Sale 1072 — The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Category — 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
63
c
Sale 1072, Lot 63, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Full even margins all around, bright color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jul. 17" (1864) oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank, to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, small corner repair at top right clear of stamps and markings

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 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 Kuphal. With 1981 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
10,000