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United States Postal History continued...

EXPRESS COMPANIES
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1021 c 26 image"Hinkley & Co's Express/ Denver City/Aug 9 1860" express company handstamp, along with "The Central Overland, California/& Pikes Peak/Express Company/Denver City, K.T." oval handstamp, posted to Aurora, Indiana with a 3c Dull red (#26) tied by "Saint Joseph/Mo./Aug 16 1860" c.d.s. where the express company put the cover into the mail system, cover slightly reduced at top with small portion of back flap missing, not affecting stamp or markings, very fine and a very scarce express usage; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
1022 c Wells, Fargo & Co. postal history collection, large collection of over 90 covers that show a wide range of usages by this express company, even includes a few stamps including unused $1.00 Red and $2.00 Green Pony Express stamps plus a used $1.00 Red (faults), also includes an envelope with a newspaper stamp which probably contained a circular, the rest of the covers are company franked postal entires starting with the first Nesbitt issue including a 10c Green on buff, includes an excellent range of the Civil War period envelopes with a nice range of company markings, includes a paste-on 9c Yellow orange and a 10c Green, plus an allover front advertising cover, includes over 30 covers of the Reay and Plimpton issues in the Bank Note period including a 12c Plum paste-on usage, plus later Bureau period and Columbian entires, nearly all are western state usages, largely California, but we note Nevada, Arizona and others, also includes three large money letters and a bank draft for $1,000.00, condition varies but most are fine-very fine and a nice documentation of the Wells, Fargo Company; ex-Bleuler. Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1023 ogc U27/U349 #U27/U349, Postal Stationery mint collection with express company franks consisting of 40 entires plus three Mexican entires, nearly all with Wells, Fargo & Co franks and one each of Bamber & Co. Express and Northern Pacific Co. Express, includes a nice range of both the stationery and the different types of Wells, Fargo & Co. franks, starts as early as a 3c Red star die entire and includes an 1861 10c Green on white and several better 1864-65 issues including 6c Purple on white and buff, 9c Orange yellow on buff and an 18c Red on buff plus numerous later, overall clean and fresh, fine-very fine; ex-Bleuler. Est. $400-500

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
1024 c Express Company postal history collection of ten posted western express covers including two 1850's stampless covers of the Pacific Express Co., Langton Express franks on two 3c Red "Star Die" envelopes, also a paste-on envelope of The Holliday Overland Mail and Express Company used out of Idaho Territory in 1866, plus others including seven unused envelopes, also includes a dozen express company receipts of various companies from the eastern portion of the United States, most prior to the civil war but including two Confederate 1864 Southern Express Company receipts of Charlotte, N.C. to Raleigh, N.C., condition varies but overall fine-very fine; ex-Bleuler. Est. $400-500

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1025 OOc Express label collection, consisting of a total of 24 labels on and off cover, most are from the eastern half of the United States but we note three Wells, Fargo & Co. labels on covers from Nevada, San Francisco and Medford, Oregon, 1870 Southern Express Co. large label of Memphis on cover to Berlin, Ark., marked "photographs" and Paid 2/- (bits), also an unusual express 1878 postal card with Boston & Worcester Despatch label from Worcester to Boston with a rush order, seven legal-size money letter fronts of Iowa with various express company labels, one particularly attractive example is an American Express Co. Du Buque & Pacific R.R. with an illustration of a train, off-card labels are mostly pre-paid labels for various companies, we note a scarce "Chicago Great Western Ry./Registered Railway Mail Stamp" and others; condition quite mixed as is usual on this scarce material but interesting and attractive items are present; ex-Bleuler. Est. $300-400

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1026 c Mexico Express Company postal history collection of seventeen express company franked covers plus a money cover, most are Wells, Fargo and Co., but includes three of Express Hidalgo and one of Express National Mexicano, all with Mexican franking, usually being postal entires though a couple have adhesives, most of the Wells, Fargo and Co. are to the United States and include four with additional U.S. franking, one particularly interesting item is an 1887 cover to France with two Wells, Fargo & Co. postal entires used as paste-ons with markings tying to the cover, routed via Nogales with Tucson, Arizona and New York transits, U.S. 5c Brown and 10c Orange brown (#206, 209) tied at Tucson, backstamped Paris, fine-very fine and an interesting collection; ex-Bleuler. Est. $300-400

