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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 Wells Correspondence

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
345
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 345, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound - The Wells CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau, Charleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and NassauCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau. Small cover from Private Edward L. Wells, addressed to his aunt, Mrs. Thomas L. Wells, at New York City street address, entered British Mails with Bahamas 1863 6p Lilac, Perf 12-1/12 (14c), trivial gum toning, tied by "A05" oval grid, "Bahamas MY 8 1864" circular datestamp on back, "5" in circle handstamp applied at New York for postage due on British Packet mail

VERY FINE. BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS WITH FOREIGN STAMPS ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE BAHAMAS 6-PENCE USED ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.

The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "In Camp" on Jan. 12, 1864, from Private Edward L. Wells, a private in the Charleston Light Dragoons, Co. J., 4th S.C. Cavalry (he published a history of the unit in the 1880's).

Carried on blockade-runner Lucy, dep. Wilmington May 1, 1864, arr. Nassau May 7; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau May 9, arr. New York May 13. The rate from the Bahamas to New York was 4p, but in this case the forwarder in Nassau applied a 6p stamp. It is the only recorded blockade-run cover with this value. The Lucy was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Nov. 1864, 21 for 23 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba on Nov. 3, 1864, off Wilmington. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972.

Ex Birkinbine. With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
346
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 346, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound - The Wells CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau, Charleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and NassauCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau. Bright yellow cover to Miss Sabina E. Wells at New York City street address, entered British Mails with red "Nassau Paid AP 9 64" circular datestamp, red crayon "4" pence rate, perfect strike of "N. York Br. Pkt. 5 Apr. 15" integral-rate circular datestamp for 5c postage due on British Packet mail

EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND UNUSUALLY BEAUTIFUL OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM CHARLESTON TO NEW YORK VIA WILMINGTON AND NASSAU.

The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "Charleston 21 Jan. 1864". Charleston was closed to blockade-running Sep. 19, 1863, to March 1864 because the U.S. forces had captured Morris Island and the Confederates mined the harbor to prevent the Union Navy from entering. Carried on blockade-runner Wild Dayrell, dep. Wilmington Jan. 24, 1864, arr. Nassau Jan. 28. This was held at Nassau by the forwarder and not posted until Apr. 9, 1864. Forwarder paid 4p rate in cash and sent it on Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau Apr. 11, arr. New York Apr. 15. The Wild Dayrell was owned by The Anglo-Confederate Trading Co.; active Dec. 1863 to Feb. 1864, 4 for 5 in successful trips; chased aground and destroyed by the U.S.S. Sassacus on Feb. 1, 1864, while trying to enter Wilmington; this was carried on the last successful trip.

Ex Birkinbine

E. 3,000-4,000
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347
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 347, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound - The Wells CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. to New York via Nassau, Charleston S.C. to New York via NassauCharleston S.C. to New York via Nassau. Narrow cover addressed to Miss Sabina E. Wells at New York City street address, entered British Mails with red "Nassau Paid SP 12 64" circular datestamp, red crayon "4" pence rate, "N. York Br. Pkt. 5 Oct. 1" integral-rate circular datestamp with 5c due for British Packet mail, slight toning and edgewear, couple minor creases, Fine, the Wells correspondence originates in Charleston, based on New York Oct. 1, 1864, arrival date, carried on blockade-runner Fox, dep. Charleston Sep. 9, 1864, arr. Nassau Sep. 12; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau Sep. 25, arr. New York Oct. 1; the Fox was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active May 1864 to May 1865, 18 for 18 in successful trips; survived the war

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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