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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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San Jose - Express Usages & Balance

Lots 866-875

Lot 866    

(San Jose) Adams & Cos. Express, San Jose, blue oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "San Jose 2 de Abril 1854" to Yerba Buena (San Francisco) bearing uncancelled 3¢ dull red (11A) applied according to government regulations; light aging, Fine and scarce Adams oval.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 867    

(San Jose) Adams & Cos Express, San Jose, blue oval handstamp and matching "Paid" in circle handstamp on blue March 31st 1854 folded letter to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine and rare.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 868    

(San Jose) Bedford's Express, complete strike of "COLLECT" straightline handstamp of Bedford's Express on cover front with partial top and bottom flaps to W. Van Voorhies, Secretary of State, San Jose, bottom flap with "April 16. 1851" docketing; light vertical fold toning, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 869    

(San Jose) California Penny Post Co., 1855-59, 5¢ Black on Buff, "To the Penny Post Co." at top, bearing 3¢ dull red (11) horizontal pair, cancelled by manuscript "X" cancels, red "San Jose Cal. May 26" cds to J.W. Sullivan at San Francisco Cal., Very Fine.
Scott No. 34LU9    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

This cover is addressed to J.W. Sullivan, a San Francisco newsdealer who also forwarded mail and operated "Mail Bag" collections for delivery.

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Current Opening Bid: $475

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Lot 870    

(San Jose) Truman & Co.'s Express, printed frank with "S.F. & S.J. R.R. Express" imprint (San Francisco & San Jose Railroad, Thomas TRE-004) on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire cancelled by "Monterey Cal Jun 14" cds to Watsonville Cal., docketed "D.S. Gregory, June 15th 1868" at left; light toning and corner stain, Fine and deceptively scarce frank.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 871    

(San Jose) Truman & Chapman's Express, two covers, first with black printed frank (TRC-001) with illustration of locomotive and four freight cars on 3¢ pink (U35) entire cancelled by manuscript "November 30/64" postmark to San Jose, accompanied by Truman & Co's Express blue frank (TRE-001a) with illustration of locomotive and two freight cars on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire cancelled by manuscript "Feb 28th/65" postmark to San Jose, Very Fine pair of illustrated express frank covers.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Truman Expresses were the first express in California that used the railroad for transportation. Truman carried express matter on the San Francisco and San Jose railroad. Wells Fargo forced them off the railroad in 1865.

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Lot 872    

(San Jose) Wells Fargo & Co., San Jose, Apr 22, oval datestamp on 10¢ green (U40) entire to Mazatlan, Mexico, printed Wells Fargo "Mexican Coast and California Express -- 35cts." company frank; reduced slightly at left and lower left corner mend, Fine and scarce.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 873    

(San Jose) Wells Fargo Co., Express, San Jose, blue company oval ties 3¢ dull red (26), guideline s.e. at right, scissor separated, on light buff entire to Santa Cruz Cal., printed Wells Fargo company frank, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $130

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Lot 874    

(San Jose) San Jose - Wells Fargo and Pacific Union Express, 1850s-1890s, group of 6 comprising three Wells Fargo including L.F. Sanderson River Bank Nursery shaded ad, "San Jose Route" oval, and three Pacific Union including B.Pulverman shaded ad cover with red printed frank at left, etc.; some faults, F.-V.F. and scarce group.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $260

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Lot 875    

(San Jose) San Jose Collection, 1848-1900s, collection of 38 covers mounted on album pages, noted includes 1851 postmaster free frank, 1851 unpaid and paid manuscript. "12½" rates, 1850-51 unpaid and paid manuscript. "40" rates, 1850s use of 1¢ and three 3¢ 1851 issue to Philadelphia, three patriotic usages but two appear to have 10¢ added, 1863 used with #68 on U41 entire to Philadelphia, #78 on 1864 cover to England, #146 (2), 150 on cover to Italy, and some better advertising covers including illustrated designs, also includes a group of 6 early letters like 1849 Presbyterian Church, 1852 Jacob B Hoppe who was the first postmaster of San Jose and 1850 purchase agreement for San Jose City Hall; some faults, F.-V.F., an excellent collection worthy of expansion.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lots 866-875

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