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The Manwood Collection of Express Company Labels continued...

Western Expresses - Langton's Pioneer to Pacific
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1001       imageLangton's Pioneer Express, from Downieville. Black on yellow label affixed to reverse of 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire with printed Langton's Pioneer Express frank to Sacramento, manuscript "Valuable" and pencil "Paid" notations, exchanged with "Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express From Marysville" black on orange label at upper right and partly folded over the top, some abrasions, edge creases, slightly reduced at right, a rare money letter conjunctive usage, ex-Hackett.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

This money letter was carried by Langston's Express from Downieville to Marysville. Turned over to Wells Fargo from Marysville to Sacramento.

Samuel Langton started in the express business in 1850 and his express had various lines in California and Nevada until a year after his accidental death in 1864.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1002       imageLangton's Pioneer Express, from "Unionville". Black on yellow label with manuscript "Unionville" town designation used in conjunction with black on red "Wells, Fargo & Co's Express, From 'Nevada' " label with manuscript Nevada City town designation, on orange legal-size cover to San Francisco, Very Fine and rare conjunctive Langton-Wells Fargo use, ex-Hackett.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Examples of Western Express Company Labels used conjunctively on cover are exceedingly rare, and this cover, carried over the same route as that used by Langton's Humboldt Express, is a prime example of such a usage.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,450.00
Will close during Public Auction
1003       imageLangton's Pioneer Express, from "Unionville". Black on yellow label with manuscript "Unionville" town designation, tied by May 11th 1863 file docketing on legal-size cover to Yreka, Cal., endorsed "Paid to Carson" and "In Haste" at top; some light toning and edge wear, reduced slightly at left, F.-V.F. and scarce.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1004       imageFrom the Noisy Carriers' Publishing Hall, San Francisco, Cal. Black on blue label, affixed on orange buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) sheet margin pair with large margins to slightly in, tied by "San Francisco Cal., 1 Sep" cds to Hudson N.Y.; pair has corner crease, cover has sealed tear and somewhat worn, Fine and rare, ex-Haas.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS BLUE NOISY CARRIERS LABEL.

References: Illustrated in Wiltsee's Gold Rush Steamers. (Image1)

Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1005       imageFrom the Noisy Carriers' Publishing Hall, San Francisco, Cal. Black on cream label, small tear, affixed on orange buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) large margin to touched, tied by "San Francisco, Cal. 16 Jun" cds to Wilmington Del. at 6¢ transcontinental rate; light staining bottom left, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS NOISY CARRIERS LABEL.

Charles Kimball operated a letter-bag service out of his stationery store at 77 Long Wharf. He would route mail to the east by the fastest means - via Panama, Nicaragua or overland.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1006       imagePacific Express Company, Forrest City, Ark. Black on red express label, affixed on buff large-size courthouse cover to Dallas, Texas, 1893 file docketing at left and reverse; reduced at top and left, edge flaws, F.-V.F., a rare Arkansas express label use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
1007       imagePacific Express Company, Grandview, Tex. Black on orange express label, affixed as flap seal on light buff Pacific Express Company illustrated train corner card cover bearing 2¢ green (213) canceled by cork, matching "Grand View, Tex. Jul 16, 1888" cds to West Texas; reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F. and scarce Texas express label use.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The Pacific Express railcar comer-card, often described as a printed frank, was used in the northwest in the early 1880s by the Northern Pacific Railroad. The label uses shown below prove the Pacific Express name and comer-card was used by other railroads in areas not served by the Northern Pacific.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
1008       imagePacific Express Co., Ogden, Utah. Black on pink express label, affixed as flap seal on gray cover bearing 2¢ Shield (319) tied by "Ogden, Utah, Feb 13, 1905" duplex with barred oval to Provo, Utah, Feb. 15th arrival machine backstamp; label torn upon opening, tears affecting address, Fine and scarce use.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Expresses - Pacific Union to Thomes & Skadan's
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1009       imagePacific Union Express Company. Black on buff label, affixed on reverse of circa 1868 orange cover to Marysville Cal.; cover tear at right, edge faults, Fine and scarce Pacific Union label use.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1010       imagePacific Union Express Company. Black on buff label, affixed on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire to San Francisco Cal., docketed "Notarial fees $.75, Recd July 31./68" at left; light vertical central fold and light soiling, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

This label apparently served duty in lieu of a printed express frank.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $240.00
Will close during Public Auction
1011       imagePacific Union Express Company, Windsor. Red on orange label affixed on reverse of 3¢ pink (U58) entire with red "Pacific Union Express Co., Paid" printed frank, canceled by blue "Pacific Union Express Co., Windsor" double-circle to San Francisco, endorsed "$74.00 - Check", Very Fine, the only recorded example of this label.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

Pacific Union was formed in 1868 after signing an exclusive agreement to carry express on the soon to be completed transcontinental railroad. Wells Fargo, realizing the threat, was forced to merge with Pacific Union in the October 1869 "Treaty of Omaha" which resulted in Lloyd Tevis becoming president of the new company which retained the Wells Fargo name.
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Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1012     PET-401 imageForwarded by Peterson's Lower California Express from "La Paz". Black on gray label with blue manuscript town designation, tied by sharp "San Francisco, Cal, Mar 9, 1862" double-circle datestamp, additional strike at bottom left and matching "SHIP.12" due rating handstamp on buff cover to Peacham Vt.; minor tone spot upper right, reduced slightly at right, Extremely Fine and choice.
Thomas Nos. PET-401; Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.

