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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Mexican Routes

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1101
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1101, Mexican Routes12c Green (117), 12c Green (117)12c Green (117). Well-centered, faint pre-use crease at bottom ending in tiny margin tear at right, tied by circle of wedges cancel on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Trieste, Austria, with Wells Fargo & Co. "PAID OVER OUR MEXICAN COAST AND CALIFORNIA EXPRESS 25 CTS. printed frank, bold "Franco * En Mazatlan * Oct. 4, 1869" double-circle datestamp, red "New York Paid All Br. Transit Oct. 23" and red Verviers-Cologne transit datestamps, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Mazatlan Mex. Oct. 14" oval datestamp on back

A VERY FINE AND OUTSTANDING WELLS FARGO & COMPANY EXPRESS USAGE FROM MEXICO TO EUROPE. BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE WITH THE 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE AND ALSO THE EARLIEST RECORDED WELLS FARGO COVER FROM MAZATLAN.

Use of the 1869 Pictorial Issue on Wells, Fargo & Co. express mail is very rare; this transatlantic usage from Mexico is thought to be unique.

E. 25,000-35,000
26,000
1102
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1102, Mexican RoutesWells, Fargo & Co. Mayfield Nov. 28, Wells, Fargo & Co. Mayfield Nov. 28Wells, Fargo & Co. Mayfield Nov. 28. Blue oval datestamp (ms. date change) on 10c Green entire (U41) with Wells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express--35 Cts." printed surcharge frank (Haller WF-M1) and Mexico 1874 25c Hidalgo, cancelled by star-shaped cork, "Franco en Guamas" double-circle, Very Fine, this surcharged entire is rarely seen addressed to Mexico with Mexican franking

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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1103
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1103, Mexican RoutesWells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express.--35 Cts, Wells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express.--35 CtsWells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express.--35 Cts." Printed surcharge frank (Haller WF-M1) on 10c Brown entire (U91) to San Francisco, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Lapaz, Mexico Sep. 21" oval datestamp, 1872 docketing on back, peculiar stitch marks along left edge, Very Fine

E. 200-300
300
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1104
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1104, Mexican RoutesWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank, Wells, Fargo & Co. Mexican FrankWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank. Green and red frank on Mexico 12c Hidalgo entire to Nancy, France, purple Guaymas Jan. 22, 1886 oval datestamp, 5c Gray Brown (205) cancelled by cork, "Benson Ariz. Jan. 24" circular datestamp, New York and French transits, Very Fine, colorful mixed-franking express usage to France

E. 400-500
500
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1105
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1105, Mexican RoutesWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank, Wells, Fargo & Co. Mexican FrankWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank. Green and red frank on legal-size double-rate Mexico 12c Hidalgo entire to Paris, France, purple Guaymas Nov. 5, 1885 oval datestamp, four 5c Gray Brown (205) cancelled or tied by cork, "Benson & Nogales R.P.O. Nov. 6, 1885" circular datestamp, New York and French transits, small perf faults, the cover is Very Fine, scarce quadruple-rate mixed-franking express usage to France

E. 750-1,000
900
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1106
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1106, Mexican RoutesWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank, Wells, Fargo & Co. Mexican FrankWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank. Green and red printed frank on Mexico 10c Stagecoach entire to San Francisco, up-rated with adhesive of same design, reddish Wells, Fargo & Co. Guaymas Jun. 12, 1895 oval datestamp, purple "W.F. & Co.'s Express 123 Messenger" oval on front and "122" oval on back, 2c Carmine, Ty. I (249) tied by San Francisco machine cancel, small edge nick at upper right, Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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1107
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1107, Mexican RoutesWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank, Wells, Fargo & Co. Mexican FrankWells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Frank. Green and red printed frank on Mexico 5c Ultramarine entire to San Francisco, purple Wells, Fargo & Co. Guaymas oval, 2c Pink, Ty. I tied by San Francisco Sep. 25, 1895 duplex grid and datestamp, "W. F. & Co.'s Express 176 Messenger" oval backstamp, opening slit at top thru Mexico stamp, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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