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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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Western Express Covers

Lots 960-969 Lots 970-979

Lot 960    

Browns Express (Forwarded By), blue oval handstamp (BRW-101) on incoming cover to San Francisco with matching "$1." express rate handstamp, postmarked Bath, Me. cds with matching "Paid 6" in circle rate handstamp, minor corner wear at bottom right, Very Fine and scarce, ex-Pearce, Walske.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Todd's & Brown's Expresses competed over this area and most likely the recipient had change to Brown as his pickup. William Brown was shot and killed by one of his agents on April 1st, 1853. Adams continued to operate Brown's Express under the Brown name until Adams failed in February of 1855.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 961    

Denver and Rio Grande Express, black frank (DEN-001) on 1887, 2¢ green entire to Denver, Colo., entered the U.S. mails with Denver, Col. duplex postmark canceling, Very Fine, rare with only ten recorded usages of this frank.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad ran this express service as part of their rail service over the railroad lines throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 962    

Eureka Express Co., black company frank on 1874, 3¢ green entire to San Francisco, canceled by "Wells, Fargo & Co., Nevada, Cal., May 26" oval date stamp; sealed tear at top, Very Fine, ex-Kramer.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

This express operated in the mountain camps above the Yuba and Feather Rivers.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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Lot 963    

Freeman & Co.'s Express, Oct 20, red cds on circa 1853 orange cover to San Francisco Cal., Very Fine, One of only eight known usages of the Freeman cds., ex-Hahn.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 964    

Freeman & Co.'s Express, Oct 22, red cds on cover to San Francisco, with 1853 year docketing at left, Very Fine, one of only eight known usages of the Freeman circular date stamp, ex-Clifford.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 965    

Hunter & Co.'s Express, oval handstamp on cover addressed to El Dorado Slide on the American River, red "Boston, 6cts, Apr 8" origin cds and "Eldo Slide 1.25" express rate notation; restored lower left corner of cover and two backflaps added, Fine appearance, a very rare Express marking.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 966    

Kennedy, Long & Co.'s Express and Transfer Co., blue printed frank (KEL-001) on 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco, entered the U.S. mails with blue San Mateo cds with matching target handstamps canceling, docketing indicating "Half Moon Bay" as origin; cover wrinkling and reduced at right into indicia, Fine and rare, with only five examples recorded, illustrated in Thomas The Western Express Companies 1850-1890 (page 463), ex-Mader.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

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Current Opening Bid: $120

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Lot 967    

Lamping & Co.'s Express, Downieville, light strike of blue oval handstamp on 1864, 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco with printed company frank at left, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Marysville, Jul 31" oval date stamp, Extremely Fine, Lamping's Express (successor to Langton) served the Downieville mining region and connected with Wells, Fargo & Co. at Marysville.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $150

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Lot 968    

Langton's Pioneer Express, Downieville, clear strike of red oval handstamp on 1853, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, Cal., black company frank at top left, in conjunction with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Marysville, Oct 27" where it was handed over from transmission to S.F., Very Fine, a choice strike of the Langton's Downieville handstamp.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

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Current Opening Bid: $260

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Lot 969    

Northern Pacific Express Co., 3 entires with printed franks; includes 1884 2¢ brown entire to purple Portland handstamp, similar with blue frank and City Brewery handstamp to Austria (stamp replaced) and 1887 2¢ green entire with blue 1888 "Office of, the Northern., Pacific Express, Portland, Oregon" straight line date stamp (repaired flaws), a Fine appearance group.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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