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Sale 834 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
745
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 745, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressPony Express, St. Joseph. Oct. 4 (1860), Pony Express, St. Joseph. Oct. 4 (1860)Pony Express, St. Joseph. Oct. 4 (1860). Sharp but lightly inked strike of Running Pony oval handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) from New York City to San Francisco, red "California Pony Express Paid" double-line oval handstamp applied at New York, sender's note "Private", tiny scrape at top

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW YORK "PAID" OVAL HANDSTAMP IN COMBINATION WITH THE ST. JOSEPH RUNNING PONY OVAL. ONE OF THE FEW RECORDED PONY COVERS SUBJECT TO THE 3-CENT UNDER-3,000 MILES UNITED STATES POSTAGE RATE.

There are several interesting features to this cover. First, westbound Pony covers are generally rarer than eastbound, and only a few are known with the oval "Paid" handstamp applied at the company's New York office. Second, according to Nathan-Boggs (p. 21), the U.S. 3c under-3,000 miles rate was used only on westbound letters beginning in early September 1860, evidently phasing out in 1861. The authors speculate that the lower rate was justifiable because some westbound letters were carried privately in a pouch to St. Joseph, where they technically "entered" the mails (the start of the Pony trip being considered the mail route). There is no documentary evidence supporting this supposition, other than the covers themselves. A third unusual feature of this cover is the date change in the St. Joseph oval. Close examination reveals that the "SEP" month slug was used in the oval and was over-struck by "OCT" in a separate operation. October 4, 1860, is the correct date. In September 1860, the St. Joseph Running Pony oval was struck in carmine, with trips departing on September 6 and 13.

Ex Caspary. With 1996 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
12,500
746
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 746, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressPony 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.

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
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747
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 747, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Ample margins to just touching, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express. Sacramento. May 12" (1861) double-circle datestamp on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to New York City with Wells, Fargo & Co. red printed frank, green "St. Joseph Mo. May 24" circular datestamp, stains removed and top left corner repaired

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PONY EXPRESS STAMP CANCELLED AT SACRAMENTO.

With 1963 P.F. certificate (prior to restoration)

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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748
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 748, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Full to large margins, blue Pony Express oval datestamp, Very Fine, with 1996 P.S.E. certificate

600
850
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749
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 749, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Full margins, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp with trace of ms., tiny thin spot and minute tear, otherwise Very Fine, used examples of the $4.00 are extremely rare

800
950
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750
ngbl
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 750, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Block of four, unused (no gum), large margins, rich color on bright paper, tiny corner crease in lower right margin only, Extremely Fine

475
280
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751
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 751, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Two large margins, others just touching to slightly in, deep shade, tiny tear, tied by blue "Pony Express, San Francisco, Aug. 3" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green Star Die entire (U33) to New York City, red Wells, Fargo & Co. frank, 10c cancelled by grid, minor cosmetic restoration incl. top backflap expertly reattached and lightly cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE PONY EXPRESS COVER.

Ex Barkhausen. With 1997 P.S.E. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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752
ngbl
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 752, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Block of four, unused (no gum), full to huge margins with sheet margin at top left, rich color, vertical creases in margins at sides with one ending in tiny tear, small blue ink stains at top and on back of left margin, otherwise Very Fine, blocks of four are unpriced in Scott, with 1982 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for singles

1,200
1,100
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753
og
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 753, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter (143L6). Large margins, cancelled by single pen stroke, thins and large adherence, appears Very Fine, with 1996 P.S.E. certificate

1,250
250
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754
ngbl
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 754, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Vertical block of eight, unused (no gum), ample to large margins, top right stamp with small toned spot in margin, otherwise fresh and Very Fine, Scott Retail for two blocks of four

1,000
900
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755
ngbl
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 755, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Block of four, unused (no gum), large to huge margins, rich color, top right stamp couple small toned spots and light horizontal crease between stamps, otherwise Very Fine

500
425
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756
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 756, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Three large margins incl. part of three adjoining stamps, just in at left, tied by blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City N.T. Dec. 8" datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank, to San Francisco, printed address of Sol. Wangenheim (a furniture dealer), slightly reduced at right into embossing, otherwise Very Fine

3,500
2,800
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757
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 757, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Ample margins all around, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Nov. 13" oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank, to Sacramento, minor edge wear, Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,500
1,900
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759
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 759, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express. S.Frco. 10 Apr." double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank cancelled by second strike, to Virginia City N.T., repaired at right affecting 3c, a presentable and scarce eastbound cover, ex Gibson, with 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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760
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 760, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express. Sacramento Jan. 22" double-circle datestamp on top third of 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank cancelled by second strike, third strike on back, small faults at right, appears Fine

E. 150-200
400
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761
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Sale Number 834, Lot Number 761, Wells, Fargo & Co. and 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). Horizontal block of eight, unused (no gum), close at bottom, three huge to enormous margins with sheet margins at top left, bright color on fresh paper, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

420
550
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763
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 763, Wells, Fargo & Co. and 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 slightly in, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jun. 20" oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) to San Francisco, with printed frank cancelled by second strike, opened roughly at right and small tears at edges, otherwise Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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764
 
Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express (143L1-143L9). Thirteen unused stamps, mostly no gum, comprising Nos. 143L3-143L5 and 143L7 (two each), others one each, most with ample margins, few with small faults that do not affect appearance, Fine-Very Fine, No, 143L6 with 1991 P.S.E. certificate

1,985
475
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765
 
Wells, Fargo & Company. Fifteen stamps, mostly unused incl. Nos. 143L1-143L5, two examples of 143L6 incl. one with line drawn in variety, 143LP10 used, few faults, most are Fine-Very Fine, both copies of 143L6 with 1997 A.P.S. certificates

E. 500-750
375
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766
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 766, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Steamboat, Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, SteamboatWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Steamboat. Blue handstamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) with printed frank, to Nevada Cal., minor tear at top left from opening, Very Fine

E. 200-300
210
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767
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 767, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells Fargo & Co. Express S. Frco. Jun. 13, Wells Fargo & Co. Express S. Frco. Jun. 13Wells Fargo & Co. Express S. Frco. Jun. 13. Two strikes of blue circular datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire, bearing two impressions of Wells, Fargo printed frank over Freeman & Co.'s printed frank, few faults (used as a paste-up), Fine and unsuual item

E. 100-150
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768
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 768, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, Wells, Fargo & Co., VictoriaWells, Fargo & Co., Victoria. Dateless oval handstamps tie vertical strip of three, pair and a single of Canada, 1872, 6c Brown (39) on paste-up cover with printed frank from Victoria, Vancouver Island, Very Fine and choice, rare usage

E. 750-1,000
750
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769
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 769, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, Jul. 16, Wells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, Jul. 16Wells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, Jul. 16. Blue oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank, to San Francisco, blue "Post Office Victoria V.I." crown oval handstamp, barely reduced at right, fresh and Very Fine

E. 400-500
525
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770
c
Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed franks on 3c Pink entires (U58), two unused with overall Jones & Hewlett Importers ads in green and white, one with printed address to New York office, Extremely Fine

E. 100-150
105
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771
c
Wells, Fargo & Co. 27 covers, all neatly arranged and annotated on quadrille pages, range of usages incl. Virginia City N.T., Gold Hill Nev., San Francisco, Oroville, Aurora, Guanajuato Mex., also incl. few other express companies incl. Langton's, Pacific Union, Bamber & Co. and Freeman & Co., few faults to be expected, most are Fine-Very Fine, interesting group

E. 500-750
850
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