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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2557
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2557, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)"p Adams Express", "p Adams Express""p Adams Express". Sender's directive on Jan. 10, 1842 folded letter from New York to Millbury Mass., ms. "25" express charge, accompanied by another folded letter, Nov. 10, 1843 from Salem Mass. to New York City, with similar directive and ms. "Ex 13" rate, Very Fine and extremely early Adams usages

E. 150-200
250
2558
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2558, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)"Adams & Cos" over "Harnden's Express", "Adams & Cos" over "Harnden's Express""Adams & Cos" over "Harnden's Express". Ms. redirection and "No. 7 Wall St. NY" street address on legal-size Dec. 22, 1841 folded letter from Salem Mass. to New York City, ms. "ex 13 [+] 25 [=] 38 cts." rate, minor wear along folds, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
400
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2559
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2559, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Paid Through. Adams & Co., 9 Court St. Boston, Paid Through. Adams & Co., 9 Court St. BostonPaid Through. Adams & Co., 9 Court St. Boston. Red circular handstamp clearly struck on June 14, 1845 folded letter from New York City to Paris, France, red Liverpool and orange-red Calais transits struck over Adams circle, magenta ms. "5 + 10=1/3" rate (5p plus 10p=1sh3p), Very Fine, extremely rare Adams marking during Independent Mail period

E. 500-750
850
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2560
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2560, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by/Adams & Co's Express/40 Court St. Boston, Forwarded by/Adams & Co's Express/40 Court St. BostonForwarded by/Adams & Co's Express/40 Court St. Boston. Red three-line handstamp struck twice on Dec. 4, 1849 folded letter from Naples, Italy, to James Gordon Bennett at New York City, sent in care of a Liverpool forwarder with notation on back, various transit markings and forwarding notations, Fine

E. 200-300
350
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2561
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2561, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by/Adams & Co.'s Express/No. 7 Wall St. New York, Forwarded by/Adams & Co.'s Express/No. 7 Wall St. New YorkForwarded by/Adams & Co.'s Express/No. 7 Wall St. New York. Red three-line handstamp on Feb. 12, 1845 folded letter from New York to Philadelphia, waterstains, marking slightly faded, still Fine, this is an extremely rare Adams marking used during the Independent Mail period

E. 200-300
160
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2562
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2562, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)By Adams Express Co.'s Lightning Line via Ohio & Miss. Railroad, By Adams Express Co.'s Lightning Line via Ohio & Miss. RailroadBy Adams Express Co.'s Lightning Line via Ohio & Miss. Railroad. Slightly blurry dark red oval handstamp on buff cover to West Medway Mass., pencil docketing indicates St. Louis origin in 1855, ms. "Paid" and "$5.00" contents notation, Fine, an exceedingly rare marking

E. 300-400
325
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2563
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2563, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by The Adams Express Company from 59 Broadway N.Y, Forwarded by The Adams Express Company from 59 Broadway N.YForwarded by The Adams Express Company from 59 Broadway N.Y. Blue ornately-framed handstamp on back of blue cover to Bridgeport Conn., sender's routing "Per Tasmania via Callao, Pr. hand Mr. Burlingame", bleached spots and minor edge faults, Fine and extremely rare

E. 300-400
170
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2564
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2564, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Adams & Co's Express, 9 Court St., Boston, Adams & Co's Express, 9 Court St., BostonAdams & Co's Express, 9 Court St., Boston. Black on blue-green label on Feb. 21, 1846 folded letter from Salem Mass. to New York City, street address added in blue, red ms. "Ex 13" express rate, label affixed over ms. "Adams Express" endorsement, Very Fine, ex Bartels German Sale

E. 300-400
450
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2565
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2565, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Adams & Co's Express, 9 Court St., Boston, Adams & Co's Express, 9 Court St., BostonAdams & Co's Express, 9 Court St., Boston. Black on blue-green label tied by heavy filing crease on Mar. 17, 1845 folded letter from Boston to Philadelphia, red crayon "3/" rate (three bits, or 37-12c), scarce Independent Mail use

