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The Hugh V. Feldman Collections of United States Railroads continued...

Baltimore to New York via Philadelphia
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
4221     240-Sp unlisted image(New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Co.) NY. Blue manuscript postmark and matching "10" rating on buff cover to Trenton, N.J. bearing New York Postmaster Provisional, 5¢ Black (9X1a) two singles for double weight, stamps uncancelled but left stamp just tied by "NY" postmark, adhesives fresh and with large margins, except left stamp in at left; right with tiny margin tear, Very Fine and rare, with 2001 P.F. certificate.
Towle No. 240-Sp unlisted; Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

A REMARKABLE RAILROAD USE OF THE NEW YORK POSTMASTER PROVISIONAL.

The franking was disallowed as the cover was put onto the mail car at Jersey City, at Philadelphia the franking was disallowed and a manuscript charge of 10¢ applied before being sent back up the line to Trenton.
(Image1)
Est. $3,000-4,000
SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
4222     240-Sp-c var. image(New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Co.) NY. Bold blue handstamp in circle with matching "5" in double circle rate handstamp on blue folded cover to Washington D.C., Very Fine.
Towle No. 240-Sp-c var.; Estimate $300 - 400.

It is believed by most authorities that this marking to have been applied to New York-Philadelphia mail carried by railroad and posted at convenience boxes at stations or ferry terminals. They were probably postmarked by post office clerks at New York. They occur at an early period when there were contract difficulties between the P.O.D. and the New Jersey railroads. Most of these examples predate the January 1847 appointment of the first route agent on the New York-Philadelphia route.

This is similar to Towle 240-Sp-c, however the rate handstamp on this cover is a double circle not a single circle.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
4223     240-B-1 image(New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Co.) N. York & Phila. R.R., Nov 10. Route agent cds ties 3¢ orange brown (10A), vivid color with four ample to mostly huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, additionally tied by strikes of matching red circular grid on 1851 folded letter from New York City to New Orleans La., "Recd 19 Nov. 1851" receipt, Very Fine and choice, a lovely cover and a scarce railroad usage with an 1851 3¢ orange brown, ex-Wagshal.
Towle No. 240-B-1; Estimate $300 - 400.

Carried south to Philadelphia for transfer via Washington to the Great Southern Mails for New Orleans.
(Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
4224     240-D-1 image(New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Co. / Philadelphia & Trenton Railroad) PHILADA. RAIL ROAD. Straightline in red and black applied on two folded letters, red strike datelined "Philadelphia, November 14, 1850" to Providence R.I. with bold red "New-York, 5 cts., 16 Nov" integral-rate cds; black strike datelined "Trenton July 8 1851" on Camden & Amboy Railroad illustrated bill of lading to Naugatuck Conn. with black "New-York '5 cts.' Jul 11" integral-rate cds, Very Fine exhibit pair.
Towle No. 240-D-1; Estimate $200 - 300.

The "Philada. Rail Road" straightline marking was applied at New York on arriving railroad mail.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
4225     240-SP-c image(New York and Philadelphia Railroad) NY. Blue straightline in partial circle with matching "5" in double circle on 1845 folded cover to Philadelphia, datelined "6 October 45", Extremely Fine and choice.
Towle No. 240-SP-c; Estimate $200 - 300.

Towle states most authorities believed that this marking to have been applied to New York-Philadelphia mail carried by railroad and posted at convenience boxes at stations or ferry terminals. They were probably postmarked by post office clerks at New York or Philadelphia depots or post offices, most likely at the latter point. They occur at an early period when there were contract difficulties between the P.O.D. and the New Jersey railroads. Most of these examples predate the appointment of the first route agent on the New York-Philadelphia route, during Jan.1847.

However, noted Postal Historian, Richard Frajola states, "Although this "NY" marking has historically been considered a railroad route agent marking, I believe the marking was most likely applied at Philadelphia to indicate that the letter was received from New York in a closed bag (although the closed bag was carried must of the way by rail)".
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
4226     240-D-1 image(Pennsylvania Railroad) PHILADA RAIL ROAD. Red straightline handstamp along with two matching grid cancels and "New York, Nov 29" cds tie two 1847 5¢ red brown (1) singles both four margins and fresh color, on blue folded letter datelined "Philada Nov. 28, 1850" to Boston Mas., adhesives both with four margins & fresh color; right stamp with minor margin crease, Very Fine, with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Towle No. 240-D-1; Estimate $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
4227     240-D-1 image(Pennsylvania Railroad) "Philada. Railroad". Red straightline ties D.O. Blood & Co., 1c Bronze on Black (15L13), additional acid tie, along with matching "New-York, Nov 30" cds and square grid tying 5¢ red brown (1), large to huge margins, stamp with tear at right, on blue 1850 folded letter datelined at Philadelphia Pa. to New Haven Conn.; vertical file fold does not affect stamps, Very Fine, ex-Frelinghuysen.
Towle No. 240-D-1; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

A SCARCE PHILADELPHIA RAILROAD COMBINATION USE OF THE 1847 ISSUE AND D.O. BLOODS LOCAL POST.

The red straightline was applied on arrival at New York City to indicate mail was received from a train out of Philadelphia.
(Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
4228     239-D-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) Baltimore Rail Road, Jan 11. Red cds with manuscript "25" rate for over 400 miles on 1838 folded letter from Baltimore to Ludlow, Vermont, Very Fine, this is the second earliest recorded usage of this marking.
Towle No. 239-D-1; Estimate $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4229     239-C-2, 239-B-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) BALTIMORE. R.R., JULY 27 1838. Red straightline handstamp on 1838 folded letter from Baltimore Md. to New York City with manuscript "18¾" rating for over 150 miles, light vertical band of toning; ex-Hannen; Very Fine.

