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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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Monterey - Express Usages & Balance

Lots 842-848

Lot 842    

(Monterey) Adams & Cos. Express, Monterey, red double-oval handstamp and matching oval "PAID" handstamp on blue folded 1854 letter datelined "Monterey 30th Dec. 1854" to San Francisco Cal., blue "Adams & Co., San Jose, Jan 3" oval datestamp; light fold wear, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 843    

(Monterey) "Bedford & Cos. Express", manuscript endorsement on folded letter datelined "Monterey 25th Apr 1850" to Josiah Belden, Puebla de San Jose, letter concerns collecting of accounts receivables; fold toning, Fine and scarce early express use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Josiah Belden was a member of the first planned overland immigration to California in 1841. Belden became San Jose's first elected mayor in April 1850. Bedford and Co. was one of the first expresses in San Jose. Berford ran an express stage from San Francisco to San Jose while it was the Capitol of California. A listing in the S.F. Alta newspaper: "…Berford and Co's express stage came through from San Jose on Monday, in the incredible short space of five hours and forty minutes…" Jun 5, 1850. Berford sold out to Wells Fargo & Co. in 1854.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 844    

(Monterey) California Penny Post Co., 1855-59, 7¢ vermilion, impressed on 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire addressed to San Francisco Cal., bold strike of blue "Monterey, Cal., Nov 10" cds, explanatory ad text at left listing eight cities and towns where service was offered; edge tear into imprint, stain at to left, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 34LU7    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

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Current Opening Bid: $475

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Lot 845    

(Monterey) Wells Fargo & Co. Express, Hotel Del Monte, Monterey, Cal., Dec 30 1885, bold strike of purple oval handstamp cancels 2¢ brown entire to San Francisco Cal., printed Wells Fargo company frank; some glue on reverse from possible paste-up, some wrinkling, otherwise Very Fine and exceedingly rare Wells Fargo Co. Hotel Del Monte oval.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 846    

(Monterey) Wells Fargo & Co. Express, Monterey, Cal., purple oval cancels 2¢ green entire to San Francisco Cal., printed Wells Fargo company frank, entered mails with 2¢ Bureau tied by "San Francisco, Cal. Dec 25 '95" duplex; some extra gum around stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 847    

(Monterey) Monterey - Wells Fargo, 1850s-1890s, group of 8 covers from Monterey including one Pacific Union Express, and 4 faulty inbound Wells Fargo uses from the Jacks correspondence; some faults, F.-V.F. and scarce group.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 848    

(Monterey) Monterey Collection, 1851-1900s, collection of over 100 covers and additional letters, letterheads and other ephemera, wide variety of stampless with rate handstamps and markings, frankings and advertising, noted includes 1850 with crude "12½" rate handstamp and Reynolds Express handstamp, Monterey large crude "12½" rate handstamp, 1851 unpaid "5" and "paid 3" handstamps, 1850s collect ms. "15" rating and another with "Paid" handstamp with ms. "12" quadruple rating, 1851 3¢ orange brown use, #11 forwarded "due 3" to San Francisco, red cds with 1¢ #24 strip of three, #35 to Maine, three #65s on 3¢ #U34 entire to Hallowell Me., #114 blue target cancel to San Juan, Pacific Division of Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Co. cover, two different Monterey and Salinas R.R. corner card covers, six different Hotel del Monte illustrated covers showing hotel, five 1898-1900 Monterey fancy flag cancels, etc.; some faults, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $725

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