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

Nevada - Wells, Fargo & Co. - Mason Valley to Wylie & Co.'s continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
902   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Ruby Valley., Jan 9. Blue oval date stamp on 1864, 3¢ entire to San Francisco, light edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $70.00
Will close during Public Auction
903   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Rye Patch, Nev. Magenta oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire to "White Plains, C.P.R.R., Nevada" with black company frank, flap & right side replaced, F.-V.F., thought to be the only known example of this rare Wells, Fargo & Co. marking.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

With the discovery of gold in California in 1849, eager prospectors and immigrants established a well-traveled wagon trail following the Humboldt River. Some gold seekers eventually left the trail and explored nearby mountain ranges. This exploration led to a silver and gold boom in the 1860s. Towns such as Unionville, Rochester, Star City, Humboldt City and Rye Patch sprang from a sea of sagebrush. As the silver supply was depleted, the towns dried up.

Rye Patch, named for a patch of wild rye grass growing along the railroad, had a post office, school, boarding house and, after 1869, a station on the Central Pacific Railroad. Its mill processed $1,000,000 worth of gold and silver. The mill closed in 1877 and Rye Path was among the last towns to become a ghost town.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
904   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express from "Schellbourne, Nev.". Black on orange label with manuscript town designation, affixed on legal-size 1883-86 4¢ green entire to San Francisco Cal., manuscript "Pd 25", pink manuscript "Value $25.00" at left; some toning and edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
905   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Silver Park, Jun 22. Blue oval handstamp on 6¢ pink (U63) legal-size entire with company frank to San Francisco, black Wells Fargo & Co. frank printed over obsolete "Pacific Union Express Co." frank, docketing on reverse indicates 1870 use; cover repaired with wear and soiling, Fine, One of only two recorded examples of the Wells Fargo Silver Park oval..
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Silver Park was a short-lived mining town located in Nevada's Nye County. Wells Fargo briefly maintained an office there in 1870-1871 with H. M. Barnes as agent.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
906   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Soda Springs, Nev. Town name handstamped on orange label affixed to 2¢ red entire with black company frank to Virginia City, with rare Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Soda Springs, Nev. oval handstamp, manuscript notation "Val. $25.00" & "Pd", tiny reduction at left, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
907   image"Wells, Fargo & Company, Stage Department, Argenta, Nevada, Sept 24, 1870". Printed letterhead and datelined from John Collier to George Dinsmore, letter touches on current Nevada political matters, accompanied by Frank Newton identify names in the letter and brief history of Argenta, "A small mining town in north-central Nevada and was absorbed into Battle Mountain, Wells Fargo had an office there for a short time and ran a feeder stage from the railroad to surrounding areas…", F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
908 ()   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Starr City, N.T. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ pink postal stationery (rebacked front) with inverted company frank in black, originating from Monterey with blue Wells, Fargo & Co. handstamp oval, sent to Dun Glen and forwarded to Jamestown, Cal., couple mended tears at top, Fine, a scarce Wells, Fargo & Co. marking.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
909   image(Wells, Fargo & Co.) "Sweetwater, Nev." . Straight-line handstamp in violet with manuscript date 3/2/1888 on 2¢ brown entire with company frank to San Francisco, struck on arrival with "Wells, Fargo & Co./San Francisco" oval handstamp in similar violet ink, docketed on rear "3/5/'88" (1888), reduced a bit at right from opening, Very Fine, the only known handstamp from Wells Fargo's Sweetwater office.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
910   image(Wells, Fargo & Co.) Treasure Hill, Nev., Nov. 15. Manuscript Wells, Fargo & Co. marking on 3¢ pink entire to San Jose with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Nov. 17, Austin, N.T." handstamp, reduced at left, F.-V.F., a scarce usage.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Treasure Hill is an east-jutting spur of the White Pine Range of White Pine County in the central eastern part of Nevada. Hamilton is situated at the northern base of the hill while Treasure City is situated on the hill, 2.5 miles from Hamilton. By early 1881 the mining activity had collapsed as the mining of the hill was dependent on the now depleted deposits. As a result, by 1888 there were only 24 people living there with the principal towns of Hamilton at the base of the hill, the Treasure City on the hill side and the Shermantown went into oblivion.
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Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
911   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Tuscarora, Nev. Violet oval express handstamp on 2¢ red entire with black company frank, addressed to St. Joseph, Mo., Extremely Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
912   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Unionville, N.T., Feb 1. Two strikes of blue oval date stamp on 1861, 3¢ pink entire to Yreka, black company frank and "1864" year docketing, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction
913   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Unionville, Nev. Neat blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire to Iowa with black company frank at top with "San Francisco & Ogden" R.P.O. cds, reduced at left, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
914   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City, N.T., Apr. 15. Perfect strike of blue oval handstamp on 10¢ green entire to Maine with red company frank at top, placed in Post Office upon arrival in Atchison, Kas. with double circle postmark of "May 6", some edge wear and hinge re-enforcement on the inside of entire at top and bottom, Extremely Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)

