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United States Postal History continued...

Western Express Covers - Bamber to Wells, Fargo & Co. continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
401       imageBarlow, Sanderson & Co. The Great Southern Overland Mail & Express Co. Letter datelined "Kansas City May 11 1866" from T.J. Barnum, a partner of the firm regarding its creation to his brother reading in part: "…Who ever heard of an old stager to quit untill he had to. I am in to for four years more when I hope to give up this wild life and stay at Home…I shall be in New Mexico Arrizona & Probably California as we have got the Great Southern Overland Mail & Express from the Missouri River to San Diego - the largest but one in the United States. The firm is Barlow Sanderson & Co. Your humble servant myself is the Co. thats where the joke comes in but I am the youngest Partner & the name is long enough so it won't do to cover the Stage all over with letters…", accompanied by original cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by circle of wedges duplexed with "Kansas City Mo. May 12" cds to his brother at Middlefield Centre N.Y., Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
402       imageFreeman & Co.'s Express, Oct 20. Red cds on circa 1853 orange cover to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine, One of only eight known usages of the Freeman cds., ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
403     143L9+U35 imageWells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ red. Clear to mostly large margins, on 1861, 3¢ pink on buff entire to San Francisco, both canceled by clear strikes of blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Virginia Cty, N.T., Jan 13" oval date stamp, black company frank at top and manuscript "Pony" endorsed alongside indicia, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. 143L9+U35; $8,000; Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

A WONDERFUL 25¢ RED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER WITH THE WELLS FARGO VIRGINIA CITY DATESTAMP. (Image1)

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Scott $8,000
Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $6,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
404       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Albany. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco with black company frank at top, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $50.00
Will close during Public Auction
405       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Jun. 3, Jacksonville, O. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire to Roseburg with black company frank at top, docketed "Jun. 7 '69", original enclosure asks for quote on 10,000 pounds of bacon! Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $80.00
Will close during Public Auction
406       imageWells Fargo & Co. Express, Marysville. Early type double oval in blue on buff cover to Connecticut with matching blue "Paid" in oval, minor cover wrinkles, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
407       imageWells Fargo & Co's Express Messenger. Bluish violet oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire to Port Discovery Mills, W.T., Very Fine, Wells, Fargo & Co. handstamp applied onboard steamship and delivered to Port Discovery, a rare Wells Fargo Washington territory use.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
CLOSED
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408       imageWells Fargo & Co, No. San Juan, Cal., Jul 10. Blue oval datestamp as origin indication on Wells, Fargo & Co's Express black on orange illustrated train label, affixed on yellow Shattuck correspondence cover to Placerville Cal.; label with couple small scuffs, Very Fine and rare Wells Fargo label use.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
409       imageWells Fargo & Co. Cancellations on Revenue Stamps, 1863-67. Collection mounted on two pages containing a variety of handstamped cancellations on a wide variety of revenue stamps including 2¢ and 5¢ revenues, 2¢ and 10¢ Nevada State Tax, California State Tax, Wells Fargo blue oval handstamps include Auburn, Columbia and Carson City, small oval datestamps, and double-circle datestamps from Carson, Sacramento, Virginia Nev., Virginia City, San Francisco, Stockton, and small "W.F. & Co." month and year ovals in red, blue and black, F.-V.F. and interesting collection.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
410       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Jun. 15, Salem, O. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire to Yreka with black company frank at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
411       imageWells Fargo & Co., Walla Walla. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire with black company frank to San Francisco, light vert. fold, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
CLOSED
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412       imageWestern Express. Group of 5 including Truman & Co's Express illustrated train frank; Pacific Express illustrated rider frank; Wells Fargo with green J.C. Meussdorffer & Bro. advertising; Bamber & Co's Express use with blue datestamp; and Wells Fargo & Co. Stockton oval use, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
Nevada Express Covers
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
413   imageArgenta, Nevada Photo. Real photo 7x5" showing horse-drawn carriages and two buildings, mounted on black cardboard, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $70.00
Will close during Public Auction
414     BRT-700 imageBerthouds Mule Team Express, Pd 25¢. Two-line rectangular framed handstamp frank at left on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire to Philadelphia Pa., entered mails with blue "Treasure City, Nev. Sep 13" cds duplexed with circular grid cancel, Philadelphia (9.20) arrival backstamp; reduced at left from opening, F.-V.F. and rare, Thomas WC6650, signed Frajola as genuine.
Thomas No. BRT-700; Estimate $500 - 750.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE BERTHOUDS MULE TEAM EXPRESS FRANK.

