Lot 3240Newell & Co's Express, San Francisco, sharp strike of blue double-oval and matching "COLLECT" straightline on orange buff cover to Mormon Gulch near Littletown Cal., endorsed "pr. Todd's Expss." at bottom left; opening tears at right, otherwise Very Fine and choice, WC7802, ex-Tahoe.
Thomas No. NEW-100 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
ONE OF ONLY FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NEWELL & CO'S EXPRESS SAN FRANCISCO OVAL.
L.W. Newell of Sonora and C.W. Colt of Stockton began a competing line against Alexander Todd in August 1851. They carried between Sonora and Sonora, and from San Francisco to Portland Ore. They operated until 1853, when the company was sold to Adams & Co. Both Newell and Colt were former partners in Todd & Co. Express, which undoubtedly accounts for the Todd endorsement.