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The Daniel R. Seigle Collection of Transportation Covers


The Daniel R. Seigle Collection of Transportation




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Lot 1
1851 Letter Detailing Cross-Country Journey by Waterway, folded letter with a red June 9 Jersey City, N.J. c.d.s. and matching "10" rate on a three-page folded letter to Potosi, Mo.; letter is a marvelous account of a trip from St. Louis to New York via Steamer and Canal Boat with plenty of details, ranging from an onboard cholera outbreak to terrible food and overcrowded accommodations, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $250.
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Lot 2

[Alabama River] Steamer MARY, John Quill, Master, Alabama River, Apr 18 1880, nice strike of a blue sawtoothed oval on a 1¢ postal card (UX5) canceled with a mostly clear Apr 17 SELMA & MOBILE RIV. AGT. quartered cork duplex; to Selma, Ala. with an Apr 19 receiving c.d.s. at the left; slight abrasions and spindle hole at the right, Very Fine. A rare combination.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $120.
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Lot 3

[Arkansas & Mississippi Rivers] "Route 7505, June 13 '71", manuscript postmark on a small mourning cover franked with a pen-canceled 3¢ green (147); opening tear along left edge, Fine; includes original letter datelined Heckatoo, Ark. Route 7505 ran between Memphis, Tenn. and Pine Bluff, Ark.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 4

[Cape Fear River] W & C. RIVER RT., mostly clear Dec 13 c.d.s. with a target-canceled, slightly faulty 3¢ green (158) on a Wilmington, N.C. Commission Merchant's corner card cover to Harrington, N.C.; reduced a bit at the right, Fine to Very Fine, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle H-25-a, RF VII.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $110.
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Lot 5

[Cape Fear River] W.& F. RIVER RT., N.C., clear c.d.s., Sep 2, 1879, with a fancy Maltese cross tying a 3¢ green (184) on a Wilmington corner card cover to Harrington, N.C.; reduced somewhat at the right, Fine. "W & F" is Wilmington & Fayetteville.
Towle H-25-a, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $153.
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Lot 6

[Chesapeake Bay] BALT. & FREEPORT, AGT., mostly clear c.d.s., Aug 5 (1878) on a 3¢ green entire (U159) with a quartered cork cancel; original letter datelined Point Pleasant, Va., to Yalesville, Ct.; reduced slightly at the left, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 7

[Columbia River] THE D. & PORTL'D AGT., mostly clear May 21 c.d.s. on a small marvelous cover franked with a 1¢ gray blue (206) tied by one of two strikes of "Hood River, Wasco County, Oregon, May 21 1880" double-lined c.d.s. duplexed with a fancy five-point star; addressed locally to Hood River with several "MISSENT" handstamps on the front and back and five additional strikes of the steamboat c.d.s. on the back. The black "mourning" border was added by hand in pencil; reduced slightly at the right, Fine to Very Fine.
Towle V-9-a, RF IV.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $325.
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Lot 8

[Columbia River] O.S.N. CO. DALLES (Oregon Steam Navigation Co.), bold Aug 11 oval on a clean cover addressed to the company's Chief Engineer in Portland; couple small opening tears at top, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $160.
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Lot 9

[Great Lakes] Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co., a gorgeous illustrated advertising cover featuring a large steamer with a "D & C" logo beside a frog in the foreground franked with a 2¢ carmine (634) tied by a Buffalo, N.Y. duplex, Sep 3, 1930; the back features a Map of the Great Lakes and showing the D & C routes from Detroit to Chicago, Cleveland & Buffalo, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $190.
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Lot 10

[Great Lakes] Detroit & Cleveland Steam Navigation Co., an impressive illustrated advertising cover featuring a large steamer in a stormy sea with the legend "Lake Huron/ Lake Erie" and corner imprint "Str. City of Mackinac, Foot of Wayne St.", franked with a 2¢ red brown (210) tied by a clear Detroit "2" duplex handstamp, Aug 18, 1885, to Pierce, O. and backstamped at Cleveland the next day, reduced slightly at the right, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 11

