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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Civil War -- Federal

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
72
c
Sale 1263, Lot 72, Civil War -- FederalUnited States Military Telegraph. Group of covers, telegraph messages and and letters, including three covers sent through the mails bearing 3c Rose (65), each with a different style of U.S. Military Telegraph top imprint, one simply "Telegraph", St. Louis Mo., Old Point Comfort Va. and Washington City circular datestamps, also a number of items with interesting military content, including "send the seven Negroes to provost marshall here" (Fortress Monroe), several referencing generals including one denying a request for reinforcements and referencing General Hooker, few small flaws but overall a Fine and interesting group, the United States Military Telegraph was established for sending field telegraphs as well as for direct communication to the White House from the war fronts, private telegraphs were employed for routine non-field military operations, see our website PDF for a complete scan and write-ups

E. 1,000-1,500
700
73
E
Sale 1263, Lot 73, Civil War -- Federal3c Telegraph, Green, Imperforate, Part Perforated, Perforated (R19a, R19b, R19c). Small group showing uses of this stamp including for telegraph purposes, most interesting is R19b on a Massachusetts election result telegram dated Nov. 3, 1862, believed by Kramer to be the earliest recorded intended use, also R19a on a New York, Albany & Buffalo Telegraph Co. telegram dated Dec. 2, 1862, finally a used block of six of R19c, Very Fine group

E. 300-400
475
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74
c
Sale 1263, Lot 74, Civil War -- FederalAlbany and Buffalo Telegraph Co. Two covers bearing 3c Rose (65) and showing the two different illustrated designs employed by the company during the Civil War, including one with red and blue American flag Patriotic design, belt-style frame for wording below including "Office of the Superintendent Utica N.Y.", stamp tied by grid cancel with "Utica N.Y. May 5, 1862" circular datestamp and addressed to Norwich N.Y., fresh and Very Fine, second cover with just the belt framing and wording in brown, stamp tied by "Rochester N.Y. Mar. 5 '64" double-circle datestamp and target cancel and addressed to Rome N.Y., Very Fine, this was the only company to employ a Patriotic design in its corner card, this is an outstanding and rare example

E. 750-1,000
1,400
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75
c
Sale 1263, Lot 75, Civil War -- FederalWartime Independent Telegraph Companies. Eight covers and a couple telegram sheets, including New York Central Railroad Telegraph bearing No. 65 tied by Auburn N.Y. circular datestamp, stamp faulty, also Speed's Telegraph Office corner card with No. 11A tied by Detroit Mich. circular datestamp, two Vermont & Boston corner cards sent through the mails, Morse's American Telegraph sent through the mails, also Inland and Independent Line Telegraph cover and telegram message, Very Fine or appear so, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 500-750
275
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