Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

Category — Western Expresses (see also 537-566)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
105
c
Sale 933, Lot 105, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)J. Bamber & Co.s Express, Bacon & Hardy, Oakland Office. Printed frank on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) to Marysville Cal., conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co.s Express S. Frco. 21 Oct." double-circle datestamp, ms. "with $20" at top right, fresh and Very Fine, ex West, Barkhausen and Kramer

E. 400-500
475
106
c
Sale 933, Lot 106, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Bamber & Co.'s Express, W. B. Hardy's Office, Oakland. Printed frank on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, faint strike of red "J. Bamber & Cos. Express, S.F., Feb. 19" double-circle datestamp, slightly reduced at top, some overall wear, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
140
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107
c
Sale 933, Lot 107, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)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. 2,000-3,000
2,900
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108
c
Sale 933, Lot 108, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Greenhood & Newbauer's Express. Printed frank on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to San Francisco, cancelled by ms., blue "Greenhood & Newbauer Express, Weaverville Cal." oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Marysville, Jun. 20" oval datestamp, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, ex Kramer

E. 300-400
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109
c
Sale 933, Lot 109, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Hinckley & Co.'s Express, Denver City, Jul. 4, 1860. Circular datestamp with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), defective, tied by indistinct June 9 circular datestamp on cover to "Denver City, Jefferson Ter.", original contents describing a "hurricane": "I saw pieces of the broken stoves that had been carried half a mile and more" (probably a tornado), some wear, otherwise Fine, scarce usage, transcript accompanies

E. 200-300
200
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110
c
Sale 933, Lot 110, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Langton & Bros. Express, French Corral. Ornately framed handstamp struck in blue on backflap of large part of greenish blue folded cover to the Surveyor General's Office in San Francisco, blue "Marysville Cal. 5 Jul. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp, no contemporary date but pencil note "1853" is probably accurate, Very Fine, this is an extremely rare Langton's marking, the town of French Corral was founded in 1849 and named for a Frenchman who built a corral for his mules, gold was later discovered there, accompanied by a letter from Mel Nathan noting that "this is one of the scarcest of all the Langton handstamps...4 I know of"

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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111
c
Sale 933, Lot 111, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Northern Pacific Express Co. Printed frank on 2c Red entire (U231) to Red Lake Falls Minn., cancelled by blue "Dul. & Man. R. R. Ulen Jan. 8, 1887" double-circle datestamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
120
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112
c
Sale 933, Lot 112, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Pacific Express Co. Horse and rider frank (Haller P1, Ty. 2) in black on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to Barnard Vt., bold strikes of "Auburn Cal. Jul. 4" circular datestamp and "Paid 10" handstamp for 10c transcontinental rate, 3c embossed stamp obliterated, Very Fine, based on other covers from Auburn Cal., it appears that the postmaster re-rated 3c Nesbitt entires used by the Pacific Express Company, some are uprated with "Paid 7", but this is re-rated "Paid 10" with the embossed stamp obliterated, ex Chase and Knapp

E. 750-1,000
600
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113
c
Sale 933, Lot 113, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Wells, Fargo & Co. Red printed frank on 10c Green Nesbitt entire (U15) endorsed "Via Panama" in large script and used as a paste-up, cancelled on arrival with "New-York N.Y. Oct. 14" circular datestamp, minor wear, missing side flap at left, still Very Fine, this New York datestamp with both city and "N.Y." state specified is exceedingly scarce, ex Barkhausen

E. 500-750
325
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114
c
Sale 933, Lot 114, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Wells, Fargo & Co. Red printed frank on 10c Yellow Green entire (U40) to Philadelphia, blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, S.Frco. 12 Aug." double-circle datestamp, entered mails with "New-York Sep. 8, 1862" double-circle datestamp and target, endorsed "pr. overland mail", barely reduced at right, some slight edgewear incl. tear at top, appears Very Fine, ex Kramer

E. 200-300
275
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115
c
Sale 933, Lot 115, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Wells, Fargo & Co. Red printed frank on 10c Yellow Green entire (U40) to Baltimore Md., blue "Wells, Fargo & Co.s Express S.Frco., Jan. 31" double-circle datestamp, entered mails with "New-York Feb. 27, 1862" double-circle datestamp and cork cancel, endorsed "pr. Steamer" and also "Enclosed samples of tobacco", vertical file fold, minor edgewear, Very Fine, ex Kramer

