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Passenger Receipt, Printed Form, Finest One [158903]

Currency:USD Category:Artifacts / Shipwreck Artifacts Start Price:1,250.00 USD Estimated At:2,500.00 - 0.00 USD
Passenger Receipt, Printed Form, Finest One [158903]
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4,400.00USD+ (880.00) buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2022 Dec 03 @ 11:01UTC-8 : PST/AKDT
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This is the finest known of all the S.S. Central America passenger receipts on pre-printed US Mail Steamship Company forms coming from New York. // United States Mail Steamship Central America // boldly printed at top. It is one of about 359 passenger receipts for the trip from New York to Aspinwall, though not all are on these beautifully self-identified forms. Dated August 18, 1857, sails August 20, and datelined New York. Very few are clean, and even fewer are immaculate. This piece was hand-picked. It is for "Miss Ville....?", stateroom 30, berth 108. Collectors should be very excited by the discovery and conservation of these pre-printed "S.S. Central America" pieces. They are the only pre-printed pieces extant from "the Ship of Gold," and they are a remarkable treasure in themselves. Conserved by the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Andover, Mass. in 2018, and recovered from Purser Hull's safe in 2014.

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Provenance: SS Central America Collection