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WESTERN EXPANSION continued...

VIA NICARAGUA PRIVATE MAIL ROUTE continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
641 c   Via Nicaragua, In Advance of the Mails, Sullivan, clear oval handstamp tying horizontal pair 3c Dull red (11), huge margins to cutting, to orange cover to Chicago, entered the
mails with New-YorkShipOct 9 postmark, very fine this handstampVia Nicaragua, In Advance of the Mails, Sullivan, clear oval handstamp tying horizontal pair 3c Dull red (#11), huge margins to cutting, to orange cover to Chicago, entered the mails with "New-York/Ship/Oct 9" postmark, very fine; this handstamp with the name of the Sullivan News Office in San Francisco is rare.This handstamp was used on mail carried by the Accessory Transit Company. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
642 c   [Late Period use of Via Nicaragua Route] cover with By Steamer, Via San Juan del Sur, Oct. 12, 1865 manuscript directive on yellow cover to Lee, N.H. with large blue double
oval *S.S. Moses Taylor*From San FranciscoOct 12 datestamp, entered[Late Period use of Via Nicaragua Route] cover with "By Steamer, Via San Juan del Sur, Oct. 12, 1865" manuscript directive on yellow cover to Lee, N.H. with large blue double oval "*S.S. Moses Taylor*/From San Francisco/Oct 12" datestamp, entered the mails with 3c Rose (#65, small crease) tied by "N. York/Steamship" postmark and "Due 7" handstamp to make up the 10c rate over 3,000 miles, very fine.S.S. Moses Taylor operated, along with the S.S. America, between San Francisco and Nicaragua during the early 1860's for the Peoples Opposition Steamship Line until they were acquired by the Central American Transit Co. in July 1864. The C.A.T. Co. operated stages and two lake steamers in crossing the isthmus and connecting with the S.S. Golden Rule and other steamers on the Atlantic side for New York. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
VIA TEHAUNTEPEC MAIL ROUTE
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
643   [Tehuantepec Book] The Isthmus of Tehuantepec. John Jay Williams. NY, Appleton, 1852 - 1st Ed - 8vo, - orig green cloth with gilt spine. With folding map & 15 plates. Also with
8 folded Maps Illustrating the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. NY, Applet[Tehuantepec Book] The Isthmus of Tehuantepec. John Jay Williams. NY, Appleton, 1852 - 1st Ed - 8vo, - orig green cloth with gilt spine. With folding map & 15 plates. Also with 8 folded Maps Illustrating the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. NY, Appleton, 1852. Obviously intended to accompany the book, they are all backed with linen and folded to 8vo size, held in a modern cloth folder and slipcase, accompanied by original 8vo cover sheet. With fold breaks (through paper but not linen) and toning. Book and maps are in another modern slipcase. We know of no edition of this book having been offered with the maps included. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
644 c   [Tehuantepec Route], two covers from Webster correspondence to Middletown Point, N.J. address, first an Oct 28, 1853 folded letter with integral address leaf with manuscript
Isthmus of TehuantepecTehuantepec Mexico endorsement, carried private[Tehuantepec Route], two covers from Webster correspondence to Middletown Point, N.J. address, first an Oct 28, 1853 folded letter with integral address leaf with manuscript "Isthmus of Tehuantepec/Tehuantepec Mexico" endorsement, carried privately and entered the mails with red "New Orleans, La./Dec 17" datestamp with integral "5" rate, second with manuscript "Tehuantepec March 1st 1859" endorsement that entered the mails with "Steamship/20" postmark, latter with original letter while Webster was an agent for the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company and carried during the contract period, edge tear, very fine. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
645 c   [Tehuantepec Route, the last mail], two covers to the same Middletown Point, N.J. address, both with original letters, first with manuscript Minatitlan Isthmus Tehuantepec and
with Letter bag of the Brig Icarian directive, with letter datelin[Tehuantepec Route, the last mail], two covers to the same Middletown Point, N.J. address, both with original letters, first with manuscript "Minatitlan Isthmus Tehuantepec" and with "Letter bag of the Brig Icarian" directive, with letter datelined "March 13, 1856", entered the mails with red "Boston/Apr 11" datestamp, "SHIP" and "5" due handstamps, the second with manuscript "Tehuantepec Mexico Sept 29, 1859" and carried on the last mail via Tehuantepec to New Orleans, where it entered the mails with Oct. 10, 1860 datestamp and matching "Steamship/10" handstamp, both very fine.The writer, Charles Webster, was the U.S. Consul and agent for the Louisiana Tehuantepec Co. at Tehuantepec, Mexico. In the 13 March, 1856 letter he writes his sister Anna that the Mexican Government has made a contract with a man named Smith to construct a plank road across the Isthmus, and that work will probably commence in two or three months, and further, that the small steamers for the navigation of the river Coatzacoalcos are nearly complete. In the 29 September, 1859 letter he writes: ”The mail will leave in a few moments for Minititlan and New Orleans, and as the contract with the Tehuantepec Company expires on the first of October, I greatly fear it will be the last direct opportunity I will have for some time"...[I am] ”rather poor in pocket...from the failure of the Louisiana Tehuantepec Company to pay its debts - They owe me some $4000.” He hopes he will get paid "as the company besides owning the valuable privilege of the exclusive transit on this Isthmus for seventy years, has some half millions of acres of land - all of which is liable for its debts contracted in Mexico,..." (imagea) (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
