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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 (F-W)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2642
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2642, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Favor's Express, Boston, 1 Court Sq./St. John N.B., Eastport & Boston, Favor's Express, Boston, 1 Court Sq./St. John N.B., Eastport & BostonFavor's Express, Boston, 1 Court Sq./St. John N.B., Eastport & Boston. Red double-circle handstamp on back of blue folded letter datelined St. John N.B., Jun. 18, 1852, to New York City, carried by steamer from New Brunswick, entered U.S. mails with "Boston 5 cts. 21 Jun." integral-rate circular datestamp and "Steam" straightline handstamp, Very Fine, this is reported to be the rarest of the Favor's Express markings (Hahn notes four dated examples, 1851-53)

E. 1,000-1,500
950
2643
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2643, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Favor's Express, Steamer Admiral, Nov. 1856, Favor's Express, Steamer Admiral, Nov. 1856Favor's Express, Steamer Admiral, Nov. 1856. Red circular datestamp on backflap, red "Colonial Express Mail, St. John N.B., Nov. 3" circular datestamp on cover to Watertown Mass., no other U.S. markings, lightly cleaned, Very Fine, scarce marking with "Steamer Admiral" name (Hahn notes usually struck in black)

E. 500-750
550
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2644
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2644, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Colonial Express Mail, St. John, N.B. Aug. 2, Colonial Express Mail, St. John, N.B. Aug. 2Colonial Express Mail, St. John, N.B. Aug. 2. Clearly struck circular datestamp and "10" due rate handstamp on brown cover to Wilmington Del., sender's ship-name routing "Admiral", receiving backstamp, light waterstains around left side, some arithmetic notations, otherwise Very Fine

E. 400-500
425
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2645
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2645, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)U.S. Express Mail St. John [over] Boston, Sep. 4, U.S. Express Mail St. John [over] Boston, Sep. 4U.S. Express Mail St. John [over] Boston, Sep. 4. Bold strike of circular datestamp with "Boston" above date, overstruck by "St. John" straightline, "10" due rate handstamp on folded letter to Providence R.I. datelined St. John N.B., Sep. 3, 1856, files folds, lightly cleaned, Very Fine, extremely rare combination of the "Boston" and "St. John" handstamps, this is the strike illustrated in ASCC Vol. 2 (p. 137)

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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2646
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2646, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Favor's St. Johns, Eastport and Boston Express, Forwarded by Favor's St. Johns, Eastport and Boston ExpressForwarded by Favor's St. Johns, Eastport and Boston Express. Black on vermilion label with names and addresses of four agents (incl. J. L. Libby of Boston), used on back of blue folded letter datelined St. John N.B., June 30, 1849, to Augusta Me., pencil "Immediate via Portland", Very Fine, extremely rare Favor's Express label from the first year Hiram Favor operated (he became an official letter carrier in Apr. 1853), ex Carr

E. 750-1,000
0
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2647
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2647, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Fishwick's Express from St. John N.B, Forwarded by Fishwick's Express from St. John N.BForwarded by Fishwick's Express from St. John N.B. Black on vermilion perforated label used in conjunction with "Eastern Express Co., 51 Devonshire St. Boston" bronze on black label on yellow cover with printed address to Windsor, Nova Scotia, ms. notations incl. "$200" content notation and Aug. 2, 1872 receipt date, five wax seals on back, opened around most of three sides and some minor faults incl. defects in label, still presentable and very rare, "unique" according to Hahn, who notes that this express was established by Frederick W. Fishwick on Aug. 24, 1861, and carried government mail as the Colonial Express in 1857, ex Carr

E. 400-500
850
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2648
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2648, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Express from Shelburne Falls. Fiske & Rice, Proprietors. D. B. Gunn, Agent, Forwarded by Express from Shelburne Falls. Fiske & Rice, Proprietors. D. B. Gunn, AgentForwarded by Express from Shelburne Falls. Fiske & Rice, Proprietors. D. B. Gunn, Agent. Black on vermilion label used on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to Boston street address, ms. notation "Sickness", with original letter enclosure datelined Shelburne Falls Mass., Jul. 8 (ca. 1856), concerning a young child suffering from dysentery, small piece missing from backflap and opening tear across lower flap, otherwise Very Fine, extremely scarce

E. 300-400
400
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2649
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2649, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forbes's Newburyport Express, Office, 8 Court St. Boston, Forbes's Newburyport Express, Office, 8 Court St. BostonForbes's Newburyport Express, Office, 8 Court St. Boston. Red oval handstamp on Oct. 3, 1844 folded letter from Newburyport to Boston, ms. "Forbs Paid", fresh and Very Fine, extremely rare marking from this New England express operated by William Forbes

E. 300-400
275
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2650
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2650, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Gay, Kinsley & Co, Gay, Kinsley & CoGay, Kinsley & Co. Two versions of the same red oval handstamp on folded letters from Boston to New York City, one with "Gay, Kinsley & Co. Express, From 1 Wall St. New York" (Dec. 2, 1848), other with blank space where "Gay" removed (May 19, 1849), mostly clear strikes, Very Fine, nice pair showing change in partnership

E. 200-300
150
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2651
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2651, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express, Forwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern ExpressForwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express. Black on yellow label with office addresses and transportation vignettes, used on blue folded letter datelined Fall River Mass. Nov. 3, 1849, to New York City street address, ms. "$5 Enclosed" and "pr Kinsleys Express", Very Fine, ex Gibson

E. 200-300
475
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2652
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2652, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express, Forwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern ExpressForwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express. Black on vermilion label with office addresses and transportation vignettes, used on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, no date or contents, blue "Paid" in oval handstamp., Fine

E. 150-200
275
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2653
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2653, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express, Forwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern ExpressForwarded by Gay, Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express. Black on dark blue label with office addresses and transportation vignettes, used on blue Oct. 11, 1850 folded letter from Boston to New York City street address, pencil "2/-" express charge (two bits, or 25c) , Very Fine, ex Gibson

E. 200-300
600
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2654
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2654, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Gay & Co's New-York, Boston & Eastern Express, Forwarded by Gay & Co's New-York, Boston & Eastern ExpressForwarded by Gay & Co's New-York, Boston & Eastern Express. Black on pink label with office addresses and transportation vignettes, used on Dec. 17, 1847 blue folded letter from Boston to New York City, file fold thru label, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Knapp

E. 150-200
375
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2655
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2655, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Gay & Co's New-York, Boston & Eastern Express, Forwarded by Gay & Co's New-York, Boston & Eastern ExpressForwarded by Gay & Co's New-York, Boston & Eastern Express. Black on blue label with office addresses and transportation vignettes, used on Sep. 13, 1847 folded letter from New York City to Boston, file fold thru label, otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
350
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2656
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2656, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by [Gay] Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express, Forwarded by [Gay] Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern ExpressForwarded by [Gay] Kinsley & Co's Boston, New York, Philadelphia & Eastern Express. Black on light blue label with office addresses and transportation vignettes, "Gay" cut out from label after he left partnership, used on back of blue folded letter datelined Fall River Mass., Jun. 20, 1851, to New York City street address, minor damp stain and erosion at one corner, some mucilage around label, still Fine and very rare

E. 300-400
850
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2657
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2657, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Kinsley & Co's Express, Forwarded by Kinsley & Co's ExpressForwarded by Kinsley & Co's Express. Oval ornamental framed handstamp with three office addresses listed, mostly clear strike on Apr. 30, 1850 blue folded letter from Boston to Philadelphia, sender's notation "Gay & Co." refers to the old partnership, Very Fine, ex Gibson

E. 200-300
170
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2658
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2658, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Kinsley's Express, Boston, May 13, 1868, Kinsley's Express, Boston, May 13, 1868Kinsley's Express, Boston, May 13, 1868. Blue double-circle ribbon-marker datestamp on cover to Newport R.I., ms. "Kinsley's Ex. Paid. To be delivered today" and receipt docketing indicating $4,000 was enclosed, Very Fine, rare, ex Blake

E. 300-400
250
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2659
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Gay, Kinsley & Co. Study Collection. Group of 16 items, mostly folded letters or covers with handstamps or labels representing Gay & Co., the Gay-Kinsley partnership and finally Kinsley & Co. after the partnership dissolved: Gay & Co. includes three 1845 with yellow and pink labels (New York and Boston offices), 1846 with black on red label, two 1847 with red oval, 1851 with pink circular label; Gay, Kinsley & Co. partnership incl. two 1848 with black Philadelphia and red New York office ovals, and 1850 black on vermilion label; Kinsley & Co. incl. ornamental oval and four types of labels (one on 1879 postal card); some faults to be expected, still a Fine and scarce group

E. 500-750
2,800
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2660
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2660, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Gilman's Express, Office, No. 9 Court Street, Boston, Gilman's Express, Office, No. 9 Court Street, BostonGilman's Express, Office, No. 9 Court Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp used in conjunction with American Letter Mail Co. red oval handstamp and Collect box (both Boston office) on folded letter datelined Bangor Me. Jan. 10, 1845, to Boston, sender's directive "Gilmans Express", file fold, Very Fine, Gilman worked with ALMCo. to provide service to locations in Maine

E. 200-300
650
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2661
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2661, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Godfrey & Co, Godfrey & CoGodfrey & Co. Two different items related to the same express operator: "Godfrey & Co's, New Bedford Express, Office No. 3 Wall St., New York" red oval handstamp on Feb. 26, 1845 blue folded cover to Taunton Mass. (Sloane notes); and "Forwarded by Godfrey & Minro's Express" black on yellow label with office addresses and transportation vignettes on May 9, 1848 folded letter from New York to Haverstraw Mass., Very Fine, extremely scarce

E. 400-500
300
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2662
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2662, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Gray's New Bedford Express, No. 9 Elm Street, Boston, Gray's New Bedford Express, No. 9 Elm Street, BostonGray's New Bedford Express, No. 9 Elm Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp on folded cover to Boston, receipt docketing dated Jun. 27, 1845, tiny tear at top, Very Fine, rare, Hahn notes dates for three examples (a fourth was in our Hall sale)