E. 150-200
110
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2566
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2566, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Adams & Co's Express, From Danbury, W. F. Stevens, Adams & Co's Express, From Danbury, W. F. StevensAdams & Co's Express, From Danbury, W. F. Stevens. Black on green label on Oct. 11, 1852 folded letter from Danbury Conn. to New York City street address, ms. "Order $10 Enclosed" contents notation, sender's routing "By Adams & Co. Express", Very Fine

E. 200-300
300
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2567
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2567, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Adams & Co's Express from New London, Ct. [name?] Agent, Forwarded by Adams & Co's Express from New London, Ct. [name?] AgentForwarded by Adams & Co's Express from New London, Ct. [name?] Agent. Mostly readable strike of circular handstamp, "Adams & Co's Express, 56 State Street, New Haven" black on pink label with office addresses, cancelled by two light strikes of grid in circle, used on legal-size buff cover to New York City street address, ms. "Paid 3/- Manning Jr." express rate, "$256.23" contents notation, red wax seal, slight wear, otherwise Very Fine, scarce Adams usage, ex Knapp

E. 300-400
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2568
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2568, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Adams & Co's Express, From Newark, Forwarded by Adams & Co's Express, From NewarkForwarded by Adams & Co's Express, From Newark. Black on buff label used on cover to Philadelphia street address, bold ms. instructions "Very important to be Delivered today", ms. "2/-" rate (two bits, or 25c), sender's directive "Adams Express", Very Fine, extremely scarce Adams label from Newark N.J.

E. 300-400
375
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2569
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2569, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Adams & Co's Express, Offices, Newark, 315 Broad St., N. York, 7 Wall St, Adams & Co's Express, Offices, Newark, 315 Broad St., N. York, 7 Wall StAdams & Co's Express, Offices, Newark, 315 Broad St., N. York, 7 Wall St. Black on yellow label with small faults used on Nov. 13, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Newark N.J., file fold, slight wear, Fine

E. 150-200
225
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2570
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2570, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Adams & Co.'s Express, Adams & Co.'s ExpressAdams & Co.'s Express. Two stampless covers with Adams red cameo corner cards, one from 116 Chestnut St., other from 80 Chestnut St., first to Wilmington, second to East Rutland Vt., few toned spots, Fine-Very Fine appearing pair

E. 150-200
130
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2571
c
Adams Express Co. Study Collection More than 50 covers plus several receipts and off-cover labels, all carried by Adams, nice variety of usages incl. pre-war, Civil War, post-war, money packages, conjunctive use with other express companies, etc., mixed condition, all presentable, many Fine and scarce items, a valuable collection

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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2572
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2572, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)"merican Express Company" Spelling Error, "merican Express Company" Spelling Error"merican Express Company" Spelling Error. Black on vermilion label "from Columbus, Ohio" on buff cover to Marion O.opened and reduced at ends, wrinkles and small edge tear, otherwise Fine, scarce spelling error

E. 150-200
275
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2573
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2573, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded By/American Mail Company/Office 12 State Street, Boston, Forwarded By/American Mail Company/Office 12 State Street, BostonForwarded By/American Mail Company/Office 12 State Street, Boston. Red three-line handstamp and black "Collect" in ornate frame on Jun. 13, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to Boston, Very Fine

E. 200-300
375
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2574
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2574, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E), Forwarded By/American Mail Company/[Office 12 State Street, Boston]. Vivid orange-red three-line handstamp and matching "Paid" on July 1, 1844, folded letter beautifully addressed in blue from New York City to Philadelphia, very clear strikes but with bottom address line off the edge of the letter -- deliberate omission of Boston address by the New York office -- ms. line thru sender's "Hale & Co. Exp" directive, Extremely Fine, this type of straightline handstamp is rare, especially from New York

E. 300-400
350
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2575
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2575, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded By/American Mail Company/[Office 56 Wall Street N.Y, Forwarded By/American Mail Company/[Office 56 Wall Street N.YForwarded By/American Mail Company/[Office 56 Wall Street N.Y.]. Vivid orange-red three-line handstamp and matching "Paid" on July 2, 1844, folded letter beautifully addressed in blue to Philadelphia, very clear strikes but with bottom address line off the edge of the letter (deliberately?), Extremely Fine, this type of straightline handstamp is rare, especially from New York, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
325
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2576
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2576, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded By The/American Letter Mail Co./Office 56 Wall Street N.Y, Forwarded By The/American Letter Mail Co./Office 56 Wall Street N.YForwarded By The/American Letter Mail Co./Office 56 Wall Street N.Y. Three-line red handstamp with Collect box and ms. "6" rate on Aug. 28, 1844 folded letter from Newark N.J. to New York City street address, Very Fine, extremely scarce marking, ex Hall

