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VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO PETERSBURG VA. WITH THE RARE MUSSON & CO. BERMUDA HANDSTAMP.
The Special Routes census lists only one example of the R. S. Musson handstamp, on a blockade cover traveling in the opposite direction, to London via Hamilton. This cover was unknown when the census was published. It is one of only two examples recorded and is an outstanding artifact of Civil War postal history. Ex Pitts
VERY FINE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO GERMANY VIA BERMUDA.
Sailing records show the following trips: blockade-runner Caledonia (Wilmington 3/1, St. Georges 3/7), Cunarder Alpha from St. Georges to St. Thomas, RMPS Atrono (St. Thomas 3/15, Southampton 3/29).
Henry Watson Jr. was a lawyer and planter in Greensboro Ala., during the Civil War he relocated to Europe, his papers (including the letter carried in this cover) can be found in the Duke University Libraries (http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/rbmscl/watsonhenry/inv/ )
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 August 3, 1864. An earlier and nearly identical cover from the Steven Walske collection (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.
Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-60. Ex Karras
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER, ENDORSED WITH THE SHIP'S NAME AND TREATED AS A DROP LETTER IN CHARLESTON -- EACH ELEMENT OF THIS COVER IS NOTEWORTHY.
The Little Hattie (W. S. Lebby, Master) made 12 attempts at running the blockade with 10 successful voyages from June 1864 to February 1865. This cover was carried thru the blockade into Charleston, but the absence of a date makes it impossible to determine which trip was involved. Although blockade-run covers addressed to the port of arrival are usually rated 6c, in this case the letter appears to have been carried by someone and brought to the post office where 2c was paid for the drop-letter rate. We know of no other example of this use.
With 2003 P.F. certificate