E. 300-400
325
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2663
c
Gray's Express Study Collection. Five folded letters, incl. 1843 sender's ms. directive "Grays Express" and pencil "For 7-1/2 o'clock cars", 1844 ms. "Grays Express Paid", other three with red framed "Gray's Lowell Express" handstamp (two dated 1845), minor faults or weak strikes, otherwise Fine

E. 400-500
325
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2664
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2664, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded Through/Hale's/Foreign Letter Office/New-York, Forwarded Through/Hale's/Foreign Letter Office/New-YorkForwarded Through/Hale's/Foreign Letter Office/New-York. Four-line handstamp in red (Gutman Ty. NY-D) and two strikes of matching "Paid" in negative mirrored letters in oval "shield" (unlisted in Gutman) on Feb. 28, 1842 folded letter to London, England, sender's routing "pr. 'Patr: Henry", "1842 MR 27/Liverpool/Ship" framed ship-letter datestamp and red London receiving datestamp on back, ms. "8" pence due, minor tear at top right barely into marking, Very Fine, the four-line handstamp is scarce and the "Paid" handstamp is very rare (the only reported example thus far)

E. 500-750
1,500
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2665
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2665, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Hale's For. Let. Office, Corner of Wall and Water Streets, New-York, Forwarded by Hale's For. Let. Office, Corner of Wall and Water Streets, New-YorkForwarded by Hale's For. Let. Office, Corner of Wall and Water Streets, New-York. Red four-line handstamp on back of Oct. 2, 1838 folded letter from Middletown Conn. to London, England, sender's routing via "Great Western", "Bristol/Ship-Letter" framed handstamp, ms. "1/5" rate with two other rates crossed out, "Forwarded by Cary & Co. New York" oval and red London receiving backstamps (Oct. 18, 1838), small piece clipped from flap, otherwise Very Fine, accompanied by another type of early Hale marking with "Hale's News Room" on 1842 folded letter to Liverpool with ship-letter backstamp, both of these date from Hale's activity in processing mail for transatlantic sailings from New York

E. 200-300
275
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2666
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2666, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston, (BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston. Scarce early four-line framed handstamp in red clearly struck on Jan. 16, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, sender's ms. "Hale & Co. prepaid", Very Fine, early use and unusually clear strike

E. 150-200
150
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2667
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2667, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston, (BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston. Scarce early four-line framed handstamp in red clearly struck on folded cover to New York City, Jan. 31, 1844 receipt docketing, sender eradicated a different name before writing address, Very Fine

E. 150-200
100
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2668
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2668, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston, (BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded Through/Hale & Co.'s/Letter Office 13/Court St. Boston. Scarce early four-line framed handstamp in red lightly struck on Dec. 28, 1843 blue folded letter from Boston to New York City, forwarded by government mail to Middletown Conn., red "New-York Jan. 1" circular datestamp and magenta "12-1/2" rate, file folds, Fine, unusual and very early Hale usage (earliest recorded by Gutman is Dec. 26, 1843, with the same marking)

E. 150-200
225
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2669
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2669, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston, (BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston. Large double-line oval handstamp and matching Collect box on Mar. 18, 1845 folded letter from Boston to Providence R.I., file folds, Fine, scarce marking

E. 100-150
275
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2670
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2670, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. May 19, Boston, (BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. May 19, Boston(BOSTON MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. May 19, Boston. Scarce red oval with date and matching Collect box on 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City, file fold, light toning, Very Fine, May 19 is the latest date reported in Gutman census (p. 137)

E. 100-150
375
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2671
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2671, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BOSTON MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), (BOSTON MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)(BOSTON MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Large margins to slightly in, pastel shade, ms. crossed-lines precancel, used on large part of folded cover to New York City street address, "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Boston" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with "Boyd's City Express Post, Aug. 30 9 O'C" framed datestamp, Aug. 29, 1844 receipt docketing, file fold, stamp slightly creased, still Fine, rare conjunctive use between Hale and Boyd (seen more often with Pomeroy)

E. 400-500
700
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2672
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2672, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) Forwarded Through Hale's Letter Office, New York, (NEW YORK N.Y.) Forwarded Through Hale's Letter Office, New York(NEW YORK N.Y.) Forwarded Through Hale's Letter Office, New York. Red four-line handstamp and matching "12" rate handstamp on Jan. 17, 1844 folded letter addressed in blue to Boston, Very Fine, scarce early Hale marking

E. 300-400
350
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2673
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2673, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) Collect 6-1/4, (NEW YORK N.Y.) Collect 6-1/4(NEW YORK N.Y.) Collect 6-1/4. Bold red straightline handstamp on Apr. 9, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Boston, Very Fine, this type of straightline is not listed in Gutman book

E. 150-200
350
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2674
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2674, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) 12-1/2, (NEW YORK N.Y.) 12-1/2(NEW YORK N.Y.) 12-1/2. Bold red rate handstamp struck twice on Mar. 5, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Boston marked "Single" by sender but corrected to "Double" by Hale office and rated 12-1/2c due, Very Fine

E. 150-200
130
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2675
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2675, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enq. Building, New-York, (NEW YORK N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enq. Building, New-York(NEW YORK N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enq. Building, New-York. Red oval handstamp and matching Collect box with Portsmouth N.H. agent's pencil rate "Postage 8ct C.E. Blunt" on Aug. 14, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Portsmouth N.H., Very Fine, Charles E. Blunt was the Hale agent in Portsmouth

E. 150-200
400
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2676
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2676, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) Hale & Co. Multiple Rates, (NEW YORK N.Y.) Hale & Co. Multiple Rates(NEW YORK N.Y.) Hale & Co. Multiple Rates. Two folded letters with red New York office ovals and Collect box handstamps, one to Philadelphia changed to "12-1/2" in ms. and with red "12-1/2" rate handstamp, other to Boston changed to "18-3/4" in pencil, Very Fine

E. 150-200
130
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2677
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2677, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y, (NEW YORK N.Y(NEW YORK N.Y.) "MAILED LATE FOR THE". Red straightline handstamp with pencil "20th" on back, matching red New York office oval and Collect box on June 18, 1845 folded illustrated Swiftsure Transportation Line receipt and letter to Philadelphia, ms. "Paid 8 Cts." for 6c rate and 2c local delivery charge, minor split along file fold on backflap, folded to show all markings, Very Fine, desirable combination of Hale auxiliary marking, local delivery charge and illustrated enclosure

E. 200-300
300
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2678
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2678, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) "Mailed Late For The" Straightline, (NEW YORK N.Y.) "Mailed Late For The" Straightline(NEW YORK N.Y.) "Mailed Late For The" Straightline. Two different types on separate folded letters from New York to Providence R.I., one in all caps (May 1, 1845), other with only "Late" in caps (Oct. 31, 1844)), both clearly struck with red Collect boxes, the earlier cover also has New York oval, the later cover is a printed shipping form, Very Fine, this marking indicated the letter missed that day's northbound mail

E. 300-400
350
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2679
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2679, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW YORK N.Y.) "P.P.P, (NEW YORK N.Y.) "P.P.P(NEW YORK N.Y.) "P.P.P." Red handstamp indicating Penny Post Paid, matching New York office oval handstamp and "Paid" straightline on folded cover to Boston, tiny ms. "Paid 8ct" for 6c rate and 2c local delivery, Very Fine, only three examples of this New York "P.P.P." handstamp are recorded in Gutman census

E. 150-200
450
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2680
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2680, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(ALBANY N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Albany, (ALBANY N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Albany(ALBANY N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Albany. Red oval handstamp and ms. "Free" on Aug. 4, 1844 folded letter from Buffalo N.Y. to Alvin Adams, the founder of Adams Express, in Boston, Very Fine

E. 150-200
250
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2681
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2681, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third St. Philadelphia, (BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third St. Philadelphia(BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third St. Philadelphia. Red oval handstamp and matching Collect box on June 11, 1845 folded letter re tea auction to Baltimore Md., two strikes of red "OFFICE/16 S. Calvert Street" two-line handstamp on front and a third strike on back, file fold and light wrinkles, Very Fine, the two-line marking with Hale's Baltimore office address is extremely rare (the office operated only 67 days), the Gutman listing is based on this sole example (see p. 126), ex Malcolm

E. 400-500
2,600
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2682
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2682, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore, (BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore(BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore. Red oval and matching "Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co." framed handstamp on folded cover (side flaps removed) to Philadelphia with pencil street address added by Hale office, docketed May 23, 1845, file folds affect markings, Very Fine, extremely rare Hale Baltimore oval (this office in existence Apr. 24-Jun. 30, 1845), ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
200
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2683
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2683, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore, (BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore(BALTIMORE MD.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore. Red oval handstamp and matching Collect box on June 25, 1845 blue folded letter to Boston, file fold thru markings, otherwise Very Fine, Hale's Baltimore office was open only 67 days before the end of the Independent Mail period on June 30, 1845, just five days after this cover was mailed

E. 200-300
225
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2684
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2684, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BROOKLYN N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale Brooklyn N.Y, (BROOKLYN N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale Brooklyn N.Y(BROOKLYN N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale Brooklyn N.Y. Two lines in ornately-framed Eagle handstamp lightly struck with Collect box on folded letter datelined Brooklyn, Mar. 2, 1845, to Springfield Mass., all writing in blue, Fine, only seven examples of this distinctive marking are recorded in Gutman census

E. 750-1,000
400
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2685
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2685, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(BROOKLYN N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale Brooklyn N.Y, (BROOKLYN N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale Brooklyn N.Y(BROOKLYN N.Y.) Forwarded by Hale Brooklyn N.Y. Two lines in ornately-framed Eagle handstamp clearly struck with Collect box on front only to Beverly Mass., minor toned spots, Very Fine strike, only seven recorded in Gutman census

