Lot 21101852, 1¢ blue, type IV, large margins to touched, and 3¢ dull red (11), both tied by two strikes of "Savannah '3' Mar 25" integral rate cds on cover to Norton, Mass., matching "MAIL ROUTE" straightline handstamp, endorsed "Pr. N. York Steamer" at top left; some slight edge wear, F.-V.F., ex-Starnes & Feldman; with 2014 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
ONE OF ONLY EIGHT RECORDED SAVANNAH "MAIL ROUTE" COVERS THAT WAS STRUCK IN BLACK ON PREPAID COVERS.
Carried from Savannah on either the New York & Savannah Steam Navigation Company "Alabama" or "Florida" that operated Route 3413 from July 1851 to April 1855. Jordon P. Brooks was paid $7,500 a year for a three times a week service whilst the New York & Savannah Steam Navigation Company received $80 per round trip New York to Savannah.
It had been proposed that the stamp was applied at Savannah as a Way Letter mark. This cover confirms this with the additional 1¢ prepaying the way fee.