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
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.
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.
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