Sale 913 — 2006 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 May, 2006

Category — Western Expresses

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
952
c
Sale 913, Lot 952, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Haller WF-F red frank on 10c Green entire (U40) to Kosel, Prussia, carried by Wells, Fargo & Co. to New York City where entires was cancelled by grid, red "N. York Brem. Pkt. Paid 7 Jul. 18" credit datestamp, blue "Paid to Bremen" straightline handstamp and matching "America Uber Bremen Franco" handstamp on printed frank at top, blue crayon "2", receiving backstamp, trivial edgewear, Very Fine and rare express usage to German States

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
953
c
Sale 913, Lot 953, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Huge "W.F. & Co." overprint with frank at left (Haller WF-O) over H. Engelbrecht (San Francisco) cigar and tobacco merchant's lithographed advertisement on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, from the McKay correspondence, Wells, Fargo & Co.'s blue oval "Paid" handstamp at bottom right, barely reduced at left and some slight overall wear, Very Fine, only a few examples of this striking frank are known, all are printed on the Engelbrecht advertisement, which suggests that this was a special print run to obliterate the old ad

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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954
P
Sale 913, Lot 954, Western ExpressesSan Francisco Running Pony Handstamp. Perfect proof strike of the Running Pony handstamp (without date), blue "Wells, Fargo & Co's Ex. Stationery & Commission Dept., San Francisco, Cal. May 25, 1880" five-line handstamp at left and with pen notation "Impression from the original Date Stamp used by the Pony Express. Warranted genuine. Aaron Stein", bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RUNNING PONY HANDSTAMP, STRUCK POSTHUMOUSLY FROM THE ORIGINAL DATESTAMP. A GREAT RARITY.

Illustrated on the title page of the Nathan book.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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955
ngbl
Sale 913, Lot 955, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Complete sheet of 40 comprising right and left panes, Position R9 is the "Broken Leg" flaw, creases, tears and damaged at bottom, nonetheless an important and rare (three known) sheet of the $1.00 Pony Express stamp, this issue was officially authorized by the U.S. Congress and therefore should be considered a semi-official U.S. stamp (much more so than the Vin Fiz or Buffalo Balloon private airpost stamps), ex Golden, illustrated in Nathan book on p. 71

7,000
2,700
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956
 
Sale 913, Lot 956, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Broken Leg (143L3 var). Position R9, margins to just in, bright color nicely contrasted by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval handstamp, the variety clearly visible, sealed tear at bottom right, otherwise Fine, the first and only recorded used example of the "Broken Leg" flaw--no used examples were known at the time our book on the 1861 Pony Express stamps was published, and this stamp proves that the sheets containing the error were actually sold and used at the time the Pony Express was running (as opposed to coming from unused remainders), only eight unused examples are recorded, unpriced as used

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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957
Pbl
Sale 913, Lot 957, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Blue, Garter, Plate Proof on Card (143L6). Positions 14-15/19-20, block of four with part of manuscript "Sample" applied to original proof sheet, large margins

VERY FINE CARD PROOF WITH PART OF THE "SAMPLE OVERPRINT.

Ex Golden. With photocopy of the three recorded blocks showing the reconstruction. Illustrated in Wells, Fargo & Company 1861 Pony Express Issues. With 1983 P.F. certificate (no longer accompanies)

E. 2,000-3,000
5,750
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958
P
Sale 913, Lot 958, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., Die Proof for 1897 Reprint. Black impression of 10c without vignette and $1.00 with vignette, additional numerals at sides, back of card shows part of Britton & Rey letterhead, Very Fine and rare proof, described by W. S. Boggs as "The last state of the original die retouched for the reprints showing the denomination figures separately. This shows that the $1.00 and the 10c were the last made.", ex Golden, illustrated in Nathan book on p. 69

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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959
P
Sale 913, Lot 959, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., 10c-$4.00 Pony Express Reprint, Black Plate Proof on Wove. Complete sheet with defaced $4.00 column at left, creases not affecting appearance, rare, ex Golden

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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