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Sale 907 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 16 March, 2006

Category — Blockade-Run Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3053
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3053, Blockade-Run MailBlockade-Run to Wilmington N.C, Blockade-Run to Wilmington N.CBlockade-Run to Wilmington N.C. Incoming cover addressed to J. Berkley Grimball in Charleston S.C. and forwarded to Spartanburg, clear strike of "SHIP" handstamp and ms. "22" rating (mistakenly rated for double weight), readable strike of "Wilmington N.C. Paid Oct. 24" circular datestamp and likely carried aboard the Lucy blockade-runner inbound from Nassau, forwarding postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Charleston S.C. Oct. 24" circular datestamp, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN USAGE TO CHARLESTON, WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO SPARTANBURG WITH A CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE.

The recipient, J. Berkley Grimball (according to his diary, available at http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/g/Grimball,John_Berkley), came from a prominent Southern family. His wife was a direct descendant of Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. At the onset of the war, his five eldest sons went off to fight for the Confederacy. In June 1862, Grimball, his wife, son Harry and three daughters went to Spartanburg in an effort to avoid enemy attacks on the coast. There they took quarters in St. John's College, where they remained until the war was over. Grimball made frequent trips home during this time, both to look after his property and to report for possible duty in the reserves.

E. 10,000-15,000
11,500
3054
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3054, Blockade-Run Mail10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Faults, tied by "Cheraw S.C. Feb. 18" double-circle datestamp on inbound blockade-run cover to George Washington in Fayetteville N.C., red "Forwarded by Saunders & Son Nassau" oval handstamp, pencil "Ship 12", Fine cover despite stamp faults, unusual blockade-run usage with stamp cancelled at Cheraw, this most likely entered at the port of Charleston where carried outside of the mails to Cheraw, two other blockade-run covers are also known from this correspondence

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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3055
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3055, Blockade-Run MailBlockade-Run Cover to Philadelphia via Nassau, Bahamas, Blockade-Run Cover to Philadelphia via Nassau, BahamasBlockade-Run Cover to Philadelphia via Nassau, Bahamas. Adversity cover made from printed form, no indication of origin, red "Nassau JA 19, 1863" circular datestamp and red crayon "4" rate, entered U.S. mails with "New York Ship Letter 5 Jan. 26" debit datestamp, pencil "5 cents", portions of Nassau marking strengthened in pencil, otherwise Very Fine, with 1998 P.F. certificate specifically stating that this is a blockade cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,075
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3056
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3056, Blockade-Run MailU.S.S, U.S.SU.S.S. New Ironsides. 1864 inbound cover from Germany addressed to "Dr. Edward Kerschner, United States Iron Frigate 'New Ironsides', Charleston Harbor South Carolina, United States of America", endorsed "via Bremen", German datestamp, New York Feb. 3 depreciated currency datestamp, pencil "Passaic" (another naval vessel), Very Fine, a remarkably rare usage from Europe to a doctor aboard the U.S.S. New Ironsides, according to www.history.navy.mil "SS New Ironsides, a 4120-ton broadside ironclad, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The last, and largest, of the initial group of three 'salt-water' armored warships begun in 1861 in response to meet the needs of the Civil War, she was commissioned in August 1862. Following a lengthy fitting-out period, she joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in January 1863. For the next year, she operated in support of the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina, and took part in several attacks on the Confederate fortifications defending that city."

E. 750-1,000
1,350
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