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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Cross-Border Mail to and from Mexico

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1429, Cross-Border Mail to and from MexicoCross-Border Cover to Mexico, Cross-Border Cover to MexicoCross-Border Cover to Mexico. Folded letter with docketing "Brownsville Abril 7 de 1863 / Jose San Roman / Recibide Abril 17 de 1863", addressed to Tampico, Mexico, hand-carried across the border and put into the mails at Matamoros, "H. MATAMOROS/ABRIL 6" two-line datestamp in frame, "FRANCO" straightline, some skillfully reinforced wear at top and bottom, fresh and Very Fine, the Union army's effort to isolate the Confederate States was less successful along the border between Texas and Mexico where mail slipped across the lines by couriers - covers from Mexico to the C.S.A. are very scarce and desirable, but covers to Mexico are considerably rarer - ex Judd

E. 1,500-2,000
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1430, Cross-Border Mail to and from MexicoBlockade Run from Galveston Tex, Blockade Run from Galveston TexBlockade Run from Galveston Tex. Two covers with original letters, first datelined "Galveston Feby. 16, 1864" and second "G. May 13th, 1864", addressed to Mrs. Mary C. Tucker from her son, Philip, each has New York City "Steamship 10" in circle handstamp, the blockade-runners Alice, Denbigh and Susanna were regularly transporting mail between Galveston and Havana, Cuba, and it is likely that these two covers ran the blockade and were put on another ship at Havana, bound for New York, Very Fine, rare blockade-run mail from Texas

E. 2,000-3,000
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Houston Tex. Feb. 17. Partly struck cds and "Paid" hs without rate on folded letter to Jose San Romain, Brownsville Tex., probably originated in Mexico, refolded at top to hide erosion along fold, Fine

E. 200-300
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