Lot# 97 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 97 Western Express Covers

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    The Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company (Thomas HLY-001), black printed frank at the upper left of a 3c Pink on white entire (Scott U58) cancelled with oval "Wells, Fargo & Co. May 12 Ruby City I.T." express marking, addressed to San Francisco, California, appears to be a rebacked front, Very Fine appearance and still a nice piece of western postal historyrnIn 1862, Ben Holladay (the so-called "Stagecoach King") purchased the bankrupt Overland Mail Company for $700,000 and renamed the service after himself. The company, which provided passenger service by stagecoach, also delivered mail from St. Louis, Missouri to Placerville, California. This express was purchased in November of 1866 by Wells, Fargo & Co., who continued to honor the Holladay envelopes. It is therefore most likely that this cover was used after 1866 and carried by Wells, Fargo & Co., and not the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company.
    Start Price : 100 USD
    Current Opening : 160 USD
    Hammer price : 230 USD