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United States Postal History continued...

Railroad, Packets and Waterway Markings continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
941       imageDetroit "Steamboat". Neat strike of fancy scroll handstamp with matching "Detroit, Mich. Aug 24" cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A), four margins, on blue lettersheet with woodcut St. Clair Foundry illustrated design datelined "St. Clair, Aug 24th/54" to Detroit, Mich., F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1) (Image2)

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Est. $150-200
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
942     745 imageSteamer Kate Kearney. Red octagonal handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "St. Louis July 19th 1851" to Alexandria Mo., care notation at left and receipt docketing at top; some fold toning, F.-V.F. and rare, This is the Milgram listing example..
Milgram No. 745; Estimate $500 - 750.

The "Kate Kearney" was owned by the St. Louis & Keokuk Packet Company and ran the 4832 contract route from St. Louis to Galena (shortened in Sept. 1852 to terminate at Keokuk). The letter states "I concluded you would not get an answer by telegraph any sooner than by the Kate this evening".
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
943     895 imageRegular Missouri River Passenger Packet Minnehaha. Corner card with stamp holder on buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "Cairo, Ill., Dec 25, 1857" to Cincinnati, Ohio; some edge wear and small flaws at top from opening, reverse stained, F.-V.F.
Milgram No. 895; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS STEAMBOAT MIN-NE-HA-HA CORNER CARD COVER.

The Min-ne-ha-ha was built in 1857 and plied the waters of the Missouri River 1857-62. She was sold and used in New Orleans until she caught fire and was destroyed May 13, 1865. The Missouri River only had two contracted routes, these being on Routes 9029 and 10409 operating between Jefferson City and St. Joseph from July 1857 to June 1859.

We offered the other example of this Steamboat Min-Ne-Ha-Ha corner card in our Sale 57 of the Hugh Feldman collection where it realized $3,105, which at the time was believed unique until the example offered here surfaced.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
944     1394 imageSteamer Ulysses. Blue oval handstamp with "Aug 14, 1876" date on corner card cover to Providence, R.I., franked with 3¢ Banknote tied by waffle grid handstamp, matching "Bar Harbor, Me., Aug 14, 1876" cds, Very Fine, with 1998 A.P.S. certificate.
Milgram No. 1394; Estimate $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
945       imageDetroit "Steamboat Due 2 Cts." . Oval rating handstamp on circa 1862 orange cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by four-ring cancel, matching "Detroit, Mich, May 11" double-circle to Haddam Conn.; top edge tear, Very Fine and scarce, Treated as a ship letter with 2¢ added to the prepaid 3¢ letter rate..
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
946       imageDetroit "Steamboat Due 6 Cts." . Oval rating handstamp on orange cover bearing 3¢ rose (65), s.e. at left, tied by four-ring cancel duplexed with "Detroit, Mich, Jul 3, 1864" double-circle to Grant, Mich.; couple toned perfs, fresh and F.-V.F.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
947       image1800 Philadelphia Pa. "Ship". Small magenta handstamp and matching "Phi, Ap 5" cds with red "14½" cent rating for 12½¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee on 1800 folded letter with Official "Le Consul Cambaceres" French Government letterhead to Dupont de Nemours, New York N.Y., Very Fine and early Philadelphia "Ship" letter.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
948       image1844, 1847 Florida by steamboat via Columbus Ga. and Savannah Ga. Two folded letters, 1844 datelined "Apalachicola 11th Jany 1844" to Providence R.I. entering mail with red "Columbus Ga. Jan 16" cds and matching "Steamboat" straightline with manuscript "25" rating, 1847 datelined "Little River Feby. 5th 47" to U.S. Rep. James D. Westcott or W.H Brockenborough entered mails with red "Savannah Geo. Feb 11" cds and matching "Steam Boat" straightline and "Free" rating handstamp; each small faults and toning, Fine and scarce steamboat uses from Florida.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

