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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Mails Suspended Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
47
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 47, Mails Suspended MarkingsMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Perfect bold strike of oval handstamp, 3c Rose (65), deep shade, tied by large segmented grid, "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 22, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to the Confederate-occupied town of Glasgow, Kentucky, with original U.S. Dead Letter Office printed envelope used to return mail to sender, "Washington D.C. Dec. 24, 1861" circular datestamp, manuscript "due 3 cts.", the outer envelope has some toning, the cover with the "Mails Suspended" marking is immaculate

EXTREMELY FINE. A MARVELOUS EXHIBITION ITEM, COMPRISING A COVER TO KENTUCKY WITH THE RARE "MAILS SUSPENDED" MARKING AND ITS ORIGINAL DEAD LETTER OFFICE RETURN ENVELOPE.

Glasgow lies about 33 miles east of Bowling Green, which became the Confederate seat of government in Kentucky after the state's declared neutrality was broken in September 1861. This cover was mailed on November 22, before Kentucky was admitted to the Confederate States on December 10, but the Federal mails to this region of Kentucky were suspended.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 19).

E. 4,000-5,000
8,500
48
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 48, Mails Suspended MarkingsMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Bold strike of oval handstamp on folded letter datelined "Doylestown June 14, 1862" to Guy Bryan in Brazoria Tex. (Bryan was founder of Texas Cotton Bureau), letter states "I send this in an envelope directed to the Post Master at New Orleans and if possible to forward the same to you", notation on front "Answered to be forwarded", Scotch transparent tape used to seal fold at top (should be removed)

A FINE AND VERY RARE USE OF THE "MAILS SUSPENDED" MARKING ON A LETTER INTENDED TO REACH CONFEDERATE TEXAS VIA THE FEDERAL-OCCUPIED CITY OF NEW ORLEANS.

Ex Seacrest and from our 1980 and 1988 Rarities of the World sales. With 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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49
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 49, Mails Suspended MarkingsSENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERY, SENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERYSENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERY. Three-line handstamp in frame boldly struck in red on cover from Great Britain to New Iberia La., G.B. 1sh Green tied by "London E.C. 2 SP 30 62" duplex datestamp and oval grid, red "21 Cents" credit handstamp, red "N.York Am. Pkt. Paid 24 1862 Oct. 14" credit datestamp, manuscript "Received June 23rd, 1863" in the same hand as address, no backstamps, tiny tear at top

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL USE OF THE RARE "SENT BACK TO ENGLAND" HANDSTAMP ON MAIL ADDRESSED TO LOUISIANA IN THE FALL OF 1862.

This cover was carried on the North German Lloyd Hansa, departing Southampton on October 1, 1862, and arriving in New York on October 13. The sender was apparently under the mistaken belief that the capture of New Orleans by Federal forces in April 1862 meant all of Louisiana was under Federal control. New Iberia was occupied briefly by U.S. forces in April and May 1863 during the Teche Campaign, but at the time this cover was received in New York, there was no Federal mail service to this part of Louisiana. It was handstamped with the second type of "Sent Back to England" marking after sitting in the U.S. Dead Letter Office for eight months.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 8). Ex Murphy

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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50
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 50, Mails Suspended MarkingsMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Oval handstamp clearly struck on yellow cover from Great Britain to "Major Tait, late of General Longstreet's Staff, Richmond, Confederate States", Great Britain 1sh Green tied by "195" numeral oval and red "N. York Am. Pkt. Paid 24 1863 May 22" credit datestamp (the year date is in error), backstamped Chipping-Norton (May 10, 1864) and London (May 11, 1864), red "21 Cents" credit handstamp, sender's embossed seal on flap "Wm. Bliss & Co. Manufacturers, Chipping Norton"

VERY FINE AND COLORFUL ATTEMPTED TRANSATLANTIC MAILING TO THE CONFEDERATE CAPITAL THREE YEARS INTO THE WAR. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE "MAILS SUSPENDED" OVAL ON A TRANSATLANTIC COVER.

This cover was sent by Wm. Bliss & Co., a textile manufacturer in England, to an addressee identified simply as "Major Tait, late of Genl Longstreet's Staff". Perhaps by coincidence, a supplier of military uniforms to the Confederate government was James A. Tait, who was in Richmond at this time. The cover was carried on the North German Lloyd America, departing from Southampton on May 11 and arriving in New York on May 22. The "Mails Suspended" oval was probably applied at the Washington D.C. U.S. Dead Letter Office, but there is also the possibility that New York City had the device as well.

A large business firm in England in 1864 certainly would have been aware that mail could not reach the Confederate States through normal post office channels. One wonders if this cover was accidentally posted in the mails or addressed directly to Richmond, rather than sent to a forwarder in the Bahamas who could arrange for transmission on a blockade runner.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 10). Ex Gallagher

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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51
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 51, Mails Suspended MarkingsMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Mostly clear strike of rare blue oval handstamp, Bahamas 6p Violet (14), near-perfect centering, tied by "A05" oval grid on cover to Buena Vista S.C., backstamped "Nassau-New Providence MR 1 1865", partly clear "N. York Br. Pkt. 5 Mar. 18" due datestamp, red wax seal on flap, light vertical fold at left

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE "MAILS SUSPENDED" HANDSTAMP ON A COVER WITH A BAHAMAS FRANKING, ADDRESSED TO THE CONFEDERATE STATES, BUT POSTED AFTER THE FALL OF CHARLESTON CLOSED NASSAU'S LAST BLOCKADE-RUNNING CONNECTION.

Charleston fell to Federal forces on February 17, 1865, which prevented any further blockade-running trips through that port. This cover was probably intended to go by a blockade-runner, but once it reached the Bahamas, it was posted in the regular packet mail to New York. It was carried on the Cunarder Corsica, departing from Nassau on March 14 and arriving in New York on March 18. The "Mails Suspended" marking in blue was probably applied in Washington D.C., but it is also possible that New York City had the device.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 10). Ex Simon

E. 5,000-7,500
6,750
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52
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 52, Mails Suspended MarkingsMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Partly clear oval handstamp on legal-size cover to E. B. Cilley, a prisoner at Salisbury N.C., sender's notation "Prisoner of War from the 5th N.H. Reg.", 3c Rose (65) pen cancelled, blue "Hill N.H. Aug. 27" circular datestamp, missent to Salisbury New Hampshire with blue "Salisbury N.H. Aug. 29" circular datestamp and manuscript forwarding notation, vertical folds clear of stamp, Very Fine, mailed in August 1862 after prisoner-of-war exchanges were suspended, thus the "Mails Suspended" marking, see lot 111 for P.O.W. cover from same correspondence, with 1990 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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53
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 53, Mails Suspended MarkingsMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Straightline handstamp on small cover endorsed by member of Illinois Vol. and addressed to Atlanta Ga., "Normal Ill. Oct. 25" (ca. 1864) circular datestamp, part of "Nashville Ten. Nov. 12" double-circle datestamp on back, reduced about one inch at left, this removed portion was probably marked "Due 3" for a soldier's letter

ONE OF TWO OR THREE KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS "MAILS SUSPENDED" STRAIGHTLINE APPLIED AT NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.

Atlanta was captured by Sherman on September 2, 1864. It is likely that this cover was mailed from Illinois in the belief that the postal service in the city would be maintained under Federal occupation, but delivery was not permitted and the letter was stopped at Nashville.

Ex MacBride and Gallagher

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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