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

Nevada - Express Companies continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
862   imageReno, Washoe, and Carson City, Stage and Fast Freight Line, L.H.Dyer, Proptr. Shield handstamp at upper left on circa 1871-72 yellow cover to Reno, Nevada, endorsed "Dyer will please deliver" at bottom; stain and corner nick, Fine and rare.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

THE ONLY RECORDED HANDSTAMP OF THIS RENO, WASHOE AND CARSON CITY STAGE LINE.

L.H. Dyer started his stage line in Mill Station, Nevada and operated to Carson City. In 1865 Dyer extended the Northern Terminus of his stage line to Huffaker's. A ranch seven miles south of Reno. In 1867 Dyer got a contract to carry the U.S. Mail from Washoe City to Virginia City. In 1870 Dyer relocated his office from Mill Station to Reno. The Virginia-Truckee Railroad started construction in January 1870 and was completed through Carson City to Reno 1872. In August 1873 the Railroad purchased Dyer's line.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
863   imageSale & Barber's Humboldt Express. Printed double-oval frank in combination with printed Langton's Pioneer Express printed frank at top left on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to Meadow Valley Cal.; repaired left edge, cover tear, Very Fine appearance, ex-Fred Star.
Estimate; $5,000 - 7,500.

ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS EXPRESS COMPANY FRANK.

This Express operated from Virginia City, Nevada Territory to the Humboldt mines in the Northwestern part of the territory in 1868 and 1869. This letter was carried into Unionville, Nevada by Sale & Barber's Express, and turned over to Langton's Express who delivered it to Meadow Valley, above Quincy in Plumas County, CA.
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Est. $5,000-7,500
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864   imageSanders & Dixson's Express. Blue manuscript endorsement at right and printed "Wells Fargo & Co." frank on 3¢ buff (U10) Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Placerville" oval to San Francisco Cal., original enclosed letter datelined "Virginia City, N. T. January 2d 1860"; some edge restoration with backflaps reattached, Very Fine appearance, ex-Nathan.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE SANDERS & DIXSON'S EXPRESS, THIS BEING THE ONLY WELLS FARGO & CO. CONJUNCTIVE USE.

This was a small Express that operated between Virginia City, Nevada and Genoa, Nevada in 1860, and then by snowshoes to Placerville, Calif. Where connections were made with Wells Fargo or to the Post Office there for the Atlantic States. It may be that "Snowshoes" Thompson took this mail from Genoa to Placerville, as he was the only expressman capable of making the trip in winter at that time through the almost impassable snow regions.

Notice in the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, Dec. 17, 1859: "New Express - L. Saunders & E.C. Dixon will run an express from Placerville - Carson Valley to Virginia City, Nevada". On December 24th 1859 their first advertisement appeared in the same newspaper, "…Connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Placerville, to all parts of California, Oregon and the Atlantic States. Letters, Parcels and Treasure, carried through with safety and dispatch…Wells, Fargo's envelopes, with our stamp for sale at our office, in Carson City, Gold Hill and Virginia City." Their last ad appeared in this newspaper Jan. 29th 1860.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
865   imageT.F. Tracy's Express, Paid. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ red (U10) Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Placerville, Cal. Oct 14" cds to San Francisco Cal.; couple small edge flaws and partial flap, Very Fine and rare, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS T.E. TRACY'S EXPRESS FRANK HANDSTAMP, A GREAT WESTERN EXPRESS RARITY.

In June 1857, Theodore F. Tracy organized a short-lived express company in which he was proprietor, Messenger and did all the work. It ran between Placerville and over the Sierra to the small Mormon settlement at Genoa, Nevada. It advertised in the Placerville Mountain Democrat June 28, 1857. "Connecting with Wells Fargo at Placerville, leave Placerville three times a week for Carson Valley… to Genoa or Mormon Station," via T.B. Crandall's Pioneer State Line. This was before the Comstock Lode had been discovered. The Express only lasted a few months.

This cover was picked up by T.F. Tracy and carried to Placerville where it was placed in the U.S. Mail.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
866 THO-010 imageThomes & Skadan's Express, Susanville & Reno, Connecting with Wells Fargo Co. Black printed frank on 3¢ green entire to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Thomas No. THO-010; Estimate $500 - 750.

From 1870 to 1874 Thomes & Skadden operated their express between Susanville and Reno, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co.
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Est. $500-750
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Nevada - Virginia City Pony Express
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
867 143L7 imageWells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 10¢ brown. Four large margins, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Silver City, Utah" oval handstamp, and with two additional strikes on cancelling 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with black Wells Fargo company frank to Sacramento Cal.; restored at right including part of indicia and oval, fresh and Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 143L7; $5,500. (Image1)

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Scott $5,500

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
868 143L8 imageWells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ blue. Four margins, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Virginia Cty, N.T." oval datestamp on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with black Wells Fargo company frank to San Francisco Cal.; entire restored at bottom and top left, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 143L8; $4,500.

