Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — Western Mails, continued

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3074
c
Sale 1106, Lot 3074, Western Mails, continued1c Blue, 3c Rose, 10c Green (63, pair; 65, 68). Tied by matching segmented cork cancels on 1863 buff cover with "J. P. WHARTON/EXPRESS/PAID" Type III printed frank at upper left (Thomas WHA-003), addressed to Osterholz, Germany, mostly clear "Marysville Cal. Jul. 25" double-circle datestamp and red "New York Hamb. Pkt. 18 Aug. 22" credit datestamp, Hamburg receiving backstamp and receipt docketing on back confirm 1863 yeardate, cover with minor soiling, both 1c and 10c stamps with small pieces out

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

E. 5,000-7,500
26,000