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United States Postal History continued...

Foreign Mails
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
781       image1764-1839, Madeira to the United States Stampless Mail. Group of 8 folded letters comprising 1761 Madeira to New York via "the Bill Savage, Capt Linsey"; 1764 Madeira to New York via "The Pitt, Capt Elder"; 1798 Madeira to Weston Conn. via "New-York" clamshell with red ms. "Sh 12" rating; 1790 Funchal to New York via "Baltimore" straightline and "2:16" rating with "1/4" local currency rating; 1800 Funchal to Providence with "Boston" straigthline and "Ship" h.s. with "12" rating; 1802 Madeira to New York with red "Balte. Md. Dec 28" cds and "Ship" h.s. with ms. "19" rating; 1835 Funchal to Savannah Ga. via red "New York" cds and "Ship" h.s. with "25" rating, forwarded to Providence; and 1839 Funchal to New York via "Baltimore Md." cds and "Ship" h.s. with "20¾" rating, Very Fine group.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)

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Est. $750-1,000
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782       image1818-1851, United States to Madeira Stampless Mail. Group of 4 folded letters comprising 1818 Charleston S.C. to Madeira endorsed "Via New York" and with forwarder's ms. endorsement "New York 11 Aprl 1818, Forwarded by YrObSvt, March & Bremner" on reverse; 1835 "Charleston S.C." red cds and "25" cent rating to Madeira with Funchal ms. "40" reis inland due rating; 1841 "Charleston S.C." red cds and "50" cent rating to Madeira with Funchal ms. "240" reis inland due rating; 1851 New York to Madeira endorsed "pr Plymouth" with Funchal "160" reis due handstamp; few flaws, F.-V.F. group.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
783       image1820 (Aug. 22) Charleston, S.C. to Madeira via New York forwarder. Datelined ALS folded letter signed Charles Cotesworth Pinkney endorsed "Brig Protection", flap with manuscript "New York Sep 5, 1820, recd. & forwardd. by yr. ob. Sevt. Henry Cary & Co." forwarder's endorsement, sent by private ship, Portugal "40" reis due rating, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825) was an early American statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as its presidential candidate in 1804 and 1808, losing both elections.
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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
784       image1850 (Nov. 28) Lyon, France to Philadelphia Pa. Folded letter docketed "pr. City of Glasgow" at top, forwarder's blue "Geo. H. Draper. Havre" straightline at bottom left, sent unpaid, carried as endorsed on Inman City of Glasgow from Liverpool Dec. 11th to Philadelphia arriving Jan. 3rd, Philadelphia blue "6" double-octagon due handstamp for 6¢ ship letter delivered at the port, Very Fine, Letter took 38 days by the new Inman service, 10 days longer than via Cunard to New York., ex-Hugh Feldman.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Liverpool-Philadelphia Scheduled Steamship Service: The Inman Line

Inman offered monthly service with three new steamships, the largest and most modern ever built on the Clyde. Philadelphia lobbied the government for a Liverpool-Philadelphia mail contract, but after years of losing freight and passenger business to the New York lines, Inman moved its western terminus there in 1857 and began carrying mail under temporary U.S. contracts.

The first business venture of Richardson Brothers' steamship group was to purchase the City of Glasgow from Tod & Macgregor while the ship was on her fourth voyage to New York. The Richardson group was officially titled The Liverpool & Philadelphia Steam Ship Company, but probably because Inman ran the company from the very beginning it was informally called the Inman line.

Disappointment was followed by disaster when the City of Glasgow was lost at sea after departing Liverpool on 1 March on her second westbound voyage of the year. On 21 April the ship Baldaur, 400 miles north of the Azores, saw a steamship similar in description to the City of Glasgow steeply listing, but found only flotsam when the site was approached.14 Inman later declared the ship was presumed sunk, with the loss of 480 lives.

