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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — Ship Letter and Steamboat Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1014
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1014, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailNew Haven Conn., Incoming Ship Letter, New Haven Conn., Incoming Ship LetterNew Haven Conn., Incoming Ship Letter. Folded letter originating in Amsterdam, Holland, datelined Aug. 16, 1805 and addressed to Baltimore Md., endorsed "for the William Capt. R. Moores Newyork" but landed at New Haven with "New Haven Ct. Nov. 15" oval datestamp and manuscript "Sh 19" for 17c inland plus 2c ship letter fee, Very Fine and unusual origin and point of entry

E. 300-400
200
1015
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1015, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailNew Haven Conn., Pictorial "Ship" Markings, New Haven Conn., Pictorial "Ship" MarkingsNew Haven Conn., Pictorial "Ship" Markings. Two stampless covers, both with fancy "SHIP" handstamp resembling a boat, one struck in red and one in black, red strike on 1820 folded letter from Havana, Cuba to Portsmouth N.H., black strike on undated green folded cover to Salem Mass., both with different styles of New Haven datestamps, Very Fine pair with this scarce small pictorial marking

E. 500-750
1,300
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1016
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1016, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailSt. Pierre, Martinique to Kingston Mass. via Stonington Conn, St. Pierre, Martinique to Kingston Mass. via Stonington ConnSt. Pierre, Martinique to Kingston Mass. via Stonington Conn. Folded letter dateline at St. Pierre on Jan. 19, 1825, addressed to Kingston Mass., carried privately via the Long Island sound with manuscript favor notation "per Brig Clarissa Capt. Church", entered mails with "STONINGTON CT./FEB 15" two-line datestamp with date in manuscript, "Sh 17-1/2" rate, Very Fine and unusual combination of origin, port of entry and a rare Connecticut straightline postal marking

E. 300-400
225
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1017
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1017, Ship Letter and Steamboat Mail, 1839 Maiden Voyage of the British Queen. Printed woodcut illustration of the British Queen with caption on a small piece of paper affixed by sender to folded letter datelined “Liverpool July 9, 1839”, addressed to New York with ship-name directive “Steamship ‘British Queen’”, large manuscript “6” ship-rate due marking applied at New York ties the illustrated cut-out, proving it was affixed by the sender to decorate the address panel

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE “ILLUSTRATED COVER” FROM THE 1839 MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE BRITISH QUEEN.

The British Queen was owned by the British and American Steam Navigation Co. This letter was carried on her maiden voyage, which departed Portsmouth on July 12, 1839. This company chartered the Sirius for two voyages in 1838, in order to beat the Great Western Steamship Company as the first steamship company to make the transatlantic crossing. The British Queen was substantially larger than other transatlantic steamers used at the time, earning the company a profit. They built a second sister ship, the President, which was double the size of Cunard’s Britannia, but both ships were considered underpowered. The President was lost in 1841 and caused the collapse of the company. The British Queen was sold to the Belgian government.

Ex Hahn. With 2013 P.F. certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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1018
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1018, Ship Letter and Steamboat Mail, 1842, British Queen, Final Voyage under Belgian Ownership, Southampton to New York. Folded letter addressed to Roxbury Mass., originated at sea on August 7, 1842 approximately 350 miles from Boston en route to Holland, sender's directive "pr Deal Pilot, from St. Dover" and posted at pilot station of Walmer, England near Dover, red "London Paid Ship Letter 9 SP 1842" crown postmark and red crayon "8" pence prepaid ship letter rate, carried on the British Queen from Southampton on Sep. 11, arriving New York Sep. 28, red "New York Ship Sep 28" circular datestamp and blue manuscript "20-3/4" (150-400 miles rate plus 2c ship fee), Very Fine, scarce use with the notation of being handled by the pilot and carried on this steamer under Belgian ownership (only three trips were made, this is the latest), ex Winter, illustrated and discussed in recent article by John Barwis on mail handled by pilots (Chronicle 260, pp. 314-315)

E. 500-750
275
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1019
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1019, Ship Letter and Steamboat Mail1840, Augusta Ga. to Greenock, Scotland, 1840, Augusta Ga. to Greenock, Scotland1840, Augusta Ga. to Greenock, Scotland. Folded letter datelined "Augusta 25 August 1840", red "Charleston S.C. Aug. 27" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" and two strikes of large red "25" handstamp (25c inland postage plus 25c freight money fee), to Greenock, Scotland, manuscript "President" sender's instructions, red "TOO LATE" handstamp applied in New York and sent on the Swallow Tail line's Roscoe, red "New-York Sep. 3" circular datestamp, neat "MISSENT TO GLASGOW" boxed handstamp, "LIVERPOOL SHIP LETTER" and Glasgow boxed datestamp on top flap, "8" pence due from recipient, light vertical file fold, Very Fine, this letter and one other mailed the same day are the only two recorded examples of the Charleston "25" marking used to denote payment of freight money fees, the other was also missent to Glasgow, ex Winter

