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United States Postal History continued...

Packets/Inland Waterway Covers continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
261       imageSteamer Hecla. Sharp strike of red oval handstamp on 1851 blue folded cover to Natchitoches La., endorsed "Frt" at top and "Hecla" at bottom, an Extremely Fine gem.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
262     1040 imageFrom Steamer Osceola. Bold red oval handstamp on dark buff cover from the Buchanan Carroll correspondence to New Orleans, entered mails with red "New Orleans La. Mar 27" cds, endorsed "B/L" for bill of lading and "Osceola" at bottom left, F.-V.F.
Milgram No. 1040; Estimate $150 - 200.

In the early 1850s, the "Osceola" plied the waterways of the Ouachita, Black and Mississippi Rivers between Camden, Ark/ and New Orleans La.
(Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
Transatlantic Mails - Pioneer Steamships Usages
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
263       image"Acadia" Maiden Voyage, 1840 (Aug. 4) Llangollen, Wales to New York, N.Y. via Liverpool. Datelined folded letter with red "Forwarded by M. Edwards & Co." backstamp, entered mails with red "Liverpool, AU 4, 1840" cds and red manuscript "1/-" 1s prepaid packet rating, carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Acadia from Liverpool departing Aug. 4th to Boston arriving Aug. 17th, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

THIS WAS THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE CUNARD LINE "ACADIA" FROM LIVERPOOL TO NEW YORK, THE THIRD SAILING OF THE CUNARD LINE. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
264       image"Britannia" Maiden Voyage, 1840 (Jul. 4) Liverpool, England to New York N.Y. Datelined folded letter with red "Paid at / Liverpool" framed handstamp and matching "Liverpool JY 4 1840" double-arc backstamp with various red manuscript ratings of "1/" shilling transatlantic packet rating, endorsed "Per Britannia via Halifax" at bottom left, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Liverpool departing Jul. 4th to Boston arriving Jul. 18th, two partial strikes of red "Boston Ms. 'Ship' Jul 19" cds and red manuscript "1½" oz. notation and matching "114½" rating to New York, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THIS WAS THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE CUNARD LINE "BRITANNIA" FROM LIVERPOOL TO BOSTON, THE SECOND SAILING OF THE CUNARD LINE.

This letter was apparently only rated as a single rate letter in England, but upon arrival at Boston it was correctly ascertained to be 1½ oz. and rated accordingly.

The new mail contract between the British Post Office and the British & North American Royal Steam Packet Company, popularly called Cunard Line after its founder Samuel Cunard, was to start on the 4th July 1840 with sailings twice monthly from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston during the months up to and including October, then from November to February one sailing per month. Although this sailing schedule was not achieved in 1840, from 1841 onwards the schedule was completed including an additional sailing in November.
(Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
265       image"Britannia" Maiden Voyage, 1840 (Jun. 18) London, England to Wellington Square, Canada. Datelined folded letter with red London "Paid, 18 JU 18, 1840" tombstone handstamp and red manuscript "Pd 1/-" shilling transatlantic packet rating, endorsed "Per Steam Ship" at left, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Liverpool departing Jul. 4th to Halifax arriving arriving Jul. 17th, red "More to Pay" double-arc handstamp and "2" pence postage due rating, Very Fine.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

A RARE LETTER TO CANADA CARRIED ON THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE CUNARD LINE "BRITANNIA" FROM LIVERPOOL TO HALIFAX, THE SECOND SAILING OF THE CUNARD LINE. (Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
266       image"Britannia" Maiden Voyage, 1840 (Jun. 3) Belfast, Ireland to New York N.Y. Datelined folded letter with red "Belfast, Paid" double-arc handstamp and "Belfast, JU 3, 1840" double-arc backstamp, red manuscript "1/-" packet rating, red London "Paid, 5 JU 5, 1840" transit cds, carried on Falmouth non-contract packet Opposum departing Jun. 5th to Halifax arriving Jun. 13th, mail bag transferred to Cunard Line Britannia on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Boston arriving Jul. 19th, red "Boston Ms., Ship, Jul 19" cds, postage due would be 20¾¢ for 18¾¢ for 150-400 miles plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

AN UNUSUAL USE FROM IRELAND CARRIED BY NON-CONTRACT FALMOUTH PACKET TO HALIFAX CONNECTING WITH THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE CUNARD LINE "BRITANNIA" FROM LIVERPOOL TO BOSTON, THE SECOND SAILING OF THE CUNARD LINE.

