Lot 302British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Barnard's British Columbia Express, printed fancy scroll paid frank on cover bearing Canada 3¢ Small Queen (37b), two singles, cancelled by two strikes of "BX" (Barnard's Express) cancellation (Jarrett type 104), sent to Victoria where handed to Wells Fargo and stamps cancelled by blue "Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria" oval handstamp; some edge wear, Very Fine and rare use; with 1996 Holcombe certificate.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
This cover was carried by Barnard into Victoria where turned over to Wells Fargo for carriage to San Francisco. The BX was a large horse ranch owned by Francis Barnard. Whether this handstamp refers to the ranch or only to Barnard's Express is not known.
Lot 303British Columbia & Vancouver Island, Barnard's Cariboo Express, black oval handstamp tying Canada 3¢ small queen (37) on U.S. 3¢ green entire with printed Wells Fargo Co. paid frank to Cariboo, B.C., matching "Collect" oval handstamps and manuscript "10¢"; some edge wear.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Lot 304British Columbia & Vancouver Island, 1869, 5¢ on 3d bright red, perf 14, tied by "For Great Britain / and Ireland" two-line handstamp applied by Wells Fargo & Co., matching blue "Wells, Fargo & Co., Victoria, V.I., Express" oval datestamp on U.S. 3¢ green entire to London, England, bearing U.S. 3¢ green (158), tied by New York Foreign mail shield fancy cancel, matching strike on indicia, blurry red "New York" exchange cds, red London Paid (6.20.71) arrival cds; manuscript "22/5/71" origin dating, Very Fine and choice use, ex-Wellburn.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
A RARE COMBINATION FRANKING OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND THE UNITED STATES BANKNOTE ISSUE ON COVER TO ENGLAND.
The stamps of both countries were required for British Columbia postage and United States postage to England.