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The Westpex Sale #52

by Rumsey Auctions


1,044 lots | 1031 with images

April 26, 2013

47 Kearny Street

Suite 500

San Francisco, CA, 94108 USA

Phone: 00 1 415 781 5127

Fax: 00 1 415 781 5128

Email: srumsey@rumseyauctions.com

United States Postal History : 1837-1840, Pioneer

Lot 1053: United States Postal History : 1837-1840, Pioneer

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Description: United States Postal History : 1837-1840, Pioneer Steamships, group of five folded letters comprising 1837 Mar. 24 New York to London carried by the President; 1838 Oct. 25 Liverpool to New York carried by the Great Western; 1839 Jan. 25 London to New York carried by the Great Western; 1839 May 17 Liverpool to New York carried by the Great Western; and 1840 Apr. 30 London to New York carried by the British Queen; F.-V.F. group.

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United States Postal History : Great Western

Lot 1054: United States Postal History : Great Western

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Description: United States Postal History : Great Western Bristol Jun. 2nd - New York Jun. 17th 1838, folded May 31st letter from Birmingham to New York, docketed "from Store, pd 1/-" and "May 31st, pr Gr. Western", letter says "Be sure to send word by return of the Great Western", otherwise Very Fine, this was carried on the second voyage of the Great Western.

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United States Postal History : Sirius Final Return

Lot 1055: United States Postal History : Sirius Final Return

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Description: United States Postal History : Sirius Final Return Voyage, New York Jul. 1st - Plymouth Jul. 16th, 1838, folded Jun. 30 cover from New York, N.Y. to London, England, endorsed "pr. Sirius", flap with red "Ship-Letter/Plymouth" framed handstamp and red London (7.18.1838) arrival cds, manuscript due rating, Very Fine and choice, ex-Boettger. Sirius made only two roundtrip transatlantic sailings for the British and American Steam Navigation Company. The company chartered the Irish Sea steamer from the St. George Steam Packet Company in order to beat the "Great Western" for the first transatlantic steamship voyage.

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United States Postal History : Royal William

Lot 1056: United States Postal History : Royal William

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Description: United States Postal History : Royal William Maiden Voyage, Liverpool July 5th - New York July 24th 1838, folded July 4th letter from London to Washington, D.C., endorsed "Royal William Steam Boat 5 July", green "Forwarded by Coates & Co. London" oval backstamp, red "New York 'Ship' July 25" cds and manuscript "20¾" rating for 18¾¢ inland postage plus 2¢ ship fee; Fine and rare maiden voyage. Letter given to forwarding agent, Coates & Co. of London (green oval handstamp on reverse), who placed it directly in ship letter bags, avoiding post office ship letter charge. Letter carried on maiden voyage of Royal William, which made only three round voyages.

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United States Postal History : Royal William Final

Lot 1057: United States Postal History : Royal William Final

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Description: United States Postal History : Royal William Final Outbound & Return Voyage, two covers, Liverpool Dec. 15 1838 - New York Jan. 6 1839 folded Dec. 13th letter from Newcastle upon Tyne to Troy N.Y. endorsed "pr Steamer Royal William", red "Ship-Letter, Liverpool, 14 DE 1838" rimless crown datestamp and red manuscript "1/" shilling rating, red "New-York, Ship, Jan 6" cds and manuscript "20¾" ship rating; edgewear, New York Jan. 16 - Liverpool Feb. 3 1839, folded Jan. 7th cover Mess. Rothschild & Sons in London and endorsed "p Royal William", flap with "Liverpool/Ship Letter" two-line handstamp and red London (2.4) arrival cds; a Very Fine and rare Final Voyage pair. The "Royal William" made only three voyages for the City of Dublin Packet Company.

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