This was a Private Enterprise of Wells, Fargo & Co. for the rapid handling of letters between San Francisco and the mining region around Virginia City, Nevada. Adhesive stamps were affixed to Wells Fargo franked envelopes which for the extra charge indicated by the stamps, gave rapid service by pony. Letters went from San Francisco to Sacramento by Boat, then by Pony. The service started Aug. 11, 1852 with an extra Pony Charge of 10 cents. This rate was increased in 1863 to 25 cents. The color of the 25 cents was changed from blue to red in 1864 and the service was ended in early 1865.
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Scott $4,500

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869 143L9 imageWells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ red. Margins to barely touched, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia Cty, N.T., Jan 18" oval datestamp on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with black Wells Fargo company frank to San Francisco Cal., endorsed "Pony" at top right; entire with large sealed tear and some restoration, F.-V.F. appearance, ex-Erle.
Scott No. 143L9; $8,000. (Image1)

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Scott $8,000

SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
Nevada - Wells, Fargo & Co. - Argenta to Lewis
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
870   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Argenta. Complete bold strike of oval datestamp (11-9) on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire to Oroville Cal.; sealed cover tear at lower left, Extremely Fine, ex-Hertz.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS WELLS FARGO & CO. ARGENTA DATESTAMP. (Image1)

Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
871   imageWells, Fargo & Co., From Argenta (Nev.). Black on orange printed label (WFCX-L542) with illustrated Train and Steamboat, manuscript "Battle Mountain" lightly written on label, affixed on 3¢ pink (U59) entire with printed Wells Fargo frank to San Francisco Cal., manuscript "Val. $100" at bottom left, couple minor edge tears and label slightly affixed over edge of entire, F.-V.F. and rare.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS WELLS FARGO & CO. ARGENTA LABEL.

In October of 1868 the Central Pacific Railroad arrived in the area. A small siding was built to serve the mines, but the main train station for the region was laid out fourteen miles further east, this station was named Argenta by Charlie Crocker, the superintendent of the Central Pacific Railroad. Here a town was laid out and a hotel was built to serve the traveling public.

For a short time Argenta prospered, but as soon as the tracks reached the new railroad town of Elko, closer to the brand new gold rush at White Pine, Argenta faltered and died. No one bid on the lots in the town the railroad had laid out and only two frame buildings were ever built, the hotel and the general store.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
872   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Battle Mtn Stn, Feb. 19. Perfect strike of blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire (small corner at top right) with company frank to Sacramento, with original enclosure datelined "Battle Mountain, Oct. 6th, 1878" on Wells, Fargo & Co. stationery, Very Fine and choice, quite certainly one of the finest strikes of the rare Battle Mountain Station express marking.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
873   imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Belleville, Nev. Purple oval handstamp (Leutzinger 10-19) on 1870, 2¢ vermilion entire to San Francisco, company frank at top, Very Fine, town unlisted in Leutzinger.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
874   imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Beowawe, Nev. Superb violet oval handstamp on 1887, 2¢ green entire to El Paso, Tex. with Ogden & San Francisco Railway Post Office cds, Extremely Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
875   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Bristol, Nev. Violet oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire to San Francisco with black company frank at top, minor tear at top not affecting frank, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
876   imageWells, Fargo & Co./Candelaria, Nev. Oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire with company frank to San Francisco, slight restoration at right, F.-V.F., a rare Wells, Fargo & Co. handstamp.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Candelaria was known as a raucous silver mining town, which surely lived up to its sordid reputation on the day in 1880 when unarmed Candelaria Wells Fargo Agent Peter Traver was shot and killed by miner Mike Owens, who was angry over the fact that Traver had paid him for his labors by check instead of in cash.
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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
877   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Carlin [Nev.], Apr 20. Blue oval datestamp on 3¢ pink entire (U58) to San Francisco, no printed frank; docketed "1869" on reverse, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
878   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Carson City. Black on orange label with manuscript town designation, affixed on yellow legal-size cover to San Francisco, docketed at left "per W.F. & Co. Express & Deans Express to be recorded and returned", additional docketing "Charges $4.00/Deans $1.00/Adv. 5.00", Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

We are unable to find any information on "Deans Express" and this cover would benefit from further research. There was a Dean's Ranch near Palisade, Nev. and a Dean City near Battle Mountain Nev.
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Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
879   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Carson City. Orange label affixed to 3¢ pink entire with black company frank to San Francisco, docketed "July '65", Very Fine and scarce, ex-Lichtenstein.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
880   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Cedar Pass. Bold blue oval date stamp on 1864, 3¢ pink entire to Lynchburg, Va., partial Union Pacific, R.P.O. duplex cds; missing backflap, Very Fine, a scarce usage.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
881   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Cherry Creek, Nev. Black on red printed label with town designation applied as blue part-oval Wells Fargo town handstamp, used with additional Wells Fargo "C.O.D." black on yellow label on 1874 legal-size cover to San Francisco Cal., manuscript "COD $10" indicating charges to be collected by Wells, Fargo & Co. upon delivery, additional docketing indicates 1874 usage, reduced at right from opening, red label nicked at left, some minor soiling, F.-V.F., F.-V.F., a great rarity and a most unusual Wells, Fargo & Co. printed label with the town designation applied with Wells, Fargo & Co. handstamp.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $575.00
Will close during Public Auction

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