FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN CONFEDERATE ISSUE ON COVER.
With 1997 P.S.E. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH COVERS ORIGINATING IN TEXAS, OF WHICH FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN ARE KNOWN.
Our Levi records contain five 10c Rose covers from Texas, of which only one is in condition anywhere comparable to the cover offered here. This cover to Jose San Roman, a well-known blockade-runner and supplier to the Confederate government, was postmarked at Victoria on March 22, 1862, just eight days before one of the two known Victoria postmaster's provisional covers was mailed, also to J. San Roman (see Kilbourne sale, Siegel Sale 815, lot 156).
VERY FINE. EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT 1863 ISSUE ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER SENT AND SIGNED BY MAJOR NORMAN S. WALKER, ONE OF THE CONFEDERATE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING BLOCKADE RUNS FOR THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT.
Confederate Major Norman S. Walker and the Bermuda blockade-run mail were the subjects of an exhaustive article written by Rev. William Parkes (Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1982 and July-Aug. 1982), and another article by Brian M. Green (S.P.A. Journal, Nov. 1976, pp. 165-166). A few covers are known mailed by Maj. Walker from Bermuda, each carried by a blockade-runner, which are either signed by Walker or endorsed with the ship name. Walker's mail was evidently carried by someone on the ship and posted at the port of arrival without paying the customary 2c ship captain's fee, as in this case. The addressee, Gustavus A. Myers, was a sort of semi-official charge d'affaires for the British Consul in Richmond.