E. 200-300
160
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116
c
Sale 933, Lot 116, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed frank on 3c Pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, cancelled by blue "W.P.R.R. * Ellis * Feb. 13, 1870" double-circle datestamp, 1870 docketing at left, fresh and Very Fine, desirable with the Western Pacific Railroad cancel, ex Kramer

E. 300-400
350
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117
c
Sale 933, Lot 117, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed frank on 3c Pink entire (U58), cancelled by blue "C.P.R.R. Apl. 11, 1870 Newcastle" three-line handstamp to San Francisco, some oxidation as often found, Very Fine, scarce usage, ex Kramer

E. 400-500
200
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118
c
Sale 933, Lot 118, Western Expresses (see also 537-566)Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed frank on 3c Pink entire (U58), Whitney & Co. Forwarding Merchant imprint at top, cancelled by blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco Apr. 3" oval datestamp to Carson City Nev., 1866 enclosure, Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
0
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119
c
Western Expresses and Related. 35 covers plus some unused and peripheral items (Godey's booklet), incl. nice group of low to mid-range value express franks (Bamber, Langton, Wells, Fargo & Co.) but also incl. scarcer markings and franks such as Adams & Co. blue and red ovals and double-circle, Gregory's straightline, Pacific Express horse-and-rider frank with "LR" initials, Truman & Chapman frank, also a 10c Nesbitt cut square with tiny portion of San Francisco Running Pony oval, generally Fine, scarce group assembled in the 1940's and 50's

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
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120
c
Western Expresses. 19 covers, handstamped or printed franks incl. Bamber & Co., Hoag & Co. Contra-Costa Express, Wells, Fargo & Co., also unused "San Francisco Letter Express" horse-and-rider, Fine-Very Fine, useful lot

E. 400-500
1,400
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121
c
Frontier Letter. Folded letter datelined "St. Joseph May 8th 1849", interesting contents include "We are now on the frontier...there is now 60 waggons between us and the ferry, so that we shall not be able to cross before tomorrow night...you will have learnt by the papers of the Cholera being here", other interesting contents, with "St. Joseph Mo. May 17" circular datestamp and "X" handstamp, some wear, fascinating contents, transcript accompanies

E. 300-400
550
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122
 
Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Oct. 15th 1854. Dateline on contents only, to Hon. Geo. W. Jones, letter mentions "the field of my labors is by no means a pleasant one, as I am under necessity at the present time of traveling some three hundred miles through Indian country with a heavy guard, the Indians at this time are very hostile...affairs in this territory at the present time are flourishing and prosperous with the exception of Indian difficulties.", transcript accompanies

E. 200-300
325
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123
c
Dakota Territory. Approximately 80 covers or postal cards, a comprehensive study collection of Dakota Territory, mainly Bank Note Issue frankings but also incl. 3c 1861-68's from Cheyenne (blue cancels), Fort Abercrombie, Fort Randall and Vermillion, later markings incl. ovals, forts, county and postmaster names, registered, "Grand Forks, Dak." straightline, corner cards, fancy cancels, some have minor faults, post-1870 covers generally Fine-Very Fine, this collection was assembled cover by cover during the 1970's and 80's and has a very high retail/auction acquisition cost, a tremendous opportunity for the specialist in territorials or retail cover dealer

E. 1,500-2,000
3,750
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124
c
Territorials and Western Town Markings. 40 covers across a wide range of post offices in Arizona, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada and New Mexico territories (a few statehood period), mainly 1860's thru 1880's but includes several 3c 1851-57's, a few 3c 1869's, many better covers incl. Eaves cameo corner card for Leavenworth City K.T. real estate agent with 3c 1857, several New Mexico Territory ( incl. three 3c 1869's, ex Dike), route agent markings, minor faults in some, generally Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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125
c
California and Western Covers. 38 covers or postcards, incl. early California town markings (Sacramento and San Francisco with "40" rate, Marysville "Paid by Stamps", 1889 "Deadwood Cal." oval), a few S.F. to France, G.B. to S.F. with "Not Called For" straightline, some later usages, mixed condition, most are Fine

E. 300-400
300
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126
c
"Overland Mail" Route Instructions. Five covers with variations of "Overland Mail" route instructions, incl. No. 26 from Yreka Cal. to St. Louis, two covers with two No. 35's on each from Maine to San Francisco with "Overland Mail via St. Louis", Nos. 24 & 26 for carrier fee plus postage from New York to Sherman Tex. with "Via St. Louis & Overland" (ex Moody), No. 35 from Canandaigua N.Y. to Marysville with "Overland", some faults or reductions, generally Fine appearance, scarce

E. 400-500
350
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