Lot 4443(Charlotte & South Carolina R.R.) Charlotte & S.C.R.R. Mar. 12, bold strike of route agent cds with matching bold "5" in circle rating handstamp on lady's embossed cover to Walton's Ford Ga., manuscript "Way" and "5" ratings, original 1855 contents from Rich Hill no longer accopmany; some wear, still Very Fine and rare railroad way use, ex-Towle, Hannen.
Towle No. 338-B-1 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 4444(East Tennessee & Georgia Railroad) E.T & G R.R., Sep 13, route agent cds on 3¢ red (U10) Nesbitt buff entire to Athens, Ga., 1854 docketing at left, F.-V.F. and scarce, Rarity VII.
Towle No. 500-B-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4445(East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad) East Tennessee & Va. R.R., Aug 5, bold route agent cds on 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire cancel by manuscript to Madisonville, Tenn.; some light soiling, Very Fine and rare, Rarity IX, ex-Towle, Hannen.
Towle No. 500-C-1 Estimate $300 - 400.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS ROUTE AGENT CDS.
Put onto Route 10063 on August 5th circa 1859 and carried west to Knoxville for transfer south to Madisonville.
Lot 4446(East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad) Bristol To Chatta. R.P.O., Dec 27, bold route agent cds with matching bold four-ring target cancel ties 3¢ ultramarine (114) on circa 1869 cover to Blountville, Tenn.; bit of flap missing, F.-V.F.
Towle No. 500-H-2 Estimate $150 - 200.
The East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia was a consolidation in 1869 of the East Tennessee & Virginia and the East Tennessee & Georgia Rail Roads. The 243 mile route between Bristol and Chattanooga via Knoxville was run under two contracts using a Railway Post Office car at $39,255 a year for a daily service.
Sent on R.P.O. car from Bristol 10 miles west to Blountville.
Lot 4447(East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad) Fullens E.T. & Va. R.R., Dec 9, 1869, blue station double-oval on cover bearing 3¢ ultramarine (114) tied by four-ring target cancel to Rogersville, E. Tenn., 1869 docketing at left; flap torn, F.-V.F. and rare, Rarity V.
Towle No. 500-S-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Envelope put onto Route 10001 at Fullens and carried 14 miles west to Rogersville Junction for transfer to the 14 mile branch line on Route 10003.
Lot 4448(Greenville & Columbia Railroad) Greenville & Columbia R.R., Feb 7, choice sharp strike of route agent cds cancels 3¢ red (U9) Nesbitt entire to Monticello; tiny edge tear at top, otherwise Extremely Fine and choice, Rarity V.
Towle No. 337-A-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Put onto Route 3102 and carried to Alston for the 10 mile post road to Monticello.
Lot 4449(Greenville & Columbia Railroad) Greenville & Columbia R.R., Oct 15, red route agent cds on 3¢ red (U1) Nesbitt entire with original 1856 Alston Depot, S.C. letter to Newberry, S.C., 1856 docketing at left, Very Fine, Rarity V.
Towle No. 337-A-1 Estimate $100 - 150.
Original enclosure dated "Alston Depo (sic) Oct 14th 1856" and addressed to Newberry located 22 miles west of Alton on Route 6001.
Lot 4450(Hempfield Railroad) Hempfield R.R., two covers with route agent cds strikes in blue and black, first circa 1863 cover with blue "Hempfield R.R. Oct 17" cds and matching open grid cancel tying faulty 3¢ rose (65) east to Washington Pa.; second with black "Hempfield R.R. Jan 25" cds with matching circular cancel ties 3¢ rose (65) to Fairmont W.V., carried east for transfer to the B&O to Fairmont, still Very Fine appearing and exceptionally rare railroad, Rarity X as Unique, both ex-Hannen, former also ex-Towle.
Towle No. 293-I-1 Estimate $500 - 750.
Hempfield Railroad a little 32½ mile railroad that had but one route agent in service for Route 2649 opening once daily for $3,234 a year, commencing Oct. 1, 1858. It ran from Washington, Pa. to Wheeling, Va. and was notable only for reaching its western terminus via a tunnel beneath a cemetery.
Lot 4451(Louisa and Virginia Central Railroad) Virginia Central R.R., Sep 16, bold route agent cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A) on blue folded cover to Charlotte C.H., Va.; some extra cds ink, F.-V.F. and exceptionally rare, Rarity IX.
Towle No. 303-B-2 Estimate $400 - 600.
September 16th circa 1852 east on Route 2429 to Richmond for transfer via Burkesville to Charlotte Court House.
Lot 4452(Louisa and Virginia Central Railroad) Virginia Central R.R., Sep 18, route agent cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A), four margins on cover to New York City, Very Fine and scarce, Rarity VIII.
Towle No. 303-B-1 Estimate $200 - 300.