Sale 1191 — United States and CSA Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 October, 2018

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Category — Virginia City Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2096
c
Sale 1191, Lot 2096, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, 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