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United States Postal History continued...

Western Express Covers - Tracy & Co. Express continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
822   imageTracy & Co., Oregon Express "Boise Express. Paid 50 Cts.". Ribbon frank with printed two-line Boise Express at bottom left, on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire cancelled by blue "Wells Fargo & Co., Bannock City I.T., May 5" oval and additional strike over Tracy & Co. frank; addressed to "Frank Force of Butler Creek, Dalles, Oregon, Care of Mr. Scott of Rock Creek", trivial cover tear at top, Very Fine and choice, a very scarce usage of the Tracy & Co. Boise Express frank., Thomas No. TRA-007, TRA-600.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

On November 16, 1863, The Oregonian reported: "Tracy & Co. have disposed of their express business between Portland and the Idaho mines to Wells Fargo & Co. for the sum of $3,000, conditioned that T & Co. not establish another line for six months…" The Bannock City oval handstamp on both the frank and the entire confirm that Wells Fargo was in total possession of this former Tracy line.
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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
823   imageTracy & Co. Express, Portland. Bold blue oval handstamp on 1853-55 3¢ Nesbitt entire originating from Weaverville, Cal. with blue oval "Greenhood & Newbauer" company handstamp with manuscript "Feb. 29" date and black company frank, addressed to Harrisburg, Ore., cover transferred to Wells, Fargo & Co. and carried to Portland and transferred the cover to Tracy & Co. who carried it to Corvallis, where it was placed in the Post Office with Corvallis, Ore., Mar. 14, 1860 cds for transmission to Harrisburg, some light edge wear & top right corner replaced, F.-V.F., a very rare triple express usage.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
824   imageTracy & Co., Jul. 29, Portland. Blue balloon type double circle handstamp on 3¢ Star Die entire with ribbon company frank and addressed to Walla Walla, bit of flap torn off, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
825   imageTracy & Co. Express, Roseburg. Bold oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco and forwarded to back to Roseburg, Ore. with large blue Wells, Fargo & Co. San Francisco double circle handstamp, Extremely Fine and choice, a stunning cover in near perfect condition.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

Edward W. Tracy arrived in Portland Ore. on July 8, 1859 as Wells Fargo's General Agent for the Washington and Oregon Territories. He established the Wells Fargo office and as early as July 22nd formed a partnership with E. Norton Jr. and E.L. James to operate his own express service throughout the interior of Oregon. At first this service ran tri-weekly from Portland through the Willamette Valley to Eugene City Ore. It extended overland from this point to Roseburg, Winchester and Oakland Ore. This southern route would eventually connect with Beckman's Express at Jacksonville and Wells Fargo at Portland. A second route would soon follow based out of Portland following the Columbia River to The Dalles, then up river to Walla Walla Wash. From Walla Walla it ran overland to service the mines in the eastern Washington area. When gold was discovered in Idaho Terr., a route from Walla Walla was pushed into Lewiston where the mining activity along the Clearwater and Salmon Rivers were supported. In March 1862, the partial with Norton and James dissolved, and Tracy sold his Portland to Idaho express service to Wells Fargo.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
CLOSED
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826   imageTracy & Co. Express, Walla Walla. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ Star Die entire ribbon company frank, used as part of a paste-up with address to Portland, which may not be original, some defects on reverse due to paste-up, , F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $210.00
Will close during Public Auction
Western Express Covers - Wells Fargo & Co.
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
827   imageWells Fargo & Co. Cancellations on Revenue Stamps, 1863-67. Collection mounted on two pages containing a variety of handstamped cancellations on a wide variety of revenue stamps including 2¢ and 5¢ revenues, 2¢ and 10¢ Nevada State Tax, California State Tax, Wells Fargo blue oval handstamps include Auburn, Columbia and Carson City, small oval datestamps, and double-circle datestamps from Carson, Sacramento, Virginia Nev., Virginia City, San Francisco, Stockton, and small "W.F. & Co." month and year ovals in red, blue and black, F.-V.F. and interesting collection.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $400-600
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828   imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Bear Valley. Blue oval handstamp on cover to Cleveland franked with 1851 3¢ dull red, vert. pair tied by San Francisco cds, cover with corner defects, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
CLOSED
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829   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Cañonville, Nov. 9. Spanish spelling in red oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire to Roseburg with black company frank at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
830   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Columbia. Town name handstamped on orange label affixed to 3¢ pink entire with black company frank to San Francisco, with manuscript notation "$10 pd", docket "July '65", Very Fine, ex-Lichtenstein.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
831   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Columbia, Jul. 12. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ Star Die entire to San Francisco with black company frank at top, flap torn, Extremely Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
832   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Dalles, O. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire with black company frank to Portland with "Paid 25 Cts." printed surcharge below frank, slightly reduced at left, F.-V.F., a rare surcharged frank.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
833 U26 imageWells, Fargo & Co., For Mexican Ports, Paid - 25 Cents. Red company frank on unused 1860 3¢ red on white Star Die entire, Very Fine, an extremely rare frank believed to be an essay as no used examples are known, we know of only two other examples of this frank, one on a 1860 3¢ red on buff Star Die entire (U27) and on a 1864 3¢ pink on white entire (U58), each of these are believed to be unique.
Scott No. U26; Estimate $200 - 300. (Image1)

