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

E.F. Brown thru Grays New Bedford Express
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
65 c ImageForwarded from E. F. Brown's Periodical & News Office, No. 6 Merchants Row, Cabotville Ms. Red six-line handstamp in double-line frame with matching script "Paid" handstamp on Sep. 23, 1844 folded letter to Charlestown Mass., file fold, lightly-inked but fully readable strike, Very Fine, extremely rare, Cabotville is situated on the Connecticut River three miles north of Springfield, Hale did not have his own office in Cabotville, but used Elisha F. Brown's news office as his agent, ex Hall (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
66 c ImageChild & Co.'s Express. Nos. 8 & 9 Court St. Boston. Canal Bank Building. Portland. Four-line handstamp in red with "Paid" and pencil "12-1/2" rate on folded cover to Boston with Mar. 15, 1845 receipt docketing on back identifies sender as Fessenden & Deblois (Portland attorneys), file folds, Very Fine, an outstanding strike of this extremely scarce marking (19 recorded in Sammis census, Independent Mails book), ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
67 c ImageHale & Co., 5c Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5). Position 17 "Wail" instead of "Wall" variety, Second State of plate (undamaged), slightly irregular right margin but clear to large on other sides, manuscript "C" initial probably applied as a cancel, brownish "Forwarded by Hale & Co.'s Great Eastern Mail" oval handstamp used in conjunction with bold red "H. T. Crofoot's Newburyport Letter Office" oval handstamp on Oct. 16, 1844 folded letter to Worcester, turned and re-used from Worcester to New York City with Hale's red Collect box -- the first letter is from John Balch to his brother, Benjamin, coldly informing Ben he will not lend him money; in response, Ben has forwarded the letter to Josiah Hale in New York City, with a letter explaining the situation and referring to his brother with an anti-Semitic slur -- file folds thru stamp, still Fine, a very scarce and unusual conjunctive usage, ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
68 c ImageH. T. Crofoot's Letter Office, Newburyport. Red oval handstamp and matching "Collect/6-1/4 cents" box handstamp clearly struck, conjunctive "Hale & Co.'s Mail, 23 State Street, Boston" oval handstamp and Collect box on Dec. 3, 1844 folded letter from Byfield Mass. to Brooklyn N.Y. street address, slight wear along top fold, the Independent Mail route operated by Hosea T. Crofoot linked with Hale and American Letter Mail Co. at Boston, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
69 c ImageForwarded by Damon & Co's Hudson River Express, 3 Wall Street, New-York. Red oval handstamp and two strikes of matching "XPRESS/BOB" small mirror-image letters in circle within double circular frame, pencil "Collect" on Aug. 25, 1844 folded receipt (payment for an ad notice for "letting female convicts") from newspaper publisher to state prison at Sing Sing N.Y., file fold, Very Fine, Hahn reports this as the latest Damon usage before it was absorbed by Overton, the small circular handstamp is only known on this cover, ex deLisle and Hahn (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
70 c ImageForwarded by Davenport & Co. 29-1/2 State Street, Boston. Dark reddish-brown oval handstamp with matching "5" rate handstamp, pencil "7" rate (5c plus 2c local delivery charge) on Jun. 16, 1845 folded letter from Boston to New York City, conjunctive use with partly clear strike of red "City Mail Office, Broad Street" oval handstamp, a small part of receipt docketing shows at top, soiling along file folds, still Very Fine and scarce, Perry believed Davenport & Co.'s express started in the spring of 1845 and was forced to discontinue soon after on June 30 by the Act of 1845, Hahn lists five examples, ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
71 c ImageForbes's Newburyport Express, Office, 8 Court St. Boston. Red oval handstamp on Sep. 29, 1844 folded letter to Charles French at Boston from his mother at Newburyport, fresh and Very Fine, extremely rare marking from this New England package express operated by William Forbes, only three recorded in Gutman census (Independent Mails book), ex Hall (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
72 c ImageGunnison's Express, Office, 8 Court St., Boston. Red oval handstamp struck twice on Apr. 29, 1845 folded letter from Eastport Me. to Boston, instructions on back "To be left at Gunnisons office 8 Court St. Saturday with your bill", Extremely Fine and exceedingly rare marking, Joseph G. Gunnison's express operated between Boston, Calais and Eastport Me., and St. Johns N.B., only six examples are recorded (Sammis census, Independent Mails book), ex Hall (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
73 c ImageGray's Lowell Express, Office, No. 8 Court Street, Boston. Five-line framed handstamp in red on June 18, 1845 folded letter from Lowell Mass. to Boston, sender's instructions "bring back an answer", small erosion spot from ink drop, still Very Fine and scarce, only twelve examples recorded (Gutman census, Independent Mails book), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
74 c ImageGray's New Bedford Express, No. 9 Elm Street, Boston. Red oval handstamp clearly struck on folded cover to Taunton, origin unknown but docketed "Gwynneth & Co. Feb. 12/45" which points to New Bedford Mass., Extremely Fine, this package express is believed to have been founded by Gilbert Gray, only four examples recorded (Gutman census, Independent Mails book), ex Hall (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction

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