Sale 1136 — The Peter Sharrer Collection of United States Postal Markings

Sale Date — Wednesday, 5 October, 2016

Category — Railroad, Waterway and Ship Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1041
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1041, Railroad, Waterway and Ship Markings"HRR/MAIL" (Housatonic Railroad). Bold strike of red two-line handstamp and matching large "5" rate handstamp on light blue folded letter datelined "Fall Village Apl 23d 1847" (Connecticut) to Honesdale Pa., Extremely Fine, this marking with "Mail" is much scarcer than the "HRR" version without the second line, this is probably the finest example extant, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,800
1042
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1042, Railroad, Waterway and Ship MarkingsTROY & NEW YORK/STEAM BOAT. Perfect strike of blue framed handstamp and matching "7 cts." in double-line circle rate handstamp (5c plus 2c captain's fee) on blue folded cover to Troy N.Y., docketed with Apr. 2, 1852 origin date, Extremely Fine, remarkable quality

E. 400-500
750
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1043
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1043, Railroad, Waterway and Ship Markings"STEAM-BOAT" (Troy N.Y.). Blue straightline and "5" rate handstamps applied on arrival on blue folded letter to Troy N.Y., docketed with June 2, 1848 origin date, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
475
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1044
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1044, Railroad, Waterway and Ship MarkingsOuachita Packet/Princeton. Sharp and detailed strike of this rare Ouachita River name-of-boat handstamp in blue with illustration of cotton bale at center on light blue folded letter datelined "Beach Hills, Feby 26th, 1848" to New Orleans, letter lists goods sent by steamboat including cotton bales, light file fold and small sealed slit

EXTREMELY FINE. REPORTED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THIS STEAMBOAT MARKING, WHICH DEPICTS A COTTON BALE, THE STAPLE OF SOUTHERN COMMERCE.

Ex "Chicago Collection"

E. 2,000-3,000
5,000
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1045
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1045, Railroad, Waterway and Ship MarkingsGloucester Ms. May 26. Vivid red circular datestamp and matching large "SHIP" straightline handstamp with manuscript "14" rate changed to "8" on blue folded letter in French datelined "Cayenne 6 Avril 1840" (Surinam) and addressed to Salem Mass., forwarding agent's blue manuscript endorsement on back "Forwarded by Your most Obt Sevt. Moses A. Wittering, Paramaribo, April 25th, 1840" and directive on front in same hand "favd by Capt. Jer. Foster, Bark Jane", Extremely Fine

E. 400-500
1,800
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1046
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1046, Railroad, Waterway and Ship MarkingsSan Francisco/40/1 June. Perfect bold strike of red integral 40c rate circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Taunton Mass., datelined "San Francisco 30th May, 1850" with interesting content -- "...I am now in command of the steamer Major Tompkins on the Sacramento river...We make our first trip tomorrow." -- sender's ship-name directive "Steamer Oregon June 1st", Extremely Fine, this is the earliest known use of this San Francisco 40c integral-rate datestamp, sent via Pacific Mail Steamship Co. Oregon, departing San Francisco on June 1 and arriving in Panama on June 21, then by U.S. Mail Steamship Co. Georgia, departing Chagres on June 26 and arriving in New York on July 8, pictured in Wiltsee's Gold Rush Steamers of the Pacific (p. 380), ex Walske

E. 750-1,000
550
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1047
c
Sale 1136, Lot 1047, Railroad, Waterway and Ship MarkingsTOO LATE. Clear slanted straightline handstamp in red, apparently applied to an inland waterways folded cover to Milledgeville Ga. with matching "Savannah *Geo.* Oct. 25" circular datestamp and matching large "PAID" straightline handstamp, magenta manuscript "37-1/2" for double rate with sender's "2" and charge box notation in upper left corner, Extremely Fine, this is the recording example of this marking, which came to light in archival material offered in our Sale 764

E. 500-750
1,300
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