Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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*A buyer’s premium of 15% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — Western Expresses

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1551
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Sale 1146, Lot 1551, Western ExpressesAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). The so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, rumored to have circulated in California saloons during the Gold Rush era, complete sheet of 40, one stamp (Position 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, Very Fine

2,000
425
1552
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Sale 1146, Lot 1552, Western ExpressesAdams & Co.'s Express, Cal., 25c Black on Pink Glazed Card (1L3). The so-called "Poker Chip" stamp, rumored to have circulated in California saloons during the Gold Rush era, complete sheet of 40, one stamp (Position 30) shows retouched flaw over bottom right "25", large margins, trivial wrinkle in top margin well away from stamps, Very Fine

2,000
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1553
ogbl
Penny Express Co., 5c Blue, Red (114L2, 114L3). Complete unused sheets of 32, slight wrinkling and toning in places, still an Extremely Fine and scarce pair of sheets

1,300
0
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1554
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1554, Western ExpressesBoyd's City Express Post Aug. 7. Oval handstamp on 6c Green on buff entire (U14) to New York, endorsed "By Sierra Nevada" and "Paid", some slight edgewear, Very Fine

E. 300-400
325
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1555
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1555, Western ExpressesPacific Express Co. San Francisco. Horse and express rider franked entire (back legs separated, Thomas PAC-001) with blue "Pacific Express Co. San Francisco Dec. 5" double-circle datestamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Sacramento, slightly toned, Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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1556
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1556, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Express Benicia. Black handstamp, manuscript "Herbert, Assembly" endorsement on 1850s cover to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine strike, Philemon Herbert was a California Assemblyman from 1853-54

E. 200-300
0
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1557
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1557, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Express Sacramento. Well-struck in red with "Free" in oval handstamp, manuscript "William H. Lyons, Senate" endorsement on 1850s cover to Benicia Cal., Very Fine strikes, ex Kramer, Lyons was a California Senator from 1852-53

E. 300-400
150
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1558
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1558, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Express San Francisco. Clear strike of blue oval handstamp on brown cover to Commissioner of Pensions in Washington D.C., carried by ship via Panama and into New York where struck with "New-York Mar. 14" circular datestamp with attached "Free", Very Fine, the free use to the Pension Office negated the requirement to send this in an embossed entire

E. 150-200
80
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1559
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1559, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Printed frank on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to San Francisco, clear strike of "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Chinese Camp" oval handstamp, Extremely Fine, an immaculate example of this desirable Wells, Fargo & Co. office marking

E. 200-300
150
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1560
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1560, Western Expresses"VICTORIA/PAID/V.I." Blue handstamped frank on 10c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U16) with red Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to New London Conn., Stark correspondence, carried privately to New York where bold "New-York Mar. 17" circular datestamp was struck over embossed stamp, some edgewear, small filing hole, still Very Fine, very scarce example of mail from Vancouver Island with handstamped British Columbia & Vancouver Island frank, carried by Wells, Fargo outside of the mails from Victoria to New York

E. 750-1,000
600
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1561
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1561, Western Expresses3c Rose (65). Tied by neat strike of blue "Collect" boxed handstamp, second strike at right on 3c Pink entire (U34) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank to Roseburg Or., blue Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Nov. 7 double-circle datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, a pretty cover, ex Moody

E. 200-300
225
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1562
c
Wells, Fargo & Co. Mexican Express. 38 used and 22 unused entires, four unused U.S. entires, others are Mexican, 57 with green printed frank with eagle, train and water, three with text only, mostly Mexican uses with few to U.S. and six to Paris, France, also includes one Hidalgo Express used to Vera Cruz, few faults, generally Very Fine, ex Hall

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1563
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Sale 1146, Lot 1563, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Position 17, unused (no gum), large and even margins, rich color, Very Fine and choice, ex Twigg-Smith

E. 400-500
750
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1564
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Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 10c Brown (143L7). Plating study comprising one used and 63 unused stamps, including one block of four and two pairs, mounted with 70 enlarged photographs of singles and multiples, generally Very Fine, ex Hall, Scott Retail $3,325.00

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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1565
c
Sale 1146, Lot 1565, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Ample to full margins all around, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City N.T." oval datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) with printed frank to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right and indicia oxidized, faint edge toning, still an attractive use with a sound and Very Fine stamp

4,750
1,500
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1566
P
Sale 1146, Lot 1566, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, Die Proof for 1897 Reprint. Black impression of 10c without vignette and $1.00 with vignette, additional numerals at sides, Very Fine, described by W. S. Boggs as “The last state of the original die retouched for the reprints showing the denomination figures separately. This shows that the $1.00 and the 10c were the last made.”, ex Twigg-Smith

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1567
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Sale 1146, Lot 1567, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Black, "To Be Dropped in New York Post Office" (143LP1). Unused (no gum), ample to clear margins, small faults, Very Fine appearance and rare, these are now correctly 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

1,250
190
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1568
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Sale 1146, Lot 1568, Western ExpressesWells, Fargo & Co., (unstated value) Blue, Newspaper, Horizontal Strip of Three, Imperforate Between (143LP9b). Horizontal block of 10, right block of six contains two of the error strips, natural s.e. at right, original gum, h.r., shallow thin in top error strip, appears Very Fine, scarce multiple of this variety, Scott Retail as two error strips

700
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1569
c
Western Expresses Balance. 36 covers, various companies including Bamber & Co., Greenhood & Newbauer, Sidney Short Route (unused entire), selection of Wells Fargo with nice group used from Columbia, some faults, some Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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