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United States Postal History continued...

State Postmarks - Washington Towns & Expresses continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
741       image"Teekalet W.T., Dec 15". Manuscript postmark (Type 1, 9 recorded) with matching cross-hatch canceling 10¢ green (33) on circa 1859 yellow cover to Maine; cover tears and repaired top left, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

The manuscript Teekalet postmark is recorded from 23 Jan 1858 to 22 Mar 1859.
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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $240.00
Will close during Public Auction
742     COU-100 imageCoupe's Express. Printed oval frank on 3¢ pink (U58) entire lightly canceled by "Olympia W.T., Aug 9" cds duplexed with "10" in circle cancel to Portland, Maine; some edge wear and flap tear, otherwise Very Fine and rare.
Thomas Nos. COU-100; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

A GREAT WASHINGTON TERRITORIAL EXPRESS RARITY. THIS IS THE EARLIEST OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE COUPE'S EXPRESS FRANK.

This one-man express was operated by Thomas Coupe in the Puget Sound area reportedly from 1864 for almost ten years. Coupe operated a small steamer vessel, the "Success", as a ferry between Port Townsend and Ebey's Landing on Whibey Island during the life of his express. A cover carried by Wells, Fargo & Co. from San Francisco to Port Townsend via Victoria is known bearing an endorsement "In Care of Capt Coupe".
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
743     KOO-001 imageKootenai Express. Printed frank vertically at left with "James & Co.'s" crossed out in manuscript used in conjunction with "Wells, Fargo & Co." printed frank on 3¢ pink (U58) entire canceled by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla, Feb 28" oval to Oregon City; tiny scuff in Wells frank, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Thomas Nos. KOO-001; Estimate $750 - 1,000.

In 1863, gold was discovered at the confluence of the Wild Horse Creek and the Kootenay Rivers in British Columbia. It is believed that E. L. James was first to establish an express from Walla Walla, Washington to this location. He lasted but a short period and was replaced by Mose Drouillard's Kootenai Express, which operated from Lewiston, Idaho Territory.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
744     MOS-200 imageMossman's & Co's Express, Dirigo Nez Perces & Salmon River Mines, Paid. Printed frank on 3¢ pink (U26) entire canceled by manuscript "Lewiston W.T., Sept 11 /62" manuscript postmark to Martinez, Cal., entered mails with bold "Portland OR. Sep 19, 186" cds; wear and restored faults, Fine appearance.
Thomas Nos. MOS-200; Estimate $500 - 750.

THE ONLY RECORDED USE FROM LEWISTON, IDAHO TERRITORY BY MOSSMAN'S & CO'S EXPRESS. ONE OF ONLY 7 RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THIS FRANK.

He formed a partnership in October 1861 with C. J. Miller. This partnership lasted through the spring of 1862. This express was known as Mossman & Miller's Express. Miller connected with Mossman at Lewiston and ran to Florence City. After Miller left, Mossman took on partners J. C. Franklin, Thomas Paulson, and John McBride. This operation was known as Mossman & Co. and may have extended to Portland. In June 1863, Mossman sold his operation to Wells Fargo.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
745     MOS-001 imageMossman's Express, Nez Perces Mines. Printed frank and fancy "Paid 50 Cents." scroll (MOS-200e) at bottom left on 3¢ red (U27) star die buff entire canceled by blue "Wailepta W.T., Oct 11" cds to Portland, Oregon; restored at left affecting, partial top flap, Very Fine appearance, Census WC2267, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Thomas Nos. MOS-001; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

Isaac (Ika) Van Doresy Mossman was one of the first express men into the Nez Perces or Clearwater area of Idaho Territory. He started by running a string of ponies from Walla Walla, Washington Territory. By July 1862, he had expanded the route from Walla Walla through Lewiston to the Oro Fino area of Idaho Territory.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,350.00
Will close during Public Auction
746     WFE-215c imageSalmon River & Nez Perces Express. Paid 75 Cents. Printed frank at bottom left and red "Wells, Fargo & Co." printed frank on 10¢ green (U40) entire canceled by four-ring target and blue "Atchison Kas, Aug 4" double-circle datestamp to Hamburg, N.Y.; small edge tear top right, edge wear and reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F. and scarce 75¢ frank, Thomas Census unlisted, with 1985 A.P.S. certificate.
Thomas Nos. WFE-215c; Estimate $500 - 750.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED SALMON RIVER & NEZ PERCES EXPRESS "PAID 75 CENTS" FRANKS IN COMBINATION WITH WELLS FARGO FRANK DURING THE WELLS PERIOD.

