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Sale 925 — The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — British Columbia and Vancouver Island

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1088
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1088, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandCustoms, Vancouver Island, Customs, Vancouver IslandCustoms, Vancouver Island. Negative crown circular handstamp on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) with Wells, Fargo & Co. red printed frank (Haller WF-E) to New London Conn., "New-York May 26, 1859" circular datestamp, from the Stark correspondence, Very Fine, said to be one of the clearest strikes among the thirteen reported examples of the Vancouver Island customs seal used by Vancouver Is. postmaster A. C. Anderson to indicate payment of 2-1/2p local postage (used July 1858-June 1859)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
1089
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1089, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandBarnard's Express, Barnard's ExpressBarnard's Express. Red double-circle handstamp used in conjunction with blue "Dietz & Nelson's B.C. & V. Express" double-circle handstamp tying three British Columbia 1865 3p Blue (7) on 3c Pink entire with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, originating in California and addressed to French Creek, British Columbia, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Sonoma" oval and matching "Collect" oval handstamps, 3p stamps have a few trivial perf stains (one with short perfs)

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING TRIPLE-CONJUNCTIVE EXPRESS USAGE INTO BRITISH COLUMBIA'S FRENCH CREEK MINING REGION WITH AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF BARNARD'S AND DIETZ & NELSON'S EXPRESS MARKINGS.

The internal British Columbia rate to French Creek was 9p and the express fee collected by Dietz & Nelson was $1.00.

With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
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1090
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1090, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandPost Office Victoria V.I., Post Office Victoria V.I.Post Office Victoria V.I.. Blue oval Coat of Arms handstamp clearly and boldly struck on 3c Pink entire (U35) with misplaced Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, to San Francisco, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria Apr. 15" (1863) oval datestamp, neatly docketed, very slightly reduced at right, Very Fine

E. 500-750
650
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1091
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1091, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandDietz & Nelson's B.C. & V. Express, Dietz & Nelson's B.C. & V. ExpressDietz & Nelson's B.C. & V. Express. Blue double-circle handstamp used in conjunction with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank and "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 22 Sep" double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) to New Westminster, British Columbia, British Columbia & Vancouver Is. 1860 2-1/2p Dull Rose (2) tied by blue "Collect" oval handstamp, sealed tear at top left into handstamp, otherwise Fine, an unusual configuration, the British Columbia & Vancouver Island stamps are almost always tied by the Dietz & Nelson double-circle

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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1092
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1092, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co. Victoria, Apr. 23, Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria, Apr. 23Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria, Apr. 23. Blue oval datestamp and Wells, Fargo & Co. frank on 10c Green entire (U41) to San Francisco, used with Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose (5) tied by blue "35" in oval, Extremely Fine, a beautiful and clean mixed-franking express usage from Victoria

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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1093
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1093, British Columbia and Vancouver Island10c Green, E. Grill (89), 10c Green, E. Grill (89)10c Green, E. Grill (89). Three, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Victoria V.I." oval handstamps on 10c Green entire (U41) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank and "Post Office Victoria V.I." blue Coat of Arms oval handstamp, unaddressed paste-up usage, Very Fine, a rare quadruple-rate franking with the 10c E Grill

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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1094
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1094, British Columbia and Vancouver Island10c Green (68), 10c Green (68)10c Green (68). Pair tied by circle of wedges cancel, "Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria Apr. 2" blue oval datestamp on front only of 10c Green entire (U41) to Paris, France, printed frank and red "New York Paid 12 Apr. 30" credit datestamp, blue French transit, Fine, there is a 10c Green, E. Grill (89) at upper left which has a non-conforming cancel and overpays the rate by 10c, thus we do not believe it originated, still a scarce and presentable usage

E. 400-500
1,100
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1095
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1095, British Columbia and Vancouver Island1c Blue, 10c Green, 24c Lilac (63, 68, 78), 1c Blue, 10c Green, 24c Lilac (63, 68, 78)1c Blue, 10c Green, 24c Lilac (63, 68, 78). Two 10c, tied by circle of wedges on 3c Pink entire (U59) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank and "Post Office Victoria V.I." oval Coat of Arms handstamp, to Cambridge, England, red "N. York Am. Pkt. 6 Nov. 11" credit datestamp, red London receiving datestamp ties stamps, 1865 receiving backstamp, tears in flaps extend over edge at top into frank, 10c stamps have minor faults, otherwise Fine, a colorful 1861 Issue franking for the double 24c rate to England, carried by express from Vancouver Island

