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

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

Category — Western Mails and Expresses

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4396
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4396, Western Mails and Expresses3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, margins to in, bright color, tied by "New-York Ship Oct. 10" circular datestamp on buff cover to Clinton N.Y., blue "Via Nicaragua/Ahead of the Mails/Leland" framed handstamp, some slight wear incl. light vertical file fold affecting right stamp, Very Fine strike of the rare "Leland" handstamp, ex Grunin, Goldberg and Walske

E. 1,000-1,500
900
4397
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4397, Western Mails and ExpressesCrescent City Cal. Apr. 24, Crescent City Cal. Apr. 24Crescent City Cal. Apr. 24. Neat strike of double-circle datestamp on brown cover with "Traveling Miner" illustration depicting miner with full equipment riding a mule, Wide West Office and Anhony & Baker imprints, to Sycamore P.O. Ill., some soiling and overall wear, still Very Fine and scarce design

E. 500-750
650
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4398
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4398, Western Mails and Expresses10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). S.e. at left, tied by "Sacramento City Cal. Feb. 3" circular datestamp on light red "Putt's Overland Envelope" with small illustrations of stagecoaches to Brooklyn N.Y., barely reduced at left, recipient and address crossed out, Fine and scarce use, the different “Putt’s Overland Envelopes” were published to promote the cause of building a railroad to replace the stagecoach mail route, all of the text on front and back is a sarcastic celebration of “Uncle Sam’s Great Mule Railroad.”, ex William West

E. 750-1,000
600
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4399
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4399, Western Mails and Expresses10c Green, Ty. V (35), 10c Green, Ty. V (35)10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by "Canajoharie N.Y. Sep. 5, 1860" circular datestamp on orange cover to Marysville Cal., endorsed "Overland" at top left, stamp with few flaws at right, still Very Fine and scarce east-to-west overland cover, perhaps a dozen with 10c stamps are known carried on the Butterfield route

E. 200-300
130
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4400
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4400, Western Mails and ExpressesCalifornia State Telegraph, California State TelegraphCalifornia State Telegraph. Yellow illustrated cover with manuscript "Paid", with original enclosure stating "Do me the favor to request Secy. of State to forward commissions to me and telegraph me when done. Thanks. H. A. Cobb", Very Fine

E. 200-300
120
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4401
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4401, Western Mails and ExpressesSan Francisco Cal. Oct. 1, 1862, San Francisco Cal. Oct. 1, 1862San Francisco Cal. Oct. 1, 1862. Neat strike of double-circle datestamp with bold "10" handstamp on Russ House all-over illustrated hotel cover to Cincinnati O., endorsed "Via Panama" at top, barely reduced at left, trivial edgewear, Very Fine and attractive

E. 300-400
300
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4402
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4402, Western Mails and ExpressesCheyenne and Black Hills Stage Co's Express, Gilmer, Salisbury & Patrick (Thomas CBE-001), Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage Co's Express, Gilmer, Salisbury & Patrick (Thomas CBE-001)Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage Co's Express, Gilmer, Salisbury & Patrick (Thomas CBE-001). Corner card on 3c Red Centennial entire (U218) with "Cheyenne Wyo. Dec. 4" circular datestamp, addressed to Belvidere Ill., right edge of entire replaced affecting edge of indicia, Very Fine appearance and scarce, from 1876-78 this express ran from the railroad at Cheyenne north to Fort Laramie and from there into Custer City in the Black Hills area of the Dakotas, later adding Deadwood to the line (Thomas book p. 215)

E. 500-750
1,400
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4403
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4403, Western Mails and ExpressesClarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-002), Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-002)Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-002). Green printed frank on front and black advertising text on back of 3c Red Centennial entire (U218) to Salem N.C., purple "Sidney Neb. Sep. 26" circular datestamp with duplex propeller-style cancel, a few minor edge tears but intact without the repairs often found one these, Very Fine and extremely rare with probably fewer than five of this type known, Henry Tefft Clarke (1834-1913) was a pioneer legislator, builder and freight operator, he ran his Centennial Express from July 1876 to July 1878, carrying mail between the Union Pacific depot in Sidney and Deadwood, Dakota (via Custer City), the Sidney datestamp shows that this was used during the period of his operation

