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The John Drew Collection of Nevada Postal History continued...

Nevada - Town Markings
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
842   imageCarson City, U.T. Blue straightline postmark struck twice with manuscript "May 15th/61" date and matching "X" cancels 10¢ green (U33) Star die entire to Newport R.I.; minor wrinkling, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

Carson City was still a part of Utah Territory at this time.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
843   imageCarson Valley, U.T. Jul 1. Neat strike of cds ties two 3¢ dull red (11) singles, bright and fresh, on buff cover to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Charles P. Kimball came to San Francisco in July 1849. After unsuccessfully trying his hand at mining, he opened a stationery and book store.

The Carson Valley post office opened Dec. 10, 1852 in Utah Territory and became Nevada Territory in 1861. The first post office in Nevada. Carson Valley P.O. name changed to Genoa in 1863.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
Nevada - Express Companies
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
844 BRT-700 imageBerthouds Mule Team Express, PD 25¢. Two-line rectangular framed handstamp frank at left on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire to Philadelphia Pa., entered mails with blue "Treasure City, Nev. Sep 13" cds duplexed with circular grid cancel, Philadelphia (9.20) arrival backstamp; reduced at left from opening, F.-V.F. and rare, Thomas WC6650, signed Frajola as genuine.
Thomas No. BRT-700; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE BERTHOUDS MULE TEAM EXPRESS FRANK.

Silver was discovered in this area in 1867 and by November of that year, the first cabins were built on Treasure Hill. Treasure City was founded in 1868 in the White Pine Mining District and within a year had a population of 6000. The town reached its peak in 1869. By 1870, most of the population began to leave town, due to the lack of good ore. The business district was destroyed by fire in 1874 and never rebuilt. Very little is known about this express.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
845   imageDevil's Gate Express, Paid 25. Two-line frank handstamp with unlisted larger "Paid 25" (31mm) lightly struck on 3¢ pink (U58) entire cancelled by circular grid, matching "Virginia City, Nev. Feb 17" cds to Carson City Nev.; partial flap, F.-V.F. and scarce, Only 8 recorded examples of this express are recorded., ex-Barkhausen.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

This Express operated from the Devil's Gate district of Nevada Territory to Virginia City and Carson City. They picked up letters alone the road and carried them for 25 cents each to the nearest post office. Cover was picked up by Devil's Gate Express and posted at Virginia City to Carson City, Nevada.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
846   imageHammond & Wilson's Express/Susanville and Reno/Connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. Printed scroll frank on fresh 1874 3¢ green entire to San Francisco, fresh and Very Fine, a rare express line lasting only a few months.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
847 HUE-001 imageHuelat's Granite Creek Express. Printed frank at bottom left of pen cancelled 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with printed "Wells, Fargo & Co." frank to William H. Russell, Virginia City, Nev. Terr., pencil "1863" dating, fragment of letter datelined "Independence, June 30th 1863" in different hand of addressing accompanies, Very Fine and rare, ex-Jacobitz, Peacre, Edwards, Blaine.
Thomas No. HUE-001; Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE HUELAT'S GRANITE CREEK EXPRESS FRANK.

Jabez Huelat was proprietor of Granite Creek Express, from southeast Oregon to Virginia City, Nevada Territory in 1863, and then to Ruby City, Idaho Territory in 1864 and 1865. Letter datelined Independence (Oregon).
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
848 HUM-001 imageHumboldt Express Co. "Paid - 50 Cents". Two-line imprint frank on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to Jamestown Cal., cancelled by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Starr City N.t., Nov 16" oval datestamp; repaired with three flaps added and cover mend affecting "Co." of frank,cover expertly rebacked, Fine appearance and rare conjunctive use, Thomas WC8141, ex Dale-Lichtenstein, Whitington.
Thomas No. HUM-001; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED USED EXAMPLE OF THIS HUMBOLDT EXPRESS CO. "PAID -50 CENTS." FRANK.