E. 150-200
350
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2577
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2577, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)(American Letter Mail Co.) Collect 6-1/4 cts New York Office, (American Letter Mail Co.) Collect 6-1/4 cts New York Office(American Letter Mail Co.) Collect 6-1/4 cts New York Office. Fancy framed handstamp struck twice on Jul. 16, 1844 folded letter addressed in blue from New York City to Hartford Conn., ms. "14" due (12c plus 2c local delivery charge), Very Fine, ex Sloane and Malcolm

E. 200-300
375
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2578
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2578, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by/American Mail Co./Gardiner Me, Forwarded by/American Mail Co./Gardiner MeForwarded by/American Mail Co./Gardiner Me. Three-line handstamp on Aug. 20 (1844) folded letter to Portland Me., minor stains, otherwise Very Fine and clear strike of this rare marking, Hahn reports two examples of the Gardiner Me. office handstamp

E. 300-400
1,500
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2579
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2579, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by/American Mail Co, Forwarded by/American Mail CoForwarded by/American Mail Co. Red two-line handstamp and tiny black "Collect" straightline on May 20, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to Boston, pencil "Too late for 20th", Very Fine, ex Gibson

E. 150-200
400
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2580
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2580, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston, American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, BostonAmerican Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp on Dec. 2, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to Boston, red Philadelphia circle with date and "Paid" straightline, light vertical file fold clear of markings, Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
500
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2581
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2581, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Nov. 18, Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Nov. 18Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Nov. 18. Red circular handstamp with date and red Boston "Collect" box on folded cover to Philadelphia, "free J. Stiles" attempted free frank, docketed Nov. 15, 1844, Very Fine

E. 150-200
190
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2582
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2582, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Nov. 9, Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Nov. 9Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Nov. 9. Red circular handstamp with date, two matching strikes of Collect box and ms. "12-1/2" rate on Nov. 19, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to New York City with pencil street address, lightly toned, Very Fine, scarce dated marking and double-rate usage

E. 200-300
375
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2583
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2583, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 16 State Street, Boston, American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 16 State Street, BostonAmerican Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 16 State Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Boston, June 23, 1845" to Philadelphia, red Philadelphia office handstamp and "6" rate, vertical file folds, Very Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
325
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2584
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2584, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 16 State Street, Boston, American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 16 State Street, BostonAmerican Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 16 State Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp on illustrated part-printed shipping notification from Philadelphia to Boston, red forwarded handstamp, ms. "6" rating, light vertical file fold away from markings, Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
225
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2585
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2585, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co, American Letter Mail CoAmerican Letter Mail Co. Two folded letters, one from Boston to Philadelphia, other to New York (no dateline), some wear, Fine, one with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
120
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2586
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2586, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins, cancelled by red diamond on Feb. 1844 folded letter to New York, stamp with small hole at right center, cover with horizontal file fold well clear of stamp, appears Very Fine, early usage, ex Middendorf, with 1998 P.F. certificate

850
650
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2587
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2587, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins to just in, cancelled by brush mark on April 1844 folded letter to Philadelphia, light vertical file fold well away from stamp, Fine, with 1999 P.F. certificate

850
275
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2588
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2588, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins to clear at left, cancelled by pen stroke, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. No. 26 Wall St. -- N.Y." three-line handstamp on Jul. 31, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to Boston street address, pencil "2c" for local delivery charge, Very Fine

850
550
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2589
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2589, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Position 4 with double transfer at top, full margins to clear at top, tied by two pen strokes, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. No. 26 Wall St. -- N.Y." three-line handstamp on Jul. 20, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to Boston street address, pencil "2" for local delivery charge, stamp with tiny tear at bottom, otherwise Very Fine, with 2001 P.F. certificate

850
500
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2590
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2590, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Two large margins, close or touching on other sides, ms. brush stroke (bleed thru paper ties stamp), red "Forwarded by American Letter Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on undated folded cover to Philadelphia, Very Fine, this circular handstamp was used briefly in 1844 -- this cover may have originated in Baltimore, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

