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

Sale Date — Friday, 17 March, 2006

Category — Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4064
c
Sale 908, Lot 4064, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)"Sent by Mr. Howes of Adams & Co express". Manuscript express marking and "Paid" on Oct. 3, 1851 folded letter from San Francisco to Boston, entered mails with "New-York 5 Cts. Nov. 17" integral-rate circular datestamp, writer discusses Wells & Co. and suggests that they might be going out of business as their drafts were refused and they owed $200,000, some wear and eroded spots along folds, still Fine, this is a very rare Adams & Co. manuscript marking, illustrated in Calvet M. Hahn's article on Adams (Collectors Club Philatelist, May-June 1990, fig. 36), carried from Chagres to New York on the Daniel Webster (arr. Nov. 16, 1851)

E. 300-400
290
4065
c
Sale 908, Lot 4065, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Express, Angels. Oval handstamp with ms. "Oct. 30th" date on blue folded cover to California Secretary of State J. W. Denver in Sacramento, Nov. 1, 1850 ms. docketing, Very Fine, scarce Adams office marking

E. 400-500
625
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4066
c
Sale 908, Lot 4066, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Cos. Express, Coloma. Blue double-line oval handstamp and "Paid" straightline on Jul. 8, 1852 blue folded letter to Mormon Island Cal., clearly struck "Adams & Co. Express Mormon Island" double-line oval handstamp, lightly toned file folds, Very Fine, scarce combination of Adams office markings

E. 400-500
650
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4067
c
Sale 908, Lot 4067, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Cos. Express, Coloma. Blue double-line oval handstamp on back of Aug. 16, 1852 folded letter from England to Sacramento Cal., red Aug. 19 circular datestamp, black transit and "Paid" handstamp, ms. rates, wrinkled and some effects of moisture, still Fine and presentable, examples of California express markings on inbound transatlantic mail are very rare

E. 300-400
250
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4068
c
Sale 908, Lot 4068, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Jackson Sep. 12. Red oval datestamp clearly struck on buff cover to Columbia Cal., Extremely Fine, scarce, ex Jarrett

E. 200-300
350
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4069
c
Sale 908, Lot 4069, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Jackson Nov. 6. Red oval datestamp clearly struck on buff cover to Mokelumne Hill Cal., pencil note on back gives 1854 yeardate, fresh and Extremely Fine, the Adams & Co. red ovals are very scarce although appreciated somewhat less than the later franks

E. 200-300
350
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4070
c
Sale 908, Lot 4070, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Marysville Oct. 16. Red oval datestamp and matching "Paid" straightline on buff cover to San Francisco, ms. "Please deliver immediately S.W.L.& Bro." applied by Langton agent, evidently a conjunctive usage, slight edgewear, Very Fine, ex Clifford

E. 200-300
200
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4071
c
Sale 908, Lot 4071, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Marysville Aug. 14. Mostly clear red oval datestamp and matching "Paid" in double-line frame on buff cover to Stockton Cal., slight edgewear, Fine

E. 200-300
150
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4072
c
Sale 908, Lot 4072, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Nevada Apl. 4. Clear red oval datestamp and matching "Paid" in double-line frame on buff cover to San Francisco, pencil "1854" yeardate, Very Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
375
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4073
c
Sale 908, Lot 4073, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Cos. Express, Prairie City. Red double-line oval handstamp on buff cover to San Francisco, backflap removed, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
575
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4074
c
Sale 908, Lot 4074, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by Adams & Cos. Express, San Francisco. Red oval handstamp clearly struck on blue folded letter datelined at Panama, Jun. 14, 1851, to San Francisco with pencil street address presumably added by Adams office, "Cova & Co. Panama" double-line oval handstamp (a few letters strengthened with pencil), file fold, Very Fine, this Adams Express marking is very rare

E. 500-750
650
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4075
c
Sale 908, Lot 4075, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by Adams & Cos. Express, San Francisco. Red oval handstamp on Apr. 1, 1851 blue folded letter from New York to San Francisco, writer mentions sending a box of razors by Adams Express, Very Fine, this red oval marking is very rare

E. 400-500
250
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4076
c
Sale 908, Lot 4076, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. Express Southern Coast. Partly clear strike of large red circular handstamp on May 11, 1852 blue folded letter from San Diego to San Francisco, sender's ship designation "pr Str. 'Southerner'", pencile "due 25 Cts" express fee, file fold thru marking, light toning, still Fine, this Adams marking is very scarce

E. 300-400
675
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4077
c
Sale 908, Lot 4077, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)"Adams & Co. California". Embossed seal on flap of orange-buff cover to Wexford, Ireland, no U.S. postal markings, "ART-5/B.R. PKT" scarce two-line accountancy handstamp on back, probably carried outside the mails based on Adams seal, "1/2-1/2" rate handstamp, blue Wexford receiving datestamp, Liverpool Jan. 27, 1856 and Jan. 29 transits on back, Very Fine, scarce marking and unusual Adams & Co. usage, the West Coast company failed in Feb. 1855, so this probably represents a posthumous use of the company envelope

E. 200-300
140
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4078
c
Sale 908, Lot 4078, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co. 16 covers, variety of different offices and markings incl. large double-circle datestamps from San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton, large ovals from San Francisco, Campo Seco, Stockton and San Jose, small ovals from Nevada Cal., Los Angeles and Sonora, scarce type of "Adams & Co.'s Express Sacramento" red oval, some light strikes or cover faults, still Fine, a desirable group for study of Adams & Co.

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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4079
c
Sale 908, Lot 4079, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Adams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 50c Black on Buff Entire (1LU4). Unused 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), faint horizontal crease thru stamps not noted on certificate

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN EXAMPLES OF THIS SURPRINTED FRANK ARE REPORTED TO EXIST ON ANY OF THE NESBITT ENTIRES.

If contemporary, the Adams & Company stamped envelopes -- 25c and 50c values on 3c and 6c Nesbitt entires or cut-outs used as adhesives -- must come from the period from 1854 to the collapse of the firm in March 1855. Their rarity could be attributed to the sudden failure of the Adams firm. However, at least one student of the subject has recently argued that these stamped envelopes and cut-outs were created in the 1890's by the notorious forger Wuesthoff. The controversy has not been resolved.

With 2002 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail for No. 1LU4 is shown in the used column.

15,000
0
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4080
c
Sale 908, Lot 4080, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Alsop & Co. San Francisco. Blue double-line circular handstamp with star in center on blue folded cover to the "Guadalupe Mines near San Jose", 3c Dull Red (11), three large margins, touched at top, rich color, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Sep. 14, 1858" circular datestamp, content is a pencil draft of legal contract, file fold, Very Fine, although the Alsop & Co. circle appears to be an express service marking, it is probably not, Alsop & Co. were merchants and ship owners located at 111 & 113 California St. (go to www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/1853/53a.htm and www.flagspot.net/flags/us~hfaa.html#alsop)

E. 300-400
1,600
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4081
c
Sale 908, Lot 4081, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Alta Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FA3, Ty. 1) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, ms. notation "With $2013.00 Gold Dust", embossed return card on flap of "Dealer in Groceries, Provisions, Liquors and General Merchandise" from Georgia Slide Cal., Extremely Fine, Georgia Slide was a hydraulic mine located near Georgetown (the "Beatty Seams Claim" was made in 1854), the "Gold Dust" notation on this cover is an unusual and fascinating link to mining activity in the Georgetown area

E. 400-500
400
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4082
c
Sale 908, Lot 4082, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Alta Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FA3, Ty. 1 var with nail impression at left) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), paste-up usage with Sacramento address on back, three strikes of red "Alta Express Company San Francisco" oval handstamp (two on franked entire), narrow piece torn from other envelope, Very Fine, scarce, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 400-500
350
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4083
c
Sale 908, Lot 4083, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Alta Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FA3, Ty. 1) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco street address, ms. "13" on embossed stamp, small opening nick at top, Very Fine

E. 300-400
260
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4084
c
Sale 908, Lot 4084, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Alta Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FA3, Ty. 2) and blue "Alta Express Co. San Francisco Oct. 10" oval datestamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to Sacramento, horizontal crease at top, lightly soiled, otherwise Fine, ex Barkhausen and Chaloner