E. 200-300
500
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2686
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2686, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(HARTFORD CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Hartford, (HARTFORD CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Hartford(HARTFORD CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Hartford. Red oval handstamp on Jan. 16, 1845 folded letter to Springfield Mass., green Collect box struck on arrival (Hale's Springfield used green), repaired erosion along right edge, otherwise Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
190
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2687
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2687, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(LOWELL MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co., 95 Merrimac St., Lowell, (LOWELL MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co., 95 Merrimac St., Lowell(LOWELL MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co., 95 Merrimac St., Lowell. Red oval handstamp and red "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" oval and Collect box on folded letter to Lowell Mass., no origin or date but pencil notation indicated 1844 from Hartford, Very Fine, the Lowell marking is scarce (seven reported in Gutman census)

E. 150-200
120
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2688
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2688, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(MIDDLETOWN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown, (MIDDLETOWN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown(MIDDLETOWN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown. Red oval handstamp and matching Collect box with "Six" cents changed in ms. to "12", faint strike of Hale New York office oval on Oct. 8, 1844 folded letter from Middletown Conn. to Philadelphia, marked "double", writer disparages U.S. Post Office and asks addressee to send future letters by express, Very Fine, the Middletown office oval is scarce (thirteen recorded in Gutman census)

E. 200-300
110
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2689
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2689, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(MIDDLETOWN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown, (MIDDLETOWN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown(MIDDLETOWN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Middletown. Red oval handstamp and matching "Paid M" oval on mostly complete folded cover to New York City, oval stain, Fine, thirteen of the Middletown oval are recorded in Gutman census, but only four have the "M" oval

E. 150-200
100
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2690
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2690, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEWARK N.J.) "Newark N.J. 6", (NEWARK N.J.) "Newark N.J. 6"(NEWARK N.J.) "Newark N.J. 6". Ms. rate and office designation over red Collect box, matching "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New-York" oval handstamp on folded letter addressed in blue to Albany N.Y., datelined Newark, Sep. 3, 1844, docketed just below markings, Very Fine, Gutman refers to two Hale covers from Newark with New York office markings, he was apparently not made aware of this manuscript Newark marking, which may have been applied at the New York office to indicate postage owed to the Newark office

E. 400-500
1,000
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2691
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2691, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW BEDFORD MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), (NEW BEDFORD MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)(NEW BEDFORD MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Cut to shape, magenta ms. "AB" New Bedford control mark (Amos Bates, agent), red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New Bedford" oval handstamp on undated folded letter to Governor Briggs in Pittsfield Mass., pencil "Penny Post free, AB", indicating local delivery charge was waived, Very Fine, Hale agents were Amos Bates in New Bedford and E. P. Little in Pittsfield, Bates used a straightline "Penny Post Paid" (Feb.-Mar. 1845), this appears to be a manuscript form of prepayment

E. 400-500
800
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2692
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2692, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW HAVEN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New Haven, (NEW HAVEN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New Haven(NEW HAVEN CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New Haven. Red oval handstamp and ms. "Free ED" on Aug. 15, 1844 folded letter to Boston, Very Fine, addressed to a bookseller, which might explain the free service (for good will)

E. 200-300
225
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2693
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2693, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NEW LONDON CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New London, (NEW LONDON CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New London(NEW LONDON CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from New London. Unusually clear red oval handstamp and matching Collect box on Jan. 11, 1845 folded letter from New London Conn. to New York City, Very Fine, only six reported in Gutman census

E. 300-400
275
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2694
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2694, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(NORWICH CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Norwich Ct, (NORWICH CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Norwich Ct(NORWICH CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Norwich Ct. Four-line handstamp with "Collect 6-1/4 Cents for Norwich Office" also in four lines on Dec. 11, 1844 folded letter to New York City, there is a faint red circular handstamp on back which appears to read "* Paid * Hale & Co. 11 Dec.", Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
400
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2695
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2695, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third Street, Philadelphia, (PHILADELPHIA PA.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third Street, Philadelphia(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third Street, Philadelphia. Red oval handstamp and Collect box applied to folded cover on its return trip from Boston to Philadelphia, then back to Boston, with red "Boston Mas. Jun. 3" (1844) circular datestamp and ms. "18-3/4" rate, Very Fine, attractive combination of government and independent mails showing the difference in rates for the same route

E. 200-300
150
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2696
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2696, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co. Philadelphia Office, (PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co. Philadelphia Office(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co. Philadelphia Office. Four folded letters, three with Hale Philadelphia office oval handstamp incl. one to Hartford Conn. (with PFC), one to Pottsville with "12-1/2" rate over Collect box, last to New York City with "Paid" straightline and "2" rate for local delivery, the fourth cover to Philadelphia with Hale New York office oval and Collect box, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
325
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2697
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2697, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co. Philadelphia Office, (PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co. Philadelphia Office(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co. Philadelphia Office. One folded cover and two folded letters each with red oval handstamp and matching boxed handstamp, few file folds, two to Providence and one to New York, Fine-Very Fine, one with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
130
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2698
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2698, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1), (PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1). Cut to shape, cancelled by red handstamp, matching "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third Street, Philadelphia" oval handstamp on undated folded letter to New York, fresh and Fine, Scott Retail as tied

200
100
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2699
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2699, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1), (PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1)(PHILADELPHIA PA.) Hale & Co., (5c) Light Blue (75L1). Large margins to just in incl. sheet margin on one side, cancelled by neat ms. "R" on May 24, 1845 folded letter to New York street address, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from 37 S. Third Street, Philadelphia" handstamp, stamp affected by staining and file fold, otherwise Fine, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 150-200
140
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2700
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2700, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PITTSFIELD MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co., No. 5 Exchange, Pittsfield, Mass, (PITTSFIELD MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co., No. 5 Exchange, Pittsfield, Mass(PITTSFIELD MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co., No. 5 Exchange, Pittsfield, Mass. Red oval handstamp faintly struck, red "6" rate handstamp on Jul. 29, 1844 folded letter to New York City, Fine, rare, only this stampless cover and two 75L5 covers with the Pittsfield oval are recorded in Gutman census (this is the earliest), ex Hall

E. 300-400
425
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2701
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2701, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(WILLIAMSTOWN MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), (WILLIAMSTOWN MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)(WILLIAMSTOWN MASS.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). cut to shape, ms. "P" cancel, file fold thru stamp ties it to folded letter datelined "Williamstown Mass. Sep. 8, 1844", to New York City street address, Fine, unlisted in Gutman, a similarly-cancelled 75L5 stamp on a cover from Lanesboro Mass. was sold in our Golden sale (Sale 817, lot 1140), it is likely that both were routed thru Hale's Pittsfield office, Lanesboro and Williamstown lie north of Pittsfield (6 mi. and 20 mi. respectively)

E. 200-300
400
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2702, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(POTTSVILLE PA.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Pottsville, Pa, (POTTSVILLE PA.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Pottsville, Pa(POTTSVILLE PA.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Pottsville, Pa. Red oval handstamp and Collect box on Sep. 26, 1844 folded letter to Philadelphia, slightly toned file folds, otherwise Very Fine, very scarce, only three listed in Gutman census

E. 150-200
250
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2703
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2703, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(PROVIDENCE R.I.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), (PROVIDENCE R.I.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5)(PROVIDENCE R.I.) Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Cut to shape, ms. "N" cancel (or precancel), red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Providence" oval handstamp on Oct. 28, 1844 folded letter to Albany N.Y., ms. "3=20" notation and docketing at lower left, Very Fine

E. 300-400
450
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2704
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2704, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(SALEM MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Salem, (SALEM MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Salem(SALEM MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Salem. Bold strike of oval handstamp, Collect box with rate changed in ms. to "12-1/2" on Aug. 28, 1844 folded letter to New York City, Very Fine

E. 150-200
350
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2705
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2705, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(SPRINGFIELD MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Springfield, (SPRINGFIELD MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Springfield(SPRINGFIELD MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Springfield. Oval handstamp in green on Jan. 10, 1845 folded letter to Newburyport Mass., file fold, lightly toned, Very Fine, only Hale's Springfield office used green ink

E. 200-300
250
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2706
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2706, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(SPRINGFIELD MASS.) Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co, (SPRINGFIELD MASS.) Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co(SPRINGFIELD MASS.) Collect Six Cents for Hale & Co. Collect box handstamp in green on folded printed pricelist and Jan. 23, 1845 letter from Springfield Mass. to Philadelphia, Very Fine, only Hale's Springfield office used green ink

E. 200-300
350
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2707
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2707, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(STONINGTON CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. Stonington Ct, (STONINGTON CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. Stonington Ct(STONINGTON CONN.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. Stonington Ct. Framed four-line handstamp -- an unusual and rare type -- lightly-inked as usual but mosty clear strike with "Paid" handstamp on Apr. 23, 1845 folded letter from Peleg Noyes in Westerly R.I. to Hartford Conn., ms. "Paid" in black and "6" in blue, Very Fine, rare marking, only four listed in Gutman census

E. 300-400
425
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2708
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2708, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(WAREHAM MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. "Wareham" in Manuscript, (WAREHAM MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. "Wareham" in Manuscript(WAREHAM MASS.) Forwarded by Hale & Co. "Wareham" in Manuscript. Red oval handstamp, modified by removing lower portion and inserting "Wareham" by hand, matching red "Paid" handstamp on Apr. 15, 1845 folded letter from Wareham to New Bedford Mass., Very Fine, Gutman records only this example of the Wareham office oval marking (illustrated on p. 219), the ms. "Nantucket" office name was also inserted into this blank oval handstamp (see Sale 830, lot 306), the Hale agent probably used a utility oval and inserted the office name in manuscript, ex Chambers, Sloane and Lowe

E. 750-1,000
2,700
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2709
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2709, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(WESTFIELD MASS.) "By Hale & Co. Westfield", (WESTFIELD MASS.) "By Hale & Co. Westfield"(WESTFIELD MASS.) "By Hale & Co. Westfield". Ms. office marking and "Collect 6" rate on folded cover to Boston, docketed May 29, 1845, red Collect box applied on arrival, Very Fine, rare, Gutman lists Westfield (p. 221) with one cover addressed to there, but he was apparently unaware of this manuscript marking

