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LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
802   imageSan Francisco, Cal, Sep 12 (San Francisco). Double circle postmark and faint target cancel on incoming 1864 3¢ pink entire addressed to the mint, also with "Aug 22 /66" manuscript date cancel, "Due 7" and "Purser" handstamps to make up the 10¢ blanket ship rate, a trifle reduced at right, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Routes
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
803   image(Mail Routes) Butterfield Overland Mail. Group of 9 covers comprising 1859 Saint Louis Mo. to Iowa Hill Cal. with/10¢ #35 endorsed "Overland Mail"; 1859 (Aug. 25) to Lt. in Sixth Reg. U.S. Infantry at Benicia Cal. endorsed "Overland via St. Louis Mo." with interesting letter; 1859 c. Pilot Point Tex. to Buchanan Mo. 3¢ Nesbitt entire; Salisbury Mo. to Fort Stanton N.M. Terr. with/3¢ #26 endorsed "Via Butterfield's Overland Mails", three unused preprinted envelopes with/unused 3¢ #26 to National Telegraph Office at St. Louis Mo., and 1861 correspondence pair, first with/#24, #26 strip of three from Savannah Mo. to San Joaquin Co. Cal. endorsed "Via Los Angeles" and #35 use not endorsed and sent via ocean mail route; some mixed condition, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
804   image(Mail Routes) Jackass Route. Light buff cover with manuscript "Sand Hill, Mo, Dc 12" postmark and matching pen strokes cancelling 3¢ dull red (26) imprint capture at left, to Stockton, California, endorsed "By the Over-land mail via Fort Yuma" sender's endorsement, partial strike of "Due 7" handstamp to make up the 10¢ transcontinental rate; tiny internal tear, Very Fine and rare use.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Carried on the Southern Overland Route (from San Antonio to San Diego on the "Jackass" route under the Birch contract if 1858, which is most likely given the reference to Fort Yuma, and from Saint Louis via Los Angeles to San Francisco on the "Oxbow" route under the Butterfield contract if 1860). We offered a similar cover from the same correspondence in Sale 41 lot 454, realizing $1,150.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
805   image(Mail Routes) Pan. & San. Fran. S.S., Oct 22. Red cds and manuscript "10" cent due rating on 1851 gray cover to New York N.Y., endorsed "pr Stm California", 1851 docketing at left and right, F.-V.F., a very scarce route agent marking rarely struck in red, ex-DeVoss.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
806   image(Mail Routes) Santa Fe Trail. Collection of covers, illustrations and related material to the Santa Fe trail, includes 1846 "Brigade Order No. 1" letter from Bela M. Hughes, Br. Gen. 1st Brigade 15th Div. Mo. Militia reading "The Regiment comprised in the bounds of Clinton County…the object of which is to guard this frontier from any attack from any quarter, war having already commenced with Mexico…", 1849 c. Philadelphia Pa. to Santa Fe N.M.; "Atchison K.T." use to Doniphan K.T., 1847 "Westport Mo." ms. postmark letter to J.W. Denver, "New Santa Fe Mo" ms. postmark use on 3¢ Nesbitt entire; "Council Grove K.T." cds on #26 cover (ex-Baughman); "Council Grove Kan." cds ms. "Paid 3" use to Greenville Ky. endorsed "Via Fort Riley"; 1860s Council Grove Kas. #65 use to Mich., F.-V.F.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
807   image(Mail Routes) (Sante Fe Trail) "Albuquerque N.M., July 13th 1847". Datelined folded letter from Capt. William N. Grier to Brig. Gen. R. Jones, Adj. Gen. U.S. Army at Washington D.C., endorsed "On Public Service" and "New Mexico", carried by military courier back up the Sante Fe trail to Fort Leavenworth, delivered to a non-contract Missouri River steamboat leaving for St. Louis, struck with red St. Louis "STEAM 10" straightline rating due handstamp, "10" crossed out and manuscript "Free" rating since the Adjutant General had the franking privilege, receipt docketing of Sept. 24, 1847, two months 11 days after it was written, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

A RARE SANTA FE N.M. MILITARY LETTER TO WASHINGTON D.C.

This letter was written by Captain William N. Grier, a member of the Doniphan's Expedition that seized Santa Fe at the beginning of the Mexican War. Letter reads: "It becomes my melancholy duty to report to you the death of 2d. Lieut. Joseph McElvain 1st Dragoons, who died at this place at 12½ O'Clock P.M. yesterday (July 12th) from the effects of a gunshot would in the left arm near the shoulder joint. On the morning of the 14th Inst. Lieut. M. & two other officers of my command with a Detachment of twenty Dragoons went in pursuit of a party of Marauding Indians (Navajos). About two miles from this place Lieut. M. was wounded as described above by the accidental discharge of a carbine which he held in his right hand, Very Respectfully, Wm. Brier".
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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
808   image(Mail Routes) (Sante Fe Trail) Westport, Mo., Jan 24. Cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on buff cover with embossed blue "W.J. Dillon, Saddle & Harness Manufacturer" illustrated cameo showing Horseback Soldier with Lance to St. Joseph Mo.; minor top edge paper loss, otherwise Very Fine and striking cameo advertising design.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

William J. Dillon, starting his saddle business about 1845, catered to the Sante Fe trail trade. It is believed that this town cds was the original instrument to which a year slug was later added.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Adams to Todd & Bryan's
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
809   imageAdams & Co's Express, Columbia. Wonderful strike of blue oval handstamp with manuscript date Sept. 26 on buff cover to San Francisco, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
810   imageBamber & Co.'s Express. Genuine oval frank on 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Marysville, with 1¢ added and tied by forged blue Bamber directive handstamp, Extremely Fine appearance.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
811 U42 imageBamber & Co's Express. Printed frank at left of legal-size 12¢ red & brown on buff mint entire, Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. U42; Estimate $200 - 300. (Image1)