References: Illustrated and discussed in "The Liverpool and Philadelphia Steamship Company: Early Years of the Inman Line, 1850-1857" by John Barwis, Chronicle 230 (May 2011, pp. 181-187), fig. 2.
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
785       image1851 (Jan. 15) Philadelphia Pa. to Cognac, France. Datelined folded letter sent unpaid, carried as endorsed by Inman Line City of Glasgow from Philadelphia Jan. 16th to Liverpool arriving Jan. 30th, flap with "Liverpool, Ship" (1.30) framed transit, London red "Colonies/&c. Art. 13." framed accounting handstamp, brilliant red "Angle. Calais, 1 Fever. 51" entry cds and manuscript "15" décimes due rating, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $200 - 300.

A RARE USE CARRIED ON THE MAIDEN RETURN VOYAGE OF THE INMAN LINE. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $290.00
Will close during Public Auction
786       image1852 (Nov. 15) La Réole, France to New Orleans, La. Folded letter with "La Réole 15 Nov 52" origin cds and "26" décimes prepaid manuscript rating on reverse, red framed "PD" handstamp, carried by Cunard Line Europa from Liverpool Nov. 20 to New York arriving Dec. 2, black "New-York, 5cts, Dec 3" integral due handstamp, partial strike of green New Orleans City Post "Dec 10" snow shovel datestamp and matching "Car. 2" due handstamp, Very Fine and scarce transatlantic New Orleans carrier use, ex-Winter.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
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787       image1855 (Jun. 12) Bordeaux, France to New Orleans, La. Folded letter with orange Bordeaux (6.13) origin cds and matching "P.P." framed handstamp, carried by Cunard Line America from Liverpool Jun. 23 to Boston arriving Jul. 6, black ""Boston Br. Pkt. '5' Jul 6"" debit exchange cds, black "N.O.U.S. City Post, Jul 13" for carrier service, Very Fine and scarce New Orleans City Post use, ex-Winter.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
SOLD for $140.00
Will close during Public Auction
788       image1860 (Aug. 6) Stillwater, Minn. to Leeds, England via Detroit. Orange cover bearing two 12¢ black (36B) singles, tied by two strikes of "Stillwater, Min. Aug 6, 1860" cds, red ms. "Paid 24" rating, bold "Detroit Am. Pkt. '3 Paid' Aug 9" credit exchange cds, carried by Allan Line Bohemian Aug. 11th from Quebec to Liverpool arriving Aug. 21st, red "Paid, Liverpool, U.S> Packet, 22 AU 60" exchange entry cds, Leeds (8.22) arrival backstamp; bit of flap missing and some edge wear at top, a Very Fine use by Allan Packet.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
789       image1867 (Apr. 8) Shanghai, China from U.S.S. "Wachusett" to Fisherville, N.H. via Hong Kong. With enclosed April 1st and 2nd letters, blue Shanghae (4.8.67) origin backstamp initially rated 1/10½ changed to 1/9½ (1s9½d) plus 1d colonial credit, bearing Hong Kong QV no watermark 18¢ and CC watermark 4¢ and 24¢, each canceled by Hong Kong "B62" grid paying the 45¢ half-ounce rate to U.S. via Southampton (46¢ paid as Hong Kong did not then issue odd-cents denominated stamps), reverse with Shanghae (4.8.67) blue origin and Hong Kong (4.12) transit backstamps, carried by P&O Cadiz from Shanghai Apr. 9th to Hong Kong arriving Apr. 12th, then P&O Emeu from Hong Kong (Apr. 15) to Galle arriving Apr. 30th, then P&O Candia from Galle May 2nd to Suez arriving May 17th, overland in Egypt from Suez to Alexandria, P&O Nyanza from Alexandria May 19th to Southampton arriving May 31st, red London Paid (5.31) transit and matching "5/Cents" credit h.s. to U.S. for domestic postage, carried by Cunard Line Persia from Queenstown Jun. 2nd to New York arriving Jun. 13th, red "New York, Br. Pkt. Paid, Jun 13" exchange arrival cds; some edge wear, slightly rough opening at left, Very Fine and unusual cover from a U.S. ship in Chinese waters with a nice three-color franking, with 1991 Holcombe certificate.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

The sender notes that they had been six or seven hundred miles into the country, having been to Hankow, Kiukiang and Chinkiang.