Edward Tracy started applying a surcharge to envelopes for service to the Salmon River and Nez Perces mining area and Walla Walla, Washington Territory where it connected with Wells, Fargo & Co. When Wells Fargo bought out Tracy in April 1862, they continued to honor the Tracy surcharge printed frank. If a cover contains no Tracy handstamp it can be assumed that it is a Wells Fargo carried cover.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
747       imageTracy & Co.'s Express. Paid. Printed frank with Old English type and ornate frame (Haller FT10, Ty. 4) on 3¢ red (U10) Nesbitt buff entire canceled by bold blue "Tracy & Cos. Express, Portland" oval to Walla Walla, W.T., manuscript "Jan 16th 1860" at left; slightly reduced at top with couple tears, F.-V.F. appearance, an extremely rare frank not listed by Thomas, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, Barkhausen.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

This cover was carried by Tracy & Co. from Portland about 250 miles inland to Walla Walla in Washington Territory. E.W. Tracy was Wells Fargo & Co.'s agent in Oregon and Washington Territory, and in 1861 established his own express company and extended the lines of Wells Fargo into the Nez Perces and Salmon River mining regions.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $575.00
Will close during Public Auction
748       imageWaldron's Kootenai Express. Fancy printed frank at bottom right, used in conjunction with "Wells, Fargo & Co." printed frank on 3¢ pink (U59) buff envelope canceled by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla, Oct 20" oval to Dalles City, Oregon; light stains and reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, Thomas Census unlisted, ex-Knapp, Dale-Lichtenstein.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FANCY WALDRON'S KOOTENAI EXPRESS FRANK AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, THE OTHER IS ENSCONCED IN THE WILTSEE COLLECTION.

In early 1865, Dave Waldron started running an express service between the Kootenai Mines in Canada and Walla Walla, Washington Territory, where he connected with Wells Fargo & Co. In April 1866, he and two partners, Sam Buchanan and W. Edgar, created the Waldron & Company Blackfoot Express that operated between Walla Walla and Helena, Montana Territory. About one year later, they curtailed the route to Walla Walla and concentrated on the Montana region.
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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
749       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express from "Florence". Black on green express label, used on cover bearing 1¢ blue (63) and three 3¢ rose (65) singles, tied together by Boston "Paid" framed cancels, matching "Boston, Mass. Dec 2" double-circle datestamp underneath label on cover care of Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco Cal., endorsed "Will W.F. & Co. please forward this with atty-oath of office to the judge at Florence City W.T." at bottom left, Fine and unusual Wells Fargo label use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
750     WFE-213 imageWells, Fargo & Co., "Paid 25 Cents." . Printed surcharge with frank on 3¢ pink (U34) buff entire canceled by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla, Apr 1" oval to San Francisco Cal.; corner flaws and wear, Fine and rare, Thomas Census WC9895.
Thomas Nos. WFE-213; Estimate $400 - 600.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS WELLS FARGO & CO. BOISE MINES SURCHARGE.

This "25 Cents" surcharge was used for mail brought into Walla Walla from mining areas.
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Est. $400-600
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751       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express from "Walla Walla". Black on yellow express label, used on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to San Francisco Cal.; cover flaws, Fine and scarce Washington Territory label use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
Railroad Markings
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
752     840-C-1 image(Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Rail Road) Hor. & Port. R.R., Nov 1. Clear strike of route agent cds with matching four-ring targets tie 2¢ black (73) and 1¢ ultramarine (145) arrow guideline s.e. on yellow cover to Milwaukee Wisc., Very Fine, Rarity IV, ex-Rorke, Fosdyke.
Towle Nos. 840-C-1; Estimate $400 - 600.

A RARE RAILROAD 1863 AND 1870 ISSUE COMBINATION USE.