646 c   Via Tehuantepic, manuscript directive on 10c Green entire (U15) to Pittsburgh, Pa. cancelled by San Francisco, Cal.Nov 20, 1858 datestamp, negligible staining,
fine.Via Tehuantepic, manuscript directive on 10c Green entire (#U15) to Pittsburgh, Pa. cancelled by "San Francisco, Cal./Nov 20, 1858" datestamp, negligible staining, fine. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
WESTERN EXPRESS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
647 c   Adams & Co.s Express, Yankee Jims, double oval handstamp on embossed ladies inbound cover originating with blue Lawrence, Mass.Jan 29 postmark and handstamped 10 rate,
addressed to Yankee Jims where it was picked up and forwarded by AdamsAdams & Co.'s Express, Yankee Jim's, double oval handstamp on embossed ladies inbound cover originating with blue "Lawrence, Mass./Jan 29" postmark and handstamped '10" rate, addressed to Yankee Jim's where it was picked up and forwarded by Adams to Placerville with their "COD $1.00" express charge, very fine; ex-Rohloff.Adams Express was organized by Alvin Adams, Wm. B. Dinsmore and D.H. Haskell in 1849 to operate in California. Besides mail and express they also conducted a banking business, becoming the largest shippers of gold in the west during their time. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
648 c   Barnards Cariboo Express, Paid black on red adhesive frank on buff cover to Stamford, Canada West, with beautifully struck blue oval Post OfficeVictoria Vancouver IslandPaid
handstamp indicating Colonial Postage paid, United Sates 3c Rose (Barnard's Cariboo Express, Paid black on red adhesive frank on buff cover to Stamford, Canada West, with beautifully struck blue oval "Post Office/Victoria Vancouver Island/Paid" handstamp indicating Colonial Postage paid, United Sates 3c Rose (#65) and well centered 12c Black (#69) affixed slightly over the Barnards frank, departed San Francisco with double circle "San Francisco, Cal/Feb 19, 1864" datestamp and fancy cogwheel cancels tying the stamps, extremely fine; a rare and strikingly handsome usage; ex-Haas.In 1858 gold was discovered on the Fraser River in British Columbia. When the news hit the streets of San Francisco it started another Gold Rush similar to that in 1849 in California and 1850 in Australia. The richest strike was made at Williams Creek in the Cariboo district. This cover was carried from Williams Creek to Yale, British Columbia by Barnard's Cariboo Express, where it was turned over to Dietz & Nelsons Express. The United States stamps were added by the Victoria Post Office or the express company, both of whom carried U.S. stamps in stock. The Victoria P.O. forwarded the cover by steamer to San Francisco, it was then carried by overland stage line and railroad to the east and its destination in Canada. (Image) Est. $7,500-10,000

SOLD for $23,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
649 c   Barnards British Columbia Express, Paid printed frank on 10c Yellow green on buff entire (U41) uprated with United States 5c Brown (76, small fault) to Bowmansville, Canada,
with additional Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank and blue oval WellsBarnard's British Columbia Express, Paid printed frank on 10c Yellow green on buff entire (#U41) uprated with United States 5c Brown (#76, small fault) to Bowmansville, Canada, with additional Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank and blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co./Victoria/Mar 25" datestamp repeated as a backstamp, Vancouver Island 1865 5c Rose(#5) tied by blue "35" in barred oval of Victoria, entered the mails with Union Pacific, R.R./Apr ?" route agents postmark, "Bowmansville/Ap 25, 1868" arrival backstamp, cover with edge wear and a bit roughly opened at right just touching the indicia and repaired there, very fine usage; an extraordinary conjunctive use by two express companies delivered to the Union Pacific Railroad during its transcontinental construction; ex-Wellborn.This cover was carried by Barnards to Victoria and turned over to Wells, Fargo who carried it by steamer and overland to the western railhead of the Union Pacific Railroad where it was placed into the mails. The Union Pacific was pushing its way west from Laramie, Wyoming in the spring of 1868. It would be another year before the two ends were joined. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
