Sale 908 — Western Expresses, Carriers, Locals & Independent Mails

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — British Columbia and Vancouver Island

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4054
c
Sale 908, Lot 4054, British Columbia and Vancouver Island24c Lilac (78). Tied by cogwheel cancel and bold "San Francisco Cal. Feb. 3, 1865" double-circle datestamp on blue linen-lined cover from British Columbia to Glasgow, Scotland, blue "Post Office, Victoria, Vancouver Island, Paid" oval handstamp, red "19" credit handstamp, Glasgow Mar. 18 receiving backstamp, stamp has negligible toned perfs,l otherwise Very Fine, an attractive example of this scarce usage

E. 1,000-1,500
900
4055
c
Sale 908, Lot 4055, British Columbia and Vancouver Island24c Grayish Lilac (78a). Bright color, tied by grid, "San Francisco Cal. May 19, 1865" double-circle datestamp on light pink cover to London, England, clear strike of blue "Post Office Paid Victoria Vancouver Island" handstamp, at top left, New York 19c credit and London receiving datestamps, stamp with light corner crease at top right and some cover edgewear, Very Fine appearance, attractive and scarce usage from Victoria to England via San Francisco, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
500
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4056
c
Sale 908, Lot 4056, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandPost Office Victoria V.I. Blue oval Coat of Arms handstamp on cover to Urbanna O., "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 10, 1865" double-circle datestamp and "Due 10" handstamp for unpaid U.S. rate, soiled and slightly worn, still a Fine and attractive cover with clearly struck markings

E. 300-400
325
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4057
c
Sale 908, Lot 4057, British Columbia and Vancouver Island10c Yellow Green (68). Scissors-trimmed perfs, cancelled by parallel penstrokes, "Port Townsend Wash. 5 Jul." circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Groton Junction Mass., used with Vancouver Island, 1865, 5c Rose, Perf 14 (5), defective, tied by blue oval "Post Office Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms handstamp, some minor edge tears, appears Fine, covers from British Columbia and Vancouver Island that entered the U.S. mails at Port Townsend, Washington Terr., are rare, there is a ms. "1867" on back, which, if accurate, would make this a very early example of a Port Townsend transit (the use of the crown oval supports an 1867 yeardate)

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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4058
c
Sale 908, Lot 4058, British Columbia and Vancouver Island2c Black, 5c Brown (73, 76). Tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. San Francisco Sep. 18" oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U59) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to Boston Mass., stamps affixed partly over blue oval "Post Office Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms handstamp, paste-up conjunctive usage with "Dietz & Nelson's B.C. & V. Express" double-circle handstamp, ms. "Paid $1.25" express fee, Boston Oct. 12 duplex datestamp on one side and framed "Received Oct. 12 at Boston Mass." handstamp on entire, trivial short perf at bottom of 5c stamp, Wells, Fargo & Co. entire with small tear, paste-up with upper left corner torn off (probably where additional British Columbia & Vancouver Island stamps were affixed)

FINE. A RARE CONJUNCTIVE USE OF DIETZ & NELSON'S EXPRESS AND WELLS FARGO & CO. FROM VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, TO BOSTON.

According to Nathan, George Dietz and Hugh Nelson started their express company in 1862 when they acquired the express routes and business of William T. Ballou. Dietz & Nelson served the Cariboo mining region and connected with Barnard's Express at Yale and Lilloet and with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Victoria. The company sold out to Francis J. Barnard in the late spring of 1867. The $1.25 express fee noted on the address portion of this paste-up includes Dietz & Nelson's $1.00 fee and 25c for the Wells, Fargo & Co. franked entire.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,250
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4059
c
Sale 908, Lot 4059, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co. Victoria Feb. 12. Blue oval datestamp and "Post Office Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms oval handstamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, minor edgewear, Very Fine, scarce use from Vancouver Island

E. 300-400
375
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4060
c
Sale 908, Lot 4060, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co. Victoria. Small part of oval datestamp visible on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed Wells, Fargo & Co. frank and blue "Post Office Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms oval handstamp to "Morning Star Office", notation on back "Not Democratic Press Office" and on front "Delayed in San Fran", blue "W.F. & Co. Jan. 9, 1864" oval datestamp presumably applied while the attempt to locate addressee was made, reduced at left into marking, some age toning and edgewear, otherwise Fine, unusual usage

E. 400-500
290
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4061
c
Sale 908, Lot 4061, British Columbia and Vancouver Island3c Rose (65). Centered to upper left, short perfs along top, tied by cork cancel with duplex "New-York Mar. 23" datestamp on small cover to Vineland N.J. with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Victoria V.I." oval handstamp, sender's routing "Via Steamer", entered the mails in New York City, couple small repaired opening faults at bottom, otherwise Very Fine with a clear strike of this scarce express marking, post-1863 usage after 3c transcontinental rate took effect, examples of this usage are very scarce

E. 750-1,000
375
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4062
c
Sale 908, Lot 4062, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co. San Francisco Jul. 1. Blue oval datestamp struck twice tying Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose (5) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Victoria, British Columbia, printed Wells, Fargo & Co. frank, stained and repaired, still presentable and of the greatest rarity, covers carried northward from San Francisco are scarcer than southbound mail originating in British Columbia

E. 500-750
270
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4063
c
Sale 908, Lot 4063, British Columbia and Vancouver IslandWells, Fargo & Co. Haller WF-E printed frank along left side of 3c Pink entire (U34) with San Francisco wholesaler's red overall lithographed advertising, to Victoria, Vancouver Island, blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 21 Mar." double-circle datestamp ties two 3c Rose (65), small sealed tear at upper left, still Very Fine, Wells, Fargo & Co. covers to British Columbia and Vancouver Island are scarce, this example with a printed advertisement and additional 1861 Issue franking is outstanding, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
600
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