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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4404
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4404, Western Mails and ExpressesClarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-006), Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-006)Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-006). Green printed frank on front and black advertising text on back of 3c Green Centennial entire (U219) to Albion Mich., purple "Bellevue Neb. Feb., 3, 1880" circular datestamp and cork fancy cancel, repaired with right edge replaced incl. outer edge of indicia, Very Fine appearance, this later use was after the cessation of Clarke's express but any use of these entires through the mails is rare

E. 400-500
225
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4405
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4405, Western Mails and ExpressesClarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-008), Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-008)Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-008). Green printed frank on front and black advertising text on back of 3c Green Centennial entire (U221) to Indian Orchard Mass., purple "Sidney Neb. Nov. 14" circular datestamp with duplex propeller-style cancel, repaired with right edge replaced affecting outer part of indicia, Very Fine appearance and rare, Henry Tefft Clarke (1834-1913) was a pioneer legislator, builder and freight operator, he ran his Centennial Express from July 1876 to July 1878, carrying mail between the Union Pacific depot in Sidney and Deadwood, Dakota (via Custer City), the Sidney datestamp shows that this was used during the period of his operation

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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4406
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4406, Western Mails and ExpressesClarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-006/CLA-011), Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-006/CLA-011)Clarke's Centennial Express to the Black Hills (Thomas CLA-006/CLA-011). Seven 3c Green Centennial entires (U219 and U221), six are unaddressed, one addressed but without postmarks, several different designs as listed in Thomas book incl. Nos. CLA-006, CLA-010, CLA-011, plus one with the black design on back (CLA-402) only and blank front, the addressed entire with some edge flaws and missing backflap, overall a Very Fine group, these are rare used or unused and this is an outstanding opportunity to acquire several different designs, Henry Tefft Clarke (1834-1913) was a pioneer legislator, builder and freight operator, he ran his Centennial Express from July 1876 to July 1878, carrying mail between the Union Pacific depot in Sidney and Deadwood, Dakota (via Custer City)

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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4407
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4407, Western Mails and Expresses10c Green, Ty. I (31), 10c Green, Ty. I (31)10c Green, Ty. I (31). Choice centering, bright color, tied by "Camptonville Cal. Jan. 18" (1858) circular datestamp on cover to Ebenezer Berry in Burnham Me., clear strike of "FARLEY'S EXPRESS, CAMPTONVILLE" ornately framed handstamp (Thomas FAR-100a), docketing indicates sent by George Berry

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE FARLEY'S EXPRESS MARKING. ONLY FIVE ARE RECORDED IN THE THOMAS BOOK.

According to Nathan, Farley's Express was a small one-man operation serving mining camps in the Howland Flat area. Farley would bring outgoing mail to the Camptonville post office. Nathan reports Farley quitting in 1857; the Thomas book reports he then turned to his training as a doctor. The sender was treasurer of the Berry Gold, Silver and Quartz Mining Co. with offices at La Porte Ridge and Gibsonville Ridge.

We have offered only two examples of this markings since keeping computerized records -- one in a 1994 auction, and one in 2006, with the marking altered with manuscript "Indian's Creek".

Ex Lyons.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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4408
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4408, Western Mails and ExpressesOffice of Gregory's Express, San Francisco, Office of Gregory's Express, San FranciscoOffice of Gregory's Express, San Francisco. Mostly clear red express company marking in eight straight lines, matching "Not Paid" in oval on brown cover to Sacramento, light edgewear and soiling, otherwise Fine

E. 500-750
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4409
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4409, Western Mails and ExpressesGregory’s Atlantic and Pacific, Express, Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St., N.Y, Gregory’s Atlantic and Pacific, Express, Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St., N.YGregory’s Atlantic and Pacific, Express, Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St., N.Y. Four-line handstamp on folded letter datelined “Glasgow 29 August 1851” to San Francisco, endorsed “p. Gregorys California Express” at top, carried on the Cunarder Niagara which departed Liverpool Aug. 30, 1851 and arrived New York Sept. 11, sent via Nicaragua on the Prometheus which departed Sep. 12 to San Juan del Nord (arriving Sep. 25), then by the President from San Juan del Sur departing Oct. 12th and arriving San Francisco Oct. 16, Very Fine, ex Hugh Feldman