The new mail contract between the British Post Office and the British & North American Royal Steam Packet Company, popularly called Cunard Line after its founder Samuel Cunard, was to start on the 4th July 1840 with sailings twice monthly from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston during the months up to and including October, then from November to February one sailing per month. Although this sailing schedule was not achieved in 1840, from 1841 onwards the schedule was completed including an additional sailing in November.
(Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
267       image"Caledonia" Maiden Return, 1840 (Oct. 12) Quebec, Canada to Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Folded cover with red "Quebec L.C., Oct 12, 1840" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with red manuscript. "1/2" and "1/4" ratings, endorsed "Per Steamer via Halifax" at bottom left, carried by Cunard Line Caledonia from Halifax Oct. 17th to Liverpool Oct. 30th, Edinburgh "Paid, Nov 1, 1840" transit cds, Very Fine, Letter carried on Maiden Voyage of the Caledonia, and fourth round trip voyage of the Cunard Line.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

From July 6th 1840, the rate by British packet to and from British North America was one shilling two pence Sterling, or one shilling four pence Currency. At this time paid letters from British North America were usually marked with the sum in both Sterling and Currency. Carried on the maiden return voyage of Cunard Line "Caledonia" on her first return voyage out of Boston on Oct. 16th 1840, calling at Halifax the following day.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
268       image"Cambria" Maiden Voyage. Two Covers: Maiden Voyage, 1845 (Jan. 3) Manchester, England to New York carried on Cunard Line Cambria from Liverpool Jan. 4th to Boston arriving Jan. 24th, red "Manchester, JA 3, 1845" double-arc datestamp and red manuscript. "P 1/-" rating, Boston blue manuscript. "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, soiled file fold; Maiden Return Voyage, 1845 (Jan. 1) Savannah Ga. to Wurttemberg, Germany carried on Cunard Line Cambria from Boston Feb. 1st to Liverpool arriving Feb. 13th, red "Savannah Geo. Jan 1" cds and "Paid" handstamp with "25" cent rating, reverse with black boxed "Packet Letter" and two-line red "England / over Rotterdam" handstamps, various ratings, F.-V.F. and rare pair.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
269       image"Cambria" Second Voyage, 1845 (Mar. 31) Salem Mass. to London, England. Datelined folded letter with red "Forwarded from Harndens Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, Boston" oval and matching "Pd. H" in circle handstamp, red manuscript "paid to London by Harnden & Co" endorsement at left, carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Cambria from Boston Apr. 1st to Liverpool arriving Apr. 13th, black "Forwarded by Harnden & Co., Liverpool" illustrated ship oval handstamp, red Liverpool Paid (4.14) cds and matching "1" shilling rating for transatlantic packet, London (4.14) tombstone arrival, Very Fine, this was the second sailing of Cunard Cambria.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
270       image"Columbia" Maiden Return Voyage, 1841 (Feb. 22) Charleston S.C. to London, England. Datelined folded letter with red "Charleston S.C., Feb 22" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with red manuscript "100" rating for four-times the 25¢ rate for 400 miles, endorsed "pr Royal Mail Steamer - fm Boston 1 March" at top, carried by Cunard Line Columbia from Boston Mar. 2nd to Liverpool arriving Mar. 16th, flap with bold "America, L" oval and red London (3.17) arrival cds, manuscript "4/0" due rating for four-times the one shilling packet fee, Extremely Fine and scarce maiden return sailing.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

"Columbia" of 1,175 tons built at Greenock in 1840 made her maiden voyage to Boston on January 5th 1841, she returned to Liverpool leaving March 2nd. Ran aground and was wrecked at Cape Sable, Nova Scotia on July 2nd 1843 without loss of life.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
271       image"Columbia" Maiden Return Voyage, 1841 (Feb. 28) Boston, Mass. to Paris, France. Datelined folded letter with bold "Forwarded from Harndens Package Express & Foreign Letter Office, Boston" oval handstamp and matching "Pd. H" in circle handstamp, endorsed "pr Steam Ship Columbia", carried on Cunard Line Columbia from Boston Mar. 2nd to Liverpool arriving Mar. 16th, bold red "Paid at / Liverpool" framed handstamp and matching backstamp, London Paid (3.7) tombstone and matching bold "P.F." oval handstamp (Paid to Frontier), red Calais entry cds and manuscript "10" decimes due rating, Very Fine and scarce Harndens use on maiden return sailing.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

