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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 via Havana, Cuba

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
358
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 358, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound via Havana, CubaNew Orleans to Edinburgh (Scotland) via Havana, Kingston (Jamaica) and St. Thomas, New Orleans to Edinburgh (Scotland) via Havana, Kingston (Jamaica) and St. ThomasNew Orleans to Edinburgh (Scotland) via Havana, Kingston (Jamaica) and St. Thomas. Blue folded letter datelined "New Orleans Nov. 14, 1861" from John Turpin to John Jeffrey in Edinburgh, Scotland, business content, entered the mails in London with Great Britain 1p Red tied by "London DE 12 61" duplex datestamp and grid, Edinburgh Dec. 13 receiving backstamp, skillfully cleaned and some cosmetic paper treatment along heavy file fold slightly affecting address

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)

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
359
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 359, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound via Havana, CubaMobile to New York via Havana, Mobile to New York via HavanaMobile to New York via Havana. Blue folded letter datelined "Mobile Oct. 24, 1861" to Smith & Patrick in New York, carried by an unknown blockade-runner to Havana where "Forwarded by Fesser & Co. Havana" green oval handstamp was applied, then by a non-contract steamer to New York, "Steamship 10" in circle due handstamp, Very Fine, only five covers are recorded that ran the blockade leaving from Mobile

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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360
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 360, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound via Havana, CubaGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana, Galveston Tex. to Vermont via HavanaGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana. Wallpaper cover with original letter datelined "G- May 13th, 1864" from Philip C. Tucker Jr. in Galveston to his mother and brother in Vergennes Vt. (some biographical information on Tucker can be found on the internet in connection with his Masonic membership), most likely carried by the Susanna from Galveston to Havana, then by non-contract steamer to New York, partly clear "Steamship 10" in circle handstamp applied at New York, Oct. 3 receipt docketing, faint stains, Fine; the blockade-runner Susanna was originally built and operated as the Mail, which was captured in Oct. 1863, condemned and sold to private interests, who returned her to blockade-running under the name Susanna; active only in the Gulf from Apr. to Nov. 1864, 11 for 12 in successful trips; captured by the U.S.S. Metacomet on Nov. 27, 1864, coming out of Galveston; only four covers recorded that ran the blockade from Galveston

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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361
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 361, Blockade-Run Mail: Outbound via Havana, CubaGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana, Galveston Tex. to Vermont via HavanaGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana. Folded letter datelined "Galveston Feby. 16, 1864" from Philip C. Tucker Jr. in Galveston to his mother and sisters in Vergennes Vt. (some biographical information on Tucker can be found on the internet in connection with his Masonic membership), carried on an undetermined blockade-runner from Galveston to Havana, then by non-contract steamer to New York, "Steamship 10" in circle due handstamp applied at New York, slightly toned, Very Fine, only four covers recorded that ran the blockade from of Galveston

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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