E. 500-750
600
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4410
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4410, Western Mails and ExpressesGregory's Atlantic and Pacific Express, Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St. N.Y, Gregory's Atlantic and Pacific Express, Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St. N.YGregory's Atlantic and Pacific Express, Forwarded by Thompson & Hitchcock, 149 Pearl St. N.Y. Neat strike of four-line handstamp on folded letter datelined "p Empire City, New York, July 2, 1851" and addressed to San Francisco, endorsed "Gregory's Express Paid", light horizontal file fold, some soiling from non-archival tape at right, still Very Fine, ex Hugh Feldman

E. 300-400
160
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4411
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4411, Western Mails and ExpressesGregory's Atlantic & Pacific Express, Central Office, Cor. Montgomery & Mercer Sts., San Francisco, California, Gregory's Atlantic & Pacific Express, Central Office, Cor. Montgomery & Mercer Sts., San Francisco, CaliforniaGregory's Atlantic & Pacific Express, Central Office, Cor. Montgomery & Mercer Sts., San Francisco, California. Clear strike of five-line handstamp with "Not Paid" in oval on buff cover to Carson's Creek Cal., manuscript "150" ($1.50) due marking, some slight wear, Very Fine, routed by steamboat to Stockton, probably on an Aspinwall boat running Route 5062, then overland along the Calaveras Valley to Angel Camp and south to Carson's Creek, ex Hugh Feldman

E. 500-750
400
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4412
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4412, Western Mails and ExpressesLangton's Pioneer Express, Paid, Langton's Pioneer Express, PaidLangton's Pioneer Express, Paid. Printed frank (Thomas LAN-008) on 10c Yellow Green on White Nesbitt entire (U40) cancelled by blue grid of squares, "Downieville Cal. Paid by Stamps, Nov. 19" circular datestamp to Sheffield Ill., slight edgewear, Very Fine and attractive

E. 300-400
160
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4413
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4413, Western Mails and ExpressesPacific Express Co. San Francisco, Pacific Express Co. San FranciscoPacific Express Co. San Francisco. Horse and express rider franked entire (Thomas PAC-003) on 10c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U16) to Boston Mass., "San Francisco Cal. 20 Jun." circular datestamp, side flap tear, Very Fine

E. 300-400
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4414
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4414, Western Mails and ExpressesPacific Express Paid, Pacific Express PaidPacific Express Paid. Printed frank depicting horse and rider (Thomas PAC-003) on 10c Green on White Nesbitt entire (U17) cancelled by "New-York Mar. 28" circular datestamp to Walton N.Y., trivial edgewear, Very Fine and unusual use, carried by Pacific Express to Wells Fargo who carried this outside of the mails to New York

E. 400-500
225
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4415
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4415, Western Mails and ExpressesTodd & Co. Express, Todd & Co. ExpressTodd & Co. Express. Clear strike of fancy shield handstamp and "From San Francisco" straightline on cover to Carson's Creek, sender's directive "By Todd & Co's Express", Very Fine, this early Todd & Co. marking is very scarce, ex Haas and "New Helvetia"

E. 500-750
275
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4416
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4416, Western Mails and ExpressesPaid, Wells, Fargo & Co, Paid, Wells, Fargo & CoPaid, Wells, Fargo & Co. Red woodcut printed frank (Thomas WFE-022) on 10c Green on White Nesbitt entire (U17) cancelled by "New-York Aug. 14" circular datestamp, clear strike of "Greathouse & Slicer Yreka, Connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co." blue framed handstamp (Thomas GRT-100), some edgewear, missing small part of top flap, Very Fine, genuine examples of this early Greathouse & Slicer express marking are extremely rare with only ten recorded in the Thomas book

