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Eastern Expresses - Fiske & Co's to Henderson's

Lots 1116-1125 Lots 1126-1135 Lots 1136-1144

Lot 1136    

Gilman's Express, Boston & Bangor., fancy black on pale yellow label with illustration of loaded wagon, used on reverse of May 16, 1846 folded letter from Bangor Me. to Boston Mass., manuscript "10" express rating, fresh and Very Fine, ex-Hahn.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $350

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Lot 1137    

Gimbernat & Escoriaza, New York., blue cameo oval return card used as forwarding label and tied by New York "6" in circle due handstamp for ship rate on November 19, 1853 folded letter from Cuba to Lanman & Kemp in New York, Jan. 6, 1854 receipt docketing, Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS GIMBERNAT & ESCORIAZA FORWARDING LABEL.

Gimbernat & Escoriaza of New York is listed by Rowe but only handstamped markings are recorded. This is the only label seen for this forwarder.

Realized: $475

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Lot 1138    

James M. Gordon, 1858 blue cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "College Hill O., Oct 29" cds to Diarbekir, Syria care of James M. Gordon, Boston Mass., Gordon "Rev. A. Walker, Diarbekir" black on white label affixed, carried out of the mails with merchandise to Aleppo, blue Aleppo negative seal handstamp, received "Dec 26, 58" in manuscript on label; opening tear and small edge flaws, F.-V.F. and scarce.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

James M. Gordon, treasurer for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, Boston, functioned as a forwarder for mail to missionaries all over the world. He prepared labels and sent mail as consignees letters with goods. Consignee's letters required no foreign postage. Rowe records Gordon as a forwarder, but only using a handstamp marking.

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Lot 1139    

Geo. H. Gray & Co., Boston, small red label die-cut to circular shape with manuscript "2" denoting 2¢ charge, tied by red "Boston Mass. Jan. 5" cds with matching "20" in circle double-rate handstamp on December 17th 1847 folded printed notice from Birmingham, England to Philadelphia Pa., sent privately on Cunard Line Caledonia from Liverpool Dec. 18th to Boston arriving Jan. 4th; file fold and small repair at bottom not affective label, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE GEORGE H. GRAY & CO. FORWARDER'S LABEL, THIS BEING THE ONLY TIED EXAMPLE.

Realized: $1,400

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Lot 1140    

Geo. H. Gray & Co., Boston, small red label die-cut to circular shape with manuscript "2" denoting 2¢ charge, used on gray January 14th 1848 folded letter from Birmingham, England to Boston Mass., sent privately on Cunard Line Acadia from Liverpool Jan. 15th to Boston arriving Feb. 1st, entered mails with red "Boston '10cts' 1 Feb" integral-rate due cds for the single-rate 10¢ letter rate for over 300 miles to Philadelphia, Very Fine and rare transatlantic mail forwarder label, ex-Blake; signed Robson Lowe.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE GEORGE H. GRAY & CO. FORWARDER'S LABEL.

Realized: $900

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Lot 1141    

Forwarded by Harnden's Express, black on orange label, used on gray Sept. 17th 1849 folded cover to Philadelphia Pa., endorsed "Harndens Express" at bottom left; some light toning and label glue stains, Fine and scarce.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $625

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Lot 1142    

Forwarded by Harnden Express, Hillsboro, Ohio, black on white label, used on orange buff cover to Chillicothe, Ohio, endorsed "Per Express" and "Valuable" at top left; small edge tears and wear, Fine and rare Harnden label.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $525

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Lot 1143    

Harnden's Express from No. 8 Court St. Boston, black on green express label (Mosher HRDX-L13), used on blue Aug. 15th 1851 folded letter from New York City to Boston, pencil "56 State St" street address added, Very Fine and scarce Harden train-design label, ex-Knapp, Cipolla; with 2011 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $550

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Lot 1144    

Forwarded By Henderson's Express, black on green label, used on buff cover with "Rochester 6th Month 14th 1850" datelined letter to Portsmouth N.H., manuscript "Per Express" and money letter "$104.63 cash inclosed in this" endorsements; some wrinkling, Very Fine, The only recorded Henderson Express label..
Estimate    $300 - 400.

No information has been found for this previously unrecorded company. Proprietor may have been John Henderson (1828-1896) who is buried beside wife Sarah in Rochester's Charlotte Cemetery.

Realized: $290

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