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Sale 97: The Westpex Sale

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Railroad, Packets and Waterway Markings

Lots 937-946 Lots 947-951

Lot 937    

(Railroad) Watertown & Rome R.R., Nov 1, sharp strike of route agent cds with matching "5" in circle rating handstamp on 1853 folded letter from Camden N.Y. to Oneida Depot, N.Y., Very Fine, Rarity VI.
Towle No. 102-C-1    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $280

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Lot 938    

1815 Post Office Circular - Steamboat Mail Service on the Hudson River, printed circular signed by Postmaster Return J. Meigs, General Post Office, March 21, 1815 to Post Office at Athens, N.Y. with brown "Washn City" cds and matching "Free" rating handstamp to the Athens, N.Y. Postmaster, circular clarifying non-contract ship rates and announcing the letting of contracts for steamboat service on the Hudson River, aged folds, Very Fine and rare, a wonderful item which must have seen very limited circulation., ex-Eggen.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Realized: $1,600

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Lot 939    

Steamer America, red oval handstamp and "pr. 'America' " endorsement on gray folded letter datelined "New Orleans, May 1st 1849" to St. Louis Mo. care of B.H. Randolph, entered mails with red "St. Louis Mo. '10' May 10" integral-rate cds readdressed to Boston Mass., Very Fine and scarce, ex-Rohloff, Milgram (J.W.M. backstamp).
Milgram No. 45    Estimate $300 - 400.

Realized: $300

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Lot 940    

Detroit & Cleveland Steamboat Line, D. Carter Agent, Detroit, Mich., framed corner card on orange cover bearing 2¢ black, grilled (93) cancelled by cork duplexed with "Detroit Mich., Jul 1" cds on locally address cover, apparently advertised with "Jul 1" handstamp and "Returned to Writer" oval, Extremely Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $280

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Lot 941    

Detroit "Steamboat", neat strike of fancy scroll handstamp with matching "Detroit, Mich. Aug 24" cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A), four margins, on blue lettersheet with woodcut St. Clair Foundry illustrated design datelined "St. Clair, Aug 24th/54" to Detroit, Mich., F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $190

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Lot 942    

Steamer Kate Kearney, red octagonal handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "St. Louis July 19th 1851" to Alexandria Mo., care notation at left and receipt docketing at top; some fold toning, F.-V.F. and rare, This is the Milgram listing example..
Milgram No. 745    Estimate $500 - 750.

The "Kate Kearney" was owned by the St. Louis & Keokuk Packet Company and ran the 4832 contract route from St. Louis to Galena (shortened in Sept. 1852 to terminate at Keokuk). The letter states "I concluded you would not get an answer by telegraph any sooner than by the Kate this evening".

Exhibit Page.

Realized: $950

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Lot 943    

Regular Missouri River Passenger Packet Minnehaha, corner card with stamp holder on buff cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) tied by "Cairo, Ill., Dec 25, 1857" to Cincinnati, Ohio; some edge wear and small flaws at top from opening, reverse stained, F.-V.F.
Milgram No. 895    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS STEAMBOAT MIN-NE-HA-HA CORNER CARD COVER.

The Min-ne-ha-ha was built in 1857 and plied the waters of the Missouri River 1857-62. She was sold and used in New Orleans until she caught fire and was destroyed May 13, 1865. The Missouri River only had two contracted routes, these being on Routes 9029 and 10409 operating between Jefferson City and St. Joseph from July 1857 to June 1859.

We offered the other example of this Steamboat Min-Ne-Ha-Ha corner card in our Sale 57 of the Hugh Feldman collection where it realized $3,105, which at the time was believed unique until the example offered here surfaced.

Realized: $1,600

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Lot 944    

Steamer Ulysses, blue oval handstamp with "Aug 14, 1876" date on corner card cover to Providence, R.I., franked with 3¢ Banknote tied by waffle grid handstamp, matching "Bar Harbor, Me., Aug 14, 1876" cds, Very Fine; with 1998 A.P.S. certificate.
Milgram No. 1394    Estimate $150 - 200.

Realized: $170

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Lot 945    

Detroit "Steamboat Due 2 Cts.", oval rating handstamp on circa 1862 orange cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by four-ring cancel, matching "Detroit, Mich, May 11" double-circle to Haddam Conn.; top edge tear, Very Fine and scarce, Treated as a ship letter with 2¢ added to the prepaid 3¢ letter rate..
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $170

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Lot 946    

Detroit "Steamboat Due 6 Cts.", oval rating handstamp on orange cover bearing 3¢ rose (65), s.e. at left, tied by four-ring cancel duplexed with "Detroit, Mich, Jul 3, 1864" double-circle to Grant, Mich.; couple toned perfs, fresh and F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $170

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