THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCKADE-RUN USE OF THE "TEN" STAMP. ALSO ONE OF THE FEW EXAMPLES OF BLOCKADE-RUN MAIL ON WHICH CONFEDERATE POSTAGE BEYOND THE PORT OF ARRIVAL WAS PREPAID, WITH ONLY THE 2-CENT SHIP CAPTAIN'S FEE CHARGED TO THE ADDRESSEE.
This was carried by the blockade runner Fannie from Nassau on Oct. 13, 1863, arriving Wilmington Oct. 22. The "TEN" stamp paid the postage from Wilmington to Fayetteville, but the 2c ship fee was due from the recipient. One other blockade-run cover from the Washington correspondence, bearing a 10c Blue Paterson Lithograph, is recorded (Walske collection). Both were offered in our 337th Sale (June 26, 1968, lots 749-750). As a "TEN" use and as a blockade-run letter franked with Confederate postage outside the borders of the Confederacy, this is a most important item