Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

Category — Railroads

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
59
c
Sale 933, Lot 59, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Two, one with scissors-separated perfs at sides, brilliant color, tied by "Baltimore R.R." straightline handstamp on blue 1858 folded letter to New York, Very Fine, a pretty cover

E. 150-200
300
60
c
Sale 933, Lot 60, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Bright shade, tied by well-struck "Cameron, B. & O. R. R. Co. 7 Sep. 1861" oval datestamp on orange cover to Xenia O., fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
1,200
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61
c
Sale 933, Lot 61, Railroads3c Rose (65). Bright color, choice centering, tied by well-struck "Ijamsville, B. & O. R. R. Dec. 19, 1861" oval datestamp on blue Shaking Hands and Constitution Patriotic cover to Eastport Me., fresh and Very Fine, scarce railroad cancel on a patriotic

E. 300-400
850
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62
c
Sale 933, Lot 62, Railroads3c Rose (65). Tied by target, "Monrovia B. & O. R. R. Jul. 28, 1864" datestamp on orange cover to Olney Md., barely reduced at left, Very Fine, attractive and scarce railroad marking

E. 150-200
110
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63
c
Sale 933, Lot 63, Railroads3c Rose (65). Cancelled by blue circle of wedges, matching "Sir John's Run, B. & O. R. R. Co., Nov. 14, 1863" oval datestamp on orange cover with "Adams Express Company" imprint at top (crossed out), stamp with few flaws, appears Fine

E. 150-200
150
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64
c
Sale 933, Lot 64, RailroadsSir John's Run, B. & O. R. R. Co., Jun. 6, 1860. Well-struck oval handstamp on cover to Sandy Spring Md., ms. "Free" at top right, Very Fine, a similar cover is illustrated in Towle

E. 150-200
130
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65
c
Sale 933, Lot 65, Railroads3c Orange Brown (10). Position 50R1E, full margins to just touched, tied by well-struck red "Boston & Albany R.R. Oct. 2" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Salem Mass., light vertical file folds, fresh and Very Fine, scarce railroad marking on this issue, ex Rust

E. 200-300
475
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66
c
Sale 933, Lot 66, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to clear incl. top left corner margin, tied by "Cayuga & Susqh. R. R. 25 Mar." circular datestamp on orange cover to Wrightsville Pa., fresh and Extremely Fine, rare, ex Wyer

E. 500-750
700
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67
c
Sale 933, Lot 67, RailroadsCharlotte & S.C.R.R. Jul. 17. Bold strike of circular datestamp cancels 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Chester S.C., fresh and Extremely Fine strike

E. 200-300
1,200
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68
c
Sale 933, Lot 68, Railroads3c Red on Amber, War Dept. entire (UO52). Cancelled by "4" in target, "Tama Ioa. Aug. 15" circular datestamp to Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army in Washington D.C., Railway Bulletins corner card, blue "C. & N. W.R'y. Tama, Iowa Aug. 16, 1880" boxed datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, unusual with the railroad cancel

E. 200-300
450
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69
c
Sale 933, Lot 69, Railroads3c Rose (65). Bright color, tied by Chicago & St. Louis R.R. Apr. 5" double-circle datestamp, second clear strike at bottom, on cover to Lime Rock Conn., barely reduced at right, trivial toning along perfs, Very Fine

E. 150-200
400
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70
c
Sale 933, Lot 70, Railroads3c Rose (65). Cancelled by grid, "Ashtabula Ohio Mar. 2" circular datestamp on orange cover to Orwell O., also with blue "C. P. & A. R. R., Ashtabula, Mar. 2" datestamp, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, this is the discovery copy of this Cleveland, Painesville & Ashtabula Railroad marking

E. 200-300
375
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71
c
Sale 933, Lot 71, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to just in, bright shade, tied by well-struck "Cleveland & Pittsburgh R.R. Jul. 20" circular datestamp on cover to New Haven Conn., fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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72
c
Sale 933, Lot 72, Railroads3c Orange Brown (10). Full margins, bright color, tied by blue "Concord & Montreal R. R. Sep. 29" circular datestamp on cover to Warren N.H., fresh and Very Fine, with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
385
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73
c
Sale 933, Lot 73, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Deep rich color, tied by "Concord & Montreal R. R. Oct. 30" circular datestamp on cover to Sanbornton Bridge N.H., minor edgewear, Very Fine, scarce marking

E. 150-200
100
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74
c
Sale 933, Lot 74, Railroads3c Rose (65). Bright color, tied by "Dubuque to Sioux Nov. 1 East" double-circle datestamp, second strike at left, on orange cover to Norwalk O. and forwarded to Milan O., with original enclosure indicating this was put into the mails at Earlville Station, fresh and Very Fine Illinois Central Railroad usage

