Lot# 101 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 101 Western Express Covers

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    Jones & Russell's Pike's Peak Express Co. Denver City Sep 29 1859 (Thomas JOR-100), excellent strike of express handstamp at upper right of illustrated Woolworths Book Store, Omaha, Nebraska advertising cover depicting the counties of Nebraska Territory, addressed to Washington, New York and franked with 1851 3c Dull red type II (Scott 11A) tied by "Leavenworth City K.T." town marking, Very Fine and choice, the Thomas census records this cover as one of nine covers sent eastbound with these markings, but incorrectly lists the stamp as a 3c 1857

    In early 1859 John S. Jones and William H. Russell began their express service to Pike's Peak, Colorado. In May of that same year they purchased the contract for mail transportation from Missouri to Salt Lake City, for which they charged 25c per letter. The firm was not profitable and unable to cover their expenses, and by February of 1860 the route was served by the Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express (although they continued to use Jones and Russell's markings for several months).

    Start Price : 200 USD
    Current Opening : 425 USD
    Hammer price : 12,000 USD