[Great Lakes] Detroit & Cleveland Steam Navigation Co., a very attractive illustrated advertising cover featuring a large steamer in an ornate frame with a "D & C" logo franked with a 2¢ carmine (267) tied by a Detroit duplex, Apr 26, 1896, locally addressed to Detroit and backstamped the next day, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 12

[Great Lakes] Detroit & Cleveland Steam Navigation Co., a very attractive illustrated advertising cover featuring a large steamer in an ornate frame with a "D & C" logo franked with a 2¢ red (267) canceled with a clear Detroit Barry machine cancel, Jun 16, 1896, addressed locally and backstamped the same day, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $140.
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Lot 13

[Great Lakes] Detroit & Cleveland Steamboat Line., D. Carter, Agent; a pretty corner card cover franked with a nice 2¢ black, F grill (93) tied by a Jul 24 Detroit duplex and by a "Returned to Writer" oval handstamp, addressed locally, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $160.
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Lot 14

[Great Lakes] Detroit and Cleveland Navigation Co., Detroit & Buffalo Line/Cleveland & Toledo Line, a marvelous illustrated advertising cover featuring 11 Great Lakes steamers, franked with a 3¢ carmine Schermack (409) tied by a Detroit machine cancel, Jun 19, 1914, to Indianapolis, Ind. and redirected to Wellsville, Mo. with a Jun 20 Indianapolis duplex; reduced just a tad at the right, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $170.
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Lot 15

[Great Lakes] Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Co., a pretty illustrated advertising cover featuring a large Ferry Boat underway, franked with a 2¢ red (279B) tied by a Detroit machine cancel, Jan 18, 1902, to Amherstburg, Ont., Canada; top flap missing, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $160.
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Lot 16

[Great Lakes] E.B. Ward's Steam Boat Office, Detroit, Mich., a gorgeous embossed cameo-style illustrated corner card in red on the flap of a pristine cover franked with a nearly four-margined 3¢ dull red (11) tied by a light "Detroit, Mich., 3 Paid, Feb 29" c.d.s., to Grand Rapids, Mich; Extremely Fine and choice (the flap is unsealed!).
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 17

[Great Lakes] E.B. Ward's Steam Boat Office, Detroit, Mich., the same embossed cameo-style illustrated corner card as the preceding lot, this one in blue as a traditional corner card on a cover franked with a 3¢ dull red type I (25) tied by a mostly clear "Detroit, Mich., 3 Paid, Oct 3" c.d.s., to Grand Rapids, Mich; minor damp staining at right, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $190.
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Lot 18

[Great Lakes] Escanaba and Lake Michigan Transportation Co., choice corner card cover with large illustration of a three-masted steamer in pale brown, franked with a 2¢ green 213 tied by a clear Chicago, Ill. Station "19" duplex, Sep 28, 1888, to Erie, Pa., backstamped Erie the next day, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Unsold
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Lot 19

[Great Lakes] Grummond's Mackinac Line, Steamers FLORA & ATLANTIC, pristine advertising cover similar to the preceding lot with the illustration of the Flora in pale greenish gray, franked with a 2¢ green 213 tied by a bold Detroit, Mich. Station "1" duplex, Sep 21 (1888), to Erie, Pa. (typed address in blue has almost completely faded away, but backstamped Erie the next day); reduced slightly at the right, still Extremely Fine.
Milgram 461.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Unsold
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Lot 20

[Great Lakes] STEAMBOAT, fancy ribbon handstamp on an 1852 folded letter franked with a nearly four-margined 3¢ orange brown type II (10A) - left inner line only recut - tied by a "Detroit, Mich., May 19" c.d.s.; letter datelined Newport (Mich.?) to Blockville, N.Y.; slightly soiled, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Unsold
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Lot 21

[Great Lakes] STEAMER NORTH STAR, Sep 2, 1865, blue c.d.s. on a 3¢ pink letter sheet (U36) canceled with a "Detroit Mich., Sep 1865, 2" target duplex and bearing an oval "STEAMBOAT, DUE 2 CTS" handstamp; letter datelined St. Clair (Mich.), to Detroit, Very Fine.
Milgram 1174.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $400.
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Lot 22

