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Western Express Usage with Foreign Origins

Lots 766-775 Lots 776-780

Lot 766    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Barnard's Express, two U.S. unused entires; one a U.S. 1864, 3¢ pink entire with "Paid---Barnard's Express., Columbia River via Yale, B.C." frank in combination with Wells, Fargo & Co. and Dietz & Nelson's scroll franks, other a U.S. 1861, 10¢ green entire with "Barnard's British Columbia Express" scroll frank with "Yale." designation in combination with Wells, Fargo & Co. frank, Very Fine, the former very rare.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

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Current Opening Bid: $700

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Lot 767    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Express, Victoria, V.I., blue oval handstamp canceling on fresh 1854, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to San Francisco, with negative "Customs, Vancouver Island" crown circular handstamp and black company frank at top, Very Fine and choice, ex-Dale-Lichtenstein; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. U10    Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

A CHOICE USAGE OF THE VANCOUVER ISLAND CUSTOMS CROWN CIRCULAR HANDSTAMP.

Wells, Fargo & Co. opened their office in Victoria in July 1858. The next year they absorbed Freeman's Express, who had opened their that same month. During the Colonial period, Wells, Fargo & Co. handled approximately half of the express mail letters to and from British Columbia & Vancouver Island.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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Lot 768    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Express, Victoria, V.I., blue oval handstamp canceling on 1854, 3¢ Nesbitt entire to Nevada, Cal., with blue "Victoria, V.I., Paid" handstamp frank and black company frank at top; cover with small corner nick at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Dale-Lichtenstein; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. U10    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 769    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria, partial blue oval date stamp on 1861, 3¢ pink entire (U35) entire to San Francisco, unusually clear and bold strike of "Post Office, Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms blue handstamped postal frank, black company frank at top; sealed cover opening tear at top center into express frank, otherwise Very Fine, a choice strike of the Victoria frank.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 770    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria, May 4, blue oval date stamp on U.S. 1861, 10¢ green entire to San Francisco, black company frank at top and additional blue "Post Office, Victoria V.I." Coat of Arms handstamped postal frank, 1869 docketing at left, Very Fine.
Scott No. U40    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 771    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria, Jan 3, blue oval date stamp canceling on U.S. 1861, 10¢ green entire to San Francisco, additionally franked with British Columbia 1869, 5¢ on 3¢ bright red (Scott 9) tied by neat blue "35" barred oval of Victoria, black company frank at top, reverse with Feb 4, 1870 recipient docketing, Very Fine; with 1980 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $600 - 800.

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Current Opening Bid: $290

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Lot 772    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells Fargo & Co., Victoria, Mar 2, blue oval date stamp on 1865, 6¢ purple entire to Chelmsford, England, additionally franked with British Columbia 1869, 5¢ on 3¢ bright red (9) tied by neat blue "35" barred oval of Victoria, blue "For Great Britain, and Ireland" handstamp at left, 6¢ indicia canceled by crossroads handstamp, red New York, Apr 6 cds and reverse with partial 1870 receiving cds; 5¢ on 3¢ stamp with pulled perf at bottom, Very Fine.
Scott No. U64    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

AN ATTRACTIVE MIXED FRANKING EXPRESS COVER FROM VICTORIA TO ENGLAND.

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Current Opening Bid: $725

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Lot 773    

(British Columbia & Vancouver Island) Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, Victoria, B.C., Mar 10, 1888, purple datestamp ties Canada 1873, 3¢ orange red on cover with Wells Fargo & Co. printed frank to San Francisco Cal., purple "Wells, Fargo Co's Express, Mar 14 10 A.M., San Francisco Cal." oval datestamp; slightly rough opening, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 774    

(Mexico) Wells, Fargo & Co., Mexican Coast and California Express, 5 U.S. entires; 1861, 3¢ entire with "25¢" frank and two 10¢ entires with 35¢ frank, used as part past-ups with blue Guaymas oval date stamps, 1870 10¢ unaddressed entire with blue La Paz, Mexico date stamp and a 12¢ entire with "$1.40 "frank addressed to Wilmington, Cal., F.-V.F.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

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Current Opening Bid: $120

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Lot 775    

(Mexico) Wells Fargo & Co., La Paz, Mexico, Apr 26, clear blue oval date stamp canceling on U.S. 1861, 10¢ green entire to San Francisco, black "Mexican Coast and California Express -- 35 Cts." express frank at top; cover opening edge tears at upper right slightly affecting indicia, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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