Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 1872-1873. Unbound. Both partially-printed certificates measure 15.5” x 21”. They are printed on heavy, stiff paper (almost like a faux parchment). Both are in nice shape with storage folds. The 1872 certificate records the sale of the Benwood from Joseph Davey (perhaps Joseph Davy, an early Allegheny river boat captain who lost his life in a steamboat explosion in 1882) to Eliza Snodgrass and William H. Brooks for $1,800. The certificate has a plain embossed Pittsburgh Notary Public handstamp and bears a pair of green and black $1 Internal Revenue stamps (Scott # R144). A 12” x 14” “License of a Vessel Under Twenty Tons to carry on the Coasting Trade for One Year. District of New Orleans, Port of Pittsburgh” is attached. The 1873 certificate documents the follow-on sale of Eliza’s interest in the riverboat to William H. Brooks. This document has a foil Pittsburgh Notary Public seal attached with an embossed handstamp. Very good. Item #009549
The Benwood, a sternwheel steam tow boat, was built in 1871 at Wheeling, West Virginia. A picture postcard of the boat shows that it was still in service around 1920. Scarce. At time of listing, there are no riverboat bills-of-sale for sale in the trade nor are there any auction records listed at the Rare Book Hub. OCLC shows that three similar bills-of-sale are held by institutions.