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Sale 834 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Waterway and Ship Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
169
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 169, Waterway and Ship MarkingsS.B. Mary Foley, S.B. Mary FoleyS.B. Mary Foley. Perfectly struck red negative oval handstamp on lady's embossed cover to New Orleans, red "Paid./F.A. Dentzel/Agt. P.O./N.O." in oval handstamp, ms. "Steamer Mary Foley" at top left, with original letter datelined April 25, 1850, Very Fine, an outstanding strike of this steamboat marking

E. 750-1,000
700
170
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 170, Waterway and Ship MarkingsSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT, STEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTTSTEAMER/WINFIELD SCOTT. Two-line handstamp in red, boldly struck on 1853 brown cover to Osterville Mass., faint red "Martinez Cal. Nov. 30" circle with ms. date, matching red "10" handstamp

VERY FINE. RECOVERED FROM THE WRECK OF THE PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP COMPANY STEAMER WINFIELD SCOTT. ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE OF THE PACIFIC COAST NAME-OF-BOAT HANDSTAMPS -- ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED WHILE THE WINFIELD SCOTT WAS IN SERVICE ON THIS ROUTE.

The Winfield Scott was a 1,291-ton steamer built in New York City in 1851, which was put into service along the Pacific Coast route in 1852. On December 2, 1853, she was stranded off Anacapa Island in the Santa Barbara Channel and lost, but the mails, passengers and cargo were saved. Our Levi records contain nine examples of the two-line handstamp, of which two were carried before the Winfield Scott was commissioned into the Pacific service.

Ex Polland.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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171
c
Waterway Route Agent Datestamps. Three covers, each bears No. 11 (shades incl. one Brownish Carmine), two with stamps tied by "Louisville & St. Louis S.B." datestamps, last tied by "St. Louis & Keokuk S.B. Oct. 14" circular datestamp, mixed condition, still an interesting group, one signed Ashbrook

E. 300-400
100
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172
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 172, Waterway and Ship MarkingsEarliest Recorded Prussian Closed Mail Cover, Earliest Recorded Prussian Closed Mail CoverEarliest Recorded Prussian Closed Mail Cover. Blue folded letter datelined "New York 30 Oct. 1852" to Switzerland, red "N. York 7 Am. Pkt. Paid Oct. 30" credit datestamp, ms. "per Baltic", other appropriate transit markings in red and blue, Very Fine and choice, research by Allan Radin and Richard Winter indicates that the first closed mail under the new Prussian Treaty was carried on the Baltic on Oct. 30, 1852

E. 400-500
450
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173
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 173, Waterway and Ship MarkingsBALIZE, BALIZEBALIZE. Bold straightline with faint ms. date and rate, "SHIP" straightline handstamp circular datestamp on folded letter datelined "Chester July 11th 1808" from Col. William Anderson to Col. Thomas H. Cushing at New Orleans, sender's routing "Hon'd by Capt. Barry", very faint forwarding directions with New Orleans address crossed out and "Fort Adams" added, red "New Orleans Sep. 26" circular datestamp, ms. line thru rate at upper right and re-rated "17" just below "Ship" handstamp, some bleed-thru from cross-outs in letter

AN EXTREMELY RARE "BALIZE" STRAIGHTLINE AND UNUSUAL FORWARDED USAGE BETWEEN NEW ORLEANS AND FORT ADAMS.

Fort Adams was established in 1798 on the left bank of the Mississippi, north of New Orleans. In 1807 Cantonment Columbian Springs was built to accommodate the large number of troops. In 1810, both the fort and the cantonment were abandoned.

Col. William Anderson (1763-1829) of Chester Pa. served on the staff of General Lafayette during the Revolutionary War and was present at Valley Forge, Germantown and Yorktown. He participated in the Battle of Brandywine. From 1809 to 1819, Col. Anderson was a member of congress. Col. Thomas H. Cushing, to whom this letter is addressed, also served during the Revolutionary War.

Ex Chase. The Balize straightline is priced at $4,500 in the American Stampless Cover Catalogue.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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174
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 174, Waterway and Ship Markings"West End Santa Cruz [Virgin Islands] Dec. 19, 1840, "West End Santa Cruz [Virgin Islands] Dec. 19, 1840"West End Santa Cruz [Virgin Islands] Dec. 19, 1840." Dateline on incoming folded letter to New York City and forwarded to Monroe Mich., red "Wilmington N.C. Jan. 23" circular datestamp and matching "Ship" handstamp, also red "New-York Jan. 29" and matching "Forwarded" handstamp, total rate is 52c, fresh and Very Fine, an attractive incoming and forwarded ship's letter from a missionary

E. 200-300
170
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175
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 175, Waterway and Ship MarkingsU.S. Mail Steamship Fah Kee Apr. 21, 1866 St. Jago, U.S. Mail Steamship Fah Kee Apr. 21, 1866 St. JagoU.S. Mail Steamship Fah Kee Apr. 21, 1866 St. Jago. Handstamp and "Steamship 10" in circle on folded letter datelined "Santiago, Cuba Abril 20 de 1866" to New York City, light vertical file folds, Very Fine and rare, perhaps ten covers are known carried aboard this steamship from Santiago and this is the only one recorded with the "Fah Kee" marking struck on the front of the cover, the Fah Kee was a U.S. Naval vessel during the Civil War and was sold to Waydell & Co. of New York, who made an arrangement in 1865 with the Postmaster General to carry mails from New York to Santiago de Cuba via Bermuda, illustrated in Stone's book on p. 285

E. 200-300
125
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176
c
Germany to California. Two, one Oct. 1856 unpaid folded letter from Hamburg to San Francisco with debit markings in black, other Dec. 1856 stampless cover from Potsdam to Oroville with credit markings in red, Very Fine pair

E. 150-200
50
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177
c
Ship Covers. Eighteen, 1805-1851, incl. eleven with different ship cancels incl. folded letter with boxed "Pays Doctremee Par Louavre", many transatlantics, Fine-Very Fine

E. 100-150
350
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178
 
Telegraphs. Two items: illustrated lettersheet for O'Reilly's Telegraph dated Sept. 15, 1852, with cover bearing telegraph handstamp (1850 docketing) and 1852 printed circular for general commission and forwarding house with cover bearing red label corner card, Fine-Very Fine

END OF FIRST SESSION

E. 200-300
200
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