E. 300-400
850
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2710
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2710, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)(WORCESTER MASS.) Hale & Co.'s Mail, Worcester, (WORCESTER MASS.) Hale & Co.'s Mail, Worcester(WORCESTER MASS.) Hale & Co.'s Mail, Worcester. Red oval handstamp and Collect box with ms. "12-1/2" rate change on Dec. 25, 1844 folded letter to Boston, ms. "14c" at lower left presumably incl. local delivery charge, file fold thru markings, Very Fine

E. 150-200
110
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2711
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Harnden & Co. Circulars. Two printed circulars: first advertising services including "Foreign Post Office" and list of agents and offices, Boston Jan. 1842 printed dateline and letter on attached leaf datelined Jun. 27, 1842, apologizing for failing to send an order to England and offering to remedy immediately, addressed to Hartford Conn. with red "Boston Ms. Jun. 27" circular datestamp and ms. "12-1/2" rate, minor splits and faults; second announcing closure of New York office and move to 8 Court Street in Boston, undated but manuscript postscript mentions sailing of Great Western with bags closing on Mar. 17-18, addressed to Boston with red "Paid" handstamp, scarce pair of original Harnden circulars

E. 500-750
800
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2712
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Harnden & Co. Circular. Datelined Boston, Sep. 1, 1847, announcing sale of express business "between New York and Boston and Providence and New York to Messrs. Blake, Coolidge & Wheeler", red "Paid H & Co." shield handstamp, red Boston Mas. Sep. 2" circular datestamp and "Paid" handstamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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2713
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2713, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)"Pr. Harnden's Express", "Pr. Harnden's Express""Pr. Harnden's Express". Sender's routing on Aug. 7, 1839 folded letter from New York City to Boston, Very Fine, Hahn reported this as the earliest known cover handled by Harnden

E. 400-500
400
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2714
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2714, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden's Express, Harnden's ExpressHarnden's Express. Red rimless circle struck on folded cover to Providence R.I., sender's notation "$100 & Documents", Harnden office's blue ms. instructions "Mr. Earle will get a receipt for 100$ & return here" (referring to Harnden's agent in Providence, Mr. Earle), receipt docketing "Recd. Dec. 23, 1839, Paid 50 cts for same, Saml. W. Perkham", light file folds, Very Fine, a very early Harnden usage and rare marking

E. 400-500
3,250
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2715
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2715, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Harnden's Express from Boston, Forwarded by Harnden's Express from BostonForwarded by Harnden's Express from Boston. Bold strike of circular handstamp on back of Sep. 1839 folded cover to Bolton, England, sender's routing "pr Steamer British Queen", ms. rates, red receiving datestamp (Oct. 16, 1839) and blurry red "Ship Letter" handstamp on back, a bit worn, side panels removed, otherwise Fine, extremely early usage

E. 300-400
325
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2716
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2716, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Harnden's Express from Boston, Forwarded by Harnden's Express from BostonForwarded by Harnden's Express from Boston. Red circular handstamp on Feb. 22, 1840 folded letter from Boston to Liverpool, England, "8" pence due handstamp, "Liverpool/Ship Letter" backstamp, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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2717
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2717, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Harnden's Express from Boston, Forwarded by Harnden's Express from BostonForwarded by Harnden's Express from Boston. Red circular handstamp and ms. "Paid H" on Jun. 22, 1840 folded part-printed document from Boston to New York City, file fold thru marking, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
475
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2718
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2718, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Blue oval handstamp on Oct. 8, 1840 folded letter from New York City to Salem Mass., two strikes of red "New-York Oct. 9" circular datestamp, matching "Paid" arc and pencil "18-3/4" rate, Very Fine, carried by Harnden during his first mail contract period (7/1/1839 to 6/30/1841), ex de Windt and Sloane

E. 300-400
475
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2719
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2719, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Red oval handstamp on Jul. 13-14, 1841 folded letter from Havana, Cuba, to London, England, content is a faint copy of letters sent by other sailings, routing crossed out and redirected by Charleston, "via New York" crossed out on address side and redirected "or Caledonia via Liverpool", "America/L" oval backstamp, red Liverpool backstamp (Aug. 15), ms. "2/" rate, receipt docketing, toned file folds and slightly dampstained, still Fine and rare usage

E. 200-300
225
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2720
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2720, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwd. from Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, Phila, Forwd. from Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, PhilaForwd. from Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, Phila. Red circular handstamp on back of undated ca. 1841 folded cover to Yorkshire, England, "1/" due handstamp and "America/L" oval backstamp, sender's routing "Per R.M.S. 'Acadia' (via Harnden to Boston)", Very Fine

E. 200-300
200
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2721
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2721, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwd. from Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, Phila, Forwd. from Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, PhilaForwd. from Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, Phila. Red circular handstamp on folded cover to London, England, sender's routing "via Boston, pr. Columbia", ms. "1/-" rate, backstamped "America/L" oval and red London receiving datestamp ((Nov. 16), receipt docketing indicates Oct. 29 origin date from Philadelphia, Very Fine, ex Gibson

E. 200-300
225
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2722
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2722, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Perfect strike of red oval handstamp on Nov. 16, 1841 folded letter from Boston to Paris, France, sender's routing "pr. Great Western", "Bristol/Ship Letter" two-line handstamp, red transit backstamp, red Calais transit, ms. "1/6" and "28" rates on front and additional rate notations on back, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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2723
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2723, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden & Cos. Express New York, Harnden & Cos. Express New YorkHarnden & Cos. Express New York. Red oval handstamp on Apr. 15, 1842 folded letter from Havana, Cuba, to London, England, sender's routing "via New York p. Britannia", red "New-York Apl. 30" circular datestamp and faint ms. rate, red Liverpool receiving backstamp (May 16), receipt docketing, file folds, a bit toned and dampstained, still Fine,

E. 300-400
200
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2724
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2724, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forw. From Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, Phila, Forw. From Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, PhilaForw. From Harnden & Cos. Foreign Letter Office, Phila. Red circular handstamp on Aug. 29, 1842 folded letter from Philadelphia to London, England, handled by Harnden as official U.S. mail agent, blue "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 29" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" oval with ms. "37-1/2" rate, sender's routing "via Boston", ms. "2/" rate, red London receiving backstamp (Sep. 15), trifle worn file folds, Very Fine, with 1997 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
150
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2725
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2725, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Lightly struck red oval handstamp and matching "Pd. H" in circle on Aug. 15, 1843 folded letter to Canton, China, "care of Messrs. Martin Muncey & Co., Bombay", ms. "3/5" rate, red Aug. 30, 1843 London transit datestamp and "Returned for Postage" framed handstamp on back, ms. notation next to latter marking "postge. F.W.W. pd. by G.W.H.", interesting lengthy letter mentions new Hong Kong consul, U.S. armament being shipped and pick-up of opium at Bombay, Very Fine, scarce Harnden usage to China

E. 500-750
3,500
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2726
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2726, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Red oval handstamp lightly struck with matching "Paid" straightline, ms. "18-3/4" and "1/" one-shilling packet rate on Aug. 14, 1843 folded letter from Rufus King in Albany N.Y. to Thurlow Weed in London, England, London Aug. 30 receiving backstamp, Fine, very scarce

E. 200-300
0
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2727
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2727, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden's Express from No. 8 Court St. Boston, Harnden's Express from No. 8 Court St. BostonHarnden's Express from No. 8 Court St. Boston. Black on green label with steamship illustration on Apr. 23, 1849 folded letter from New York City to Boston, label creased along edge, otherwise Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
750
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2728
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2728, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden & Co's Express from No. 43 South Third St., Philada, Harnden & Co's Express from No. 43 South Third St., PhiladaHarnden & Co's Express from No. 43 South Third St., Philada. Black on pink label with steamship illustration used on Jun. 28, 1844 folded letter from Philadelphia to New York City, ms. "Paid H", receipt docketing, file fold ties label, a bit age toned at right and a few minor edge faults, still Fine, Hahn records three examples of this Harnden Philadelphia office label but we believe a few more exist, a rare example of Harnden's short-lived foray into carrying domestic inter-city mail (he did not participate extensively in the 1844-45 Independent Mail service), ex Gibson

E. 500-750
850
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2729
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2729, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden & Co, Harnden & CoHarnden & Co. Boston office red oval and matching "Pd. H" in circle, Liverpool office's blue steamship-illustrated oval on folded cover to London, England, red Liverpool (Jun. 29, 1844) and London datestamps, small ink smear, flaps slightly reduced, Fine, the blue oval is scarce, ex Mason

E. 200-300
275
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2730
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2730, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Harnden & Co., No. 20 Water St. Liverpool, Forwarded by Harnden & Co., No. 20 Water St. LiverpoolForwarded by Harnden & Co., No. 20 Water St. Liverpool. Oval handstamp with steamship illustration on undated folded letter from Liverpool to New York City street address, Very Fine, this marking was used 1844-46

E. 200-300
130
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2731
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2731, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Paid to Boston by Harnden & Co. Liverpool, Paid to Boston by Harnden & Co. LiverpoolPaid to Boston by Harnden & Co. Liverpool. Shield-shaped handstamp and red "Paid" straightline on Sep. 1, 1845 folded letter from Leicester, England, to Boston, Very Fine, the red "Paid" is rare

E. 200-300
250
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2732
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2732, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Forwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. BostonForwarded from Harnden's Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Red oval handstamp on back of Feb. 28, 1846 folded letter from Cambridge Mass. to Giessen, Germany, red "Paid H & Co." fancy framed handstamp, sender's routing "Per Cambria, March 1st" and notation "Paid through Harnden", blue ms "Paid to destination", various ms. rate notations incl. "18" and "1/6", red Liverpool (Mar. 4) and London (Mar. 10) transit datestamps, letter mentions "Harnden says letters can come safest and quickest through their agents -- you must attend to the continental postage, as I see in the papers letters to come through England have been detained from the postage to Eng. not being paid", Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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2733
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2733, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Postage Paid to Destination by Harnden & Co. Liverpool, Postage Paid to Destination by Harnden & Co. LiverpoolPostage Paid to Destination by Harnden & Co. Liverpool. Framed handstamp and red "Paid/H & Co." in circle on May 29, 1847 folded letter from New York to Canton, China, red British transit datestamps (Jun. 15) and ms. rate, Hong Kong backstamp, Very Fine, scarce

