FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM NEW ORLEANS -- VERY FEW EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN FROM THIS CONFEDERATE PORT CITY DUE TO ITS CAPTURE EARLY IN THE WAR -- AND QUITE UNUSUAL WITH THE GREAT BRITAIN PENNY RED FRANKING.
Carried by an undetermined blockade-runner out of New Orleans to Havana between Nov. 14 and 24; dates point to next sailing on the RMSP Derwent, dep. Kingston, Jamaica, on Nov. 25, 1861, arr. St. Thomas Nov. 29; then RMSP Atrato, dep. St. Thomas Nov. 29, arr. Southampton Dec. 12; sent under cover to London forwarder who removed the outer envelope and mailed it as a 1p letter to Edinburgh. Only seven recorded blockade-run covers are from New Orleans (three have 1p stamps).
Illustrated in Special Routes (P. 149)