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United States Postal History continued...

Western Express Covers - Bamber to U.S. Mail Telegraph Stage Line continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
701       image(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Red Frank. Printed on 1861, 10¢ green entire (U41) to London, England, blue "Post Office, Victoria V.I." crown oval handstamp at upper left indicating British Columbia postage 2½d (5¢) paid in cash, uprated with 1861, 10¢ green, vertical pair (68) all canceled by grid handstamps (pair tied between perf holes), red "N. York Br. Pkt., Paid 19, Sep 30" credit exchange cds and "London, Oc 13, 1862" entry cds alongside; tiny cover tear at top and bottom stamp with minor perf flaws at bottom, still Very Fine, with 2004 W. Tust certificate.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

Beginning January 1862, all ship mail (closed bags) between Victoria and San Francisco was either handled by the Consul or Wells Fargo & Co. The three other Victoria banking institutions mostly utilized Wells Fargo to carry their mail and treasure because it was often faster and always safer.
(Image1)
Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
702       imageC. & O. Coast Overland Mail Company, Yreka, Cal. Stunning illustrated six-horse drawn stage design with fancy framed corner card on stampless cover carried privately to Strawberry Valley, Cal.; reduced at left into corner card, Fine and scarce stage design.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
703       imageCoast Line Stage Company, Flint, Bixby & Co. Illustrated six-horse drawn stage design with corner card on yellow cover with manuscript "$2.00" Express Rate for delivery to "Lagoona Ranch House"; roughly reduced at right affecting design and repaired vertical cover tear, Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
704       imageCoupe's Express. Printed oval frank (COU-100) on uncancelled 1870, 3¢ green entire addressed to New York City, Very Fine and choice, ex-H. Deats & Barkhausen.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

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

This one-man express was operated by Thomas Coupe in the Puget Sound area. 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".
(Image1)
Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
705       imageFreeman & Co's Express. Clear complete strike of early oval handstamp (FRE-101) from the Freeman's Office at Marysville, on buff cover to Sacramento; minor scuff in address panel, Very Fine and attractive, ex-Tatham.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

ONE OF TWO EXAMPLES OF THE SMALL BLUE FREEMAN & CO'S EXPRESS OVAL HANDSTAMP FROM THE MARYSVILLE OFFICE.

Only two examples of the small blue Freeman first period (November, 1850 - November, 1851) ovals are recorded. Both are addressed to Sacramento. This small oval is recorded in black from San Francisco, red from Sacramento and blue from Marysville. This is the only instance of an early express using color with the same type of handstamp to delineate office location. All of the small ovals are rare with the red being the most common.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
706       imageGilbert & Hedges Express, Monterey. Oval handstamp (GIL-101) on uncancelled 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire addressed to San Francisco, Very Fine, ex-Jessup.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

ONE OF TWO KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE GILBERT & HEDGES EXPRESS "MONTEREY" HANDSTAMP.

Gilbert & Hedges express operated around 1855 for approximately six months along the California coast from San Francisco south to San Diego. They may have extended as far south to the ports along the cost of Mexico and South America.
(Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
707     26 imageJones & Cartwright Transportation Line, Leavenworth., Pikes Peak. Boxed illustrated corner card showing Freight Wagons Traveling West To Colorado Territory With Snow Capped Pike Peak in the Distance, on cover to Winfield, Va., franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red (small edge nick at right) tied by "Leavenworth City, Kans, Dec 13" cds, Very Fine.
Scott No. 26; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE JONES & CARTWRIGHT TRANSPORTATION LINE ILLUSTRATED CORNER CARD COVER.

MATCHING LETTERHEAD DESIGN IS ILLUSTRATED IN J. ROSA'S BOOK WILD BILL HICKOK: SHARPSHOOTER AND U.S. MARSHAL OF THE WILD WEST ON PAGE 28.

John Stycks Jones, of the Jones & Russell's Pike's Peak Express Co., and Joseph F. Cartwright, both from Pettis, Missouri, formed the Jones & Cartwright Transportation Line, a large freight company in 1858 to carry supplies across the plains. Their first trip was of 156 wagons, the freight delivered to Camp Floyd, Utah, 40 miles from Salt Lake City. When gold was discovered in Colorado, they commence business in the region. A Denver City correspondence, dated August 17, 1859 states "At this time Jones and Cartwright purchased the Pollard House in Auraria for $3,000, as a wholesale store, thereby inaugurating the freighting firm of Jones & Cartwright (in Colorado), forwarders between Leavenworth and Denver. Their first train of some thirty wagons arrived August 24, to supply the wholesale and retail business of this firm."

Both Jones & Cartwright Transportation Line and Jones & Russell's Pike's Peak Express Co. where in operation at the same time. On September 12, 1859, a coach arrived at Leavenworth after a six-day trip from Denver with $9,000 in gold addressed to eleven consignees, of which the firms of Jones & Cartwright and Jones, Russell & Co., received the major portions.