Silver was discovered in this area in 1867 and by November of that year, the first cabins were built on Treasure Hill. Treasure City was founded in 1868 in the White Pine Mining District and within a year had a population of 6000. The town reached its peak in 1869. By 1870, most of the population began to leave town, due to the lack of good ore. The business district was destroyed by fire in 1874 and never rebuilt. Very little is known about this express.
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Est. $500-750
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415       imageLangton's Pioneer Express, Carson City. Light but clear strike of blue oval handstamp on August 27th 1864 "Carson Weekly Independent" newspaper, folded in half, F.-V.F. and scarce newspaper express use.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $60.00
Will close during Public Auction
416     PAS-002 imagePacific Stage & Express Co. Printed Paid frank illustrated with six-horse stagecoach and line of text at top that lists their principal offices in California and Nevada, this variant exists on westbound uses, on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to San Francisco Cal., entered the mails with "Nevada City, Cal. Oct " cds duplex; reduced at right into indicia and restored, Very Fine appearance.
Thomas No. PAS-002; Estimate $400 - 600.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS PACIFIC STAGE & EXPRESS CO. FRANK.

Pacific Stage & Express Co. was operated by James McCue and Michael Rees between 1860 and 1864. It ran between San Francisco and Sacramento, to Virginia City, Nevada. This express operated through the Henness Pass north of Lake Tahoe to Virginia City. It operated from this terminus of the Central Pacific Railroad as it pushed through the Sierras to Virginia City.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
417       imageSale & Barber's Humboldt Express. Printed double-oval frank in combination with printed Langton's Pioneer Express printed frank at top left on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to Meadow Valley Cal.; repaired left edge, cover tear, Very Fine appearance, ex-Fred Star.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS EXPRESS COMPANY FRANK.

This express operated from Virginia City, Nevada Territory to the Humboldt mines in the Northwestern part of the territory in 1868 and 1869. This letter was carried into Unionville, Nevada by Sale & Barber's Express, and turned over to Langton's Express who delivered it to Meadow Valley, above Quincy in Plumas County, CA.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
418     THO-010 imageThomes & Skadan's Express, Susanville & Reno, Connecting with Wells Fargo Co. Black printed frank on 3¢ green entire to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Thomas No. THO-010; Estimate $150 - 200.

From 1870 to 1874 Thomes & Skadden operated their express between Susanville and Reno, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co.
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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
419     143L8 imageWells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ blue. Four margins, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Virginia Cty, N.T." oval datestamp on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with black Wells Fargo company frank to San Francisco Cal.; entire restored at bottom and top left, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 143L8; $4,500.

This was a private enterprise of Wells, Fargo & Co. for the rapid handling of letters between San Francisco and the mining region around Virginia City, Nevada. Adhesive stamps were affixed to Wells Fargo franked envelopes which for the extra charge indicated by the stamps, gave rapid service by pony. Letters went from San Francisco to Sacramento by Boat, then by Pony. The service started Aug. 11, 1852 with an extra Pony Charge of 10 cents. This rate was increased in 1863 to 25 cents. The color of the 25 cents was changed from blue to red in 1864 and the service was ended in early 1865.
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Scott $4,500

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
420       imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Carson City. Black on orange label with manuscript town designation, affixed on yellow legal-size cover to San Francisco, docketed at left "per W.F. & Co. Express & Deans Express to be recorded and returned", additional docketing "Charges $4.00/Deans $1.00/Adv. 5.00", Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

We are unable to find any information on "Deans Express" and this cover would benefit from further research. There was a Dean's Ranch near Palisade, Nev. and a Dean City near Battle Mountain Nev.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction

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