Lot 4169Snapp & Hite, bold strike of red oval ties 3¢ dull red (11), four margins, on orange buff cover from Carroll Hoy correspondence to New Orleans La., carried as endorsed by "Bluff City" to New Orleans; light vertical crease, usual filing hole, minor paper loss on back, Very Fine, ex-Caspary, Rust.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Steamboat owners and Masters used agents and forwarders in major ports and landings. Snapp Hite (later George D. Hite & Co.) operated in New Orleans in the 1850s.
The "Bluff City" of 252 tons was built at Louisville in 1854 for the New Orleans to Memphis trade. She was lost on the Yazoo River in 1859.
Lot 4170Paid, F.A. Dentzel, AG:P.O., N.O., clear strike of red oval route agent handstamp on folded letter datelined "Bayou Desglaze, July 13th 1851" to New Orleans, carried as endorsed by the "E.D. White", some light age spotting, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
The route went on the Atchafalaya River, Bayou Plaquemine and the Mississippi to New Orleans. On arrival Dentzel arranged for the letter to be delivered by a runner to the merchant G. Birk & Co. The "E.D. White" was a side wheeler of 248 tons built at Louisville Ky. in 1848. It was used on the Red River from 1850 to 1853 with Captain Eugene Brady as master.
Lot 4171Geo. H. Hite, large red oval steamboat agent handstamp cancels 3¢ red Nesbitt entire from the Carroll Hoy correspondence to New Orleans La., usual filing holes, Very Fine, a scarce example of this Hite oval, ex-John R. Hill Jr.
Estimate $300 - 400.