Lot 1019Wells, Fargo & Co's Overland Express, "California R.R.", black on blue label with manuscript origin designation, some creases and flaws, affixed on legal-size cover bearing two 3¢ rose (65) singles, tied by sharp "Austin Nev, May 28" duplex with target cancel to Nashville Ill., remarkable strike of bold "Registered" framed handstamp at left; some light staining, reduced slightly at left, Fine and rare use, ex Dale-Lichtenstein.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE WELLS FARGO & CO. OVERLAND EXPRESS LABEL.
After buying out Ben Holladay in 1866, Wells Fargo ran the Overland Express over the same route as the earlier Pony Express. In 1867 the Central Pacific was building the transcontinental railroad across the Sierras.
Wells Fargo carried this envelope by stagecoach from the Central Pacific railroad to Austin in central Nevada where they posted it by registered mail to Illinois.