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United States
U.S. Stamps
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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 347, Western Mails, including the Pony Express, 25¢ Red Virginia City Pony Express stamp on cover from the Crittenden correspondence

Wells Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25¢ Red (143L9), huge margins to touching frameline at bottom left, sheet margin at right, bright color, tied by partly clear strike of blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City. N.T. Jan. 20" (1865) oval datestamp on 3¢ Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, original letter enclosure datelined January 20, 1865

Very Fine. A choice example of the 25¢ Red Virginia City Pony Express stamp on cover, from the famous Crittenden correspondence.

This cover was sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, a prominent West Coast attorney, while he was residing 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.

With 1981 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,750
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 2094, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to barely in at top right, tied by blue "Wells Fargo & Co. Austin N.T. (Jan.) 30" (1865) oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. black printed frank to Philadelphia Pa., carried westward to San Francisco by Pony Express via Carson City, probably arrived Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, stamp additionally tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 3 Feb." double-circle datestamp, carried on the PMSS Golden Age to Panama, which sailed from San Francisco on Feb. 3, the absence of postal markings indicates this was delivered outside the mails to the addressee in Philadelphia, stamp with light soiling

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER THAT WAS CARRIED TO THE EAST COAST, EITHER BY OVERLAND MAIL OR, IN THIS CASE, BY STEAMER VIA PANAMA. AN IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY RARITY.

This cover originated in Austin, Nevada Territory, and was datestamped by the Wells, Fargo & Company office on January 30, 1865 (the “0” of date is readable). It traveled west on the Virginia City Pony Express route to San Francisco, a 24-hour express trip, which probably arrived on January 31 or February 1. The San Francisco office applied the large double-circle datestamp with a February 3 date, which is the day the PMSS steamer Golden Age sailed for Panama, carrying $1,222,311.85 in "treasure." This cover was handled by Wells, Fargo & Co. without ever entering the government mail stream. It is the only recorded Virginia City Pony Express cover that was carried to the East Coast.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske. With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000
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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 2095, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Ample to large margins including right sheet margin, tied by blue "Wells Fargo & Co. Sac. Messenger Jan. 25" (1865) oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with black printed frank and lithographed Gould and Curry Silver Mining Company advertisement, addressed to Carson City, Nevada, with original January 25, 1865 enclosure on Gould Co. printed letterhead, couple inconsequential tiny edge tears not mentioned on accompanying certificate, letter is pristine

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL WELLS, FARGO & CO. FRANKED ADVERTISING COVER WITH THE 25-CENT RED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS ISSUE.

Although the Crittenden correspondence added at least 18 25c Red Virginia City Pony Express covers to the available supply, none had any form of advertisement. This handsome lithographed cover from San Francisco to Carson City is an exceptional and scarce use of the Horse & Rider issue. Wells Fargo sold franked overall advertising envelopes for an extra penny, or 11c each.

Ex Walske. With 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
8,500
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Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2096, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins all around including sheet margin at left, bright color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Feb. 9" (1865) oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank, to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, tiny nicks at top

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS 25-CENT RED ON COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE. THE RED PONY STAMP IS MUCH SCARCER ON COVER THAN THE BLUE.

This cover was sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, a prominent West Coast attorney, while he was residing 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.

Ex Dr. Martin and Walske. With 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1334, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Spaulding`s thru WymanWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Bottom right corner margin block of six, other margins large to clear, brilliant color, top stamps horizontal crease, top four stamp few ink marks, Very Fine and attractive multiple

E. 200-300
325
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-22
United States Stamps and Covers
 
Sale Number 1100, Lot Number 197, Transcontinental and Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins all around incl. frameline of adjoining stamp at right, bright color, blue Wells Fargo cancels, Extremely Fine, with 1991 A.P.S. certificate

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325
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2015-06-22
United States Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1100, Lot Number 198, Transcontinental and Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to just touching frameline at left and bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City N.T., May 25" oval datestamp with an additional strike at right on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, cover with some opening faults incl. small piece reattached at right

FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 25-CENT RED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER.

Most of the 25-cent Red covers originate from the famous Crittenden correspondence. This cover, on the other hand, originates from the Shattuck correspondence.

With 2008 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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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
 
Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2075, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins all around incl. frameline of adjoining stamp at right, bright color, blue Wells Fargo cancels, Extremely Fine, with 1991 A.P.S. certificate

80
250
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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
 
Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2076, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to touched at top left and and upper right, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City. N.T. Apr. 12” oval datestamp on piece of 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35), Fine

E. 150-200
250
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2014-12-17
U.S., Possessions and Confederate States Stamps & Postal History
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Sale Number 1090, Lot Number 2077, Fur Trade, Territorial, Western Mails & ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to just touching frameline at left and bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City N.T., May 25" oval datestamp with an additional strike at right on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, cover with some opening faults incl. small piece reattached at right

FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 25-CENT RED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER.

Most of the 25-cent Red covers originate from the famous Crittenden correspondence. This cover, on the other hand, originates from the Shattuck correspondence.

With 2008 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
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