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.
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.