The U.S.S. "Wachusett" was commissioned in March 1862 during the Civil War and was sent to China in March 1865 originally to search for the Confederate commerce raider C.S.S. "Shenandoah." It stayed on to track down outlaws and pirates who were harming American interests, then attempted to enter Korean waters to investigate the demise of the U.S.S. "General Sherman" before returning to the U.S. for its February 1868 decommissioning.
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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
790       image1869 (May 11) Funchal, Madeira to Boston Mass. Blue folded letter with sharp "Funchal, 5/11, 1869" double-circle cds, "Liverpool, Ship" (11.13) framed backstamp "8" pence rating updated to "24" cent debit to U.S., black "Boston, Nov 24" cds backstamp with blue crayon "32" and "In U.S. Notes" depreciated currency straightline, blue crayon "26" crossed out at left; some light tape stains and cover splitting, Fine and rare Boston depreciated currency use from Madeira.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
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791       image1870 (Jun. 13) Funchal, Portugal to Jacksonville, Ill. via Chicago. Unpaid mourning cover with Funchal (6.13) cds, red London (6.27) transit backstamp, probably sent by Allan Line Moravian from London Jul. 1st to Quebec arriving Jul. 10th, blue crayon "18" cent debit, Chicago "22/U.S. Notes" depreciated currency handstamp; some soiling and wear, Fine and rare depreciated currency use from Portugal.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)

Est. $200-300
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1846-1848 Mexican-American War
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
792       image(Mexican War Trail Letter) Fort Leavenworth Mo. Sep 16. Cds with manuscript day and matching "5" cent rating on 1846 folded letter from Private O.P. Bampass, Company "I" 4th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers at Fort Leavenworth shortly after Gen. Kearney occupied Sante Fe and speaks of getting "…72 cts for every twenty miles coming up to be paid the first payment at Bents Fort…"; some fold separations and minor staining, Fine and interesting early Mexican War trail letter.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

This letter refers to Bents Fort during Pre-Colorado Territory, which was a celebrated fur trading post built in 1848 by four Bents Brothers. Kit Carson was employed there as a hunter from 1831 to 1842 when he left to join the Fremont Expedition. The post was a real Fort with walls 15 feet high and 4 feet thick.
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Est. $500-750
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793       image(Mexican War Trail Letter - Doniphan's Expedition) Fort Leavenworth Mo. Apr 2. Cds and manuscript "5" rating on 1847 folded letter from Captain John T. Hughes, Company "C", 1st Regiment Missouri Mounted Vols. to the Editor of the Tribune, Liberty Clay City, Mo., cover with Autograph Note by John T. Hughes, who writes: "John Browning, of the Howard company (i.e., Howard County, MO; Hughes's regiment was the 1st Missouri Mounted Volunteers) was taken ill while upon the Navajo Expedition, was brought into Socorra upon the Del…was finally removed to Albuquerque for medical aid & there died some time in December (1846). Today (Tuesday 26th) Jordan Hackley of the Howard Company, a young & interesting man, died of Typhoid Fever…His corpse will be interned tomorrow. I have reported the names of all the men who have died in the regiment because friends & relatives are anxious to hear every particular respecting the deceased.", Very Fine, ex-Risvold.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