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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1096
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1096, British Columbia and Vancouver Island2c Black, 5c Brown (73, 76), 2c Black, 5c Brown (73, 76)2c Black, 5c Brown (73, 76). Tied by targets and blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria Mar. 3" oval datestamps, used with Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose (5), tied by blue "35" oval grid cancel on 3c Pink entire (U58) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, couple pinholes in cover only

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE TWO-COUNTRY MIXED FRANKING ON WELLS FARGO & CO. EXPRESS COVER FROM VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, TO SAN FRANCISCO.

Prepayment of Vancouver Island postage was facilitated by handstamps or adhesive stamps. This is without question of of the finest adhesive mixed-franking express covers extant.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,000
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1097
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1097, British Columbia and Vancouver Island2c Black, E. Grill, 12c Black, E. Grill (87, 90), 2c Black, E. Grill, 12c Black, E. Grill (87, 90)2c Black, E. Grill, 12c Black, E. Grill (87, 90). Tied by rosette cancels on 10c Green entire (U41) with "Post Office Victoria V.I." oval Coat of Arms handstamp, some faults on back from paste-up usage, originally unaddressed (probably affixed to a double 12c rate cover to England, based on 24c postage), someone later added an Iowa address in unconvincing ink and script, minor faults, still Fine and rare, ex Meroni

E. 750-1,000
600
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1098
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1098, British Columbia and Vancouver Island3c Ultramarine (114), 3c Ultramarine (114)3c Ultramarine (114). Cancelled by circle of wedges and tied by red "New York Feb. 23" (1871) circular datestamp, used with British Columbia 1869 5c on 3p Bright Red (9), tied by blue "35" numeral oval grid (Victoria) on 3c Pink entire to London, England, with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, blue "For Great Britain and Ireland" two-line handstamp, faint red London transit, sender's routing "per 'California'", neatly docketed "recd. 8/3/71", light vertical fold, tiny tear at top

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR MIXED-FRANKING WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY EXPRESS USAGE FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND TO ENGLAND. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN WITH THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

This cover brings together an array of mail routes and their corresponding frankings and markings. It begins with private express carriage from Vancouver Island to San Francisco, incorporating prepaid British Columbia postage and the Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank. From San Francisco it travelled on the new transcontinental railroad. Transatlantic steamship service between the United States and England occurred after handling by the New York foreign-mail exchange office, which ensured that the 6c treaty rate was properly prepaid. A review of major sales of British Columbia express covers during the 1865-71 period reveals how many surviving covers are disfigured by docketing across the stamps or later efforts to cross out or removed the address. This cover is one of the cleanest and most presentable of any we have located. A similar cover realized $10,000 hammer in the 2004 Dale-Lichtenstein sale.

E. 5,000-7,500
11,000
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1099
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1099, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co. Victoria, Mar. 2, Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria, Mar. 2Wells, Fargo & Co. Victoria, Mar. 2. Blue oval datestamp and Wells, Fargo & Co. frank on 6c Purple entire (U64) to Chelmsford, England, with British Columbia 1869 5c on 3p Bright Red (9), tied by clear strike of "35" blue oval grid, blue "For Great Britain and Ireland" two-line handstamp, red "New-York Apr. 6" circular datestamp, 6c embossed stamp cancelled by circle of V's cancel, Extremely Fine, an immaculate example of this mixed-franking express usage from Victoria to England, the combination with the 6c Purple entire is very rare

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1100
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1100, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co.'s Express, Victoria, B.C. May 29, 1890, Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express, Victoria, B.C. May 29, 1890Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express, Victoria, B.C. May 29, 1890. Purple oval datestamp ties Canada 3c Orange Red on cover to San Francisco, Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank with "Victoria, British Columbia" imprint, faint strike of Jun. 2 receiving oval, Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
550
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