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
FRESNO AND SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLE
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1027 c 12L1 image#12L1, Bicycle Mail Route, California, 25c Green, original error die, tied to an unusual and extremely rare bicycle cover to San Francisco with this rare uncorrected Bicycle stamp tied by black bars cancel, 2c Carmine tied by black target with "Gilroy/Cal./Jul. 14" c.d.s. at left, backstamped San Francisco on the same day, return handstamp for San Francisco on the front and the bicycle handstamp on the reverse is strangely dated July 11,1894, blue crayon "135" in top left corner is purported to be Banta's letter register number, very fine; it is not exactly clear where this cover originated, normally the stamp was cancelled at the destination after being carried on the bicycle post, the July 11th date would imply that it was posted in Fresno, but the Gilroy cancel from a town halfway along the route suggests it may have originated there, regardless this appears to be a commercial cover to the California Savings and Loan Society in San Francisco and the only example of which we are aware that is postmarked in Gilroy, California; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1028 c 12L1 image#12L1, Bicycle Mail Route, California, 25c Green, original error die, tied to 2c Columbian postal entire by "Fresno/Cal/Jul 15 1894" duplex, posted from San Francisco with printed corner card, bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated, July 15, 1894, stamp has gum toning and a light vertical fold slightly affects the stamp, fine and rare using the original error stamp; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,500.00

SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
1029 c 12L1 image#12L1, Bicycle Mail Route, California, 25c Green, original error die, attractive corner card cover of W. Sellschopp & Co. with 2c Carmine and the rare uncorrected Bicycle stamp, both tied by "Fresno/Cal /Jul 16 1894" duplex on arrival, the local being tied by black bars and a magenta "Received/Jul 16, 1894" two line handstamp as well, additionally backstamped on the reverse with a Fresno receiving c.d.s. and bicycle handstamp is also dated July 16th, return cachet on the front for San Francisco which is a bit unusual for cover from San Francisco (usually applied to covers to San Francisco), very fine and choice example of a cover with this rare first-state stamp; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,500.00

SOLD for $2,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1030 c 12L2 image#12L2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Green, retouched die with "San Francisco" spelling corrected, small lady's cover with Bicycle Stamp, as well as 2c Carmine, tied by "Fresno/Cal/Jul 12 1894" duplex, plus bars cancel on the local, apparently posted from San Francisco on the July 10th or 11th, bicycle handstamp on the reverse is dated July 12, 1894 and "Received" is added in manuscript, very fine; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
1031 c 12L2 image#12L2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Green, retouched die with "San Francisco" spelling corrected, along with 2c Carmine (natural s.e at right), tied to cover to Fresno by "Fresno/Cal/Jul 13 1894" duplex on arrival, plus bars cancel also tying the local, apparently posted from San Francisco with bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated July 13, 1894 on arrival, light edge bends to the cover, very fine; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1032 c 12L2 image#12L2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Green, retouched die with "San Francisco" spelling corrected, along with 2c Carmine, tied by "Fresno/Cal/Jul 13 1894" duplex to pink cover, plus bars cancel also tying the local, probably posted from San Francisco with bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated July 13, 1894 on arrival, unobtrusive horizontal fold at bottom of cover, very fine; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $1,350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1033 c 12L2 image#12L2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Green, retouched die with "San Francisco" spelling corrected, tied to clean cover to Fresno by black bars cancel, 2c Carmine (natural s.e at left) tied by "Fresno/Cal/Jul 15 1894" duplex, bicycle handstamp on the reverse is dated July 15, 1894 upon receipt and quite likely originated in San Francisco, very fine; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1034 c 12L2 image#12L2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Green, retouched die with "San Francisco" spelling corrected, tied to lovely Victor Cyclery illustrated corner card cover of Arthur C. Banata, the founder of the Bicycle Route, the Bicycle stamp along with a nice 2c Carmine are tied on arrival by a "San Francisco, Cal. Jul. 19, 1894" machine cancel, the Bicycle stamp also tied by bars cancel, violet return answer cachet on the front and bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated July 17, 1894 on departure, extremely fine; this was probably the last trip from Fresno to San Francisco as the railroad strike had been ended and the service was no longer needed; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1035 c 12L2 image#12L2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Green, retouched die with "San Francisco" spelling corrected, similar attractive Victor Cyclery illustrated corner card cover with the Bicycle stamp, along with a nice 2c Carmine, tied on arrival by a "San Francisco, Cal./Jul. 19, 1894" machine cancel, the Bicycle stamp also tied by bars cancel, violet return answer cachet on the front and bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated July 17, 1894 on departure, very fine and choice; the addressee, W. Sellschopp, was a 19th century San Francisco stamp dealer, when he heard that the strike had ended he undoubtedly contacted Banta to send him some covers, this and the previous lot would be examples of these having been carried on probably the last trip and being some of the most attractive carried covers; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,200.00

