Sale 736



 
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 $2,280



 
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 $2,520



 
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 $2,280



 
Lot 54

1847 Oregon Trail Letter, a detailed, easily read three-page folded letter postmarked manuscript "Oregon Mo., July 19/47", but datelined July 11, Pacific Spring, at the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers; a very interesting account as the writer and his company of 18 wagons passes the continental divide, "changing the ascent for a descent". He tells of "the Pawnee indians - the worst tribe on the route" and of "the Sioux indians [who] stole one horse from our company & perpetrated some minor thefts but upon the whole are the finest specimens of the indians that I have seen". Also noted are a company of Mormon pioneers, with whom they traveled, and who had "all kinds of mathematical instruments & the most scientific means in the world with them" to determine altitude, longitude, latitude and barometric pressure. The letter was mailed by a "Mr. Finley of Illinois who spent some time in Oregon and is returning to the States (so called)", and who offered to drop the letter at the nearest post office. A marvelous letter with some internal splitting at the folds.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.

Realized $2,520



 
Lot 55



[Arizona] California & Arizona Stage Company, boxed corner card on a marvelous illustrated advertising cover to England featuring a three-horse team Stagecoach traveling through the mountains, franked with a pair of cork-canceled 3¢ green (158) with a light Prescott, Ariz. c.d.s., Oct 10 (1877) alongside; backstamped Croydon, England, Nov 13; most of top flap missing, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

This cover features the same illustration as that of the Barlow & Sanderson cover listed in the Colorado section.


Realized $1,800



 
Lot 57



[Arizona] Tucson and Tombstone Stage Line, Stage and Express Business, illustrated corner card featuring a Stagecoach on 3¢ green entire with a light cork cancel, to Providence R.I., backstamped Providence; slight wear, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.

Realized $1,560



 
Lot 60



[Colorado] Barlow & Sanderson's Southern Overland Mail and Express Co., Pueblo, Colo. Office, boxed corner card on a marvelous illustrated advertising cover featuring a three-horse team "B. & S. Overland U.S. Mail" Stagecoach traveling through the mountains, franked with a 3¢ green (158) tied by a quartered cork cancel and postmarked with a light Kansas City Mo. c.d.s., to Pierrepont Manor, N.Y., Very Fine, Ex-Baker, Beals.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

This cover features the same illustration as that of the California & Arizona Stage Co. listed in the Arizona section.


Realized $1,320



 
Lot 70

1869 Golden Spike Ceremony, letter dated Apr 19, 1869, on a Union Pacific Railroad letterhead from the Office of J.S. & D.T. Casement, Echo City, Utah; written by a C.C. Jennings to his family, describing his journey from Omaha to Promontory Point, U.T. for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad; Jennings is traveling aboard the Lincoln Car as a guest of Union Pacific executive, Sidney Dillon. He talks of traveling "with Jack", who could possibly be John "General Jack" Casement, of the aforementioned firm responsible for laying the last section of Union Pacific track from Omaha to Promontory Point, and whose wife, the former Frances Jennings, may have been the writer's sister, thus making Casement his brother-in-law, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

The Lincoln Car was completed in February of 1865 for the personal travel of the President. On the day Lincoln was assassinated, he had not yet responded to an invitation to ride in the car, thus its first use was to transport Lincoln's remains from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Ill. The car was subsequently purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad for the private use of its executives. Ironically, due to its large size, the car had to be removed from the train before reaching Promontory Point.


Realized $2,280



 
Lot 71

1870 Travel Pass for the Erie Railway, 3½" x 2¼" card signed by Jay Gould, beautifully engraved in red & black by the National Bank Note Co. and issued to "Mr. John Taylor, Genl. Frt. Agent, Lehigh Valley Rail Road Co."; the card is actually Revenue Stamped Paper, the reverse bearing the 5¢ Lincoln imprint in orange (RN-P5), Very Fine. A marvelous piece of Railroad history, particularly with Gould's signature.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Known for his questionable business practices, Jay Gould, perhaps more than any other, personified the late 19th-century image of the Robber Baron and corrupt Railroad tycoon. He once tried to corner the gold market and ultimately defeated the powerful Cornelius Vanderbilt for control of the Erie Railroad by bribing the New York state legislature to change the law. However, for all of his flaws, Gould was actually very successful at operating railroads, at one time controlling more than 10,000 miles of track, usually succeeding by merging smaller lines to serve direct connections to larger markets and cities. He also led Western Union to its dominance of the telegraph industry.


Realized $1,560



 
Lot 77



[Alaska] SAN FRAN. & YUKON, R.P.O., SOUTH, Very Fine c.d.s., Sep 2, 1899 on a small cover to Paris, France underfranked with a single 2¢ lake (219D); New York 15 centimes due handstamp and a partial October French entry c.d.s. with an Oct 2 New York transit marking on the reverse; addressed to the Paris Geographical Society and redirected twice to two different locations (second and third destinations on the reverse), each time receiving a French 30c Postage Due; U.S. stamp with a small tear, otherwise Very Fine. A remarkable cover with this rare Alaska R.P.O. marking to a foreign destination. Towle's listing example, Ex-Chase.
Towle X-1-a, RF IX.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

Realized $2,280



 
Lot 202



[New York] JARRETT & PALMER'S SPECIAL FAST TRANS-CONTINENTAL TRAIN, outstanding c.d.s., Jun 1, 1876, duplexed with a barred-ellipse "1" ties a 3¢ green (158) on a neat cover to Chicago, backstamped with a blue Jun 2 Chicago Carrier c.d.s.; bit of ink smear in address, still Very Fine. An excellent example of a cover off-loaded at the end of the first day's trip.
Towle SP-3, RF IX.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

Realized $1,800










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