850
500
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2591
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2591, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Three large margins, in at right, oily red smudge cancel, some brownish gum toning, black "Paid" handstamp and red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" on folded cover to Philadelphia, no indication of origin, Fine, rare use of Eagle adhesive on inbound mail to Philadelphia, with 1998 P.F. certificate

850
350
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2592
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2592, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Large margins to slightly in, ms. cancel, used on Jun. 19, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Philadelphia, perfect strike of red "Forwarded by/American Mail Company/Office 12 State Street, Boston" three-line handstamp -- extremely scarce type of marking with Boston office address -- file fold thru stamp, almost invisible, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

850
600
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2593
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2593, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2), American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2)American Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Horizontal pair, margins to just in, left stamp with pre-printing paperfolds, tied by bold penstroke on folded cover to Philadelphia, trivial edgewear, Very Fine, scarce pair of the Large Eagle on cover, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
750
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2594
ogbl
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2594, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black (5L1). Complete sheet of twenty, unused (no gum), Very Fine, ex Meyersburg, with 1997 P.F. certificate

225
400
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2595
P
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2595, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Reprints, Plate Proofs on Bond (5L1P), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Reprints, Plate Proofs on Bond (5L1P)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Reprints, Plate Proofs on Bond (5L1P). Six complete sheets of twenty, colors incl. Blue, Yellow, Green, Magenta, Orange, Orange Brown, few trivial defects, Very Fine, attractive group

E. 200-300
80
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2596
c
American Letter Mail Co. Covers with Local Delivery Charges. Eight folded letters, all showing additional 2c for local delivery charge, various red handstamped markings incl. circles and ovals from Boston, Philadelphia (two with month/day), New York, rates incl. 6 + 6 +2, 12-1/2 + 2, 6+ 2, pencil "Penny Post Paid", Very Fine group of Independent Mail/local combinations

E. 500-750
325
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2597
c
American Letter Mail Co. Study Collection. 39 folded letters, all stampless, annotated on pages, wonderful variety of markings incl. straightlines, circles and ovals from Boston, New York and Philadelphia, some with black "Collect" or "Paid" handstamps, several scarcer types incl. early Boston three-line handstamp, conjunctive use with Overton, Philadelphia circles with month/day, 6c + 2c local delivery charge, Albany "Collect" box, most are clear strikes, minor faults, generally Fine-Very Fine, an outstanding collection of covers carried by this major Independent Mail company

E. 1,500-2,000
3,500
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2598
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2598, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by American Merchants Union Express Co. from Ogdensbnrg [sic] N.Y, Forwarded by American Merchants Union Express Co. from Ogdensbnrg [sic] N.YForwarded by American Merchants Union Express Co. from Ogdensbnrg [sic] N.Y. "U" of Ogdensburg inverted, black on vermilion label on 2c Black Jack entire to Millport N;Y., slightly creased and coiled, otherwise Fine, rare, ex Knapp

E. 200-300
325
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2599
c
American Merchants Union Express Co. Study Collection. Nine covers with labels or imprints and about two dozen off-cover labels, a variety of offices, mostly midwestern, one Bothwell, Canada, minor faults, generally presentable and Fine

E. 400-500
475
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2600
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2600, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Andrews' Portland Express Office, 77 Washington St. Boston, Andrews' Portland Express Office, 77 Washington St. BostonAndrews' Portland Express Office, 77 Washington St. Boston. Red three-line handstamp, partly clear strike on folded cover from to Boston, docketed Dec. 17, 1844, ms. "Paid", slightly worn files folds, ink spot, otherwise Fine, very scarce

E. 200-300
550
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2601
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2601, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Bannack City Express, Bannack City ExpressBannack City Express. Bold half-circle handstamp on buff cover to Minneapolis Minn., 3c Rose (65) tied by grid, "Salt Lake City May 21" circular datestamp where it entered the mails, repaired at right, otherwise Fine, scarce, the Bannack City Express provided service between Virginia City, Bannack City, Montana and Salt Lake City, from 1864 to 1866, when it was acquired by Ben Holladay

