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
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.
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.