Lot# 51 - Erivan Sale 3

  • Lot# : 51 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    “Via Pony Express Paid $2.50,” manuscript notation in hand of Placerville agent at top of 10c star die envelope (U33), «St. Joseph Mo. Apr 26» cds in green applied when the cover entered the mails, addressed to "J.W. Smith Esqr., Tuscola, Douglas Co., Ill," slightly reduced at left (backflaps refolded to enhance appearance), trivial tear at top center mentioned for strict accuracy only, otherwise remarkably fresh and Very Fine example of a "way letter" from Placerville (Frajola-Kramer-Walske census E-66)

    This cover was carried on the last eastbound trip of the second rate period of the Pony Express (ET-91), one of four known covers from this trip and the only one to have been collected at Placerville. Any such "way mail," collected along the route between San Francisco and St. Joseph, is exceedingly rare. This cover would have joined the eastbound trip that left San Francisco on April 13, 1861. Way mail was placed in a separate pouch in the rider»s mochilla, and each letter was added to a waybill which was updated as more mail was collected. The Second Rate Period (August 15, 1860 to April 13, 1861) reduced the rates for letters weighing up to one-quarter ounce to $2.50.

    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 5,000.00 USD