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United States Postal History continued...

Western Express Covers - Wells Fargo & Company continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1241       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Sac. City, Aug. 30. Clear strike of blue oval date stamp on 3¢ red (U9) Nesbitt entire to Stockton, Cal. with blue Wells Fargo & Co. company frank at top; partial backflap, Very Fine, a choice example of this scarce frank, ex-Hackett.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
1242     U10 imageWells Fargo & Co., Sac. City, Mar 4. Double oval date stamp (Leutzinger type 11-5) on 1853 3¢ Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, with Blue Company Printed Frank at top, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. U10; Estimate $200 - 300.

Controversy still exists over the significance of the "Blue Franks". Many believe that it was a steamship frank, as they came into existence when the steamship cancels disappeared in 1854, while others have conjectured that they may have denoted a special service.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1243       imageWells Fargo & Co., Express, Sacramento. Blue oval handstamp on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Sonora, with Blue Company Printed Frank at top left, Very Fine, a very scarce special company frank on a 1853 3¢ Nesbitt entire.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

It is speculated that the blue frank designated special carriage on the Sacramento River steamboats, because Wells Fargo's handstamped "Steamboat" markings cease to appear at just the time when the blue franks come into use.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1244       imageWells Fargo & Co., Sacramento. Red oval Gothic "Express" handstamp on fresh buff cover to San Francisco, matching "Paid" in oval handstamp, Very Fine and choice, a choice example of this early handstamp.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1245       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Sacramento. Bold strike of red oval handstamp and matching "Paid" oval handstamp on orange buff cover to San Francisco Cal., manuscript precancelled 3¢ dull red (11A) bottom sheet margin single (pos. 94L2) affixed; small edge flaws, Very Fine and rare Wells Fargo precancel usage, ex-Gibson, Polland, Baker.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
1246       imageWells Fargo & Co., Salt Lake City, U.T. Blue oval date stamp on 1864, 3¢ pink entire to New York City, company frank and Salt Lake City corner card at top, handed over for local delivery with "Boyd's Dispatch, 86 Fulton St." circular date stamp and matching "Paid" in circle handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1247       imageWells Fargo & Co., San Luis Obispo, Cal., May 14, 1887. Sharp bold strike of purple oval datestamp cancels 2¢ brown entire to San Francisco, black printed Wells Fargo paid frank, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $50.00
Will close during Public Auction
1248       imageWells Fargo & Co., Sonoma, Express. Blue oval handstamp canceling on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Emil Dresel in Sonoma, with red Jacob Gundlach, Bavaria Brewer, San Francisco allover shaded ad, company frank and 1861 docketing at left; central file fold, otherwise Very Fine, Dresel was the former partner of Charles Kuchel in a San Francisco lithography business which produced many California birds-eye views.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1249       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Steamboat. Blue framed handstamp on clean 3¢ Nesbitt buff entire with "Hewlett & Collins, General Merchandise, Stockton, Cal." oval backstamp to San Francisco Cal., printed black Wells Fargo paid frank, central erosion spot, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1250       imageWells Fargo & Co., Steamboat. Clear full blue oval Gothic "Express" handstamp on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, black company frank at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
1251       imageWells Fargo & Co., Steamboat. Blue oval river mail "Express" handstamp (Leutzinger type 2-3) on cover from Sacramento to San Francisco, Very Fine, ex-Barkhausen.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
1252     26 imageWells Fargo & Co., Stockn. Messenger, Paid. Oval handstamp with "Paid" at center tying 1857, 3¢ dull red on cover to San Francisco, black company frank at top; some cover edge toning, F.-V.F., a very rare usage of the Stockton Messenger handstamp bearing a Paid mark at center, unlisted in Leutzinger.
Scott No. 26; Estimate $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
1253       imageWells Fargo & Co., Suisun. Blue oval date stamp and gothic "Express" oval; clear strikes each on separate 1864, 3¢ pink entires to San Francisco from the Pierce correspondence, black company frank at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
1254       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Wawona, Cal. Perfect strike of purple oval express handstamp at left on 1887, 2¢ green entire to Fresno; slight reduction at left, Very Fine and choice, a rare express handstamp with only three examples recorded.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
1255       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Windsor. Black oval handstamp (Leutzinger type 3-2) on 1864 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco, Cal., black Haller type E printed frank; light fold and small scuff affecting indicia, otherwise Very Fine, rare with only a few examples known.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1256       imageWells Fargo & Co. Express Balance. Of 11 entires; with town handstamps including 1890's San Bernardino and Santa Ana, 1880's Bakersfield and Hamilton, Nev., Gothic express handstamps of Visalia, San Rafael and Silver City, Utah, two different allover shaded ads from San Francisco (one unused), 1890's Wells, Fargo & Co. and Denver & Rio Grande Express combination usage to N.Y. (backflap missing), and a unused Columbian entire addressed to Sobrante with "Wells, Fargo & Co. Will Please Drop From Train." handstamp, generally Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - British Columbia Expresses
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1257       imageBallou's Fraser River Express. Folded letter sheet carried by Ballou's and addressed to the Attorney General for British Columbia "New Westminster or Victoria", with signed notation on reverse "Mr Crease is not at N W but at Victoria, Ballou", Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
1258       imageBallou's Fraser River Express, B.C., Paid. Black ribbon frank (BAL-001) on cover to the Treasury Office in New Westminster, with red "New Westminster, Post Office, British Columbia" oval frank at upper right; small cover opening tear at top and partial backflap, F.-V.F., ex-Wellburn.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF SIX RECORDED USAGES OF THE BALLOU'S FRASER RIVER EXPRESS BLACK RIBBON FRANK.

Ballou's operated from Victoria B.C. to the mines on the Fraser and Thompson Rivers in British Columbia starting in 1857. In 1862, Ballou sold his business to Dietz and Nelson's.
(Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
1259       imageBarnard's British Columbia Express. Circular handstamp (BBC-100) tying Canada 1873 3¢ orange red on cover to Victoria, with company printed ribbon frank at left; small cover opening edge tears at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1260       imageBarnard's (British Columbia) Express. Two strikes of circular handstamp (BBC-102) on incoming U.S. 1870, 3¢ green entire to Cariboo from San Francisco, Cal. with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank at top, one tying Canada 1873, 3¢ orange red, matching "Collect" in oval handstamps; sealed cover opening tear at bottom right, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction

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