E. 500-750
1,600
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2734
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2734, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden & Co. Liverpool, Harnden & Co. LiverpoolHarnden & Co. Liverpool. Circular handstamp with postage to be collected ("4/2" plus "1/" for "5/2" total) filled in by manuscript on Jan. 31, 1848 folded letter from Trieste to New York, sender's blue oval handstamp, pencil street address, ms. "4/2" rate at upper left, magenta "1.34" at top center, Very Fine, scarce Harnden usage from Trieste

E. 200-300
425
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2735
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2735, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden & Co., Liverpool, Harnden & Co., LiverpoolHarnden & Co., Liverpool. Two different handstamps: "Paid to New York by Harnden & Co. Liverpool" oval on Apr. 1, 1848 printed report from Bombay, India, to New York City via Liverpool, red "New-York May 29" circular datestamp, blue ms. "2", small hole away from markings; "Paid to Boston by Harnden & Co. Liverpool" shield-shaped handstamp on cover to Boston, sender's routing "Britannia", Jan. 17, 1848 docketing, Fine-Very Fine

E. 400-500
450
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2736
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2736, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Harnden's Express from Union Buildings, Prov, Harnden's Express from Union Buildings, ProvHarnden's Express from Union Buildings, Prov. Black on yellow label with office addresses, steamship and train vignettes, used on Jul. 14, 1848 folded letter from New York to Providence R.I. currency notations, Very Fine, we are not certain if label belongs, offered "as is"

E. 200-300
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2737, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Harnden & Co., No. 6 Cook St., Liverpool, Forwarded by Harnden & Co., No. 6 Cook St., LiverpoolForwarded by Harnden & Co., No. 6 Cook St., Liverpool. Oval handstamp with steamship illustration on back of Sep. 20, 1849 folded letter on Harnden & Co. stationery, to Dundee, North Britain, G.B. 1p Red (four margins) tied by oval grid, "Liverpool SP 20 1849 L" backstamp, Very Fine, unusual

E. 200-300
160
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2738
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Harnden & Co. Transatlantic Mail. 14 folded letters or covers between U.S. and England or France, various handstamped markings incl. red New York and Boston ovals, "Paid H & Co." shield, "Postage Paid to Destination by Harnden & Co. of Liverpool" framed handstamp, Very Fine group

E. 750-1,000
850
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2739
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Harnden's Express. 20 items incl. covers and receipts, incl. 3/23/1840 with Boston office large circle, ca. 1851 with "From Harnden & Co. Commission Merchants New-York" red oval, five with vermilion labels, two with white labels, illustrated receipts etc., minor faults but most are presentable and well-annotated, a fascinating lot

E. 750-1,000
2,300
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2740, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Hatch & Co.'s Express from 42 South Third St. Philadelphia, Hatch & Co.'s Express from 42 South Third St. PhiladelphiaHatch & Co.'s Express from 42 South Third St. Philadelphia. Black on pink label with steamship illustration on back of Jul. 18, 1843 folded letter to New York City, refolded to show both sides, some mucilage stains, Fine, rare label from the predecessor to Harnden's Express in Philadelphia

E. 200-300
3,250
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2741
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2741, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)By Hatch, Gray & Co's Express, By Hatch, Gray & Co's ExpressBy Hatch, Gray & Co's Express. Blue double-line oval handstamp with office addresses boldly struck on buff cover to Boston, ms. "96c Exp" rate, Very Fine, rare (Hahn records one other), ex Blake

E. 300-400
375
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2742
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2742, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Return by Hodgman & Co, Return by Hodgman & CoReturn by Hodgman & Co. Bold red oval handstamp and red "Paid" straightline on Sep. 10, 1849 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Boston, refolded at right, Very Fine, scarce (Hahn records one other), ex Sloane

E. 300-400
500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2743, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Hope's Express from Allentown Pa., A. Wint, Agent, Forwarded by Hope's Express from Allentown Pa., A. Wint, AgentForwarded by Hope's Express from Allentown Pa., A. Wint, Agent. Black on vermilion label used with "Hope's N.J. & PA. Express, Leaves 74 Broadway, at 3-1/2 P.M. Daily" black on green label on buff cover to New York City street address, part of backflap removed, Very Fine, scarce, ex Steinmetz

E. 200-300
450
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2744, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Howard Express Company from Allentown Pa, Forwarded by Howard Express Company from Allentown PaForwarded by Howard Express Company from Allentown Pa. Black on vermilion label used on brown cover to Philadelphia street address with steam saw mill's blue cameo corner card, ms. "Paid 3/-" (three bits, or 37-1/2c), minor mended tear along top edge, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and attractive

E. 200-300
475
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2745
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2745, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Jerome & Co.'s Express, Jerome & Co.'s ExpressJerome & Co.'s Express. "East Thomaston, Jeromes Express" ms. express marking on Jun. 25, 1845 folded letter from East Thomaston Me. to Boston street address, conjunctive use with "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" red oval handstamp and scarce "Six Cents" framed rate handstamp, file fold, Very Fine, earlier than the two East Thomaston covers listed in Gutman census

E. 150-200
350
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2746, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Jerome & Co's Express, Office No. 8 Court St, Jerome & Co's Express, Office No. 8 Court StJerome & Co's Express, Office No. 8 Court St. Red three-line handstamp with ms. "Boston" below on back of Mar. 20, 1847 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Belfast Me., red "Paid" straightline, ms. notations incl. "Get Recpt" for money enclosed, Very Fine, scarce marking

E. 200-300
450
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2747, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. BostonJerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Framed handstamp used in conjunction with "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Courier & Enquirer Bldg. New York" faint red oval and Collect box on Oct. 3, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Belfast Me., file fold, Fine, scarce conjunctive use

E. 300-400
200
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2748, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston, Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. BostonJerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St. Boston. Framed handstamp used in conjunction with "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" red oval and Collect box with pencil "6-1/4" on Oct. 21, 1844 folded letter from Camden Me. to Boston, Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
450
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2749, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St., Boston, Jerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St., BostonJerome & Co.'s Express, No. 8 Court St., Boston. Red framed handstamp used in conjunction with Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), ample to large margins, ms. crossed-lines precancel, on Sep. 13, 1844 folded letter from Newport R.I. to Newburyport Mass., black "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" oval handstamp, stamp slightly creased in margin from overlapping edge of letter, still Very Fine, Jerome carried Hale's mail between Maine and Boston, apparently this was turned over to Jerome

E. 500-750
1,000
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2750
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2750, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)"Jerome Express", "Jerome Express""Jerome Express". Ms. express marking used in conjunction with Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5), large margins to barely in, small scissors-cut in margin, tied by ms. "X" cancel, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" oval on Nov. 23, 1844 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Boston, file fold, Very Fine, Jerome ran routes in Maine and connected with Hale, ex Blake

E. 300-400
300
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Jerome & Co.'s Express. Study collection of nine 1844-45 folded letters incl. one with sender's "Express" notation (11/29/1844), ms. "by Jerome Express" and "paid 6" express markings (2/10/1845), three Hale/Jerome conjunctive usages, four with red Jerome handstamp and "Paid" box, also a "Jerome & Co.'s Express Address for January 1, 1848" printed broadside, minor faults or weak strikes, otherwise Fine group

E. 500-750
325
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Jerome & Co.'s Express. Six folded letters, all year-dated 1848, five with black on blue labels listing offices and red three-line handstamps, sixth with handstamp only and ms. "Free", minor faults, still Fine, scarce and exhibit-worthy group

E. 500-750
1,100
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2753
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2753, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Kennebec Express, Office, No. 8 Court Street, Boston, Kennebec Express, Office, No. 8 Court Street, BostonKennebec Express, Office, No. 8 Court Street, Boston. Lightly-inked but readable red double-line oval handstamp on Sep. 10, 1844 folded bank notice to Augusta Me., Fine, rare and early example of this express, which operated between Boston and places located in the valley of the Kennebec River, ex Blake

E. 200-300
160
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2754
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2754, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)By Kenyon's Foreign Letter Office, N. York, By Kenyon's Foreign Letter Office, N. YorkBy Kenyon's Foreign Letter Office, N. York. Red oval handstamp and matching "Paid" in oval on Jun. 11, 1851 folded letter from New York City to San Francisco, Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
160
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2755
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2755, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)"King's Express", "King's Express""King's Express". Sender's ms. directive on cover to Mrs. A. D. Napier in Sag Harbor, Long Island, Very Fine and scarce

E. 150-200
375
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2756
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2756, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)R. B. Kinsley's Express, 190 Thames St., Newport, R. B. Kinsley's Express, 190 Thames St., NewportR. B. Kinsley's Express, 190 Thames St., Newport. Oval handstamp on lady's small cover to Miss Mary B. Kinsley in Canton Mass., Very Fine, this rare marking is unlisted in ASCC

E. 200-300
150
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2757, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wells & Co. Express Mail from Chicago, Wells & Co. Express Mail from ChicagoWells & Co. Express Mail from Chicago. Small circular handstamp on Jun. 17, 1845 folded letter from Chicago to Sidney Shepard in Buffalo, fresh and Very Fine, extremely rare Wells' Chicago handstamp

E. 500-750
750
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2758
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2758, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)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, tiny tear in extreme top left corner, slight oxidation, tied by smear from ms. "X" cancels on folded cover to Detroit, probably originated in Cleveland, file fold thru one stamp, otherwise Very Fine, scarce use between two midwestern cities, ex Gordon N. John

E. 750-1,000
650
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2759
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2759, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2). Horizontal pair, originally a strip of three, but one of the stamps has been cut out, the remaining pair has huge margins and sheet margins, uncancelled, tied by filing crease on Aug. 19, 1844 folded letter from Toledo to Coneant O., letter mentions two additional letters enclosed, thus three-times 6-1/4c rate, right stamp creased, still an Extremely Fine and very rare pair -- the Green 96L2 is considerably rarer than the Pink 96L1 -- ex Golden, Scott values an unused pair at $1,500.00 based on the price realized for this in our Gordon N. John auction (Sale 868)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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2760
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2760, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2), Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2)Letter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Green Glazed (96L2). Large to huge margins, tied by ms. "X" cancel on folded cover to New York City, docketed Aug. 24, 1844, red pencil street address and "2" for local delivery charge, file fold, another stamp removed from the cover, still a presentable and rare cover with an Extremely Fine Letter Express Black on Green stamp, ex Gordon N. John

E. 400-500
425
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2761
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2761, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Letter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3), Letter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3)Letter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Ample margins to in at right, ms. cancel, tied by file fold on June 28, 1844 folded letter from Detroit to Buffalo, from the Shepard correspondence

FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE COVER BEARING THE WELLS' LETTER EXPRESS 10-CENT STAMP DEPICTING A MARINE CHARGING ASHORE WITH SWORD AND FLAG.