E. 300-400
280
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4085
c
Sale 908, Lot 4085, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Alta Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FA3, Ty. 1) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Potter Hill N.Y., entered the regular mails in California with blue "Marysville Cal. Paid By Stamps Oct. 3" circular datestamp and matching grid of squares cancel, forwarded to Mentor O. with ms. "Potter Hill Nov. 9 Fored 3" postmark, pencil docketing on back, Very Fine, the Alta Express Co. used 3c entires almost exclusively, this is the only 10c entire we were able to locate in major sales of Western Express covers (the Knapp collection had one uprated 3c entire), unlisted in Haller on a 10c entire and undoubtedly of very great rarity

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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4086
c
Sale 908, Lot 4086, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)American Express. Printed frank (Haller FA5 var with periods after "Express" and "Paid") on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to San Francisco, no markings, Extremely Fine, remarkably choice example of this scarce and appealing frank depicting a safe, guard dog and modes of transportation, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 400-500
1,000
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4087
c
Sale 908, Lot 4087, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Angiers' North San Juan and Humbug Express. Printed frank (Haller FA7) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Oakland Cal., conjunctive usage with "Wells Fargo & Co. North San Juan Jul. 8" blue oval datestamp, ms. cancel, repaired opening tears at right, otherwise Fine, Angiers ran its express in the Yuba River mining region, between Humbug and North San Juan (where it connected with Wells, Fargo & Co., as stated in the frank), ex Barkhausen

E. 750-1,000
525
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4088
c
Sale 908, Lot 4088, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Anthony & Cos. Northern Express. Paid. Oval handstamp clearly struck on brown cover to San Francisco, entered mails with "San Francisco Cal. Aug. 9" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, we have seen an unused envelope with the Anthony & Co. handstamp, which leads us to believe it was a frank; this cover is not only a great rarity as an Anthony & Co. Express usage, but it is most unusual in that it entered the mails in the destination city but has no markings indicating postage due, presumably the addressee picked it up at the post office and paid the drop rate, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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4089
c
Sale 908, Lot 4089, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Appleton's Valentine Express. Printed frank on unused buff cover, Extremely Fine, Frey's Valentine Express and Appleton's Valentine Express used distinctive franked envelopes to promote their local Valentine delivery service in San Francisco, there are no reported dated examples, but they probably were used briefly in the 1864-65 period, they are extremely rare (even in unused condition -- a used entire brought $6,000 hammer in our Sale 896), ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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4090
c
Sale 908, Lot 4090, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)J. Bamber & Cos. Express, Bacon & Hardy, Oakland Office. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U34), paste-up usage to San Francisco (address on other side), two strikes of blue "J. Bamber & Cos. Express S.F. Mar. 22" receiving datestamp, franked entire slightly toned along edges, other cover a bit roughly opened, still Very Fine, extremely rare frank with the Oakland agents' names, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 750-1,000
800
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4091
c
Sale 908, Lot 4091, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)J. Bamber & Cos. Express, Bacon & Hardy, Oakland Office. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U34) to San Francisco, conjunctive usage with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Grass Valley Mar. 8" oval datestamp, insect nibbling at sides (repaired at right), otherwise Fine, scarce frank with Bamber's Oakland agents' names, ex Edwards

E. 500-750
625
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4092
c
Sale 908, Lot 4092, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Bamber & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 2) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to San Francisco, two strikes of blue "J. Bamber & Cos. Express S.F. May 27" double-circle datestamp and "Somersville Cal. May 26" circular datestamp (one day prior to delivery in S.F. by Bamber), docketed on back with 1869 year date, slightly reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, interesting chronology of makings (several Bamber covers are known with the Somersville post office datestamp), ex Moody

E. 200-300
210
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4093
c
Sale 908, Lot 4093, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Bamber & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Sacramento, conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 14 Jan." double-circle datestamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
210
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4094
c
Sale 908, Lot 4094, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Bamber & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 1) on two 3c Pink entires (U58, U59), both are paste-up usages, U58 unaddressed with four strikes of red "J. Bamber & Cos. Express S.F. Apr. 12" double-circle datestamp (paste-up envelope no longer present), U59 with same Jul. 26 datestamp in blue, addressed paste-up envelope to San Francisco and forwarded locally to another street address thru the post office, "San Francisco Cal. Nov. 19" double-circle datestamp, cogwheel cancel on 3c entire, unfranked envelope roughly opened but markings are clear, Fine, unusual pair, photo shown for forwarded entire

E. 300-400
280
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4095
c
Sale 908, Lot 4095, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Bamber & Cos. Express, W. B. Hardy's Office, Oakland. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 3) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Virginia City N.T., blue "J. Bamber & Cos. Express S.F. Jun. 4" double-circle datestamp, conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Sacramento Messr. Jun. 4" oval datestamp, reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce conjunctive usage with Wells, Fargo & Co.'s "Sacramento Messenger" oval into Nevada Territory

E. 200-300
220
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4096
c
Sale 908, Lot 4096, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Bamber & Cos. Express, W. B. Hardy's Office, Oakland. Printed frank (Haller FB2, Ty. 3) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, red "J. Bamber & Cos. Express S.F. Feb. 15" double-circle datestamp, reduced at left and piece of flap missing, still Fine, scarce frank

E. 200-300
220
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4097
c
Sale 908, Lot 4097, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Todd & Co. Perfectly clear "Todd & Co's Express Stockton" double-line oval handstamp and ms. "Free" on folded cover to Gov. John McDougall in San Jose, sender's routing "Per Todd & Co. & Berford's Express" and notation "Stockton Journal", conjunctive usage with "Berford & Cos. Express San Francisco Cal." double-oval handstamp and matching "Free" handstamp, pencil notation "Jan. 20/51" presumably referring to contents which are no longer present, part of one flap removed, light file folds, Very Fine, carried by Todd & Co. from the Stockton mining region to San Francisco, then by Berford & Co. south to San Jose, it appears that Todd carried mail free for the Stockton Journal and other publishers, a virtually identical cover is pictured on Nathan (p. 24), ex W. Parker Lyons and Dale-Lichtenstein, with 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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4098
c
Sale 908, Lot 4098, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)F. W. Blake & Cos. Express, Weaverville. Blue double-line oval handstamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, to Yreka Cal., few horizontal folds, slightly toning, otherwise Very Fine, genuine examples of Blake's Express oval are rare, ex Hawley

E. 750-1,000
850
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4099
c
Sale 908, Lot 4099, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)F. W. Blake & Cos. Express, Weaverville. Blue double-line oval handstamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, to Yreka Cal., slightly age toned and minor edgewear, Fine, pencil "1857", accompanied by a newspaper ad from the Trinity Journal Jul. 25, 1857, which shows Blake was still operating his Shasta-Weaverville express (connecting with Wells Fargo) after 1855, the year that Nathan claims the express ceased to exist, genuine examples of this express marking are rare, ex Haas and Kramer

E. 750-1,000
850
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4100
c
Sale 908, Lot 4100, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)F. W. Blake & Co. Printed frank (Haller FB7) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), paste-up usage with other side addressed to San Jose, Very Fine, this short-lived express ran between Shasta and Weaverville, genuine usages of its frank are extremely scarce

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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4101
c
Sale 908, Lot 4101, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by Bowers Express. Full clear strike of oval handstamp on brown cover to Windsor Vt., red "San Francisco 40 15 Nov." integral-rate circular datestamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, the Bowers brothers were among the first expressmen to serve the California gold mining camps, ex Wiltsee, Parker and Haas

E. 400-500
1,500
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4102
c
Sale 908, Lot 4102, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by Browns Express. Blue double-line oval handstamp and "50 Cts" rate handstamp used in conjunction with "Adams & Co.'s Express, San Francisco" blue oval handstamp on light blue cover to Pillsbury "Chips" Hodgkins at "Jackass Gulch, Southern Mines" near Stockton, pencil "Nickerson Jun. 1852", backflap removed, some minor cover faults, still Fine, a rare example of Browns Express, the "50 Cts" rate handstamp is exceedingly rare, and the added attractions of a conjunctive Adams usage and address to the famous Pony Express rider "Chips" make this a most desirable express cover, ex Clifford

E. 500-750
1,600
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4103
c
Sale 908, Lot 4103, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Brown's Express, Murphy's (Cal.). Blue double-line oval handstamp on legal-size brown cover to courthouse at Stockton Cal., ms. notations indicating contents were depositions, docketed Jan. 14, 1854, reduced at right, slight toning along file fold, otherwise Very Fine; William A. Brown started an express between Stockton and the Southern Mines in 1850 (Nathan), accompanying this cover is an original newspaper announcement for "Brown's Express in connection with the well known Express and Banking House of Adams & Co." (ms. July 1852 date), Brown was murdered in April 1853 but the express continued under his name until Feb. 1855 when Adams & Co. collapsed; Brown's large oval handstamp is much rarer than the smaller double-line oval, ex Haas and Edwards