E. 150-200
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75
c
Sale 933, Lot 75, RailroadsEastern R.R. Ms. Feb. 22. Bold strike of blue circular datestamp struck partly off top of buff cover to Greenland N.H., matching "5" handstamp, foreign and domestic fruit dealer's corner card with illustration of building, with original contents, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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76
c
Sale 933, Lot 76, Railroads1c Blue, Ty. IV (9). Positions 58-60L1L, horizontal strip of three, large margins to in incl. sheet margin at right, tied by "Greenville & Columbia R. R. Nov. 22" circular datestamp, second strike at left, on cover to Pendleton N.C., Very Fine, illustrated in Ashbrook on p. 236

E. 200-300
650
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77
c
Sale 933, Lot 77, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to barely in, bright color, cancelled by penstrokes and tied by red "Greenville & Columbia R. R. Aug. 8" circular datestamp with date in ms. on embossed cover to Greenville S.C., few light toned spots, Very Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
250
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78
c
Sale 933, Lot 78, Railroads3c Orange Brown (10). Large margins to clear, rich color, cancelled by penstrokes, "Hawleyville, Housatonic R. R. Feb. 11" oval datestamp on cover to New Milford Conn., trivial edgewear, Very Fine, scarce railroad usage with the No. 10, also accompanied by No. 26 on cover to same recipient in Hawleyville

E. 150-200
450
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79
c
Sale 933, Lot 79, Railroads3c Rose, Ty. I (25). Tied by well-struck blue "Illinois Central R.R. Ea. Br. Oct. 5" circular datestamp on orange cover to Philadelphia, neat "Due 3" handstamp (probably for weight), small piece out of cover at bottom right, Very Fine, rare East Bridge station marking

E. 150-200
300
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80
c
Sale 933, Lot 80, Railroads3c Rose (65). Tied by blue target, matching "From Carbondale. Ill. C. R. R. Aug. 2, 1864" circular datestamp on cover to Madison Wis., stamp with few toned spots, barely reduced at right, Very Fine strike

E. 150-200
70
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81
c
Sale 933, Lot 81, Railroads3c Rose (65). S.e. at right, bright color, tied by well-struck "L. & B. R. R., Plymouth Nov. 20, 1863" shield-type datestamp on cover to Beach Haven Penn., stamp with few light toned spots, Very Fine

E. 150-200
180
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82
c
Sale 933, Lot 82, RailroadsL.I. Rail Road N.Y. Two folded letters with similar red oval handstamp with date in ms., one to Setauket, other to Oyster Bay, one with large "5", other with "5 cents" rating, few age spots, Very Fine strikes

E. 100-150
130
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83
c
Long Island R. R. Four covers with circular datestamps, incl. two with No. 11 and two on 3c Nesbitt entires, stamps oxidized, appear Fine-Very Fine

E. 100-150
120
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84
c
Sale 933, Lot 84, Railroads3c Green entire (U163). Cancelled by blue "L. C. & L. R. Y. 2PM Jul. 20, 1881, Normandy Ky." datestamp to Batavia N.Y., oval serrated "Normandy, Spencer Co., Ky., 1881 19 Jul." handstamp, fresh and Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
190
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85
c
Sale 933, Lot 85, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to clear, tied by two strikes of blue "Madison & Indianapolis R.R. Jul. 26" circular datestamp on folded cover to Cincinnati O., 1852 docketing on back, light vertical file fold well clear of stamp and markings, Very Fine

E. 200-300
100
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86
c
Sale 933, Lot 86, RailroadsMad Riv. & Lak. Erie R. R. Nov. 1. Blue circular datestamp with matching "5" handstamp on blue 1849 folded cover to Urbana O., minor edgewear, Very Fine, rare marking

E. 200-300
275
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87
c
Sale 933, Lot 87, Railroads3c Rose (65). Tied by bold strike of "Me. Central R.R. Dec. 26" circular datestamp, second strike at left, on orange cover to Dexter Me., stamp also tied by light strike of "Lowell Mass." circular datestamp, Very Fine, scarce

E. 150-200
325
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88
c
Sale 933, Lot 88, Railroads3c Orange Brown (10). Large margins to just touched incl. part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by well-struck blue "Mic. Central R. R. Mic. Dec. 3" circular datestamp on blue 1851 folded letter to New York, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful cover

E. 300-400
400
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89
c
Sale 933, Lot 89, Railroads3c Orange Brown (10). Large margins to in incl. top left corner margin, cancelled by dark blue grid, matching "Mic. Central R. R. Mic. Aug. 8" (1851) circular datestamp on brown cover to Howell Mich., sender's routing "Please forward by 'Dexter Mail'", with original enclosure datelined "New Buffalo Aug. 7 Thurs eve." (which corresponds to 1851 calendar), Very Fine, desirable with both the corner margin and also the railroad cancel

E. 200-300
170
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90
c
Sale 933, Lot 90, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, tied by perfect strike of "Mic. Central R. R. Mic. Sep. 4" circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Kennebunkport Me., Very Fine, very scarce, ex Wyer

E. 150-200
275
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91
c
Sale 933, Lot 91, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Large margins to in, bright color, tied by blue "Mich. Southern R.R. Jun. 22" circular datestamp on commission merchant's embossed corner card cover, Very Fine, scarce marking

