Steaming ahead: Collection of steamboat covers could make waves, this weekend

As we've reported, the first section of Regency Superior's auction on March 19th -20th is expected to be led by a spectacular set of block of the 1908 Special Printing of the 5c Abraham Lincoln stamps, listed at $25,000.

Session II begins on Sunday, March 20th with a potent Postal History section that features the wonderful and valuable Steamboat Collection formed by the late Herbert E. Bohren, a well known St. Louis area collector.

80-lots of beautifully handstamped covers from the boats that carried mail up and down the Mississippi, Missouri, and Red Rivers during the mid-1800's are offered. Covers carried aboard the steamboats 'Sultana', 'Bunker Hill No. 3', 'S.B. Rapides', and many other notable river steamboats are distinguished by their unique markings.

Steamboat cover
Steamboat cover

A couple of the lots are accompanied by the consignor's beautiful pen & ink renderings of these vessels, maps and river scenes mounted on exhibit pages.

Session II concludes with Collections and Box Lots from the USA, British Commonwealth and other Foreign countries.

Among the offered lots is a fabulous world class mint collection of Niger Coast Protectorate being sold intact, replete with rarities with every surcharge bearing a new 2010 BPA Certificate.

This collection begins with the Oil Rivers Protectorate (Stanley Gibbons #1-6), continuing with the Old Calabar Provisionals, Half Penny and Shilling Provisional Surcharges, and ending with Niger Coast Protectorate proper and Opobo River Provisionals.

This is a once in a life time opportunity to acquire a great collection of this difficult and challenging British colony. The sale concludes with worldwide and topical collections featuring some big and valuable collections being offered intact as received.

The auction will be held in Missouri and online.

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