"Columbia" of 1,175 tons built at Greenock in 1840 made her maiden voyage to Boston on January 5th 1841, she returned to Liverpool leaving March 2nd. Ran aground and was wrecked at Cape Sable, Nova Scotia on July 2nd 1843 without loss of life.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
272       image"President" Maiden Voyage, 1840 (Jul. 31) London, England to Boston Mass. Gray folded letter with attractive "Paid, Ship Letter, London, 31 JY 31 1840" rimless crown datestamp with red manuscript "8" rating, carried as endorsed by Liverpool from Liverpool Aug. 1st to New York arriving Aug. 17th, red "New-York, Paid, Aug 18" cds and manuscript "20¾" rating, Extremely Fine and choice Maiden voyage use, ex-Hegland.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
273       image"Sarah Sands" Second Return, 1847 (May 8) Boston, Mass. to London, England. Light blue folded cover docketed from Boston and endorsed "Per 'Sarah Sands' - Via New York" at bottom, reverse with red "Forwarded By. Harnden & Co, Boston" oval handstamp and matching "Paid / H & Co" fancy handstamp at top right, carried by Sarah Sands from New York May 11 to Liverpool arriving May 30th, black "Postage Paid To Destination. -by- Harnden & Co., Liverpool", Liverpool arrival cds and matching red "1" shilling packet rating, bold red London Paid (6.1) arrival tombstone, Very Fine and choice Boston Harndens use carried on the Second Return Voyage of the "Sarah Sands", ex-Arnell.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
274       image"Unicorn" Maiden Voyage, Liverpool May 16th - Boston June 3rd 1840. Folded letter from London, England to Salem Mass. with red tombstone "Paid My 13, 1840" handstamp and rimless "Paid Ship Letter, London, My 13, 1840" datestamp with red manuscript "8" pence prepaid rating, entered U.S. mails with red "Boston Ms., Ship, Jun 4" cds and 8 cents postage due for 2¢ ship fee plus 6¢ inland postage for less than 6¢; some fold separation, Very Fine.
Estimate; $3,000 - 4,000.

THIS VOYAGE MARKED THE INAUGURATION OF CUNARD LINE SERVICE.

The "Unicorn" made the First Transatlantic Voyage of the Cunard Line in anticipation of a feeder service she would perform between Pictou, Nova Scotia and Quebec and to insure facilities were ready at Boston for the inaugural mail voyage of the line in July 1840. This was the maiden voyage of the "Unicorn".
(Image1)
Est. $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
Transatlantic Mails - Foreign Mails 1763 to 1847
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
275       image1763 (Apr. 29) Lisbon, Portugal to New York N.Y. via Philadelphia. Datelined folded letter carried by private ship to Philadelphia, entered mails with red manuscript "Philad 3-16" postmark and rating, contents concern wine shipments, Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
276       image1768 (Jun. 10) Newport R.I. to London, England. Folded cover docketed "Mr. Browne, Newport Rhode Island: June. 10. 1768", carried by private ship to England, entered mails with Weymouth / Ship Lre" two-line handstamp, sharp London "20/IJ" Bishop mark arrival and manuscript "5" pence rating, docketed as "Rec'd Decr. 1. 68" and "Answd. March. 1. 1769"; file fold wear and and soiling, Fine and scarce early ship letter from Rhode Island, ex-Arthur White, with 2007 P.F. certificate.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
277       image1783 (Oct. 10) Cadiz, Spain to Newport R.I. Datelined folded letter from the Vernon correspondence, entered mails with "Sh 2.16" rating, Newport "11d" local currency rating, letter concerns shipping goods by American vessels, Very Fine Confederation period use.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
278       image1784 (Sep. 10) London, England to Newport R.I. Datelined folded letter with red "Portsmouth / December, 16" postmark with manuscript "Ship 6" rating, endorsed "p Capt Manning", some extra ms., Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $220.00
Will close during Public Auction
279       image1787 (Feb. 10) Puerto Principe Cuba to Philadelphia Pa. Light green folded letter with "Pto Principe" dateline, carried by private ship to New York, entered the post with "N-York - March 21." straightline postmark and ms. "2" rating for the 2 dwt rate for 60-100 miles from New York to Philadelphia, Philadelphia "1/" shilling local currency rating (10d postage plus 2d carrier fee); light fold soiling, F.-V.F., ex-Siskin.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
280       image1791 (Oct. 22) Lisbon, Portugal to Baltimore Md. via Norfolk Va. Gray folded letter datelined "Lisbon 22th October 1791" concerning grain sales and business matters, carried by private ship to the U.S., entered mails with partial "Norfolk Dec 3" straightline and manuscript "Sh 3.8" rating for 3dwt 8 gr to Baltimore; some edge toning, Fine and rare early ship letter via Norfolk, Norfolk ship letter is unlisted this early in ASCC.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction

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