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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (Wells, Fargo & Co.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1270
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1270, Local and Private Posts (Wells, Fargo & Co.)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Three ample to huge margins, touched at top, tied by perfect bold strike of "Pony Express San Francisco Jul. 17" Running Pony blue oval datestamp on 10c Green Star Die entire(U32) to New York City, red Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, entered the mails with "St. Joseph Mo. Jul. 29" (1861) circular datestamp, expertly cleaned, small repaired nick at top left and sealed tear at center, backflap added, these cosmetic improvements only enhance the appearance

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL STRIKE OF THE FAMOUS "RUNNING PONY" HANDSTAMP ON A COVER CARRIED BY THE LEGENDARY PONY EXPRESS EARLY IN THE GOVERNMENT MANDATED SERVICE PERIOD.

Commencing July 1, 1861, the Pony Express was authorized by Congress to carry mail at the rate of $1.00 per half ounce. An additional fee was charged by Wells, Fargo & Co. to carry mail from San Francisco to the western terminus at Placerville, which is represented by the printed frank on this entire. The contract also stipulated the mandatory U.S. postage charge of 10c per half ounce. This cover combines all three postage elements and was carried on the fifth eastbound Pony Express trip after the new rates and stamps were introduced, leaving San Francisco on July 13 and arriving in St. Joseph on July 29th. There are two known covers that survive from this trip, out of an average of 305 letters carried per eastbound trip between July 1, 1861 and the last Pony trip on October 23, 1861. (Frajola, Kramer, Walske book)

Although the Scott Catalogue lists the July 1861 issue Pony Express stamps (143L3-143L6) with other private post issues, we wish to emphasize that these stamps were issued under the terms of a government mail contract; therefore, they have semi-official status. In November 1861, after completion of the first transcontinental telegraph, the Pony Express ceased operation.

Pony Express Census No. E114.

E. 7,500-10,000
13,000
1271
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1271, Local and Private Posts (Wells, Fargo & Co.)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7), Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Large margins to just in at bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Sacramento Sep. 14" double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, to Carson City Nevada Terr., 1862 receipt docketing at left, slightly reduced at sides and some expertly repaired edge wear, Fine appearance, very scarce use of the Brown stamp, Scott Retail $4,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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1272
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1272, Local and Private Posts (Wells, Fargo & Co.)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Large margins to clear, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Sac. Messenger, Feb. 22" oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank to Virginia City, Nevada Terr., with original enclosure, tiny edge tears at top not mentioned on accompanying certificate

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY 25-CENT BLUE PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON A COVER FROM THE CELEBRATED CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE.

Ex Kramer. With 1981 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $4,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
4,750
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1273
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1273, Local and Private Posts (Wells, Fargo & Co.)Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1), Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1)Wells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1). Large margins to just clear at top right, uncancelled, used on blue folded letter datelined "San Francisco Febry. 4, 1860" to Towle & Co. in New York City, blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S.Frco. 6 Feb." large double-circle datestamp and matching "Paid" in oval, sender's routing "p. St. Sonora", Feb. 24 receipt docketing, file fold well clear of adhesive

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

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

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

From the March 1973 Robson Lowe sale. Ex Golden and Kuphal. With 1999 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $11,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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