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Est. $200-300
CLOSED
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812   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; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
CLOSED
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813   imageBarlow, Sanderson & Co./C. & O. Coast Overland Mail Company/Principal Office,/Yreka, Cal. Printed corner card on cover to Jacksonville, Ore. with illustrated design showing Six Horse Stage on Mountain Road, Stage with "Overland U.S. Mail/B.S. & Co." imprint, cover franked with 3¢ green Bank Note tied by quartered cork cancels with Yreka, Ca. cds alongside, included is matching letterhead, "Doing a General Stage Business, Carring U.S. Mails and Wells, Fargo & Co.'s Express", cover with couple tears at top, F.-V.F., a spectacular & rare item.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Established by Vermont men, Jared L. Sanderson and Bradley Barlow during the Civil War, the Barlow-Sanderson Overland Mail Company first carried the mail and operated a stage line between Sedalia and Warrensburg, Missouri and by 1863, was also operating a line from Kansas City, Missouri to Fort Scott, Kansas. In 1866, they began to expand westward and transferred their headquarters from Kansas City to Junction City, Colorado. By 1867, the two entrepreneurs had established a route from Missouri to California over the Santa Fe Trail and changed the name to the Barlow and Sanderson Company. The company continued to grow in Colorado, becoming the largest stage line in the area and in 1874, the headquarters moved to Granada, Colorado. Two years later, despite rumors of bribery and corruption within the company, the stage line continued to expand. However, by 1878, Bradley Barlow withdrew and the name of the company changed to J.L. Sanderson and Co. Overland Stage and Express Line.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
814   imageThe Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo., Nov 3. Clear oval handstamp on cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by bold "Pacific City Ioa., Oct 30" to Denver City Kans., endorsed "Care of C.O.C. & P.P. Express, St. Joseph" at left; reduced at right and slightly cleaned, Fine and scarce use, with 1987 P.F. certificate.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

This firm was a part of the western freighting operation of Russell, Majors & Waddell. t was a precursor of the Pony Express, later operated by the same firm from St. Joseph to California. The COC&PPE was running between St. Joseph and the gold mining regions of the Rocky Mountains in what is now Colorado, since there was no mail route. Before Kansas became a state in 1861, this part of the front range was a part of Kansas Territory.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
815   imageEldbridge Brothers' Express, Kansas Stage Company Office. Ornate all-over advertisement in several typefaces on reverse of yellow cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "Lawrence, K.T. Mar 23" cds to Leedsville N.Y., pencil 1859 docketing; cover split for display and hinged together, otherwise Very Fine and unique.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS STUNNING ELDRIDGE BROTHERS KANSAS EXPRESS DESIGN.

There are three different illustrated designs associated with the Eldridge Brothers' Express.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
816   imageGregory's Express "Pocket Letter Book". Unused 1851 gold on black glazed letter book, Thompson & Hitchcock imprint, printed by Nesbitt & Co., with original buff envelope, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
817   imageGregory's Express "Pocket Letter Book". Unused 1851 gold on black glazed letter book, Thompson & Hitchcock imprint, printed by Nesbitt & Co., with original slightly worn buff envelope, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
818   imageNorthern Pacific Express, Jun. 17, 1887, San Francisco. Violet oval handstamp on 2¢ brown entire with dark blue company frank addressed to Juneau, Alaska, sealed cover tear at top affecting frank, Fine and rare.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
819   imageReynolds, Todd & Co. Express, Columbia. Blue oval handstamp on buff cover to Maine with San Francisco, Cal., 3 May cds & matching "20" rate handstamp, couple of neatly mended edge tears, Very Fine and scarce, ex-Emerson.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
820   imageTodd & Bryan's Express. Wonderful clear strike of small shield handstamp and "Columbus" straightline handstamp on folded letter to Florida, Missouri, entered the mails with "San Francisco, 17 June / 40" large cds with integral rate in red and light strike of "Per Str. Columbus" straightline handstamp in matching red, letter (2-1/2 pages) is from a miner to his mother back home and datelined "Tuoloma (sic) County, State of California, June 2d A.D. 1850" even though California was not yet a state at the time, the writer describes Tuolumne County as a "wild barren mountainous country" and himself as "shut out as it were from all the social blessings of life, which is the fate of all who are in pursuit of the only desirable thing that this country abounds in (that is gold)…I have been doing very well during the last ten days, I have taken out of the dirt over three hundred dollars… I have taken out one piece in company with three others with whom I am now working that weighs 20 ounces the value of which is over 300 dollars and a variety of others weighing from 5 to 30 dollars," separation at the folds, corner and edge wear, a bit soiled, F.-V.F., a rare if not unique example of a ship endorsement applied by an express company, cover illustrated in Nathan's Franks of Western Expresses (page 208) and Coburn's Letters of Gold (page 150), ex-Drew.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

This cover was carried on the first departure of the non-contract Law's Line SS Columbus from San Francisco on June 18, 1850. Endorsements were required for letters to be carried on non-contract ships, and Todd & Bryan's Express was clearly prepared. Todd & Bryan's Express was one of the first express companies to emerge during the California gold rush. They operated from the southern mines to Stockton and thence to San Francisco. This cover was sent a month before Bryan left the partnership and the company was renamed simply Todd & Co.'s Express.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Tracy & Co. Express
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
821   imageTracy & Co. Express, Albany. Oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire with black company ribbon frank to Dalles, Ogn., some edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction

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