Complete Images. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
949     U350 image1894 San Francisco, Cal. to Yokohama, Japan. 1893, 5¢ Columbian entire canceled by "Yokohama, Japan, 5 III, 1894" cds upon arrival with matching boxed "Paquebot" handstamp (Hosking 3461, rarity D) purple straight line "Gaelic" handstamp (Occidental & Oriental SS Co., San Francisco to Hong Kong via Yokohama route), Very Fine.
Scott No. U350; Estimate $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
950     U18 imageN. York, Steamship. Circular handstamp canceling 1855, 10¢ green entire to Boston, Very Fine.
Scott No. U18; Estimate $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
951       image"U.S. Frigate Minnesota off Hampton Roads". Manuscript endorsement on orange cover with blue "Baltimore Md. Jun 23" cds and matching "Ship" and "5" rating handstamps to Ipswich Mass.; some wear and soiling, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $100 - 150. (Image1)
Est. $100-150
SOLD for $50.00
Will close during Public Auction
Foreign Mails - 1834 to 1852
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
952       image1834 (Jul. 20) India to Pittsburg, Pa. via Philadelphia. Folded cover with partial letter from Rev. J.C. Lowrie while missionary in India, carried by private ship entering U.S. mails with red "Phila. 8 Dec" octagon datestamp and matching Full-Rigged Ship octagon handstamp with red manuscript "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

Rev. John Cameron Lowrie (1808-1900) was appointed in 1832 by Western Foreign Missionary Society to open a mission in India. With Mr. & Mrs. William Reed, sailed from Philadelphia May 30, 1833, arriving in Calcutta Oct. 15th with his wife dying Nov. 21st. He carried on determined to found a mission station in some unoccupied area, finally reaching Lodiana Nov. 5th 1834. Broken by poor health and his bereavement of his wife's death, he returned to the U.S. in 1836.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
953       image1868 (Jun. 8) Newark, N.J. to Hamburg, Germany. Orange cover bearing 5¢ brown (76) pair tied by blue cork cancels, matching "Newark, N.J., Jun 8" cds, red "New York, Paid All, Direct, Jun 9" exchange cds, carried by HAPAG Line Teutonia from New York Jun. 9th to Southampton arriving Jun. 24th, red "Hamburg, Franco" (6.24) framed arrival, Very Fine and choice use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
954       image1815 (Apr. 15) Bergen, Norway to Providence, R.I. via London and New York. Folded cover docketed from "Herman D. Johnson & Sons, Bergen dated 15th April", endorsed "p Acastus" at lower left to London, reverse with "Post Paid Withdrawn Ship Letter London, 9 JU 9, 1815" double-circle datestamp across flaps and manuscript "2/1" 2s1d rating, endorsement updated by ship "P. Rolla", red "New-York, Aug 29" cds and and matching "Ship" handstamp with manuscript "78½" rating (3 x 17¢ plus 50% war rate surcharge + 2¢ ship fee), Very Fine and choice London withdrawn ship letter use from Norway.
Estimate; $1,000 - 1,500.

The Act of October 10th 1814, made it illegal to place an outbound letter on any ship privately, unless the letter had first been presented to the British Post Office and a fee paid equal to one-third of the combined inland and sea packet postage. Upon payment, the letter received the "Withdrawn Ship Letter" handstamp and the sender was allowed to send the letter by any ship of his choice. In that the Post Office was providing no service at all for this little used and unpopular act, it as terminated on July 11th 1815.
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Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
955       image1844 (Aug. 9) Naples, Sicily to Philadelphia Pa. via London. Folded letter entered mails with Marseilles (8.14) entry cds, red London (8.20) datestamp with manuscript "1/3" paid by agent and reposted to Philadelphia with red manuscript "1/-" shilling packet fee prepaid, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Liverpool Sep. 4th to Boston arriving Sep. 17th, Philadelphia "20¾" (the "/4" is red crayon), Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate; $500 - 750.

A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA 20¾ RATE HANDSTAMP STRUCK IN RED, ONLY NINE RECORDED EXAMPLES.

Letter carried by ship to Marseilles, where it entered French mail system. At London, forwarding agent Heath, Furse & Co. (handstamp on reverse) paid 1s3d for ¼-½ oz letter, crossed thru their name in the address, and paid 1s packet postage to U.S. Letter rated at Philadelphia and not at arrival port of Boston. Postage due consisted of 2¢ ship fee plus 18¾¢ U.S. inland fee from Boston to Philadelphia. Italicized version of Philadelphia rate stamp in red quite scarce since color shifted to blue soon after its was introduced. Red strikes are recorded from June 1844 to October 1844.

"Special Arrangement" with the Liverpool Postmaster

Businessmen in Philadelphia and other eastern cities complained about delays in mail arriving via Boston, due to sorting and rating. After an 1843 request to the Liverpool Postmaster by the U.S. Postmaster General, from June 1844 to late 1848 mails to Philadelphia and ten other cities were made up in separate parcels in Liverpool. These were included in the New York bag, from where they were forwarded un-postmarked.

