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Sale 81: The Sescal Sale

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Western Express Covers - Adams to Thomas & Skadan's

Lots 22-31

Lot 22    

Adams Exp., manuscript endorsement on cover to New York, with oval "Boyd's City Express Post, Jul 24" date stamp and "Paid, J.T.B.", with original enclosure datelined "Str. Antelope, May 21/54" (Sacramento riverboat); cover creases and folds, Fine and rare, an unusual Adams Express usage likely received by agent aboard the Sacramento riverboat Antelope.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

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Realized: $200

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Lot 23    

Farley's Express, blue double-framed handstamp with manuscript "Indian Creek" designation for Indian Creek, on 10¢ green (U18) Nesbitt buff entire to Burnham Me., entered mails with "Camptonville Cal., Nov 3" cds; age toned and minor edge faults, Fine and rare.
Thomas No. FAR-100    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE FARLEY'S EXPRESS HANDSTAMP WITH MANUSCRIPT INDIAN CREEK DESIGNATION.

George S. Farley operated from a base at Camptonville Cal. He ran express service from Camptonville to the mining camps at Indian Creek and Young's Hill in the Yuba County area. He used the Camptonville post office for connections. It is reported he had a number of drop boxes attached to trees at different locations along streams that he would check as he made his rounds on his express runs. The "blank" Farley's handstamp with manual town entry was designed for towns so small that Farley's couldn't justify them having their own handstamp. The other Farley's Express "Indian Creek" designation handstamp was offered in our Sale 79 of the George Kramer Western Trails and Routes.

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Lot 24    

Freeman & Co.'s Express, green paid frank on 10¢ green (U18) entire to Fairhaven Mass., blue "Freeman & Co., San Francisco, Oct 5" oval datestamp, endorsed "per G. Gates", "New-York, Oct 25" cds; some edge wear and slight crease at right, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 25    

Freeman & Co. Express, San Francisco, light strike of red oval handstamp on 10¢ green (U18) buff entire with illustrated Fisher & Co. hat and cap manufacturers corner card to Francestown, N.H., reverse with matching red "Reply By / Freeman & Cos. Express." two-line handstamp, entered mails with "New-York, Sep 8" cds canceling indicia; slight overall aging, Very Fine and attractive use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Lot 26    

Freeman & Co., San Francisco, Sep 5, bold strike of blue oval datestamp on 10¢ green (U18) buff Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Steamship, Cts" circular handstamp to New London, Conn.; trivial edge wear, Very Fine, a scarce Freeman & Co. transcontinental usage., ex-Mader.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Realized: $450

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Lot 27    

Gregory's Express "Not Paid", straightline handstamp on blue cover addressed to J.W. Gregory, Express Office at San Francisco, Cal.; toned upper right corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Lot 28    

Gregory's Express, Sacramento, bold strike of blue oval handstamp and matching "Paid" oval handstamp on orange cover to San Francisco, Cal.; trivial edge wear, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Realized: $160

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Lot 29    

Pacific Union Express Co., San Francisco, blue circular date stamp canceling on 1864, 3¢ pink entire and tying additional 1869, 3¢ ultramarine, to Hollister, Cal. with red ribbon frank at top; some cover scuffing with small portion of postmark painted in, Fine, still a scarce uprating with a 3¢ Pictorial issue.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Realized: $90

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Lot 30    

San Francisco Local Entires, two unused pre-paid entires; includes California Penny Post Co. 1855, 7¢ vermilion on 3¢ entire (34LU7) and San Francisco Letter Express blue oval horse and rider handstamp on cover; few small tone spots on the latter, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Realized: $250

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Lot 31    

Thomes & Skadan's Express, Susanville & Reno, Connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co., printed paid ribbon frank on 1870, 3¢ green entire to the Florence sewing machine agent in Reno, Nev., reverse with Jany 4/73 docketing; cover tear at top and stain at upper right, Fine, a very scarce express frank.
Thomas No. THO-003    Estimate $150 - 200.

This was a stage operation that provided an express letter service. They operated between Susanville Cal and Reno Nev., a distance of about 70 miles. They connected with Wells Fargo at Reno.

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Realized: $130

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