E. 200-300
475
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92
c
Sale 933, Lot 92, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Tied by well-struck "Wartrace, N. & C. R.R. Mar. 11, 1859" oval datestamp on cover to Lexington Miss., stamp with tiny corner crease at top right, Very Fine strike of this rare Nashville & Chatanooga Railroad cancel

E. 200-300
500
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93
c
Sale 933, Lot 93, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Bright shade, tied by "N. O. & Vicksburg R.R. Nov. 10" circular datestamp on folded cover to Natchez Miss., fresh and Very Fine, scarce, the "R.R." in the cancel actually stands for River Route, illustrated in Simpson on p. 46

E. 200-300
400
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94
c
Sale 933, Lot 94, RailroadsN. Orleans, Opelousas & G. W. Railroad Co. Blue handstamp on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Buchannon Carroll & Co. in New Orleans, entire cancelled by "Way" handstamp, also "New Orleans La. Sep. 18" circular datestamp, light vertical file fold does not affect design, Very Fine, ex Hicks

E. 400-500
300
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95
c
Sale 933, Lot 95, Railroads3c Rose (65). Rich color, tied by "Moravia Aug. 29, 1868 N.C.B. P.F.W. & C.R'y" datestamp, second strike at bottom, on orange cover to Alfred Me., Very Fine, scarce usage from the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad

E. 150-200
130
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96
c
Sale 933, Lot 96, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Bright shade, tied by "Pacific Railroad Jul. 4" circular datestamp on yellow cover to York N.Y., small tear at top from opening, Very Fine, scarce marking

E. 200-300
375
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97
c
Sale 933, Lot 97, Railroads3c Dull Red (11). Margins to in, tied by well-struck "Pacific Railroad Jun. 10" circular datestamp on orange cover to Bethany Center N.Y., Very Fine strike of this scarce marking

E. 200-300
400
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98
c
Sale 933, Lot 98, Railroads3c Rose (65). S.e. at right, tied by open grid, "Detroit Mich. Mar. 31" circular datestamp on orange cover to Canandaigua N.Y., oval "Rail Road Way." handstamp, fresh and Very Fine, rare marking

E. 150-200
350
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99
c
Sale 933, Lot 99, Railroads3c Rose (65). Rich color, tied by "Gassett's Station, R. & B. R. R., J.A. Spafford, Sep. 17, 1863" oval datestamp on cover to Springfield Vt., slight edgewear, Very Fine

E. 150-200
250
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100
c
Sale 933, Lot 100, RailroadsMiddlebury R. & B. R. R. 1859 Jan. 6. Clear strike of green oval datestamp on buff cover to Middlebury Station, railroad corner card at top left, barely reduced at right, Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
400
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101
c
Sale 933, Lot 101, Railroads3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Bright shade, tied by blue "Troy & Rutland R. R. Dec. 1" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Buskirk Bridge N.Y., fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
300
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102
c
Sale 933, Lot 102, RailroadsWashington Rail Rd. Dec. 24. Red circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Philadelphia, blue "R" handstamp, ms. rating, fresh and Very Fine registered railroad usage

E. 150-200
130
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103
c
The "Big Horn" Collection of Railroad Covers. A massive offering of approximately 800 railroad covers, from early stampless to early 20th Century, virtually all acquired individually from postal history sales over many years, some duplication but probably more than 150 railroad lines are presented and many scarce to rare route agent markings are included, perusing the hundreds of covers we note the following: "Atlantic & Ct. L. R.R." on three cross-border covers, "Augusta & Atlanta R.R.", "Mad. River & Lak. Erie R.R.", gorgeous strike of "N.Y. & Erie R.Road", "Richmond & Danville R.R.", "Toledo, Norwalk & Cleveland R.R." on No. 11, "South West R.R." on 3c Nesbitt, "Aurora Exten. R.R." on 3c Nesbitt, "Pacific Railroad" on 3c Nesbitt, "HRR/Mail" two-line handstamp, "Harrisbg. & Lancr R.R.", "Little Miami R.R.", "Central R.R." on No. 26, "Rut. Salem & Troy Agt." with "OK" cancel tying No. 210, "North Carolina R.R." on No. 26, "Boston & Fall River R.R." on No. 11, "Vermt. & Massts. R.R." on No. 10, "Lou. & Fran. & Lex. & Fran. R.R. Midway" (three on No. 26 and one on 3c Nesbitt), and much more, condition somewhat mixed, as is to be expected in a comprehensive study collection of this kind, there are plenty of attractive covers with clear strikes and only minimal flaws

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE ONE OF THE LARGEST INTACT COLLECTIONS OF RAILROAD COVERS IN EXISTENCE. A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN A FASCINATING FIELD OF STUDY.

We recommend careful viewing. Most covers are accompanied by the lot tabs from the original sales, including the famous Wyer and Hicks sales.

E. 10,000-15,000
19,000
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104
c
3c 1869 Pictorial Issue Covers with Railroad Route Agent Markings. 46 covers, almost all different railroads, some in blue or red, several very scarce (especially on 3c 1869), condition somewhat mixed, most Fine and virtually all were acquired individually from postal history sales in the 1970's and 80's

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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