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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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Lots 1402-1411 Lots 1412-1421 Lots 1422-1431

Lot 1402    

1835-1837 Capt. Hale Correspondence to Glastonbury Ct. Incoming From Cape Town, Batavia, Singapore, early correspondence of 9 inbound ship letters comprising 1835 Cape Town via Philadelphia with red Full Rigged Ship octagon handstamp, 1836 "At Sea" dateline via U.S. Consul forwarder to Salem Mass. "Ship", 1837 "Bark Brothers at Sea" dateline via U.S. Consul forwarder to Salem Mass., 1837 "Bark Brothers" dateline with Liverpool forwarder's endorsement per "N. America" via New York, two 1837 "Again at Sea" letters with Batavia forwarder's endorsement via Boston, 1837 Batavia via St. Helena "J. Solomon" forwarder and Boston "Ship", 1837 Singapore via St. Helena U.S. Consul forwarder and New York "Ship", 1837 Singapore with blue "Forwarded by Balestier, Singapore" forwarders oval and U.S. Consul at St. Helena forwarder's endorsement via New York "Ship" (toned); also includes 1835 "Glastonbury Ct" to Captain Hale care of Boston and forwarded privately, Very Fine.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

A WONDERFUL EARLY CORRESPONDENCE FROM AFRICA AND THE FAR EAST.

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Lot 1403    

(Pioneer Steamship) 1840 (Jul. 28) Glasgow, Scotland to Salem, N.Y., datelined folded letter with red "Glasgow, Paid, Jy 28, 1840" boxed datestamp and red manuscript "8d" prepaid ship rating, reverse choice red strike of crowned "Ship Letter / 30 JY 1840 /Liverpool" handstamp, carried as endorsed by the British and American Steam Company's President departing Liverpool Aug. 1st to New York arriving Aug. 17th, red "New-York, Ship, Aug 13" cds and manuscript. "20½" cents due rating for 18½¢ inland plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

A SCARCE USE CARRIED ON THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE PIONEER STEAMSHIP "PRESIDENT".

The "President" of 2,366 tons was built at Carling & Young's London yard in 1840 for The British and American Steam Navigation Company. Left from London on her maiden voyage to New York on the 1st August 1840 arriving on the 18th. On the "President"'s fourth return voyage from New York she was lost without trace on the 11th March 1841 with the loss of 136 lives. This would bankrupt the British and American Steam Navigation Co.

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Current Opening Bid: $625

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Lot 1404    

(Freight Money Letter) 1840 (Dec. 4) Baltimore, Md. to Rotterdam, Netherlands, folded letter showing red "Baltimore, Md. Dec 4" cds with manuscript "18¾" and "25" ratings for 18¾¢ inland postage and 25¢ steamship freight money fee, red "New York Dec 10" cds and matching "Too Late" handstamp, carried by Havre Line Formosa from New York Dec. 16 to Havre arriving Jan. 12, red Havre arrival cds, Rotterdam (1.16) arrival backstamp and manuscript "80" Dutch cents due rating, F.-V.F., A scarce freight money letter via France to Rotterdam, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Letter endorsed for the steamship
Great Western from New York, however it arrived at New York the day after the steamship sailed. It was marked with a red handstamp "TOO LATE" and placed on the next sailing packet for France. The New York postmaster normally returned unused freight money fees to the origin post office. Letter marked for 80 Dutch Cents postage due, 50 Cents French transit and 30 Cents for Dutch transit from Bergen to Rotterdam. Letter considered a freight money cover even though it was transported across the Atlantic on a vessel that did not charge the freight money fee.

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Current Opening Bid: $450

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Lot 1405    

1841 (Jan. 2) Leith, Scotland to Richmond, Va., folded letter with red "Leith Jan 2, 1841" cds with red manuscript "1/-" shilling prepaid packet rating, red London (1.2) transit, carried as endorsed by Cunard Line Columbia from Liverpool Jan. 5th to Boston arriving Jan. 21st, red "Boston 'Ship' Jan 21" cds and manuscript "27" due rating for 25¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, Very Fine, Letter carried on Maiden Voyage of the Cunard Line Columbia., ex-Winter.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

"Columbia" was the last of the original four wooden, side-wheel paddle steamers with which Samuel Cunard started the operations of his line in July 1840. She was 1,175 tons and built at Greenock in 1840. She ran aground and was wrecked at Cape Sable, Nova Scotia on July 2nd 1843 without loss of life.

