Lot# 102 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 102 Western Express Covers

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    Prindle's Express From Yreka to Scott & Klamath Rivers (Thomas PRI-100), excellent strike of express handstamp at lower left of 1862 cover with well struck "Yreka Cal Jan 7" cds on envelope addressed to France, red "New York Paid 6 Mar. 1" credit cds, red French transit cds and boxed "PD," ms. "Paid 15," French transit and arrival backstamps, a trivial bit of edge wear as expected, Very Fine and incredibly rare; 1994 Philatelic Foundation certificaternProvenance: Blake M. Myers (R.A. Siegel Sale 882, 2004)

    One of six covers for this express company recorded by Thomas, but the only one with a destination outside of the Western United States and certainly the only one to a foreign destination. Charles W. Prindle operated from the Scott and Klamath River mines to Yreka, California, where he connected with Wells, Fargo & Co. This cover entered the US mails at Yreka, where 15c cash paid the rest of the journey to France. As a Transatlantic cover carried from the mines by a small and short-lived company, this cover is a true gem of Western postal history of the utmost rarity and desirability.

    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,500 USD