E. 500-750
500
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2602
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2602, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Bates & Co. from New York, Forwarded by Bates & Co. from New YorkForwarded by Bates & Co. from New York. Red oval handstamp and Collect box on Aug. 3, 1844 folded letter from New York to New Bedford Mass., Very Fine, scarce marking applied by E. C. Bates, who operated a letter express between New Bedford, Boston and New York City in 1844 thru mid-1845, the New York oval is scarcer than the New Bedford

E. 200-300
160
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2603
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2603, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Bates & Co. from New York, Forwarded by Bates & Co. from New YorkForwarded by Bates & Co. from New York. Red oval handstamp and Collect box on Aug. 3, 1844 folded letter from New York to New Bedford Mass., Fine, same date and correspondence as previous lot

E. 150-200
100
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2604
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2604, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Bates & Co. from New Bedford, Forwarded by Bates & Co. from New BedfordForwarded by Bates & Co. from New Bedford. Oval handstamp and Collect box, clear strike in black on front only to New York, same in red on May 31, 1845 folded letter from New Bedford to New York City, ms. "8 Cents Paid", Fine, scarce markings

E. 300-400
350
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2605
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2605, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)"Bealls Express, Charge J. W. Hayden", "Bealls Express, Charge J. W. Hayden""Bealls Express, Charge J. W. Hayden". Pencil express marking on cover to Boston street address, 3c Rose (65) uncancelled, accompanied by another express cover to Boston marked "per C C Express" with pen-cancelled 3c Rose (65) and "10+25=35" express charges, Fine and unusual pair

E. 200-300
130
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2606
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2606, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)(Bigelow/Harnden & Co.) "Per Cars", (Bigelow/Harnden & Co.) "Per Cars"(Bigelow/Harnden & Co.) "Per Cars". Sender's ms. endorsement along with "(per Mr. Bigelow)" and "to be delivered this Evening" instructions on Jul. 22, 1839 folded letter from Boston to Taunton Mass., Very Fine, as noted by Hahn, this is typical of rail letters when Harnden started his operation, Bigelow was a railroad conductor and expressman

E. 150-200
550
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2607
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2607, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Bigelow's Express, Bigelow's ExpressBigelow's Express. Black on yellow label with train vignette, tied by pencil "X" on folded letter from office of Rutland & Burlington Rail Road at Burlington, to Boston, dated July 23, without year, file folds, Very Fine

E. 200-300
1,000
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2608
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2608, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Boyd's Boston and Saco Express, Forwarded by Boyd's Boston and Saco ExpressForwarded by Boyd's Boston and Saco Express. Black on mauve label with departure times from Boston and Saco, affixed over back of May 5, 1851 folded cover to Alfred Me., label torn in half upon opening, repaired, Very Fine appearance, rare

E. 300-400
325
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2609
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2609, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard & Co. from Troy, Forwarded by Brainard & Co. from TroyForwarded by Brainard & Co. from Troy. Red oval handstamp and "Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co." box on Mar. 19, 1845 folded letter from Troy to New York City street address, pencil "8" for 6c plus 2c local delivery, Very Fine, scarce and unusually clear strike of the Brainard oval

E. 200-300
130
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2610
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2610, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard & Co. Albany, Forwarded by Brainard & Co. AlbanyForwarded by Brainard & Co. Albany. Red elongated oval handstamp with matching "6" handstamp and red Hale & Co. collect box on Aug. 29, 1844 folded letter to Philadelphia, light folds, Fine, scarce conjunctive usage, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
200
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2611
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2611, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)"Brainards Express Paid 6", "Brainards Express Paid 6""Brainards Express Paid 6". Unusual style of red ms. express marking, faint but readable "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Albany" oval handstamp and matching "Paid" on June. 26, 1845 folded letter from Albany to New York City street address, mailed four days before ban on Independent Mails, Very Fine, extremely rare Brainard & Co. marking

E. 400-500
475
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2612
c
Brainard & Co. Eight folded letters or covers, various handstamps incl. Troy ovals, Albany elongated oval, several with Hale Collect box, generally clear strikes on Fine-Very Fine covers with minor faults, a scarce group

E. 500-750
400
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2613
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2613, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York, Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. YorkForwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York. Clear strikes of red oval handstamp and "Collect/3/Cents" box on Apr. 15, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City street address, pencil "Collect", Extremely Fine, choice example of the first 3c rate in the U.S.