Philadelphia's 20¾ and circled 12 postmarks were obtained specifically for incoming British mails arriving via Boston under the Postmaster General's special arrangement with the Liverpool Postmaster.
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Est. $500-750
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
956       image1845 (Dec. 30) Philadelphia Pa. to Paris, France. Folded cover with blue "Philadelphia Pa. Dec 30" cds with matching "Paid" and "10" rating handstamp, carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Acadia from Boston Jan. 1st to Liverpool arriving Jan. 14th, red London (1.16) backstamp and matching "Colonies/&c.Art.12" framed h.s., red Boulogne (1.18) entry cds with manuscript "15" decimes due rating, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

Mails from this voyage reached London on January 16, 1846. This is the latest recorded use of the "Colonies/&c.Art.12" marking on mails from the United States.

The combination of the U.S. 5¢ and 10¢ internal rates and the "Colonies/&c.Art.12" marking was possible during a period of only about six and one half months. Less than 6 examples have been recorded.
(Image1)
Est. $400-600
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
957       image1847 (Aug. 14) Boston Mass. to Paris, France. Gray folded cover with red "Boston, 5 cts, 14 Aug" integral exchange cds with matching "Paid" handstamp, carried on the Herout & Handel Line Philadelphie maiden voyage from New York Aug. 15th to Cherbourg arriving Sep. 1st, clear strike of blue framed "Paq. Reg." entry handstamp, blue Paris arrival backstamp, Very Fine and choice French Packet Direct mail from the short-lived Herout & Handel Line.
Estimate; $400 - 600.

This was the second of only nine sailings of the Herout & Handel line and the only sailing to use the "Paq. Reg" handstamp.
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Est. $400-600
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
958       image1848 (Jun. 7) New Orleans, La. to Winnenden, Wurttemberg. Datelined folded letter with "New Orleans, La. Jun 7" cds and matching "Paid" straightline and slanted "10" rating handstamps, red "New-York, Jun 16" exchange backstamp and bold "24" debit handstamp; carried by Ocean Line Hermann from New York Jun. 20th to Bremerhaven arriving Jul. 6th; black "America/uber Bremen" exchange handstamp and red "10 1/3." debit handstamp; various manuscript postal ratings including Wurttemberg red crayon "1.f 13" (1fl. 22kr.) final due rating, Very Fine and scarce use under the Bremen Postal Treaty of 1847, Carried on the first of Five Voyages under the Bremen Postal Treaty of 1847.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

The Hannover post in Bremen debited Hannover 9 gutegroschen, a restatement of the 24¢ U.S. debit. Hannover marked 10 1/3 ggr. debit to Thurn & Taxis Post, later marked as 45 kr. Thurn & Taxis Post added 24 kr. transit fee to Württemberg and wrote the total as "1/9" for 1 florin 9kr. Winnenden added 4kr delivery fee for final total due of "1f13" (1 florin 13 kr).
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Est. $300-400
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
959       image(Retaliatory Period) 1848 (Sep. 18) Philadelphia Pa. to Paris, France via G.B. Folded letter with blue "Philadelphia Pa., Sep 18" cds and matching "Paid" framed handstamp with blue "34" rating handstamp for the 24¢ packet rate plus 10¢ inland, carried by Cunard Line Hibernia from Boston Sep. 20th to Liverpool arriving Oct. 2nd, red London (10.3) transit backstamp and matching "Colonies/&c.Art. 13" framed accountancy, red Boulogne (10.8) entry cds and manuscript "15" décimes due rating.
Estimate; $300 - 400.

ONE OF THREE OUTGOING COVERS PAYING THE 34¢ RETALIATORY RATE.

Only 7 strikes of the Philadelphia small "34" retaliatory handstamp are recorded, with only three in blue.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $500.00
Will close during Public Auction
960       image1848 (Oct. 23) Philadelphia Pa. to Paris, France via G.B. Folded letter with blue "Philadelphia Pa., Oct 23" cds and matching "Paid" framed handstamp with blue "29" rating handstamp for 24¢ packet rate plus 10¢ inland, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Oct. 25th to Liverpool arriving Nov. 11th, red London (11.12) transit backstamp and matching "Colonies/&c.Art. 13" framed accountancy, red Boulogne (11.14) entry cds and manuscript "15" décimes due rating, Very Fine and rare outgoing retaliatory cover.
Estimate; $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction

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