Lot# 52 - Erivan Sale 3
Lot# : 52 Wells Fargo & Co. Express
July 27, 1861 Pony Express Cover to Metz, France, $1 Red Pony Express stamp (143L3) tied by July 27 blue Running Pony to 3c star die envelope (U27) with black Wells Fargo frank, cover passed through St. Joseph on August 8 but was not postmarked until New York on August 14 when it left on the Cunard steamship Africa, treated as unpaid so 3c debit to France for U.S. inland postage, rated for eight decimes postage due (black crayon) upon its August 27 arrival in France (red arrival cds on front), black Paris transit and Metz arrival markings on reverse, addressed to "Monsieur Toussaint, 7 Rue de la Glacière, Metz," left edge slightly repaired, stamp with margins large to grazing, Very Fine, an exceptionally attractive and important cover: one of only six Pony Express covers to a foreign destination, one of five to Europe, one of four with Pony Express adhesives, and the unique cover to France, a showpiece of the highest order, Frajola-Kramer-Walske census E126
The Frajola-Kramer-Walske book states, "Only 6 of the 251 letters in the census are addressed to foreign destinations, and their rarity is matched by their visual appeal." That certainly applies to this cover: the balance of the Pony Express stamp and the indicia, the three different colored handstamps, and an overall vibrance that is remarkable when one considers the inter-continental journey this cover made over a century and a half ago. Interestingly, the five Pony Express covers to Europe were each sent to a different destination: France, Scotland, England, Germany, and Switzerland. Without a doubt the cover offered here is one of the cleanest and most attractive; it was also missing from the collections formed by Dale-Lichtenstein, Twigg-Smith, and Kramer, making its reappearance at auction for the first time in several decades even more significant.
Provenance: Marc Haas (Private Transaction)
Edwards Collection (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1991)Start Price : 100,000.00 USDCurrent Opening : 100,000.00 USDHammer price : 100,000.00 USD