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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
28
c
Sale 1263, Lot 28, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Kennebec Telegraph. Circular handstamp on cover to local address, with original enclosure from Augusta Maine dated June 18, 1859 from Saco, message economically informs recipient his brother drowned while playing on logs in a river (words cost money.. no need for sympathy), Very Fine, ASCC No. 83, Rarity 5

E. 200-300
700
29
c
Sale 1263, Lot 29, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Lynchburg and Abingdon Telegraph Company. Corner card with additional text "Carriers Deliver Free, Office -- Masonic Hall, Answer by Boy" on oatmeal cover addressed to the telegraph office in Alexandria Va., blue "5" handstamp, blue "Lynchburgh Va. Mar. 10" circular datestamp struck over corner card, some slight wear, Very Fine, a rare early Southern telegraph cover, in March 1851 the letter rate was changed from 5c to 3c, this is addressed to the telegraph officer in Alexandria, which indicates that there was no telegraph between Lynchburg and Alexandria and that the contents would be further telegraphed, ASCC No. 100, Rarity 6

E. 400-500
300
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30
c
Sale 1263, Lot 30, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Milwaukee and Green Bay Telegraph Company, Hotchkiss Line. Brown imprint cover addressed to Green Bay, undated except for pencil "1851" inside top flap, some soiling, Very Fine and rare, this is the listing copy of this short-lived company

E. 300-400
160
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31
c
Sale 1263, Lot 31, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)5c Brown (76). Horizontal pair, tied by grid, "Cherry Creek N.Y. Sep. 4, 1863" double-circle datestamp on "Morse's American Telegraph, New York, Albany and Buffalo Line" printed cover to Brighton, Canada West, receiving backstamp, expert restoration -- front and back separated and reattached and some other faults -- still Fine appearance and a rare use carried on the Grand Trunk Railway, the 5c 1861-68 Issue is extremely rare on any form of telegraph cover

E. 500-750
800
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32
c
Sale 1263, Lot 32, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Morse's N.O. & O. Telegraph Co., Marietta, Ohio. Three-line black on yellow label with decorative border affixed at top left of buff cover, with original enclosure indicating telegram sent from Wheeling Va. and dated Feb. 6, 1851, Very Fine and rare example of this label from the New Orleans & Ohio Telegraph Company, ASCC No. 207, Rarity 9

E. 300-400
300
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33
c
Sale 1263, Lot 33, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)TELEGRAPHIC (New Orleans & New York Telegraph, New York). Perfect diagonal strike of blue straightline handstamp on May, 1851 cover to Burling Slip (New York), original telegram sheet with company masthead dated "New Orleans 30 May, 1851", light soling and small backflap tear do not detract, scarce and Extremely Fine strike, one of two listed in 1993 ASCC under New York office, (No. 90, Rarity 7, though we suspect this handstamp may be rarer than that), ex Jarrett and Hahn

E. 400-500
275
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34
c
Sale 1263, Lot 34, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)New Orleans, Red River and Texas Telegraph. Imprint at top of buff cover addressed to "John Moore, Esq., Present", missing top flap, slight edgewear, Very Fine and very rare, according to Reid's The Telegraph in America, this was an operating line which turned out to be a scam, the plan was to use underwater cables to various cities, the contractors ran away with the subscription funds, this may well be unique

E. 500-750
325
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35
c
Sale 1263, Lot 35, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)New York, Albany and Buffalo Telegraph Co. Imprint cover with printed "No." at top let and manuscript "19", to local street address, with printed enclosure noting telegram received from San Francisco and dated Nov. 5, 1861, also with manuscript "450" at lower left (nine words in the telegraph at 50c per word), Very Fine, the transcontinental telegraph was completed Oct. 24, 1861, this was sent just twelve days after its completion and is one of the earliest surviving examples of the transcontinental telegraph

E. 500-750
400
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36
c
Sale 1263, Lot 36, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large margins to just in, bright color, tied by "Corning N.Y. Oct. 20" circular datestamp on blue New York & Western Union Telegraph Co. advertising cover to Barrington Ill., slight edgewear, Very Fine and scarce design, this company was in service from January 1852 to January 1853 when it was leased to another company, at the final consolidation the owner, Ezra Cornell, insisted that the name Western Union should survive

