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United States
U.S. Postal History
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Western Expresses
2018-10-25
United States and CSA Postal History
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Sale Number 1191, Lot Number 2085, Trans-Continental Pony Express, "Express Business, Free, Jos. Roberson"--Pony Express Free Frank (July 10, 1861). Free frank and endorsement by Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Co. agent Joseph Roberson to Nat Stein at the COC&PPE office at St. Joseph Mo., endorsed "Pony Express" on cover front with backflap, original letter datelined "Fort Bridger July 10, 1861", letter states (in part): "I am now in the first regular Overland" (first daily overland stage from California), also "I forgot to tell you that two of the cuts of the Stage Coach and two of the pony were at the West office. Please get them for fear the job office may be confiscated.", cover with minor cosmetic edge improvements

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE PONY EXPRESS COVER, FREE FRANKED BY JOSPEH ROBERSON, WITH ORIGINAL CONTENTS AND CARRIED AS A WAY LETTER ON AN EASTBOUND PONY TRIP IN JULY 1861.

This was picked up at Fort Bridger by the Pony Express trip that left San Francisco on July 3, 1861, and arrived at St. Joseph on July 15. This was the first trip of the fourth rate period, though the rate was immaterial in this case since it was free franked. Pony Express letters on company business and from U.S. senators were carried free of any express or postal charges.

Joseph Roberson was born in Missouri about 1840, lived in Tennessee and was a pioneer expressman. He was head clerk for Pony Express founders Russell, Majors and Waddell, and when this letter was written he was agent for the Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company. He was subsequently an officer with Wells, Fargo & Co. His wife, Emily, nee Lofland, wrote a manuscript titled History of the Pony Express, which was published in the San Francisco newspaper California Spirit of the Times in 1879. Mrs. Roberson lived until 1943.

FKW Census EX1 (listed without known date as the letter that accompanies was not reunited with the cover until after the book was published). Trip ET-114.

Cover is ex Dr. Robertson and Walske

E. 10,000-15,000
0
United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2014-06-24
The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses
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Sale Number 1072, Lot Number 43, 1860-61 Transcontinental Pony ExpressCommission Envelope for Payment to the Pony Express, Commission Envelope for Payment to the Pony ExpressCommission Envelope for Payment to the Pony Express. Legal-size buff cover with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed form and manuscript entry for receipt of $10 from Beekman's Express to the Pony Express Sacramento office, payment for charges on four pieces of Pony Express mail at $2.50 per quarter-ounce, datelined Jacksonville (Oregon), Dec. 10, 1860

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY REPORTED PONY EXPRESS COMMISSION ENVELOPE FOR PAYMENT BETWEEN EXPRESS COMPANIES.

Beekman's Express was based in Jacksonville, Oregon, and operated in conjunction with Wells, Fargo & Co. This envelope was used to convey payment received at Jacksonville to the Pony Express office at Sacramento.

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2006-10-17
United States Rarities
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Sale Number 920, Lot Number 276, Pony ExpressPony Express, San Francisco, Apr. 17 (1861), Pony Express, San Francisco, Apr. 17 (1861)Pony Express, San Francisco, Apr. 17 (1861). Mostly clear strike of blue Running Pony oval handstamp on 10c Green Star Die entire (U33) to Boston street address, green "St. Joseph Mo. Apr. 30" circular datestamp, addressee's last name and street number scratched out and redrawn

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY HANDSTAMP ON THE FIRST EASTBOUND TRIP OF THE THIRD RATE PERIOD.

According to the Frajola-Kramer-Walske book on Pony Express mails, the Third Rate period commenced on April 15, 1861. At this point Wells, Fargo & Co. offices throughout California began gathering mail to be carried by Pony Express. The first eastbound trip under the new $2.00 per half-ounce rate departed San Francisco on Wednesday, April 17, arriving in St. Joseph on April 30. Three covers are recorded for this trip, including one with the oval handstamp struck in red and two struck in blue.