[Great Lakes] Steamer NORTH STAR, Lake Superior Line printed schedule for "Grand Pleasure Excursions" between Cleveland and Detroit, July-November, 1858 on a small illustrated letterhead, enclosed in a pristine cover franked with an Extremely Fine 1¢ blue type V (24) tied by a bold Jul 8 Cleveland c.d.s.; to Orwell, Vt. and redirected to Brandon, Vt.; a choice, Extremely Fine presentation.
Milgram 229.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $140.
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Lot 23

[Great Lakes] Steamer NORTHWEST, Detroit & Cleveland Steam Nav'n Co. blue framed datestamp, Jul 8, 1882, perfectly struck (with another perfect strike on the reverse) on a cover franked with a 5¢ brown (205) tied by a Jul 10 Cleveland, O. grid duplex handstamp; corner card also for the Northwest; to Six Mile Cross, Ireland; backstamped Dublin (Jul 23), Berach (Jul 24) and Sixmile Cross (Jul 24), includes original letter; reduced slightly at the right, small stain at the upper right, otherwise Very Fine. Unlisted by Milgram.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $120.
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Lot 24

[Great Lakes] Steamer SEA BIRD, Ward's Lake Superior Line, Jun 16, 1860 perfectly struck red c.d.s. with black "STEAMBOAT" straightline handstamp on a cover franked with a 3¢ dull red (26) tied by a light "Detroit, Mich., 3 Paid, Jun 18, 1860" c.d.s., to Putnam, Ill.; reduced somewhat at the right, slightly refreshed, stamp creased; still a Fine looking example of this exceedingly rare Lake Superior Steamer marking.
Milgram 1264.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Unsold
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Lot 25

[Great Lakes] Stm'r CITY OF CLEVELAND, Mich. Central R.R. Line, Trip 41 (Aug 14, 1857) large oval handstamp (date not struck up) ties a 3¢ dull red type I (25)—cut from sheet with scissors showing all four frame lines—on an amber cover with straightline "STEAM BOAT" and Aug 15 Cleveland c.d.s., to Erie, Pa.; includes original letter with Duncan's Central Brewery, "opposite the Michigan Central R.R. Depot" letterhead, Very Fine. Said to be one of only two recorded examples of this marking.
Milgram 229.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $550.
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Lot 26

[Great Lakes] STR. GEO. SANFORD, JR., perfectly struck magenta straightline on a cover franked with a 2¢ orange brown (210) tied by a bold grid with a "Manistee, Mich., Jul 28, 1887" c.d.s. alongside; to Delaware, O. and backstamped there the next day; light soiling, stamp damaged, Fine.
Milgram Unlisted.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 27

[Hudson River] N.Y. & ST. GEO., R.P.O., clear Sep 4 c.d.s. with quartered cork cancel tying a 2¢ green (213) on a cover to Fairfield, Cal.; tiny corner tear at the lower right, Very Fine. This six-mile Ferry Boat route to Staten Island is one of the shortest of all R.P.O. routes.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $120.
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Lot 28

[Kanawha River] "Route Agt/April 5", manuscript postmark with a pen-canceled 3¢ green (147) on a cover to West Virginia Governor John J. Jacob in Charleston; includes the original letter, datelined Winfield, W.V., informing the governor of the arrests of two men, "Botsford" and "Taylor", and inquiring as to how the reward might be collected; reduced somewhat at the right, Ex-Towle and the listing example.
Towle O-2-a, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 29

[Lake Champlain] LAKE CHAMPLAIN, S.B., Very Fine 25mm Jul 24 c.d.s. with a target cancel tying a 3¢ green (158) on a cover to Sterling, Ill.; just a bit of light toning, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Towle and the listing example; illustrated on page 408.
Towle F-1-b, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 30

[Lake Ponchartrain & Amete River] N.O. & PT. VINCENT, R.P.O., clear c.d.s., Feb 13, 1894, duplexed with a quartered cork cancel on a 2¢ Columbian entire (U349) to New Orleans and backstamped there the next day, Very Fine, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $110.
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Lot 31