650 c   Berford & Co.s, Atlantic & Pacific Express, large blue oval handstamp on Pacific Express franked 10c Green on buff entire (U18) to Boston, blue double circle Pacific Express,
San FranciscoDec 7 datestamp, turned it over to Berford for deliveBerford & Co.'s, Atlantic & Pacific Express, large blue oval handstamp on Pacific Express franked 10c Green on buff entire (#U18) to Boston, blue double circle "Pacific Express, San Francisco/Dec 7" datestamp, turned it over to Berford for delivery via Panama to Boston, extremely fine conjunctive usage.Berford & Co.'s Express was established in 1849 to carry mail and packages in California and to the eastern States via Panama. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $12,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
651 c   Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage Cos Express, Gilmer, Salisbury & Patrick and Gilmer, Salisbury & Co.s Black Hills Express, Sidney, Neb. corner cards on 3c Green entires, first
with Deadwood, Dak.May 7 datestamp and negative star cancel to LexCheyenne and Black Hills Stage Co's Express, Gilmer, Salisbury & Patrick and Gilmer, Salisbury & Co.'s Black Hills Express, Sidney, Neb. corner cards on 3c Green entires, first with "Deadwood, Dak./May 7" datestamp and negative star cancel to Lexington, Michigan, second with "Rochford, D.T." datestamp to Custer City, D.T., former reduced at left and latter reduced at right into the indicia, fine usages.The Cheyenne & Black Hills Express was organized by F.D. Yates in 1876. The first run was on 2 February, 1876 from Cheyenne, W.T. to Custer City, D.T. via Red Cloud Agency. Ten days later Yates sold out to Gilmer, Salisbury and Patrick, who extended the route to Deadwood, D.T. via Fort Laramie, W.T. On 1 October, 1878 Patrick withdrew from the partnership and on 15 May, 1883 Gilmer and Salisbury sold out to Russell Thorpe Sr., who continued to operate the line until 19 February, 1887.On 3 August, 1874 army scout "Lonesome" Charley Reynolds (killed at the Battle of Little Big Horn 25, June, 1876) rode into Fort Laramie with startling news that gold had been found in the Black Hills by the Custer exploring expedition. The news swept like wildfire and started the stamped to the Black Hills - the hills held sacred to the Indians. The land that had been set aside by two treaties for the red man's hunting grounds forever. (imagea) (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
652 c   Everts, Wilson & Co.s Daily Express, Paid, red printed frank on 10c Green entire (U15) to Middleboro, Mass., endorsed Overland MailVia Los Angels, entered the mails with red
Strawberry Valley, Cal. postmark with manuscript June 18 date,Everts, Wilson & Co.'s Daily Express, Paid, red printed frank on 10c Green entire (#U15) to Middleboro, Mass., endorsed "Overland Mail/Via Los Angels," entered the mails with red "Strawberry Valley, Cal." postmark with manuscript "June 18" date, reduced at right just clearing the indicia, fine. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
653 c   Ford & Co.s Express, green handstamp with star at center on 1851 folded letter with integral address leaf to Sacramento, entered the mails with red San Francisco, Cal.May 8
datestamp and 12½ rate handstamp, picked up at the Sacramento PostFord & Co.'s Express, green handstamp with star at center on 1851 folded letter with integral address leaf to Sacramento, entered the mails with red "San Francisco, Cal./May 8" datestamp and "12½" rate handstamp, picked up at the Sacramento Post Office by Ford and delivered to the doctor as per docket on reverse "Rec'd Saturday June 28th 1851 at Hangtown" with manuscript "1.40" express charge, age spots at top center, otherwise very fine and rare; fewer than five examples are recorded in green of which this is one of the nicer examples.Ford & Co.'s Express operated in California in 1851 and 1852 between Sacramento and Greenwood in El Dorado County. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
654 c   J.W. Hoag & Co. Contra Costa Express, San Francisco, clear blue-green double oval handstamp on folded cover with integral address leaf datelined at Fort Yuma Cala. Nov. 1,
1855, entered the mails to Portland, Maine with 10c Green, Ty. II (14),J.W. Hoag & Co. Contra Costa Express, San Francisco, clear blue-green double oval handstamp on folded cover with integral address leaf datelined at "Fort Yuma Cala. Nov. 1, 1855," entered the mails to Portland, Maine with 10c Green, Ty. II (#14), large margins to clear at left, tied by "San Francisco, Cal/20 Dec" datestamp, very fine.Fort Yuma was first established in October of 1849 as Camp Calhoun. In March of 1851, it was moved to the summit of a rocky hill on the west bank of the Colorado River in California and renamed Camp Yuma. This cover was probably carried by military express to Benicia Barracks, California, thence by J.W. Hoag & Co. Contra-Costa Express to San Francisco and the U.S. mails arriving December 20th. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $9,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
655 c   Langtons Pioneer Express, Paid, printed frank on 10c Green on buff entire (U16) to the American Consul at Tehuantepec, Mexico, entered the mails with Forest City, Cal.Aug 17
