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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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Ocean & Waterway Covers

Lots 1201-1210 Lots 1211-1213

Lot 1201    

Ship Atlantic, red oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "London 3 September 1819" and addressed to Norfolk Va., manuscript "Forw. by Y.M.O.S. W. Forde & Co., L'pool 25 Sept." endorsement across backflaps, entered mails with red "New-York Nov 9" cds and matching "Ship" straightline handstamp and manuscript "77" cent rating, some edge wear with refold at bottom, a Very Fine strike of this scarce Atlantic ship cachet.
Milgram No. 71    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1202    

Baltimore "Steamboat", clear straightline on cover bearing 3¢ red, grilled (94) tied by cork cancel duplexed with "Baltimore Md. Jun 9" duplex to Philadelphia Pa., matching "Due. 3" circular handstamp, neat 1868 docketing; no flap, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 1203    

Chespk. Bay Route, Oct 21, blue route agent cds on matching "5" rating handstamp on folded cover to Philadelphia Pa., fresh and Very Fine; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

When the Maryland & Virginia Steamboat Company failed in September 1841, their steamboats were purchased by the newly incorporated Baltimore Steam Packet Company and the contract for route 1848 was transferred to them. They then gained all subsequent contracts between Norfolk and Baltimore. The route agent at Old Point Comfort used both a "5" and "10" cent due rating handstamps.

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Lot 1204    

Geo. D. Hite & Co., Steamboat Agents, New Orleans La., red oval handstamp cancels 3c red Nesbitt entire from the Buchannon Carroll correspondence to New Orleans La., Very Fine and scarce canceled solely by this oval.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1205    

Steamer Hecla, sharp strike of red oval handstamp on 1851 blue folded letter to Natchitoches La., endorsed "freight" at top and "S.B. Hecla" at bottom, Very Fine.
Milgram No. 592    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Lot 1206    

Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line, Dec 4, bold strike of balloon postmark ties 3¢ dull red (11A), on blue 1852 folded letter from Louisville Ky. to Cincinnati Oh., Very Fine.
Towle No. O-21-c3    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $250

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Lot 1207    

1886 Wreck of the Oregon, cover from Italy to Mexico with Carrara cds and spot where tied stamp has been washed off, blue Guaymas (7.20.1886) octagon arrival datestamp, reverse with printed label reading "P.O., New York, N.Y., July 6th, 1886., This piece is a portion of the mail forwarded from Queenstown, Ireland, per steamer OREGON on March 7th, and damaged by the sinking of that vessel off Fire Island on March 14th. Recovered from the wreck July 1-4. Henry G. Pearson, Postmaster.", Fine and scarce, Only 5 Recorded examples from this Wreck.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 1208    

New Orleans, Alexandria & Natchitoches Packet P. Dalmau, black oval handstamp on blue folded letter dateline "Oak Isle June 15th 1852" to New Orleans La., additional red "Paid, F.A. Dentzle, Agt. P.O., N.O." circular handstamp, Very Fine and scarce combination of packet and agent handstamps.
Milgram No. 1070    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 1209    

"Revenue Cutter", endorsement on folded letter datelined "Boston Octr. 11th 1795" to Samuel Russell Gerry, Collector at Marblehead Mass., entered mails with "Boston" straightline and "11 OC" Franklin mark with manuscript "6" rating, letter mentions enclosing the manifest for Schooner Philantrophis and signed by John Forster Williams who was the commander of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Massachusetts II at this time, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Massachusetts II was a small sloop operated by the Revenue-Marine in the collection of customs duties. She was completed in June 1793 and replaced Massachusetts, one of the first ten cutters of the Revenue-Marine, when it was determined that the old ship was too large and slow.

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Lot 1210    

Ford By Malcomson & Bell Belfast / Per Packet Ship Sarah Sheafe / Abraham Bell & Co. Owners / 33 Pine Street New York, red four-line handstamp struck on reverse of March 27th 1834 folded letter from Hillhead, Ireland to Lynchburg Va., red "New-York Ship May 15" cds and manuscript "27" rating for 25¢ postage plus 2¢ ship fee; small faults and wear, a Very Fine strike of this rare unlisted handstamp.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

This handstamp is a different handstamp than the "Sarah Sheafe" example we offered in Sale 73 lot 1225, and was handled by Abraham Bell & Co. who did a good deal of business in Ireland. The "Sarah Sheafe" was a copper-clad American sailing ship that was basically an immigrant ship rather than a mail ship.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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