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Sale 988 — The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
7
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 7, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesSavannah Ga. Jan. 25 (1861), Savannah Ga. Jan. 25 (1861)Savannah Ga. Jan. 25 (1861). Two partly clear strikes of small circular datestamp with stars on cover to John Lorenzo Locke in Rome, Italy, "42" rate handstamp, "New York 6 Jan. 30" debit datestamp, manuscript "Kept" and "36" notations around "42", "6" and "70" manuscript rates crossed out, "64" and "Baj: 64" due in Bajoccis, "Et. Unis Serv. Br. A.C. B 12 Fevr. 61" French transit datestamp, "Roma 18 Feb. 61" receiving backstamp, small tear at bottom, Very Fine, rare cover from Georgia during its brief period as an Independent State (Jan. 18 to Feb. 4), see lots 336-341 for blockade-run covers from the Locke correspondence

E. 750-1,000
775
8
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 8, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesNew Orleans La. Jan. 26, 1861 -- First Day of Louisiana Independent Statehood, New Orleans La. Jan. 26, 1861 -- First Day of Louisiana Independent StatehoodNew Orleans La. Jan. 26, 1861 -- First Day of Louisiana Independent Statehood. Partly clear circular datestamp ties pair of 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) on folded Jan. 16 printed notice to La Ferte Mace, France, red "Et. Unis Serv. Br. A.C. 19 Fevr. 61" French receiving datestamp, red "15" decimes due handstamp, receiving backstamps, lightened stain at bottom of pair

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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9
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 9, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesMobile Ala. Jan. 30, 1861, Mobile Ala. Jan. 30, 1861Mobile Ala. Jan. 30, 1861. Double-circle datestamp and "30" rate handstamp boldly struck on blue folded letter to Paris, France, "New York 3 Feb. 5" debit datestamp, "Et. Unis Serv. Br. A.C. A 19 Fevr. 61" French transit datestamp and "8" decimes due handstamp, Paris receiving backstamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, choice transatlantic usage during Alabama Independent Statehood (Jan. 11 to Feb. 4, 1861), carried on Cunarder Niagara, departing Boston on Feb. 6 and arriving at Queenstown on Feb. 17, ex Murphy, signed Brian Green

E. 750-1,000
550
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10
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 10, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesNew Orleans La. 5 Feb. (1861), New Orleans La. 5 Feb. (1861)New Orleans La. 5 Feb. (1861). Partly clear large circular datestamp ties 30c Orange (38), beautiful vibrant color and choice centering, on blue folded cover (with part of letter) to Bordeaux, France, Rochereau & Co.'s blue sender's handstamp, red "New York Paid 24 Feb. 13" credit datestamp, "Et. Unis Serv. Br. A.C.25 Fevr. 61" transit datestamp, receiving backstamps

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.

E. 4,000-5,000
4,250
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11
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 11, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesMobile Ala. Feb. 7, 1861, Mobile Ala. Feb. 7, 1861Mobile Ala. Feb. 7, 1861. Double-circle datestamp and "30" rate handstamp on blue folded letter to Paris, France, "New York 3 Feb. 13" debit datestamp, "Et. Unis Serv. Br. A.C. A 25 Fevr. 61" French transit datestamp and "8" decimes due handstamp, Paris receiving backstamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, choice transatlantic usage during first few days of Alabama Confederate Statehood (a perfect companion to the identical cover mailed during Independent Statehood period offered in lot 9), carried on Cunarder Arabia, departing New York on Feb. 12 and arriving at Queenstown on Feb. 23, ex Alex Hall

E. 500-750
425
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12
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 12, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesNew Orleans La. Feb. (24, 1861), New Orleans La. Feb. (24, 1861)New Orleans La. Feb. (24, 1861). Partly readable circular datestamp with well-struck "Ship" handstamp and manuscript "5" rate on incoming blue folded letter from Belize, British Honduras, to New York City, sender's routing "via N. Orleans" in Confederate Louisiana, Feb. 28 receipt docketing, Very Fine, rare ship letter via Confederate New Orleans, from the Lanman & Kemp correspondence, ex Murphy, signed Brian Green

