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United States Postal History continued...

Mail Routes continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
21       image(Mail Routes) Steam Mazatlan. Oval handstamp applied at San Francisco on inbound covers, postmarked "San Francisco, Cal./May 16, 1865" double circle and addressed to the Office of the P.M.S.Co. in San Francisco with black "10" due rate handstamp for the steamship rate; small flap fault, Very Fine and scarce short-lived steamer marking.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Adams to Thomas & Skadan's
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
22       imageAdams Exp. Manuscript endorsement on cover to New York, with oval "Boyd's City Express Post, Jul 24" date stamp and "Paid, J.T.B.", with original enclosure datelined "Str. Antelope, May 21/54" (Sacramento riverboat); cover creases and folds, Fine and rare, an unusual Adams Express usage likely received by agent aboard the Sacramento riverboat Antelope.
Estimate; $250 - 350. (Image1)
Est. $250-350
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
23     FAR-100 imageFarley's Express. Blue double-framed handstamp with manuscript "Indian Creek" designation for Indian Creek, on 10¢ green (U18) Nesbitt buff entire to Burnham Me., entered mails with "Camptonville Cal., Nov 3" cds; age toned and minor edge faults, Fine and rare.
Thomas No. FAR-100; Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FARLEY'S EXPRESS HANDSTAMP WITH MANUSCRIPT INDIAN CREEK DESIGNATION.

George S. Farley operated from a base at Camptonville Cal. He ran express service from Camptonville to the mining camps at Indian Creek and Young's Hill in the Yuba County area. He used the Camptonville post office for connections. It is reported he had a number of drop boxes attached to trees at different locations along streams that he would check as he made his rounds on his express runs. The "blank" Farley's handstamp with manual town entry was designed for towns so small that Farley's couldn't justify them having their own handstamp. The other Farley's Express "Indian Creek" designation handstamp was offered in our Sale 79 of the George Kramer Western Trails and Routes.
(Image1)
Est. $3,000-4,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
24       imageFreeman & Co.'s Express. Green paid frank on 10¢ green (U18) entire to Fairhaven Mass., blue "Freeman & Co., San Francisco, Oct 5" oval datestamp, endorsed "per G. Gates", "New-York, Oct 25" cds; some edge wear and slight crease at right, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
25       imageFreeman & Co. Express, San Francisco. Light strike of red oval handstamp on 10¢ green (U18) buff entire with illustrated Fisher & Co. hat and cap manufacturers corner card to Francestown, N.H., reverse with matching red "Reply By / Freeman & Cos. Express." two-line handstamp, entered mails with "New-York, Sep 8" cds canceling indicia; slight overall aging, Very Fine and attractive use.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
26       imageFreeman & Co., San Francisco, Sep 5. Bold strike of blue oval datestamp on 10¢ green (U18) buff Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Steamship, Cts" circular handstamp to New London, Conn.; trivial edge wear, Very Fine, a scarce Freeman & Co. transcontinental usage., ex-Mader.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
27       imageGregory's Express "Not Paid". Straightline handstamp on blue cover addressed to J.W. Gregory, Express Office at San Francisco, Cal.; toned upper right corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
28       imageGregory's Express, Sacramento. Bold strike of blue oval handstamp and matching "Paid" oval handstamp on orange cover to San Francisco, Cal.; trivial edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
29       imagePacific Union Express Co., San Francisco. Blue circular date stamp canceling on 1864, 3¢ pink entire and tying additional 1869, 3¢ ultramarine, to Hollister, Cal. with red ribbon frank at top; some cover scuffing with small portion of postmark painted in, Fine, still a scarce uprating with a 3¢ Pictorial issue.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $90.00
Will close during Public Auction
30       imageSan Francisco Local Entires. Two unused pre-paid entires; includes California Penny Post Co. 1855, 7¢ vermilion on 3¢ entire (34LU7) and San Francisco Letter Express blue oval horse and rider handstamp on cover; few small tone spots on the latter, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
31     THO-003 imageThomes & Skadan's Express, Susanville & Reno, Connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed paid ribbon frank on 1870, 3¢ green entire to the Florence sewing machine agent in Reno, Nev., reverse with Jany 4/73 docketing; cover tear at top and stain at upper right, Fine, a very scarce express frank.
Thomas No. THO-003; Estimate $150 - 200.

This was a stage operation that provided an express letter service. They operated between Susanville Cal and Reno Nev., a distance of about 70 miles. They connected with Wells Fargo at Reno.
(Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Wells, Fargo & Co. and Wheeler
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
32       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Bankers & Express Forwarders, 82 Broadway NY. Partial strike of black shield handstamp cancels 10¢ green (U18) Nesbitt buff entire with printed Wells Fargo paid frank to San Francisco Cal., F.-V.F. and rare example of the Wells Fargo New York Shield handstamp., ex-Dale-Lichtenstein.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
33       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Carson City. Blue oval handstamp canceling on 1860, 3¢ Star Die entire to Sacramento, Cal., black company frank at top (pinhead impressions), Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
34       imageWells, Fargo & Co., El Paso, Texas, Mar 2, 1894. Purple oval date stamp on 2¢ green entire to San Jose, black company frank, reverse with San Jose Depot arrival handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
35       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Gold Hill. Two different oval date stamp on 1864, 3¢ pink entires; one in blue with "N.T." and in red with "Nev." state designation, latter with black company frank and minor wrinkling, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
36       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Marysville. Full blue oval "Express" handstamp on fresh buff cover to San Francisco, Extremely Fine and choice, a beautiful early express handstamp.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
37       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Marysville, Express. Sharp full strike of blue oval handstamp on 1853 folded letter sheet to San Francisco; some light folds, an Extremely Fine strike.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
38       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Placerville, Cal., Apr 30, 1888. Perfect strike of red oval date stamp on 1887, 2¢ green part paste-up entire, black company frank at top, Extremely Fine and choice, a gem strike.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $80.00
Will close during Public Auction
39       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Red Frank. On 10¢ green (U16) buff Nesbitt entire cancelled by "New-York, Apr 27" cds to John Denver, Governor of Kansas at Lecompton, 1858 docketing at left, original enclosed letter datelined "Marysville. April 3d 1858" concerning "inter alia", the payment of which can only be termed a bribe to Denver for using his official capacity to secure title to lands in California; some edge wear, Very Fine, ex-Mader.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

The letter reads in part, "…I forwarded to you at Washington, Some very important letters requesting you to lend your aid in expediting the issuance of a "patent", The letter contains a draft for $50. designed to cover any necessary costs and authorize you if you would give the matter your attention, to draw on me for $500…Among other I sent you at Washington by Wells Fargo & Co Express. A book known as the 'Ranch Book' which is of great value to the proprietors of the Grant in as much as it contains the names of nearly all the squatters on the ranch…" it goes on to discuss protesting of land matter, etc. and ends with a post script of "For Heavens sake dont let that book be lost".
(Image1)
Est. $1,500-2,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
40       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Red Frank. On 10¢ green (U18) buff entire cancelled by "N.York Steamship" circular handstamp to New York, N.Y., "Nov. 30. 1859" docketing at left; repaired upper left corner, Fine, ex-Mader.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction

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