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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Suspended Mails and Old Stamps Not Recognized

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2864, Suspended Mails and Old Stamps Not RecognizedSENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERY, SENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERYSENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERY. Three-line handstamp in frame clearly struck in red on 1p entire from Great Britain to Breckinridge Tex., oval cancel and "Bewdley Au 21 61" circular datestamp on back, "3 Cents" debit handstamp, "Boston Sep. 3 A.Pkt. 24" circular debit datestamp, "Boston Mass. Sep. 10" backstamp, long and interesting note on back in the sender's hand: "Nov. 30 1862, this was returned to my hands, on it stamped 'sent back to Engd. without a reason for non-delivery.' Our friends here are all well. Kent came from Edinburgh to Bewdley a few days ago. I was much struck with his likeness to his father. He left earlier than he first intended. I will pay the postage & see then if it will find you. Can such unjust tyranny prevail in your land of freedom, as to sanction the opening of private letters & if the Boston office do so, is it sanctioned by authority? Our cotton spinners are badly off. America is persisting in a mad course. Shall be glad to hear from you. CPB" -- the message clearly indicates that the sender remailed this envelope, but it is unclear if it was sent to the Confederacy thru the blockade -- a Very Fine and fascinating usage, ex Green

E. 2,000-3,000
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2865, Suspended Mails and Old Stamps Not RecognizedMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Dead Letter Office's oval handstamp clearly struck on 3c Pink entire to Fredericksburg Va., "Phila. Pa. May 11" (1865) circular datestamp and target, slight wear and toning at edges, still Very Fine, although the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered a month earlier, there was still no regular mail service between the North and South -- a rare example of the "Mails Suspended" marking used very late in the war, ex Meroni

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2866, Suspended Mails and Old Stamps Not Recognized3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Affixed to cover but uncancelled, ms. "Old Stamp/No Good" below, 3c Rose (65) affixed over 3c 1857 and tied by quartered cork, "Ludlow Vt. Oct. 29" circular datestamp on red and blue "The New Quaker Bonnet, 1861 Patriotic cover to South Royalston Mass., No. 65 lifted and hinged in place to properly show the ms. note, barely reduced at left, Very Fine, scarce and attractive usage, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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