Lot 4470(Petersburg & Roanoke Railroad) Petersburg & Roanoke R.R. Jun. 27, two strikes of route agent's cds struck at left on blue folded cover to Richmond Va. bearing 1847 5¢ black brown (1a), four clear to large margins, tied by unusual pen cross cancel; small indentations affecting stamp, Very Fine and rare, Rarity IX (Extremely Rare), ex-Hahn.
Towle No. 305-E-1 Estimate $300 - 400.
THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED USE OF THIS RAILROAD MARKING ON THE 1847 ISSUE.
Lot 4471(Portsmouth & Roanoke Railroad) Portsmouth & Roanoke R.R. Jan. 6, well-struck brown route agent cds ties 3¢ dull red (11A), large margins to in at top, on blue folded letter datelined "Raleigh Jany. 5, 1855" to Edenton N.C., Very Fine strike of this scarce route agent cds, Rarity IX.
Towle No. 309-A-1 Estimate $500 - 750.
Carried outside the post from Raleigh to Weldon and put onto Route 2470. Carried 63 miles east to Suffolk for the post road south to Edenton. The Towle Jan. 1st tracing is partial, this example is far superior.
Lot 4472(Raleigh & Gaston Railroad) Raleigh & Gaston R.R., Aug 6, bold strike of green route agent cds on 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire to Scotland Neck, N.C.; some restoration, scarce and Very Fine appearance, Rarity VIII, ex-Chase.
Towle No. 309-C-2 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4473(Richmond & Danville Railroad) Richmond & Danville R.R., Jun 1, blue route agent cds on buff cover with blue Booker & Watkins Commission Merchants, Richmond Va. cameo corner card bearing 3¢ dull red (11A), jumbo margins, tied by manuscript "X" cancel to Drakes Branch Va.; light stain, otherwise Very Fine.
Towle No. 310-A-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Put onto Route 4854 and carried 81 miles from Richmond to Drakes Branch.
Lot 4474(Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad) Potomac Postal Cards, Dec, route agent cds duplex with grid cancel on 3¢ pink (U59) buff entire with Dover Coal & lron Co., Richmond Va. corner card to New York N.Y., Very Fine, Rarity V.
Towle No. 305-V-1 Estimate $150 - 200.
Put onto Route 4402 and carried by the combined railroad and steamboat route for Washington. Routed via Baltimore and Philadelphia to New York.
Lot 4475(Roanoke & Petersburg Railroad) Roanoke & Petersburg R.R. Apr. 24., bluish black cds on 3¢ red (U10) Nesbitt buff entire to Suffolk Va., F.-V.F., Rarity X (Unique), ex-Wyer, Towle, Hannen.
Towle No. 305-G-1 Estimate $500 - 750.
THIS IS THE TOWLE LISTING EXAMPLE AND IS REPORTEDLY UNIQUE.
Lot 4476(Savannah & Charleston Railroad) C. & Savannah R.R., Nov 2, clear strike of cds with matching four-ring target cancels tie two 3¢ ultramarine (114) singles, on cover to Charleston S.C.; small cover tear, Very Fine and scarce.
Towle No. 350-B-1 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4477(Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad) Sead. & Roan. R.R., partial strike cancels 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire to Suffolk, Va., Very Fine and rare, Rarity IX, ex-Wyer, Towle, Hannen.
Towle No. 309-B-1 Estimate $500 - 750.
Put onto Route 2470 on April 16th circa 1854 and carried to Suffolk located 17 miles from Portsmouth and 68 miles from Weldon.
Lot 4478(South Carolina Railroad) "SoCa R R, May 19", manuscript railroad postmark on blue folded cover bearing 5¢ red brown (1), tied by two strikes of red circular grids, addressed to Sumterville S.C., charge box notation; horizontal crease affects 5¢ F.-V.F., ex-Karrer; with 1980 P.F. certificate.
Towle No. 336-A-1 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
A RARE SOUTH CAROLINA RAILROAD AGENT USE BEARING THE 1847 ISSUE USE.
Carried north on Route 3104 to Columbia for transfer on the 45 mile post road to Sumterville.
Lot 4479(South Carolina Railroad) South Carolina Railroad, Office of the General Superintendent, Charleston S.C., all-over illustrated shaded ad cover showing steam locomotive bearing 3¢ dull red (26), cancelled by black grid cancel, matching bold "Charleston S.C. Nov 5" cds to New York N.Y., Extremely Fine and attractive.
Estimate $300 - 400.
The South Carolina Railroad was chartered December 10th 1827 as Charleston & Hamburg R.R., initial 6 miles completed in 1829, and the first U.S. mails carried by rail on December 1st 1831. Line completed to Hamburg in October 1833, and branches to Columbia in 1840 and Camden in September 1848. As the railroad post system grew in sophistication, several datestamps were procured along with ratemarks and cancels.