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Current Opening Bid: $100

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Lot 1406    

1841 (Feb. 16) St. Louis Mo. to Aberdeenshire, Scotland, folded letter with blue "St. Louis Mo. Feb 16" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with blue manuscript. "25" cent rating, flap with Liverpool "L, America" oval handstamp and "1/-" shilling due rating handstamp, red Edinburgh Paid (3.17) cds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Current Opening Bid: $40

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Lot 1407    

1841 (Oct. 1) Derry, Ireland to Washington, D.C., datelined folded letter endorsed "On Public Service" and addressed to Genl. R. Jones, Adjt. Genl. U.S. Army, with faint red "Derry, OC 1, 1841" cds, red Dublin boxed "Paid, OC 3, 1841" datestamp and red ms. "1/-" packet rate prepayment, black dotted circle Liverpool "D, Oct 4, 1841" cds, carried by Cunard Columbia from Liverpool Oct. 5th to Boston arriving Oct. 21st, red "Boston Ms. Ship Oct 21" cds and blue "27" cents due rating for 25¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee, crossed out as letter and sent free to a government official, Very Fine, An Exceptional Example of a Rare Liverpool Datestamp.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

The dotted-circle Liverpool datestamp was used only in 1841 on outgoing packet letters carried by Cunard.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 1408    

1842 (Jan. 3) Manchester, England to Boston, Mass., folded cover with red "Manchester JA 3 1842" origin datestamp and red manuscript "1/-" shilling prepaid packet rating, Liverpool "D, Jan 4, 1842" octagon backstamp, carried by Cunard Line Britannia from Liverpool Jan. 4th to Boston arriving Jan. 21st, Boston red "Ship/6" fancy ribbon due handstamp; some docketing on face, Fine and rare, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Letter marked one penny in red ink for British inland fee in error and then marked 1 shilling for the packet rate. Liverpool transit octagonal datestamp on reverse has the code letter "D" at the top, a scarce version of the uncommon octagonal marking. Less than a half dozen examples have been recorded and they were used for a three week period from December 1841-January 1842.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1409    

1846 (Feb. 28) New York, N.Y. to Francomont, Belgium, folded letter with red "New-York '5 Paid' 28 Feb" cds, carried by Enoch Train Sailing Ship Joshua Bates from Boston Mar. 5th to Liverpool arriving Mar. 28th, Liverpool Ship (3.28) and London (3.29) backstamps with manuscript "1/4" debit rating to Belgium, Ostend (3.31) and Verviers (4.1) backstamps, framed accounting handstamp with blue manuscript ratings totaled to "22" decimes due rating, Very Fine and choice use, a scarce packet letter for Belgium sent on non-contract sailing ship, ex-Winter.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Letter endorsed "p Cambria" and included among the 8,000 letters sent to Boston on the coastal steamer Mohegan from New York which was delayed in a snow storm and missed the sailing of Cunard steamship Cambria on Mar. 1, the scheduled contract steamer. Boston's postmaster sent the delayed mails on the next available sailing ship to Liverpool. London debited Belgium 1s 4d under Anglo-Belgium Treaty of 1844 (8d ship rate plus 8d British transit to Belgium). Belgian accounting handstamp shows 16 decimes owed to U.K. plus 6 decimes internal fee for total postage due of 22 decimes.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 1410    

1847 (Jan. 13) Havre, France to Kingston, Mass., datelined blue folded letter with blue "Forwarded by / Yours respectfully / Havre '14 Jan '47' Wm. Slade" three-line forwarder's handstamp, red London Paid (1.19) Maltese cross and matching "Paid Ship Letter, London, 19 IA 19, 1847" crown rimless oval with red "8" pence prepaid rating, carried by Sands & Co. Sarah Sands from Liverpool from Jan. 20th to New York arriving Feb. 10th, red "New-York, Ship, 7 cts, Feb 11" integral due cds, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

A RARE USE CARRIED ON THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF PIONEER STEAMSHIP "SARAH SANDS".

The "Sarah Sands" of 1,400 tons was built for Sands & Company of Liverpool by James Hudson & Company, also of Liverpool as an iron screw propelled vessel and launched in September 1846. The maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York left on the 20th January 1847 and the Prices Current shown below traveled on that voyage.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 1411    

1847 (Dec. 3) London, England to New York, N.Y., turned and reused back to London, cover with red "Guilford St." straightline on flap, red London (12.3) and "Paid 1/-" shilling prepaid rating, carried by Cunard Line Hibernia from Liverpool Dec. 4th to Boston arriving Dec. 25th, New York red "7" cents due handstamp, sender turned and resent on return trip of the Hibernia from New York Jan. 2nd to Liverpool arriving Jan. 16th, London (1.17) backstamp with manuscript "1/-" due rating, small opening tear, otherwise Very Fine, This is the first recorded turned transatlantic cover crossing the ocean twice on the same vessel., ex-Winter.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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