E. 400-500
450
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4104
c
Sale 908, Lot 4104, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Buckley's Express Paid. Blue framed handstamped frank on 3c Green entire (U82), usual conjunctive usage with black printed Wells, Fargo & Co. frank (Hallet WF-E) to San Francisco, minor opening fault at top left, otherwise Very Fine, scarce frank from this small express that ran between Bakersfield and Kernsville Cal. (connecting with Wells Fargo), examples in Dale-Lichtenstein realized $850 and $1,100 hammer each

E. 500-750
625
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4105
c
Sale 908, Lot 4105, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)California Penny Post Co., San Francisco, 7c Black on 3c Red on Buff Entire (34LU11B). Instructions for mailing and list of towns on back, "Penny Post Co. Stockton" double-line circular handstamp, "Stockton Cal. Nov. 8" (1855) circular datestamp, to local San Francisco street address, couple small stain spots, Extremely Fine example of this rare California Penny Post Co. entire, delivered to the post office (for 2c) in Stockton, carried by government mail to San Francisco where delivered by the Penny Post Co. (for 5c, total 7c), very rare with the Penny Post Co. handstamp, ex Haas

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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4106
c
Sale 908, Lot 4106, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)The Central Overland, California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Nov. 15. Partly clear oval datestamp on cover to Denver City "Kans." (as part of Kansas Territory), 3c Dull Red (26) tied by "Pacific City Ioa. Nov. 12" circular datestamp, sender's manuscript routing "Via COC and PP Express St. J. Mo.", express company agent's notation "Collect 15cts.", redirected to Mountain City with instructions "Have your Letters Directed to Mountain City & we will send them on. P.M. at Denver City.", certificate notes trivial small crease and rounded corner on stamp and a small stain at top

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE, IF NOT UNIQUE, EXPRESS COVER FROM IOWA TO DENVER CITY, CARRIED ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROUTE BY THE CENTRAL OVERLAND, CALIFORNIA & PIKE'S PEAK EXPRESS COMPANY, CREATORS OF THE LEGENDARY PONY EXPRESS OVER THE SAME ROUTE.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein. With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
0
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4107
c
Sale 908, Lot 4107, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, Denver City K.T., Feb. 12 (1860). Mostly bold strike of oval datestamp, two 3c Dull Red (26) tied by green grids, matching "Saint Joseph Mo. Feb. 21" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Webster Station Mo., sender's route notation "Via COC & P.P. Express", backflap partly removed, small tear at right, otherwise Very Fine, an attractive double-rate express usage over the Central Route (the same company ran the Pony Express)

E. 750-1,000
900
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4108
c
Sale 908, Lot 4108, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)The Central Overland, California & PIkes Peak Express Company, Denver City K.T., Jul. 3 (1860). Clearly struck oval datestamp and "Paid" handstamp of Coraville K.T. on yellow cover to Denver City, stained and faulty, but the strikes are clear and overall condition is presentable, extremely rare example of the Coraville "Paid"

E. 400-500
1,050
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4109
c
Sale 908, Lot 4109, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)California Pony Express Paid. Red double-line oval handstamp lightly struck twice on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Crosby & Dibblee in San Francisco, sender's endorsement "Pony Express", bold strike of "The Central Overland, California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Nov. 11" (1860) oval datestamp and tiny ms. "2-1/2" rate below, piece of cover and 3c embossed stamp torn away when opened (patched up -- worthy of expert restoration), otherwise Fine, very rare, the red oval handstamps were applied by the New York office (this is the latest of 12 recorded in the recent Walske-Kramer-Frajola census) and the 3c rate was sufficient when bags of Pony Express mail were carried privately to the eastern terminus at St. Joseph, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
1,800
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4110
c
Sale 908, Lot 4110, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Cherokee Express. Black printed ornamental frank (Haller FC3) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) addressed to Oroville in blue ms., slightly reduced at right and shallow edge nick, otherwise Very Fine, Nathan reports that this "little-known" express operated between Oroville and Cherokee in 1863, its franked entires are rare (this is the type shown in Haller; another similar design with different type and ornaments to the left and right of "Paid" is known on U58 entires), ex Barkhausen

E. 750-1,000
675
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4111
c
Sale 908, Lot 4111, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Clippinger's Express, Yankee Jim. Mostly clear strike of blue oval handstamp on lady's embossed cover to Yankee Jims Cal., "Winchester Ill. Nov. 17" (ca. 1852-53) circular datestamp and ms. "10" due marking, slightly toned and some wear, still Fine, according to Nathan this is the only recorded Clippinger's Express cover (none were offered in the Dale-Lichtenstein or Edwards sales), according to a note by Calvet Hahn ads for Clippinger's Express appeared between 6/16/1852 and 9/17/1853 in newspapers in Auburn and San Francisco

E. 1,000-1,500
4,500
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4112
c
Sale 908, Lot 4112, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Copley & Co.'s Miners' Express. Red double-line oval handstamp perfectly struck on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U17) to Sempronius N.Y., entered the mails with "New-York Sep. 28" circular datestamp, toned spot at center

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE CLEAREST STRIKES OF THE FEW KNOWN COPLEY & CO. MINERS' EXPRESS COVERS. A RARE TRANSCONTINENTAL USAGE, WHICH WAS CARRIED OUTSIDE THE REGULAR MAILS UNTIL IT REACHED NEW YORK CITY.

This express between Marysville and the Gibsonville Ridge and Feather River mining camps was operated briefly in 1855-56 by Jack Copley. Examples of his distinctive "Miners' Express" handstamp are very rare. This cover has the added element of rarity in that it was carried outside the regular mails via Panama or Nicaragua, presumably by express. It was posted at New York City and received the standard domestic-mail datestamp.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein. With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
3,250
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4113
c
Sale 908, Lot 4113, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Coupe's Express. Printed frank (Haller FC7) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Portland Me., faint "Olympia W.T. Apr. 9" circular datestamp and "10" in circle cancel, very minor edgewear and soiling, Very Fine, a rare frank despite reports that this express operated for ten years between 1864 and 1874, carrying mail between Vancouver and various locations in the Puget Sound area, ex Edwards

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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4114
c
Sale 908, Lot 4114, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Cram Rogers & Co. Express, Shasta. Clear strike of double-line oval handstamp, used in conjunction with "Adams & Co. San Francisco Aug. 12" blue double-circle datestamp on brown cover to Indian Agent at Scott's Valley Cal., couple tiny mended nicks at bottom, Very Fine, Cram Rogers was one of the expresses linked to Adams & Co., operating from 1851 until the demise of Adams in 1855, ex Clifford and Haas

E. 750-1,000
900
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4115
c
Sale 908, Lot 4115, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Cram, Rogers & Co. Express, Jacksonville O.T. Orange-red double-line oval handstamp and matching "Paid" in oval used in conjunction with red "Adams & Co. Shasta Aug. 11" oval datestamp on Aug. 7, 1854 blue folded letter from Jacksonville, Oregon Territory, to San Francisco, Fine, very scarce, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
325
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4116
c
Sale 908, Lot 4116, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Cram, Rogers & Co. Express, Shasta. Double-line oval handstamp on cover addressed in magenta to "Mess. Cram Rogers & Co., Yreka" with instructions to "Serve the within on the Sheriff of your County immediately", soiled and some edgewear, Fine and very unusual usage

E. 400-500
425
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4117
c
Sale 908, Lot 4117, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Deming & Wall, Union and Eureka Express. Printed frank with cuts of steam and sailing vessels on plain envelope to Bucksport Cal., no postage or markings, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example and the basis of the Nathan listing, where it is stated that "Only a stampless cover with a printed frank addressed to Bucksport (near Eureka, California) is evidence of this express having operated from Union (now Uniontown) to Eureka in Humboldt County, California...either 1856 or 1857)", ex Haas (who paid $350 in 1975) and Edwards

