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Sale 90: Gems of Philately

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Trans Continental Railroad Covers

Lots 125-134 Lots 135-144 Lots 145-146

Lot 125    

Per Overland Mail via Placerville and Salt Lake., illustrated railroad propaganda design with "Per Overland Mail via Placerville and Salt Lake. Hurrah! But we must have the [locomotive]" slogan and Chorpenning Route designation, Hutchings and Rosenfield imprint, "Nevada City Cal., Dec 26, 1860" cds and matching double strike of "Paid 10" in circle rating handstamp to Ohio N.Y.; reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine and rare design.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE WESTERN RAILROAD PROPAGANDA DESIGN WITH THE CHORPENNING ROUTE DESIGNATION.

Less than eight examples of this railroad propaganda design are known with the "Via Placerville and Salt Lake" Chorpenning Route designation. The same design is more common with the "Via Los Angeles" Butterfield Route designation.

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Current Opening Bid: $900

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Lot 126    

Omaha, Neb. Oct 10, cds duplexed with circular cancel ties 3¢ red, grilled (94) on yellow Union Pacific Railroad Company, Engineer's Office corner card cover to Henry Harding, Asst. Engr. at Laramie City, Wyom. Terr.; some creasing and small edge tear, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Construction began in October 1863. From the east, The Union Pacific Railroad Company based its operations in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Current Opening Bid: $40

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Lot 127    

Cent. Pacific R.R., Aug "4th", strong strike of cds with manuscript day on 3¢ pink (U58) entire with red "Paid, Pacific Union Express Co." printed ribbon frank to La Crosse Wisc.; reduced at right, Fine and scarce railroad use.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

As the Union Pacific Railroad was building track from Omaha City westwards, the Central Pacific Railroad was building track eastwards from Sacramento. The Pacific Union Express Co. had a close working relationship with the Central Pacific Railroad. Apparently, this letter was carried by Pacific Union Express to the Central Pacific Railroad, which carried it to the eastern railhead, and subsequently placed in the mails to Wisconsin.

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Current Opening Bid: $130

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Lot 128    

J. Bamber & Cos. Express, San Leandro Cal., partial strike of blue "San Leandro" straightline on 3¢ pink (U58) entire to Essex Conn., blue "J. Bamber & Cos. Express, S.F. Oct 30" double-circle datestamp and blue "Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Oct 30" oval datestamp cancels indicia, entered mails with partial "Omaha City, Neb. Nov 13" cds duplexed with unusual fancy cork cancel on indicia, uprated with 3¢ rose (65) cancelled by matching strike of cancel; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine and interesting conjunctive use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

By the end of 1867, a large portion of eastbound stagecoach mail was being deposited at the Union Pacific Railroad terminus at Omaha City Nebr. From there, the mail was carried to its destination.

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Current Opening Bid: $250

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Lot 129    

Wells Fargo & Co., Belmont Nev., blue oval datestamp cancels 3¢ pink (U58) entire with printed "Wells Fargo & Co. Paid" frank to Bainbridge N.Y., entered mails with sharp "Omaha City, Neb. Nov 26" cds duplexed with cork cancel, manuscript "Nov. 13. 1867" dating, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 130    

Linden Cal. Feb 26, double-circle datestamp on 1868 cover with red embossed "Overland" corner to Sharon, Canada bearing five 2¢ black (73) singles artfully overlapped in eyecatching fashion and tied together by matching open grid cancels, reverse with New Market (3.20) transit and red Sharon (3.20) arrival backstamps; cover tear not mentioned on certificate, otherwise Very Fine; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

A REMARKABLE CALIFORNIA BLACK JACK USE TO CANADA.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,600

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Lot 131    

Linden Cal. Mar 4, double circle datestamp on 1868 cover with embossed red "Overland" ribbon crossed to Sharon, Canada bearing 2¢ black (73) horizontal pair cancelled by circular grid, matching strike crosses out ribbon, bold strike of large "10" due handstamp, Newmarket (4.4) transit backstamp and matching "U.S. 10cts" in oval due handstamp also ties pair, red Sharon (4.6) arrival backstamp; slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, Very Fine and unusual use, ex-Faust.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

The treaty rate was 10¢ per ½ ounce. Cover was sent with insufficient treaty-rate postage, so considered completely unpaid.

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Current Opening Bid: $575

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Lot 132    

Wells Fargo & Co., Salt Lake Cty U.T., Oct 11, blue oval datestamp cancels 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire to Philadelphia Pa., entered mails with sharp blue "Pacific R.R., Oct 15" route agent cds and matching target cancel on indicia, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

At first, construction went reasonably quickly across the plains of Nebraska, but once in Wyoming Territory, progress was slowed to about one or two miles per day. On October 1, 1868, the Union Pacific had reached Green River; however, he next 130 miles to Echo City would take until the end of the year.

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Current Opening Bid: $180

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Lot 133    

San Francisco, Cal. Nov. 10, clear cds duplexed with circle of Vs ties 12¢ black (69) on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire with red "Pacific Union Express, Paid" printed frank to Demnitz, Germany, partial red "New York Paid All Br. Transit, Nov 28" exchange cds, carried transatlantic by Inman Line City of Baltimore from New York Nov. 28th to Liverpool arriving Dec. 9th, red "Verviers. B/11 12 III/Coeln/Franco" four-line transit, German (12.12) arrival backstamps, forwarded to Berlin upon receipt; cover faults, Fine and rare Pacific Union Express use to Germany.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

This cover is prepaid 15¢ for the 15¢ per ½ oz. Bremen-Hamburg rate through Verviers and Cologne.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 134    

San Francisco, Dec 19, 1868, sender's datestamp on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire with printed "Wells Fargo & Co., Paid" printed frank to Hamburg, Germany bearing 12¢ black (69) and 15¢ Black (77), each tied by New York Foreign mail bold leaf fancy cancels, Wells, Fargo & Co. blue "Paid Through" handstamp, red "New York Paid All, Br. Packet, Jan 1" exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line Russia from New York Jan. 6th to Queenstown arriving Jan. 15th, red "Verviers Coeln Franco" four-line transit; slightly reduced at right, 12¢ slightly affected from placement, Very Fine, ex-Vogel.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

A SCARCE WELLS FARGO & CO. USE FROM CALIFORNIA TO GERMANY WITH AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION FOR DOUBLE 15¢ BREMEN-HAMBURG RATE.

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Current Opening Bid: $400

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