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Western Express Covers - Wells, Fargo & Co. and Wheeler continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
41       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Red Frank. On 10¢ green (U16) entire cancelled by "New-York, Jun 27" cds to Lancaster, Canada West, endorsed "Via Montreal", reverse with Montreal (6.28.58) transit and Lancaster arrival cds; bit of flap missing, Very Fine and rare red frank used to Canada.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
42     U10 imageWells, Fargo & Co., Sac. City, Mar 4. Double oval date stamp (Leutzinger type 11-5) on 1853 3¢ Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, with Blue Company Printed Frank at top, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. U10; Estimate $150 - 200.

Controversy still exists over the significance of the "Blue Franks". Many believe that it was a steamship frank, as they came into existence when the steamship cancels disappeared in 1854, while others have conjectured that they may have denoted a special service.
(Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
43       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Sacramento. Red oval Gothic "Express" handstamp on fresh buff cover to San Francisco, matching "Paid" in oval handstamp; opening tear at top, Very Fine, a choice example of this early handstamp.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
44       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, San Francisco. Blue oval handstamp and matching "PAID" oval handstamp on 10¢ green (U17) entire to Panama in care of Mess. Wells Fargo & Co.; light wear, fresh and Very Fine, ex-Walske.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
45       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, San Francisco. Blue oval handstamp with matching oval "Paid" on 10¢ green (U18) buff Nesbitt entire to Sanbury Delaware, Oh., indicia cancelled by "New-York, Nov 29" cds, original letter datelined "San Francisco, Nov. 5, 1856" with some interesting content "…I shall not start this steamer as fare is high. I can go for half in the next steamer of 20th inst. as there is opposition going out at that time and are selling tickets at half prices…"; small edge tears and wear at top, partial flap, Fine, ex-Mader.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
46       imageWells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, Mar 10 (British Columbia & Vancouver Island). Blue oval datestamp cancels 10¢ green (U40) entire with black Wells Fargo Paid frank to San Francisco Cal., blue "Post Office, Victoria V.I." crown oval handstamp, indicia also cancelled by Circle of Vs cancel duplexed with partial San Francisco cds, "Victoria March 5/69" docketing at left; reduced slightly at right, fresh and Very Fine, ex-R.V. Carr, Wilkinson.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
47       imageWells, Fargo & Co. Balance. Small group of 8 mint and used including 1893 Eureka Cal. purple oval frank use, 1897 El Paso Tex. pink oval on Mexican frank envelope (no address); 1883 Red Bluff Cal. frank use, etc.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
48       imageWheeler's Express, La Porte. Clear blue circular handstamp (WHE-100) on 1864 La Porte deed bearing a 50¢ Conveyance, part perf (R54b), carried by Wheeler to the Sierra County courthouse in Downieville, Very Fine, rare with only five examples of this handstamp recorded in Thomas.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
Eastern Express Covers
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
49       image"By Stage Driver". Manuscript endorsement on March 20th 1847 folded letter from Bristol to Hartford, Ct., with additional "Paid" notation at top, Very Fine and scarce, with 2017 P.F. certificate.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
50       image"Com Line" (Commercial Stage Line). Manuscript endorsement and matching "postage 12½¢" rating on 1809 folded letter from Newport R.I. to Boston Mass.; letter regarding stage line "…you write by the Coml. line of stages, I shall receive an answer three days sooner than by mail.", Very Fine and exceedingly early stage line usage.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
51       image(Express Mail) 1837 (Aug. 27) Washington D.C. to Milledgeville Ga. Red "Washington D.C., Aug 27" cds and manuscript "75" cent express rating on folded letter to the Postmaster at Milledgeville Ga., endorsed "P.O. Dpt." and "By Express mail", datelined "Post Office Department, Central Office, August 1837" with content concerning the express "…Sir, The Express Mail is going South on the 7th September next is directed to arrive at your Office by 9½ pm, and you will despatch it for Columbus at 10pm. Respectfully, Your Obt.St. S.R. Hobbie, 1st Asst. P M Genl", Very Fine and rare Official express mail use from Washington D.C.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

All express mail, including official mail, was required to pay triple mail rates, either prepaid or collect. Official mail could not be sent free.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
52       image(Express Mail) 1837 (Jul. 25) Macon Ga. to New York N.Y. Folded letter with red "Macon, Georgia, Jul 25" cds and matching "Paid" straightline with manuscript "75" express rating, endorsed "Express Mail" and "Chg. L." notation at top right, Fine and scarce use from Macon Ga.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

The New York to New Orleans express mail route generally followed the Great Mail route, but was on a faster schedule. This route passed through Macon Ga.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
53       image(Express Mail) 1837 (Sep. 12) Charleston S.C. to New York N.Y. Gray folded letter with red "Charleston S.C., Sep 12" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with red manuscript "75" rating, endorsed "Express Mail" and "Paid", red crayon "1" local post rating, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
54       image(Express Mail) 1838 (Apr. 27) Augusta Ga. to Providence R.I. Light strike of red "Augusta Ga., Apr. 27" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with red manuscript "75" express mail rating, endorsed "Express" and "Chrge. Box 62" notation at top right, Very Fine and scarce express use from Georgia.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Transit time for this letter was six days because of the extra day from NEw York to Providence R.I. Augusta Ga. was a station on the express mail route from New York to New Orleans.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
55       image(Express Mail) 1838 (Dec. 15) Savannah Ga. to Boston Mass. Red "Savannah, Geo, Dec 15" cds and matching "Paid" straightline with red manuscript "75" express rating, endorsed "Express" along with "Paid", "Single" and "Charge #33" at top right, Very Fine and scarce from Savannah.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Complete Images. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
56       imageHale & Co. Providence Mail. Group of 12 covers including incoming mail comprising six with "Forwarded by Hale & Co., from Providence" red oval handstamps and either "6" or "Paid" rating handstamps, also includes incoming Philadelphia oval to Providence, New York oval and collect boxes, and a "6¼" rating handstamp to Providence, F.-V.F. group.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
57     75L5 imageHale & Co., 1844 (6¢) Blue. Neatly cut to shape, reddish-brown manuscript "T" initial applied by Northampton agent A. W. Thayer and cancelled by manuscript "C" on Sep. 30th 1844 folded letter from Amherst to Hartford Conn., clear strike of red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Northampton" oval handstamp, Very Fine and scarce use.
Scott No. 75L5; Estimate $300 - 400.

Hale & Co. did not have an office in Amherst. A Northampton Hampshire Gazette advertisement dated August 27th 1844 named Samuel Harrington as the Amherst agent for Hale & Co.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
58       imageOverton & Co's City Mail Office, 3 Broad Street. Sharp strike of red oval handstamp on gray folded letter datelined "Providence Jany 2. 1845" to New York City, Very Fine strike.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
59       imageTexas Express Company 1882 Correspondence. Group of three covers to Millicai Tex. with enclosures comprising "Texas Express Company" and "Expense" corner card cover bearing 3¢ green (207) tied by quartered cork duplexed with "Denison & Houston, Agt." RPO cds, "Texas Express Company" corner card stampless cover, and last is "Houston & Texas Central Railway, Company's Business" printed cover; some flaws, F.-V.F. and scarce group.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Alaska to Massachusetts
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
60       image(Alaska) Wrangell, Alaska, Feb 23, 1909. Clear strikes of duplex tie #300, 306, 319F, 319Fj on registered cover to Austria, New York (3.6) backstamps and New York registry label (FX-NY1a) affixed, Austrian (6.19) arrival backstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction

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