Pony Express Census No. E68. Ex Hall. With 1973 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
12,500
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2006-03-17
Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails
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Sale Number 908, Lot Number 4109, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)California Pony Express Paid, California Pony Express PaidCalifornia Pony Express Paid. Red double-line oval handstamp lightly struck twice on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Crosby & Dibblee in San Francisco, sender's endorsement "Pony Express", bold strike of "The Central Overland, California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Nov. 11" (1860) oval datestamp and tiny ms. "2-1/2" rate below, piece of cover and 3c embossed stamp torn away when opened (patched up -- worthy of expert restoration), otherwise Fine, very rare, the red oval handstamps were applied by the New York office (this is the latest of 12 recorded in the recent Walske-Kramer-Frajola census) and the 3c rate was sufficient when bags of Pony Express mail were carried privately to the eastern terminus at St. Joseph, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
1,800
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2005-06-04
2005 Rarities of the World, Part 2
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Sale Number 896, Lot Number 611, The Pony Express"Per Pony Express from San Francisco, May 11th, 1860, "Per Pony Express from San Francisco, May 11th, 1860"Per Pony Express from San Francisco, May 11th, 1860." Ms. sender's endorsement on cover addressed to Rev. Thomas B. Fox, Office of the Christian Examiner, Boston, Mass., 3c Dull Red (26) tied by "New-York May 24, 1860" circular datestamp, with one page of original enclosure datelined "By Pony Express, San Francisco, Friday morning, May 11, 1860" with pithy comments about life in California, including this reference to the pony express: "I send you a word of greeting through the Rocky Mountains. Is not the pony express a right down California institution -- snorting through the passes of the Rocky Mountains at a rate that beats the steamer eight days clean in getting letters through to New York & Boston. Prices are moderate -- $5 a letter: Cheap for the luxury of writing to you..."; also mentions "Walker's filibustering generals" and remarks that San Francisco has burned down four times, stamp has trivial corner crease and faint stain

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF AN "INTERIOR" PONY EXPRESS COVER, CARRIED IN A FRANKED ENTIRE TO NEW YORK CITY AND MAILED FROM THERE WITH A 3-CENT 1857 STAMP.

This cover was carried on the Pony Express trip leaving San Francisco on May 11, 1860, arriving at St. Joseph fourteen days later on May 25 (listed as ET-7 in The Pony Express, p. 86). It was presumably enclosed in another envelope (possibly with other letters) and did not receive the usual express markings. Information about the addressee, Reverend Thomas B. Fox, may be found at http://www.frsuu.org/serm45.htm.

Ex

Pearce, Jessup and Piller. With 1990 P.F. certificate. Unlisted in The Pony Express census, because the few known "interior" covers were excluded.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
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U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2005-06-04
2005 Rarities of the World, Part 2
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Sale Number 896, Lot Number 613, The Pony ExpressPaid./Central Overland Pony Express Company, Paid./Central Overland Pony Express CompanyPaid./Central Overland Pony Express Company. Two-line frank with ms. "2.50" rate and bold black "Pony Express Sacramento Jany 7" (1861) oval datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Madison Ind., bold green "St. Joseph Mo. Jan. 22" double-circle datestamp and matching grid cancels embossed stamp, minor sealed opening tear at top right just into stamp, small part of backflap missing

VERY FINE. ONE OF EIGHT RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE "CENTRAL OVERLAND PONY EXPRESS COMPANY" FRANK, OF WHICH ONLY TWO ARE PRINTED ON 3-CENT ENTIRES. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE SACRAMENTO PONY EXPRESS MARKING (AND THE ONLY STRIKE IN BLACK). A REMARKABLE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER FROM SEVERAL PERSPECTIVES.