datestamp and matching Paid handstamp, incorrect manuscript 5 rLangton's Pioneer Express, Paid, printed frank on 10c Green on buff entire (#U16) to the American Consul at Tehuantepec, Mexico, entered the mails with "Forest City, Cal./Aug 17" datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamp, incorrect manuscript "5" rate crossed out, the south-bound PMSS mail steamer only stopped at Acapulco, so it entered the Mexican mails with straightline "ACAPULCO" postmark and "2" reales due handstamp, light edge wear and portions of two backflaps missing, very fine and unusual usage; ex-Knapp. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
656 c   Forwarded by Reynolds & Co. Express, well struck small oval handstamp on inbound cover addressed to Stockton with the express companys endorsement of recipient address at
Mormon Gulch, Southern Mines, originated in Boston with red Boston, MasForwarded by Reynolds & Co. Express, well struck small oval handstamp on inbound cover addressed to Stockton with the express company's endorsement of recipient address at "Mormon Gulch, Southern Mines," originated in Boston with red "Boston, Mass./Feb 25" datestamp and matching "40" rate handstamp, cover picked up at Stockton and delivered to the mines by Reynolds with pencil "2.00" express charge, trivial stains, otherwise very fine.Reynolds & Co. Express was established by Angevine Reynolds in January of 1850. It operated from Stockton to the southern mines. In 1851 a partnership was formed with A.H. Todd and it became Reynolds, Todd & Co. Express. On April 27, 1852 it became Todd & Co, Express when Reynolds dropped out. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
657 c   Shepherds Express, Auburn, John Days and Boise Mines, Paid, printed frank overprinted on Tracy & Co. Oregon Express frank on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Three Oaks, Michigan, with
printed Boise Express.Paid 50 Cts. at bottom left, entered the mShepherd's Express, Auburn, John Day's and Boise Mines, Paid, printed frank overprinted on Tracy & Co. Oregon Express frank on 3c Pink entire (#U34) to Three Oaks, Michigan, with printed "Boise Express./Paid 50 Cts." at bottom left, entered the mails with double circle "Portland, Or/Sep 6, 1863" datestamp, reduced at right into the indicia, fine; the only known example. In July of 1863 J.M. Shepherd ran an ad in the Daily Oregonian: "Shepherd's Express To Auburn, John Day and Boise Mines. Leaves Walla Walla every Monday and returns...connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co's Express at Walla Walla..." Although Shepherd was an agent for both Tracy and Wells, Fargo, it is not clear as to his ownership of Shepherd's Express or why he would overprint the Tracy frank. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
658 c   Paid Over Thompson & Co.s & Wells, Fargo & Co.s California Routes, printed frank on 3c Red on buff entire (U10) to San Francisco, with blue oval Wells, Fargo &
Co.ExpressPetaluma and Thompson & Co.sExpressSan Francisco handstamps, flaPaid Over Thompson & Co.'s & Wells, Fargo & Co.'s California Routes, printed frank on 3c Red on buff entire (#U10) to San Francisco, with blue oval "Wells, Fargo & Co./Express/Petaluma" and "Thompson & Co.'s/Express/San Francisco" handstamps, flap missing, otherwise very fine and scarce.This express operated between Petaluma and Santa Rosa in 1857. It was closely associated with Wells, Fargo & Co. as their frank testifies. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
659 c   Tracy & Co. Oregon Express, Paid, printed frank on 1c Blue on buff entire (U19) carried entirely outside the mails to Salem, Oregon, uprated with right margin horizontal pair
1c Blue, Ty. V (24) tied by blue oval Tracy & Co.ExpressWalla WallTracy & Co. Oregon Express, Paid, printed frank on 1c Blue on buff entire (#U19) carried entirely outside the mails to Salem, Oregon, uprated with right margin horizontal pair 1c Blue, Ty. V (#24) tied by blue oval "Tracy & Co./Express/Walla Walla" handstamp, blue double circle "Tracy & Co., Portland/Nov 30" transit datestamp, very fine and handsome; ex-Lehman, Moody, and Haas. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $12,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
660 c   W J & Co. $1.65, unknown express company marking and charge on May 21, 1851 folded letter with integral address leaf inbound to William Everingham at Sac(ramento) City, Upper
California, a forty-niner whose wife writes that she wants him to comeW J & Co. $1.65, unknown express company marking and charge on May 21, 1851 folded letter with integral address leaf inbound to William Everingham at Sac(ramento) City, Upper California, a forty-niner whose wife writes that she wants him to come home: "...I can do very well without gold..." mailed with red "Dubuque, Iowa/June 2" datestamp and matching "40" rate, probably sent via Panama as there is no directive, picked up in Sacramento post office by the express company and delivered to the mines, cover soiled, fine. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction

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