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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 November, 2006

Category — Virginia City Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1062
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1062, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City 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
1063
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1063, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Vertical block of six, unused (no gum), large margins, fresh and Very Fine, with 1983 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

305
300
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1064
 
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1064, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Irregular margins cutting in at bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Aug. 17" oval datestamp struck twice on front only of 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, soiled and faults, presentable example of this rare 10c Brown franking

E. 750-1,000
3,750
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1065
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1065, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Small but full margins all around, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express. S.Frco." double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, to Virginia City N.T., slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COVER CARRIED FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEVADA TERRITORY BY WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY'S VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS. EASTBOUND COVERS ARE RARER THAN WESTBOUND.

With 1987 P.F. certificate

4,000
3,500
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1066
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1066, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to well clear at right, used with 3c Rose (65) on 3c Pink entire with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, all stamps tied by light strikes of "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jul. 14" blue oval datestamp, pencil route notations, opened at top, couple tiny edge tears at top

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS USAGE WITH ADDITIONAL UNITED STATES POSTAGE PAID BY THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Covers with the 25c Red stamp are very scarce, and only a few are known with additional U.S. stamps. This cover originates from the famous Crittenden correspondence. The letter was franked with double-rate U.S. postage at Virginia City, but only one Pony Express stamp. Presumably the additional express rate was collected from the addressee by Wells, Fargo & Co.'s agent in San Francisco.

Ex Ishikawa

E. 15,000-20,000
12,000
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1067
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1067, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Full even margins all around, bright color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jul. 17" (1864) oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank, to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, small corner repair at top right clear of stamps and markings

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS 25-CENT RED ON COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE. THE RED PONY STAMP IS MUCH SCARCER ON COVER THAN THE BLUE.

With 1981 P.F. certificate.

9,000
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1068
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1068, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Red on 3c Pink entire (143LU1 on U34), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Red on 3c Pink entire (143LU1 on U34)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Red on 3c Pink entire (143LU1 on U34). With printed frank and parts of four blue Wells, Fargo & Co. double-circle datestamps, used as paste-up, thin on front from address label removal and small tear at top left, otherwise Fine and extremely rare entire, with 1991 P.F. certificate

1,500
2,700
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1069
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1069, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red on 3c Pink Entire (143LU3), Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red on 3c Pink Entire (143LU3)Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red on 3c Pink Entire (143LU3). Unused, Very Fine, considerably scarcer than Scott value of $700.00 suggests

E. 750-1,000
800
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1070
P
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1070, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., 10c-$4.00 Pony Express Reprint, Black Plate Proof on Wove, Wells, Fargo & Co., 10c-$4.00 Pony Express Reprint, Black Plate Proof on WoveWells, Fargo & Co., 10c-$4.00 Pony Express Reprint, Black Plate Proof on Wove. Complete sheet with defaced $4.00 column at left, light creases not affecting appearance, rare

E. 400-500
750
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1071
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1071, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1), Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1)Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1). Unused (no gum), three large margins, touched at upper left, tiny thin, Fine appearance, very rare, ex Golden

1,250
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1072
c
Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1072, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1), Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1)Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1). Large margins to just clear at top right, uncancelled, used on blue folded letter datelined "San Francisco Febry. 4, 1860" to Towle & Co. in New York City, blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 6 Feb." large double-circle datestamp and matching "Paid" in oval, sender's routing "p. St. Sonora", Feb. 24 receipt docketing, file fold well clear of adhesive

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY'S "DROPPED IN NEW YORK POST OFFICE" STAMP, WHICH PREPAID THE EXPRESS RATE FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK.

The Scott Catalogue erroneously lists this stamp under "Newspaper Stamps" in the Wells, Fargo & Co. section. In fact, its real purpose was not to prepay newspaper charges, but to pay the express fee on letters carried by Wells, Fargo & Co. over their steamship route and "dropped in New York Post Office" as the stamp states. In this case, the letter was addressed to a local New York City firm and was probably delivered by or picked up from Wells, Fargo & Co.'s agent.

We record only this cover, one on piece offered in the Golden sale and five off-cover stamps (including a stamp added to a cover, described as such in the Middendorf collection).

From the March 1973 Robson Lowe sale and ex Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1585, realized $10,000 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate

11,000
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