[Michigan] DETROIT AND ALGONAC STEAMBOAT, RURAL FREE DELIVERY SERVICE, two types: 1.) large c.d.s., Jun 9, 1899 (Towle Q-3-d, RF IV), tying a 2¢ red (267) on a cover to Ann Arbor, Mich.; and 2.) a violet dotted-frame handstamp (unlisted), Jun 25 (1901) on reverse of a cover from Ypsilanti to Star Island, St. Clair Flats, Mich. alongside a Detroit Transit handstamp, Very Fine. An excellent pair of covers from this Lake St. Clair Steamboat Service.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 32

[Lake St. Clair, St. Clair River] Detroit & Algonac Steamboat, Rural Free Del. Service, mostly clear violet dotted-frame handstamp, Aug 4 (1900) on Private Mailing Card franked with a 1¢ green (279) tied by a Detroit machine cancel, Aug 3, 1900; addressed locally but forwarded the next day to St. Clair Flats with a Detroit duplex and the Detroit & Algonac handstamp; the back of the card features a gorgeous multicolor illustration promoting the 11th Annual Convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers with the legend, "The Only Free Marine Delivery Service in the World", Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $250.
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Lot 33

[Mississippi & River] "Steamer Mt. Vernon", dateline with "Mississippi River, June 7 1847" on a folded letter postmarked manuscript "Cairo-Ill. June 8" and manuscript "10" to Boston, Mass.; the highly readable letter tells of the writer's voyage from Natchez, aboard the "Steamer 'Missouri' - called the finest boat on the Mrs. Hippy River" to Cairo, Ill., and his plans to continue on to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh on Ohio River Steamers, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $200.
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Lot 34

[Mississippi River] 1851, 3¢ orange brown, type II (Scott 10A), a pretty four-margin single tied on piece by a near-perfect strike of the blue "Due WAY 1¢" framed grid of Mobile, Ala., Very Fine to Extremely Fine. A remarkable example of this rare Mississippi River steamer marking (Simpson RF 9).
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $375.
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Lot 35

[Mississippi River] BAYOU SARA & BAT. ROUGE AGT., clear c.d.s., Jun 12, 1884 on a 2¢ red entire (U231) to Greensburgh, La.; reduced slightly at left with light foxing, Fine and rare. Unlisted Mississippi River steamboat marking on an 1882 cover to Greensburgh, La.; some cover soiling and edge creases, Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Unsold
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Lot 36

[Mississippi River] "NO&WR, Mch 26 /79", bold manuscript postmark on a 3¢ green entire (U163) to Port Barré, La., with manuscript steamer name, "Fanchon", in the hand of the sender; stain at lower right and on reverse, reduced slightly at right, otherwise Very Fine. "NO & WR" is New Orleans & White River (Arkansas).
Estimate $150 - 200.
Unsold
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Lot 37

[Mississippi River] Passenger Packet MONARCH, Cincin'ti, Louisville, Cairo, Memphis, Vicksburgh & N. Orleans. Large corner card on cover franked with a 3¢ brownish carmine (11) tied by a New Orleans c.d.s., May 26, 1857, to Baltimore; stamp shows adjacent stamps on two sides but cut is in on the other two, minor stains, Fine to Very Fine, Ex-Risvold.
Milgram 924.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $275.
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Lot 38

[Mississippi River] Passenger Steamer RUTH, St. Louis, Cairo & New Orleans. Fabulous illustrated corner card in green on cover franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a clear "Memphis Tenn., May 13" double-circle datestamp and target duplex, to Georgetown, D.C.; a bit soiled with slight edge faults, top flap mostly missing, stamp with perforation flaws; still attractive and desirable.
Milgram 1227.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $275.
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Lot 39

[Mississippi River] Pr Steamer. HARRY OF THE WEST, perfectly struck two-line handstamp on folded letter datelined New Orleans, March 23, 1844; to St. Louis, endorsed manuscript "pr Harry of the West" with manuscript "25" rate; light file fold just touches the marking, still Extremely Fine and choice. No more than four examples are recorded, Ex-Risvold.
Milgram 585.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

Harry of the West [a nickname for Henry Clay] was a side-wheeler of 490 tons built in 1843, but there is no information as to where she was built or her final disposition.
Realized $1,900.
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Lot 40

