Lot# 44 - Erivan Sale 2
Lot# : 44 Wells Fargo & Co. Express
California Pony Express New-York Dec 1 (1860) clearly struck greenish-blue oval date stamp on 3c Red on buff envelope (U27), ms "Pony Express" at lower left, addressed to "Messrs Crosby & Dibbler" in San Francisco, small ms"2.50"(rate) adjacent to indicia, backside with well-struck "Pony Express/ St Joseph/ Dec 6" oval Running Pony handstamp in black, envelope opened and slightly reduced at left, light corner bend and a tiny scuff lower right corner, Very Fine, only 12 westbound Pony Express covers carry the California Pony Express dated handstamp with this being the earliest recorded
This cover demonstrates a loophole that allowed westbound mail to be sent in bundles from the East Coast to St. Joseph by mail with only 3c domestic postage (rather than 10c for over 3,000 miles) prepaid. This loophole was eliminated in the Act of February 27, 1861 and required 10c postage on any letter crossing the Rockies.
FKW Census W25; Trip WT59.Start Price : 5,000.00 USDCurrent Opening : 5,250.00 USDHammer price : 14,000.00 USD