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. The circular 96L3-96L4 stamps depict an American marine charging ashore with sword raised and Union Flag waving, and a naval vessel in the background. This design, chosen for stamps that would be used in the Great Lakes region, has been described as a commemoration of the Battle of Lake Champlain during the War of 1812, which may or may not be accurate.

Ex Gordon N. John

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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2762
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2762, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)J. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. Lowell, J. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. LowellJ. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. Lowell. Red rectangular framed handstamp and separate matching "Paid" on Nov. 3, 1844 folded letter from Lowell Mass. to Hallowell Me., conjunctive use with red "American Letter Mail Company, Office, No. 12 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp, file fold, lightly inked but mostly readable strike of the rare Lawrence marking, Very Fine, Lawrence's Letter Office is an independent mail line operated in conjunction with Wyman, who also connected with ALM Co., ex Blake

E. 400-500
475
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2763
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2763, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)J. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. Lowell, J. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. LowellJ. W. Lawrence's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 1 John St. Lowell. Red rectangular framed handstamp on Aug. 27, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Lowell Mass., conjunctive use with red "Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St. Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York" framed handstamp, pencil "NY 6" rate, faint toning, otherwise Very Fine, rare example of Lawrence and Wyman conjunctive use

E. 400-500
400
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2764
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2764, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Leonard's Express, 8 Court St., Boston, 180 Main St., Worcester, Forwarded by Leonard's Express, 8 Court St., Boston, 180 Main St., WorcesterForwarded by Leonard's Express, 8 Court St., Boston, 180 Main St., Worcester. Shield-shaped handstamp on buff cover from Worcester to Boston, sender's directive "By Leonards Exp", enclosure dated Feb. 27, 1856, Very Fine, the ASCC listing is based on this very rare cover, ex Blake

E. 150-200
300
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2765
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2765, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Lewis' Express from Newark N.J, Forwarded by Lewis' Express from Newark N.JForwarded by Lewis' Express from Newark N.J. Black on vermilion label with office addresses used on Feb. 21, 1848 folded letter from Newark to New York City, pencil "1/-" rate (one bit, or 12-1/2c), Very Fine, rare (Hahn notes "may be unique")

E. 200-300
450
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2766
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2766, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)"Ludlum Express", "Ludlum Express""Ludlum Express". Sender's ms. directive on Aug. 1, 1847 folded letter from Manhasset to Matinacock, Long Island, no express markings, Very Fine, rare

E. 150-200
275
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2767
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2767, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Moore's Newspaper & Parcel Express, Daily, between Cape May and Philadelphia, Moore's Newspaper & Parcel Express, Daily, between Cape May and PhiladelphiaMoore's Newspaper & Parcel Express, Daily, between Cape May and Philadelphia. Black on green label with office addresses, knife cut and small stain, used on Quaker-dated Aug. 20, 1849 folded letter from Philadelphia to Miller's Hotel in Cape May, ms. "pd", Fine, very few covers are known carried by Moore's Express, which ran to and from Cape May, this is the listing example of the label and possibly the only one extant, ex Hollowbush

E. 400-500
1,100
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2768
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2768, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Munro's Express, Forwarded by Munro's ExpressForwarded by Munro's Express. Black on green label with offices listed, used on folded letter datelined at New Bedford, Mar. 3, 1852, and addressed locally, ms. "Deliver Early, James", Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
450
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2769
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2769, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Munro's Express, No. 72 Broadway, N.Y., 116 Union St. New Bedford, Munro's Express, No. 72 Broadway, N.Y., 116 Union St. New BedfordMunro's Express, No. 72 Broadway, N.Y., 116 Union St. New Bedford. Clearly struck circular handstamp on Quaker-dated Oct. 3, 1855 folded letter from New Bedford Mass. to New York City, Extremely Fine, very scarce, ex Jarrett

E. 300-400
200
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2770, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Munro's Express, Forwarded by Munro's ExpressForwarded by Munro's Express. Black on vermilion label with office addresses, roughly cut to shape, used on buff cover to New York City street address, tiny ink erosion spot, faint mucilage smears, Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
250
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2771
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2771, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)National Express Company, Daily Express To and From New York, Troy, Saratoga, Montreal, Quebec and All Intermediate Places, National Express Company, Daily Express To and From New York, Troy, Saratoga, Montreal, Quebec and All Intermediate PlacesNational Express Company, Daily Express To and From New York, Troy, Saratoga, Montreal, Quebec and All Intermediate Places. Black on vermilion label used on Apr. 26, 1858 folded letter from Alburgh to Troy N.Y., Very Fine

E. 200-300
400
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2772
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2772, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)"per Overton & Co. Express from Newburgh", "per Overton & Co. Express from Newburgh""per Overton & Co. Express from Newburgh". Ms. express marking and "paid 6c" rate on Aug. 15, 1844 folded letter from Newburgh to Kingston N.Y., slightly worn and soiled file folds, otherwise Very Fine, Overton took over this route from Damon on Aug. 13, according to Hahn this is the earliest reported Overton usage along this route

E. 200-300
450
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2773
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2773, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Overton & Co., 3 Broad Street, New York, Forwarded by Overton & Co., 3 Broad Street, New YorkForwarded by Overton & Co., 3 Broad Street, New York. Red oval handstamp and ms. "free B.W.W." on Aug. 28, 1844 folded letter from Providence R.I. to New York City street address, red pencil "0" rate, letter sent by B. W. Wheeler with postscript "You may send answer by Harnden & Co. or Overton & Co. 3 Broad St. either come direct to my office", Very Fine

E. 150-200
120
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2774
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2774, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Overton & Co., 29-1/2 State Street, Boston, Forwarded by Overton & Co., 29-1/2 State Street, BostonForwarded by Overton & Co., 29-1/2 State Street, Boston. Oval handstamp with red "Paid" straightline crossed out in ms. and marked "not paid" on Feb. 20, 1845 folded letter from New York City to Boston, Very Fine

E. 150-200
110
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2775
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2775, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Overton & Co, Overton & CoOverton & Co. Four folded letters with 2c local delivery charges, all rates in ms., three with red New York office oval applied on arrival, one to Boston with red New York and black Boston ovals combined, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
900
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2776
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Overton & Co. Nine folded letters with Overton oval handstamps, six have black Boston office oval (one with red "Paid" attributed to Pomeroy and two with 2c local charges), three have red New York oval (incl. one in dark red used 7/23/1844, noted by Hahn as "earliest N.Y. item"), Very Fine group

E. 400-500
550
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2777
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2777, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street, Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad StreetOverton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street. Unusually clear strike of red oval and black "5" rate handstamp on Jan. 9, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City with street address noted in pencil, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
300
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2778
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2778, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street, Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad StreetOverton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street. Clear strike of red oval and black "5" rate handstamp on Mar. 27, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City street address, pencil "2" local delivery charge, file fold, Very Fine

E. 150-200
150
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2779
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2779, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street, Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad StreetOverton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street. Mostly clear strike of red oval and black "5" rate handstamp struck twice with ms. "10" total rate on Dec. 24, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, ms. "pr 'Overton' Exp.'", file fold, Very Fine, scarce and unusual double-rate markings

E. 150-200
250
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2780
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2780, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Overton & Co.'s City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street, Overton & Co.'s City Mail, Office, 3 Broad StreetOverton & Co.'s City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street. Red oval handstamp on lady's embossed cover to New York City street address, ms. conjunctive use with ms. "Livingston & Cos. Express" marking, a bit worn at edges, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
150
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2781
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2781, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)City Mail, Office, -- Broad Street, City Mail, Office, -- Broad StreetCity Mail, Office, -- Broad Street. Red oval handstamp (modified by removing Overton & Co. and street number), matching "Paid" and ms. "2" rate on folded letter to local street address, Jun. 5, 1845 receipt docketing, Very Fine

E. 150-200
110
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2782
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Overton & Co.'s City Mail. Nine folded letters, six have Broad Street red oval, three have successor local-post Wall Street office rectangle, a few with faults or stains, still Fine-Very Fine, scarce group

E. 500-750
475
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2783
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2783, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by the Philadelphia Local Express Co. from No. 28 South Fifth St. (Philadelphia), Forwarded by the Philadelphia Local Express Co. from No. 28 South Fifth St. (Philadelphia)Forwarded by the Philadelphia Local Express Co. from No. 28 South Fifth St. (Philadelphia). Black on vermilion label with lengthy text on back of cover to Philadelphia street address, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) uncancelled because cover never entered government mails, cancelled by Blood's small oval grid, "Blood's Penny Post Jul. 18, 1860, 10-1/2 A.M. Philada." double-circle datestamp, top edge trimmed and rounds, waterstains, still exhibitable and extremely rare, carried by Philadelphia Local Express Co., probably from Atlantic City (label states "Express to Atlantic City during the Summer Months"), conjunctive use with Bloods for local delivery

