Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 14-15 December, 2022

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Category — San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3061
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3061, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western ExpressSan Francisco Letter Express. Clear strike of blue Horse & Rider oval handstamp on local cover, few tiny toned spots and top not affecting handstamp, barely reduced at right, Very Fine strike, ex Kutz, with 1987 P.F. certificate

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E. 300-400
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3062
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3062, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express3c Brownish Carmine, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, full margins, tied by "New-York Ship Mar. 4" circular datestamp on incoming blue cover to South Dartmouth Mass., blue "VIA NICARAGUA AHEAD OF THE MAILS" in octagonal frame handstamp, large tear at bottom thru addressee and minor faults on back, otherwise Fine, ex Hall

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E. 300-400
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3063
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3063, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green, Ty. II (14). Three ample to large margins, in at left, tied by "San Francisco Cal. 3 Apr." circular datestamp on cover to Wilmington Del., mostly clear "From Noisy Carriers. Mail. Long Wharf S.F. Cal." framed handstamp, the "77" street number deleted from this marking, reinforced where edges are worn, otherwise Fine

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E. 200-300
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3064
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3064, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green, Ty. V (35). Tied by blue segmented cork cancel, matching "Marysville Cal. Oct. 6" (1859) circular datestamp on buff cover to Lowell Mass. with red brown "Freeman & Co. Atlantic States Express 124 Montgomery St. San Francisco" embossed cameo corner card, manuscript directive "via Los Angeles Overland Mail", receipt docketing with contents summary including "Alonzo...spent one day with Col. John C. Freemont", reverse with blue "Freeman & Co. Marysville Oct. 6" oval handstamp, some edge and corner mends, Very Fine appearance, a scarce Freeman & Co. transcontinental use, within months after this mailing Freeman sold out to Wells, Fargo & Co., ex Haas, Kramer and Walske

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E. 400-500
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3065
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3065, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green (68). Tied by target cancel, “New-York Aug 4, 1862” double-circle datestamp on cover to Poughkeepsie N.Y. with overall woodcut Russ House hotel illustration in brown, manuscript "Wells Fargo & Co.” in upper left corner, Very Fine, extremely attractive and unusual use, the Russ House was located in San Francisco, this was carried by Wells Fargo to New York City and placed in the mails there (10c rate required), with 2013 P.F. certificate

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E. 500-750
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3066
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3066, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Dark Green (68a). Deep rich color, tied by company circular datestamp with “1862” at bottom, large ”Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Express Boston” oval backstamp on cover to Eureka, Cal., cover reduced at right and lightened stains, Very Fine appearance and scarce

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E. 300-400
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3067
 
Sale 1272, Lot 3067, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green (68). Horizontal strip of four, straight edge at left, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 13 Dec." double-circle datestamp with day inverted on refolded cover front only to Boston, embossing from sender at top, matching "Paid" in oval handstamp, New York receiving datestamp, Very Fine and unusual franking, this would be worth 10x our estimate as a full cover

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E. 200-300
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3068
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3068, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green (68). Well-centered, tied by "Paid" in oval cancel and partly clear strike of red Boston circular datestamp on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) with Wells Fargo & Co. red printed frank to South Weymouth, Mass., blue “Paid” in oval of Wells Fargo & Co. at left, Very Fine and attractive, carried by Wells Fargo from California to Boston and placed in the mails there (20c double rate)

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E. 500-750
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3069
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3069, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Dark Green (68a). Tied by bold blue “COLLECT” in frame handstamp, repeated twice above, blue Wells Fargo & Co. double-circle datestamp on 10c Yellow Green entire (U40) with Wells Fargo & Co. red printed frank, to Boston, New York circular datestamp also cancels indicia, Jan. 1862 docketing at left, minor cover wear and stamp lightly toned, appears Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein

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E. 300-400
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3070
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3070, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green (68). Rich color, tiny perf flaw at top left, tied by multi-point Star with Dot fancy cancel on 10c Green entire (U40) with Wells Fargo & Co. red printed frank, to Philadelphia, blue oval "Paid" handstamp, slightly reduced at left, Fine, attractive express cover from California that entered mails in New York City

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E. 200-300
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3071
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3071, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western Express10c Green (68). Horizontal pair, used with 1c Blue (63), cancelled or tied by matching quartered cork cancels on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to London, England, blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. S. Fr. 22 Jun" double-circle backstamp, red "New York Am. Pkt. 3 Jul. 16" 3c credit datestamp--carried by Inman City of Baltimore, departing New York Jul. 16, arriving Liverpool Jul. 28--right 10c stamp with pinhole, Very Fine, a colorful and scarce use

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E. 750-1,000
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3072
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3072, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western ExpressThe Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, San Francisco, Cal. Oct. 31 (1860). Blue oval datestamp struck over indicia of 10c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U16) to Henry Beers in New York City, manuscript "Per Pony Express" directive at top and "1/4" (quarter ounce, $2.50 express charge), clear strike of "The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Nov. 12" oval datestamp struck on arrival, "Saint Joseph Mo. Nov. 13" double-circle datestamp struck upon entering the mails to New York, missing backflap from rough opening and small repair at top

A FINE APPEARING EASTBOUND PONY EXPRESS COVER, CARRIED IN NOVEMBER 1860, THE MONTH LINCOLN WAS ELECTED AND THE NATION MOVED CLOSER TO CIVIL WAR.

This cover was carried on the Pony Express trip from San Francisco that left on October 31, 1860, and arrived in St. Joseph on November 12. While en route, six days before arrival in St. Joseph, Abraham Lincoln was elected president.

FKW Census E34. Trip ET-44. Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3073
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3073, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western ExpressPony Express San Francisco Dec. 26 (1860). Blurry strike of blue Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green on White Nesbitt entire (U15) to Henry Beers in New York City, manuscript "Pony Express" directive at top and "1/4" (quarter ounce, $2.50 express charge), carried on 15-day winter trip that left San Francisco on December 26, 1860, and arrived in St. Joseph on January 10, 1861, backstamped "Pony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph Mo. Jan. 10" in green, "St. Joseph Mo. Jan. 12" double-circle datestamp struck upon entering mails to New York, pencil receipt docketing of January 14, backflap removed from rough opening which also tore off small portion of top, affecting the markings on front and back, a presentable Pony Express cover with the San Francisco Running Pony oval, FKW Census E50. Trip ET-60, ex Walske

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3074
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3074, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Full margins to clear at right, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Aurora" oval handstamp on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Mrs. C. C. Crittenden, San Francisco, with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, some gum toning around stamp

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY 25-CENT BLUE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON A COVER FROM THE CELEBRATED CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover was sent to Clara C. Crittenden by her son Howard, from Aurora. Clara's husband, Alexander Parker Crittenden, was a prominent West Coast attorney, who also resided 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.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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3075
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3075, San Francisco: Locals and Letter Bag, Western ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Carson City Dec. 12 (1863). Clear strike of blue oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U34) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank and "PAID 25 Cts." to San Francisco, opened slightly unevenly at right, tiny nick at bottom, still Very Fine, this was carried by the Virginia City Pony Express, the rate for carriage by pony during this period was 25c, ex Walske

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E. 300-400
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