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Sale 1041 — The William H. Gross Collection: 1847 & 1851-56 Issues

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Category — Waterway Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
232
c
Sale Number 1041, Lot Number 232, Waterway Mail5c Dark Brown (1a), 5c Dark Brown (1a)5c Dark Brown (1a). Large margins to clear, rich color, cancelled by blue grid and matching "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" framed handstamp, matching "2cts." in double-line circle handstamp at right on folded letter to Troy N.Y. dated April 21, 1848 (no origination in dateline but probably New York City), vertical file fold does not affect stamp which does have tiny scissors-cut in margin only at upper left

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE "TROY & NEW YORK STEAM BOAT" HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A COVER ADDRESSED TO TROY.

According to the Alexander census book, this marking was used on non-contract steamboats carrying mails between New York City and Troy. At Troy the mail would enter the U.S. mail system (or vice versa). The 2c marking indicates the amount due for the steamboat fee.

Ex Newbury and Boker. With 1968 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
5,500
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