Humboldt Express Company was created in August 1864 as a consolidation of Cutler & Westerfield and Blake & McCommons. They originally operated from Idaho City to San Francisco with pony express service to Starr City, Nevada Territory and the Boise Basin. They connected with Wells, Fargo at Starr City. The express folded in 1865 due to the Paiute-Bannock Indian uprising that stopped all service in the Northern Nevada area. A 50¢ surcharge was added on mail from the Basin and South Boise Mines only. This cover from the Boise Area carried by Humboldt Express to Starr City and turned over to Wells, Fargo & Company for delivery to Jamestown, Cal.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
849   imageLangton's Pioneer Express, Carson City. Light but clear strike of blue oval handstamp on August 27th 1864 "Carson Weekly Independent" newspaper, folded in half, F.-V.F. and scarce newspaper express use.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
850   imageLangton's Pioneer Express from "Unionville N.T.". Black on yellow label with manuscript town designation, affixed on blue linen-lined legal-size cover to San Francisco, manuscript "Coll" at top right with some pencil numbers; cover faults, Fine and scarce label.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $240.00
Will close during Public Auction
851   image"Nels Express, 50cts Paid". Manuscript endorsement at top left of buff cover to Burlington Vt., entered mails with red "San Francisco '40' Jun 1" integral-due cds, original letter which no longer accompanies was datelined "Foster Bar, California, May 10, 1850" and refers to expressman; upper left corner repair and edge wear reinforced, F.-V.F. appearance.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Nels Express was probably one of the typical one-man Expresses that operated in the California Gold Country. Many of the Argonauts would become express-men to support their friends and partners in the mines. Nels mad at least one express run down the river to San Francisco. Nelson A. Hammond was a pioneer stagecoach employee and later worked for Wells, Fargo & Co. in 1865, at Dutch Flat-Alta in 1866, Cisco 1868 and Reno 1869. He organized the Hammond & Wilson Express at Reno.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
852 PAS-002 imagePacific Stage & Express Co. Printed Paid frank illustrated with six-horse stagecoach and line of text at top that lists their principal offices in California and Nevada, this variant exists on westbound uses, on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to San Francisco Cal., entered the mails with "Nevada City, Cal. Oct " cds duplex; reduced at right into indicia and restored, Very Fine appearance.
Thomas No. PAS-002; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS PACIFIC STAGE & EXPRESS CO. FRANK.

Pacific Stage & Express Co. was operated by James McCue and Michael Rees between 1860 and 1864. It ran between San Francisco and Sacramento, to Virginia City, Nevada. This express operated through the Henness Pass north of Lake Tahoe to Virginia City. It operated from this terminus of the Central Pacific Railroad as it pushed through the Sierras to Virginia City.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
853   imagePacific Union Express Golconda (Nevada). Blue "Oct 11" double circle datestamp on red franked 3¢ pink entire to Reno, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Believed to be the finer of two known examples of this style datestamp.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
854   imagePacific Union Ex. Co., Treasure City. Blue double circle handstamp on 1864, 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco, red scroll frank at top; cover tear at top affecting frank, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
855   imagePacific Union Ex. Co., Virginia City. Blue cds on 1864, 3¢ pink entire to Santa Rosa, Cal., red company frank at top, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
856   imagePacific Union Express Co., Washoe City. Blue double circle handstamp on 3¢ pink entire to Santa Barbara with red company ribbon frank at top, some minor toned spots, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
857 PAB-001 imagePatten & Bunker's Humboldt Express. Printed frank on orange buff cover that entered the mails with faulty 3¢ rose pink (64b), tied by blue "Carson City U.T., Nov 12" cds to Red Bluffs Cal., manuscript docketing on reverse indicating the sender was William Heaton of Shasta Cal.; light horizontal fold, a Very Fine example of this frank despite the stamp, Thomas WC2310, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Thomas No. PAB-001; Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS PATTEN & BUNKER'S HUMBOLDT EXPRESS FRANK.