E. 750-1,000
2,300
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4118
c
Sale 908, Lot 4118, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Denver and Rio Grande Express. Elaborate printed frank on 3c Green entire (U311) to Whitinsville Mass., entered mails at Denver Col. with Oct. 16, 1890 duplex datestamp, docketed with Oct. 15 origin date and notation "Hurried & crowded with business. Telegram secure date", Extremely Fine, beginning in 1890 there was a rush to the gold mining region of Colorado known as Cripple Creek, this frank is common in unused condition but very scarce postally used

E. 500-750
625
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4119
c
Sale 908, Lot 4119, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Downieville and Howland Flat Express. Printed frank (Haller FD6, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Downieville, uncancelled, remarkably fresh and Extremely Fine, this is probably the finest of the few known examples of the frank from this short-lived express between Downieville and Howland Flats (as the express name states), probably in operation for less than a year in 1865, illustrated in Nathan and Letters of Gold, ex Parker, Haas and Edwards

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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4120
c
Sale 908, Lot 4120, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)English & Wells' Moore's Flat and Eureka Express. Ornately framed printed frank (Haller FE4, Ty. 1a) on 3c Pink entire (U58), conjunctive paste-up usage to Sacramento with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada Aug. 25" oval datestamp, opened at top end right and slightly reduced, Very Fine, English & Wells ran their express to the mining camps of Moore's Flat and Eureka South, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Nevada City and Emigrant Gap (explained in this Type 1a frank), ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 750-1,000
625
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4121
c
Sale 908, Lot 4121, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)English & Wells' Moore's Flat and Eureka Express. Ornately framed printed frank (Haller FE4, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada Dec. 17" oval datestamp, reduced at right into embossed stamp, otherwise Fine, English & Wells ran their express to the mining camps of Moore's Flat and Eureka South, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Nevada City and Emigrant Gap (explained in this Type 1 frank), scarce

E. 100-150
190
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4122
c
Sale 908, Lot 4122, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka, Rohnerville & Hydesville Express (Bullard & Sweasey, Proprietors). Handstamped frank with illustration of 4-horse stagecoach on back of 3c Green entire (U82) to San Francisco, "Eureka Cal. Sep. 1" (ca. 1870), Very Fine, accompanied by research article by William W. Sammis identifying Bullard and Sweasey as blacksmiths and Sweasey separately as a livery stable operator in Hydesville in 1878, they probably ran the express for a brief period in 1870, this is the only recorded example of the frank seen by Sammis

E. 500-750
950
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4123
c
Sale 908, Lot 4123, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FE5, Ty. 1) on 3c Green entire (U82) to Sierra City Cal., usual conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada, Cal. Apr. 5" oval datestamp, slightly reduced at right, fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
75
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4124
c
Sale 908, Lot 4124, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FE5, Ty. 1) on 3c Green entire (U82) to San Francisco, usual conjunctive usage with "Wells, Fargo & Co. San Juan, Cal. May 25" oval datestamp, shallow opening tear at top, still Very Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 200-300
125
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4125
c
Sale 908, Lot 4125, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FE5, Ty. 1) on legal-size 6c Red entire (U181, Thorp-Bartels 740) to San Francisco, usual conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada, Cal. Jul. 6" oval datestamp, small opening tears at top, Very Fine, accompanying note states "Unique on T-B 740", at the very least this frank is extremely rare on the 6c entire, especially in used condition

E. 200-300
260
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4126
c
Sale 908, Lot 4126, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FE5, Ty. 2) on 3c Green entire (U82) to San Francisco, usual conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada, Cal. Aug. 27" oval datestamp, 1873 docketing on back, Very Fine, ex Chaloner (realized $275 in 1980)

E. 300-400
450
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4127
c
Sale 908, Lot 4127, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka Express Co. Printed frank (Haller FE5, Ty. 2) on 3c Green entire (U82) to North Humbug Cal., no markings, slightly reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
130
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4128
c
Sale 908, Lot 4128, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Eureka Express Co. Blue printed frank (Haller FE5, Ty. 3) with Columbian Issue imprint on 2c Columbian entire (U349) to San Francisco, cancelled by S.F. Mar. 31, 1894 duplex, receiving backstamp, purple "C. E. Miller" straightline handstamp, Very Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 300-400
240
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4129
c
Sale 908, Lot 4129, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Evans & Cos. Jacksonville (Oregon) & Crescent City (Cal.) Express. Lithographed frank (Haller FE6) on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Jacksonville Ore., uncancelled, with original letter datelined Crescent City, Feb. 3, 1863, slightly reduced at left, minor edge wear, otherwise Fine, only two examples of this frank are recorded (same correspondence), there is scant information available about Evans & Co., illustrated in Nathan, ex Parker, Haas and Edwards

E. 750-1,000
950
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4130
c
Sale 908, Lot 4130, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Evert, Snell & Cos. Express, Feather River. Mostly clear strike of blue double-line oval handstamp on buff Phonography advertising cover to Sacramento, ms. "Kilbourn O. Nov. 27" (1852) postmark and "Paid 6" rate, pencil "1.50" express fee, Feb. 8, 1853 receipt docketing (an indication of how long it took mail to reach California and the mining camps), slight edgewear, Very Fine and remarkable example of a "Writing and Printing Reform" promotion envelope carried by express to the gold mining camps, ex Polland

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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4131
c
Sale 908, Lot 4131, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Snell & Cos. Express, Feather River. Blue double-line oval handstamp on brown cover addressed in blue to "Mr. Jesse H. Stuart of New York, Marysville P.O., Yuba County, California" with directions "To be forwarded by Everetts & Cos. Express to Onion Valley", ms. "Coldenham N.Y. Oct. 3 1853" pmk. and "5" due rate, bold "New York 10 Oct. 5" circular datestamp with integral 10c rate due, lightly soiled, Very Fine, covers originating in the East to mining camps in California are quite scarce and somewhat underrated in our opinion, this cover with explicit forwarding instructions and a clear Everts, Snell & Co. handstamp is one of the more desirable examples we have seen

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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4132
c
Sale 908, Lot 4132, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Snell & Cos. Express, Feather River. Clear strike of blue double-line oval handstamp, bold "Auburn N.Y. Aug. 3" (1853) circular datestamp and "Paid 6" in circle handstamp on brown cover to Sacramento Cal., pencil "COD 1.50" express charge, stain and tear at upper left, slight creasing, still Very Fine strikes and attractive, desirable example of regular mail delivered by express to the mining camps, ex Clifford

E. 400-500
210
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4133
c
Sale 908, Lot 4133, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 2) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) addressed in blue to Middleborough Mass., entered mails with two strikes of red "La Porte Cal. Oct. 16, 1859" circular datestamp, negligible opening tears (one at top touches frank), still Very Fine, scarce transcontinental usage and unusually colorful, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
475
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4134
c
Sale 908, Lot 4134, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank in red-brown with "Overland via Los Angeles" imprint below frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 3) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Newport Ky., ms. line thru route direction indicating sender wished to have this sent via Panama steamer, blue "Marysville Cal. Paid by Stamps Nov. 4" (ca. 1859-60) circular datestamp and matching large grid of squares cancel, slightly reduced at right, still Very Fine, this rare "Overland" frank was produced by Everts after the Butterfield Overland Route and Panama Steamer routes started running simultaneously, giving senders the option to choose which route they preferred, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 750-1,000
800
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4135
c
Sale 908, Lot 4135, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 2b) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Sherborn Mass., red "Strawberry Valley Cal." circle with ms. July 17 date, small piece of backflap missing, edges cosmetically improved, Very Fine, this frank is unlisted in Haller on U16 entire, very scarce

E. 500-750
525
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4136
c
Sale 908, Lot 4136, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank in blue (Haller FE9, Ty. 2) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Trout River N.Y., entered mails with faint red "Strawberry Valley Cal." circular datestamp (Dec. 17 in ms.), opening tear along top and mended nick above frank, still Fine, the blue frank is extremely rare and possibly unique on a 10c entire, ex Worthington and Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
475
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4137
c
Sale 908, Lot 4137, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 2) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Middleborough Mass., entered mails with bold "Onion Valley Cal. Jul. 19" circular datestamp, sender's routing "Overland", reduced at right slightly into embossed stamp, otherwise Fine, scarce transcontinental use of Everts franked entire

E. 150-200
260
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4138
c
Sale 908, Lot 4138, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 2) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), conjunctive usage to San Francisco with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville" dateless double oval and lighter blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jul. 11" double-oval datestamp, most of backflap removed, otherwise Very Fine, the dateless oval was probably applied by Marysville office as a control mark

