Lot 4338(Cumberland River) Regular Nashville & N. Orleans Packet James Johnson, green fancy corner card on yellow cover bearing 1861, 3¢ rose tied by leaf cancel duplexed with "Nashville Ten. Mar 10" cd on cover to Columbia Tenn.; reduced at right, 3¢ tear, Fine and rare, Listing copy in Milgram on page 376. Scott No. 65.
Milgram No. 671 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 4339(Cumberland River) From Steam Boat Tennessee, perfect bold strike of fancy intaglio circular handstamp on blue folded cover docketed "R.E. Lane, 17 Nov 1849" addressed to New Orleans La., entered mails with red "New Orleans La. Nov 24" cds and matching "Steam" and "10" rating handstamps for over 300 miles, probably originating from Nashville due to seven day transit time; two vertical file folds, Very Fine, Ex-H Bohren.
Milgram No. 1355 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A REMARKABLE EXAMPLE OF THIS FANCY INTAGLIO PACKET HANDSTAMP.
Letters carried on the Cumberland River in Tennessee are rare, the route from Nashville to New Orleans used the Cumberland, the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers, a distance of 1,270 miles. No contracts existed for this route and all letters were carried outside the mails to New Orleans.
The "Tennessee" of 391 tons was built in 1846 and carried President Elect Zachary Taylor between Vicksburg and Nashville on his inauguration journey in February 1849.
Lot 4340(Indianapolis, Ind.) Steam, bold strike of handstamp ties 1852, 1¢ blue, three margins, on blue folded January 1st 1853 New Orleans printed circular to Indianapolis Ind., light horizontal fold barely affects 1¢.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4341(Tennessee River) New-Orleans & Florence Packet Cherokee, bold strike of red oval handstamp on Apr. 29th 1850 folded letter to Paducah Ky.; tape stains and faults, Fine, Illustrated in Milgram on page 164., ex-Rohloff, Weiss.
Milgram No. 209A Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 4342(Tennessee River) Paducah & Waterloo Tenn River, Feb 23 1882, blue steamboat route agent cds duplexed with five "A"s in form of cross cancelling 3¢ green (207) on cover addressed to Florence Ala. where Feb. 25th arrival backstamp struck; some light staining and wear, flap tears, F.-V.F. and rare, ex-Floyd Risvold.
Towle No. O-31-a Estimate $300 - 400.
This route ran from Paducah Ky. to Waterloo Ioa. via the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, Iowa and Cedar Rivers. It is a very unusual route traversing five rivers.