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Sale 1154 — The Steven Walske Collection of North American Blockade Run Mail and French Royal Packet Mail

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 May, 2017

Category — Civil War, Blockade from and to Bahamas via Wilmington

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2444
 
Sale Number 1154, Lot Number 2444, Civil War, Blockade from and to Bahamas via Wilmington10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Three huge margins, slightly in at right, tied by "Wilmington N.C. Oct. 23" (1863) circular datestamp with matching "SHIP" straightline and manuscript "Due 2" for ship captain's fee only, on small blockade-run cover front to Mr. George Washington at Fayetteville N.C., neat 1863 receipt docketing, sealed tear across center, creasing and small nicks, discreetly sealed with archival tape and affixed to a set of backflaps, quite presentable and attractive

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

E. 5,000-7,500
3,500
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