Sale 1263 — The George J. Kramer Collection of U.S. & C.S.A. Telegraph Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — British Noth American Telegraph Lines

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
60
c
Sale 1263, Lot 60, British Noth American Telegraph LinesDietz & Nelson's B.C. & V. Express. Blue double-circle handstamp ties British Columbia & Vancouver Island, 1860, 2-1/2p Dull Rose (2; SG 3), matching "Paid" in oval handstamp on cover to Victoria with illustrated "Collins Overland Telegraph Via Behring Strait Western Union Extension," design depicts the northern hemisphere of the globe in a cloud with lightning bolts emanating from bottom, stamp affixed slightly overlapping edge so creased at lower right and reinforced from back, still Very Fine and rare combination of this express handstamp on a telegraph cover, in the early 1860s Perry Collins proposed to connect the U.S. with Russia by a telegraph line across the Bering Strait, the concept was approved by Western Union with Samuel Morse's blessing but was abandoned in 1867 before completion, resulting in substantial investor losses, the design on this cover proclaims the impending construction and may have even carried an announcement of construction (see also lot 57), ex Born

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
61
c
Sale 1263, Lot 61, British Noth American Telegraph LinesNEW BRUNSWICK, 1860, 10c Vermilion, Half Used as 5c (9a; SG 17a). Upper left diagonal half, tied by clear strike of oval grid cancel, "P.O. Salisbury N.B. No. 13, 1862" circular datestamp on brown cover to Harvey, New Brunswick with "American Telegraph Company" imprint, manuscript "Important" at top, Harvey receiving backstamp (Nov. 18), light file fold, Very Fine, the bisected uses were made necessary by delays in obtaining 5c stamps as new supplies were printed after the Connell controversy, this use on a telegraph cover is very rare

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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62
c
Sale 1263, Lot 62, British Noth American Telegraph LinesNOVA SCOTIA, 1851, 3p Dark Blue (3; SG 2). Three huge margins, in at left, tied by grid, "Locks Island N.S. FE 18, 1858" backstamp on buff cover with blue "The Nova Scotia Electric Telegraph Company" illustrated corner card to Cape Breton, various transit backstamps between Feb. 18 and March 2, docketed at left, with enclosure dated Aug. 17, 1854 so does not match with dates on cover, some slight edgewear, still Very Fine, a scarce use from this company which held the Morse patent for Nova Scotia

E. 500-750
475
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63
c
Sale 1263, Lot 63, British Noth American Telegraph LinesNOVA SCOTIA, 1851, 6p Yellow Green (4; SG 5). Large margins to clear, tied by grid, "Shelburne FE ?, 1856" backstamp on cover with embossed "The Nova Scotia Electric Telegraph Company" corner card to Rockport, Maine, various transit markings including Yarmouth, Digby and St. John, light strike of red "Paid 10 Cents" handstamp near stamp, docketed at left, missing top flap, some overall wear, still Very Fine and scarce cross-border use, this company held the Morse patent for Nova Scotia, with 1984 Enzo Diena certificate

E. 750-1,000
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64
c
Sale 1263, Lot 64, British Noth American Telegraph LinesCanada-Related Telegraph Companies. Ten items on exhibit pages, including three covers from the Montreal Telegraph Company including one with ribbon-style corner card and one with illustrated corner card, cover and enclosure from Western Union & Montreal Telegraph, blue cameo corner card cover from Canada Grand Trunk Telegraph, cover from Canandaigua and Elmira Telegraph, also cover and enclosure from Morse's Buffalo and Canada Grand Junction Line, overall fresh and Very Fine group, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 750-1,000
0
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