, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City. N.T. Sep. 7” oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to Sacramento, second strike over embossed stamp, backflap removed and reduced at top into frank but stamp is unaffected, Fine and attractive Virginia City Pony Express cover

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2074, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Full margins to just touched, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City. N.T. Jan. 19” oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, second strike over embossed stamp which has been torn off, stamp with tiny toned spot, cover a bit rough but stamp is Fine, accompanied by second 3c entire with Wells Fargo frank to San Francisco

E. 300-400
400
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73 Selected Lots , Page 1 of 8


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