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Nevada Express Covers continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
421   image"Wells, Fargo & Company, Stage Department, Argenta, Nevada, Sept 24, 1870". Printed letterhead and datelined from John Collier to George Dinsmore, letter touches on current Nevada political matters, accompanied by Frank Newton identify names in the letter and brief history of Argenta, "A small mining town in north-central Nevada and was absorbed into Battle Mountain, Wells Fargo had an office there for a short time and ran a feeder stage from the railroad to surrounding areas…", F.-V.F.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
422       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Unionville, Nev. Neat blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire to Iowa with black company frank at top with "San Francisco & Ogden" R.P.O. cds, reduced at left, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $75 - 100. (Image1)

Est. $75-100
SOLD for $90.00
Will close during Public Auction
Eastern Express Covers
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
423       imageMunro's Express. Black on orange label affixed on 1855 folded letter from New Bedford Mass. to New York N.Y., Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
424       imagePiercys Express Co., 1885, 15¢ brown & black. Tied by violet wavy line handstamp on unaddressed Dunham's combination parcel tag and envelope; minor soiling, Very Fine, rarely ever found on a parcel tag (Mosher PCYX-S15).
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
Free Franks & Postal Documents
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
425       imageJames Madison. Secretary of State 1801-1808, free frank "James Madison" as Secretary of State on June 5, 1804 folded cover with "Department of State" endorsement and addressed to The Governor of the State of Rhode Island, Providence, "Washn. City Jun" cds with matching "Free" rating handstamp; inside docketed.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

James Madison was appointed Secretary of State on March 2nd 1801 and served until he became President on March 4th 1809. The original letter was a circular sent to Governors announcing that the Collector of Customs at Philadelphia will forward copies of the Laws of the United States, 2nd. Session, 7th Congress.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $575.00
Will close during Public Auction
426   image1710 Queen Anne Postal Postal Act. Original printing of the 1710 Queen Anne postal act setting postal rates of the early Colonial period, Very Fine and rare original document.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Alaska
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
427 ()      image(Alaska) Haines, Alaska, 1908. Partial cds with matching target cancel on 8¢ violet brown (272) on manila package front to Seattle, Wash., printed "War Department, Post Exchange, Fort Wm. H. Seward, Haines, Alaska, Official Business" label pasted at upper left and "Penalty for private use, $300" penalty clause label tied by target cancel, Very Fine and rare registered penalty mail use from Alaska.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

Est. $400-600
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
428       image(Alaska) Petersburg, Alaska, Jun 7, 1909. Bold strikes of cds duplex with four bars tying 2¢ carmine (319) and 8¢ blackish (306) on registered cover to Seattle Wash., matching "Registered No." straightline with ms. "769" number, Seattle (6.10) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
429       image(Alaska) Rampart, Alaska, Aug 16, 1905. Duplex ties 8¢ blackish violet (306) on 2¢ carmine entire to Seattle Wash., purple "Registered No." handstamp with "161" number, Seattle (9.9) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Colorado to Delaware
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
430       image"American Ranch, C.T., Aug 1st, 1865". Manuscript postmark tying 3¢ rose (65), few nibbed and toned perfs, and also tied by additional quartered cork cancel on cover to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Very Fine and rare, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK FROM AMERICAN RANCH.

The Indian uprisings of 1864 and 1865 interrupted transportation and mail services in old Weld County. The Post Office at American Ranch was closed from December 1864 to the first of May in 1865 due to these uprisings. The stage station and the Post Office were housed in an adobe structure, as were many of the town's other buildings. Many of these buildings had walls two to three feet thick which served as effective fortresses during the Indian raids.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
431       image"Bents Ft., C.T., April 30". Circa 1865 manuscript postmark with matching manuscript strokes on 3¢ rose (65), s.e. at left, applied over Official Business imprint on "Paymaster Office, Denver, C.T." corner card cover with "Denver C.T." crossed out, addressed to Denver C.T.; cover reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, Illustrated in Jarrett's Colorado book, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

A RARE MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK FROM BENTS FORT WITH ONLY A FEW KNOWN.

