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State Postmarks - Arizona Expresses

Lots 637-644

Lot 637    

Arizona & New Mexico Express Co., black company frank on uncancelled 3¢ green (U163) entire to San Francisco, Cal., Very Fine.
Thomas No. ARI-001    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

In March of 1875, several newspapers reported the establishment of a new stage and express service that operated across Arizona and New Mexico. Henry Wells was listed as President and the General Superintendent was his son, Charles H. Wells. Stock certificates were created, a company was formed and line operations began to take shape. In late December 1875 or January 1876, this stage and express service started to operate over a route between Prescott, Phoenix, Tucson and the Terminus of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Despite its name, the company never got as far as New Mexico. By 1876 the express folded due to lack of funding, having lost its usefulness as the railroad pushed further east.

Realized: $1,350

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Lot 638    

Arizona & New Mexico Express Co., printed rectangular paid frank on 3¢ green (U163) entire cancelled by blue "A. & N. M. Ex Co., Prescott A.T., Apr 24" oval datestamp to San Francisco Cal., matching negative blue script "B" circular handstamp at left of frank; left side faulty but could be trimmed, otherwise Very Fine and rare.
Thomas No. ARI-002    Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO EXPRESS CO. FRANK.

Francis W. Blake (see Blake's Express) was Arizona & New Mexico agent in Prescott, Arizona.

Realized: $4,000

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Lot 639    

Tombstone & Patagonia Express Line, illustrated four-horse stagecoach frank (TOP-400) on unused 1874, 3¢ green entire, Very Fine and choice, this being One of Two Known Examples of This Express Frank, the other example sold in our 2014 Westpex sale for $1,250 hammer.
Scott No. U163    Estimate $500 - 750.

A partnership between John Delamore Kinnear and H.C. Walker had resulted in a stage company which ran between Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona Territory. This affair ended around 1881 and each partner formed his own stage line that ran over the same route. It is believed that John Kinnear formed the Tombstone & Patagonia stage line when the partnership with Walker ended. In early 1883, Kinnear sold his stage lines to Robert Crouch & Company.

Realized: $1,150

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Lot 640    

Tucson and Patagonia Express. Ingram & Co., Proprietors., printed frank on 3¢ green (U163) entire cancelled by "Tucson Ariz. Apr 27, 1880" cds duplexed with target cancel to Phoenix, Arizona; entire restored including "Tu" of frank, Very Fine appearance, Census #WC6471.
Thomas No. TUP-400    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE TUCSON & PATAGONIA EXPRESS FRANK.

A partnership between John Delamore Kinnear and H.C. Walker had resulted in a stage company which ran between Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona Territory. This affair ended around 1881 and each partner formed his own stage line that ran over the same route. It is believed that John Kinnear formed the Tombstone & Patagonia stage line when the partnership with Walker ended. In early 1883, Kinnear sold his stage lines to Robert Crouch & Company.

Realized: $1,250

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Lot 641    

Tucson and Tombstone Stage Line, Stage and Express Business, J.D. Kinnear, Proprietor., illustrated four-horse stagecoach frank on 3¢ green (U164) entire cancelled by "Tucson Ariz. Jan 7" cds duplex to New York N.Y., "New-York, Rec'd Feb 17" arrival backstamp, Very Fine, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Thomas No. TUT-400    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

John Delamore Kinnear and H. C. Walker established a stage company which ran between Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona Territory. This affair ended around 1881 and each partner formed his own stage company that ran over the same route. It is believed that John Kinnear formed the Tucson & Tombstone and the Tombstone & Patagonia stage lines when the partnership with Walker ended. At first, service over the 95 mile route between Tucson and Tombstone ran four times a week with a through time of about 17 hours. Times on this route were later reduced to less than 14 hours as roads improved. In early 1883, Kinnear sold his stage lines to Robert Crouch & Company.

Realized: $4,000

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Lot 642    

Wells, Fargo & Co., Globe A.T., purple oval handstamp with manuscript "5/19/86" date in center on 2¢ red entire with printed Wells Fargo paid frank to San Francisco, reverse with magenta "W.F. & Co's Ex., S.F., China Route" bilingual oval handstamp and pencil "2cts Asstd Ex" notation above; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine and scarce use.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $725

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Lot 643    

Arizona Territory Forts and Military Post Offices, group of 13 covers including Camp Verde (3), Fort Bowie (3 different), Fort Apache (2), Fort Defiance, Camp Grant, Fort Grant, 1869 and 1880 Apache Pass; mixed condition, Fine and scarce group of Arizona Territory Military mail.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Complete Images.

Realized: $375

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Lot 644    

Arizona Territory Towns, 1868-1900, group of 25 covers and cards including Aribaca, Arivaca, Chloride, Dos Cabezas, Isaacson (unique?), Grand Canyon, Mc'Dowell, Oro Blanco, Globe, Snowlow, Wilcox, 1868 Yuma, Terminus, Benson & Nogales R.P.O., etc.; some mixed condition, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Complete Images.

Realized: $1,150

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