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Coastal Mail South of Charleston

Lots 930-939

Lot 930    

(Coastal Mail - Savannah) 1839 (Jul. 17) Whitesville, Fla. to Westfield Mass. via Savannah Ga., folded letter datelined "Whitesville E.F. July 17. 1839" and endorsed "p S.B. Florida via Savannah" at bottom left, carried as endorsed by steamboat Florida, entered mails with red "Savannah Geo, Jul 22" cds and matching "Paid" handstamp with magenta "25" rating, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $450

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Lot 931    

1839 (Jul. 28) Garey's Ferry, Florida Territory to Washington D.C., folded letter from Major T.F. Hunt datelined "Quarter Master's Office, Garey's Ferry, July 18, 1839" and endorsed "On P Service", carried by steamboat north, entered mails with red "Savannah Geo. Jul 21" cds and matching "Steam Boat" straightline and "Free" rating handstamp to Col. F.C. Stanton, Acting. Q.M. General, Washington D.C., docketed "Rec July 25. 1839." on flap; reinforced, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Realized: $350

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Lot 932    

1843 (Sep. 2) St. Augustine, Fla. to Newburgh, N.Y., datelined folded letter carried by steamboat to Savannah, entered mails with red "Savannah Geo. Sep 27" cds and matching "Steam Boat" straightline and red manuscript "25" rating, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Realized: $160

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Lot 933    

1843 (Dec. 19) Savannah Ga. to Boston Mass., datelined greenish folded letter endorsed "Per Str Genl. Clinch Via Charleston" at lower left, carried by General Clinch from Savannah to Charleston connecting with Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad steamboats to the north, entered mails with red "Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad, Dec" route agent cds and matching "25" cent rating, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

References: Early Coastal Mail Carriage South of Charleston, James Baird, Chronicle 252, Chronicle 252, November 2016, pp. 326-333, fig. 6.

Realized: $525

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Lot 934    

1844, 1847 Florida by steamboat via Columbus Ga. and Savannah Ga., two folded letters, 1844 datelined "Apalachicola 11th Jany 1844" to Providence R.I. entering mail with red "Columbus Ga. Jan 16" cds and matching "Steamboat" straightline with manuscript "25" rating, 1847 datelined "Little River Feby. 5th 47" to U.S. Rep. James D. Westcott or W.H Brockenborough entered mails with red "Savannah Geo. Feb 11" cds and matching "Steam Boat" straightline and "Free" rating handstamp; each small faults and toning, Fine and scarce steamboat uses from Florida.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 935    

1848 (Mar. 28) Philadelphia Pa. to Fort Defiance N.C., blue folded letter with rare manuscript "Bay Route, Mch 28" postmark and matching "10" rating, sent by rail from Philadelphia to Baltimore, ship on Chesapeake Bay Route to Norfolk, Petersburg & Roanoke R.R. to Weldon N.C.; light aging, Fine, ex-Kramer.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

The "Great Mail" north-south mail route utilized the Chesapeake Bay between December 1847 and December 1848. The manuscript Route Agent's marking is believed to pre-date a handstamp that was employed in late Spring of 1848.

Realized: $850

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Lot 936    

1849 (Nov. 28) Apalachicola, Florida to Providence R.I., gray folded cover docketed "T. L. Mitchell, Apalachicola, Novemr 28. 1849", carried on Chattahoochee River steamboat route, entered mails with blue "Columbus Ga. Dec 4" cds and matching "STEAM" straightline with "10" in circle rating handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $425

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Lot 937    

(New York - Savannah Route) 1849 (Jan. 23) New York N.Y. to New Orleans La., gray folded letter endorsed "p Cherokee" at bottom left, carried by Mitchell Line Cherokee from New York Jan. 24th to Savannah arriving Jan. 27th, entered mails with red "Savannah Ga. '10' Jan 28" integral-due cds and "Steam Boat" straightline, interesting letter reads in part: "People are really beginning to feel restless under these California accounts. Griswolds are now sending another of their fine Chinamen, the Helena & Delano his beautiful Chinaman the Memnon. The number of ships gone and going is alarming, so far as respects the chances of moving produce from New Orleans at low freights for the rest of the season so had better bear this in mind.", The gold rush demand for ships for the California Argonauts was being felt., Very Fine, ex-Wierenga.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

"Cherokee" started operating on the New York-Savannah route on October 3, 1848 until purchased by Howland and Aspinwall.

Reference: United States Incoming Steamship Mail 1847-1875, Second Edition, Wierenga, illustrated and discussed on p. 92, fig. 124.

Realized: $300

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Lot 938    

"Steam / Ship", two-line handstamp on bluish Jan. 10th 1852 folded cover to New York bearing 3¢ dull red (11A), pos. 60R1L, four margins, small tear, tied by two strikes of circular grids, endorsed "Steamer Florida" at top left, a Very Fine and interesting use.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $240

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Lot 939    

(Coastal Mail) "Via Delaware Canal & Hands Steam Propeller Line, endorsement on buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "Philadelphia Pa., Jul 20, 1860" octagon datestamp to Washington D.C., endorsed "To be unloaded on Morgans Wharf, Washington D.C."; top edge nick, F.-V.F., Writer directives for mail to be carried by canal boat are quite unusual - as are covers identifiably carried on them.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

The Delaware Canal was completed in 1832. It connected Bristol Pa. with Easton PA. The purpose of the canal was to provide a way to transport anthracite coal from northeastern Pennsylvania to cities on the eastern seaboard via the Lehigh Canal.

Realized: $280

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