Lot 4222(New Jersey Railroad & Transportation Co.) NY, bold blue handstamp in circle with matching "5" in double circle rate handstamp on blue folded cover to Washington D.C., Very Fine.
Towle No. 240-Sp-c var. Estimate $300 - 400.
It is believed by most authorities that this marking to have been applied to New York-Philadelphia mail carried by railroad and posted at convenience boxes at stations or ferry terminals. They were probably postmarked by post office clerks at New York. They occur at an early period when there were contract difficulties between the P.O.D. and the New Jersey railroads. Most of these examples predate the January 1847 appointment of the first route agent on the New York-Philadelphia route.
This is similar to Towle 240-Sp-c, however the rate handstamp on this cover is a double circle not a single circle.