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The Manwood Collection of Express Company Labels continued...

Eastern Expresses - Hodgman & Co. to Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy's continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1161       imageLivingston & Wells Express, Buffalo, Albany & New York. Black on white express label with train vignette, used on folded letter datelined "Buffalo July 10, 1848" to Rochester N.Y., endorsed "$50., by Wells & Co. Express" at bottom left; some edge wear and flaws, F.-V.F., ex-Kramer.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
1162       imageLivingston & Wells' Express, New York, Albany & Buffalo. Black on light blue express label, tied by file fold crease on folded letter datelined "New York May 5 th 1845" to Buffalo N.Y.; manuscript "Paid 2/-" prepaid rating for 25¢ express rate, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Livingston & Wells operated in upstate New York-Livingston, Howard & Co. in Pennsylvania.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
1163       imageLivingston, Wells & Co. of New York, Paris agent. Black on blue express label, tied by red "Roma, 29 Ago 48" arrival backstamp on blue folded letter datelined "New York July 22 1848" to Rome, Italy, sent out of mails by Cunard Line Hibernia from Boston Jul. 26th to Liverpool arriving Aug. 6th, then on to Paris where agent forwarded with label, entered mails with Paris (8.20) cds and "34" decimes rating, Genoa circular transit and "Via Di St. Beauvoisin" straightline, manuscript "Rome Postages 4l - .75 / Naples - .15 / 4 - .90" for postage due at Rome; some edge bleaching, F.-V.F. and rare transatlantic express forwarder label.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

This letter was bagged with other letters to avoid high postage to England during retaliatory rate period.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1164       imageLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Black on orange express label, tied by vertical file fold crease on folded letter datelined "Watertown, N.Y. Sept. 23 1844" to New York City, manuscript "Paid 50" express rating, red crayon, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Vermilion label with listing of three offices. Partnership of Livingston, Wells & Pomeroy began in 1844 and lasted until Pomeroy retired in 1845.
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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
1165       imageLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express, Agents: Bennett, Backus & Hawley-Utica. Black on pink express label with ship and train vignettes, tied by vertical file fold crease on folded letter datelined "Utica, Dec 10, 1844" to New York City street address, endorsed "Order"; bit of top left corner paper loss.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1166 ()      imageLivingston, Wells & Pomeroy's Express. Office: No. 2 Wall Street, New-York. Black on light blue-green label with transportation vignettes, used on circa 1844 blue folded cover with top flap only to Buffalo, N.Y., reduced slightly at bottom, fresh and Very Fine express label use during Independent Mail Company period, ex-Foote.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

In 1850 three expresses merged to form American Express - Wells & Co., Livingston & Fargo and the recently formed Butterfield, Wasson & Co. American Express at first functioned as two divisions, Livingston, Fargo and Wells, Butterfield. In 1867 Merchants Union Express, a competing express, was formed - the following year it merged with American Express, the new company being renamed American Merchants' Union Express Company. That name lasted until early 1873 when it was changed back to American Express Company. All these companies except Butterfield, Wasson & Co. used labels.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
Eastern Expresses - Longley & Co. to Pomeroy & Co.
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1167       imageLongley & Co., Portland Express., Rail Road Exchange, Court Square, Boston. Red on white die cut circular label, affixed on May 17th 1851 part-folded letter to Boston, Mass., "Three Dollars" money letter endorsement at top, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
1168       imageLongley & Co., Portland Express., Rail Road Exchange, Court Square, Boston. Black on purple die cut circular label, pin hole, tied by fold crease on folded cover datelined "Portland Oct 12, 1852" to Boston, Mass., manuscript "25" cent express rating, endorsed "Longley" at bottom left, F.-V.F. and scarce, ex-De Windt, Hahn.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1169       imageLongley & Co., Portland Express., Rail Road Exchange, Court Square, Boston. Gold on black die-cut circular label, used on May 27th 1850 folded letter from Saco, Maine to Boston, Mass., ms. "25" cent express rating, manuscript "$175" money letter endorsement, F.-V.F. and scarce, ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Letter was carried over the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth and Eastern Railroads.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1170       imageForwarded By Lovett's Newburyport and Boston Express. Black on green express label, used on orange cover to South Danvers, Mass., endorsed "Malden p Ex Lovet's $" at top right; reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
1171       imageMerchants Union Express, Buffalo and Syracuse N.Y. Two black on orange labels, "Buffalo, N.Y." used on light buff cover with manuscript "Val" and "Paid 2/-" rating for 25¢ express rate to Albany N.Y., blue crayon "$3500" docketing at left; "Syracuse, N.Y." folded over edge of small cover to New York City with pencil "Paid" notation, reduced slightly at right, Very Fine pair.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Merchants Union combined with American Express in 1868 to form American Merchants Union Express Company.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
1172       imageMetropolitan Post Office Baggage and Package Express. Large orange rectangular label (105 x 30 mm), affixed on circa 1855 blue folded letter bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) horizontal pair tied by blue grid cancel, matching "Millwood, Va. Jany 25" blue cds with ms. date to the American Bible House, New York City, forwarded by Metropolitan with pink "116 Nassau St., N.Y." address label; file folds through label and right stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

A REMARKABLE 1851 ISSUE USE IN COMBINATION WITH THE METROPOLITAN POST OFFICE EXPRESS LABEL.