E. 300-400
500
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2784
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2784, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Office: No. 2 Wall Street, New-York, Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Office: No. 2 Wall Street, New-YorkLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Office: No. 2 Wall Street, New-York. Black on light blue label with transportation vignettes on folded cover to Albany, docketed Nov. 22, 1844, file folds (one thru label), otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2785, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Agent: T. A. Smith, Syracuse, Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Agent: T. A. Smith, SyracuseLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Agent: T. A. Smith, Syracuse. Black on light blue label with transportation vignettes on Mar. 30, 1845 folded letter from Syracuse to Northboro Mass., ms. collect charges, label has minor creases, still Very Fine

E. 150-200
500
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2786
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2786, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)From Onon. Co. Bank/L. W. & P./Paid. Express, From Onon. Co. Bank/L. W. & P./Paid. ExpressFrom Onon. Co. Bank/L. W. & P./Paid. Express. Red double-line framed handstamp clearly struck on Apr. 30, 1845 folded letter from Syracuse to Albany N.Y., file fold thru marking, Very Fine, a rare marking, ex Petri

E. 200-300
225
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2787, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)From the Bank of Geneva by Livingston, Wells and Pomeroy's Express. Free, From the Bank of Geneva by Livingston, Wells and Pomeroy's Express. FreeFrom the Bank of Geneva by Livingston, Wells and Pomeroy's Express. Free. Black on pink label used on Jun. 20, 1845 folded letter from Geneva N.Y. to Albany, file fold thru label, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Petri

E. 200-300
325
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2788
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2788, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wells, Fargo & Co., Bankers, New York, Wells, Fargo & Co., Bankers, New YorkWells, Fargo & Co., Bankers, New York. Two strikes of blue oval handstamp on back of Mar. 10, 1855 folded letter from New York to Paris, France, red "Collect" script straightline and ms. "2f50" (2fr50c) rate, blue "Livingston, Wells & Co., Bankers, Paris" oval handstamp, Very Fine

E. 150-200
110
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2789
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2789, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wm. A. Livingston & Co. New-York & Philadelphia Express Forwarders, Wm. A. Livingston & Co. New-York & Philadelphia Express ForwardersWm. A. Livingston & Co. New-York & Philadelphia Express Forwarders. Black on pink label with office addresses used on Jan. 10, 1845 folded letter from New York City to Philadelphia, file fold thru label, otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
850
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2790
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Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy Study Collection. 28 folded covers or covers, representative examples of various Pomeroy companies incl. Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy (three ms. and four with labels), Livingston & Wells (four with labels), Wells & Co. (nine with labels incl. two conjunctive usages), Livingston & Co. (one label, two ms.), and Livingston & Fargo (four with labels), one with "Per Miller & Cos Express" sender's routing, some have faults, generally Fine, a significant group of covers related to one of the great private express operations

E. 1,500-2,000
5,000
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2791
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2791, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Office of Pomeroy & Co. Express, Office of Pomeroy & Co. ExpressOffice of Pomeroy & Co. Express. Red negative oval handstamp clearly struck on Oct. 24, 1842 legal-size folded letter from Clarendon N.Y. to Albany, addressed in blue, used to transmit report on Canal to Chief Clerk of Canal Department, file folds far from marking, Very Fine, this negative oval and the illustrated locomotive oval are the two rarest types of Pomeroy markings (see ASCC Vol. 2, p. 28), ex Petri

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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2792
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2792, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from New-York, Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from New-YorkForwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from New-York. Two strikes of red circular handstamp, conjunctive use with two strikes of red "Forwarded by Miller & Cos. Express from --" circular handstamp on package wrapper to Ann Arbor Mich., black on vermilion Pomeroy train adhesive label tied by file fold, docketed "Envelope enclosing package of Letters from Grosvenor per Pomeroys Express Recd. Sept. 9th 1843", numerous faults, still exhibitable and a unique Pomeroy usage

E. 500-750
1,100
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2793
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2793, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Auburn, Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from AuburnForwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Auburn. Red circular handstamp on Jul. 15, 1843 folded cover from Auburn to Albany, slightly toned file fold thru marking, Fine

E. 150-200
110
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2794
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2794, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Pomeroy & Co, Pomeroy & CoPomeroy & Co. Two legal-size folded letters with Albany and Buffalo circular handstamps, former to New York City with ms. "Collect 2/", latter to Albany with ms. "Collect 4/", Very Fine, scarce

E. 300-400
425
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2795
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2795, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Utica, Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from UticaForwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Utica. Bold black circular handstamp on undated folded cover to Albany, Extremely Fine, rare in black, ex Petri

E. 200-300
550
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2796
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2796, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Utica, Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from UticaForwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Utica. Bold red strike of circular handstamp and ms. "Express paid" on folded cover to Albany, minor tears at right edge, Extremely Fine strike

E. 300-400
550
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2797
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2797, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Utica, Forwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from UticaForwarded by Pomeroy & Cos. Express from Utica. Bold red strike of circular handstamp on Jan. 23, 1844 folded letter from Brookfield to State Treasurer at Albany, money enclosed, receipt at bottom of letter from Pomeroy agent, file fold thru marking, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
150
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2798
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2798, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Pomeroy & Co, Pomeroy & CoPomeroy & Co. Five folded letters incl. 12/22/1844 with red Auburn office circle (Hahn reports as earliest known use of this marking from any town), 3/29/1844 solicitation for business from Pomeroy's agent in Auburn, three 1844 with sender's routing by Pomeroy & Co., first has stains and faults, others Very Fine

E. 200-300
150
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2799
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2799, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Pomeroy & Co. Express, Paid, Pomeroy & Co. Express, PaidPomeroy & Co. Express, Paid. Rimless circular handstamp and ms. "Free CL" (Crawford Livingston) on Nov. 7, 1843 folded cover from New York City to Albany, toned file fold thru handstamp, otherwise Fine, scarce marking and rare with free frank

E. 200-300
550
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2800
 
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0
0
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2801
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2801, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)POMIROY'S MAIL/PAID, POMIROY'S MAIL/PAIDPOMIROY'S MAIL/PAID. Red straightline with spelling error appears to be joined with "Paid", ms. "6c" rate on Aug. 5, 1844 folded letter from Auburn to Albany, letter mentions using Pomeroy to save two-thirds of expense in sending letters, Very Fine, extremely rare (possibly the only example extant)

E. 500-750
1,200
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2802, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)POMEROY'S MAIL, POMEROY'S MAILPOMEROY'S MAIL. Red straightline handstamp and matching "Paid" on Jul. 20, 1844 folded letter from Buffalo to New York City, sender's directive "Pomeroys Express Paid", conjunctive use with red "Boyd's City Express Post, July 23 9 O'C" framed datestamp, slightly toned file folds, Very Fine

E. 300-400
800
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2803
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2803, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Pomeroy & Cos. Express, Pomeroy & Cos. ExpressPomeroy & Cos. Express. Two-line handstamp (cut down from earlier circle) and "Paid", both in dark red on AUg. 12, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Buffalo N.Y., Very Fine

E. 200-300
550
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2804
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2804, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Pomeroy & Cos. Express, Pomeroy & Cos. ExpressPomeroy & Cos. Express. Two-line red handstamp (cut down from earlier circle) and "Collect/6-1/4 Cts./New York/Office" box handstamp, ms. "Free C. H. Wells" on Jul. 28, 1844 folded letter from New York City to Buffalo N.Y. street address, slightly worn and toned, Fine, unusual usage

E. 200-300
160
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2805
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Pomeroy's Letter Express. Ten folded letters, incl. 8/9/1844 Saratoga N.Y. to Northampton Mass. with red "Pomeroy's/Mail" handstamp, 8/20/1844 New York City to Rome N.Y. with pencil "Pomeroys Express" and dark red "Collect/6-1/4 Cts./New York/Office" box handstamp, five with "Paid" straightline, one "Cd.", two other with ms. notations (one sent by regular mail), minor faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

E. 500-750
1,700
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2806
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Phillips Express. Three folded letters, each with sender's ms. directive to send by Phillips & Co. Express, 10/7/1844 New Haven to Hartford, 4/18/1845 Hartford to New Haven, 4/21/1845 Hartford to New York City, Very Fine

E. 300-400
200
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2807
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Pullen, Virgil & Co. Study Collection 13 folded letters or covers, one with pencil "Pullen & Copps Express marking, two with red oval handstamps, three with Pullen, Virgil & Co. labels (and a fourth printed envelope), and six with Pullen & Co. labels, minor faults and file folds thru labels, otherwise Fine, scarce group

E. 750-1,000
700
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2808
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2808, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter Express, Forwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter ExpressForwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter Express. Clearly struck double-line oval handstamp and ms. "Paid 5" rate as advertised on folded cover (with part of contents) to Mass. General Hospital in Boston, docketed Sep. 3, 1844, Very Fine, scarce Independent Mail marking

E. 400-500
425
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2809
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2809, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter Express, Forwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter ExpressForwarded by A. Roberts & Co.'s Eastern Letter Express. Double-line oval handstamp and ms. "Collect 6" due rate on folded cover (with part of contents) to Salem Mass. street address, trace of removed Hale stamp tied by oval, Fine, examples of this New England Independent Mail marking are very scarce

E. 300-400
225
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2810
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2810, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by H. B. Roberts' Philad'a & Norristown Express, Forwarded by H. B. Roberts' Philad'a & Norristown ExpressForwarded by H. B. Roberts' Philad'a & Norristown Express. Black on pink label with offices addresses used on Mar. 22, 1849 folded letter from Norristown to Philadelphia, Very Fine, extremely rare express label

E. 400-500
1,200
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2811
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2811, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Sargents Lowell & Boston Express, Forwarded by Sargents Lowell & Boston ExpressForwarded by Sargents Lowell & Boston Express. Bold stencil handstamp on folded order for books datelined at Lowell Mass., Nov. 26, 1849, no address, Very Fine, according to Hahn this is the listing item for this extremely rare stencil express marking, ex Blake