Est. $500-750
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
915 U71 imageWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City. Indistinct purple oval datestamp on 24¢ blue on buff (U71) legal size entire with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, entire with preprinted address to The Bank of California, San Francisco Cal. and "From Gold Hill Agency"; some bends, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. U71; $1,000. (Image1)

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Scott $1,000

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
916   imageWells, Fargo & Co's Express from "Virginia, N.T.". Black on orange label with blue town handstamp, affixed on light buff legal-size cover to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
917   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Virginia, Nev. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire with company frank to San Francisco, entire with large ornate druggist's advertising handstamp of "Dr. Lefevre/French Drug Store/204 South C Street/Virginia, Nev." at left, fresh & Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
918   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Ward, Nev., Dec 5. Blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire with company frank to Pioche, Nev., very slightly reduced at right from opening, Very Fine, still a condition rarity, with bold Wells, Fargo & Co. cancel and complete cover without ragged reductions or tears which affect most all of the few surviving Ward Wells, Fargo & Co. covers.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
919   imageWells, Fargo & Co., Washoe City, N., Aug. 7. Blue oval handstamp (Leutzinger type 12-3 with "T." of "N.T." removed) on 1864 3¢ pink entire with company printed frank to San Francisco, "W. F. & Co./Aug. 9/1865" blue datestamp (Leutzinger type 7-34) at left, also docket at left, small edge tear at the top affecting the town handstamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)

Est. $100-150
SOLD for $70.00
Will close during Public Auction
920   imageWells, Fargo & Co. Express, Winnemucca, Nev., Apr. 14, 1884. Neat magenta oval handstamp on 2¢ red entire to San Francisco with black company frank at top, backstamped with Wells, Fargo & Co. arrival oval, half of flap missing, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction
921 WYL-100 imageWylie & Co.'s Esmeralda & Monoville Express. Manuscript frank with "Paid" at left on 3¢ red (U27) buff star die entire cancelled by "Placerville Cal., Jun 20" cds to Box, N.H., manuscript "Due 7" rating for the 10¢ rate; edge wear strengthened, Very Fine and rare, Thomas WC8570, ex-Clifford, Marcus White, Reinhart, Oscar Thomas.
Thomas No. WYL-100; Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED WYLIE & CO. EXPRESS USES, THIS BEING THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF WYLIE & CO.'S ESMERALDA & MONOVILLE EXPRESS FRANK.

Wylie & Co. operated an express in the Esmeralda District of Nevada during 1861. Based on the two surviving covers that were carried by Wylie, the letters from the Esmeralda District connected with the U.S. mail at Placerville and Wells, Fargo & Co. in Carson City. This indicates that the route from the Aurora area ran into both California and Nevada Territory. This cover was carried by Wylie to Wells, Fargo & Co. at Esmeralda. Wells, Fargo then placed it into the U.S. mails at Placerville Cal. for delivery to Bow, N.H.
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Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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