According to the census in The Pony Express, recently published by The Philatelic Foundation, there are eight recorded entires with the two-line frank, which identifies the company as the Central Overland Pony Express Company. In fact, there was no such company, but rather The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company owned and operated the Pony Express. Of the eight entires, all but two are 10c values of the Nesbitt issue. Only this entire (Census No. E52) and one other (Census No. E28) are 3c entires. A valid question is why the Pony Express frank would be applied to 3c entires when the 10c over-3,000 miles rate usually applied to eastbound Pony Express mail. The logical answer is that mail to and from intermediate points along the Pony trail or mail from California to Salt Lake City would only require a 3c rate. The presence of manuscript station markings on several of these COPEC franks supports the contention that they were mainly used by telegraph operators and way stations along the Pony route. In the case of the cover offered here, it was evidently accepted at Sacramento and St. Joseph with only 3c postage.

This cover was datestamped January 7 at Sacramento, which corresponds to the Pony trip departing San Francisco on January 5, 1861, and reported to have arrived in St. Joseph 22 days later on January 27, a rather long transit time, even during the winter months. The St. Joseph postmark on this cover has always been described as January "28", but we believe it is a blurry "22", which would point to a 16-day Pony trip arriving on January 21, more in line with typical winter journey times.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold (p. 256). Ex Parker and Kramer. With 1998 P.S.E. certificate.

E. 20,000-30,000
40,000
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2005-06-04
2005 Rarities of the World, Part 2
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Sale Number 896, Lot Number 614, The Pony ExpressPony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph Mo. May 19, Pony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph Mo. May 19Pony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph Mo. May 19. Large oval within circle datestamp fully struck on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to John A. McGlynn in San Francisco, endorsed "Per Pony Express", no indication of origin or rate, backflap removed and small stain spot at top right

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY SEVEN WESTBOUND PONY EXPRESS COVERS CARRIED DURING THE SHORT-LIVED THIRD RATE PERIOD, ACCORDING TO A RECENTLY-PUBLISHED CENSUS. THE USE OF THE 3-CENT STAR DIE ENTIRE IS ALSO RELATIVELY RARE AMONG PONY EXPRESS COVERS.

According to The Pony Express, recently published by The Philatelic Foundation, only seven Westbound covers are known during the Third Rate Period from April to June 30, 1861. The cover offered here is identified in the census as W42. Although no express rate is present, it was rated $2.00 per half-ounce, the rate in effect during the brief three-month period before the new government contract rate of $1.00 per half-ounce took effect on July 1, 1861. The application of the 3c U.S. rate to Pony Express mail relates to a loophole in the rate structure and is explained in The Pony Express (p. 28): "Therefore, a letter sent under separate cover in the government mails from the [COCPP] office in New York City to Saint Joseph could be prepaid in bulk with the proper postage at 3 cents per half ounce. At St. Joseph the packet of letters would be delivered from the post office to the Pony Express agent. When the individual letters from the packet were placed into the Pony Express mails at Saint Joseph, they were subject only to the 3 cents postage for the distance between Saint Joseph and California."

Census No. W42. Ex West and Polland. With 1967 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2002-09-20
The Christopher Gruys Collection
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Sale Number 849, Lot Number 4001, Pony ExpressPony Express, St. Joseph. Dec. 6 (1860), Pony Express, St. Joseph. Dec. 6 (1860)Pony Express, St. Joseph. Dec. 6 (1860). Bold detailed strike of Running Pony oval datestamp on back of cover to Olympia, Washington Territory, neat "Free Isaac I. Stevens, MC" free frank and endorsed in his hand "Pony Express", evidently carried outside the mails from Washington D.C., no postal markings applied until it reached California where bold "San Francisco Cal. Dec. 21" circular datestamp was applied, pencil "$5.00" Pony Express rate and "Paid J.T.C.", with original enclosure datelined "Washington City November 27, 1860", contents discuss recipient's appointment to the Indian Service "Col. Simmons has been removed from the Indian Agency and you have been appointed in his place. The commission will go out next steamer... I shall send this letter by Pony Express, so that you may have an early notice of the appointment. And I want you to write me very fully by Pony Express as to the Indian Service by the Sound.", offset impression of Running Pony handstamp on front of cover, small expertly repaired tear in top flap not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE FREE-FRANKED COVER CARRIED BY THE LEGENDARY PONY EXPRESS. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PONY COVER FRANKED BY TERRITORIAL DELEGATE ISAAC STEVENS AND THE ONLY PONY COVER ADDRESSED TO WASHINGTON TERRITORY.

