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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
14
c
Sale 1263, Lot 14, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)Adirondack Company's Telegraph. Imprint on buff cover to Hadley N.Y., with space for charge at lower left, in this case 58c, small tear at top right, Very Fine and very rare example of this small company, Kramer has never seen another, unlisted in ASCC

E. 200-300
110
15
c
Sale 1263, Lot 15, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)American Telegraph Company. "FROM THE OFFICE OF THE AMERICAN TELEGRAPH COMPANY, MERCHANT'S EXCHANGE BALTIMORE". Three-line handstamp on brown cover to Baltimore, "PAID" handstamp at upper left, with original enclosure indicating origination in New York, Sep. 1848 docketing at left, some slight overall wear, Very Fine and very rare, Henry O'Reilly secured rights to use the Morse patent from Philadelphia to the Mississippi River and on to the Great Lakes, this "mistakenly" violated Morse's principle of exclusivity, this is the only recorded example of this marking, ASCC No. 14, rarity 8

E. 500-750
250
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16
c
Sale 1263, Lot 16, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)American Telegraph Company. Blue cameo corner card cover with strong embossing, with illustration of an eagle with lightning bolt, W. Eaves imprint, to local Boston street address, with illustrated enclosure from Providence, Very Fine, a beautiful cameo corner card cover and enclosure, ASCC No. 281, Rarity 4

E. 300-400
250
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17
c
Sale 1263, Lot 17, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)2c Black (73). Tied by "Washington D.C. Feb. 1 '64" double-circle datestamp and target cancel on red American Telegraph Company imprint cover to an officer in the 1st Massachusetts Artillery, includes original telegraph message tape, stamp is defective with part of the left side separated but present, missing one side flap and a bit more than half the backflap, Very Fine appearance and a scarce 2c Black Jack telegraph cover, the American Telegraph Company lines ran directly into the War Department and were used by the U.S. Military for non-strategic matters

E. 200-300
400
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18
c
Sale 1263, Lot 18, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)3c Rose (65). Tied by "F. C. & R. & B. R.R. Mail Line Jul. 31" Fitchburg, Cheshire, Rutland and Burlington Railroad route agent's circular datestamp on cover with blind embossed American Telegraph Company corner card to North Ferrisburgh Vt., with American Telegraph part-printed enclosure for telegram received in Rutland Jul. 30, 1865 from Milwaukee, enclosure with partial split along fold, Very Fine, scarce use for a telegram from Milwaukee to Rutland then sent by mail to destination

E. 300-400
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19
c
Sale 1263, Lot 19, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)Atlantic and Ohio Telegraph Philadelphia. Negative octagonal framed handstamp boldly struck on brown cover to local address, manuscript "$2.69 to pay", text of reply written on front, cover with slight toning as with the other two examples we have encountered, still Fine and scarce, ASCC No. 105, Rarity 8

E. 200-300
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20
c
Sale 1263, Lot 20, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)Bain's Telegraph Merchant's Line. Five covers, including red cameo corner card depicting the Bain patented machine (which was in competition with Morse's system) on cover with red oval "Paid" handstamp and addressed to New York, part of address crossed out, trivial edgewear, Very Fine and attractive, ASCC No. 52, Rarity 7, two with Bain's oval cameo designs with 29 Wall St. address, last two with printed "By Bain's Telegraph" with yellow or orange Merchant's Line labels sealing flaps, one with circular datestamp, Very Fine and desirable group

E. 300-400
300
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21
c
Sale 1263, Lot 21, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Horizontal pair, full margins to just in at top, tied by well-struck large "PAID" grid cancel, red "Boston 18 Sep." (1852) circular datestamp on buff cover with "Bain's Eastern Telegraph, Office No. 76 State Street" return address with pointing hand and "Free Delivery" at upper right, to San Francisco, Very Fine, a very unusual use, a telegram was transmitted to Bain's office which then forwarded it in the mails to California, this likely left New York September 20 per USMSC Illinois, arriving Aspinwall Oct. 2, departing Panama Oct. 6 per PMSS Tennessee and arriving San Francisco Oct. 19

E. 300-400
425
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22
c
Sale 1263, Lot 22, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)1c Blue, Ty. II (7). Horizontal strip of three, margins to in, few faults at top, tied by large "PAID" grid cancels and red "Boston Mass. 20 Nov." circular datestamp on cover with red "Boston & Cape Cod Marine Telegraph" corner card to Yarmouthport, additional strike of circular datestamp over corner card, Very Fine, scarce and attractive design, ex Jarrett

E. 500-750
1,600
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23
c
Sale 1263, Lot 23, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)City Telegraph. Imprint cover listing five offices in New York, addressed within the city, 12c charge at lower left, original tape message utilizing the House patent accompanies, Very Fine and rare example from this company, which was organized in 1855, it had a system of depositories where messages could be left and called for by messenger, it was also the first company to issue stamps but the company did not succeed, unlisted in ASCC, we have offered one other example of this design, carried by Bentley's Dispatch, but it was repaired

E. 200-300
225
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24
c
Sale 1263, Lot 24, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)3c Dull Red, Ty. I (11). Large margins to in, rich color, tied by blue "Water Gap Pa. Jan. 9" circular datestamp on cover with printed "From the office of the Easton, Belvidere, Water Gap & Stroudsburg Telegraph Co." to Newark Del., stamp with scissors-cut at top, pencil note on back indicates 1857 use, Very Fine, a rare company envelope, incorporated Apr. 11, 1856, unlisted in ASCC

E. 400-500
425
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25
c
Sale 1263, Lot 25, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Deep rich color, cancelled by penstrokes, "Gorham N.H. Jan. 28" circular datestamp on "Electric Telegraph, Grand Trunk Railway" illustrated corner card cover to White Field N.H., light horizontal file fold at bottom well away from stamp and corner card, Very Fine, a lovely and rare design for this historic railroad which operated from 1852-1923 in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well as several New England states, including Maine

E. 400-500
300
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26
c
Sale 1263, Lot 26, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)House Letter Printing Telegraph. Ten items, including six covers, one dated Boston Nov. 24, 1849 with a "PAID" handstamp and pointing hand (ASCC No. 21, Rarity 7); one with yellow Eagle City Post label with red "PAID" handstamp; two with different illustrations including one with eagle and ribbon and another illustrating his patented machine dated 1855 (ASCC No. 31), also includes four tapes from the machine, of different types, Very Fine group, House's patent did not use the Morse code or other similar system, his machine printed directly onto a paper tape and was a forerunner of the typewriter, unfortunately the machine took two people to operate

E. 300-400
275
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27
c
Sale 1263, Lot 27, Telegraph Companies (Adirondack thru House's)12c Black (17). Vertical pair, large margins to just in at top, tied by grid cancels with red "New York 3 Jun. 17" (1854) 3c credit datestamp on House's Printing Telegraph illustrated cover to London, England, carried on the Ocean Line Hermann, departing New York June 17 and arriving Southampton July 1, pair with some slight gum toning along right edge, cover with minor waterstaining and creases and a couple expertly restored corners

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE ON AN ILLUSTRATED TELEGRAPH COVER TO LONDON, WITH THE ORIGINAL TELEGRAPHIC MESSAGE.

Illustrated telegraph covers are particularly rare and desirable when sent through the mails, and we have offered a number bearing the 3c 1851 Issue. However, this is the only example of a 12c 1851 franking or use to an overseas destination we have encountered.

Ex Walter Hubbard.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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