EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE CLEAREST STRIKES OF THE FEW KNOWN COPLEY & CO. MINERS' EXPRESS COVERS. A RARE TRANSCONTINENTAL USE WITH THE DISTINCTIVE MARYSVILLE "PAID BY STAMPS" CIRCULAR DATESTAMP.
This express between Marysville and the Gibsonville Ridge and Feather River mining camps was operated briefly in 1855-56 by Jack Copley. Examples of his distinctive "Miners' Express" handstamp are very rare (approximately 12 known). This cover was carried from San Francisco to Panama on the PMSS Oregon (depart February 11, arrive March 11), then by the USMSC George Law from Aspinwall to New York (depart March 6, arrive March 15).
Ex Dale-Lichtenstein, Walske and "New Helvetia"
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE DISTINCTIVE HORSE-AND-RIDER HANDSTAMP OF HUNTER & COMPANY'S EXPRESS ON A COVER TO A GOLD PROSPECTOR AT BIG BAR, CALIFORNIA.
From our Sale 375 of May 1970 and ex "New Helvetia". With 1988 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL USE OF THE CRAM ROGERS & COS. EXPRESS AND ADAMS EXPRESS CO. MARKINGS ON AN INTRICATE CAMEO COVER DESPICTING SAN FRANCISCO'S CITY HALL. A WONDERFUL WESTERN EXPRESS ARTIFACT.
Cram Rogers was one of the expresses linked to Adams & Co., operating from 1851 until the demise of Adams in 1855.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER PAYING THE EXPRESS FEE (PRINTED FRANK), DOUBLE-RATE TRANSCONTINENTAL POSTAGE (10-CENT STAMP AND ENTIRE), DOUBLE-RATE FORWARDING POSTAGE (TWO 3-CENT STAMPS) AND A ONE-CENT CARRIER FEE.
A virtual all-in-one display of then-current U.S. domestic rates.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TRANSATLANTIC COVER CARRIED BY THE J. P. WHARTON EXPRESS COMPANY. THIS IS ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS PARTICULAR FRANK IN THE THOMAS CENSUS.
According to an article in the January 1969 Western Express, "The Quincy Union remarks that 'J. B. Wharton, who has recently purchased Ford's Express, seems to afford great satisfaction among his patrons of the old line. His principal office is at Gibsonville and his several routes extend to La Porte, Jamison City, Hopkins and Poorman's Creek and other places in this community. Jim is no stranger in this community and we wish him success.'" He operated from 1862-1864.
Illustrated in Nathan, Letters of Gold and Thomas (Vol. 2, page 873). Ex Haas and Edwards. With 1991 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE RED RIVER MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE WITHOUT THE "B.N.A." DESIGNATION. IT IS ALSO THE ONLY EXAMPLE WITH THE "PAID 24" RATE.
According to the Spink-Shreves Risvold catalogue, the Postmaster at the Red River Settlement (now Winnipeg) probably traced the circle with the use of a coin, or some other round object, and then wrote in the postmark. There are eight or nine covers known between the dates of November 10, 1855, and March 10, 1856. This short period of time is explained by the sudden death of Postmaster William Ross in April or May of 1856.
Ex De Volpe, Bilden and Risvold.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND EXTREMELY RARE UNITED STATES AND BRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND MIXED FRANKING.
Ex Wilkinson, Walske and "New Helvetia". With 2004 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MIXED FRANKING OF UNITED STATES AND BRITISH COLUMBIA & VANCOUVER ISLAND STAMPS ON A COVER ORIGINATING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND SENT TO CANADA VIA SAN FRANCISCO, PANAMA AND NEW YORK.
The 2-1/2p stamp paid the British Colonial postage, and the red crayon "15" indicated that U.S. postage was fully paid. The 3c 1861 stamps were affixed in Victoria, and the cover was carried to San Francisco on the PMSS Pacific. After cancelling the U.S. stamps, the San Francisco post office bagged the cover for transport to New York via Panama. It reached its final destination in Canada on April 6.
Ex Wellburn, Mitchell, Wilkinson, Walske and "New Helvetia"
VERY FINE. ONLY FIVE COVERS ARE RECORDED BEARING THE BRITISH COLUMBIA 50-CENT ON 3-PENCE PERF 12-1/2. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.
Of the five recorded covers, four are to England, including one registered use with a 5c perf 14, and one was used within British Columbia. None are known on cover with the perf 14 (Scott 12). This is an especially early use.
Ex Wellburn and Wallace.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MIXED-FRANKING EXPRESS USE FROM VICTORIA TO FRANCE.