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
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
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).