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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
834   imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Portland. Blue oval handstamp on 1853-55 10¢ Nesbitt entire with red company frank addressed to New York, additionally franked with vert pair of 1857 3¢ dull red, pair cancelled by pencil "X" and manuscript 1858 docketing, boxed "C.O.D." handstamp of Metropolitan Express applied on arrival in New York for local delivery, cover cleaned & repaired, Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
835   imageWells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Jul. 4, 1884. Magenta oval handstamp on 2¢ red entire with company frank used as a paste-up, reverse addressed to Roseburg, Ore. and with spectacular printed illustrated advertising of the "San Francisco Bridge Company" in light purple, included is matching original enclosure, Extremely Fine, a stunning item.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
836   imageWells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Mar. 31. Perfect strike of blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire with black company frank addressed to New York City with Boyd's Dispatch, Apr. 22, 1863, 38 Fulton St. circular handstamp with matching "Paid" in circle for local street delivery, flap added, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
837   imageWells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Oct. 3. Perfect strike of blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire with black company frank addressed to New York City with Boyd's "Collect 2cts." handstamp for local street delivery, Extremely Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
838   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla (W.T.). Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire with black company frank to Dalles, Org with rare "Paid 25 Cts." printed surcharge at bottom left, slightly reduced at right & small cover stain, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

Circa 1863 cover originating in Oregon or Idaho mines with Wells Fargo surcharge of 25 cents at lower-left. A small printing of this 25 cents charge was made - most show the surcharge under the frank. Less than 5 examples of this type are recorded. A Wells Fargo rarity.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
839   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Walla Walla. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink entire with black company frank to San Francisco with rare "Paid 25 Cents." printed surcharge at bottom left, entire with edge damage, Fine, ex-Barkhausen.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Rare use of the 25 cent reduced charge from mining areas after reduction of the 50 cent rate. Only three or four examples of this 25 cents surcharge at lower left of envelope are recorded.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction

The John Drew Collection of Nevada Postal History

Nevada - Ephemera
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
840   imageNevada Ephemera including Mining Stock Certificates, 1863-1900s. Collection of 26 items including letters, receipts, checks and stock certificates, some better noted 1863 Chemung Tunnel and Mining Co. share certificate with R48a, 1863 Alhambra Hill Silver Mining and Tunnel Co. stock certificate with 25¢ certificate revenue, 1867 Gould and Curry Silver Mining Co. check with 2¢ Nevada and 2¢ revenue stamps; 1867 Savage Mine receipt, 1883-84 Ruby Hill Tunnel and Mining Co. certificates (2), 1877 Virginia and Dayton Stage Line bill of lading of Virginia Nev.; 1869 Independence Consolidated Mining Co. share with 25¢ bond revenue stamp; 1869 c. Miner's Hope Tunnel unused stock certificate showing miner at center, 1914 Gold Hill Miners' Union check, etc., F.-V.F.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
841   imageArgenta, Nevada Photo. Real photo 7x5" showing horse-drawn carriages and two buildings, mounted on black cardboard, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction

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