According to Appleton's, Major General Isaac I. Stevens (1818-62) served two terms as Washington's first territorial delegate to Congress from December 1857 to March 1861. Stevens had a long career as a public servant, including service in the Mexican War and in the U.S. Coastal Survey office. In 1853 he was appointed governor of Washington Territory, in which capacity he conducted explorations for the northern route of the Pacific Railroad. During this period he was also superintendent of Indian affairs and negotiated a number of significant treaties with Native Americans in Washington Territory. In 1856 Stevens became involved in a bloody confrontation with Native American tribes who rebelled against the white settlers. After suppressing the rebellion and slaying the tribal chiefs, Stevens arrested whites alleged to have sympathized with the Indians. When a territorial judge, Chief Justice Edward Landers, issued the writ of habeas corpus, Stevens declared two counties under martial law and had Landers arrested and held prisoner until the end of the war. Soon after Stevens joined Congress and succeeded in vindicating his treaties and actions in the Indian war. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Stevens became an officer in the Federal army. He was killed at the battle of Chantilly in September 1862.

This letter was carried on the westbound Pony Express trip that departed St. Joseph Mo. on December 6, 1860, arriving in San Francisco and entering the mails on December 21. During this period, westbound covers were carried privately to St. Joseph to take advantage of the 3c under-3,000 miles rate. However, in this instance, the Stevens free frank meant no postage was required (but the express fee was paid).

With 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
40,000
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United States
U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2000-05-13
2000 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 427, Wells, Fargo & Co.Pony Express, St. Joseph, Nov. 22 (1860), Pony Express, St. Joseph, Nov. 22 (1860)Pony Express, St. Joseph, Nov. 22 (1860). Bold black strike of Running Pony oval handstamp on westbound cover addressed to "J. E. Bromley Esq., Agt. South Pass", ms. "Free W H Russell" and "Pony", bold strike of "The Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, Nov. 22, St. Joseph, Mo." on back, cover reduced at right and some staining

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ST. JOSEPH "RUNNING PONY" COVER FREE FRANKED BY THE MOST COLORFUL OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE PONY EXPRESS.

The Pony Express began its inaugural trip on April 3, 1860, under the ownership of the Central Overland and Pike's Peak Express Company. The three founders were William H. Russell, Alexander Majors and William B. Waddell. The Pony Express was absorbed by Wells, Fargo & Co. in April 1861 after failing to secure a government contract at the beginning of the Civil War due to a variety of circumstances, including Russell's often reckless behavior (see following lot).

E. 15,000-20,000
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U.S. Postal History
Subject
Western Expresses
2000-01-18
U.S. Postal History
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Sale Number 820, Lot Number 151, The R. K. Schloss Collection of Transcontinental Mails Wells, Fargo & Co. -1/2 Ounce Paid from St. Joseph to Placerville per Pony Express, Wells, Fargo & Co. -1/2 Ounce Paid from St. Joseph to Placerville per Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. -1/2 Ounce Paid from St. Joseph to Placerville per Pony Express. Red printed frank with black "Agent of Pony Express, St. Joseph, Mo. For..." address directive on 10c Green entire to San Jose Cal., "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 26, 1861" octagonal datestamp and circle of dots cancel, slight edge wear

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EAST-TO-WEST PONY EXPRESS USAGE ORIGINATING IN PHILADELPHIA. AN OUTSTANDING WESTERN EXPRESS USAGE.

The Wells, Fargo & Co. frank, issued July 1, 1861, paid the Pony Express $1.00 charge for mail to California. It was printed on a 10c government entire to cover United States postage. Westbound Pony Express covers are far rarer than eastbound, and this is reported to be the only example postmarked at Philadelphia.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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