Lot# 94 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 94 Western Express Covers

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    Alta Express Co. Paid (Thomas ALT-001), black illustrated frank on 3c Red on buff entire (Scott U10) addressed to Sacramento City California and bearing red oval "Alta Express Company San Francisco" express marking (Thomas type ALT-106), entire with light bend along the left side and some black adhesions on reverse from mounting paper; Fine; one of five covers with this combination recorded by Thomas, 1949 Philatelic Foundation certificate

    The Alta Express Company rose from the ashes of the failed Pacific Express Co. in July of 1857. Though their main office was in San Francisco, the company operated throughout the central and northern parts of California. Despite (or perhaps because of) its widespread coverage the Alta Express Co. survived just longer than one year, at which point they sold out to Wells, Fargo & Co. Thomas S. Fiske, the addressee, was a Sacramento-based banker and "California pioneer," according to his 1885 obituary.

    Start Price : 100 USD
    Current Opening : 100 USD
    Hammer price : 700 USD