THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCKADE-RUN USAGE OF THE "TEN" STAMP. 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 ADDRESSEE.
One other cover from the Washington correspondence, bearing a 10c Blue Paterson Lithograph, is recorded. Both were last offered in our 337th Sale (June 26, 1968). As a "TEN" usage and as a blockade-run letter franked with Confederate postage outside the borders of the Confederacy, this is a most important piece.
FRESH AND VERY FINE. EXTREMELY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO WILMINGTON VIA BERMUDA.
This cover was the subject of an article by Brian M. Green (S.P.A. Journal, Nov. 1976, pp. 165-166) and included in a broader article on Confederate Major Norman S. Walker and the Bermuda blockade-run mail, written by Rev. William Parkes (Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1982 and July-Aug. 1982). In the latter article, Rev. Parkes expresses his opinion that the ship-name routing was applied by Major Walker or his wife, Georgiana, both of whom were in St. Georges, Bermuda, heavily involved in activities on behalf of the Confederate government. The cover was carried on the Confederate blockade-runner Advance, which left Liverpool on July 14, 1864, arriving at St. Georges, Bermuda, then departing July 23rd for Wilmington, arriving August 2nd, the postmark date on this cover. The addressee, Gustavus A. Myers, was a sort of semi-official charge d'affaires for the British Consul in Richmond.
EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH SHIP'S NAME AND CONFEDERATE STAMP FOR INTERNAL POSTAGE.
This cover appears to have entered the mails at Wilmington as a regular letter, not a ship letter, which would have required the 2c ship captain's fee in addition to postage. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972. Signed Brian Green