E. 400-500
750
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2614
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2614, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York, Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. YorkForwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York. Red oval handstamp and "Collect/3/Cents" box on folded cover to New York City street address, minor soiling and edgewear, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
200
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2615
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2615, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York, Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. YorkForwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York. Red oval handstamp and "Collect/3/Cents" box on Apr. 4, 1845 folded letter from London, England, to New York City, minor erosion from ink thru lettersheet, Fine, this is the first 3c inter-city rate in the U.S.

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2616, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York, Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. YorkForwarded by Brainard's Express, 125 Fulton St., N. York. Clear strikes of red oval handstamp and "Paid" handstamp on Jun. 21, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City street address, pencil "Pd. by S.W.J. 2 cts", ms. "pd 2" next to red oval, slightly toned file folds and faint bleaching, otherwise Very Fine, rare

E. 400-500
425
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2617
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2617, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 82 Washington St., Boston, Forwarded by Brainard's Express, 82 Washington St., BostonForwarded by Brainard's Express, 82 Washington St., Boston. Red oval handstamp and "Collect/3/Cents" box on May 24, 1845 folded letter from New York City to Boston, Very Fine, this is the first 3c inter-city rate in the U.S., Hahn recorded six different examples, ex Blake

E. 400-500
700
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2618
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2618, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded from E. F. Brown's Periodical & News Office, No. 6 Merchants Row, Cabotville Ms, Forwarded from E. F. Brown's Periodical & News Office, No. 6 Merchants Row, Cabotville MsForwarded from E. F. Brown's Periodical & News Office, No. 6 Merchants Row, Cabotville Ms. Red six-line handstamp in double-line frame with matching script "Paid" on Sep. 27, 1844 folded letter from Chicopee to New York City street address, writer gives his address as Cabotville, docketing clear of markings, usual lightly-inked but readable strike, Very Fine, extremely rare, Cabotville was situated on the stage route north from Springfield to Williamansett and Northampton

E. 400-500
300
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2619
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2619, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Bryant's Bangor Express, 11 State Street, Boston, 3 Strickland's Block, Bangor, Bryant's Bangor Express, 11 State Street, Boston, 3 Strickland's Block, BangorBryant's Bangor Express, 11 State Street, Boston, 3 Strickland's Block, Bangor. Shield-shaped handstamp and ms. "Free" on folded letter datelined Rockland Me. Dec. 26, 1855, and addressed to Rockland, sender's routing "per Bryants Express", file folds (one thru marking), Very Fine, unusual usage, apparently local

E. 200-300
550
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2620, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Canadian Express Co. from Newcastle, Canadian Express Co. from NewcastleCanadian Express Co. from Newcastle. Black on vermilion label on yellow cover to Toronto, "Printed Circular" imprint, ms. "$30.00" notation, some faults, we're not convinced label belongs, but ex Nickle, offered as is

E. 150-200
150
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2621
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2621, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Carpenter & Co. Kennebec Express, Railroad Exchange, Court Square, Boston, Carpenter & Co. Kennebec Express, Railroad Exchange, Court Square, BostonCarpenter & Co. Kennebec Express, Railroad Exchange, Court Square, Boston. Clearly struck oval handstamp on folded letter to Boston datelined Augusta Me. Mar. 6, 1854, ms. "$100", file folds, Very Fine, ex Sloane

E. 300-400
200
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2622, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Child & Co's Express, Child & Co's ExpressChild & Co's Express. Two-line handstamp with ms. "GR" and "25" rate on blue folded cover to Boston street address, ms. "$39.82" notation, no date, file fold and tiny bleached spots, Very Fine, ex Blake, this style of marking is reported by Hahn as "unique"

E. 200-300
650
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2623
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2623, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Child & Co's Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded by Child & Co's Express, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded by Child & Co's Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Scarce three-line handstamp with matching red "Paid" on folded letter to Boston datelined Portland Me., Dec. 10, 1844, Very Fine, ex Malcolm