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1036 c 12LU1 image#12LU1, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Brown imprint on 2c Green on white postal entire used to Fresno and presumably posted in San Francisco, "Fresno/Cal. Jul. 15, 1894" duplex applied on arrival and Bicycle imprint with bars cancel, violet answer cachet for San Francisco on the front and bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated July 15, 1894 on arrival, light vertical fold to cover, still very fine and an exceptionally scarce proper usage, Banta had 350 postal entires imprinted with this frank, most of them were never used, it is believed that only 30 or 40 of them actually saw service making them actually scarcer than the stamped covers; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,350.00

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1037 c 12LU1 image#12LU1, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Brown imprint on 2c Green on white postal entire, sent to Sellschopp in San Francisco by Banta on the last trip of the service, "San Francisco, Cal./Sta. B./Jul. 18, 1894" duplex applied on arrival late in the day, similar receiving c.d.s. of the 19th the next morning on the reverse, Bicycle imprint with bars cancel, violet answer cachet for San Francisco on the front and bicycle handstamp on the reverse dated July 17, 1894 on departure from Fresno, very fine and choice; another example of covers sent to this stamp dealer on the last trip of the service; ex-Bleuler. (Image) $1,350.00

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1038 c 12LU1 image#12LU1, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Brown imprint on 2c Green on white postal entire with proper bars cancel as well as "Fresno/Cal. Jul. 18, 1894" duplex, this cover is addressed to Henry Banta in Fresno and has no bicycle cachet on the reverse, exceptionally clean and extremely fine; the last post to San Francisco went out on the 17th, it is unknown whether a dispatch came back from San Francisco but it is quite likely that this entire was posted locally on the last day of the service; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1039 c 12LU2 image#12LU2, Bicycle Mail Route, 25c Brown imprint on 2c Green on amber postal entire with proper bars cancel as well as "Fresno/Cal. Jul. 18, 1894" duplex, this cover is addressed to A. C. Banta in Fresno and has the bicycle cachet on the reverse but without date, exceptionally clean and extremely fine; it is quite likely that Banta posted this entire to himself locally on the the last day of the service; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1040 ogORc 12L1/12LU2 #12L1/12LU2, 1894 Fresno and San Francisco Bicycle Mail Route specialized collection in three volumes, an impressive documentation of this Bicycle post that was hastily organized because of a railroad strike and just as quickly ended because the strikers were ordered back to work, this collection contains just about everything imaginable in both collateral and the issued stamps except the actually carried covers (see individual lots in this section), includes a range of the issued stamps including unused and used error die stamps plus two on prepared, but unused, corner card covers, corrected die stamps including three mint sheets of six and a block of four as well as singles, plus three mint postal entires with Bicycle stamp imprint, one on white and two on amber, then various reprint defaced stamps including a full sheet, five carried covers on the 1935 rerun and tons of collateral about the forgery of the die and the defacement with original affidavits, etc., then there is much modern re-issue material of 1994 including some loose, in addition to the Bicycle Post proper there are eighteen 19th century and early 20th century illustrated advertising covers for bicycles including 1896 Canada and 1897 Newfoundland covers, everything in this collection is attractive and overall fine-very fine; there is no question that anyone interested in this amazing Bicycle Post will make viewing this collection a priority as words are not adequate to describe all the amazing material in this collection; ex-Bleuler. Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction

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