E. 400-500
1,050
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4139
c
Sale 908, Lot 4139, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank in blue (Haller FE9, Ty. 2) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville May 11" double-oval datestamp, backflap added and small repair along top edge, Very Fine appearance, this frank in blue is extremely rare

E. 500-750
1,250
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4140
c
Sale 908, Lot 4140, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 2b) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, conjunctive usage with blue "Pacific Express Co. Marysville Feb. 23" oval datestamp, slight edgewear, Very Fine, Pacific Express went out of business sometime in 1857; therefore, this February conjunctive usage with Everts, Wilson & Co. (started in late 1856 or early 1857) must have been mailed in 1857 during the brief period when both operations were running simultaneously, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
550
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4141
c
Sale 908, Lot 4141, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, WIlson & Co. Printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 2b) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, conjunctive usage with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Aug(?) 10" oval datestamp, docketing indicates letter dated Jul. 10, 1858, small nick just into frank, Fine, the Everts and Wilson partnership was the longest lasting of Everts various expresses

E. 150-200
150
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4142
 
Sale 908, Lot 4142, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 1) on rebacked front of 3c Red Star Die (U27--unlisted in Haller on this entire) to Port Wine Cal., blue "Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express from Marysville" circular handstamp, faint toning, Fine appearance, ex Barkhausen and Hall

E. 150-200
180
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4143
c
Sale 908, Lot 4143, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank (Haller FE9, Ty. 1c) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Quincy Cal., entered mails with "Gibsonville Cal. Apr. 30" circular datestamp, repaired tear at top, backflap partly missing and slightly soiled, otherwise Fine, very scarce frank (unlisted on U35 in Haller)

E. 200-300
135
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4144
c
Sale 908, Lot 4144, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Farley's Express. Ornately framed handstamp with manuscript "Indian Creek" instered in blank area at bottom ("Youngs Hill" removed), mostly clear strike in blue on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U18) to Burnham Me., clear strike of "Camptonville Cal. Nov. 3" (ca. 1857) circular datestamp, age toned and minor edge faults

FINE. THE FARLEY'S EXPRESS MARKING IS A RARITY IN ITS OWN RIGHT, BUT THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE MODIFIED HANDSTAMP WITH "YOUNGS HILL" REMOVED AND REPLACED BY HAND WITH "INDIAN CREEK", ONE OF THE MINING CAMPS LOCATED IN YUBA COUNTY.

According to Nathan, Farley's Express was a small one-man operation serving mining camps in the Howland Flat area. Farley would bring outgoing mail to the Camptonville post office. The example pictured in Nathan is dated August 3, 1857, and it has "Youngs Hill" in type within the handstamp. Therefore, this November 3 use of the altered handstamp must be a later date in 1857 (Nathan reports Farley quitting in 1857). We are aware of one other example of the altered handstamp (ms. "Ira Creek", ex Hawley, Sotheby Parke Bernet sale, Mar. 30, 1978)

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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4145
c
Sale 908, Lot 4145, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Ford & Co. Express. Distinctive circular handstamp with star at center clearly struck on brown cover to Sacramento Cal., red "Thetford Vt. Aug. 12" circular datestamp and ms. "40" rate, additional ms. "1.65" ($1.25 express fee plus 40c postage), well-worn around edges, but could be restored to exhibition quality, Very Fine strike of this rare marking, Ford & Co. operated between Sacramento and Greenwood

E. 500-750
350
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4146
c
Sale 908, Lot 4146, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by Ford & Co.'s Express. Blue serrated oval handstamp perfectly struck on Sep. 26, 1851 folded letter to Sacramento, "San Francisco Cal. 23? Nov." circular datestamp and "5" rate handstamp, ms. "1.30" ($1.25 express fee plus 5c postage), ink smear at elft, otherwise Very Fine, we cannot read the dateline ("Kingston?") but this originated outside of San Francisco, taking almost two months to enter the mails there, rare Ford & Co. usage

E. 400-500
900
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4147
c
Sale 908, Lot 4147, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by Ford & Co.'s Express. Blue serrated oval handstamp perfectly struck on brown cover to Keytesville Mo., bold "Sacramento City Cal. 13 Dec." circular datestamp and "10" rate handstamp, neat 1852 docketing, faint age toning and edge wear, Very Fine strikes of this extremely rare handstamp from the short-lived Ford & Co. Express, ex Knapp

E. 400-500
1,100
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4148
c
Sale 908, Lot 4148, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Francis & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FF6) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Arcola Va., bold strike of "Onion Valley Cal. Oct. 8" (ca. 1860) circular datestamp, repaired piece at top left with part of frank pencilled in, otherwise Fine, an extremely rare frank, which Nathan attributes to the Francis and Rump partnership dating from July 1862, but this must be in error as examples are known from early 1860, ex Parker and Edwards

E. 500-750
500
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4149
c
Sale 908, Lot 4149, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Francis & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FF6) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U15) to Middleborough Mass., clear strike of "Gibsonville Cal. Oct. 9" (ca. 1860) circular datestamp, repaired tear across entire face of cover thru frank, yet its appearance is clean and presentable, an extremely rare frank, which Nathan attributes to the Francis and Rump partnership dating from July 1862, but this must be in error as examples are known from early 1860, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
1,200
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4150
c
Sale 908, Lot 4150, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express San Francisco. Clear red oval handstamp on part-printed bill of lading datelined at Panama, Jun. 30, 1855, and endorsed for the steamship J. L. Stephens, addressed to San Francisco merchants and evidently delivered by Freeman & Co. whose office added pencil street address at top, Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
200
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4151
c
Sale 908, Lot 4151, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express, San Francisco. Red oval handstamp with matching "Reply by/Freeman & Cos. Express" backstamp on Jul. 2, 1855 blue folded letter from Portland Me. to Sacramento Cal., part of another marking (?) at top left, Fine, ex Clifford

E. 200-300
210
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4152
c
Sale 908, Lot 4152, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express Aug. 20. Red circular datestamp on buff cover to local street address in San Francisco, Very Fine, scarce marking

E. 200-300
150
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4153
c
Sale 908, Lot 4153, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express Jun. 5. Blue circular datestamp and "Paid" in oval handstamp on cover to U.S. Consul, Mazatlan, Mexico, forwarded from there to Fuerte with U.S. Consulate handstamp (also struck on back), "6" rate crossed out and "7", the tragedy is someone cut off the upper right corner to get the stamps, still a worthy philatelic artifact

E. 150-200
125
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4154
c
Sale 908, Lot 4154, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express, Panama, Cova & Cos. Agents. Partly clear strike of red oval handstamp on folded cover from Lima, Peru, to San Francisco, sender's blue oval handstamp, docketing indicates Dec. 21, 1856 origin date, light fold, Fine, this Freeman Panama marking is very scarce, ex Edwards

E. 300-400
325
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4155
c
Sale 908, Lot 4155, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Forwarded by J. M. Freeman, Agent of Adams & Co's Express, Panama. Red oval handstamp clearly struck on buff cover to Santiago, Chile, Very Fine, extremely scarce marking

E. 400-500
250
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4156
c
Sale 908, Lot 4156, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3a with star) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, blue "Freeman & Cos. Express Coulterville" oval handstamp, "James Wilson, General Merchandise Store, Coulterville, Mariposa Co., Cal." three-line return card at lower left, fresh and Extremely Fine, an absolutely perfect express cover, ex Haas

E. 500-750
525
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4157
c
Sale 908, Lot 4157, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3a with star) and matching printed corner card for Provision and Liquor Store at Jamestown on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to San Francisco, "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Jamestown" oval handstamp, edgewear and small fault at upper right, still Very Fine, Freeman sold out to Wells, Fargo & Co. in 1859, this appears to be a subsequent use of Freeman's frank

E. 100-150
95
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4158
c
Sale 908, Lot 4158, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3a with star) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to San Francisco, blue "Freeman & Co. Sacramento Sep. 23" oval datestamp, sender's instructions to "Deliver Early" to street address, Very Fine, colorful and choice Freeman usage

E. 400-500
375
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4159
c
Sale 908, Lot 4159, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 4) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, blue "Freeman & Co. Marysville Aug. 3" oval datestamp, Extremely Fine, unusually choice

E. 400-500
500
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4160
c
Sale 908, Lot 4160, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3a) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, faint blue "Freeman & Co. Marysville Jun. 21" oval datestamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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4161
c
Sale 908, Lot 4161, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Green printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U18) to New York City street address, "Freeman & Co.'s Express Angel's (Camp)" backstamp, bold "Collect" in oval handstamp applied by McIntire's Post in New York City, who delivered Freeman & Co. express letters (and Wells, Fargo & Co.'s) to street addresses, some slight edgewear, Fine, very rare transcontinental conjunctive usage between Freeman and McIntire (see Siegel Sale 817, lot 1319)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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4162
c
Sale 908, Lot 4162, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Green printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 5) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U18) to Commission of Pensions, Washington D.C., bold blue "Freeman & Co. San Francisco Aug. 12" oval datestamp, entered mails with bold "New-York Sep. 12" circular datestamp, "Pension Office Sep. 13, 1859" receiving datestamp, tiny edge tear just above embossed stamp, still Very Fine, scarce Freeman & Co. transcontinental usage, within months after this mailing Freeman sold out to Wells, Fargo & Co.

