Lot 4395(Knox & Lincoln Railroad) K. & L. R.R., Aug 30, route agent cds duplex with cork cancel tying 3¢ green (158) on cover to Gorham, Me., cancelled by cork, blue oval "Steamer Ulysses, Aug. 30, 1876" waterway oval, cover slightly reduced at right, 3¢ corner crease, Fine, an unusual steamboat and railroad combination.
Towle No. 8-B-1 Estimate $100 - 150.
Envelope initially carried by the "Ulysses" to Rockland, running Route 246 of 72 miles from Sullivan via Vinal Haven. Put onto Route 13 at Rockland for Bath to receive the Route Agent's date stamp. Transferred at Bath south to Portland for the post road west to Gorham.
The "Ulysses" of 239 tons built in 1864 was stranded and lost at Rockland on October 1st 1878.
Lot 4396(Naugatuck Railroad) Naugatuck R.R., Oct 2, red-orange route agent cds with matching "Paid" handstamp at center and criss-cross strikes cancel 5¢ red brown (1), beautiful shade, large margins to touched, on orange buff cover endorsed "North Amherst Post Office" to Sunderland Mass.; some edge wear, Very Fine and rare, Rarity VII.
Towle No. 87-A-1 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
A CHOICE 1847 ISSUE COVER WITH THE NAUGATUCK R.R. ROUTE AGENT CDS.
Put onto Route 689 on October 2nd 1849 and carried north to Winsted for Springfield and North Amherst.
Lot 4397(New Haven & Bellows Falls Railroad) N.H. & B. Falls R.R., Oct. 7, route agent cds ties 3¢ rose (65) on light yellow cover to Walpole, N.H.; minor cover wrinkles at right, Very Fine, Rarity V, This is the Towle Listing Example.
Towle No. 35-P-1 Estimate $300 - 400.
Put onto the route somewhere between New Haven & Bellows Falls and carried through to Walpole located 5½ miles south of Bellows Falls on October 7th circa 1861.
The mail car running between New Haven and Bellows Falls ran on all or parts of four different contracts. The full route length was 137 miles, payment being apportioned relative to the mileage on each section of the route.
Lot 4398(New Haven & New London Railroad) N. Haven & N. London R.R., Jan 6, excellent strike of route agent cds cancels 1853-55 3¢ Nesbitt entire, horizontally laid paper (U1) entire to Great Barrington, Mass.; part of flap torn away and small defect at top right with some tape on reverse showing through, Very Fine, Rarity VIII.
Towle No. 70-C-1 Estimate $500 - 750.
AN ATTRACTIVE USAGE OF THIS RAILWAY MARKING ON A VERY RARE NESBITT ENTIRE (UPSS 1A $3500).
Put onto Route 602 in January and carried west to New Haven for Springfield and Great Barrington.
Lot 4399(New Haven & Springfield Railroad) N. Haven & Springfield R.R., Nov. 3, light strike of red cds with magenta "PAID" with pointing hand handstamp and bearing 5¢ red brown (1), four mostly large margins, tied by pencil cancel on blue 1848 folded cover to Boston Mass., Very Fine and scarce railroad usage, Rarity VI, ex-Wagshal.
Towle No. 80-A-1 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
THE ALEXANDER BOOK ONLY RECORDS THREE 5¢ AND ONE 10¢ 1847 ISSUE USES ON THIS RAILROAD.
Cover put onto Route 685 for 26 miles to Springfield for transfer east to Boston.
Lot 4400(New Haven to Bellows Falls Route) N. Hav. & Bellows Falls R.R., Feb 1, sharp strike of route agent cds ties 3¢ dull red (26), center s.e. at left, on orange cover to New Haven, Conn.; side flaps missing, reduced slightly at left, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, Rarity VIII.
Towle No. 35-D-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Put onto the route somewhere between Bellows Falls and New Haven on February 1st circa 1860.
This route agent cds was used over the Hartford & New Haven Railroad (Route 940), Connecticut River Railroad (Route 702), Vermont & Massachusetts Railroad (Route 691) and Vermont Valley Railroad (Route 477).
Lot 4401(New Haven to Greenfield Railroad) N. Haven & Greenfield R.R., Sep 10, clear route agent cds with matching bold circular grid cancel on 3¢ dull red (11A), tied by tiny bit of manuscript on light gray cover to Portland, Conn., Very Fine and choice, ex-Hicks.
Towle No. 35-E-1 Estimate $150 - 200.
Envelope put onto Route 939 on September 10th circa 1853 and carried to Hartford for the 14 mile post road south to Portland on the Connecticut River.
Lot 4402(New London, Willimantic & Palmer Railroad) New London, W & P R.R., Mar 15, ultramarine route agent cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A) on blue 1853 folded letter to Ware, Mass.; vertical file folds, Very Fine and rare, Rarity IX in Ultramarine, ex-Hicks, Wyer.
Towle No. 82-B-1 Estimate $400 - 600.
Interesting letter datelined "N.L.W. and Palmer R.R. Office, New London 14 March 1853" reading "Some of the New London capitalists are becoming interested in the establishing of a line of packets between this port and New Orleans, and propose in case they can find reasonable encouragement to build 3 or 4 first class vessels for that trade…"
Lot 4403(New London, Willimantic & Palmer Railroad) New London, W. & P. R.R., Dec 18, greenish blue route agent cds ties 3¢ orange brown (10A), rich vibrant color, virtually four margins, on 1851 folded letter datelined "New London Dec 15th 1851" to Hartford Conn.; stamp with light vertical crease, Very Fine and attractive.
Towle No. 82-B-1 Estimate $150 - 200.
Put onto Route 712 at New London and carried 36 miles north to Willimantic. Transferred west on the Hartford, Providence & Fishkill R.R. to Hartford.
Lot 4404(New York & New Haven Railroad) N.Y. & Boston R.P.O., two strikes of railroad post office datestamp ties 1¢ blue (63) strip of three on Adams Express Co., Meriden Conn. corner card light buff cover to Bridgeport Conn.; barely reduced at right, Very Fine.
Towle No. 80-B-Unlisted Estimate $300 - 400.