According to J. Rosa "Wild Bill Hickok: Sharpshooter and U.S. Marshal of the Wild West", a gentleman named James Hickok (a.k.a. Wild Bill Hickok) moved to Olathe, Kansas Territory and joined Jones & Cartwright Transportation Line as a teamster, leading the team of mules, horses and oxen to Denver City and back.
(Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
708       imageLeav'h City & Pikes Peak Express Co., Jun 8. Clear full strike of cds on cover to Denver City, Kansas Territory, franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "New York, May 23, 1859" cds, pencil "30 cts" express due rating, with lengthy 12 page enclosure written over a course of a month, Very Fine, unrecorded in the Frajola & Walske's Mails of the Westward Expansion census.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

A CHOICE AND RARE LEAVENWORTH CITY & PIKES PEAK EXPRESS CO. EXPRESS USAGE TO DENVER CITY.

The Leavenworth City & Pikes Peak Express Co. was formed in February of 1850 by William Russell and John Jones. This was the first express service between Denver City and Leavenworth City, initially charging 25¢ per letter. This marking is known used only from April to July, 1859 as Amos Streck arrived at Denver City on July 19, 1859 with the "Jones & Russells Pike's Peak Express Company" date stamp that saw use thereafter.
(Image1)
Est. $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
709       imageLeland's & McComb's Southern Express. Oval handstamp on folded letter to San Francisco datelined "Los Angeles, Dec 21, 1854"; left flap missing, F.-V.F., a very rare express mark.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
710       imageOverland Mail & Express Co., Pueblo, Colorado. Stunning illustrated six-horse drawn stage design at left on 3¢ green entire cancelled by cork cancel duplexed with "Saint Louis, Mo., May 5" cds to Kansas City Mo., purple May 6th arrival backstamp; some edge wear, Very Fine and choice Colorado stage design.
Estimate; $600 - 800. (Image1)
Est. $600-800
SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
711       imagePacific Union Express Co. San Francisco office commission envelope from Hollister to San Jose, enclosure; repaired corner nick and light stain at bottom, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
712       imagePacific Union Ex. Co., Monterey, May 7. Complete blue strike of cds canceling on 1864, 3¢ pink entire to Hollister, with red company scroll frank at top; reduced at left and slight soiling, a Very Fine and choice strike.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
713       imagePacific Union Express Co. Red printed ribbon frank on 3¢ pink (U58) entire canceled by fancy rosette cancel and "Cent. Pacific, R. R., Nov 10" railroad cds (Towle 976-B-2) addressed to New York City, Very Fine, ex-Wyer.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
714       imagePacific Union Express, San Luis Obispo, Jun 27. Blue double-circle datestamp on 3¢ pink (U59) entire with red Pacific Union frank to Dutch Flat, Cal.; opening tears at top, otherwise Very Fine and scarce town.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
715       imageSouthern Overland Mail and Express Company, Barlow & Sanderson Proprietors, Principal Office, Pueblo, Col. Illustrated Six-Horse Stage on Mountain Road, Stage with "Overland U.S. Mail/B.S. & Co." imprint corner card design on cover bearing 3¢ green (184) tied by cork cancel, matching "Pueblo, Colo., Oct 30" cds duplex above to Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; cover reduced at right slightly into illustration, otherwise Very Fine and scarce Colorado stage cover, ex-Bauer.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

Barlow and Sanderson was a dominant express company in southern Colorado and the San Juan Mountain region. It eventually gave way to the advancing railroads.
(Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
716       imageSouthern Overland Mail and Express Company, Barlow & Sanderson Proprietors, Principal Office, Pueblo, Col. "& Santa Fe, N.M." . Stunning illustrated six-horse drawn stage design with corner card and updated principal office, on cover bearing 3¢ green (158) cancelled by cork duplexed with "Santa Fe, N.Mex., 12 Jan" cds to Franklingville N.Y.; reduced at left with small corner repair, edge tears, Fine and rare New Mexico Territory stage cover.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Barlow and Sanderson was a dominant express company in southern Colorado and the San Juan Mountain region. It eventually gave way to the advancing railroads.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
717       imageU.S. Mail Telegraph Stage Line. Stunning illustrated six-horse drawn stage design on lemon cover bearing 3¢ green (147) tied by circular grid cancel to Visalia, Cal., no townmark; roughly opened at left affecting corner card, Fine and scarce stage design.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Wells Fargo & Wood
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
718       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Benton. Dark blue oval handstamp (11-15) from the station at Benton, Cal. on 2¢ red brown entire with black printed Wells Fargo frank to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine and scarce town.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
719       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Better Group. Of six entires with better express handstamps; includes 1870's Grayson (rare Stanislaus county marking), 1880's Madera (rare town), 1870 Mayfield (the finer of a few known), 1860's Round Valley (one of the finest of only a couple known), early San Andreas and 1882 oversized San Buenaventura date stamp (one of two known); a nice group, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
720       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Carmel, Cal. 1906 COD money package envelope sent to Santa Barbara and returned, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $80.00
Will close during Public Auction

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