E. 750-1,000
1,350
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4163
c
Sale 908, Lot 4163, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3) with two Wells, Fargo & Co. overprinted franks (Haller WF-E) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to South Cruz Cal., no express or postal markings, Extremely Fine, the Type 3 frank is unlisted with the Wells, Fargo & Co. overprint

E. 300-400
260
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4164
c
Sale 908, Lot 4164, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 3) with two Wells, Fargo & Co. overprinted franks (Haller WF-E) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9), unaddressed paste-up usage, blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 13 Jun." double-circle datestamp, minor edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, the Type 3 frank is unlisted with the Wells, Fargo & Co. overprint

E. 200-300
125
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4165
c
Sale 908, Lot 4165, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Green printed frank in banner (Haller FF7, Ty. 5) with two different red Wells, Fargo & Co. overprinted franks (Haller WF-E and WF-G) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U18), paste-up usage with San Francisco druggist's yellow corner card cover to New York City street address, blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 1 Jul." double-circle datestamp and matching "Paid" in oval, entered mails in New York City where grid cancel was struck on 10c stamp, pencil docketing with June 28, 1861 origin date indicates this was mailed well after Freeman sold out to Wells, Fargo & Co., interestingly there is a brownish-black "Freeman & Cos. Express Jacksonville Cal." oval handstamp over the 10c stamp (evidently applied before the entire was mailed), small erosion spot at upper left thru one frank, still Very Fine, a spectacular usage demonstrating how Freeman's old franked entires were released by Wells, Fargo & Co. after the takeover, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 750-1,000
675
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4166
c
Sale 908, Lot 4166, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s Express. Two-part printed frank with list of national, international and California offices on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Jose Cal., two ms. X's thru frank but no postal markings, therefore express usage is possible but uncertain ("No opinion" 2003 P.S.E. certificate), in any case this is the unique example of this frank, unlisted in Haller or Nathan

E. 500-750
675
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4167
c
Sale 908, Lot 4167, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Freeman & Co.'s California, Atlantic States and European Express. Printed frank (Haller FF7, Ty. 1) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Athens N.Y., uprated with 1c Blue, Ty. V and pair of 3c Dull Red (24, 26), tied by "San Francisco Cal. Apr. 11, 1861" circular datestamp, 3c stamps originally affixed over obsolete frank (lifted and hinged at lower left), Very Fine, by 1861 Freeman was out of business, but a few of the franked 3c entires were used in the Nichols correspondence (see Nathan p. 82 for another similar example), a fascinating usage, with 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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4168
c
Sale 908, Lot 4168, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Garland's Express. Printed frank (Haller FG2) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Quincy Cal., stain at lower left, arithmetic notations at top, otherwise Fine, contemporary pencil docketing on back with Mar. 2, 1868 date, another later note states that letter (no longer present) was dated Mar. 25, 1865, Richard E. Garland operated a number of expresses, this extremely rare frank is linked to his 1864 operation between Quincy, Taylorville and Crescent Mills (Garland bought out Wharton's Express), ex Haas (who paid $1,000 in a 1977 Spelman sale!) and Edwards

E. 500-750
2,600
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4169
c
Sale 908, Lot 4169, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gillpatrick's Express. Printed frank (unlisted in Haller) on 3c Green entire (U83) to Jackson Cal., "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 26" circular datestamp and cork cancel, reduced at left, otherwise Fine, Gillpatrick & Co. operated on steamers in the bay area and up the Sacramento River

E. 200-300
525
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4170
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Sale 908, Lot 4170, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greathouse & Slicer Express, Yreka. Oval handstamp clearly struck on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Weaverville Cal., conjunctive usage with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank (Haller WF-E), slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, according to Nathan the Greathouse brothers and H. Slicer formed their partnership in Fall 1855 and expanded their routes to Northern California and Oregon, Greathouse & Slicer's express was closely linked to Wells, Fargo & Co., despite the duration and success of this company, its franks are scarce (and frequently faked), this is an extremely rare marking (ca. 1857), ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 500-750
750
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4171
c
Sale 908, Lot 4171, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greene's Copper City Express. Printed frank in ornamental frame (Haller FG5) on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Weaverville Cal., entered mails with "Shasta Cal. May 24" circular datestamp and grid cancel, reduced at left into datestamp and barely into frank, otherwise Fine, extremely rare frank from this short-lived express run by Thomas Greene between Shasta and Copper City, according to Nathan it ran for about one year in 1864-65, ex Dale-Lichtenstein (1947 Costales sale), with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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4172
c
Sale 908, Lot 4172, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greenhood & Newbauer Northern Express. Printed frank with "baner" error (FG6, Ty. 1a) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, blue "Greenhood & Newbauer's Express, Weaverville, Cal." double-line oval handstamp with ms. date, pristine and Extremely Fine, ex Jarrett

E. 300-400
325
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4173
c
Sale 908, Lot 4173, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greenhood & Newbauer Northern Express. Printed frank with "Baner" error (Haller FG6, Ty. 1a) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to San Francisco, blue "Greenhood & Newbauer's Express, Weaverville Cal." double-line oval handstamp and ms. "Febr 7" date, minor age stains, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
210
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4174
c
Sale 908, Lot 4174, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greenhood & Newbauer Northern Express. Printed frank (Haller FG6, Ty. 1) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, blue "Greenhood & Newbauer's Express, Weaverville Cal." double-line oval handstamp and ms. "Ag 11" date, conjunctive use with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Aug. 13" oval datestamp, trivial tear at top above embossed stamp, otherwise Very Fine, desirable conjunctive usage with Wells, Fargo & Co. providing service from Marysville to San Francisco

E. 400-500
450
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4175
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Sale 908, Lot 4175, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greenhood & Newbauer Northern Express. Printed frank (Haller FG6, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Yreka Cal., bold clear strike of "Greenhood & Newbauer, Weaverville, Feb. 24" large double-circle datestamp, Very Fine, we believe this marking is scarcer than the oval (especially in black)

E. 400-500
525
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4176
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Sale 908, Lot 4176, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greenhood & Newbauer Northern Express. Printed frank (Haller FG6, Ty. 1) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to San Francisco, "Greenhood & Newbauer's Express, Weaverville Cal." double-line oval handstamp and ms. "13", Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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4177
c
Sale 908, Lot 4177, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Greenhood & Newbauer Northern Express. Printed frank (Haller FG6, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, entered mails with "Weaverville Cal. Apr. 20" circular datestamp, Very Fine

E. 150-200
65
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4178
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Sale 908, Lot 4178, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory's Express. Remarkable eight-line handstamp listing offices, addresses and agents for San Francisco (280 Montgomery), Sacramento and New York, mostly clear strike on greenish folded letter from New York City to San Francisco, red "Not Paid" in oval handstamp, sender's ship designation "Cherokee Nov. 13/50" crossed out with "Empire City" written above, docketing indicates Dec. 29 receipt, Very Fine, Joseph Gregory started his express in April 1850 and expanded rapidly, the 280 Montgomery address was first advertised in October 1850, this handstamp appears shortly after and was probably used for a brief period

E. 500-750
675
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4179
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Sale 908, Lot 4179, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory's U.S. and California Express, Thompson & Hitchcock, Agts., 149 Pearl St., N.Y. Partly clear red three-line handstamp and Bison pictorial handstamp on Jun. 30, 1850 folded letter from Joseph W. Gregory to James Gordon Bennett at The New York Herald in New York City, "Gregory's New York & California Express" oval handstamp used as a letterhead, in his letter Gregory sends a parcel of Yellow Monkey Flower seeds to Bennett as a gift and offers to send more examples to Bennett and his associates (Gregory's skill in wooing the press was no doubt part of his formula for success), the enigmatic Bison marking is also found on other covers from California, but its meaning and source have never been clear to us -- a wonderful express cover

