Sale 1242 — The Gordon Eubanks Collection: United States 1851 to 1856 Imperforate Issue

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 12-13 October, 2021

Category — Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
203
c
Sale 1242, Lot 203, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Position 49R2L, large margins to clear at upper left, bright color, tied by one of two perfect strikes of "Michigan. C. R.R. Mar. 30" (1853) railroad route agent's circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Detroit, receipt docketing, Extremely Fine, wonderful quality and the finest example we have seen of this Michigan Central Railroad postmark, ex Hicks and W. A. Fox ("Renard"), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,600
204
c
Sale 1242, Lot 204, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Tied by perfect strike of red "Chicago & Miss. R.R. Mar. 22" railroad route agent's circular datestamp with date in pencil on cover to St. Louis Mo., stamp with corner crease at bottom right, Extremely Fine strike, ex Grunin, with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
1,400
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205
c
Sale 1242, Lot 205, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Large margins to clear, tied by perfect strike of "Way - Letter--1 Cent" straightline handstamp with pointing hand and integral fee, "Stapleton N.Y. Jun. 20" (1854) circular datestamp on cover to Troy N.Y. which entered the mail on Staten Island, original letter enclosure datelined at Stapleton on June 18, 1854, red "We are so happy together" etiquette label on flap

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS WAY MARKING ON A 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE COVER.

Way mail was loose letters picked up along post roads by steamboats, railroads, stagecoaches or post riders. It was delivered to a post office where it entered the mails and 1c was collected--either prepaid by stamps or paid by the recipient. This unusual "Way Letter" handstamp with an integral 1c fee is very rare and extraordinarily well-struck.

With 2009 P.F. certificate. Discussed in Chronicle 35 (p.6)

E. 3,000-4,000
19,000
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206
c
Sale 1242, Lot 206, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Large margins to barely in along bottom outer frameline, tied by vivid red grid cancel, matching red "Lou. & Cin. S. B. Mail Line March 19" (1852) contract steamboat route agent's circular datestamp and "U.S. (Mail) Steamer Telegraph No. 2 * McLelland, Master *" name-of-boat circular handstamp on folded letter from Cincinnati to Nashville Tenn., neatly docketed

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL LOUISVILLE & CINCINNATI MAIL LINE CONTRACT STEAMBOAT COVER WITH THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

According to Hugh Feldman (Rumsey sale catalogue), "In July 1842, C. M. Strader, President of the U.S. Mail Line of Cincinnati contracted for the Cincinnati to Louisville route. Renewed every four years until 1870, in the period 1846 to 1858 the route was designated as 5032 with a daily trip each way paying $3,850 a year. Amongst the many steamboats owned by the company were the Telegraph No. 2 and 3. Both were used on Route 5032 as shown by combinations with the route agent cds." The Feldman catalogue lists three examples of these markings (March 19, March 27 and a rebacked front dated April 9, 1852).

Ex Grunin, Schwartz, Feldman and Sharrer.

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
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207
c
Sale 1242, Lot 207, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Brownish Carmine, Type II (11A). Position 93R3, brilliant color, full margins to clear, tied by perfect strike of "Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line May 22" contract steamboat route agent's circular datestamp in jet-black ink on blue folded cover to Pittsburgh Pa., fresh and Extremely Fine, wonderful quality, ex W. A. Fox ("Renard"), with 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
4,750
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208
c
Sale 1242, Lot 208, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Large margins to touched at top, rich color, tied by clear strike of blue "Cincinnati & Louisville Mail Route Sep. 2" contract steamboat route agent's circular datestamp on cover to Maine, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Malcolm

E. 500-750
1,400
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209
c
Sale 1242, Lot 209, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Tied by bold strike of blue "STEAM" handstamp with matching "Louisville Ky. Mar. 17" (1854) circular datestamp on blue folded letter from New Orleans to Cincinnati O., clear strike of red "Steamer Robt. J. Ward S.F. Miller Master" in elaborate frame name-of-boat handstamp at bottom left, also manuscript "R.J. Ward" at bottom, stamp with small corner crease not mentioned on certificate, Very Fine and rare Ohio River waterway marking, ex Giamporcaro ("Tito"), with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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210
c
Sale 1242, Lot 210, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Yellowish Rose Red, Type I (11). Large margins to in at left, tied by exceptionally bold strike of "Morning Star." name-of-boat circular handstamp with 5-point central star, matching "STEAM" handstamp on buff cover to Geneva O., with May 30, 1856 letter enclosure written on board the Morning Star which is "aground for the hundredth time", describes in detail the boat and journey, pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE MISSOURI RIVER NAME-OF-BOAT HANDSTAMP.

