Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009

Category — Local Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
299
c
Sale 973, Lot 299, Local PostsWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to well clear at right, used with 3c Rose (65) on 3c Pink entire with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, addressed to Clara C. Crittenden in San Francisco, all stamps tied by light strikes of "Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. Jul. 14" blue oval datestamp, pencil route notations, opened at top, couple tiny edge tears at top

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS USAGE WITH ADDITIONAL UNITED STATES POSTAGE PAID BY THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Covers with the 25c Red stamp are very scarce, and only a few are known with additional U.S. stamps. This cover originates from the famous Crittenden correspondence. The letter was franked with double-rate U.S. postage at Virginia City, but only one Pony Express stamp. Presumably the additional express rate was collected from the addressee by Wells, Fargo & Co.'s agent in San Francisco.

Ex Ishikawa and Kuphal. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 15,000-20,000
30,000