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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13
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 13, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesNew Orleans La. 5 Mar. (1861), New Orleans La. 5 Mar. (1861)New Orleans La. 5 Mar. (1861). Two readable strikes of large circular datestamp tie vertical strip of three 10c Green, Ty. V (35) on folded cover to Alessandro Caramazza in Palermo, Italy, red "N. York Br. Pkt. Paid Mar. 13" transit datestamp ("Paid" struck off edge, possibly intentionally), red octagonal "Et. Unis Serv. Br. Havre 26 Mars 61" transit datestamp and framed "PD", magenta manuscript "27" credit crossed out and re-rated "47 for debit, but accepted as fully prepaid in Europe, red "Palermo Partenza 3 Apr. 61" receiving datestamp, French transit backstamp, light folds clear of stamps

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.

Ex Simon

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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14
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 14, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesNew Orleans La. 14 Mar. (1861), New Orleans La. 14 Mar. (1861)New Orleans La. 14 Mar. (1861). Beautifully clear strike of large circular datestamp ties 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A), deep rich color, choice centering, on light blue folded letter to Barcelona, Spain, bold "4Rs." due handstamp, backstamped London (Apr. 3, 1861) transit and Spanish receiving datestamps

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.

Ex Birkinbine

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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15
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 15, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesLawrenceville Ga. Mar. 21 (1861), Lawrenceville Ga. Mar. 21 (1861)Lawrenceville Ga. Mar. 21 (1861). Bold circular datestamp with matching "Paid: and "10" in circle handstamps on buff cover to Matanzas, Cuba, two light strikes of blue "Matanzas Isla de Cuba 5 Abr." circular datestamp on back, matching "1" real due handstamp on front, small repaired tear at top

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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16
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 16, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesSavannah Ga. Mar. 29 (1861), Savannah Ga. Mar. 29 (1861)Savannah Ga. Mar. 29 (1861). Mostly clear circular datestamp and "24" in circle handstamp on blue folded letter to Edinburgh, Scotland, sender crossed out another city name, sender's ship designation "Per Canada", "N. York Br. Pkt. 5 Apr. 2" debit datestamp, "1/" shilling due handstamp, blue Edinburgh receiving backstamp (Apr. 17), letter notes "Our political affairs are not entirely settled. No hope however that business will continue to improve.", Very Fine, carried on Cunarder Canada, departing Boston on Apr. 3 and arriving at Queenstown on Apr. 15, attractive Confederate Statehood use to Scotland, ex Birkinbine

E. 500-750
475
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17
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 17, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesNew Orleans La. Apr. 2 (1861), New Orleans La. Apr. 2 (1861)New Orleans La. Apr. 2 (1861). Partly clear circular datestamp ties pair of 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), straddle-pane margin at right, on folded Mar. 30 printed notice to La Ferte Mace, France, red "Paris 23 Avril 61" French receiving datestamp, red "15" decimes due handstamp, receiving backstamps, Very Fine, scarce transatlantic printed matter use from Confederate Louisiana, carried on the Cunarder Africa, departing New York on Apr. 10 and arriving at Liverpool on Apr. 21, ex Kilbourne

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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18
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 18, Foreign Mails to and from Independent and Confederate StatesLondon E.C. MY 4 61, London E.C. MY 4 61London E.C. MY 4 61. Clear strike of circular datestamp and "19 Cents" debit handstamp on May 4 folded letter to James Thomas in Richmond Va., sender's ship designation in bright magenta manuscript "p. Europa via Queenstown", carried on the Cunarder Europa, departing Liverpool on May 4 and arriving in Boston on May 15, "Br. Packet Boston 15 May 24" 24-cent due datestamp, pencil "/" believed to indicate carrier fee for delivery in Richmond

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.

Ex Birkinbine

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