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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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Western Express Covers - British Columbia Expresses

Lots 1257-1266 Lots 1267-1276 Lots 1277-1280

Lot 1257    

Ballou's Fraser River Express, folded letter sheet carried by Ballou's and addressed to the Attorney General for British Columbia "New Westminster or Victoria", with signed notation on reverse "Mr Crease is not at N W but at Victoria, Ballou", Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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Lot 1258    

Ballou's Fraser River Express, B.C., Paid, black ribbon frank (BAL-001) on cover to the Treasury Office in New Westminster, with red "New Westminster, Post Office, British Columbia" oval frank at upper right; small cover opening tear at top and partial backflap, F.-V.F., ex-Wellburn.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF SIX RECORDED USAGES OF THE BALLOU'S FRASER RIVER EXPRESS BLACK RIBBON FRANK.

Ballou's operated from Victoria B.C. to the mines on the Fraser and Thompson Rivers in British Columbia starting in 1857. In 1862, Ballou sold his business to Dietz and Nelson's.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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Lot 1259    

Barnard's British Columbia Express, circular handstamp (BBC-100) tying Canada 1873 3¢ orange red on cover to Victoria, with company printed ribbon frank at left; small cover opening edge tears at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 1260    

Barnard's (British Columbia) Express, two strikes of circular handstamp (BBC-102) on incoming U.S. 1870, 3¢ green entire to Cariboo from San Francisco, Cal. with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank at top, one tying Canada 1873, 3¢ orange red, matching "Collect" in oval handstamps; sealed cover opening tear at bottom right, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 1261    

Barnard's British Columbia Express, Paid., printed ribbon frank on cover to Yale, franked with Canada 1873, 3¢ orange red tied by "Barnard's Express" circular handstamp (BBC-102); cover opening edge nick and minor edge wear, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 1262    

Barnard's British Columbia Express, Paid., printed ribbon frank on paste-up cover to Yale reverse franked with Canada 1873, 3¢ orange red tied by Barnard's Express circular handstamp (BBC-102), with additional strike on reverse; covers separated from display, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $375

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Lot 1263    

Barnard's British Columbia Express, Paid., Quesnelle., printed sideways (BBC-001c) on unused U.S. 1861, 10¢ green entire (U40) with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank at top, Extremely Fine, two unused examples are the only examples recorded in Thomas.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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Lot 1264    

Barnard's British Columbia Express, Paid., Yale., printed sideways on two unused U.S. 1861, 10¢ green entires with Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank at top; one with 2mm "Yale." directive on U40 (BBC-001d) and one with 1.5mm "Yale" directive on U41 (BBC-001C); former with mounting adhesion on reverse, still Very Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 1265 /o   

Barnard's British Columbia Express Balance, of five covers; 1870's San Francisco to Cariboo - Wells Fargo combination usage,scroll frank local usage with Canada 3¢ tied by blue crayon, three unused scroll frank covers including "Victoria and New Westminster" underprint frank and one with "The British Columbia Express Company." straight line overprint, also 2 different Canada Large Queen issues with fake "BxR" shield postmarks, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 1266    

(Barnard's Cariboo Express) Lillooet., straight line handstamp (BCE-103) tying 1865, 3d blue, two singles on cover to Barkersville, circular "F.W. Foster, Lillooet" merchant corner card handstamp; right stamp with pre-use tears and cover with light soiling and a bit reduced at left, Fine, accompanied by contemporary Barksville news clipping showing the two routes of Barnard's Express, connecting with Dietz & Nelson at Lillooet and Yale., ex-Welburn.
Scott No. 7    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,200

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