Sale 840 — The Hall Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Monday, 17 December, 2001

Category — Cross-Border Mail from Mexico

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
545
c
Sale 840, Lot 545, Cross-Border Mail from Mexico5c Blue, Stone 3 (4). Vertical pair (noted as Positions 22/32), large margins except touched at lower left, beautiful bright color and fine impression, tied by clear "Eagle Pass Tex. Mar. 28(?)" circular datestamp on blue folded letter originating in Mexico and smuggled into Confederate Texas, dated Mar. 23, 1863, addressed to Francisco de P. Farias in San Antonio, letter in Spanish discusses business matters and mentions Confederate General Magruder, embossed crest "Republica Mexicana"

EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE USAGE FROM MEXICO INTO THE CONFEDERATE STATES VIA EAGLE PASS. THE 5-CENT BLUE HOYER & LUDWIG IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE ON MEXICAN CROSS-BORDER MAIL.

The Eagle Pass post office was a regular drop point for mail smuggled over the Mexican border into the Confederacy. The typical franking is a pair of the 5c Typograph. This is the one of the finest cross-border covers we have encountered.

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250