E. 750-1,000
700
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4180
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Sale 908, Lot 4180, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory's Atlantic and Pacific Express. Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St. N.Y. Four-line handstamp clearly struck with red "Paid" handstamp on brown cover to East 18th Street in New York City, conjunctive usage with "Boyd's City Express Post Aug. 15, 9 (O'Clock)" oval datestamp and "Paid/J.T.B." handstamp, part of backflap removed, Very Fine, the enterprising Joseph Gregory started his ambitious express operation in 1850, but gave up in 1853, during its operation, Gregory's Express agents in New York arranged for local delivery thru Boyd's, examples of such conjunctive usage are scarce

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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4181
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Sale 908, Lot 4181, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory's Atlantic and Pacific Express. General Office, 280 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Four-line handstamp in red, light red "Paid" on oval and ms. "Paid p Gregorys Express" on May 12, 1851 folded letter to Howland & Aspinwall in New York City, two strikes of "Gregory's Atlantic and Pacific Express. Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St. N.Y." four-line handstamp, creases, otherwise Fine, carried entirely outside the mails by Gregory's Express

E. 300-400
240
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4182
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Sale 908, Lot 4182, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory's Express. Red four-line handstamp of San Francisco office on buff cover to New York City, endorsed "Consignee" with ms. "Paid" notation, street address added by New York office, pencil date "5/30/51", Very Fine

E. 200-300
125
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4183
c
Sale 908, Lot 4183, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory's Express. Nine covers incl. examples of two, three and four-line handstamps and ovals, to and from California and a couple within the state, some with interesting content, mixed condition but selected for usage, generally Fine strikes

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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4184
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Sale 908, Lot 4184, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Gregory & English's Moore's Flat and Eureka Express. Printed frank in ornamental frame (Haller FG7, Ty. 3) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, "Moore's Flat Cal. Apr. 2" circular datestamp and grid cancel, bottom right corner slightly clipped and repaired, otherwise Very Fine, according to Nathan this express was operated briefly by J. R. English and a partner named Gregory, its franks are extremely rare, ex Edwards

E. 750-1,000
800
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4185
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Sale 908, Lot 4185, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hammond & Wilson's Express. Printed frank in banner (Haller FH1) on 3c Green entire (U164) to Princeton Cal., "Reno Nev. Aug. 8" circular datestamp and cork cancel, soiled and repaired along right edge where roughly opened, still presentable and extremely rare, this express operated in 1874 from Susanville to Reno, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 150-200
625
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4186
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Sale 908, Lot 4186, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)D. W. Harrier's Express. Printed frank in blue (Haller FH3, Ty. 1b, unlisted in this color) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada Jan. 27" oval datestamp, expertly restored along right edge where opened roughly into embossed stamp, Very Fine appearance, this frank is reported to be unique in blue, this express operated during 1862-65 with service between Nevada City and the mining camps (connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co.),

E. 500-750
2,000
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4187
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Sale 908, Lot 4187, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)D. W. Harrier's Express. Red printed frank (Haller FH3, Ty. 1b) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada Mar. 4" oval datestamp, repaired along right edge where opened roughly into embossed stamp, otherwise Fine, very rare, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 400-500
2,000
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4188
c
Sale 908, Lot 4188, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)D. W. Harrier's Express. Printed frank (Haller FH3, Ty. 1 with different border) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Nevada Sep. 20" oval datestamp, repaired along right edge where opened into embossed stamp, otherwise Fine, very rare frank, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 400-500
450
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4189
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Sale 908, Lot 4189, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hawley & C's Express. Mostly clear red oval handstamp and matching "From Sacramento" straightline on blue Sep. 23, 1850 folded letter to San Francisco, business letter mentions the vessel "William Penn", file folds, clean and Fine, an extremely rare marking from the short-lived period (starting Jan. 1850) when T. R. Hawley became the sole proprietor of the express he started in Oct. 1849 with his partners, Hawley sold out to Freeman in Nov. 1850, we know of one other example of this red oval (Sotheby Parke Bernet, Mar. 30, 1978 sale, lot 3083), ex Edwards

E. 750-1,000
3,750
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4190
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Sale 908, Lot 4190, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hinckley & Co.s Express, Denver City, Dec. 10, 1860. Clear strike of circular datestamp on orange cover to Central City, with original enclosure, pencil ms. "Paid" at right, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
425
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4191
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Sale 908, Lot 4191, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hogan & Co.'s North San Juan and Humbug Express. Printed frank (Haller FH8, Ty. 2) on 3c Green entire (U83) to San Jose Cal., partly readable "North San Juan Cal. Mar. 18" circular datestamp and target, slightly reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, this express ran in 1874 between North San Juan and Humbug, it connected with Wells, Fargo & Co. (as stated in the frank) or put mail into the post office, used examples of its frank are very scarce

E. 500-750
475
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4192
c
Sale 908, Lot 4192, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)The Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company. Spectacular red printed frank (Haller FH9, unlisted in red) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Virginia City, blurry but readable strike of "Holladay O.M. & E. Co. Helena, Mon. Aug. 11, 1866" (Montana Territory) double-circle datestamp, part of a printed and perforated "Express Co." label at right (possibly contemporary), restored along right edge where reduced into embossed stamp, otherwise Fine, the only frank with the name of the "Stagecoach King" Ben Holladay, who sold his entire business to Wells, Fargo & Co. in November 1866, examples of this frank are scarce (and typically used after Nov. 1866), but covers with any of Holladay's markings used during his ownership are extremely rare, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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4193
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Sale 908, Lot 4193, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Holland, Morley & Co.'s Express. Printed frank in banner (Haller FH10) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, bold strike of "Holland, Morley & Co's Express, La Porte, Cal." double-line oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Mar. 8" oval datestamp, reduced at right into embossed stamp, minor edge faults, still Fine, this extremely rare frank and usage date from the original Holland, Morley & Co.'s Express partnership, which was started in 1862 to provide service between Marysville and the Gibsonville Ridge and Feather River mining camps, late in 1862 Morley sold out to Sam Wheeler and a string of different franks and handstamps followed, a nearly identical cover was in the 1997 Dale-Lichtenstein sale, but very few others exist, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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4194
c
Sale 908, Lot 4194, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Holland & Wheeler's Express. Red printed frank in banner (Haller FH11, Ty. 3) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to New York City street address, "Collect 2 cts." two-line handstamp applied by Hussey's Post for local delivery charges, no other markings, reduced at right into embossed stamp, soiled and faults, still presentable, carried by Holland & Wheeler from the mining camps to Marysville, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. for New York and delivered by Hussey's Post, rare usage

E. 300-400
550
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4195
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Sale 908, Lot 4195, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hopkinson's Express. Printed frank (Haller FH13, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Oroville Cal., conjunctive usage with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Dutch Flat Jan. 6" blue oval datestamp, Extremely Fine, E. B. Hopkinson had two terms of ownership of this express (1862-64 and again from 1865), the varied Hopkinson franks are extremely scarce, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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4196
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Sale 908, Lot 4196, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hopkinson's Express. Printed frank in ornamental border (Haller FH13, Ty. 2a) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Nevada City Cal., reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare frank from Hopkinson's second term of ownership (1865-on)

E. 750-1,000
700
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4197
c
Sale 908, Lot 4197, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Horn's Tri-Weekly Express. Purple handstamped frank (Haller FH14) over Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank on 3c Green entire (U164) to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, rare frank applied by this small express operating along the Scott River (always on Wells, Fargo & Co. entires)

E. 500-750
550
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4198
 
Sale 908, Lot 4198, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Horsley & Brastow's Express, Scott River. Clear strike of blue oval handstamp on rebacked cover front to Yreka Cal., Fine appearance, this short-lived express was started by Jack Horsley and S. D. Brastow (two of Cram, Rogers & Co.'s messengers), they carried mail from Shasta to Yreka and the Scott River region, as well as southern points in Oregon, after only ten months the express ceased to operate, this is the basis of the Nathan listing, the absence of another example in any of the major Western Express collections we have reviewed leads us to believe it may be the only example extant, ex Edwards