This express operated between the Humboldt district of Nevada and Carson City. This cover was carried from Red Bluff, Cal. and identical to a Nov. 10th cover illustrated in "Nevada Express" by James Gamett. William T. Heaton was a merchant in Starr City in the business of Heaton and Davis. Patton and Bunker were also connected with Langton's Pioneer Express in 1863.
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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
858   imagePioneer Stage Company. "Sacramento to Virginia" all-over shaded company envelope showing stage coach, bearing pen cancelled 3¢ rose (65) to Hyrum Rumfield of the Overland Mail Co. at Salt Lake City, Utah, docketed "Arrived at G.S.L.C. (Great Salt Lake City), July 27, 1:45 A.M.", reduced slightly at right, Very Fine.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

THE FINEST OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS ILLUSTRATED PIONEER STAGE COMPANY ENVELOPE.

The Pioneer Stage Co. began in the summer of 1859 when J.B. Crandell drove the first coach over the Sierra Nevada mountains to Carson Valley. Over the next years the Pioneer Stage Co. became a premier transportation service. In November 1866 they consolidated with other overland stage and express companies into the Wells, Fargo & Company.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
859   imagePritchard's Fast Freight Line. "From Palisade to Pioche, via Mineral Hill, Eureka & Hamilton" all-over shaded gray shaded ad cover on 3¢ green entire with printed Wells Fargo frank cancelled by sharp blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Palisades, Apr 29" oval handstamp to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

W.L. Pritchard started the Express Business in the late 1860s at Elko, Nevada. He moved to Palisade where he had more than 500 wagons and 2,000 animals hauling supplies as far south as Pioche via Mineral Hill, Eureka and Hamilton. With the coming of the Central Pacific Railroad, followed by the development of the White Pines Mines, as well as the Mineral Hill and Eureka districts; Palisade became a prominent rail head for the deposits of ore. Situated on the Humboldt River at the west end of Twelve Mile Canyon, about ten miles from Carlen, it was a very active town. Palisade gained a national reputation for staging fake gun battles and Indian attacks for the benefit of the Overland Limited Train, as it stopped there for refueling and water. The Eureka-Palisade railroad was completed in the early 1870s and Pritchard was forced to sell his stage and freight lines. Today it is practically a ghost town, and a junction of the Southern Pacific Railroad and Western Pacific Railroad and where the shops of the Eureka and Palisade Railroad once stood.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
860 () RAU-006, RAU-007 imageRaum's Express Franks. Two different on 3¢ green (U83) fronts only, "Raum's Centerville, Ruby Hill and Shelburn Express, Agency White Pine Daily News" (RAU-006, one of only two known) postmarked "Shelbourne Nev., Nov 1" cds and "Raum's Ruby Hill, Rubyville, Centerville and Shelburn Express, Agency White Pine Daily News" (RAU-007, one of only 7 known) with some edge repair, Fine and scarce pair.
Thomas No. RAU-006, RAU-007; Estimate $300 - 400.

Mell Raum operated this Nevada express in the 1870s near Eureka, Nev. and along the Eureka River.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
861 RAU-002 imageRaum's Ruby Hill, Schellburn and Rubyville Express, Agency White Pine Daily News. Printed frank with fancy frame, on 3¢ green (U82) entire with printed Wells Fargo & Co. frank canceled by over inked strike of blue "Wells Fargo & Co., Humboldt Wells, Feb 28" oval datestamp to San Francisco Cal.; reduced slightly at left with small paper loss at top left, Very Fine and rare conjunctive use., Thomas WC2367.
Thomas No. RAU-002; Estimate $750 - 1,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS RAUM'S RUBY HILL, SCHELLBURN AND RUBYVILLE EXPRESS FRANK, THIS BEING THE ONLY RAUM'S USE CANCELLED BY WELLS FARGO.

After Lovell left the partnership of Raum & Lovell's Express, Mell Raum continued to operate as Raum Express through the same North-central area of Nevada connecting with the U.S. mail at Schellbourne Nev.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction

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