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U.S. Postal History and U.S. Gold Goins continued...

California and Western Mails continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
8445 c ImagePacific Express Co. Watsonville. Oval handstamp with blank middle (Thomas PAC-103a) on buff cover to San Francisco street address, "Oct. 20" (ca. 1855) manuscript date inside handstamp with matching "Paid" at top, Very Fine, a scarce Pacific Express Watsonville handstamp with only a handful known, ex Lyons, with 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 150-200


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8446 c ImagePacific Express Co. Nevada, Jan. 15. Blue oval handstamp on 3c on Buff entire (U10) with illustrated Pacific Express Co. imprint to San Francisco, slightly reduced at left, some slight edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, ex Twigg-Smith and LeBow (Image)

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E. $ 200-300


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8447 c ImagePacific Union Express Co. Three 1869 covers, each with red ribbon-style printed frank (Thomas PAU-001) on 3c Pink on White entire (U58) to San Francisco, two with Pacific Union Express Co. double-circle datestamps, one Santa Clara and the other Gilroy, third with manuscript Apr. 1869 from Napa, one with small corner repair, another with slight toning spots and small edge tear, overall Very Fine appearing group, ex Lyons (Image)

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E. $ 100-150


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8448 c ImageW. E. Singer & Co's Feather River Express. Double-line oval handstamp (Thomas SIN-101a) with "Free" in circle on cover to San Francisco, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express Marysville" oval handstamp, Very Fine, this Singer handstamp is much scarcer than the one that contains "Connecting with Wells, Fargo" (only four examples recorded in Thomas book), ex Knapp, Dale-Lichtenstein and Lyons (Image)

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E. $ 200-300


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8449 c ImageThomes & Skadden's Express. Printed/embossed frank with "Susanville & Reno, Connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co." and "Skaden" spelling (Thomas TAG-009) on 3c Green entire (U82) to San Francisco, partly visible strike of "Thomes & Skaddens Express Susanville Cal." large double-circle datestamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Reno Sep. 8" oval datestamp, pencil docketing Sep. 7, 1871, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine and scarce frank, from 1870 to 1874 Thomes & Skadden operated their express between Susanville (whose first residents thought they were in Utah, then Nevada) and Reno, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co., ex Kramer and Lyons (Image)

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E. $ 300-400


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8450 c ImageThompson & Co.'s & Wells, Fargo & Co.'s California Routes. Printed frank (Thomas THM-001) on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to David McKay in San Francisco, blurry "Thompson & Cos. Express Healdsburg" oval handstamp (in Wells, Fargo & Co. style), red pencil street address, some flap faults (possibly a paste-up)

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE THOMPSON & COMPANY FRANK.

As the frank clearly states, Thompson & Co. operated in close conjunction with Wells, Fargo & Company (circa 1857). Four franked entires are recorded in the Thomas book (p. 747) and illustrated in the CD, with one other reported from the Wiltsee collection, but without any additional information. All but one are addressed to David McKay in San Francisco. Three have Thompson Santa Rosa ovals -- two of these also with a Wells, Fargo Petaluma oval. The cover offered here has only the Thompson Healdsburg oval.

Illustrated in Letters of Gold. Ex Pearce, Haas, Edwards and Lyons. With 2011 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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8451 c ImageTinnin & Owen's Weaverville & Shasta Express. Printed frank (Thomas TIN-001) on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U59) to San Francisco street address, clear strike of blue "Tinnin & Owens Weaverville Feb. 29" (Leap Year 1868) double-circle datestamp, slightly reduced at right, lightly soiled and minor wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ARGUABLY THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF TINNIN & OWEN'S EXPRESS FRANK. A GREAT RARITY.

W. J. Tinnin and John W. Owens began an express service through their general merchandise store in Weatherville Cal. at the end of 1867 or early 1868. The express did not last long, and a notice of discontinuance was published on May 1, 1868. Only three used covers are recorded, dated Feb. 29 (the example offered here), March 24 and April 16, 1868 -- along with an undated and uncancelled addressed cover (Thomas p. 753).

Illustrated in Nathan. Ex Hertz, Edwards and Lyons. (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500


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8452 c Image1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to in, stamps with flaws, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Sonora" oval handstamp, second strike at right, on buff cover to San Francisco, missing flaps, soiling, otherwise Fine, unusual use of 1c 1851, carried entirely outside of the mails by Wells Fargo, but postal regulations required postage regardless, 3c embossed envelopes were used far more often than stamps, and 1c stamps are much rarer than 3c stamps, ex Neinken, Wagshal and "Golden Oak" (Image)

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E. $ 300-400


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8453 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Bottom left corner sheet margins, full to ample other sides, cancelled by double-struck blue "Free" handstamps, matching "Wells Fargo Express Sacramento" oval on illustrated Winfield Scott campaign corner card cover to San Francisco, design depicts a raccoon fighting with a chicken on its back, minor corner wear not mentioned on accompanying certificate, Very Fine, we did not dig extensively to determine the meaning of this design, but Scott was known as "Old Fuss and Feathers", with 2020 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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8454 c Image5c Red Brown (12). Rich color, top right corner cut off and repaired, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express San Francisco" oval handstamp, struck four additional times on legal-size buff cover with Wells, Fargo & Co. black printed frank, used as a paste-up and docketed "Recd Properly Sealed June 8 1857 Wm. Smith DepClk", corners clipped and restored, presentable, one of two recorded Wells Fargo & Co. uses of the 5c 1856 Issue, ex Mayer (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000


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8455 c Image10c Yellow Green (68). Tied by large blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, SFrco. 11 Jan." double-circle datestamp on cover to New York, red Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, 1862 docketing on back, stamp with tear at top, minor wear, Very Fine and unusual, most printed franks were on entires, however the Star Dies had run out of stock on the West Coast and Wells Fargo needed additional red franked transcontinental envelopes, the postal convention stated that expresses had to print their franks on entires, this is a case where the rules were broken and they were printed on plain envelopes which then had 10c stamps affixed and were sold as if they were entires, making these "provisionals", only seven are recorded (Image)

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E. $ 200-300


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