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Nevada Express Covers

Lots 413-422

Lot 413

Argenta, Nevada Photo, real photo 7x5" showing horse-drawn carriages and two buildings, mounted on black cardboard, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $70

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Lot 414    

Berthouds Mule Team Express, Pd 25¢, two-line rectangular framed handstamp frank at left on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire to Philadelphia Pa., entered mails with blue "Treasure City, Nev. Sep 13" cds duplexed with circular grid cancel, Philadelphia (9.20) arrival backstamp; reduced at left from opening, F.-V.F. and rare, Thomas WC6650; signed Frajola as genuine.
Thomas No. BRT-700    Estimate $500 - 750.


Silver was discovered in this area in 1867 and by November of that year, the first cabins were built on Treasure Hill. Treasure City was founded in 1868 in the White Pine Mining District and within a year had a population of 6000. The town reached its peak in 1869. By 1870, most of the population began to leave town, due to the lack of good ore. The business district was destroyed by fire in 1874 and never rebuilt. Very little is known about this express.

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Lot 415    

Langton's Pioneer Express, Carson City, light but clear strike of blue oval handstamp on August 27th 1864 "Carson Weekly Independent" newspaper, folded in half, F.-V.F. and scarce newspaper express use.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $60

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Lot 416    

Pacific Stage & Express Co., printed Paid frank illustrated with six-horse stagecoach and line of text at top that lists their principal offices in California and Nevada, this variant exists on westbound uses, on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to San Francisco Cal., entered the mails with "Nevada City, Cal. Oct " cds duplex; reduced at right into indicia and restored, Very Fine appearance.
Thomas No. PAS-002    Estimate $400 - 600.


Pacific Stage & Express Co. was operated by James McCue and Michael Rees between 1860 and 1864. It ran between San Francisco and Sacramento, to Virginia City, Nevada. This express operated through the Henness Pass north of Lake Tahoe to Virginia City. It operated from this terminus of the Central Pacific Railroad as it pushed through the Sierras to Virginia City.

Realized: $500

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Lot 417    

Sale & Barber's Humboldt Express, printed double-oval frank in combination with printed Langton's Pioneer Express printed frank at top left on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire to Meadow Valley Cal.; repaired left edge, cover tear, Very Fine appearance, ex-Fred Star.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.


This express operated from Virginia City, Nevada Territory to the Humboldt mines in the Northwestern part of the territory in 1868 and 1869. This letter was carried into Unionville, Nevada by Sale & Barber's Express, and turned over to Langton's Express who delivered it to Meadow Valley, above Quincy in Plumas County, CA.

Realized: $2,800

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Lot 418    

Thomes & Skadan's Express, Susanville & Reno, Connecting with Wells Fargo Co., black printed frank on 3¢ green entire to San Francisco, slightly reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Thomas No. THO-010    Estimate $150 - 200.

From 1870 to 1874 Thomes & Skadden operated their express between Susanville and Reno, connecting with Wells, Fargo & Co.

Realized: $140

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Lot 419    

Wells Fargo & Co., 1862-64, 25¢ blue, four margins, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Virginia Cty, N.T." oval datestamp on 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire with black Wells Fargo company frank to San Francisco Cal.; entire restored at bottom and top left, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. 143L8    $4,500.

This was a private enterprise of Wells, Fargo & Co. for the rapid handling of letters between San Francisco and the mining region around Virginia City, Nevada. Adhesive stamps were affixed to Wells Fargo franked envelopes which for the extra charge indicated by the stamps, gave rapid service by pony. Letters went from San Francisco to Sacramento by Boat, then by Pony. The service started Aug. 11, 1852 with an extra Pony Charge of 10 cents. This rate was increased in 1863 to 25 cents. The color of the 25 cents was changed from blue to red in 1864 and the service was ended in early 1865.

Realized: $800

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Lot 420    

Wells, Fargo & Co's Express, From Carson City, black on orange label with manuscript town designation, affixed on yellow legal-size cover to San Francisco, docketed at left "per W.F. & Co. Express & Deans Express to be recorded and returned", additional docketing "Charges $4.00/Deans $1.00/Adv. 5.00", Very Fine and choice.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

We are unable to find any information on "Deans Express" and this cover would benefit from further research. There was a Dean's Ranch near Palisade, Nev. and a Dean City near Battle Mountain Nev.

Realized: $210

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Lot 421

"Wells, Fargo & Company, Stage Department, Argenta, Nevada, Sept 24, 1870", printed letterhead and datelined from John Collier to George Dinsmore, letter touches on current Nevada political matters, accompanied by Frank Newton identify names in the letter and brief history of Argenta, "A small mining town in north-central Nevada and was absorbed into Battle Mountain, Wells Fargo had an office there for a short time and ran a feeder stage from the railroad to surrounding areas…", F.-V.F.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $110

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Lot 422    

Wells, Fargo & Co., Unionville, Nev., neat blue oval handstamp on 3¢ green entire to Iowa with black company frank at top with "San Francisco & Ogden" R.P.O. cds, reduced at left, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $75 - 100.

Realized: $90

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Lots 413-422

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