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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Prize Court Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
362
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 362, Prize Court Mail5c Red Brown (75), 5c Red Brown (75)5c Red Brown (75). Deep shade, used with 1c Blue (63) and two 3c Rose (65), overpaying double 5c rate and tied by "New-York Aug. 14, 1862" duplex datestamp and target on yellow prize court cover to Nassau, Bahamas, addressed to Charles Gordon, in care of "H. R. Sonders & Son" (sic), with red oval "Forwarded by Saunders & Son, Nassau" handstamp, blue pencil "4" pence rate, docketed by Philadelphia Prize Court with red "84" at left and "No. 17. H.F. The within is marked 17th. H.F." at right, stamps with few faults incl. 1c small piece out at bottom

FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR FRANKING AND VERY RARE COVER CAPTURED DURING AN ATTEMPTED BLOCKADE RUN AND USED AS EVIDENCE IN THE PRIZE COURT AT PHILADELPHIA.

This was carried from New York on the Cunarder British Queen, departing Aug. 16, 1862, arriving Nassau Aug. 20. It was forwarded by Saunders & Son with goods on the schooner Defiance to Savannah, but she was captured by the barque U.S.S. Braziliera on Sep. 7, 1862. The Defiance was made a prize, and this was used as evidence in the Philadelphia Prize Court. The initials "H.F." at right belong to Henry Flanders, a well-respected scholar on maritime law who served as commissioner of the Philadelphia Prize Court.

Ex Knapp

E. 5,000-7,500
16,000
363
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 363, Prize Court MailPendleton S.C. Jul. 22 (1861), Pendleton S.C. Jul. 22 (1861)Pendleton S.C. Jul. 22 (1861). Clear strike of blue circular datestamp and "Paid 5" rate handstamp on yellow prize court cover addressed to Emilio Puiz, in care of the Spanish Consul at Charleston S.C., magenta manuscript docketing "E10 HHE" applied by the New York Prize Court commissioner Henry H. Elliott

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER TAKEN FROM A CAPTURED VESSEL EN ROUTE FROM CHARLESTON TO HAVANA, THEN USED AS EVIDENCE IN THE NEW YORK PRIZE COURT.

This cover and the addressee, Emilio Puiz, were on board the Nuestra Senora de Regla when she was captured at Port Royal en route to Havana on December 1, 1861, by the U.S.S. Aries (Commander T. W. Sherman). The ship and its cargo were brought to New York, and Puiz, a Spanish citizen, was held prisoner for violating neutrality laws. This cover was used as evidence in the New York Prize Court hearing. Coincidentally, Puiz was taken prisoner again in 1863 when another vessel named Aries was captured by the U.S.S. Stettin with Puiz and other Spanish citizens on board. They were accused of accompanying cargo in an attempted blockade run.

According to the Naval Historical Center, the Nuestra Senora del Regla was built at New York in 1861 for use as a civilian ferryboat at Havana, Cuba. After her capture in December 1861, she was purchased by the U.S. Navy in September 1862, converted to a gunboat and re-named the U.S.S. Commodore Hull (commissioned November 1862). Her ferryboat design made her especially useful for operations in sheltered waters, and the Commodore Hull spent most of her service in the North Carolina Sounds and its adjacent rivers. In that area, she took part in the May 1864, battle with the Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Albemarle, and in attacks on and the capture of Plymouth N.C. on October 29-31, 1864. Although badly damaged in that battle, the Commodore Hull remained active until the end of the Civil War. She was decommissioned in June 1865 and sold in September of that year. She subsequently was named Waccamaw in civilian employment, which lasted until sometime prior to 1885.

Ex Birkinbine

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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364
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 364, Prize Court Mail, Schooner Volant Prize Court Letter. Folded consignee letter datelined "Nassau 21 June 1862" from Henry Adderley & Co., endorsed "Per 'Volant'" and "Consignees", deceptively addressed to the shipping firm of F. T. Montell & Co. in Baltimore, enclosing a part-printed Bill of Lading dated June 21, 1862, for goods purported to be routed to Baltimore and an Adderley & Co. invoice for 200 sacks of salt in the same shipment, the letter and two accompanying documents were on board with the cargo when the Volant was captured by the U.S.S. Western World on July 2, 1862 in Winyeh Bay S.C., manuscript docketing "No. 6. The within are marked Nos. 6a, 6b, 6c" and red "73" applied by the Philadelphia Prize Court

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE TRIO COMPRISING THE LETTER AND SHIPPING DOCUMENTS CAPTURED ON BOARD THE SCHOONER VOLANT AND USED AS EVIDENCE IN THE PRIZE COURT HEARING.

The Baltimore shipping firm of F. T. Montell & Co. was involved in running goods through the Union blockade. This is a rare letter with accompanying shipping documents which were submitted as evidence during the Philadelphia Prize Court hearing.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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365
 
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 365, Prize Court Mail, Confederate War Department Authorization for Blockade Run by the Annie Berry. War Department letterhead datelined Richmond Apr. 28, 1862, to S. A. Plummer and W. Cameron in Petersburg Va., authorization for the pilot boat Annie Berry to sail from Wilmington with tobacco for the West Indies and to return with ordnance, accompanied by ship's papers and list of wages paid to crew, minor splits along folds, a desirable group of Confederate blockade-runner documents that were presumably captured by a Union blockading vessel

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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366
 
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 366, Prize Court Mail, Description of the Confederate Blockade-Runner Fingal from the U.S.S. Flag Ship Niagara. Manuscript headed "Circular No. 2" and dated Nov. 25, 1861, describing in detail the steamer Fingal and giving notice "A bright lookout must be kept for the Fingal. The Department will be much chagrined should she be permitted to enter a Confederate Port", a notation along the left side indicates this circular arrived the same day as a newspaper article announcing the arrival of the Fingal with 6,000 Enfield rifles (clipping of article pasted to bottom), a most unusual document related to the Union blockade

E. 300-400
225
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367
 
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 367, Prize Court MailJohn A. Dahlgren, John A. DahlgrenJohn A. Dahlgren. Part-printed document signed as Rear Admiral and Commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, datelined Flag Ship Philadelphia at Port Royal S.C., Oct. 2, 1864, to the crew member releasing him as medically "unfit for duty", folds, in excellent condition, a desirable historical item for the Civil War naval specialist

E. 300-400
0
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