E. 200-300
275
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37
c
Sale 1263, Lot 37, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Illinois & Mississippi Telegraph Company. Two buff covers with "Illinois & Mississippi Telegraph Quincy" handstamps at left, one with blue "Quincy Ill. 6 Sep." circular datestamp with matching "5" handstamp to Alton Ill., other with similar circular datestamp of 27 Nov. and matching "V" handstamp also to Alton Ill., first with waterstaining second slightly reduced at top, still Very Fine and scarce, the "V" marking is unlisted for Quincy, ASCC No. 242, Rarity 8 for the telegraph marking

E. 200-300
300
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38
c
Sale 1263, Lot 38, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Quincy Telegraphery (Illinois & Mississippi Telegraph Company). Straightline handstamp on buff cover to Alton Ill., sender's routing instructions "favor Mr. D. Able", some slight wear, Very Fine strike of this rare marking, only a handful are known, ASCC No. 241, Rarity 9

E. 300-400
300
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39
c
Sale 1263, Lot 39, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Full margins to just in, bright color, tied by "New-York Jul. 25, 1853" year-dated circular datestamp on buff cover with New York Associated Press, Telegraphic Agency imprint to Newburyport Mass., docketing at left also ties stamp, Very Fine, prior to the formation of the Associated Press, newspaper competition for use of the wire to receive and transmit news was fierce and became expensive, the association acted as an aggregator

E. 300-400
250
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40
c
Sale 1263, Lot 40, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)3c Orange Brown, Ty. II (10A). Full to ample margins, intense shade, tied by "STEAM/BOAT" two-line handstamp on buff cover to Detroit Mich. with Norton's Telegraphic Rooms green high-relief cameo corner card picturing Zeus throwing lightning bolts atop the world, Very Fine, the Norton's design is scarce with only a handful known in green and the steamboat use is very rare with only one other telegraph cover recorded

E. 1,000-1,500
3,250
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41
c
Sale 1263, Lot 41, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)O'Reilly's Chicago, Toledo and Cincinnati Telegraph, Indianapolis Ind. Decorative design on brown cover addressed to Mr. John Armstrong, with blue enclosure with illustration of "O'Rielly's Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Line" with "O'Reilly's" spelled differently, the enclosure has a map of the empire he created, the telegram to Indianapolis from Yanesville, June 1, 1850, Very Fine and scarce, desirable with the illustrated enclosure, also includes printed 34-page document submitted by O'Reilly to Congress requesting funds to construct a line along a military road, ASCC No. 230, Rarity 6

E. 300-400
250
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42
c
Sale 1263, Lot 42, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)From the O'Reilly's Telegraph Office, Dayton. Blue embossed cameo corner card on cover to Dayton O., top flap with green embossed "Please reply by messenger or give reason why not?", minor soiling, Very Fine, ASCC No. 232, Rarity 6

E. 200-300
120
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43
c
Sale 1263, Lot 43, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Bain's Chemical Telegraph. O'Rielly's New-York State Line. Wonderfully illustrated design with vignettes of Benjamin Franklin, flying-kite electricity conduction experiment and harbor scene, entered mails with blue "Watertown N.Y. May 11" (1852) circular datestamp and matching "Paid III" in "C" circular handstamp matching the design of the 3c silver "trime" coin, minor edgewear, Very Fine and exceptional combination of illustrated telegraph cover sent through the mails with this rare postal marking, which was inspired by the 3c silver piece in circulation during the 1850s, an example of the coin accompanies, the cover is ASCC No. 173, Rarity 8

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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44
c
Sale 1263, Lot 44, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)Oswego & Syracuse Telegraph. Buff corner card cover with red "5" handstamp and matching light strike of "Sackets Harbor N.Y. Sep. 12" circular datestamp to Brownville (forwarded), with blue enclosure for telegram from Petersburg to Oswego dated Sep. 11, 1850, contents note "our brother died of cholera on Friday last", Very Fine and rare, this independent company was established in late 1846, unlisted in ASCC

E. 300-400
180
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45
c
Sale 1263, Lot 45, Telegraph Companies (Kennebec thru Savery)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A). Large top margin, just in at bottom, tied by "Amherst Ms. May 10" circular datestamp on cover to Canandaigua N.Y. with "Savery's Temperance Hotel and Telegraph Dining Saloon" blue cameo corner card, illustrated design in a shield, original contents a folded letter from Amherst College datelined May 9, 1856 which mentions President Franklin Pierce, missing backflap, Very Fine and rare cameo card for a temperance hotel and telegraph office, this was operated by Bela Sawyer and J. S. Savery

E. 400-500
600
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