E. 150-200
850
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2624
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2624, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Child & Co.'s Express. Nos. 8 & 9 Court St. Boston. Canal Bank Building. Portland, Child & Co.'s Express. Nos. 8 & 9 Court St. Boston. Canal Bank Building. PortlandChild & Co.'s Express. Nos. 8 & 9 Court St. Boston. Canal Bank Building. Portland. Four-line handstamp in red on two folded letters to Boston, clearer strike with ms. "12-1/2" rate from Bath Me. (May 6, 1845) and partly readable strike with "6" rate handstamp from Portland Me. (May 28, 1845), Fine-Very Fine

E. 200-300
160
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2625, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Child & Co's Great Eastern Express, Forwarded by Child & Co's Great Eastern ExpressForwarded by Child & Co's Great Eastern Express. Black on green label on folded letter to Boston street address datelined Biddeford Me. Oct. 1848, ms. "25" rate, ms. "$27.00" notation, file fold and light stain spot, still Very Fine, scarce, ex deWindt

E. 200-300
375
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2626, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Child & Co's Express, Boston, Portland and Kennebec, Child & Co's Express, Boston, Portland and KennebecChild & Co's Express, Boston, Portland and Kennebec. Black on vermilion label with train vignette on back of folded letter to Brunswick Me. datelined Boston, Aug. 30, 1844, ms. "Paid to Portland" and "12-1/2 To Pay", file fold thru label but barely affects it, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
650
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2627
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2627, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Clement's Boston, Holliston, Milford, Mendon, Upton and Uxbridge Express, Clement's Boston, Holliston, Milford, Mendon, Upton and Uxbridge ExpressClement's Boston, Holliston, Milford, Mendon, Upton and Uxbridge Express. Black on vermilion label with train vignette on blue folded letter to Hartland Vt. datelined Milford Nov. 7, 1850, ms. "Via Express Clements with Package $92", fold at top just barely affects margin of label, Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2628, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Corwin & Munsell's Long Island Express, Corwin & Munsell's Long Island ExpressCorwin & Munsell's Long Island Express. Receipt datelined New York City, Apr. 11, 1866, for a sealed package valued at $3,000 to S. L. Gardiner in Sag Harbor, scarce

E. 100-150
700
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2629, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.), H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.)H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.). Red oval handstamp and matching framed "Collect 6-1/4 Cents" handstamp on Nov. 14, 1844 folded letter from Newburyport to Boston street address, file fold, fresh and Very Fine, Crofoot operated his letter express between Newburyport and Boston in 1844 thru mid-1845, ex Knapp

E. 200-300
200
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2630, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.), H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.)H. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport (Mass.). Red oval handstamp and matching framed "Paid" handstamp on two folded letters, Mar. 15, 1845 from Belleville to New York City with conjunctive Hale & Co. oval (repaired), and Apr. 11, 1845 to New Haven, pencil "2" for local delivery charge, scarce

E. 200-300
160
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2631, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by/Crossman & Co., 11 Exchange, Portland, Forwarded by/Crossman & Co., 11 Exchange, PortlandForwarded by/Crossman & Co., 11 Exchange, Portland. Three-line red handstamp used in conjunction with Hale & Co. Boston office's red oval and framed handstamps on folded letter datelined at Boston, Nov. 21, 1844, letter requests the return of a loaned book from a dead doctor's estate, file fold, Fine, the Crossman marking is extremely rare, this was written in Boston, it might have been given to Crossman in Boston or in Portland, ex Hollowbush

E. 300-400
1,100
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2632
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2632, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Cutter & Co's. Express. Montreal, St. Hyacinthe, Richmond, Melbourne, and Sherbrooke, Forwarded by Cutter & Co's. Express. Montreal, St. Hyacinthe, Richmond, Melbourne, and SherbrookeForwarded by Cutter & Co's. Express. Montreal, St. Hyacinthe, Richmond, Melbourne, and Sherbrooke. Black on green label on back of folded wrapper to Benjamin Pomeroy in Compton, Canada, minor faults, Fine and rare, accompanied by album page with history of this Canadian express, which operated between Montreal and Sherbrooke over the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad

E. 150-200
600
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2633
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2633, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Damon & Co's Hudson River Express, 3 Wall Street, New-York, Forwarded by Damon & Co's Hudson River Express, 3 Wall Street, New-YorkForwarded by Damon & Co's Hudson River Express, 3 Wall Street, New-York. Red oval handstamp and two strikes of matching "XPRESS/BOB"%$ small negative letters in circle within double circular frame, pencil "Collect" on Aug. 25, 1844 folded receipt (payment for an ad notice for "letting female convicts") from newspaper publisher to state prison at Sing Sing N.Y., file fold, Very Fine, Hahn reports this as the latest Damon usage before it was absorbed by Overton, the small circular handstamp is only known on this cover, ex deLisle

