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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — Ship Purser and Forwarder Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
557
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 557, Ship Purser and Forwarder MarkingsPr*Ship*Friends*, Pr*Ship*Friends*Pr*Ship*Friends*. Bold strike of ship purser's red straightline handstamp on folded letter from Glasgow, Scotland to Princeton N.J., red "New-York Sep. 22" (1821) circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" handstamp and manuscript "12" rate (30-80 miles plus 2c ship fee), Very Fine, extremely rare marking applied to mail on board the westbound transatlantic sailing of the Friends

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
558
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 558, Ship Purser and Forwarder MarkingsPACKET SHIP JOSEPHINE/ABRAHAM BELL & CO. OWNERS/NO. 33 PINE ST NEW YORK, PACKET SHIP JOSEPHINE/ABRAHAM BELL & CO. OWNERS/NO. 33 PINE ST NEW YORKPACKET SHIP JOSEPHINE/ABRAHAM BELL & CO. OWNERS/NO. 33 PINE ST NEW YORK. Red three-line handstamp, clear strike on front of folded letter from Stewartstown, Ireland to Mifflin Pa., red "New-York Ship May 25" (1832) circular datestamp and manuscript "20-3/4" rate (18-3/4c for 150-400 miles plus 2c ship fee), Very Fine, extremely rare with the packet boat marking struck on the front of the cover, all others we have encountered are struck on the flap or back, with 2010 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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559°
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 559, Ship Purser and Forwarder MarkingsU.S. Naval Lyceum, U.S. Naval LyceumU.S. Naval Lyceum. Absolutely perfect strike of full-rigged sailing ship oval handstamp on folded printed notice datelined "U.S. Naval Lyceum, Navy Yard, New-York. 21 July, 1835", with date in manuscript, addressed to Samuel Humphreys in Washington D.C. and concerning his election to the Lyceum

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED AND FINEST STRIKE OF THE "U.S. NAVAL LYCEUM" THREE-MASTED FULL-RIGGED SHIP OVAL HANDSTAMP. THIS STRIKE SHOWS EVERY DETAIL OF THE INTRICATE DESIGN WITH PERFECT CLARITY.

The U.S. Naval Lyceum was founded in 1833 by a group of Navy and Marine Corps officers, including Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, who later became its president. It was located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and was organized to "promote the diffusion of useful knowledge, to foster a spirit of harmony and a community of interest in the service, and to cement the links which unite us (Navy and Marine Corps officers) as professional brethren."

The oval handstamp depicting a full-rigged ship was applied to mail forwarded to naval personnel from the U.S. Naval Lyceum in Brooklyn at no additional charge. It is known used in conjunction with U.S. stamps and other postal markings, as well as independently for letters carried outside the mails -- as was the case with this cover. Most of the known strikes are blurry or incomplete. Even complete strikes are not as bold and strong as the example offered here, with every line of the design showing perfect detail. We have an image of another strike from a 1957 issue of Stamp Collecting that is nearly as fine (photocopy included), but appears to lack some of the detail seen here in the waves below the ship.

With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
16,000
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560
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 560, Ship Purser and Forwarder MarkingsU.S. STEAM FRIGATE "ROANOKE, U.S. STEAM FRIGATE "ROANOKEU.S. STEAM FRIGATE "ROANOKE." Two-line marking applied by hand on cover addressed to Flag Officer Goldsborough at Hampton Roads Va., endorsed "Private", with original enclosure containing two letters from a husband and wife, datelined "Boston Oct. 27th 1861" and "Spring Hill Oct. 28th 1861" respectively, fresh and Very Fine, scarce marking, Goldsborough was given command of the Atlantic Blockading Squadron in September 1861, in October he was given command of the newly formed North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, the Roanoake was converted to an ironclad monitor in 1862-63, but became too heavy and unwieldy to operate in shallow waters

E. 300-400
475
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561
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 561, Ship Purser and Forwarder MarkingsForwarders' Handstamps on Transatlantic Stampless Covers, 1854-73, Forwarders' Handstamps on Transatlantic Stampless Covers, 1854-73Forwarders' Handstamps on Transatlantic Stampless Covers, 1854-73. Nine covers on pages with brief write ups, each with a clear strike of forwarder's handstamp, transatlantic uses both to and from the United States, range of postal markings and rates, nice condition and Very Fine group

E. 500-750
0
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