E. 500-750
2,300
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4199
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Sale 908, Lot 4199, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Hunter & Co.'s Express. Clear strike of double-oval handstamp with horse and rider on buff cover to Sacramento, red "New Bedford Ms. Aug. 7" circular datestamp and "10" rate handstamp, ms. "Greenwood 1.35" ($1.25 express fee plus 10c postage, reduced at right, couple light bleach spots, o/w Fine

E. 400-500
425
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4200
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Sale 908, Lot 4200, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Keene & Hurley's Express. "Paid Over All Stage and Express Lines from Ruby City, W.T." frank over Keene & Hurley return card ("General Merchandise and Agents for All Stage Lines") on 2c Red Brown entire (U278) to Portland Ore., "Spokane Falls Wash. Jan. 14, 10PM, 1888" circular datestamp and star cancel, receiving backstamp, flap tear just into frank, otherwise Fine, very rare express frank, Keene & Hurley served Ruby City in northwestern Washington by carrying mail to and from Spokane Falls, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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4201
c
Sale 908, Lot 4201, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Kennedy & Co.'s Half Moon Bay & Pescadero Express. Blue printed frank (Haller FK3, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to San Francisco where it entered mails with "San Francisco Cal. Mar. 3" datestamp and rosette cancel, ms. "K" at bottom left, Very Fine, this small express carried mail along the coast between San Francisco and Pescadero, illustrated in Letters of Gold, ex Edwards

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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4202
c
Sale 908, Lot 4202, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Lamping & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FL1, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, clearly struck "Lamping & Cos. Express Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Aug. 8" oval datestamp, Extremely Fine, Lamping's Express (successor to Langton) served the Downieville mining region and connected with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Marysville, a variety of franks were produced, but few examples are of this exceptionally choice quality

E. 750-1,000
1,400
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4203
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Sale 908, Lot 4203, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Lamping & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FL1, Ty. 1, vertical format) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, partly clear strike of "Lamping & Cos. Express Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jul. 31" oval datestamp, Very Fine

E. 400-500
550
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4204
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Sale 908, Lot 4204, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Lamping & Co.'s Express. Printed frank (Haller FL1, Ty. 1) on 3c Pink entire (U58) to Sacramento, "Lamping & Co. Express Crest. City" (Crescent City) oval handstamp, no other markings, carried exclusively by Lamping, Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 400-500
425
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4205
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Sale 908, Lot 4205, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Express Downieville Dec. 12. Black oval handstamp with matching "Pioneer Express, Downieville Cal. S.W.L." (Samuel W. Langton's initials) negative seal and "Paid" in double-line oval handstamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, large blue "Langton's Pioneer Express Marysville" double-line oval and matching "Reply by Langton's Pioneer Express." two-line backstamp, Extremely Fine, although it seems obvious to us that the Langton Downieville office applied all three markings (the negative seal and "Paid" probably as a frank before the oval datestamp), the accompanying 2004 P.F. certificate equivocates "Genuine usage, but decline opinion as to whether the negative marking at top left is an express company marking or a station agent's seal" -- nonetheless an outstanding Langton's cover, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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4206
c
Sale 908, Lot 4206, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express, Carson City. Partly clear blue oval handstamp and agent's "Free" ms. endorsement on yellow cover to William H. Russell, one of the principals in the Pony Express, at Virginia City N.T., backflap removed, otherwise Very Fine, with 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
375
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4207
c
Sale 908, Lot 4207, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 4) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U16) to Galway N.Y., entered mails with blue "Marysville Cal. Paid by Stamps Feb. 4" circular datestamp and matching large grid of squares cancel, Very Fine, unusually attractive and scarce combination of express and regular mails

E. 400-500
425
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4208
c
Sale 908, Lot 4208, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 4) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U15) to Jamesville Wis., entered mails with "Downieville Cal. Oct. 2, 1860(?)" circular datestamp, Very Fine, scarce combination of express and regular mails

E. 400-500
425
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4209
c
Sale 908, Lot 4209, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 4) on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U18) to Poughkeepsie N.Y., entered mails with "Downieville Cal. Jun. 3" circular datestamp and matching circular segmented grid cancel, some light wrinkles, still Very Fine and scarce combination of express and regular mails

E. 400-500
325
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4210
c
Sale 908, Lot 4210, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, dark blue "Alleghany" oval office handstamp (applied by Langton's before use), conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jul. 25" oval datestamp, Very Fine

E. 400-500
900
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4211
c
Sale 908, Lot 4211, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Nevada City Cal., Langton's blue oval handstamps of Carson City Nev. and San Juan Cal. offices, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, scarce usage from Nevada mining region to Nevada City

E. 400-500
525
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4212
c
Sale 908, Lot 4212, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 4) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, red "Langton's Pioneer Express, Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Marysville, Oct. 27" oval datestamp, Very Fine

E. 400-500
500
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4213
c
Sale 908, Lot 4213, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Sacramento, bold blue "Langton's Pioneer Express, Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville May 25" oval datestamp, long sealed opening tear across frank, not immediately apparent and still an attractive cover

E. 150-200
180
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4214
c
Sale 908, Lot 4214, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed and embossed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, blue "Langton's Pioneer Express, Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Sep. 7" oval datestamp, Very Fine, the embossed frank is scarce

E. 400-500
425
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4215
c
Sale 908, Lot 4215, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5 var) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, blue "Langton's Pioneer Express Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Oct. 29" oval datestamp, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine

E. 400-500
325
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4216
c
Sale 908, Lot 4216, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 4) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Noisy Carriers in San Francisco, blue "Langton's Pioneer Express, Forest City" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Marysville" oval handstamp, small spindle hole at center, otherwise Very Fine, based on the style of markings we suspect this was mailed soon after Langton stopped carrying mail all the way to San Francisco and started connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Marysville

E. 400-500
600
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4217
c
Sale 908, Lot 4217, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Sacramento, red "Langton's Pioneer Express Forest City" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jul. 13" oval datestamp, repaired opening nick at top left above frank, Fine appearance

E. 150-200
0
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4218
c
Sale 908, Lot 4218, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL4, Ty. 5) on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Nevada, ms. docketing dated June 12, 1861, few toned spots around edges, still Very Fine

E. 200-300
280
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4219
c
Sale 908, Lot 4219, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 10c Green Star Die entire (U32) to Baraboo Wis., entered mails with blue "Carson City U.T. Aug. 29" (1861) circular datestamp and matching blue target, reduced at left into frank, otherwise Very Fine, an extremely rare example of Langton's frank on the 10c Star Die (listed in Haller on Buff U33 only)

E. 500-750
625
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4220
c
Sale 908, Lot 4220, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank embossed in blue (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10), evidently unused with contemporary ms. "Express Matters...Lot 40" notation, Very Fine, Haller lists the Type 5 frank in blue on U34, but not on U10

E. 300-400
525
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4221
c
Sale 908, Lot 4221, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank in blue (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, faint strike of blue "North (San Juan)" straightline applied by Langton's, conjunctive us with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Mar. 10" oval datestamp, edgewear and small sealed tears (one touches frank), otherwise Fine, the blue frank is very scarce

E. 150-200
425
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4222
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Sale 908, Lot 4222, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 6) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to San Francisco, "Langton's Pioneer Express Downieville" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jul. 3" oval datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
425
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4223
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Sale 908, Lot 4223, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 6) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to San Francisco, conjunctive use with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jan. 8" oval datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 300-400
425
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4224
c
Sale 908, Lot 4224, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 6) on 3c Pink entire (U59) to Marysville, two faint or partly struck ovals, Fine

E. 200-300
260
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4225
c
Sale 908, Lot 4225, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank in blue (Haller FL3, Ty. 6) on 3c Pink entire (U58) cancelled by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Sep. 12" oval datestamp, no address and no evidence of paste-up usage, Extremely Fine, this Type 6 frank is very scarce in blue (unlisted on U58 or U59), an unusual usage

E. 400-500
1,000
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4226
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Sale 908, Lot 4226, Western Expresses (Adams thru Langton)Langton's Express. Eight covers, variety of office handstamps incl. "Langton's Express Downeville" spelling error, another Downieville oval with Wells, Fargo & Co. oval, Virginia City, Marysville, large cover opened out with two each of Langton's and Wells, Fargo & Co.'s labels plus Wells, Fargo & Co. C.O.D. label, mixed condition, scarce group

E. 500-750
1,150
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