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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Blockade-Run Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1432°
c
Charleston S.C. Feb. 15, 1863. Double-circle ds and "STEAM-SHIP" in oval hs on cover to Maj. B. S. Sanchez, Savannah Ga., pencil "12" crossed out by red crayon and marked "Due 12", two tiny opening tears at upper left, fresh and Very Fine, the significance of re-stated postage due is not apparent but could reflect transit thru another post office en route to Savannah

E. 1,500-2,000
900
1433°
c
Charleston S.C. Mar. 6, 186-. Bold cds and "STAEM-SHIP" oval with red crayon "12" rate on piece of cover to New Orleans Canal & Banking Co., toned and rebacked

E. 300-400
400
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1434°
c
Wilimington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 18. Cds with integral rate (not applicable) on blue folded letter datelined Liverpool, Feb. 13, 1864, to Mrs. M. A. Snowden at Charleston, redirected to Columbia, marked in ms. "Ships Letter" (rare) and ms. "12c" due, pencil "Due", letter mentions shipment of cloth for Relief Association, Very Fine, unusual "Ship Letter" designation on blockade-run cover

E. 2,000-2,500
1,200
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1435°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1435, Blockade-Run MailWilmington N.C. May 15, Wilmington N.C. May 15Wilmington N.C. May 15. Mostly clear cds with "SHIP" hs and pencil "12" rate (10c plus 2c ship fee) on cover to Mrs. W. C. Rives at Cobham Va., docketing indicates Apr. 1863 origin date, tiny soil specks, Very Fine, scarce blockade usage into Wilmington

E. 1,500-2,000
950
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1436°
c
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 ms. "Due 2" for ship captain's fee only, on small cover front to a 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 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.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,500
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1437°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1437, Blockade-Run Mail"Pr Advance" Blockade Runner, "Pr Advance" Blockade Runner"Pr Advance" Blockade Runner. Ms. endorsement on cover addressed to Gustavus Myers in Richmond Va., horizontal pair of 10c Blue, Die B (12), large margins, tied by "Wilmington N.C. Aug. 2" (1864) circular datestamp, red wax seal on back, minor flap tear sealed with archival tape

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.

E. 7,500-10,000
11,500
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1438°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1438, Blockade-Run Mail"Per S. S. `Lucy'" Blockade Runner, "Per S. S. `Lucy'" Blockade Runner"Per S. S. `Lucy'" Blockade Runner. Ship name designation on buff cover originating in England and addressed to A. A. Bell at Liberty Va., backflap has light ms. "Forwd. by C. C. Hudson" endorsement of forwarder (probably in Nassau, Bahamas), who presumably affixed the 10c Dark Blue, Die A (11b), large even margins, light pre-use crease, tied by "Wilmington N.C. Mar. 28" (1864) circular datestamp

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

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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1439°
c
Blockade-Run Related. Oct. 15, 1863 folded letter from W. F. Leak at Rockingham N.C. to North Carolina Governor Z. B. Vance at Raleigh, requesting shipment of cotton out of Wilmington on a blockade runner, Vance's initialled referral docketing on back, reply docketing by Maj. J. Deveroux, 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12) pen cancelled, slight toning along fold, Fine and interesting blockade-related letter

E. 200-300
50
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1440°
c
Commander John McIntosh Kell, Confederate States Navy. Small mourning cover to Comm. Kell at Richmond from his wife, 10c Blue, Die A (11), large margins, minor gum toning, tied by "Macon Ga." double-circle ds, Very Fine, Commander Kell was the executive office on the famous Confederate raider C.S.S. Alabama, which was sunk by the U.S.S. Kearsarge in 1864, any mail to or from Kell is scarce

E. 200-300
325
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1441°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1441, Blockade-Run MailCommander John McIntosh Kell, Confederate States Navy, Commander John McIntosh Kell, Confederate States NavyCommander John McIntosh Kell, Confederate States Navy. Cover addressed in the hand of Comm. Kell to his wife in Macon Ga., 10c Blue, Die A (11), cut in, tied by "Richmond Va. Oct. 9, 1863" cds, Fine, Commander Kell was the executive office on the famous Confederate raider C.S.S. Alabama, which was sunk by the U.S.S. Kearsarge in 1864, any mail to or from Kell is scarce, ex Kohn

E. 200-300
300
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