E. 750-1,000
500
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1020
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1020, Ship Letter and Steamboat Mail1852, New Orleans to Ghent, Belgium, 1852, New Orleans to Ghent, Belgium1852, New Orleans to Ghent, Belgium. Blue folded printed market report from A. & M. Heine Co. of July 9, 1852, to Ghent, Belgium, red "New Orleans La. Jul. 13" circular datestamp with matching "PAID/4" handstamp, red "2" handstamp applied in New York for credit to G.B., manuscript "1" pence debit to Belgium, red Ostend accountancy handstamp struck but not filled out, fresh and Very Fine, carried on the Collins line's Atlantic, under the 1848 treaty newspapers could be sent to the continent via England for 4c, unsealed circulars also were covered under this rate, in April 1853 the rate was reduced to 2c, this is the only recorded stampless circular sent at this rate to Belgium (one is also known with a stamp), ex Winter

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1021
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1021, Ship Letter and Steamboat Mail1866, Cuba to New York via Bermuda, 1866, Cuba to New York via Bermuda1866, Cuba to New York via Bermuda. Folded letter to Lanman & Kemp in New York with "U.S. Mail Steamship FAH KEE, Feb. 17, 1866, St. Jago" shield-style datestamp on top flap, neat "Steamship 10" in circle" handstamp, light vertical file fold does not affect any markings, Very Fine, the Fah Kee was built in 1862 and was intended for the Chinese service, it was requisitioned by the U.S. Navy and sold after the war, the new owner contracted with Waydell & Co. to run a regular packet service, she was sold in 1868, ex Feldman, with 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
0
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1022
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1022, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailU.S.-Cuba Mails, U.S.-Cuba MailsU.S.-Cuba Mails. Four covers, including 1802, Havana to Philadelphia via New York, 1803, Havana to Portsmouth N.H. via New York, 1855, Havana to New York and 1866, Cuba to New York via Bermuda, each with clear markings and in choice condition, Extremely Fine group, first three ex Hahn and last ex Feldman, three P.F. certificates accompany

E. 750-1,000
375
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1023
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1023, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailStampless Foreign Mails, Stampless Foreign MailsStampless Foreign Mails. 14 covers, nice range including 1839, Liverpool to Salem Mass. with "2ND DELIVERY" handstamp, 1860, Philadelphia to Boeblingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, 1848, Liverpool, England to City Point Va., two 1818 covers from New York to Montreal, Canada, showing Canadian Surcharge Rates, finally nine covers showing forwarders' handstamps, 1854-73, each with a clear strike of forwarder's handstamp, transatlantic uses both to and from the United States, range of postal markings and rates, Very Fine group

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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1024
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1024, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailOuachita Packet/Princeton, Ouachita Packet/PrincetonOuachita Packet/Princeton. Bold and detailed strike of this rare Ouachita River name-of-boat handstamp in blue with illustration of a cotton bale at center on light blue folded cover to New Orleans, some very faint toning, Very Fine strike of this rare steamboat handstamp, which depicts a cotton bale, the staple of Southern commerce, ex Haas

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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1025
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1025, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailFrank Lyon, Frank LyonFrank Lyon. Bold and clear strike of this red name-of-boat handstamp depicting a lion, on Mar. 6, 1852 datelined folded letter from Warsaw La. to Mobile Ala., concerning a shipment of cotton, Very Fine example of this pictorial handstamp, used on the Alabama and later Mississippi Rivers

E. 500-750
250
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1026
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1026, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailSteamer Isabel, Steamer IsabelSteamer Isabel. Beautifully clear strike of blue octagonal handstamp with floral detail on blue folded letter datelined at New Orleans on Dec. 23, 1850, addressed to St. Louis Mo., light horizontal file thru marking at left, Very Fine

E. 400-500
150
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1027
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1027, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailInland Waterways, Substantial Collection, Inland Waterways, Substantial CollectionInland Waterways, Substantial Collection. More than 85 covers from the Sandford M. Arnold collection, mostly on exhibit pages with brief write-ups, lots of 3c entires and also a number with 3c 1851-57 Issue stamps, exceptional range of name-of-boat markings as well as other postal markings, as usual for this material most of the markings are in red, lots of elusive to rare handstamps too numerous to list completely, some highlights include Steamers Patrick Henry, Fanny Sparhawk, Golden Era, Belle Creole, Southern Belle, Cora, Maria Bent, Comet, Dollie Webb, Monroe, Moro, Peerless, St. Charles, A. Fuselier, Rockaway, Compromise, Phillip Pennywit, Princess, Sydonia, B.L. Hodge, Duck River, Caddo No. 2, Fashion, Rapides, Homer, Alice Vivian, Rainbow and many others, some typical flaws to be found but overall collected for clear strikes on attractive covers, Very Fine, a collection rarely offered in this depth, see website PDF for a complete scan

E. 7,500-10,000
16,500
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1028
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1028, Ship Letter and Steamboat MailSteamboat and Waterway Uses of 3c Entires, Steamboat and Waterway Uses of 3c EntiresSteamboat and Waterway Uses of 3c Entires. 38 3c entires (U58 or U59), each with a feature related to steamboats, packets and inland waterways, many with name-of-boat handstamps showing a nice range, including fancy St. Nicholas blue shield, two Stonewall Jackson, News Boy New Orleans, Regular Ouachita River Packet, Wade Hampton, R.E. Lee, Weekly Packet Frolic, Red River Bartable, Packet Rapides, Gov. Allen, Idahoe, some with manuscript name-of-boat markings and others including one Chicago to Davenport railroad circular datestamp, some covers have edge flaws but overall the condition is quite acceptable with many clear strikes, Fine-Very Fine and worthwhile group, see website PDF for complete scan

E. 500-750
850
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