Lot 4063(Tombigbee River) Steamer Cherokee, perfect strike of elaborate illustrated handstamp on 3¢ red Nesbitt entire to Tuscaloosa Ala., indicia cancelled by "Tuscaloosa Al. Jan. 11" cds on arrival; some overall wear including water staining at bottom left, Very Fine and attractive, ex-"Antoine"; signed by Holcombe. Milgram No. 212.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
THE FINEST STRIKE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS ELABORATE ILLUSTRATED MARKING.
The Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers were navigable as far as Tuscaloosa in Northwest Alabama. These waters have the highest surviving quantity of Alabama river covers although no contract mails ran on them.
Lot 4064(Tombigbee River) Frank Lyon, clear strike of red oval illustrated handstamp depicting a Lion, on folded letter datelined "Moscow, March 20 / 52" to Mobile Ala., black "Steam 5" double oval rating handstamp, Very Fine, ex-Eggen. Milgram No. 473.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS DESIRABLE ILLUSTRATED PACKET MARKING.
Letters were carried by non-contract steamboats on the Tombigbee River. The Frank Lyon employed an unusual cachet incorporating the silhouette of a lion. Moscow is located 11 miles down river from Demopolis.
Lot 4065(Tombigbee River) Regular Tuesday Packet Magnolia, perfect strike of fancy oval handstamp on 3¢ red Nesbitt buff entire to Demopolis Ala. that was on the Tombigbee River, endorsed "Magnolia" at bottom left; very slight ink erosion, Extremely Fine, ex-Chase.
Milgram No. 840 Estimate $500 - 750.
A CHOICE COMPLETE STRIKE OF THIS FANCY MAGNOLIA PACKET MARKING.