[Mississippi River] Steamer ANDY JOHNSON, Saint Louis and Keokuk Packet Company. Steamboat illustrated corner card in green on a cover franked with a 3¢ rose (65) canceled by multiple red pencil strokes; to Iowa City, with original letter on a matching (purple) illustrated letterhead, written while on board the Andy Johnson at Keokuk Landing, August 5, 1866; entered the mails as a way letter with penciled "Way/Aug 6/66" notation; forwarded to Iowa City via the Mississippi & Missouri Railroad as per manuscript "M & M R.R., Iowa/Aug 7, 1866" Route Agent's notation (702-Q-3, RF IV), Very Fine. A most interesting and unusual usage, Ex-Risvold.
Milgram 52.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

The
Andy Johnson was a side-wheeler of 844 tons built in 1866 at Madison, Indiana for the Keokuk Packet Company. She was crushed in an ice gorge at St. Louis on December 13, 1876.
Realized $2,100.
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Lot 41

[Ohio & Mississippi Rivers] LOUISVILLE & ST. LOUIS MAIL ROUTE, bold, complete and well-struck May 7 fancy blue Shield ties a four-margined 3¢ dull red type II (11A) on a small cover to Boston; manuscript "Mail direct" notation; an Extremely Fine example of this rare steamboat marking, Ex-Beane, with 2010 P.F. certificate.
Towle O-22-b, RF IX.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $1,900.
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Lot 42

[Ohio & Mississippi Rivers] Passenger Steamer GOLDEN RULE, Cincinnati, Louisville and New Orleans. Steamboat illustrated red & blue corner card on cover franked with a 2¢ pink (267a) tied by a "Covington Ky., May 7, 2 PM, 98" duplex; to Glendale, O.; backstamped Cincinnati (May 7) and Glendale (May 9), Very Fine.
Milgram Unlisted.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 43

[Ohio River] PARK & GAL. RIVER AGT., blue Jul 23 c.d.s. with matching "OK" canceling a 3¢ green (158) on a cover to Gallipolis, O.; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $350.
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Lot 44

[Ohio River] Steamer SUNSHINE (Scott 230), attractive illustrated corner card cover for the Louisville & Jeffersonville (Ind.) Ferry Company franked with a 1¢ Columbian (230) tied by a Louisville Ky. oval; addressed locally to the Masonic Temple in Louisville, Very Fine. Unlisted by Milgram. An outstanding Columbian advertising cover.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $120.
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Lot 45

[Ohio River] U.S. Mail Packet RAINBOW, Louisville, Evansville, and Henderson. Pretty illustrated advertising cover from Louisville to Plympton, Mass. franked with a pair of cork-canceled 3¢ green (184) alongside a Dec 10 Louisville c.d.s.; includes original four-page letter from a Louisville merchant to his wife; stamps with slight perforation flaws due to edge placement, Fine.
Milgram 229.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $170.
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Lot 46

[Potomac River] "Potomac Boat, Aug 15", manuscript postmark on an 1841 folded letter to Oatland Mills, Va.; vertical file fold, Very Fine and very rare. Letter relates details of the passing of the writer's father.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $475.
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Lot 47

[Potomac River] POTOMAC STEAMBOAT, mostly clear red Sep 9 (1847) c.d.s. with matching "FREE" on a folded letter to Mt. Holly, N.J., Fine to Very Fine. The letter, on the letterhead of a Richmond, Va. Pension Agent and datelined "Steamer Augusta", seeks clarification for a pension claimed by a soldier's widow.
Towle G-21-a, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $170.
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Lot 48

[Potomac River] POTOMAC STEAMBOAT, light May 18 (1854) c.d.s. ties a three-margin 3¢ dull red (11A) on a folded letter from Alexandria, Va. to Boston, Fine to Very Fine.
Towle G-21-a, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 49

[Tennessee River] "Chatta & Kings Creek R R, 7-18-/79" (Chattanooga & Kings Creek River Route) manuscript postmark ties a 3¢ green (184) on an illustrated advertising cover for the Buckeye Mower & Table Rake, to Washington, Tenn. with original letter on matching letterhead; reduced somewhat at the left, otherwise Very Fine.
Towle O-28-a, RF V.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $110.
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