BALTIMORE, MD. R.R., AUG 18 1838, red straightline handstamp on folded cover docketed "Baltimore Aug 15, 1838" to Philadelphia Pa. with manuscript "12½" cent rating for under 100 miles; ex-Wyer, Extremely Fine and choice.
Towle No. 239-C-2, 239-B-1; Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED DATED RAILROAD ROUTE AGENT HANDSTAMPS, OF WHICH ONLY THREE EXAMPLES IN TOTAL ARE RECORDED. (Image1) (Image2) (Image3)

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Est. $4,000-6,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4230     239-D-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) Baltimore Rail Road, Aug. 28. Blue cds ties 10¢ Black (2) large margins, on buff cover to Prescott, Pa. with second cds strike at right; hint of cover restoration, Very Fine and rare, ex-Boker, Gross, signed Ashbrook.
Towle No. 239-D-1; Estimate $750 - 1,000.

ONLY A HANDFUL OF 10¢ 1847 COVERS ARE KNOWN USED ON THIS RAILROAD, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE EARLIEST TO CARRY MAIL UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
4231     239-C-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) BALTIMORE R.R. Red straightline handstamp on folded cover to New York City bearing 5¢ Brown (1), four large margins, tied by neat red "5" in circle rate marking for under 300 miles, Extremely Fine.
Towle No. 239-C-1; Estimate $750 - 1,000.

A WONDERFUL 5¢ 1847 ISSUE COVER TIED BY BALTIMORE R.R. CIRCLED "5". (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
4232     239-C-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) BALTIMORE R.R. Red straightline handstamp on blue 1851 folded cover to Boston Mass. bearing 10¢ Black (2), mostly large margins, tied in transit by "New York, Jan 1" red cds with Baltimore railroad origin handstamp applied, manuscript notation at top left "Pd by Stamp", adhesive affixed with wax wafer as is occasionally found with the first government issue; cover and stamp faults, Fine.
Towle No. 239-C-1; Estimate $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
4233     239-C-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore R.R.) Baltimore R.R. Black straightline with matching circular grid cancel ties 3¢ orange brown (10), large margins to touched, on ornate lace envelope to Pittsfield, N.H., Very Fine and choice, with 2006 P.F. certificate.
Towle No. 239-C-1; Estimate $500 - 750.

A STUNNING RAILROAD USE WITH WONDERFUL EYE APPEAL. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $450.00
Will close during Public Auction
4234     239-M-2 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) "Balto. R.R., Septbr 2". Manuscript postmark and matching "18¾" rating for over 150 miles on 1838 folded letter to Shrewsbury, Mass., Very Fine and rare early use, Rarity V, ex-Hannen.
Towle No. 239-M-2; Estimate $200 - 300.

The illustration in Towle is of this cover, however it is incorrectly listed as Balte.
(Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
4235       image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) "Phila., Wilm. & Balt. R.R. Co., Philadelphia". Illustrated corner card showing locomotive engine on buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) tied by "Philadelphia Pa., Jan 4" cds to Baltimore Md.; envelope manufacturing crease.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
4236     240-D-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) PHILADA RAIL ROAD. Red straight line handstamp on cover bearing Bloods 1¢ Local (15L13), acid tied, and 10¢ Black (2), large margins to in at bottom, light stain at top, tied by red open grid cancel, matching New-York, Oct 22" cds on cover from Philadelphia Pa. to Monson, Mass.; cover soiling, F.-V.F., with 2007 P.F. certificate.
Towle No. 240-D-1; Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO 10¢ 1847 ISSUE FRANKINGS BEARING THE PHILADELPHIA RAILROAD POSTMARK. (Image1)
Est. $1,000-1,500
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4237     240-D-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) PHILADA RAIL ROAD. Red straightline on 1848 folded cover from Philadelphia Pa. to New York City bearing 5¢ Red Brown (1), four large margins with deep rich color, tied by second partial strike of straightline and canceled by blue manuscript "X", Very Fine and attractive.
Towle No. 240-D-1; Estimate $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
4238     240-D-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) PHILADA RAIL ROAD. Red straight line tying 5¢ red brown (1), rich shade with large margins except clear at top left, on circa 1848 blue folded cover from Philadelphia via New York to Oxford, Conn., manuscript notation "Paid by Stamp" at top; missing bottom flap, 5¢ two minute surface abrasions, still Very Fine and attractive, with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Towle No. 240-D-1; Estimate $400 - 600. (Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
4239     239-V-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) Philada. Rail Road, Jul 17. Blue cds on cover to Grahamsville S.C. bearing 5¢ Red Brown (1) vertical pair, rich color, full margins to touching at top, tied by multiple part strikes of matching "Philada. Rail Road, Jul 17" route agent cds; addressee crossed out, some minor cover edgewear which just affects top left corner of top stamp, Very Fine, ex-Mirsky.
Towle No. 239-V-1; Estimate $400 - 600.

A scarce southbound railroad use from Philadelphia for over 300 miles for Baltimore and Washington D.C. Transferred south for Grahamsville S.C. via Weldon.
(Image1)
Est. $400-600
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
4240     239-V-1 image(Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad) Philada. Rail Road, Sep 10. Cds on 1841 folded letter from Philadelphia Pa. to Fredricksburg Va. with blue Philadelphia "Paid" double-octagon handstamp and red manuscript "18¾" rating, redirected to Clarksburg with green "Fredricksburg, Va. Sep 12" cds and two strikes of matching "Paid" straightline, Very Fine.
Towle No. 239-V-1; Estimate $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction

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