Doniphan's men traveled from Ft. Leavenworth down the Santa Fe Trail to invade Mexican territory during the Mexican-American War. Captain John T. Hughes wrote the historic Book "Doniphan's Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico" published in 1848 that contains Doniphan and Price portraits at front and with fold-out map.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
794       image(Mexican War Trail Letter) "Cold Spring, Texas Territory, August 27, 1847". Dateline on folded letter from Private Huling Major of Company "E", 1st Regiment Infantry Illinois Vols. to Belleville Ill., endorsed "From the Army" bottom left, carried by military express to the Missouri River where it was placed on board a steamboat bound for St. Louis, entered the mails in St. Louis with red "STEAM 10" straightline for 10¢ postage due, letter reads, "The opportunity I am embracing myself of is that of Four Companies of Mo. Volunteer Cavalry being the last of Col. Price's Regiment the Colonel himself accompanying it looking jovial and hearty in fact his whole appearance calculated well to influence strangers in his favor and bearing indications of a noble and generous spirit and one that would be kind considerate and indulgent to his men or those at all palaces under his command…we shall make an early start in the morning travel further and finally without doubt be the first company of the Illinois Regiment in Santa Fee…"; some light soiling, F.-V.F. and scarce Mexican War Trail Letter from Texas.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

An additional note added to the letter by J.F. Snyder reads, "Huling Majors returned from the war and married the "Adorable" daughter of Mr Aaron Prims. Then he went to California leaving his wife with her parents, and there seems to have disappeared perhaps died in some obscure mining camp. He was a fine house carpenter and good hearted clever fellow. We shall miss him."
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
Advertising/Illustrated Covers
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
795       image(Cameo) Degraff & Kendrick, Engine Boiler & Machine Builders, Detroit, Michigan. Illustrated embossed cameo corner card design showing Steam Engine in blue on orange buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (11A), margins to slightly in, tied by neat "Detroit, Mich. Sep 10" cds to New York City, Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
796       image(Guns, Shells & Powder) DuPont Blasting. Multicolored illustrated design showing Miner with Lamp on cover bearing 2¢ carmine (319) tied by "Birmingham, Ala., Mar 6 '06" machine cancel to Coltewah, Tenn., with lovely multicolored design on reverse showing Moose, Duck, Quail & Goose; scuff affects moose on reverse and tiny opening tears at top, otherwise Very Fine and rare powder design.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR DUPONT POWDER DESIGNS. (Image1)

Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
797       image(Guns, Shells & Powder) Dupont Shoot Powders. Two multicolored illustrated designs; one showing Quail on Rock and other showing Bevy of Quails, both domestic usages; former missing small portion of backflap, latter slightly reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)

Est. $150-200
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
798       image(Guns, Shells & Powder) DuPont Smokeless. Multicolor illustrated design on 1906 cover showing Cowboy with Rifle on Galloping Horse bearing 2¢ shield (319) tied by "Trenton, N.J., Nov 17, 1905" machine cancel to Chicopee Falls, Mass., reverse also showing multicolor Moose, Duck, Quail & Grouse, Nov. 18th arrival backstamp, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate; $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF FINEST EXAMPLES OF THIS SPECTACULAR DUPONT SMOKELESS GUN POWDER DESIGN. (Image1)

Est. $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
799       image(Guns, Shells & Powder) Winchester. Four different multicolored ad covers; designs include Hunter with Shotgun & Dog, Hunter on Snowshoes Facing Wolf Pack, Bearded Hunter and Hunter with Shotgun on Shoulder, all 2¢ domestic usages; no side reduction but some with light corner wear, generally Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)

Est. $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
800       image(Hand-Illustrated) Cover Front Scrap Book, 1916-19. Group of 14 used 1916-19 stamped cover fronts posted mostly from Brooklyn N.Y. pasted into scrapbook with fancy addresses and featuring playful sketches and Mc Cready characters incorporated into Reeves' lettering, some multicolor, also includes some unused envelopes and original artwork, along with photos and paper clippings, put together by wife of Artist A. Houghton Reeves addressed to her in Oyster Bay, N.Y. while her husband worked in Brooklyn N.Y., some interesting scenes like stereotypical depiction of an African American subject galloping on a donkey; man running away from a snake (possibly the artist); rabbits dancing under the sunshine while a man watches through a spyglass, etc., Very Fine and unusual.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)

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Est. $400-600
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