Lot 841Steamer Glide No. 3, corner card on buff cover bearing 3¢ rose (65), faulty corner, tied by four-ring target cancel duplexed with "New Orleans La., Sep 30 '65" cds to Shousetown Pa., original 1865 datelined enclosure, some interesting steamboat content; some edge wear, F.-V.F. and scarce steamer corner card.
Milgram No. 517 Estimate $200 - 300.
References: Illustration example in Milgram's Steamboat book on p. 304.
Lot 842Coast Packet Golden Age, clear strike of blue oval handstamp on 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire from the Carroll Hoy & Co. to New Orleans La., cancelled with "New Orleans La., Nov 22" cds upon arrival and matching "STEAM" straightline struck, Very Fine and scarce.
Milgram No. 519 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 843Packet Hard Times, red boxed handstamp on legal-size folded court-house cover to New Orleans La., entered mails with black "Steam" straightline and manuscript "40" rating, 1848 file docketing; light toning, Very Fine and rare marking, we have not offered this steamer handstamp previously, ex-Milgram (J.W.M. backstamp).
Milgram No. 581 Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 844Steamer Hecla, red oval handstamp on orange buff cover bearing 5¢ red brown (1) horizontal pair, margins to in, tied by red circular grid cancels, matching "New Orleans La., Feb 25" cds to Elmwood Place Conn.; some toning and small cover stains, Fine and scarce 1847 issue steamboat use, ex-Judd; with 1991 P.F. certificate.
Milgram No. 592 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 845Steamer Hecla, clear sharp strike of red oval handstamp on 1851 folded letter sheet to Natchez, Miss., Very Fine and choice; with 2018 P.F. certificate.
Milgram No. 592 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 846Express Mail and Passenger Steamer Imperial, embossed green corner card on yellow cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by partial "Cairo, Ill. 1859" cds to New Haven Conn.; small top edge tears and flap torn, otherwise Very Fine and rare corner card, ex-Milgram (J.W.M.).
Milgram No. 639 Estimate $500 - 750.
References: Illustration example in Milgram's Vessel Named Markings book on page 361.
Lot 847Str. Iron City, maroon "Saint Louis and Arkansas River Packet" corner card and overall green illustration on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) cancelled by partial grid duplexed with "St. Joseph Mo., Jun 10" cds to Portland Me.; small edge tear and reduced at right, Fine and spectacular steamboat design.
Milgram No. 646 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 848U.S. Gun Boat Itasca, corner card on orange cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by "New Orleans La., Aug 11 '64" cds to Great Falls N.H., ex-Milgram (J.W.M.).
Milgram No. 663 Estimate $200 - 300.
During the Civil War soldier's mail could be sent due if the envelopes bore the designation "soldier's letter" signed by an officer or chaplain. Ship mail could also be sent due as "naval letters" if signed by the executive officer of the vessel. This cover from the "Itasca" was prepared for this usage, but it was mailed prepaid with a stamp. "Itasca" was a screw-driven gun boat, yet was fully rigged as a schooner. She was launch Oct. 1, 1861 and was sunk by a Confederate torpedo (mine) at the famous naval engagement at Mobile Bay, Ala.
Lot 849Packet James Hewitt, red illustrated circular handstamp showing steamboat, on blue Nov. 7th 1850 folded letter to New Orleans La., endorsed "Per James Hewitt" at top left, Very Fine, ex-Milgram (J.W.M.).
Milgram No. 670 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THIS DECORATIVE AND RARE ILLUSTRATED HANDSTAMP.
Lot 850Regular Packet Kenton, illustrated corner card on orange cover with original enclosed letter datelined "Str Kenton, Mar 24 1861" to Shawneetown Ill.; light stain spot and letter split, F.-V.F., ex-Milgram (J.W.M.).
Milgram No. 751 Estimate $150 - 200.