From the Siegel Golden sale, the 1854-55 and 1855-56 New York City directories list William H. Laws as proprietor of the "Post Office" at 13 Bible House, which was located across from the Williams' address on the Metropolitan local post stamps. The 1856-59 directories list Laws at the same address, but the name "Metropolitan Post Office" is used. In 1859, Laws is listed with the business "Books", which suggests the end of his involvement with the post. A trade directory links Williams and Laws in a partnership at 162 Ninth Street. (Reference: Patton book, p. 228, and Perry correspondence).

Mosher illustrates a label used by the Metropolitan Errand & Carrier Express Co. (1855-57) that is different from this label. It does not list or illustrate a label with this wording.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1173       imageMetropolitan Post Office Baggage and Package Express. Large orange rectangular label (105 x 30 mm), affixed on circa 1855 blue folded letter bearing 3¢ dull red (11) canceled by partial Millwood cds to the American Bible House, New York City, forwarded by Metropolitan with white "200, Broadway, New-York" address label tied by blue ms. arrow, reverse with black on orange "Will Collect, Bills with Goods, Checks, Notes, Drafts, Accounts, &c." label as flap seal, split upon opening, Very Fine and rare use.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)

Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1174       imageForwarded by Munro's Express. Black on green express label with offices listed, used on blue folded letter datelined "New Bedford, Mar. 3, 1852" to local address, manuscript "Deliver Early, James" endorsement, Very Fine and scarce, ex-Hahn.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1175       imageForwarded By The National Express Co. Black on vermilion express label showing guard dog and safe, used on cover endorsed "By Express" to Mechanicsville N.Y., money letter endorsement "Gar'd to contain $50.00", given to Adams & Co. (wax seals on back), a F.-V.F. and scarce conjunctive use.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Letter was sent by Adams Express via railroad to New York City where turned over to National Express and label applied. Sent by railroad to Mechanicsville, pencil street directive added at left.

National Express was formed in 1855 by a merger of Pullen, Virgil & Co. and some smaller expresses. Pullen, Virgil & Co. had started in the early 1840s as Pullen & Copp, then had become Pullen & Co. National Expresses routes extended from New York City north and east. They served Vermont towns and crossed into Canada, serving Montreal and Quebec.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
1176       imageNew Express Co. and Baltimore & Ohio Express. Red on purple express label, used on reverse of 1¢ postal card (UX5) canceled by "Worcester Mass., Mar 27" duplex with leaf cancel to Hartford Conn.; label slightly affected by edge placement, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $200-300
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
1177       imageNiles & Co's Express, 33 Court Square, Boston. Gold on black glazed label (Mosher NILX-L5), used on orange cover to West Newbury Mass., endorsed "Death" and "by Express", Very Fine and extremely rare, Only Two Recorded Examples.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1178       imageForwarded By Northwestern Express Company, St. Paul, Minn. Large black on green label (Mosher NWNX-L10) with train vignette, affixed along with "Money Package, by the American Express Co., from La Crosse, Wis." black on orange label (Mosher AMEX-L325) on light yellow legal-size cover to New York City street address, pencil "2" rating for 25¢ express fee, endorsed "Free thru, J.C.B. & Co." at bottom left; opened for display with front and back separated, and hinged together, Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

J.C. Burbank carried on alone and expanded his express west to serve Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa after Fawcette left the partnership in the mid-1850s.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction
1179       imageP. & R.R.R. Co., Express Department, Philadelphia, Pa. Black on orange express label, used on large refolded package wrapper to Montrose Pa., pencil "30c due" express rating, Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
1180       imagePerkins' Exeter Express. Black on orange express label, some oxidizing, used on Adams Express Company Soldier's Package envelope from Major Drew of 4th Company Regt. N.H. sent from Beaufort S.C. on Nov. 18th 1862 back home to Newton N.H., "40¢" freight paid notation and "$32.65" money letter endorsement; light crease and stain spot, Very Fine and scarce soldier's express use.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction

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