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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Ship Letters and Waterway Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2172
c
Whaling Letters, 1830s-40s. Nine folded letters written at sea and addressed to Sag Harbor N.Y., including 1845 letter with latitude/longitude noted, part of contents mentions visit to Crozette Islands in the sub-Antarctic, encounter with sperm whale which left six tooth holes in hull, another from 1841 mentions visit to Azores, one dated at Tahiti in 1843 and notes had not seen land for seven months, that the whaling was not very good in Crozette Islands, will be sailing for Alaska and also notes that British had taken possession of Hawaii, one dated 1846 at Sydney, New South Wales, where undergoing repairs, one from whale ship Alexander in 1848 and mentions Tristan da Cunha, one datelined at "Mohee, Sandwich Islands" on March 31, 1844 notes sailing to Azores, around Cape of Good Hope, touching at Pitcairn Island then on to Maui, 1841 letter noting arrival at Western Islands (Azores), another from 1845 written 100 miles from Maui and mentions they are coming from Kamchatka (Siberia), other colorful content, all postmarked on arrival either in New York or Boston as ship letters

VERY FINE. A FASCINATING GROUP OF NINE LETTERS WRITTEN FROM WHALING SHIPS BASED IN SAG HARBOR, NEW YORK, WITH PHENOMENAL HISTORICAL CONTENT.

The contents of the letters gives us an excellent window into life on a whaling ship, its voyages, the sicknesses and deaths of crew members, the dangers of the sea and the occasional historic events they witnessed. A PDF of the contents of all letters is available at our website.

E. 5,000-7,500
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2173
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2173, Ship Letters and Waterway MailU.S. Naval Lyceum, U.S. Naval LyceumU.S. Naval Lyceum. Clear strike on lengthy folded letter datelined in June 1843 and addressed to Dr. George Clymer, surgeon of the U.S. Ship Cyane, manuscript "Care of Naval Lyceum New York" crossed out and "Valparaiso" written above, entered mails with magenta "Morrisville Pa. Jun. 19" postmark and matching "Paid 10" rate, back docketed "Rec'd at San Blas, at 7 p.m. Jany. 11th 1844, by the Modeste [English Sloop of war] from Valparaiso", small wax stain at center, Very Fine and desirable Naval Lyceum cover, this oval handstamp depicting a full-rigged ship was applied to mail forwarded to naval personnel from the U.S. Naval Lyceum in Brooklyn, it is known used in conjunction with U.S. stamps and other postal markings, as well as independently for letters carried outside the mails

E. 500-750
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2174
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2174, Ship Letters and Waterway MailU.S. Naval Lyceum, U.S. Naval LyceumU.S. Naval Lyceum. Mostly clear strikes on two folded letters addressed to Dr. George Clymer, first 1837 use addressed to the U.S. Sloop of War John Adams, second 1842 use addressed to the U.S. Naval Ship Cyane, both entered mails with Morrisville Pa. manuscript postmarks, Very Fine pair of Naval Lyceum covers, this oval handstamp depicting a full-rigged ship was applied to mail forwarded to naval personnel from the U.S. Naval Lyceum in Brooklyn, it is known used in conjunction with U.S. stamps and other postal markings, as well as independently for letters carried outside the mails

E. 500-750
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2175
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2175, Ship Letters and Waterway MailDisinfected Mail from U.S. to Cuba, 1849, Disinfected Mail from U.S. to Cuba, 1849Disinfected Mail from U.S. to Cuba, 1849. “Troy N.Y. Jul. 26” blue circular datestamp, matching “PAID” and manuscript “12-1/2” rate on 1849 folded letter to Coliseo, Cuba, sender’s route directive with ship name “via Steamer Isabel from Charleston”, orange-red “Empresa N. America 6 Ago. 1849” circular datestamp and matching “1” real due handstamp, disinfection slit to the left of “Paid” marking, some slight toning and small erosion spot at bottom, still Very Fine and colorful, rare example of mail disinfection during the cholera epidemic

E. 300-400
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2176
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2176, Ship Letters and Waterway MailSamoa, 1887, 1p Yellow Green (11a), Samoa, 1887, 1p Yellow Green (11a)Samoa, 1887, 1p Yellow Green (11a). Affixed to illustrated lettersheet depicting a flag with "U.S.S. Co." and "Union Steamship Company of New Zealand Limited", endorsed "At the Equator, Apia, Samoa, S,.S. Moana, Sept. 22, 1898", contents written by U.S. naval officer reads "I visited Pago Pago harbor and took photos which may mail you in published form. It is near U.S. naval station and fortification on Samoan Islands and will be of great importance", Very Fine, also includes July 1889 publication "War Ships Sunk in Samoa"

E. 300-400
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2177
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2177, Ship Letters and Waterway Mail"Troy & New York/Steam Boat", "Troy & New York/Steam Boat""Troy & New York/Steam Boat". Two folded covers dated 1848 and 1850, each with blue boxed handstamp with "7 cts." in double-circle and addressed to Troy, one with file fold thru handstamp, one with 2011 P.F. certificate, also including another with "Steam" handstamp which was ultimately crossed-out, Very Fine strikes

E. 400-500
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2178
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2178, Ship Letters and Waterway Mail"Steamer Morning Light, Capt. Wm. Dillon", "Steamer Morning Light, Capt. Wm. Dillon""Steamer Morning Light, Capt. Wm. Dillon". Bold strike of blue oval name-of-boat handstamp on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) to Carroll Hoy in New Orleans, usual small filing holes, minor edgewear, Very Fine, a scarce marking

E. 400-500
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2179
c
Waterways Balance. Four items, including No. 11A tied by blue "Route 7609" oval handstamp on folded letter to Natchez (with 2013 PFC), No. 26 tied by neat "N.Y. & Boston Stmb. & R.R.R." circular datestamp on cover to Boston, pair of No. 65 on cover with "L..Ville & Cin Mail Line" circular datestamp to Carrollton Ky., last is No. 11A with partial clear strike of Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line circular datestamp, overall Fine-Very Fine group

E. 300-400
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2180
c
United States Via Panama Group. 16 covers, some neatly written up on exhibit pages, eight with 1851 or 1857 Issue stamps, most going westbound to San Francisco, one to Hawaii, two with New York Ocean Mail circular datestamps with integral grid, plus seven stampless from 1854-67 going from either San Francisco or San Diego to France via Panama and New York, few in slightly mixed condition, mostly Fine or better

E. 750-1,000
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