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
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)
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.
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
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
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).