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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Alabama River Steamboats

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1371°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1371, Alabama River Steamboats10c Milky Blue, Frameline (10a), 10c Milky Blue, Frameline (10a)10c Milky Blue, Frameline (10a). Two large margins showing mostly complete framelines at right and bottom, clear at left and ample at top, tied by "Mobile Ala. Jun. 27, 1863" double-circle ds on blue lithographed Independent Packet James Battle steamboat advertising cover to Greensboro Ala., light vertical fold, some toning affects stamp and unprinted parts of cover

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ON AN ILLUSTRATED PACKET BOAT ADVERTISING COVER.

The James Battle was built in 1860 and ranked among the fastest steamboats of its time. It was captured by Union forces as a blockade-runner in November 1863.

Illustrated in Dietz catalogue (p. 251). With 1982 P.F. certificate. Accompanied by a bill of lading dated Feb. 21, 1861.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
1372°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1372, Alabama River Steamboats10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c)10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c). Tied by bold heavily-inked "Mobile Ala. Apr. 5" (1864) double-circle ds on pale salmon lithographed Independent Packet James Battle steamboat advertising cover to addressee at "Head Quarters, Army of Tenn., Dalton Ga.", right margin of stamp expertly repaired (so skillful this was not noted when this cover was sold at auction for $9,000 in 1980, nor in the earlier Meroni sale), stamp appears Very Fine and the cover is entirely sound

ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE STEAMBOAT COVERS. A SPECTACULAR EXHIBITION ITEM.

The Confederate packet James Battle advertised service on the Alabama River from Mobile and Montgomery. It was captured as a blockade runner in November 1863. This advertising cover was sent to the Army of Tennessee headquarters of General Joseph E. Johnston at Dalton, Georgia. Ex Meroni

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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1373°
c
Steam 6 (Mobile Ala.). Bold double-line oval hs on Apr. 25, 1861 folded letter from Tuscahoma Ala. to Mobile, ship's name "Warrior" in another hand, neatly docketed, trivial stain on flap, Very Fine and rare Alabama packet in Confederate period

E. 750-1,000
750
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1374°
c
5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Full margins all around, tied by blue "STEAMBOAT" straightline handstamp, second strike on cover to Montgomery Ala., "DUE 10" hs crossed out, one inch of left edge restored, still presentable and very rare Alabama steamboat usage, with 1991 P.F. certificate (prior to restoration)

E. 400-500
1,050
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