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Sale 954 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3379
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3379, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi ExpressPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau. Dietz Ty. I, Offut signature, "Richmond Va. ? 29" circular datestamp and "Free" handstamp, to Pendleton S.C. postmaster, slightly reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, ex Kohn

E. 300-400
300
3380
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3380, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi ExpressPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau. Dietz Ty. I with Jno. Harrell signature on 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) to postmaster of Curdsville Va., bold "Richmond Va. Feb. 9, 1863" circular datestamp and "Free" handstamp, backflap reattached with hinges, fresh and Very Fine, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
700
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3381
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3381, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi ExpressCharleston S.C. Oct. 10, Charleston S.C. Oct. 10Charleston S.C. Oct. 10. Partly readable circular datestamp and bold strike of "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "12" due rate (10c C.S.A. rate plus 2c ship fee) on blockade-run cover to Richmond Va., top flap removed, toned mostly on back, otherwise Fine, with 1987 and 2002 C.S.A. certificates

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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3382
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3382, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi ExpressWilmington N.C. Aug. 13, Wilmington N.C. Aug. 13Wilmington N.C. Aug. 13. Circular datestamp and "SHIP"%$ handstamp with ms. "12" crossed out and re-rated "Due 22" for double 10c rate and 2c ship captain's fee on blockade-run folded letter datelined "Liverpool 4th July 1863" to Petersburg Va., notation on back "Ford. by S C & Co.", heavily dampstained and some paper erosion, otherwise Fine

E. 500-750
850
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3383
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3383, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi Express10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Huge margins to clear at right and just touched at upper left, tied by lightly struck blue "Petersburg Va. Aug. 30" (1864) circular datestamp on brown homemade cover to Nassau, New Providence (Bahamas), sender's routing "Via Wilmington", clear strike of rare "Ship-Letter Nassau B SP 9 64" circular datestamp applied on arrival, blue crayon "4" pence due, large manuscript "Unclaimed" and red "ADVERTISED" straightline handstamp

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN USAGE WITH A CONFEDERATE FRANKING AND RARE BAHAMAS SHIP-LETTER MARKING. THIS IMPORTANT COVER IS ILLUSTRATED IN THE SHENFIELD BOOK AND HAS NOT APPEARED AT AUCTION IN AT LEAST A HALF-CENTURY.

This cover was presumably carried on the Chicora (owned by the Chicora Importing and Exporting Co.), which left Wilmington on September 5 (source: Steven C. Walske). It is one of approximately a half-dozen recorded blockade-run covers that were unclaimed in Nassau and advertised for the recipient's attention. The Confederate States 10c postage paid the rate from Petersburg to Wilmington. The "4" marking represents the standard 4-pence ship-letter charge.

Ex Shenfield and Judd. Illustrated in the Shenfield book (p. 60).

E. 10,000-15,000
18,000
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3384
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3384, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi ExpressBrownsville Tex. Feb. 28, 1865, Brownsville Tex. Feb. 28, 1865Brownsville Tex. Feb. 28, 1865. Partly readable circular datestamp and "Paid 10" handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Matamoros, 26 Febrero 1865" from Casimiro Castro in Mexico to Bustamante in San Antonio Tex., blue "Maza y Larrache * Matamoros *" double oval handstamp, blue crayon "Due 10" (the "Paid 10" was either applied afterward, or the 10c due was for an additional rate), minor paper flaw along file fold at left, Very Fine, a rare Trans-Rio Grande cover from Mexico to Confederate Texas, ex Hill, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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3385
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3385, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi Express10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c)10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c). Horizontal strip of four, large margins, minor toning in righthand stamp, tied by two light strikes of "Brazoria Tex." circular datestamp (date unlcear, possibly Nov.) on pale orange lithographed wool and cotton merchant's advertising cover to Capt. James N. Turner, 2nd N.C. Cavalry, Hampton's Division, Army of Northern Virginia, 40c Trans-Mississippi express rate with sender's routing "Express Mail Via Shreveport or Alexandria", redirected to Aversboro N.C. with "Hicksboro N.C. Feb. 7" forwarding datestamp, reduced -1/4 in. at left and rounded corner at top left

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE VERY FEW KNOWN TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVERS WITH PRINTED ADVERTISING.

Ex Knapp. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
6,750
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3386
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3386, Official Imprints, Blockade-Run Mail, Trans-Mississippi ExpressArthur 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. and 2006 C.S.A. certificates.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
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