Lot 728Wells Fargo & Co., 1861, $2 red, large margins except just touched at top, rich color, tied by blue "Wells Fargo & Co., Placerville, May 2" oval datestamp on 10c green on buff Star Die entire (U33) with Wells, Fargo & Co. red printed frank addressed to J.W. Smith at Tuscola Ill., partial green "St. Joseph Mo. May 14" cds applied on arrival and entry into the mail system; restored at right edge, Very Fine appearance, ex-Lichtenstein.
Scott No. 143L1 Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
A BEAUTIFUL EASTBOUND PONY EXPRESS COVER WITH THE WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY $2.00 HORSE & RIDER ISSUE. THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED $2.00 WAY USAGES FROM PLACERVILLE.
The rate was $2 per ½ ounce from April 1, 1861 until June 30, 1861 when the Pony Express was run by Wells Fargo & Co. and not the Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company. Pony Express mail from Placerville is rare compared to those originating the in the San Francisco or Sacramento Pony Express offices. Mails collected at stations along the route between San Francisco and St. Joseph is term "way" mail. Way mail was accounted for, and carried, separately from the other mails with each letter entered on a way bill that was updated as additional letters were collected. At St. Joseph, the pony mail was turned into the St. Joseph post office for onward transmission by the government postal system. St. Joseph was the terminus for the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, from whence there was rapid mail connection to the east.
Lot 729Wells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ blue, clear to large margins, tied by "Wells, Fargo & Co., Express, Aurora" blue oval handstamp on 1860, 3¢ pink franked entire to San Francisco, Cal., second strike of blue oval cancelling indicia; small cover corner tear from opening and faint gum toning around stamp, still Very Fine.
Scott Nos. 143L8 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A LOVELY VIRGINIA PONY EXPRESS USAGE FROM THE FAMOUS CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE.
Lot 730 ()Wells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ blue, clear to mostly large margins, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Virginia City, N.T., May 14" oval date stamp on 1861 3¢ entire front to San Francisco, docketed 1863 at left, black company frank at top, front with edge faults, Fine.
Scott Nos. 143L8; $4,000 on cover Estimate $400 - 600.