The Morning Star, with T. H. Brierly as master, was built in 1856 and ran on the Missouri River from St. Louis to St. Joseph. It was destroyed by fire on June 21, 1859. The records of the boat's trips can be found on the State Historical Society of Missouri website. Only three examples of the "Morning Star" in circle handstamp are recorded. Two have the star at center, and one appears to have the star omitted. This cover is the finest of the three and was sold at auction in the David G. Phillips Feb. 24, 1979, sale of the E. N. Sampson collection. It later appeared in Kelleher's Sale 577 (Jan. 20-22, 1988), which included covers from the David T. Beals III collection. Mr. Eubanks acquired the cover privately from Richard Frajola.

Ex Sampson and Beals. With 2021 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
24,000
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211
c
Sale 1242, Lot 211, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Large margins to slightly in, just a hint of oxidation, tied by large "STEAM" handstamp with exceptionally bold strike of red negative "From Steamer James Robb" name-of-boat handstamp on Oct. 11, 1853 docketed folded prices current from New Orleans La. to St. Louis Mo.

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS EXCEPTIONAL NAME-OF-BOAT RED NEGATIVE HANDSTAMP. A WONDERFUL INLAND WATERWAY 1851 ISSUE COVER.

The James Robb was running the Mississippi River when this cover was sent in October 1853. Shortly before this trip, Captain Carroll of the James Robb saved the steamer T. P. Leathers from destruction in a fire near Natchez Mississippi. Captain Carroll and the James Robb towed her to New Orleans, where they obtained salvage on the cargo in the amount of $18,000.

With 2004 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
9,000
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212
c
Sale 1242, Lot 212, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Deep rich color, mostly full margins, tiny nick at bottom right not mentioned on certificate, tied by grid cancel with bold strike of "CADDO, No. 2" large name-of-boat straightline handstamp on May 21, 1852 docketed folded cover to New Orleans, clear strike of red "New Orleans La. Jan. 25" circular datestamp and matching "WAY/1" handstamp for way fee as the cover was picked up en route, Extremely Fine strike of this Red River name-of-boat handstamp, illustrated in Milgram's Vessel-Named Markings book (p. 139), ex Simmons and Giamporcaro ("Tito"), with 1999 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,500
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213
c
Sale 1242, Lot 213, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Margins to in, tied by grid cancel with tiny steamboat pictorial handstamp at upper left of Sep. 26, 1853 datelined folded letter to Newport R.I., with Atlantic Fire & Marine Insurance, Providence R.I. letterhead

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS DIMINUTIVE STEAMBOAT PICTORIAL HANDSTAMP, FROM THE NARRAGANSETT BAY STEAMER PERRY.

This handstamp, which may well be the smallest steamboat marking in existence, is associated with the steamer Perry, which ran on the Narragansett Bay between Providence and Newport R.I. The steamer had several other slightly larger pictorial handstamps it used on covers and printed stationery. This is one of two examples of this style we have encountered and it is the listing example in Milgram. The other was in the Simmons collection (Sotheby Parke Bernet Sale 49, lot 1520).

Illustrated in Milgram's Vessel-Named Markings book (p. 561).

E. 3,000-4,000
7,000
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214
c
Sale 1242, Lot 214, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Sheet margin at bottom, other sides full to just in, small tear and a crease at left, tied by blue "Richmond Va. Dec. 9" (1853) circular datestamp with mirror "Dec." on blue folded letter to Caira Va., manuscript "P Packet Boat via Cartersville", interesting content about freight rates and railroads versus canals, Very Fine appearance

E. 300-400
375
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215
c
Sale 1242, Lot 215, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Two singles affixed overlapping, tied by two strikes of "TROY & NEW YORK/STEAM BOAT" framed handstamp, "Jun/24" datestamp and manuscript initial "K" on blue folded cover to Saratoga Springs N.Y., Very Fine and attractive double-franking steamboat cover, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
2,000
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216
c
Sale 1242, Lot 216, Three-Cent: Railroads and Waterways3c Dull Red, Type II (11A). Tied by "Lake Champlain S.B. Jul. 6" (1855) steamboat route agent's circular datestamp on buff cover from Port Henry N.Y. to Lewis N.Y., with elaborate Lake Champlain Iron Ore Co. corner card, year docketing at left and original enclosure datelined "Port Henry July 6, 1855", Very Fine

E. 300-400
600
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