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Packets/Inland Waterway Covers

Lots 894-897

Lot 894    

Steamer P.F. Kimball, red oval handstamp on 1852 folded letter to New Orleans, La., franked with manuscript 1853, 3¢ brownish carmine (some gum staining), F.-V.F.; with 2014 P.F. certificate. Scott Nos. 11A.
Milgram Nos. 1101    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Lot 895    

1860 (May 7) Capers Island S.C. to Charleston S.C., orange buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) (piece out of left margin), prepays postage tied by "Steam-Boat" straightline handstamp and matching large "2" cent due rating handstamp for 2¢ ship captain's fee, docketed at top left "1 Book / Capers 7th May 1860", Very Fine and rare use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Over time Capers Island has been home to Indians, Revolutionary War soldiers, and Civil War blockades. The Native Americans were the original inhabitants on Capers Island. The Seewee Indians had a village near Bulls Bay and a fort near the west side of Toomer Creek (across the waterway from Capers) in 1685. In 1659 three French Huguenot brothers from Wales, Richard, Gabriel, and William Capier, after refusing holy orders from their father, sailed to America. In 1679 they settled on what is now called Capers Island. Gabriel and Richard lived on Capers Island and the sea coast of South Carolina, and their families after them for 175 years or until the Civil War in 1865.

Capers, known as Sessions Island, from 1675-1705 and Capore Island until 1722, was one of many sea islands the King of England proclaimed for the Crown upon discovery. He later issued grants for the colonists who grew indigo, sea island cotton, corn, sugarcane, celery, asparagus, cauliflower, snap beans, melons, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, beets, and carrots.

Ownership changed hands a dozen times from 1868 until 1975. The Magwood family owned Capers in the early 1900's. In 1924 Coulter Hyler, a candy manufacturer, whose hearts desire to live on a sea island in South Carolina, purchased Capers for $35,000 and Dewees Island for $25,000. The Reynolds Corporation purchased Dewees and Capers in the late 1950's for hunting and fishing. In 1961 the Reynolds Corporation built the 100 acre impoundment on Capers Island for waterfowl hunting. In 1972 the Royals purchased Dewees and Capers Island. The State of South Carolina purchased Capers from the Royals in 1975 for 2.8 million dollars and designated Capers as a State Heritage Preserve in 1977.

Realized: $425

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Lot 896    

Steamboat, red straightline handstamp with matching "Charleston S.C. '10' Apr 22" integral rate cds tying 10¢ black (2 var.), double transfer of left and bottom framelines, position 41R, large margins to clear at left, couple small corner creases, on blue folded letter from the Durand correspondence datelined "New York Apr 22. 1849" to Savannah Geo., the dateline was most likely off a day, F.-V.F.; plated by Cal Hahn.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.


This folded letter from New York City was placed aboard the non-contract steamer Southern leaving New York April 21st. The letter arrived in Charleston S.C. on April 24th, entering the mails the following day to Savannah. Unrecorded Charleston 1847 Issue Steamboat covers are:

1. Mar. 28, 1849, Charleston S.C. to New Orleans La. bearing 10¢ black (2), ex-Craveri, Hackmey.
2. Apr. 4, 1849, Charleston S.C. to New Orleans La. bearing 10¢ black (2), ex-Craveri.
2. Apr. 11, 1849, Charleston S.C. to New Orleans La. bearing 10¢ black (2), ex-Kapiloff, currently in Eubanks exhibit.
4. Apr. 25, 1849, Charleston S.C. to Savannah Ga. bearing 10¢ black (2), the cover offered here.

Realized: $1,400

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Lot 897    

Steam Ship 12½, straight line with rate in circle handstamps on two folded letters; one in red from San Francisco, Cal. to Providence, R.I. in 1850, other in black from Trinidad de Cuba to New York in 1851, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $170

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