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Sale 988 — The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
312
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 312, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Charleston S.C. Sep. 29, 1862, Charleston S.C. Sep. 29, 1862Charleston S.C. Sep. 29, 1862. Double-circle datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "22" rate (20c double rate plus 2c ship fee) on blue folded cover to tobacco farmer James Wright, Oswichee Ala., "care John Fraser & Co. Charleston", manuscript note on back "from J F & Co." (John Fraser & Co.), inside of leaf addressed again to James Wright at Oswichee, light pencil lines thru part of address, receipt docketing "Aug. 22 /62 No. 147" gives origin date

VERY FINE. A RARE DOUBLE-RATE INCOMING BLOCKADE COVER WITH FRASER & COMPANY'S FORWARDING NOTATION.

Carried by Cunarder Australasian, dep. Liverpool Aug. 30, 1862, arr. New York Sep. 10; then Cunarder British Queen, dep. New York Sep. 13, arr. Nassau Sep. 7; then blockade-runner Kate I, dep. Nassau ca. Sep. 26, arr. Charleston Sep. 29. The Kate I was owned by John Fraser & Co.; active Jan. to Nov. 1862, 20 for 20 in successful trips; hit a snag in the Cape Fear River and sank on Nov. 18, 1862. Fraser & Co. affiliate in Nassau was Adderley & Co. who would have placed it on the blockade-runner. It was treated as double 10c rate plus the 2c ship fee, but technically should have been rated 6c for delivery in the port of Charleston, then an additional 20c for C.S.A. postage.

Ex Kimmel

E. 3,000-4,000
1,900
313
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 313, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Charleston S.C. Mar. 17, 1863, Charleston S.C. Mar. 17, 1863Charleston S.C. Mar. 17, 1863. Double-circle datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "12" rate (10c plus 2c ship fee) on small cover from Commander William L. Maury in England to his mother in Milton N.C.

EXTREMELY FINE. A DESIRABLE INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM THE CORRESPONDENCE OF ONE OF NAVAL HISTORY'S MOST FAMOUS FAMILIES.

Carried by Cunarder Asia, dep. Liverpool Jan. 31, 1863, arr. New York Feb. 15; then Cunarder British Queen, dep. New York Mar. 2, arr. Nassau Mar. 6; then blockade-runner Ruby dep. Nassau Mar. 15, arr. Charleston Mar. 17. The Ruby was owned by Alexander Collie & Co.; active Feb. to June 1863, 8 for 10 in successful trips; destroyed off Charleston Jun. 11, 1863.

Lieutenant William L. Maury was commander of the C.S.S. Georgia, a cruiser in the North and South Atlantic, capturing nine United States' merchant vessels. She put into Cherbourg, France, in late October 1863 with her iron hull badly fouled by marine growth and was decommissioned as being unsuited for further use as a warship.

With 1979 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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314
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 314, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Charleston S.C. Mar. 17, 186- (1863), Charleston S.C. Mar. 17, 186- (1863)Charleston S.C. Mar. 17, 186- (1863). Double-circle datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "22" rate (20c double rate plus 2c ship fee) on cover to Dr. A. J. DeRosset in Wilmington N.C., clear strike of blue "Forwarded by Sawyer & Menendez, Nassau" oval handstamp, interesting notation on inside of backflap "I shall not try sending by way of Baltimore duplicates only by way of Nassau", receipt docketing "Recd. 18 March 1863", backflaps with sealed tears and slight staining

VERY FINE. A QUINTESSENTIAL BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH THE SAWYER & MENENDEZ FORWARDER HANDSTAMP AND CHARLESTON DOUBLE-RATE MARKINGS ALL CLEARLY STRUCK ON THE ADDRESS SIDE.

Origin unknown. Carried by blockade-runner Ruby, dep. Nassau Mar. 15, 1863, arr. Charleston Mar. 17. The Ruby was owned by London-based Alexander Collie & Co.; active Feb. to Jun. 1863, 8 for 10 in successful trips; destroyed off Charleston Jun. 11, 1863, on its last attempt.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 120). Ex Ludington

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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315
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 315, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Charleston S.C. Jun. 29, 186- (1863), Charleston S.C. Jun. 29, 186- (1863)Charleston S.C. Jun. 29, 186- (1863). Bold strike of circular datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "12" rate (10c plus 2c ship fee) on folded letter datelined "Bremen 3d June 1863" transmitting duplicate of Feb. 14 letter and tobacco sales report, from H. H. Meier & Co. to James Thomas Jr., prominent Richmond tobacco merchant, thin paper with slight ink erosion and small splits

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE BLOCKADE-RUNNER COVER ORIGINATING IN GERMANY AND SENT TO RICHMOND VIA NASSAU AND CHARLESTON.

Carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Jun. 6, 1863, arr. New York Jun. 16; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Jun. 20, arr. Nassau Jun. 24; then blockade-runner Fannie, dep. Nassau Jun. 24, arr. Charleston Jun. 28. The Fannie was owned by the Importing & Exporting Company of South Carolina (William C. Bee); active May 1863 to April 1865, 20 for 20 in successful trips; survived the war.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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316
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 316, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Liverpool to Charleston S.C. via Nassau, Liverpool to Charleston S.C. via NassauLiverpool to Charleston S.C. via Nassau. Cover addressed to "Theo. D. Wagner Esq., Messrs John Fraser & Co., Charleston So. Ca.", the letter (which no longer accompanies) datelined Liverpool June 5, 1863, from C. Prioleau, manager of Fraser Trenholm & Co. office, the addressee, Theodore Wagner, was president of the parent company John Fraser & Co., carried entirely outside mails with enigmatic notation "Baltic", slight toning, Very Fine, carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Jun. 6, 1863, arr. New York Jun. 15; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Jun. 20, arr. Nassau Jun. 24; then blockade-runner Raccoon, dep. Nassau Jul. 15, arr. Charleston Jul. 19; on this trip the Raccoon ran aground off Sullivan's Island, but the crew and mail were saved (they burned the ship); this was the first Fraser, Trenholm & Co. departure after June 24, 1863, which would have been used by a Fraser & Co. representative; the Raccoon active Dec. to Jul. 1863, 2 for 3 in successful trips

E. 400-500
0
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317
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 317, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins all around, tied by "Charleston S.C. Mar. 29" (1864) circular datestamp on cover addressed to Gustavus A. Myers in Richmond Va., signed or endorsed "Walker" at lower left, reduced about -3/4 inch at right

VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM BERMUDA. ONE OF THE FEW RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE NAME OF NORMAN S. WALKER, THE CONFEDERATE AGENT. ADDRESSED TO GUSTAVUS A. MYERS, THE ACTING BRITISH CONSUL IN RICHMOND.

Carried on the Minnie, dep. St. Georges Mar. 26, 1864, arr. Charleston Mar. 29. The Minnie was owned by the Albion Trading Co.; active Jan. to May 1864, 3 for 4 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Connecticut on May 9, 1864, coming out of Wilmington.

Major Norman S. Walker was the senior Confederate agent in Bermuda from February 1863 until June 27, 1864. The yellow fever epidemic caused him and his family to leave the island; his wife and children for England, and Major Walker to the Confederate States on government business. After an abandoned effort to establish Halifax as a principal port for blockade-running, Major Walker and his family traveled to Bermuda and eventually returned to England (source: Rev. William Parkes, "Per Walker: Major Norman S. Walker and Bermuda Blockade Mail", Confederate Philatelist , May-June 1982 and July-Aug. 1982, Nos. 207-208).

Several covers are recorded with a notation at lower left that has been variously read as "P. Walker" (Per Walker), "ApWalker" (Approved Walker) or "NSWalker" (Norman S. Walker). The endorsement and address are in identical writing, which is similar to samples of Walker's hand, but we are uncertain why Major Walker would have signed these covers.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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318
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 318, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Charleston S.C. "6" Due Handstamp, Charleston S.C. "6" Due HandstampCharleston S.C. "6" Due Handstamp. Bold strike on small cover to Cornelius L. Burckmyer at Charleston, contains letter numbers 48 and 49 datelined Tours July 22, 1864, lengthy cross-written content, slight edgewear

VERY FINE. A FASCINATING BURCKMYER COVER FROM FRANCE TO CHARLESTON VIA NASSAU WITH "6" RATE HANDSTAMP APPLIED TO LETTERS DELIVERED AT THE PORT OF ARRIVAL.

Carried on Cunarder Persia, dep. Liverpool Jul. 30, 1864, arr. New York Aug. 11; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Aug. 15, arr. Nassau Aug. 17; then blockade-runner Syren, dep. Nassau Aug. 31, arr. Charleston Sep. 4. The Syren was owned by the Charleston Importing & Exporting Co., in which Burckmyer was probably a shareholder; active Oct. 1863 to Feb. 1865, 33 for 33 successful runs; captured in Charleston harbor in Feb. 1865. Characterized by Stephen Wise as one of "the most successful" blockade runners.

Ex Birkinbine

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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319
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 319, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Charleston S.C.Charleston S.C. Sep. 26, 186- (1864), Charleston S.C. Sep. 26, 186- (1864)Charleston S.C. Sep. 26, 186- (1864). Bold circular datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "12" rate (10c plus 2c ship fee) on light buff cover to Mrs. Fannie L. Wilcox at Augusta Ga., in care of Marshall Beach & Co. Wilmington N.C., manuscript "Forwarded by Beach Root & Co. Liverpool" on back and endorsement in matching hand "Per Gen Whiting", adherence at top right and small piece on back were on the cover when it was postmarked at Charleston

VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN MAIL WITH FORWARDER MARKING AND SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT.

Carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Aug. 27, 1864, arr. New York Sep. 6; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Sep. 10, arr. Nassau Sep. 14; then blockade-runner General Whiting, dep. Nassau Sep. 21, arr. Charleston Sep. 26. The General Whiting was owned by the Consolidated Steamship Co.; active Apr. 1864 to Jan. 1865, 4 for 4 in successful trips; survived the war.

The principals in Beach Root & Co. were Major Sidney Root, a close friend of Jefferson Davis, and J. N. Beach. They ran a wholesale mercantile business and were large suppliers to the C.S.A. Beach went to Liverpool in 1861 and Root went to Europe in 1864.

Ex Seacrest

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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