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Sale 1117 — U.S. & Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 December, 2015

Category — Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western Balances

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4427
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4427, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Ample to full margins, part of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp at bottom, rim of additional circular datestamp at right and U.S. numeral debit rate handstamp at top (second numeral is "4"), Very Fine and choice, an outstanding used example of the first Pony Express stamp

800
500
4428
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4428, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Red (143L1). Large margins to just in at bottom and lower right, blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp struck to show the nearly full pony riding on top of the pony of the adhesive stamp, Fine and visually striking with the arrangement of the cancel

800
400
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4429
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4429, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00, $1.00 Red (143L1, 143L3), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00, $1.00 Red (143L1, 143L3)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00, $1.00 Red (143L1, 143L3). Both with San Francisco Running Pony blue oval datestamps, $2.00 nicked at lower left corner, a couple other small faults, appears Fine, $1.00 tight margins but essentially complete all around, small thin spot at top, appears Very Fine

1,700
800
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4430
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4430, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Full margins to just in at lower right, neat blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp fresh and Fine, genuinely used examples of the $2.00 Green Pony Express stamp are very rare

4,500
1,000
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4431
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4431, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Large margin at right, to just in at bottom, part strike of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, couple minor flaws incl. small edge tear, appears Fine, genuinely used examples of the $2.00 Green Pony Express stamp are very rare

4,500
900
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4432
og
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4432, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00, 10c-25c Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5, 143L7-143L9), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00, 10c-25c Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5, 143L7-143L9)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00-$4.00, 10c-25c Horse & Rider Issues (143L1-143L5, 143L7-143L9). Complete unsed set of the Transcontinental Horse & Rider stamps and the Virginia City Pony Express stamps, also used set of the Virginia City, for unused all but the 25c Blue with full to ample margins (25c Blue touched at lower left), the $4.00 Green with small thin spots, the 25c Blue with part original gum which causes some slight gum staining, for the used the 25c Blue with large sheet margin, 25c Red faults and toned, overall Very Fine

1,685
1,100
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4433
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4433, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, 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., Sacramento" double-circle datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with printed frank, cancelled by blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co., Strawberry Val." to Woodbridge Cal., expertly repaired along right edge affecting indicia, rejoined at left and bottom, otherwise Very Fine and attractive, ex Hollowbush, with 2010 P.F. certificate

4,000
1,200
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4434
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4434, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, 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). Margins to just in at top, small part of rim of circular datestamp just ties stamp to blue linen-lined piece, which is clipped underneath the stamp (perhaps to investigate the cancel), Fine, extremely rare as a genuinely cancelled stamp, these are now properly listed in Scott as "Steamship Express" stamps, intended 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, Scott Retail as unused $1,250.00

E. 750-1,000
375
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4435
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4435, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western Balances10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Rich color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, Jan. 19" oval datestamp on 10c Yellow Green on Buff entire (U41) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, similarly cancelled, to Portland Oregon, blue "Post Office, Victoria, V.I." oval crown handstamp, slightly reduced at right, stamp with diagonal crease at bottom right

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE DOUBLE-RATE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY EXPRESS COVER FROM VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND, TO PORTLAND OREGON.

Ex Wilkinson.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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4436
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4436, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co, Wells, Fargo & CoWells, Fargo & Co. Printed frank on 6c Vermilion on Cream entire (U87a) from Victoria Island to London, England, 1873 use, originating with Canada 1875 6c Brown (39b) tied by indistinct circular datestamp and blue "For Great Britain and Ireland" handstamp, manuscript "via California" directive, red New York transit and London arrival datestamps, cover with minor small tears, small faults in Canada stamp, otherwise Very Fine, a rare combination of Canada and U.S. postage on a Wells Fargo cover from Victoria to England, with 2008 Sismondo certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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4437
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4437, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. "Paid over our Mexican Coast and California Express--35 cts", Wells, Fargo & Co. "Paid over our Mexican Coast and California Express--35 cts"Wells, Fargo & Co. "Paid over our Mexican Coast and California Express--35 cts". Printed surcharge frank (Haller WF-M1) on 10c Yellow Green on Buff entire (U41) used as a paste-up, cancelled by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Guyamas" oval handstamp, purple docketing "Opened by Warren & Co, 92 Cal. Market Jan. 9th 1871 at 7:40 A.M., Deliver this to Warren & Co., 320 Clay Street", some slight wear, Very Fine and scarce printed frank

E. 200-300
110
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4438
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4438, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express--$1.05", Wells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express--$1.05"Wells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express--$1.05". Printed surcharge frank (Haller WF-M3a) on legal-size unaddressed 30c Green on Buff entire (U72), blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Guayamas" oval handstamp, sealed tears on front and back from paste-up usage, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare, the used U72 entire is valued at $1,500.00 in Scott without any premium for Wells, Fargo & Co. frank or usage, ex Hall

E. 750-1,000
650
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4439
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4439, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express.--$1, Wells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express.--$1Wells, Fargo & Co. "Mexican Coast and California Express.--$1.40" Printed surcharge frank (Haller WF-M6b) on legal-size 12c Plum entire (U93) to Chillicothe Ohio, unsealed and no markings but apparently used, Extremely Fine, this $1.40 Mexican Coast frank is extremely rare

E. 500-750
300
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4440
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4440, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWhiting & Co.'s Feather River Express Paid, Whiting & Co.'s Feather River Express PaidWhiting & Co.'s Feather River Express Paid. Printed frank in banner (Thomas WHI-009) on 3c Pink on White entire (U58) to San Francisco, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Oroville Dec. 24" oval datestamp, opened roughly at right into indicia, otherwise Fine, accompanied by Feb. 1861 cover for Hutching's California Magazine depicting dog sled

E. 200-300
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4441
c
Western Covers Balance. Three, incl. 3c entire used from Fort Wingate N. Mex. in 1882 to Chicago; 3c entire with Wells, Fargo printed frank cancelled by greenish Blue Bear Gap Cal. circular datestamp to San Francisco; last is 2c entire used in 1889 from Bear River City Utah to Providence R.I., few small flaws, Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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4442
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4442, Pony Express, Wells, Fargo and Western BalancesWestern Express, Cover Balance, Western Express, Cover BalanceWestern Express, Cover Balance. 18 covers, mostly Western with a couple Eastern, most are used, incl. Wells, Fargo & Co., Bamber & Co's., Truman & Co's., Whiting manuscript, 3c Bank Note on cover with Adams Express N.Y. corner card handstamp, others, mixed condition with flaws to be expected, some appear Fine

E. 400-500
450
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4443
c
Western Express and Western Cover Collection, 1850's-1890's. Binder with more than 90 covers, titled "California Gold Fever" and organized by gold mining areas in California and Nevada, each nicely mounted with descriptions and background information, all of the Western Express covers are Wells, Fargo & Co. franked entires with a wide variety of originations, one addressed to Noisy Carriers in San Francisco, the non-express covers include several transcontinental uses with attractive 10c frankings, examples incl. Nos. 9 and 11 on 10c U13 entire to Mass., No. 31 on cover from Chinese Camp to Maine (stamp defective), several other 10c Nesbitt entires, some flaws to be expected but overall an attractive and Fine-Very Fine collection

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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