Sale 895 — 2005 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Friday, 3 June, 2005

Category — Ocean and Steamboat Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
25
c
Sale 895, Lot 25, Ocean and Steamboat MailWithdrawn Ship Letter/Post Paid/Greenock/Apr. 3, 1815. Unusually clear backstamp on folded cover to Fredericksburg Va., ms. "Pr. 'Independence' via New York", red "New-York May 22" circular datestamp and matching "Ship" handstamp, red ms. "32" War Surcharge Rate (20c plus 50% and 2c ship fee), also large "PO" in red ms., vertical file folds

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY CLEAR STRIKE OF THE RARE GREENOCK WITHDRAWN SHIP LETTER MARKING. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND EXAMPLE FROM GREENOCK WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

As of September 17, 1814, the British Post Office authorized the so-called Withdrawn Ship Letter Act. According to an article on the Royal Philatelic Society's website, "Withdrawn Ship Letters had to be presented to the PO in London or an Out Port and one third the packet rate paid. The PO stamped the letter and handed it back to the sender, who then arranged for it to travel on the vessel of choice. The act was very unpopular and was appealed against by the Chambers of Commerce in most large cities." The Act was repealed on July 11, 1815, less than ten months after its inception.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
26
c
Sale 895, Lot 26, Ocean and Steamboat Mail(Newport R.I..) Steamboat "Perry". Elaborate design of steamboat with shallow draft and two stacks, clear strike in red on blue folded cover to Newport R.I., red "Steamboat" and "5" handstamps, 1851 docketing, vertical file fold well clear of marking, fresh and Very Fine example of this scarce elaborately designed steamboat marking, ASCC $750.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,250
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27
c
Sale 895, Lot 27, Ocean and Steamboat MailS.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, outstanding strikes of these route agent's markings, with 1999 P.F. certificate.

E. 750-1,000
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28
c
Sale 895, Lot 28, Ocean and Steamboat MailLouisville & New-Orleans Packet, Bunker Hill No. 3. Perfectly-struck red illustrated handstamp on December 1849 folded part-printed invoice specifying Silas Miller as Master of the Bunker Hill No. 3, to Rockport Ind., ms. initials and pr. "Bunker Hill" name-of-boat endorsement at bottom left, minor age spotting, Extremely Fine and early strike of this scarce marking, the Bunker Hill No. 3 was built in New Albany Ind. in 1849 and its first captain, Job. Whipple, died aboard ship between Natchez and Memphis on March 25, 1849 (several other crew members also died of cholera)

E. 1,000-1,500
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