Lot# 54 - Erivan Sale 3
Lot# : 54 Wells Fargo & Co. Express
143L4, 1861 $2 Green Pony Express, stamp with margins large to touching at bottom, used alongside 1861 10c Green (Scott 68), both tied by partial strike of November 7 Atchison, Kansas cds, Pony Express stamp tied by bold and complete strike of October 23 blue Running Pony, on 1861 10c Green stamped envelope (U41) with red Wells Fargo printed frank, addressed to «Robert Brookhouse, Esq, Salem, Mass»tts,» with manuscript «Pr Pony Express Paid» at bottom left, some light edge wear at left and bottom, backflaps repaired and couple sealed tears, still Very Fine and exceptionally rare, Barkhausen collection backstamp, this double-weight cover is one of only two covers bearing a $2 Green Pony Express stamp and the only «solo franking» (the other cover, ex-Kramer, is a mixed franking with a $1 Red); additionally, this is the only surviving cover from the final eastbound trip of the Pony Express which left San Francisco on October 23, 1861; without a doubt one of the most significant Pony Express covers in existence (Frajola-Kramer-Walske census E-180)
The first transcontinental telegraph was completed October 24, 1861, the day after this cover was dispatched from San Francisco. Pony Express service came to an immediate end, as any need for the service was all but eliminated. This cover bears the distinction of being the only known surviving piece of mail from that fateful final eastbound journey. Adding to it's significance, it is also a double-rate cover (between one-half and one ounce), properly franked with 20c United States postage and a $2 Pony Express stamp. The second Pony Express adhesive issue (put into use for the Fourth Rate Period) provided $1, $2, and $4 stamps. Of these, the $1 Red is by far the most common of all Pony Express adhesives on cover (with 67 examples known). The $2 Green and $4 Black are dramatically rarer, with only two covers known of each. The other $2 Green cover, formerly part of George Kramer»s collection, is a triple-weight mixed franking ($1 Red and $2 Green). Therefore, this cover is the only one in which the $2 Green stamp is properly used to pay the double-weight rate for which it was intended.
Provenance: Louis H. BarkhausenStart Price : 30,000.00 USDCurrent Opening : 30,000.00 USDHammer price : 210,000.00 USD