A STUNNING COVER. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PETERSON'S LOWER CALIFORNIA EXPRESS LABEL USED ON COVER.

The three recorded examples are:
1. PET-401 Label with pencil "San Francisco" origin, tied by red "Espreso de la Baja Cala." oval to La Paz, Mexico, blue Wells Fargo San Francisco double-circle, ex-Knapp, Grant, Haas, Forster and "Baja".
2. PET-401 Label with blue ms. "La Paz" origin, tied by San Francisco Cal. cds to Peacham Vt., the example offered here.
3. PET-401 Label with ms. "San Lucas" origin, red "Estafeta De Baja California" oval cancel to San Francisco Cal., manuscript "Capo St Lucas Apl 11, 1863" docket at left, ex-Dale-Lichtenstein, Walske.

Using coastal steamers, Charles M. Peterson ran a daily service between San Francisco and La Paz, Mexico. He established an office in Henry Payot's Book Store in San Francisco. He may have established a pony/mule service between Cape San Lucas and La Paz.

Reference: Pictured in Nathan on p. 168 and Pictured in Letters of Gold on p. 210. (Image1)

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Est. $20,000-30,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1013       imageSusanville Express, Susanville, Cal. Large black on green label, affixed on reverse of legal-size cover from Sheriff of Lassen County to Red Bluff, Cal; cover reduced at right with edge tears and nick, label with minor flaws, Fine and rare.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY COVER OF ANY KIND FROM THIS EXPRESS, A GREAT WESTERN EXPRESS RARITY.

This company is unlisted in the Nathan, Garnett and Thomas books. Apparently it was the predecessor of Thomes & Skaden's Express and was absorbed by Thomes & Skaden in mid-1870 (see Susanville's Lassen Sage Brush newspaper of 6 August 1870).

References: Illustrated in "Letters of Gold" on page 230. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
1014       imageThomes & Skadan's Express, Reno, Nev. Black on green label, affixed on reverse of 3¢ Reay entire with printed "Thomes & Skadan's Express" ribbon frank to San Francisco, canceled by indistinct large cds and blue "Wells Fargo Co., Reno" oval, docketed "Recd Oct 15, 1871" on reverse; stain at center, reduced at right, Very Fine and extremely rare.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE THOMES & SKADEN'S EXPRESS LABEL FROM RENO, NEVADA.

Thomes & Skaden's Express operated between Susanville and Reno in the early 1870s. Turned over to Wells Fargo at Reno, where blue Wells Fargo Reno oval handstamp struck and carried by Wells Fargo stage to San Francisco arriving October 15, 1871.

References: Illustrated (but not the label) in Gamett's "Nevada Expresses" on page 131. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Expresses - Wells, Fargo & Co.: A-O Towns
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1015       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express. Group of 10 labels comprising San Quentin Cal., San Andreas Cal., Visalia Cal., Mok Hill Cal., Sacramento Cal. small and medium size, three New York N.Y. "Valuable Package" 1910s uses, and 1911 large-size cover with San Francisco Depot Cal. and FF Mission Branch labels, F.-V.F. group.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $675.00
Will close during Public Auction
1016       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express. Unused group of 29 labels, includes Western Pacific Rte. and Sonora large-size, Medford Oregon, Aurora Oregon large, Shasta Cal., Dutch Flat Cal. large, C.O.D. labels, etc., also includes Pacific Mail Express Co. label, Very Fine group.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction
1017       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, Auburn. Black on yellow label affixed on 1858 legal-size buff courthouse cover to Sacramento, Cal., endorsed "Paid", 1858 file docketing at left; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
1018       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, "Bear Valley". Black on orange label affixed over Wells Fargo imprint on 3¢ green entire to San Francisco Cal., indicia canceled by manuscript "Coll" for collect and matching "Sd. value $11000" at left, creased from placement over top edge, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Labels without printed town names were distributed to small offices.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
1019       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Overland Express, "California R.R." . Black on blue label with manuscript origin designation, some creases and flaws, affixed on legal-size cover bearing two 3¢ rose (65) singles, tied by sharp "Austin Nev, May 28" duplex with target cancel to Nashville Ill., remarkable strike of bold "Registered" framed handstamp at left; some light staining, reduced slightly at left, Fine and rare use, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS FARGO & CO. OVERLAND EXPRESS LABEL.

After buying out Ben Holladay in 1866, Wells Fargo ran the Overland Express over the same route as the earlier Pony Express. In 1867 the Central Pacific was building the transcontinental railroad across the Sierras.

Wells Fargo carried this envelope by stagecoach from the Central Pacific railroad to Austin in central Nevada where they posted it by registered mail to Illinois.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1020       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, Chico, Cal. Black on orange express label affixed over Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank on 1875, 2¢ vermilion amber entire canceled by magenta "W.F. & Co's Express, Messenger 14" oval handstamp to San Francisco, Cal., pencil "Pd", manuscript "Value $50.00" money endorsement; tiny tear at top, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction

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