Sale 1072 — The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Category — 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
57
ngbl
Sale 1072, Lot 57, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Block of eight, Stone B, transfer Types 7-8/11-12/15-16/19-20, unused (no gum), large margins to full, bright color, Very Fine, with 1980 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as two blocks of four

1,000
550
58
ngbl
Sale 1072, Lot 58, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Positions A1-2/3-4 and B1-2/3-4, horizontal block of eight, unused (no gum), close at bottom, three huge to enormous margins with sheet margins at top left, bright color on fresh paper, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, ex Twigg-Smith, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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59
c
Sale 1072, Lot 59, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Huge bottom right corner margins, others large, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Sep. 28” (1862) oval datestamp, repeated on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to J. D. Thornton at San Francisco, 1862 docketing, sealed tear at top just affects frank

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB CORNER-MARGIN COPY OF THE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS 10-CENT BROWN ON COVER.

Ex D.K. Collection and Twigg-Smith. With 1992 P.F. certificate.

E. 7,500-10,000
9,500
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60
c
Sale 1072, Lot 60, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Large even margins, affixed over directive "Pony" and tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Express Genoa" oval handstamp on 3c Pink on White entire (U34) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, embossed stamp cancelled by "Wells, Fargo & Co., Express Aurora" oval handstamp, with original letter datelined Aurora Sep. 26, 1862, long repaired tear thru embossed stamp, gum stains around stamp removed

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY 10-CENT BROWN PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON A COVER FROM THE CELEBRATED CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE, BEARING THE HANDSTAMPED MARKINGS OF WELLS FARGO'S AURORA AND GENOA OFFICES.

This cover originated in Aurora, Nevada Territory, and was marked to go by "Pony" to California. The 10c Brown was affixed and cancelled at Genoa (northwest of Aurora).

The cover and letter were sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, a prominent West Coast attorney, while he was residing in Nevada. The move to Nevada became necessary after California passed a law prohibiting the practice of law by anyone who would not take the loyalty oath. “Parker” Crittenden was a pro-Southerner who chose to relocate to Virginia City, rather than swear allegiance to the Federal government. His wife stayed in San Francisco for some time, and the two corresponded frequently while he was away. A few years later he was shot dead by his mistress, Laura Fair, in front of his wife and son. In this letter, Parker mentions that "Laura gave a grand dinner yesterday... I suppose she will tell you all about it..." -- apparently referring to his mistress and future assassin.

Ex Kramer and Vogel. With 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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61
c
Sale 1072, Lot 61, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City 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.

This cover and letter were sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, a prominent West Coast attorney, while he was residing in Virginia City. The move to Nevada became necessary after California passed a law prohibiting the practice of law by anyone who would not take the loyalty oath. “Parker” Crittenden was a pro-Southerner who chose to relocate to Virginia City, rather than swear allegiance to the Federal government. His wife stayed in San Francisco for some time, and the two corresponded frequently while he was away. A few years later he was shot dead by his mistress in front of his wife and son.

Ex Kramer and Geisler. With 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
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62
c
Sale 1072, Lot 62, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Two full margins, barely in at left and bottom, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Gold Hill Utah” oval handstamp on 3c Pink on White entire (U34) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to Placerville Cal., backflap removed, creased thru stamp, edgewear and soiling, still Fine, an attractive Virginia City Pony Express cover

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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63
c
Sale 1072, Lot 63, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Full even margins all around, bright color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jul. 17" (1864) oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) with printed frank, to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, small corner repair at top right clear of stamps and markings

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS 25-CENT RED ON COVER FROM THE FAMOUS CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE. THE RED PONY STAMP IS MUCH SCARCER ON COVER THAN THE BLUE.

This cover was sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, a prominent West Coast attorney, while he was residing in Virginia City. The move to Nevada became necessary after California passed a law prohibiting the practice of law by anyone who would not take the loyalty oath. “Parker” Crittenden was a pro-Southerner who chose to relocate to Virginia City, rather than swear allegiance to the Federal government. His wife stayed in San Francisco for some time, and the two corresponded frequently while he was away. A few years later he was shot dead by his mistress in front of his wife and son.

Ex Kuphal. With 1981 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
10,000
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64
c
Sale 1072, Lot 64, 1862-65 Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Ample to large margins, tied by blue “Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Feb. 28” (1865) oval datestamp, second strike cancels indicia on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco, some minor cosmetic edge improvements (no paper addition)

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 25-CENT RED VIRGINIA CITY PONY COVER WITH THE WELLS FARGO VIRGINIA CITY DATESTAMP.

Most of the 25-cent Red covers originate from the famous Crittenden correspondence. This cover, from the Van Brunt correspondence, has a letter enclosure dated February 19, 1865.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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