Lot 993 ()Pony Express, San Francisco, Dec. 8, bold strike of blue Running Pony oval datestamp, along with "San Francisco Cal." cds ties 10¢ green (35), guideline s.e. at right, rich color, on blue large part folded cover with top flap to Messrs. A.A. Lows & Bros., New York, endorsed "pr Pony Express" at top left, manuscript "1/4" rating for $2.50 quarter ounce rate, bold "Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, San Francisco. Cal." oval handstamp applied, after a 15-day delayed trip due to snow, green "Pony Express, The Central Overland California & Pikes Peak Express Company, St. Joseph, Mo. Dec 23" oval datestamp was applied on the day of arrival; tiny erosion spot in ink mark, Very Fine, Frajola-Walske Census E46. Trip ET-47.; with 1984 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $20,000 - 30,000.
AN ATTRACTIVE PONY EXPRESS COVER WITH CLEAR STRIKE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO RUNNING PONY HANDSTAMP. ONE OF THE FEW PONY COVERS THAT HAS NO REPAIRS OR RESTORATION OF ANY KIND AND SHOWS ALL RELEVANT PONY EXPRESS AND POSTAL MARKINGS.
This cover was carried on the Saturday, December 8, 1860, trip from San Francisco that was delayed due to snow, arriving at St. Joseph on December 23rd.
Lot 994(Virginia City Pony Express) Wells, Fargo & Co., Express, Aurora, blue oval handstamp cancelling on 1860, 3¢ pink entire to San Francisco and tying Wells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ blue margins large to just in at bottom, black company frank at top, with original enclosure on Howard & Sanchez Banking House letterhead datelined April 7, 1863; some minor light gum toning around stamp, Very Fine; with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 143L8 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
A LOVELY VIRGINIA PONY EXPRESS USAGE FROM THE FAMOUS CRITTENDEN CORRESPONDENCE IN AURORA.