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Sale 97: The Westpex Sale

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Eastern Express Covers

Lots 733-740

Lot 733    

American Express Company's Special Express Train, From New York, large illustrated black on yellow label showing nighttime locomotive scene, on ca. 1888 oversized cover from the National Bank of the Republic in New York to the First National Bank in Helena, Montana, endorsed "Cancelled Vouchers" on front; cover wear and some light toning on front, F.-V.F., a rare illustrated special train express label usage (Mosher AMEX-L280).
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $240

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Lot 734    

Carr's Bangor Express, J.L. Libbey, Agent, 10 Court Square, Boston, black on green glazed label, cut to shape, affixed on cover initially addressed to street address in Boston, forwarded to Bangor, Me., Very Fine, a very rare Carr's agent type express label.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $240

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Lot 735    

Harnden & Co. Express, group of 16 covers or fronts with various Harnden's markings, includes a few oval Liverpool forwarder's markings with steamship illustration, mostly transatlantics including 1841 Harnden's New York red oval to Paris, France with red "Packet Letter" handstamp, 1841 Harnden's New York red oval to London, 1842 "Harnden & Co.'s Express, New York" red small oval to-the-mails with red "New-York, APL 30" cds on cover to London via Cunard Line "Britannia", 1844 Harnden's Boston red oval and Liverpool Ship oval to Paris, 1847 Palermo Italy to Boston with Liverpool Harnden circular handstamp, etc., some faults, F.-V.F. and interesting group.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Complete Images.

Realized: $500

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Lot 736    

Harnden Express, Washington, printed return address envelope bearing 3¢ rose (65), center guideline s.e. at right, tied by "Washington, D.C., Nov 27" double-circle datestamp to Philadelphia Pa.; reduced at right and some edge wear, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $260

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Lot 737    

Hodgman & Co's Boston & Bangor Express, black on orange label, affixed on blue 1848 folded letter from Bucksport Me. to Boston Mass., endorsed "Hodgman & Co, freight to be returnd by Boat", Very Fine and scarce label.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $240

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Lot 738    

Savory & Co's, Salem & Boston Express, black on vermilion label affixed on cover to Boston, manuscript "Paid" notation and "Oct/64" docketing; small spindle hole and small part of backflap missing, still Very Fine and rare.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

Realized: $210

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Lot 739    

Thompson & Co.'s Express, blue illustrated Mercury & locomotive scene corner card on cover to the American Express Office in New York, franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red tied by grid handstamp, matching "Springfield, Ms., Nov 23" cds, Very Fine and choice; with 2013 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 26    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $270

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Lot 740    

U.S. Express Mail, Mar 10, blue cds and pencil "10" cent rating on 1846 folded letter to Union, Wisc. Territory, long letter with some interesting content "…Your letter was received with the greatest pleasure…arrived safe - for I was afraid the journey would almost, or quite kill you - furthermore we expected you would be home sick…Benedict is also Dead, He died in shocking death, he cut his own throat…", Very Fine and scarce express mail use to Wisconsin Territory.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $230

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