E. 400-500
800
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2634
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2634, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Davenport & Co. 29-1/2 State Street, Boston, Forwarded by Davenport & Co. 29-1/2 State Street, BostonForwarded by Davenport & Co. 29-1/2 State Street, Boston. Dark red oval handstamp and ms. "7" rate (5c plus 2c local delivery charge) on Jun. 18, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City, conjunctive use with red "City Mail Office, Broad Street" oval handstamp, small tear at top center, Very Fine and scarce, Perry believed Davenport & Co.'s express started in the spring of 1845 and was forced to discontinue soon after on June 30 by the Act of 1845, Hahn lists five examples

E. 300-400
850
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2635
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2635, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)By Davenport & Mason's Express, By Davenport & Mason's ExpressBy Davenport & Mason's Express. Shield-framed handstamp with office addresses on Nov. 23, 1857 folded letter from New Bedford to Taunton Mass., endorsed "Railroad business", Very Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
160
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2636
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2636, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)By Davenport & Mason's Express, By Davenport & Mason's ExpressBy Davenport & Mason's Express. Greenish-blue shield-framed handstamp with office addresses on Dec. 4, 1855 folded letter from Taunton to Silas Pierce & Co. (in Boston), file folds, Extremely Fine strike of this scarce marking, ex Sloane

E. 300-400
400
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2637
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2637, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)By Davenport & Mason's Express, Office, 11 State St. Boston, By Davenport & Mason's Express, Office, 11 State St. BostonBy Davenport & Mason's Express, Office, 11 State St. Boston. Black on yellow circular label on blue Aug. 22, 1852 folded letter from Taunton to Boston, file folds (one thru label but hardly noticeable), Very Fine

E. 200-300
250
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2638
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2638, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)"Collect six cents for Dows & Co. exprs", "Collect six cents for Dows & Co. exprs""Collect six cents for Dows & Co. exprs". Ms. framed rate marking along with similar "Collect 24 cents for Dows & Cos exps" on Feb. 11, 1845 folded letter from Boston to Portland Me., the sender's and addressee's last names are both Dow, one wonders if the "Dows Express" markings are the sender's playful joke, Very Fine, ex Blake

E. 200-300
150
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2639
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2639, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Drake & Co's Providence, Taunton and New Bedford Express, Forwarded by Drake & Co's Providence, Taunton and New Bedford ExpressForwarded by Drake & Co's Providence, Taunton and New Bedford Express. Black on green label with office addresses on buff cover to Mansfield Centre Conn., ms. "$30.00 from Thomas L. Stretcher", 2c Express, Part Perforated (R9b), ms. "HGR 1m30 1863" cancel, early matching usage (Jan. 30, 1863), ms. "Ex 2/" (two bits, or 25c) express charge, with enclosure, opened roughly at left slightly into label, stamp has a few toned or clipped perfs, still Fine, scarce EMU of Express revenue stamp with a rare express label

E. 400-500
550
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2640
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2640, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by Durfee's Express, Forwarded by Durfee's ExpressForwarded by Durfee's Express. Black on dull green label on cover to Chicago Ill., 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, tied by "Great Falls N-H Jul. 7" circular datestamp, remnants of paste-up on back and rectangular portion of flaps cut out (possibly where another label was located), otherwise Very Fine, unusual combined use of express and post office

E. 200-300
250
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2641, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (A-E)Forwarded by the Eastern Express Company, Cor. of Exchange & Middle Streets, Portland, Forwarded by the Eastern Express Company, Cor. of Exchange & Middle Streets, PortlandForwarded by the Eastern Express Company, Cor. of Exchange & Middle Streets, Portland. Blue circular handstamp clearly struck on cover to Portland Me., with enclosure datelined at Saco Me., Jul. 30, 1857, opening tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, accompanied by a weak strike of similar Boston office handstamp on stained Sep. 3, 1857 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Boston, scarce, accompanied by album page with history of the Eastern Express Co.

E. 200-300
550
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