Steamer Grand Duke Apr. 30, 1861.
Bold strike of circular datestamp at left of 3c Red on White Nesbitt entire (U9) to Montgomery Ala., embossed stamp cancelled by "New Orleans La. 3 May" circular datestamp, minor edgewear, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, very scarce, the Grand Duke
was outfitted as a cotton-clad gunboat for C.S.A. naval service in February 1863, ex Simmons and Haas, this exact marking is illustrated in the Confederate Bulletin
No. 19 of June 1948, accompanied by two pre-war collateral items relating to the Grand Duke
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