E. 500-750
275
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4417
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4417, Western Mails and Expresses10c Green, Ty. II (32), 10c Green, Ty. II (32)10c Green, Ty. II (32). Bright shade, intact perfs at bottom, tied by "San Francisco Cal. Jan. 30" circular datestamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to John W. Denver in Washington D.C., minor edgewear, Very Fine and desirable transcontinental Wells Fargo cover from the Denver correspondence

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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4418
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4418, Western Mails and ExpressesPaid, Wells, Fargo & Co., Through our Atlantic & California Express, Paid, Wells, Fargo & Co., Through our Atlantic & California ExpressPaid, Wells, Fargo & Co., Through our Atlantic & California Express. Red woodcut printed frank on 10c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U18), cancelled by "New-York Oct. 17" circular datestamp to North Whitefield Me., some slight edgewear incl. tear at bottom right, Very Fine, this frank is scarce, carried by Wells Fargo outside of the mails to New York

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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4419
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4419, Western Mails and ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Bear Valley, Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Bear ValleyWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Bear Valley. Well-struck blue oval handstamp on 10c Pale Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U18a) with red Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to East Corinth Vt., red "Boston Ma. May 27, 1860" circular datestamp, barely reduced at right, slight edgewear, still Very Fine, carried by Wells Fargo to Boston and mailed there

E. 400-500
500
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4420
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4420, Western Mails and Expresses10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Tied by large blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, SFrco. 11 Jan." double-circle datestamp on cover to New York, red Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, 1862 docketing on back, stamp with tear at top, minor wear, Very Fine and unusual, most printed franks were on entires, however the Star Dies had run out of stock on the West Coast and Wells Fargo needed additional red franked transcontinental envelopes, the postal convention stated that expresses had to print their franks on entires, this is a case where the rules were broken and they were printed on plain envelopes which then had 10c stamps affixed and were sold as if they were entires, making these "provisionals", only seven are recorded

E. 500-750
400
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4421
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4421, Western Mails and Expresses10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Rich color, tied by large blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, SFrco. 21 Dec." double-circle datestamp on cover to Boston, second strike on back, matching "Paid" in oval handstamp, also tied by New York double-circle datestamp, endorsed "Via Panama", stamp with small tear at top, minor edgewear, still Very Fine, carried privately by Wells Fargo to New York, most such uses tend to have a printed frank, it is scarcer without it

E. 500-750
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4422
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4422, Western Mails and ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Yreka, Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, YrekaWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Yreka. Blue oval handstamp cancels 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) with Wells, Fargo & Co. blue printed frank to Sacramento, March 8 docketing, fresh and Very Fine, the blue franks are scarce

E. 300-400
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4423
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Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4423, Western Mails and ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co, Wells, Fargo & CoWells, Fargo & Co. Printed frank on 10c Yellow Green on Buff entire (U41) to San Francisco Cal., blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, New-York Mar. 21" double-circle datestamp cancels entire, 1863 docketing, some slight wear, Very Fine east-to-west use, ex Metkin

E. 500-750
275
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4424
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4424, Western Mails and ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla, Wells, Fargo & Co., Walla WallaWells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla. Blue oval datestamp (date is unreadable) cancels 3c Pink entire with printed frank and "PAID 25 CENTS" to Oregon, minor wear and soiling, Very Fine and scarce surcharge frank

E. 400-500
225
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4425
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4425, Western Mails and ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., Stockton, Aug. 2, Wells, Fargo & Co., Stockton, Aug. 2Wells, Fargo & Co., Stockton, Aug. 2. Blue double-oval datestamp cancels 3c Nesbitt entire with printed frank and "PAID 50 Cts." to San Francisco, some overall wrinkling and wear, still Very Fine, scarce surcharge frank

E. 400-500
275
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4426
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4426, Western Mails and ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., San Jose, Oct. 28, Wells, Fargo & Co., San Jose, Oct. 28Wells, Fargo & Co., San Jose, Oct. 28. Blue oval datestamp cancels 3c Pink on Buff entire (U59) with printed frank to Philadelphia, clear strike of "Union Pacific R.R. Nov. 1" circular datestamp, matching grid also cancels entire, endorsed "overland", docketed at left incl. "Receipt of money reward", receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
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