FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF A SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT ON OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUNNING MAIL.
This cover had to have arrived after Apr. 1, 1863, based on the use of the "5" in circle due marking for British Packet mail. Ship-name endorsements on outgoing mail are very rare. The Wild Pigeon is not recorded anywhere as a blockade-running steamer. There was a schooner Wild Pigeon that was rammed and sunk on a blockade-running trip between Havana and Florida on Mar. 21, 1864, by the USS Hendrick Hudson (formerly the famed Confederate blockade-runner Florida).
Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug. 1989, No. 250). Ex Everett, Myerson and Walske.
VERY FINE AND SCARCE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO RICHMOND WITH THE SAUNDERS & SON NASSAU FORWARDER'S HANDSTAMP.
This was carried from Nassau on the blockade-runner Gertrude, which was active from February 1863 to April 1864. She was 2 for 3 in successful trips and was captured by U.S.S. Vanderbilt (flagship of the Flying Squadron) on April 16, 1863 near the Bahamas.
Special Routes Census No. BI-Ch-24. With 1979 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USE OF CONFEDERATE STAMPS ON AN INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.
This was carried on the Ruby from Nassau, which was owned by Alexander Collie & Co. She was active from February to June 1863 and was 8 for 10 in successful trips. She was destroyed off Charleston on June 11, 1863.
Special Routes Census No. BI-Ch-20. Ex Everett
EXTREMELY FINE STRIKES AND A RARE COMBINATION OF THESE TWO NASSAU FORWARDER OVAL HANDSTAMPS ON AN INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO WILMINGTON.
Most blockade-run covers were expedited by forwarders in the ports of departure, although the forwarders typically did not mark the letters. Both of these Nassau forwarder markings are scarce and desirable used alone on a blockade-run cover. To find a cover with both in red and blue is remarkable. Only one other is listed in the Walske-Trepel Special Routes book.
Census No. BI-Wm-6. With 1967 C.S.A. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH SHIP'S NAME AND CONFEDERATE STAMP FOR INTERNAL POSTAGE.
This cover was carried from Nassau on board the blockade-runner General Whiting, arriving Charleston Aug. 3, 1864. An earlier and nearly identical cover from the Steven Walske collection (Siegel Sale 988, lot 325, realized $4,000 hammer) was carried on the Lucy from Nassau to Wilmington N.C. and handled by a forwarder. This cover was almost certainly handled the same way.
Walske-Trepel Census BI-Ch-60. Ex Karras
VERY FINE. BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS WITH FOREIGN STAMPS ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE BAHAMAS 6-PENCE USED ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.
The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "In Camp" on Jan. 12, 1864, from Private Edward L. Wells, a private in the Charleston Light Dragoons, Co. J., 4th S.C. Cavalry (he published a history of the unit in the 1880's).
Carried on blockade-runner Lucy, dep. Wilmington May 1, 1864, arr. Nassau May 7; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau May 9, arr. New York May 13. The rate from the Bahamas to New York was 4p, but in this case the forwarder in Nassau applied a 6p stamp. It is the only recorded blockade-run cover with this value. The Lucy was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Nov. 1864, 21 for 23 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba on Nov. 3, 1864, off Wilmington. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972.
Ex Birkinbine, Walske and Felton. With 2003 P.F. certificate