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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 Galveston Tex.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
334
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 334, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Galveston Tex.Kingston (Jamaica) to Houston Tex. via Cienfuegos, Havana and Galveston, Kingston (Jamaica) to Houston Tex. via Cienfuegos, Havana and GalvestonKingston (Jamaica) to Houston Tex. via Cienfuegos, Havana and Galveston. Folded letter datelined "Kingston Jamaica, 14 Feby. 1865" from a commercial firm to T. W. House in Houston Tex., in care of Messrs. Vignier Robertson & Co. in Havana, carried by private ship from Kingston to Cienfuegos, manuscript "forwarded by Aviles & Leblanc" forwarder marking applied in Cienfuegos (Aviles & Leblanc was a major trading house), "Cienfuegos Isla de Cuba 28 Feb. 65" double-circle datestamp and trace of Cuba 1864 2r Plada Red on Buff (21) stamp at upper right, "Havana 1 Mar. 65" circular datestamp on back, the stamp was probably peeled off by Vignier Robertson & Co. when they received the letter at Havana and arranged to send it on a blockade-runner, receipt docketing, skillfully treated by a paper conservator with small reinforcements and cleaning but no major restoration

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARY POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT, ORIGINATING IN JAMAICA IN FEBRUARY 1865 AND CARRIED TO CONFEDERATE TEXAS VIA CIENFUEGOS, HAVANA AND GALVESTON -- THE FINAL LEG WAS MADE ON A BLOCKADE-RUNNER.

After travelling from Kingston, Jamaica, to Havana, Cuba, through private and postal routes, this letter was carried on the blockade-runner Evelyn, dep. Havana Mar. 4, 1865, arr. Galveston Mar. 9. The Evelyn was owned by Alexander Collie & Co.; active Nov. 1864 to Apr. 1865, 4 for 5 in successful trips; survived the war.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
335
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 335, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound via Galveston Tex.Vera Cruz (Mexico) to Houston Tex. via Havana and Galveston, Vera Cruz (Mexico) to Houston Tex. via Havana and GalvestonVera Cruz (Mexico) to Houston Tex. via Havana and Galveston. Blue folded letter datelined "Va. Cruz Decbr. 1st 1864" and endorsed internally "Pr. RMStr via Havana", "Vignier Robertson & Co. Havana" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp clearly struck, receipt docketing, skillfully treated with "ston" in address restored, cleaned and some minor reinforcements

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM MEXICO TO CONFEDERATE TEXAS VIA HAVANA AND GALVESTON.

Carried on RMSP Solent, dep. Vera Cruz Dec. 2, 1864, arr. Havana Dec. 6; then probably on blockade-runner Triton from Havana to Galveston. The Triton was active Aug. 1863 to Jan. 1865, 2 for 2 trips.

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