The first gold seekers to reach the junction of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River came by the Santa Fe Trail to Bent's Fort, up the Arkansas River Valley, then north over the divide to Cherry Creek. Although the trading post of Bent's Fort was established in 1834, it was nearly thirty years before it obtained official postal service.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
432       imageBent's Fort, Col., Apr 18. Bold double-circle datestamp duplexed with circle of wedges on 3¢ red, F. grill (94) on yellow cover to Middlefield, N.Y.; cover slightly reduced at left, Very Fine and choice, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

ONE OF THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE RECORDED USAGES OF THE "BENT'S FORT COL." DOUBLE-CIRCLE TERRITORIAL POSTMARK.

Until 1873, Bent's Fort remained an important junction point for trails to Denver and Santa Fe. Then the approaching Santa Fe Railroad began to change travel patterns in the Arkansas Valley.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
433       imageBlack Hawk Point, Col. T., Feb 27. Full bold strike of custom cds on 3¢ pink (U34) entire cancelled by matching targets to New York City; some edge wear, Very Fine, a choice example of this scarce territorial postmark, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

This postmark was used only in early 1864. The postmaster obtained these devices from private suppliers, rather than the Post Office Department in Washington.
(Image1)

Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
434       imageBlack Hawk Point, Col., Jan 9, '65. Clear double-circle datestamp duplexed with target cancel ties 3¢ rose (65) on cover to New York N.Y., Very Fine and choice, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
435       imageBlack Hawk Point, Col., Apr 24. Two strikes of cds duplexed with target cancel tying 2¢ black (73) and 10¢ dark green (68a) on 1868 cover to Farnham, England, red New York (5.2) and Liverpool U.S. Packet (5.13) transits, Farnham (5.14) arrival backstamp, forwarded to Chrislehurst, May 14th arrival backstamp; 2¢ restored upper right corner, Very Fine appearance, ex-Sampson.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

A RARE COLORADO TERRITORY TRANSATLANTIC USE TO GREAT BRITAIN. (Image1)

Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
436       imageBoulder, C.T., Jun 27. Two strikes of forwarding cds on missent cover from Racine, Wis. to Big Thompson, C.T., franked with 3¢ rose (65) tied by target cancels, matching origin cds at center, manuscript "missent" notation, with original 1865 enclosure; cover with vertical fold affecting stamp, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
437       image"Breckinridge C.T., 16th May 1861". Manuscript postmark and matching cross-hatch cancels 3¢ dull red (26) on cover to Pecatonica Iowa, original long letter datelined "French Gulch Utah Territory May 12, 1861" from Albert Pillsbury writing to a friend, transcript accompanies; cover reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THIS BRECKINRIDGE MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK, THE EARLIEST RECORDED WITH THE "BRECKINRIDGE" SPELLING.

Named for Vice President and presidential candidate John C. Breckinridge, the town later changed its spelling to Breckenridge after its namesake's support of the Confederacy in 1861.
(Image1)

Est. $500-750
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
438       imageBreckin Ridge, C.T., Jun 27. Dark blue corrected cds (Breckinbridge with offending letter "B" chiseled out) and matching target cancel tie 3¢ rose (65), corner crease, on Wm. P. Pollock, Notary Public and Conveyancer corner card cover to Georgetown Col.; minor cover edge restoration, Very Fine appearance, a rare early example of this corrected cds.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

This corrected date stamp enjoyed a long service. In later years, as it wore down, traces of the "B" began to re-appear.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
439       image"Canon City, C.T., Aug 30th". Manuscript postmark with matching squiggle cancels 3¢ dull red (26) on yellow 1861 cover to Barnard Vt.; repaired lower left corner, Very Fine appearance, The earliest recorded postmark from Canon City, the Jarrett listing example., ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

At the entrance to the Royal Gorge of the Arkansas, Canon City became a transportation and supply center for the surrounding territory. It was the only post office in that part of Utah Territory which became part of Colorado. This office was established in Kansas Territory December 13, 1860 and transferred to Colorado Territory in 1861.
(Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
440       image"Canon City Col Ter, Sept 18/63". Manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 3" on orange cover to Lieut. J.W. Stanton of 3rd Regiment of Colorado Volunteers, Camp Herron, Pilot Knob Mo.; corner flaws, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

This office was established in Kansas Territory December 13, 1860 and transferred to Colorado Territory in 1861.
(Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction

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