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The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of Independent Mails continued...

Wells Letter Express continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
217 c ImageLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Two singles, each with ample to large margins and manuscript "X" cancel, used on greenish undated folded cover to New York City street address, missionary society correspondence, stamps slightly oxidized, otherwise Very Fine, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
218 c ImageLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Four cut-to-shape stamps neatly arranged in slightly overlapping positions, each with small manuscript "X" cancel, properly used on Sep. 14, 1844 folded letter from Cuyahoga Falls O. to New York City, Dwight Johnson correspondence, letter mentions draft enclosed -- double the 12-1/2c (two stamps) rate -- file fold clear of stamps

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

Illustrated in Independent Mails book. Ex Golden and Kuphal (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
219   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 5c Black on Pink Glazed (96L1). Horizontal pair, three large to huge margins, clear at top, manuscript "X" cancels, conjunctive use with Pomeroy's Letter Express 5c Black on Yellow (117L1), full margins to clear at lower right, cancelled by red "Cd." handstamp (impression ties thru paper) on front only to L. Barton Stout at Allen's Hill, New York (south of Rochester), probably originated in Cleveland, sender's directive "By the 'Express Mail' -- care of Ralph Chapin, Canandaigua, who will re-mail it at C. if necessary to get it to Mr. S. soon. C.B.S.", docketed with Aug. 6, 1844 mailing date (probably a later notation) and pencil Aug. 15 receipt date, small edge nicks, Pomeroy stamp has small tear and corner crease at bottom right, Letter Express pair slightly creased at top right

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

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

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

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
220   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Large margins to slightly in at top, angled at bottom right, manuscript cancel, Fine and scarce (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
221   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Horizontal pair, octagonal margins just slightly in at top, manuscript "X" cancels, small toned spot (not mentioned on certificate), otherwise Fine, multiples of the 10c Pink are extremely rare -- the largest is a used strip of three (see lot 222), ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
222   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Horizontal strip of three, full to large margins, neat manuscript cancel and tied by small part of red Boyd's City Express Post framed datestamp on piece, vertical crease thru center stamp and usual but very slight oxidation

VERY FINE DESPITE CREASE. THE LARGEST MULTIPLE OF THE SCARCE 10-CENT LETTER EXPRESS STAMP ON PINK PAPER. ONLY TWO STRIPS OF THREE ARE RECORDED.

The circular 10c stamps (96L3-96L4) depict an American soldier charging ashore with sword raised and Union Flag waving, and a naval vessel in the background. This patriotic design, chosen for stamps that would be used in the Great Lakes region, has been described as a commemoration of Commodore Perry's naval victory on Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Multiples of these stamps are extremely rare, and this is the largest size known. One other strip is recorded; it is cancelled with nearly identical pen marks and used on a mixed-franking cover with Pomeroy stamps (Paige sale, June 7, 1957, lot 801).

Illustrated in Independent Mails book. Ex Boker (probably acquired by him from the Weekes collection), Golden and Kuphal. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
223 c ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Horizontal pair, ample margins to barely touched at left, manuscript cancels, file fold thru left stamp ties pair on folded letter to Buffalo N.Y., Sidney Shepard correspondence, datelined "Detroit August 29th, 1844", manuscript "Double" at bottom left, pair has negligible scissors-cuts

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER BEARING A PAIR OF 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.

Letter Express advertisements list two different rates to Buffalo: a 6-1/4c rate (one oval or one-half circular stamp) and a 12-1/2c rate (two ovals or one circular stamp). There must have been some confusion over prepayment, because some covers from Detroit to Buffalo are prepaid at the lower rate, and others at the higher rate. In this case the pair of 10c prepays double the higher rate.

Ex Petri. With 2013 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
224 c ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed (96L3). Full to large margins, unusually bright and fresh color, cancelled by manuscript "X" and used on Aug. 8, 1844 legal-size folded letter to Buffalo, Shepard correspondence, double rate for an enclosure mentioned in letter, stamp appears unaffected by a light fold that passes underneath (probably a stationery fold, not a filing fold), Very Fine, scarce use of the 10c stamp, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
225   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Pink Glazed, Half Used as 5c (96L3a). Right half, affixed by wafer and uncancelled on folded letter to Buffalo datelined "Milwaukee, September 16, 1844", Sidney Shepard correspondence, slight cut into bisected edge of stamp, docketed on back, Very Fine, a rare bisected use of the 10c stamp -- Letter Express advertisements list two different rates to Buffalo: a 6-1/4c rate (one oval or one-half circular stamp) and a 12-1/2c rate (two ovals or one circular stamp); there must have been some confusion over prepayment, because some covers from Detroit to Buffalo are prepaid at the lower rate, and others at the higher rate -- ex Petri, with 2013 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
226   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Scarlet Glazed, Ty. II (96L4). Ample to large margins, manuscript "X" cancel, much better color than usual with only minor oxidation, Extremely Fine, the 10c Scarlet is exceedingly rare, probably fewer than 12 exist on or off cover (there are five recorded covers), illustrated in Independent Mails book, ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
227   ImageLetter Express (Wells), 10c Black on Scarlet Glazed, Ty. II (96L4). Ample to clear margins, manuscript "X" cancel, usual minor oxidation, Very Fine, the 10c Scarlet is exceedingly rare, probably fewer than 12 exist on or off cover (there are five recorded covers), ex Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction

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