Lot 281Express Mail, St. John, Jul 16, circular handstamp along with "Province of New Brunswick" circular handstamp and "10" rating to New York, N.Y.; slight corner toning and upper right paper loss, Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
In September 1845, the U.S. Post Office Department appointed steamboat letter carriers to handle the mail on the Boston-Portland-Eastport steamer route. In 1853, the U.S. Post Office extended their steamboat letter carrier system to St. John. The Rates of Postage chargeable on letters thus forwarded are the same as by the land route: 6d cy. or 10¢ per ½oz. When loose letters, either unpaid or prepaid by stamps, were handed to the steamboat letter carrier, they were struck with Express Mail circular datestamps.
Lot 282Express Mail, Eastport, Sep 15, partial strike of cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A), large margins except slightly in bottom right, on light buff cover to Kennebunkport, Me., endorsed per "Admiral" at top left, original letter datelined "St. Johns. Sept 13th 1856"; slight corner toning, F.-V.F.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 283Saxon, complete strike of greenish oval handstamp on blue 1851 folded letter datelined "Lake Providence, La. Novr. 25th 1851" to New Orleans, La., entered mails with red "New Orleans, La. Dec 4" cds and matching "Steam 5" double-circle rating handstamp; file folds, clean and Very Fine, ex-H. Meyer, Hahn.
Milgram No. 1256 Estimate $500 - 750.
AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "SAXON" PACKET HANDSTAMP, PERHAPS THE FINEST RECORDED STRIKE.
Lot 284St. Ls. & Kk. Steamers, May 9, bold clear strike of waterway route agent cds ties 3¢ dull red (11) on Virginia Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. illustrated advertising cover showing hotel building, addressed to Baltimore, Md.; small flaws, Very Fine appearance, Rarity IX.
Towle No. N-12-c Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 285Steamer Granite State, Jul 23, 1865, oval handstamp ties 3¢ rose (65) on orange cover to Wethersfield Conn., F.-V.F., The Granite State operated on the Long Island Sound.
Milgram No. 551 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 286(RMS Titanic) 1912 (Apr. 17) Reply Postal Card offering Newspapers a Six-Column Account of Tragedy, reply postal card (UY6) with preinted message readingon "New York, Wednesday, April 17, 1912, Gentlemen: Wireless messages state that the Carpathia will land survivors of the Titanic disaster at New York late Thursday, April 18. We shall prepare and have ready for immediate shipment a six-column illustrated account of this greatest of sea tragedies, compiled from the narratives and experiences of those who escaped in the life-boats. Price for use of the plates 50c. If you want this pages, sign the attached card and return to us. Yours truly, Western Newspaper Union.", Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.