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The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Collection: Classic United States and Hawaii continued...

1860-61 Transcontinental Pony Express continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
159 ngbl ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Right margin block of nine, unused (no gum), large to ample margins other sides to just clear on middle stamp at bottom, light vertical crease visible in fluid and tiny corner crease at top left, small scissors-cuts at bottom between vertical rows, couple tiny soiling spots, Very Fine appearance, Scott Retail as block of four and five singles (Image)

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$ 1,250.00


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160 ng ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Broken Leg (143L3 var). Position R9, clearly showing the Broken Leg” flaw, in which the horse’s front right leg is cut off where the background shading lines end, unused (no gum), large to ample margins, bright color, horizontal crease, Very Fine appearance and rare, this is the most distinctive plate flaw found on any Pony Express stamp with only approximately 10 examples known to us (including four locked up in full sheets), with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (VG 50) (Image)

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$ 1,750.00


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161   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Broken Leg (143L3 var). Position R9, clearly showing the Broken Leg” flaw, in which the horse’s front right leg is cut off where the background shading lines end, affixed to piece, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, margins to slightly in, few tiny edge tears, Fine appearance and extremely rare, this is one of only two used examples of this plate variety we have encountered (approximately ten in total are known) (Image)

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$ 6,000.00


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162   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red, Broken Leg (143L3 var). Position R9, clearly showing the Broken Leg” flaw, in which the horse’s front right leg is cut off where the background shading lines end, cancelled by neat strike of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, margins clear to touching, stained at top left over small shallow thin spot, Fine appearance and extremely rare, this is one of only two used examples of this plate variety we have encountered (approximately ten in total are known) (Image)

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$ 6,000.00


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163   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Large margins to barely touching at top right, clear strike of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, tiny thin spot and faint corner crease, appears Very Fine (Image)

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$ 900.00


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164   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Position R3, huge bottom margin and full at right, cut in at upper left and barely in at top, scissors-cut at bottom right, tied by blue Pony Express, San Francisco, Oct. 16” (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on large piece of 10c Green on Buff entire (U41) with Wells Fargo & Co. red frank, clear strike of Atchison, Kan. Oct. 30” double-circle datestamp applied on arrival after

14-day trip (ET-144)

A FINE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE REPRESENTATIVE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 HORSE & RIDER STAMP WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY OVAL AND ATCHISON DATESTAMP.

Starting with the Pony Express mail that left San Francisco on September 11, 1861 (ET-134, arriving September 23), the entry point for mail became Atchison. The FKW census records 25 covers, including one with the Pony Express stamp missing. By the time this Pony mail arrived at Atchison, the Pony Express had ended.

Ex Alyeska”. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000


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165 c ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Position L16 with break in 1”, large margins at top, other sides slightly into framelines, bright color, tied by sharp strike of blue Pony Express San Francisco Jul. 13” (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) with red Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank, sender’s endorsement Per Pony”, clearly struck St. Joseph Mo. Jul. 25” circular datestamp cancels entire, trivial opening tear at upper right corner, stamp with tiny tear at top right

A FRESH COVER WITH CLEARLY STRUCK MARKINGS AND A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 RED STAMP ISSUED BY WELLS FARGO & COMPANY FOR THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACT PERIOD BEGINNING IN JULY 1861. THIS IS A VERY EARLY USE OF THE STAMP.

Commencing July 1, 1861, the Pony Express was authorized by Congress to carry mail at the rate of $1.00 per half ounce. An additional fee was charged by Wells Fargo & Co. to carry mail from San Francisco to the western terminus at Placerville, which is represented by the printed frank on this entire. The contract also stipulated the mandatory U.S. postage charge of 10c per half ounce. This cover beautifully combines all three postage elements and was carried on the fourth eastbound Pony Express trip after the new rates and stamps were introduced. Although the Scott Catalogue lists the July 1861 issue Pony Express stamps (143L3-143L6) with other private post issues, we wish to emphasize that these stamps were issued under the terms of a government mail contract; therefore, they have semi-official status.

FKW Census E112. Ex Knapp and Kuphal. With 2007 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000


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166 c ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Margins slightly in and repaired top right corner, tied by blue Pony Express San Francisco Sep. 11” Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) with Wells Fargo & Co. red printed frank, Atchison Kan. Sep. 23” (1861) double-circle datestamp, addressed to Baltimore Md., reduced at left and small edge tear

FINE APPEARING PONY EXPRESS STAMP ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. A RARE USE VIA THE ATCHISON POST OFFICE.

Commencing July 1, 1861, the Pony Express was authorized by Congress to carry mail at the rate of $1.00 per half ounce. An additional fee was charged by Wells Fargo & Co. to carry mail from San Francisco to the western terminus at Placerville, which is represented by their printed frank on this entire. The contract also stipulated the mandatory U.S. postage charge of 10c per half ounce. This cover nicely combines all three postage elements and was carried on the Sep. 11, 1861 eastbound Pony Express trip after the new rates and stamps were introduced. By September 1861 the transcontinental railroad reached Atchison, Kansas, which became the post-office entry point for Pony Express mail.

Although the Scott Catalogue lists the July 1861 issue Pony Express stamps (143L3-143L6) with other private post issues, we wish to emphasize that these stamps were issued under the terms of a government mail contract; therefore, they have semi-official status.

FKW Census E156. Ex Luff, Knapp, Barkhausen LeBow and Lyons. With 2015 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 7,500-10,000


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167   ImageWells Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Position L10, ample to large margins, rich color, tied by blue Pony Express, San Francisco, Aug. 24” (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on expertly rebacked 10c Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) with Wells Fargo & Co. red printed frank, to W. J. Widdleton at 17 Mercer Street in New York City, bold strike of St. Joseph Mo. Sep. 5” circular datestamp applied on arrival after 12-day trip, small sealed nick at top and the back has been skillfully added to create a complete envelope (not noted as such on certificate)

AN EXTREMELY FINE REBACKED FRONT WITH ALL OF THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF AN EASTBOUND PONY EXPRESS USE INTACT, INCLUDING THE WELLS FARGO & COMPANY $1.00 HORSE & RIDER STAMP TIED BY THE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY OVAL.

This cover was carried on the trip that departed San Francisco on Saturday, August 24, 1861, and arrived at St. Joseph on September 5. The addressee, W. J. Widdleton, was a New York City publisher. In 1861 Widdleton acquired the rights to publish the collected works of the late Edgar Allan Poe.

Congress awarded the mail contract along the Central Route to the Overland Mail Company on March 12, 1861, effective July 1. The contract paid $1,000,000 per year for mail/passenger service along the Central Route and required the company ...during the continuance of their Contract, or until completion of The Overland telegraph, to run a Pony Express semi-weekly at a Schedule time of ten days eight months of the year and twelve days four months of the year...” This period of operation is known as Phase III, which corresponds to Rate Period 4 (July 1- October 26, 1861). During this period, Wells Fargo & Co. issued new stamps and envelopes to reflect the agreed upon government contract rate of $1 per half-ounce for the Pony Express. In addition, Wells Fargo & Co. charged a fee for service in California (represented by the red frank) and U.S. postage (10c per half-ounce).

FKW Census E146. Ex Alyeska”. With 1976 P.F. certificate as a complete cover. (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500


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