E. 750-1,000
800
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2812, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Sargent & Co. Lowell Express, Office, 33 Court Square, Sargent & Co. Lowell Express, Office, 33 Court SquareSargent & Co. Lowell Express, Office, 33 Court Square. Clear strike of circular handstamp on buff cover to Waltham Mass., sender's notation "del. today 19th", Very Fine, ex Blake

E. 200-300
150
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2813
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2813, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Shattuck & Smylie's Philadelphia & Eastern Package Express, Forwarded by Shattuck & Smylie's Philadelphia & Eastern Package ExpressForwarded by Shattuck & Smylie's Philadelphia & Eastern Package Express. Black on green label with office addresses and train vignette on folded cover to Philadelphia street address, odd red "1851" probably not contemporary, minor opening tear mostly confined to back, slight wear, otherwise Very Fine, rare, ex Knapp, Gibson, Foote

E. 200-300
650
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2814
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2814, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Spaulding's Express, 22 Union Street, New Bedford, 11 State Street, Boston, Spaulding's Express, 22 Union Street, New Bedford, 11 State Street, BostonSpaulding's Express, 22 Union Street, New Bedford, 11 State Street, Boston. Bold circular handstamp struck on outside and inside of folded letter to Boston street address, printed letterhead of hardware, stoves, agricultural goods and petroleum oil dealer, datelined at New Bedford, Jan. 4, 1865, Extremely Fine, ex Blake

E. 300-400
275
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2815
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2815, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)THOMPSON & CO'S/EXPRESS, THOMPSON & CO'S/EXPRESSTHOMPSON & CO'S/EXPRESS. Two-line red handstamp on Jan. 4, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Springfield Mass., red "Boston Ms. Jan. 4" circular datestamp and ms. "12-1/2" rate, apparently sent by government mail, accompanied by another folded printed circular to Boston datelined Montreal Apr. 1844 with very faint strike of same marking, Fine, rare

E. 400-500
300
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2816, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from Springfield, Forwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from SpringfieldForwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from Springfield. Partly clear circular handstamp on Dec. 29, 1843 folded letter from J. W. Thompson regarding an undelivered newspaper, ms. free frank "JWT", file fold, Fine, reported by Hahn as the earliest Thompson Express cover

E. 300-400
200
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2817
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2817, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from Springfield, Forwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from SpringfieldForwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from Springfield. Well-worn red circular handstamp on back of Dec. 23, 1846 folded letter from Thompson & Co. sent by mail to Hartford Conn., red "Springfield Ms. Dec. 23" circular datestamp and "5" rate handstamp, Very Fine, unusual example of express business mail sent by government mails, as required by the Act of 1845

E. 200-300
150
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2818
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2818, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Forwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from Springfield, Forwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from SpringfieldForwarded by Thompson & Cos. Express from Springfield. Red circular handstamp and "Thompson & Co.'s American Express, Twice Daily, Forwarded from Springfield" black on blue label on legal-size buff cover to Wells River Vt., money content notation and "1.00 to Pay" express charge, horizontal fold clear of label and markings, minor edgewear, still Very Fine and rare

E. 300-400
350
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2819
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2819, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Thompson & Co's Express, Thompson & Co's ExpressThompson & Co's Express. Black on pink label with train vignette on cover addressed to Alvin Adams at 84 Washington St. in Boston, vertical fold clear of label, Very Fine, Hahn dated this as ca. 1851 according to Adams address, ex Foote

E. 200-300
550
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2820, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Turner's American Express, No. 9 Court Square, Boston, Turner's American Express, No. 9 Court Square, BostonTurner's American Express, No. 9 Court Square, Boston. Bold circular handstamp on yellow cover to New York City street address, part of letter adhering to back indicating Saint John N.B. origin, pencil "Order", Very Fine, undated but ca. 1859 when Turner operated his express between St. John and Fredericton, very rare

E. 750-1,000
850
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2821
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2821, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Turner's American Express, 104 Prince Wm. Street, St. John, N.B, Turner's American Express, 104 Prince Wm. Street, St. John, N.BTurner's American Express, 104 Prince Wm. Street, St. John, N.B. Bold circular handstamp on buff cover marked "Invoice" to David Lawrence (no further address), sealed tear at left and small tear at upper right, otherwise Very Fine, rare

E. 500-750
400
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2822, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Virgil & Co.'s Express from Burlington, Virgil & Co.'s Express from BurlingtonVirgil & Co.'s Express from Burlington. Black on buff label with steamboat vignette, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) with ms. cancel, used on buff cover to Salem N.J., carried by express and properly franked with U.S. postage, reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-300
475
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2823
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2823, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Walker & Jackson's Portsmouth Express, Office, No. 8 Court St., Boston, Walker & Jackson's Portsmouth Express, Office, No. 8 Court St., BostonWalker & Jackson's Portsmouth Express, Office, No. 8 Court St., Boston. Clearly struck red oval handstamp on Sep. 26, 1844 folded letter from Portsmouth to Boston, repaired nick at top, still Very Fine, clear strike of an extremely scarce marking from this small New England express, operated by Gideon Walker and C. C. Jackson between Boston and Portsmouth with offices at Hampton and Newburyport, ex de Windt

E. 300-400
375
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2824
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2824, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)"Webb & Cos. Express", "Webb & Cos. Express""Webb & Cos. Express". Sender's ms. directive on June 17, 1845 folded letter from New Haven to Hartford Conn., ms. "Free Plant" free frank of express agent, Very Fine, rare

E. 200-300
275
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2825
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2825, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Langton's Pioneer Express, Langton's Pioneer ExpressLangton's Pioneer Express. Ornate printed frank (Haller FL3, Ty. 5) on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Sacramento, red "Langton's Pioneer Express Forest City" oval handstamp, conjunctive use with blue "Wells, Fargo & Co. Marysville Jul. 13" oval datestamp, repaired opening nick at top left above frank, Fine appearance

E. 150-200
200
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2826
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2826, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, San Francisco, Wells, Fargo & Co. Express, San FranciscoWells, Fargo & Co. Express, San Francisco. Blue octagonal handstamp struck twice on buff cover to Stockton Cal., some edgewear, Very Fine strikes of this scarce marking

E. 400-500
400
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2827
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2827, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)10c Yellow Green (68), 10c Yellow Green (68)10c Yellow Green (68). Choice centering, bright color, tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express, Oct. ?" double-circle datestamp on 10c Green entire (U15) with Wells Fargo printed frank, to San Francisco, some edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, scarce east-west usage paying double the 10c rate

E. 400-500
550
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2828
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2828, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)2c Red on Amber entire, Round "O" in "Two" (U248), 2c Red on Amber entire, Round "O" in "Two" (U248)2c Red on Amber entire, Round "O" in "Two" (U248). Used entire with Wells, Fargo & Co. black frank, Chinese writing on front and back, slightly reduced at right, pencil address erased, slight wear, otherwise Fine, an extremely rare postal stationery issue

1,500
0
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2829
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2829, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Position L16 with break in "1", large margins at top, other sides slightly into framelines, bright color, tied by sharp strike of blue "Pony Express San Francisco Aug. 31" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10c Green, Star Die Entire (U32) with red Wells, Fargo & Co. printed frank, sender's endorsement "Per Pony", clearly struck "St. Joseph Mo. Jul. 25" circular datestamp cancels entire, trivial opening tear at upper right corner, stamp with tiny tear at top right

A FRESH COVER WITH CLEARLY STRUCK MARKINGS AND A FINE EXAMPLE OF THE $1.00 RED STAMP ISSUED BY WELLS, FARGO & COMPANY FOR THE OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACT PERIOD BEGINNING IN JULY 1861. THIS IS A VERY EARLY USE OF THE STAMP.

Commencing July 1, 1861, the Pony Express was authorized by Congress to carry mail at the rate of $1.00 per half ounce. An additional fee was charged by Wells, Fargo & Co. to carry mail from San Francisco to the western terminus at Placerville, which is represented by the printed frank on this entire. The contract also stipulated the mandatory U.S. postage charge of 10c per half ounce. This cover beautifully combines all three postage elements and was carried on the fourth eastbound Pony Express trip after the new rates and stamps were introduced. Although the Scott Catalogue lists the July 1861 issue Pony Express stamps (143L3-143L6) with other private post issues, we wish to emphasize that these stamps were issued under the terms of a government mail contract; therefore, they have semi-official status.

Pony Express Census No. E112. Ex Knapp. With 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
11,500
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2830
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2830, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Winslow's Original Eastern Express, Winslow's Original Eastern ExpressWinslow's Original Eastern Express. Black on yellow circular label with office addresses on folded cover to Boston, docketed Mar. 10, 1851, sender's notation "with one crate figs", faint mucilage stains, Very Fine, Winslow operated between Boston, Portland Me. and Lewiston Me., ex de Windt

E. 300-400
300
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2831
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2831, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York, Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. YorkWm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York. Red framed handstamp and two strikes of matching "Paid" with ms. "12" double rate on Nov. 18, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City street address, sender's instructions "Please wait for an answer" and contents notation "$262.10 inside", postcript "Please send the bills back by Harnden", additional directive at lower left "Harnden Express", slightly dampstained, otherwise Very Fine, unusual usage with Wyman and Harnden providing service between Boston and New York City

E. 400-500
375
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2832
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2832, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York, Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. YorkWm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York. Red framed handstamp and matching "Paid" handstamp, ms. "pd 6" express charge and red crayon "2" for local delivery charge on Aug. 15, 1844 folded letter from Boston to New York City, Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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2833
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2833, Eastern Expresses and Independent Mails (F-W)Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York, Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. YorkWm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York. Red framed handstamp on two folded letters, one with red "Paid", a third folded letter from Boston to Philadelphia with ms. "Wyman" and red Collect box used by American Letter Mail Co., Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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