Put onto Route 13009 addressed to Milwaukee and carried east between Horicon and Portage 45¼ miles on the Milwaukee and St. Paul Rail Road. Contracted between Horicon and Portage at $3,394 a year for a daily service excluding Sundays.
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Est. $400-600
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753     SP-2 image(Cleveland & Toledo Railroad) Cleveland & Toledo R.R. '20' Mar 27. Lovely strike of bold route agent cds on small cover to Cleveland with original enclosure datelined "March 27, 1856", Extremely Fine and rare.
Towle Nos. SP-2; Estimate $200 - 300.

Towle states, "About 3 examples of this unusual item have been recorded. It is most likely a railroad company business mail marking - in this case improperly used. The meaning of the distinctive "20" has not been determined."
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
754     561-V-1 image(Little Miami, Xenia & Columbus Railroad) Little M. X. & C. R.R., June 18. Blue route agent cds cancels 3¢ red (U2) buff Nesbitt entire to St. Mary's, Ohio, Very Fine, Rarity IX, This is the Towle Listing Example, ex-Wyer, Towle.
Towle Nos. 561-V-1; Estimate $400 - 600.

AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE LITTLE MIAMI RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT CDS.

Envelope put onto Route 9177 on June 18th circa 1857 west to Xenia for transfer onto Route 9306 for Springfield. Transferred 77 miles northward to St. Mary's.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
755     112-A-3 imageL.I. Rail Road N.Y. '10' "Sept 26". Red cds with integral-rate and pencil dating on legal-size folded cover to Sag Harbor, Long Island N.Y.; small edge tears and light stains, Fine and rare, One of only three recorded examples of this rare railroad postmark..
Towle Nos. 112-A-3; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. (Image1)

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Est. $1,000-1,500
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756     112-A-1, 112-A-2 imageL.I. Rail Road N.Y. Two covers with the two 5¢ route agent cds mounted on exhibit page, first with red "L.I. Rail Road, N.Y., 5 'Sept 11' " double-circle with pencil date on gray Sept. 11th 1846 folded letter from New York to Five Places, Long Island; second with red "L.I. Rail Road, 5 cts. 'Feb 16' " double-circle with pencil date on gray circa 1847 folded letter from Yuphank west to New York City; former with tear, F.-V.F. exhibit pair, Rarity VIII.
Towle Nos. 112-A-1, 112-A-2; Estimate $400 - 600. (Image1)

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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
757     112-A-2 imageL.I. Rail Road '5 Cts.' N.Y. Strikes in black and red on covers, black pencil dated "June 21" on folded cover to Sag Harbor N.Y. (ex-Hahn); red ms. dated "May 21" on 1849 folded letter from Islip to New York City (ex-Gibson), F.-V.F. and scarce pair.
Towle Nos. 112-A-2; Estimate $300 - 400.

Although strikes of this railroad postmark are scarce in red, black strikes are exceptionally rare.
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Est. $300-400
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758     524-S-1 image(Louisville & Frankfort R.R.-Lexington & Frankfort R.R.) Lou. & Fran. & Lex. & Fran. R.R., Croppers, May 7. Blue large balloon-style station cds ties 3¢ rose (65) on gray cover with letter datelined "Mulberry Manse May 2d, Wednesday" circa 1862 to University of Virginia, redirected to Warrenton with manuscript "Ford 3" rating; small stamp and cover faults, Fine and rare Kentucky station cds.
Towle Nos. 524-S-1; Estimate $200 - 300.

Letter from Mulberry Manse May 2d circa 1862 and put onto route 9704 at Croppers. Carried 47 miles east to Lexington for transfer to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. Redirected to Warrenton with 3¢ due.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
759     524-A-1 image(Louisville, Frankfort & Lexington Railroad) Louisville & Frankfort R.R., Mar 13. Route agent cds cancels 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire to Paris, Kentucky, Very Fine, ex-Wyer.
Towle Nos. 524-A-1; Estimate $200 - 300.

Put onto Route 8202 on March 13th circa 1855 and carried to Lexington for the 17 mile post road to Paris.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
760     526-S-1 image(Louisville & Nashville Branch Railroad) "Olmstead, L & N & L Br R.R., Dec 7". Choice bold route agent cds ties 3¢ rose (65) on orange cover to Clarksville, Tenn.; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine, Rarity VI.
Towle Nos. 526-S-1; Estimate $200 - 300.

Put onto Route 9611 at Olmstead and carried 26 miles south west to Clarksville, Tenn.
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Est. $200-300
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