Sale 1216 — The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection

Sale Date — Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Category — Virginia City Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
199
c
Sale 1216, Lot 199, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Position A4, full to large margins all around, rich color, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jul. 12” (1864) oval datestamp on 3c Pink on White entire (U34) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, 1864 letter enclosed, small gum smear

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE STAMP AND BEAUTIFUL VIRGINIA CITY PONY COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE. THE RED 25-CENT VIRGINIA CITY 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 “D.K.” Collection and Twigg-Smith. With 1981 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,750