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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 211, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Top left sheet margin block of ten, original gum, mostly large margins, slight soiling at upper left, creases in two directions (slightly breaking in paper in places)

VERY FINE DESPITE INSIGINIFICANT CREASING. THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF ANY OF THE WELLS' LETTER EXPRESS ISSUES. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PHILATELIC ITEMS SURVIVING FROM THE INDEPENDENT MAIL ERA.

The stamps issued by Wells' Letter Express are remarkable both for the purpose they served and for their distinctive designs. The oval 96L1-96L2 stamps depict the Goddess of Commerce surrounded by bales and barrels with a merchant vessel in the background -- symbols of private enterprise and the robust economic growth of America during the 1840's.

All of the Letter Express stamps are scarce to rare. Used pairs and strips are rare. Unused or uncancelled multiples are extremely rare. This is the only block, unused or used, of any of the Letter Express issues we have located among the Sloane, Costales and Abt files.

Ex Weekes, Boker, Golden and Gordon N. John. With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
6,250
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 212, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Full to huge side margins, pre-printing paper fold, light vertical wrinkle, uncancelled on greenish cover datelined "Painesville (O.) Sep. 4, 1844" to Buffalo N.Y., from the Sidney Shepard correspondence, bold strike of "Forwarded/ by/ M. L. Root & Co./ From/ Fairport, O." five-line handstamp, manuscript "Express" at bottom, Very Fine, a rare use of Wells' Letter Express with Matthew L. Root's handstamp, the town of Fairport Harbor on Lake Erie is three miles north of Painesville, where Wells had an office, this could have been carried by Root to Painesville or possibly given to a Wells messenger on a steamer that passed thru Fairport, illustrated in Independent Mails book, ex Petri, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
900
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 213, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Full to large margins, cancelled by manuscript "X", tied by filing crease on Sep. 5, 1844 blue folded letter from Detroit Mich. to Cleveland O., sender's notation "Pr Express Paid", Very Fine despite barely visible crease thru stamp, carried by steamboat from Detroit to Cleveland before the end of the navigation season, with 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
550
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 214, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Vertical pair, large to huge margins all around, neat manuscript cancels, used on Sep. 24, 1844 folded letter from Cleveland to New York City street address, Dwight Johnson correspondence, Extremely Fine, a superb pair of the oval Letter Express stamp paying the 12-1/2c (or two stamp) rate from Cleveland to New York City, ex Boker

E. 500-750
400
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 215, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Horizontal pair, huge margins showing part of one adjoining stamp, manuscript "X" cancels, used on folded cover to New York City street address, docketing indicates Detroit October 1844 origin, missionary society correspondence, vertical file fold thru left stamp, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Schwartz

E. 400-500
450
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 216, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Vertical pair, large margins to clear at right, tied by neat manuscript cancel on Oct. 19, 1844 folded letter from Cleveland to New York City street address, Dwight Johnson correspondence, top stamp slightly creased by file fold, otherwise Very Fine, ex Frajola, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
550
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 217, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Two singles, each with ample to large margins and manuscript "X" cancel, used on greenish undated folded cover to New York City street address, missionary society correspondence, stamps slightly oxidized, otherwise Very Fine, ex Schwartz

E. 400-500
350
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 218, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Four cut-to-shape stamps neatly arranged in slightly overlapping positions, each with small manuscript "X" cancel, properly used on Sep. 14, 1844 folded letter from Cuyahoga Falls O. to New York City, Dwight Johnson correspondence, letter mentions draft enclosed -- double the 12-1/2c (two stamps) rate -- file fold clear of stamps

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND PROBABLY UNIQUE COVER WITH FOUR LETTER EXPRESS STAMPS FOR THE DOUBLE RATE.

Illustrated in Independent Mails book. Ex Golden and Kuphal

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 219, Wells Letter ExpressLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Horizontal pair, three large to huge margins, clear at top, manuscript "X" cancels, conjunctive use with Pomeroy's Letter Express 5c Black on Yellow (117L1), full margins to clear at lower right, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on front only to L. Barton Stout at Allen's Hill, New York (south of Rochester), probably originated in Cleveland, sender's directive "By the 'Express Mail' -- care of Ralph Chapin, Canandaigua, who will re-mail it at C. if necessary to get it to Mr. S. soon. C.B.S.", docketed with Aug. 6, 1844 mailing date (probably a later notation) and pencil Aug. 15 receipt date, small edge nicks, Pomeroy stamp has small tear and corner crease at bottom right, Letter Express pair slightly creased at top right

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED FRANKING AND CONJUNCTIVE USE OF WELLS' LETTER EXPRESS AND POMEROY'S LETTER EXPRESS STAMPS.

Half of the advertised Letter Express rate of 12-1/2c (two oval stamps or one circular) for destinations between Buffalo and New York City was allocated to Pomeroy's Letter Express, which actually carried the mail west of Buffalo. Some letters have only Letter Express stamps, while others have a Pomeroy stamp affixed by the Wells office to credit Pomeroy for its share of postage. Such mixed frankings are very rare.

This front was completely missing from the record of Independent Mail covers until it surfaced a few years. Illustrated in the Independent mails book (Pomeroy's Letter Express chapter).

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 606, Independent Mails: Letter Express (Wells)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Vertical pair, huge margins, slight oxidation as always, tied by smear from manuscript "X" cancels on folded cover to Detroit, probably originated in Cleveland, top stamp tiny tear in extreme top left corner, sealed tear at right and file fold at bottom, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use between two midwestern cities, ex Gordon N. John, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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