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).
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE VERY FEW KNOWN TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVERS WITH PRINTED ADVERTISING.
Ex Knapp. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate
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.