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Sale 907 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 16 March, 2006

Category — Trans-Mississippi Express Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3047
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3047, Trans-Mississippi Express MailE. H. Cushing Express, E. H. Cushing ExpressE. H. Cushing Express. Black on blue newsprint label, Dietz Ty. VI, affixed to back of cover originating west of the Mississippi River, addressed to Okolona Miss. and forwarded to Chattanooga Tenn., horizontal pair of 5c Green (1), ample to large margins, tied by matching ms. strokes, faint strike of "Liberty Miss." circular datestamp where entered the mails, also "Okolona Miss. Aug. 13" forwarding datestamp with ms. "Due 10", label has some slight toning from adhesive, opened on three sides for display, slight edgewear affects 5c stamps

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE CUSHING TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS LABEL. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE USED ON FORWARDED MAIL.

E. H. Cushing, publisher of the Houston Daily Telegraph, commenced his express service after New Orleans fell to the Federals in April 1862. In an effort to improve communications between Texan regiments in the East and their relations at home, as well as secure safe lines for news transmission, Cushing established routes with pony riders and other means of conveyance necessary to cross the Federal lines. Cushing's agents affixed labels to the backs of envelopes carried by express. These were intended to inform patrons and advertise the service. Approximately 20 examples (of all varieties) are believed to exist. This type is much rarer than the larger labels.

With 1976 C.S.A. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
10,000
3048
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3048, Trans-Mississippi Express MailArthur H. Edey's Express, Arthur H. Edey's ExpressArthur H. Edey's Express. Black on white newsprint label "FORWARDED BY/ARTHUR H. EDEY, Agent, Fifth Reg't Texas Volunteers." affixed with mucilage to back of orange cover and used as a forwarder on a cover originating in Independence Tex., neat "Independence Tex. Apr. 26" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps, addressed to Capt. Clay of the 5th Texas Regiment at Richmond Va., when it was determined that Capt. Clay was in Independence Tex. the Edey's label was affixed in Richmond and and carried by Edey's 5th Texas Regiment Trans-Mississippi express back to Texas, at some point on its return journey to Texas this was placed in the mails where endorsed "free", opened for display

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. OF THE EIGHT RECORDED COVERS WITH EDEY'S EXPRESS LABEL, THIS IS THE ONLY FORWARDED USAGE. EDEY'S EXPRESS OPERATED BRIEFLY FROM AUGUST UNTIL LATE OCTOBER 1862.

Arthur H. Edey provided mail service between members of the 5th Regiment, Texas Volunteers, serving east of the Mississippi and their correspondents back home. Our records contain eight examples of Edey's label, including a few heavily stained or defective covers. This is one of the freshest and most interesting usages.

With 1982 P.F. certificate. The last example we offered, in our auction of the Green Collection (Sale 822) realized $7,000 hammer.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,500
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3049
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3049, Trans-Mississippi Express MailE. W. Black's Trans-Mississippi Express, E. W. Black's Trans-Mississippi ExpressE. W. Black's Trans-Mississippi Express. "Washington Ark. Dec. 7" circular datestamp with "10" C.S.A. rate handstamp on soldier's letter from 1st Ark. Regiment to Arkadia Ark., ms. "Paid 1.00" for Black's Express fee, with copy of original enclosure indicating this originated from a camp in Alabama and was carried to Washington Ark. where placed in the mails, opened roughly at right, Very Fine and rare, E. W. Black operated a one-man trans-Mississippi service that appears to have existed briefly in the fall of 1864, carrying mail between Arkansas troops with the Army of Tennessee and correspondents across the river (reference: Stefan T. Jaronski, "Another Private Trans-Mississippi Express Service Uncovered", Confederate Philatelist, No. 241)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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3050
c
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3050, Trans-Mississippi Express Mail10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Horizontal strip of four, huge margins all around, second stamp from right with prominent pre-printing paperfold, tied by "Savannah Ga. Jun. 23" circular datestamps on 1864 cover to Shreveport La. and forwarded to Monroe La., neat "Shreveport La. Sep. 7" double-circle datestamp and "Due 10" handstamp, minor edgewear

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FORWARDED TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER. A WONDERFUL USAGE WITH A BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT DIE A ISSUE.

Ex Lehman. With 1965 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
7,500
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3051
 
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3051, Trans-Mississippi Express Mail20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Used with horizontal pair of 5c Blue (4) and 10c Blue, Die A (11), cancelled by penstrokes or tied by light strike of Tex. circular datestamp on folded adversity cover to General Hospital No. 1 in Richmond Va., made from dry goods store ledger sheet (front only with flaps added), "Advertised 2" handstamp at right applied at Richmond, cleaned with stamps likely lifted and replaced

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE COMBINATION OF LITHOGRAPHED AND ENGRAVED CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUES PAYING THE 40-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI RATE. THE "ADVERTISED" MARKING ADDS ANOTHER ELEMENT OF RARITY.

This is the only franking of its kind recorded in the Krieger census (W-42)

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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3052
 
Sale Number 907, Lot Number 3052, Trans-Mississippi Express Mail10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Single and pair of Die A used with Die B sheet margin single, tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 4" circular datestamp on front only, 40c Trans-Mississippi Express Rate to La Vernie Tex., sender's routing "Via Meridian, Mississippi", "MISSENT" handstamp, slightly toned, edge nicks and wear, otherwise Fine, rare franking, ex Keeling

E. 750-1,000
950
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