VERY FINE. COVERS DATED DURING LOUISIANA'S NINE DAYS AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS JANUARY 26TH FIRST DAY OF INDEPENDENT STATEHOOD ON A CIRCULAR TO FRANCE IS A REMARKABLE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE USAGE.
Carried on the Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston on Feb. 6 and arriving at Queenstown on Feb. 17. Ex Murphy. Signed Brian Green.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB UNITED STATES 30-CENT 1860 STAMP USED ON A COLORFUL AND RARE COVER TO FRANCE, POSTMARKED AT NEW ORLEANS ON THE SECOND DAY OF CONFEDERATE STATEHOOD.
Louisiana was one of the original states to join the Confederacy on February 4, 1861, one day before this cover was mailed from New Orleans. This cover was carried on the Cunarder Arabia, departing New York on Feb. 13 and arriving in Queenstown on Feb. 23.
Ex Frank B. Allen, Knapp and Birkinbine.
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES 10-CENT 1857 ISSUE FROM THE CONFEDERATE STATE OF LOUISIANA TO PALERMO, SICILY.
This fascinating cover left the American continent in the midst of disunity and arrived in Palermo shortly after the unification of Italy on March 17, 1861. It was carried on the Galway Line's Adriatic, departing New York on Mar. 13 and arriving in Queenstown on Mar. 23.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE UNITED STATES 5-CENT 1860 ISSUE USED TO PAY THE BRITISH OPEN MAIL RATE TO SPAIN FROM CONFEDERATE LOUISIANA.
Carried on the Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston on Mar. 20 and arriving in Queenstown on Apr. 2.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS REPORTED TO BE THE ONLY KNOWN COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE STATE TO A NON-EUROPEAN COUNTRY DURING THE PRE-JUNE 1 PERIOD IN WHICH UNITED STATES RATES WERE STILL EFFECTIVE.
Georgia became one of the original Confederate States on February 4, 1861. Prior to the June 1 commencement of Confederate postal service, U.S. rates applied and postmasters in the South continued to remit to the U.S. Post Office Department. This cover is an extremely unusual example of mail addressed beyond the borders of the U.S. or C.S.A., prepaid at the 10c steamship rate via New Orleans.
Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jan.-Feb. 1971). Ex Krieger and Birkinbine. With 1982 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT COVER THAT PASSED FROM THE UNITED STATES TO THE CONFEDERATE STATES ALONG THE WASHINGTON-RICHMOND CORRIDOR JUST BEFORE THIS MAIL ROUTE WAS SUSPENDED BY FEDERAL ORDER ON MAY 23.
On April 27, 1861, the regular water route to Richmond was suspended by the United States government, leaving only the Orange & Alexandria Railroad open for mail via Richmond. The last route through Virginia was suspended on the evening of May 23. The cover offered here is the latest recorded example of mail that successfully crossed the U.S.-C.S.A. border via Richmond, probably on May 17, 1861. It is uncertain how the 24c postage due to the U.S. government was collected in Richmond.
The letter itself, written by James Cameron of the British firm of John K. Gilliat & Co., discusses current events in the U.S., including references to "collision and bloodshed in Baltimore and at Harper's Ferry" and reflections on the state of Civil War and its impact on the commercial markets. The addressee, James Thomas, was a prominent tobacco merchant in Richmond during the antebellum and Civil War period.