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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: Outbound - The Carson Correspondence

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
342
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 342, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound - The Carson CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. to New York via Nassau, Charleston S.C. to New York via NassauCharleston S.C. to New York via Nassau. Pencil receipt docketing "Sep. 9th, 1862" (origin date at Charleston) on yellow cover to Mrs. Caroline Carson, in care of E E. Detmold at New York City street address, entered British Mails with red "Nassau Paid OC 26 62" circular datestamp, red crayon "4" pence rate paid in cash, "New-York Ship Letter 5 1862 Nov. 1" integral-rate circular datestamp, note on back "Most happy to have the opportunity of forwarding you a letter fresh from the hands of Your Excellent father -- C.E.D. Nov. 1/62" (C. E. Detmold), couple folds at top and right

FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM CHARLESTON TO NEW YORK CITY VIA NASSAU WITH THE "NEW-YORK SHIP LETTER" DATESTAMP.

Carried on blockade-runner Scotia, dep. Charleston Sep. 26, 1862, arr. Nassau Sep. 30; missed the Sep. 29 sailing to New York and forwarder held it until Oct. 26; then Cunarder British Queen, dep. Nassau Oct. 27, arr. New York Nov. 1. The Scotia was active Jul. to Oct. 1862, 2 for 3 in successful trips; captured by the U.S.S. Restless on Oct. 24, 1862, while heading into Charleston.

Ex Everett

E. 1,500-2,000
800
343
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 343, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound - The Carson CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. to New York via Nassau, Charleston S.C. to New York via NassauCharleston S.C. to New York via Nassau. Pencil receipt docketing "Jan. 6th, 1863" (origin date at Charleston) on cover to Mrs. Caroline Carson, in care of C. E. Detmold at New York City street address, entered British Mails with red "Nassau Paid JA 19 63" circular datestamp, red crayon "8" pence rate paid in cash, "New-York Jan. 26 10" integral-rate circular datestamp and separate "10" in circle due handstamp for double U.S. rate on British Packet mail, faint waterstain at top right and slight edgewear

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL ARRAY OF MARKINGS FOR AN OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.

Carried on blockade-runner Leopard, dep. Charleston Jan. 14, 1863, arr. Nassau Jan. 19; forwarder paid 8p double rate in cash and sent on Cunarder British Queen, dep. Nassau Jan. 20, arr. New York Jan. 25. The Leopard was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Jun. 1862 to Apr. 1863, 8 for 9 in successful trips; it was renamed the Stonewall Jackson, ran aground and burned entering Charleston harbor on Apr. 12, 1863.

Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug. 1989, No. 250). Ex Antrim and Everett

E. 1,500-2,000
850
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344
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 344, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound - The Carson Correspondence"Per 'Wild Pigeon'", "Per 'Wild Pigeon'""Per 'Wild Pigeon'". Sender's ship-name endorsement on cover to Mrs. Caroline Carson, in care of C. E. Detmold at New York City street address, "5" in circle handstamp, pencil docketing "Feb. 1st 1863" gives origin date, slight toning and minor edge faults

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF A SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT ON OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUNNING MAIL.

This cover had to have arrived after Apr. 1, 1863, based on the use of the "5" in circle due marking for British Packet mail. Ship-name endorsements on outgoing mail are very rare. The Wild Pigeon is not recorded anywhere as a blockade-running steamer. There was a schooner Wild Pigeon that was rammed and sunk on a blockade-running trip between Havana and Florida on Mar. 21, 1864, by the U.S.S. Hendrick Hudson (formerly the famed Confederate blockade-runner Florida).

Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug. 1989, No. 250). Ex Everett and Myerson.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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