Lot 722Pacific Union Express Co., Paid., rare black printed ribbon frank on 1864, 3¢ pink entire (U59) to Treasure City, Nevada, blue "Pacific Union Express Co., New York, Nov 5" cds (PAU-101) which is only found on the black franks applied to entires; cover is missing back flap and reinforced flaws at top, Fine appearance, only five examples of the rare black frank from New York have been recorded.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 723N.O. Pauly's Express, printed boxed frank (PUL-001) on unused 1864, 3¢ pink entire; some edge toning at top and light fold affecting frank, F.-V.F., very scarce with several examples known.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 724San Francisco, City Letter Express, ornately framed rectangular handstamp in black on cover with preprinted address to E.B. Benjamin Esq. at San Francisco; very light horizontal fold, Fine, ex-Golden.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lot 725Todd & Co.'s Express, black shield shaped company handstamp with "From San Francisco" origin handstamp on folded letter sheet to Carson Creek, Southern Mines by the way of Stockton, light pencil "1.00" rate marking; light vertical fold and tiny hole, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 726(Tracy & Spear's Express) T&S, manuscript with boxed "Paid" used as frank on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire used as a paste-up, carried from the Placerville area to San Francisco, operating north of Placerville T&S turned this letter over to the Wells Fargo at Spanish Flat with cds for November applied (we know from other letters that the agent at Spanish Flat was using the same canceling device for both the U.S. Mail and WF material), from Spanish Flat the letter was carried north by Wells Fargo to its center at Georgetown where it received four oval handstamps on the back side and one on front, Wells Fargo then carried it to San Francisco, Very Fine.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A GREAT EXPRESS RARITY WITH ONLY TWO EXAMPLES KNOWN. THIS BEING THE ONLY ONE IN COLLECTOR'S HANDS AS THE OTHER IS IN THE WILTSEE COLLECTION.
Tracy & Spear's Express is very rare as it operated but a few months in 1858 around the city of Placerville. By 1859 Spear had departed and Theodore Tracy was working as Wells Fargo's agent in Placerville. In 1864 he became the mayor of Placerville. His brother, Edward was his agent at some earlier point and in 1859 moved to Portland to start his own express operation in conjunction with Wells Fargo.
Lot 727Washburn's Exp(ress), pencil endorsement with additional "WH/1.00" Agent's initials & express rate on 1855 incoming folded letter from Aberdeen, Scotland, addressed "Halfway house between Deer Creek & Bridge Port by Marsvale (Marysville)", with green "Aberdeen, Paid, De 6, 1855" origin boxed date stamp and red crayon "1/2½" rating, Liverpool transit on reverse, Very Fine, a very rare express with only a handful of usages known to exist.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A UNIQUE INCOMING USAGE DELIVERED TO ADDRESSEE BY WASHBURN'S EXPRESS.
Washburn's Express is believed to have worked the mining camps along the northern Yuba River between Marysville and Camptonville.