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  • Lot# : 46 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    San Francisco Running Pony, stunning proof strike of this famous marking in black, small blue handstamp at left reads "Wells, Fargo & Co's Ex., Stationery & Commission Dept., San Francisco, Cal. May 25, 1880," and manuscript notation at bottom "Impression from the original Date Stamp, used by the Pony Express. Warranted. Genuine. Aaron Stein.," a wonderful piece of Pony Express history, struck from the original device just two decades after the service was initiated, Extremely Fine in every respect, pictured on the title page of Nathan and Boggs' The Pony Express"rnProvenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 913, 2006)rnThurston Twigg-Smith (R.A. Siegel Sale 979, 2009)
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,100.00 USD

    Lot# : 47 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    "Paid Pony Express $7.50," franked with a vertical pair of 1857 3c Dull red (26), guide line, at left tied by two strikes of black "St. Joseph Mo. Sep 6 1860" cds, September 6 Running Pony in carmine on reverse, manuscript "Ft. Bridger U.T. August 31, 1860" origination at upper right, endorsed "Pony Express Paid $7.50" at lower left (triple rate), cover addressed to Augusta, Georgia, professionally repaired at bottom, stamps a bit gum-soaked, still Very Fine appearing, a wonderfully rare cover with a unique franking (FKW E17)rnOnly six eastbound covers (and 10 covers total) bear the striking and distinctive "Carmine Pony" handstamp. All six eastbound covers have the marking on the reverse, used as a receiver in St. Joseph. The Second Rate Period (August 15, 1860 to April 13, 1861) reduced the rates for letters weighing between one-quarter and one-half ounce to $2.50, thereby allowing for this cover's $7.50 franking (for a letter between one-half and three-quarter ounces). However, as US postage was charged in increments of half-ounces, double the 3c letter rate (Fort Bridger to Augusta is approximately 2,600 miles) was still required, hence the 6c franking.
    Start Price : 10,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 48 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    "Pony Express Dec 5 San Francisco," Blue "Running Pony," complete strike on 10c Nesbitt (U16), endorsed "By 'Pony Express,'" also with attractive strike of blue "The Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, San Francisco, Cal" undated oval handstamp, black grid and matching "Saint Joseph Mo Dec 12" double circle datestamp, addressed to Wyman & Co. in New York City, received December 15, unusually fresh and Extremely Fine, a wonderful Pony Express cover with all markings on the front of the envelope (FKW Census E44)
    Start Price : 2,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,750.00 USD

    Lot# : 49 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    "Pony Express Dec 5 San Francisco," Blue "Running Pony," crisp and complete handstamp on 10c Nesbitt (U16), also a very fine strike of the blue "The Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company, San Francisco, Cal" oval handstamp without date, black "Saint Joseph Mo Dec 21" cds with matching grid over indicia, backstamped with the "Pony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Dec. 19" oval within circle in green (the earliest known use of this cancel), cover addressed to New York City, cover split at the sides to allow for display of both front and back, Extremely Fine and attractive, lovely strikes of three different Pony Express markings make for a wonderful cover (FKW Census E47)rnProvenance: William L. Moody (H.R. Harmer Sale 621, 1950)
    Start Price : 7,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 9,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 50 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 143L1, 1861 $2.00 Red, stamp with margins large on three sides and ample at bottom, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co Nevada Jun 24" oval, blue "Pony Express Sacramento Jun 27" oval and green "St. Joseph Mo. Jul 8" cds alongside, on 10c Nesbitt (U18) with red Wells, Fargo frank over a green Freeman frank, addressed to Lucien Birdseye in New York City, Extremely Fine, exceptionally fresh and clean, the various reds, greens, and blues make this one of the most colorful and attractive Pony Express covers we have handled for some time (FKW Census E106)rnAround late-1859, Wells, Fargo & Co. purchased the remains of Freeman & Co.'s Express. A number of unused franked 10c envelopes were later overprinted by Wells, Fargo & Co. for their own use. The FKW census records only eight such covers, and of these eight only four covers bear $2 Red Ponies used during the Third Rate Period.
    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 6,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 45,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 51 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 143L8, 1862-64 “25 cts ¼ Oz” Blue, single with large to ample margins, tied by strike of blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 13 Mar" double circle datestamp, on 3c Pink on buff entire (Scott U35) with printed frank, addressed to Virginia City, few sealed edge breaks at top, Very Fine and attractive eastbound use of the 25c Blue Pony Express stamp (Scott $4,500)
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250.00 USD

    Lot# : 52 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 143L8, 1862-64 “25 cts ¼ Oz” Blue, single with margins ample to touching, tied by blue oval «Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia Cty. N.T. June 28" handstamp with second strike at right, on 3c Pink on buff entire (Scott U35) with printed frank addressed to "Col H.H. Raymond, San Francisco," cover reduced at right just into indicia and some light soiling at top impacts the stamp, still a Fine cover (Scott $4,500)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,600.00 USD

    Lot# : 53 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    149L9, Wells, Fargo & Co., 1862-64 25c Red, complete sheet of 40 in four "panes" of 10, unused (no gum), faint vertical crease between center two panes, for small "CEC" handstamps (C.E. Chapman) including one which barely touches one stamp, Extremely Fine, one of the most attractive of the few surviving complete sheets of the 25c Virginia City pony stamp, a true showpiecernProvenance: Hall Collection (R.A. Siegel Sale 830, 2000)rnThurston Twigg-Smith (R.A. Siegel Sale 979, 2009)
    Start Price : 3,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 3,250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250.00 USD

    Lot# : 54 Wells Fargo & Co. Express

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    143L9, Wells, Fargo & Co. Virginia City Pony Express, 1862-64 “25 cts ¼ Oz” Red, block of six and single tied to legal-sized cover by blue double circle "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 17 Mar" datestamp, block also tied by two strikes of blue boxed "Too Late," front of exploded cover with a Wells Fargo paste-up 3c envelope with six 1861 3c Rose (single, pair, and strip of three), again tied by March 17 double circle datestamp, cover exploded for display, overall a bit ragged and with significant repairs, still Very Fine, an eye-catching and attractive septuple-rate covernBoth sides of the cover bear notations about a court case against the Gould & Curry Silver Mining Company, with Alexander P. Crittenden as the defendant. Crittenden, who was later infamously murdered by his mistress, Laura Fair. Crittenden moved from San Francisco to Virginia City in 1863 after refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Union. The Gould and Curry Mining Company Office, constructed in 1860 and which still stands today, is one of the largest and most impressive buildings to have survived the devastating Virginia City fire of 1875.
    Start Price : 2,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 7,000.00 USD
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