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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-Matamoros

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
370
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 370, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-MatamorosJIMENEZ, JIMENEZJIMENEZ. Mexican framed straightline handstamp and similar "Franco" handstamp on greenish folded cover to Jose San Roman in Brownsville Tex., receipt docketing "Jacinto Salinas, Rda Jimenez Junio 15/63", sent by Mexican mails from Jimenez to Matamoros (prepaid), then by private courier across the Rio Grande to Brownsville, Extremely Fine, Jose San Roman was a prosperous merchant, banker and broker in the contraband cotton trade of the Civil War, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 159), ex Birkinbine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
371
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 371, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-MatamorosMONTERREY/AGOSTO 5, MONTERREY/AGOSTO 5MONTERREY/AGOSTO 5. Framed datestamp ties Mexico 1861 8r Hidalgo (11), margins close to slightly cut in, on August 1863 folded letter from Hernandez & Co. in Monterrey to Jose San Roman in Brownsville Tex. (as addressed in the letter portion), addressed on the outside to San Roman in Matamoros and forwarded privately across the border, slightly age toned, Fine, Jose San Roman was a prosperous merchant, banker and broker in the contraband cotton trade of the Civil War, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 159), ex Mazepa

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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372
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 372, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-MatamorosMonterrey (Mexico) to New Orleans via Matamoros and Brownsville, Monterrey (Mexico) to New Orleans via Matamoros and BrownsvilleMonterrey (Mexico) to New Orleans via Matamoros and Brownsville. Greenish folded cover from Luis Coindreau in Monterrey, Mexico, to Seres. Avendano Hermanos in New Orleans, "Brownsville Tex. Jan. 13" (1862) datestamp and "Paid 10" straightline handstamp for C.S.A. rate, receipt docketing "1862, Luis G. Coindreau, Monterey Enero 7, Rcda. 31, Cda. Abril 1" -- indicating that the letter was dated at Monterrey on Jan. 7, 1862, and was received in New Orleans on Jan. 31, couple vertical file folds, few sealed edge tears, Fine, extremely rare trans-Rio Grande cover, this cover was carried during the period when Costa's Express was running, leading some previous students to attribute it to his service, but it was probably carried in the regular C.S.A. mails from Brownsville to New Orleans, ex MacBride and Skinner

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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373
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 373, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-MatamorosBrownsville Tex. Feb. 4, 1865, Brownsville Tex. Feb. 4, 1865Brownsville Tex. Feb. 4, 1865. Bold strike of rimless circular datestamp and "Paid 10" straightline C.S.A. rate handstamp on blue folded letter datelined "Matamoros 2 Febrero 1865" from Casimiro Castro to Ezequiel Bustamante in San Antonio Tex., Feb. 9 receipt docketing, Extremely Fine, a late example of mail carried from Mexico to Confederate Texas, the Confederates reoccupied Brownsville on July 30, 1864, ex Kohn and Birkinbine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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374
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 374, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-Matamoros10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Large even margins, fine impression, tied by "Brownsville Tex. Sep. 29" (1862) rimless circular datestamp on blue folded letter from Matamoros (Mexico) to San Antonio via Brownsville, written in German and datelined "Matamoros, Septbe 28, 1862", minor splits along folds

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER CARRIED FROM MEXICO TO CONFEDERATE TEXAS VIA THE MATAMOROS-BROWNSVILLE ROUTE. LESS THAN TEN COVERS CARRIED ON THIS ROUTE ARE KNOWN WITH CONFEDERATE POSTAGE STAMPS.

Ex Keeling

E. 1,500-2,000
4,375
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375
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 375, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-MatamorosBrownsville Tex. Apr. 25, 1865, Brownsville Tex. Apr. 25, 1865Brownsville Tex. Apr. 25, 1865. Lightly inked but readable circular datestamp and manuscript "Paid 30" triple rate on blue folded letter carried from Matamoros to San Antonio via Brownsville, datelined "Matamoros 23 Abril 1865" from Casimiro Castro to Luis Leon, two strikes of "Maza y Larrache Matamoros" double-circle datestamp with Apr. 22 and 23 dates

VERY FINE. A LATE TRANS-RIO GRANDE FOLDED LETTER THAT MENTIONS THE SURRENDER OF LEE'S ARMY.

This letter, written in Spanish, mentions receiving news of the "capitulacion de Lee", referring of course to Lee's surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. The war would carry on another month in Texas, with the last battle -- the Battle of Palmito Ranch -- fought on May 12.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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376
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 376, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-Matamoros20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c). Matching upper left and lower right diagonal halves of the same stamp, each tied on separate folded letters written in German from the same commercial firm in Monterrey (Mexico) to pharmacist August Forcke in New Braunfels Tex.; the upper left bisect with huge top sheet margin and large left margin, tied by "Brownsville Tex. Dec. 5" (1864) rimless circular datestamp on letter datelined "Monterey [crossed out] Matamoros, Dec. 2, '64", address with "via San Antonio" route designation, carried across the river between Matamoros and Brownsville and then by the Confederate mails to New Braunfels; the lower right bisect tied by "San Antonio Tex. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on letter datelined "Matamoros Nov. 29 64", carried further up the Rio Grande where it crossed from Nuevo Laredo to Laredo, then entered the Confederate mails at San Antonio

EXTREMELY FINE. A UNIQUE AND REMARKABLE PAIR OF COVERS, BEARING MATCHING HALVES OF THE SAME CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE STAMP ON SEPARATE LETTERS THAT WERE CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE FROM MEXICO TO TEXAS VIA DIFFERENT ROUTES. THIS IS THE ONLY MATCHING PAIR OF 20-CENT BISECTS EXTANT, AND THE POSTAL HISTORY ASPECT OF THE PAIR ADDS EVEN GREATER SIGNIFICANCE.

Information about the addressee can be found at http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Herzstein_Library: "A practicing pharmacist in New Braunfels, Texas, for 50 years, Johann August Forcke was born in Hildsheim, Germany, on April 20, 1814, and studied pharmacy in Jena, Germany, before immigrating to Texas in 1845. He landed at Indianola and arrived in New Braunfels in 1846. An early settler of the city, Forcke served as one of the first city aldermen from June 7, 1847 to March 3, 1849. Forcke bought property in 1851 on South Seguin Street where he located his drug store. His business closed in 1898. August Forke married Johanne Sophia Fricke (1816 – 1898) in 1847. The couple had five children. He died January 2, 1903, and is buried in the Comal Cemetery in New Braunfels, Texas." Among the Forcke papers at San Jacinto Museum is an invoice from S. Ramos y Hermano of Monterrey, Mexico, dated August 19, 1863, that documents the necessity for Texans to turn to Mexico to import drugs during the Civil War.

Ex Caspary, where acquired by the Weills, presumably for Reverend Paul Freeland. Raymond Weill's personal copy of the Caspary catalogue (in our library) notes "Must" next to each lot, meaning "Must Have". Also from our 1982 Rarities of the World sale (realized $22,000 hammer) and 1986 Rarities of the World sale (realized $25,000 hammer), and ex McCarren.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 160). Each cover with 1982 and 2005 P.F. certificates and a letter from P.F. Chairman Mortimer L. Neinken dated November 8 1982, stating that the bisects are both halves of the same stamp.

E. 20,000-30,000
35,000
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377
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 377, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-Matamoros5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large margins except in at top left, tied by "Houston Tex. Aug. 30" (1863) circular datestamp on greenish folded letter carried from Houston to Matamoros via Brownsville, then returned by the same route, addressed to Mr. Ben Weil in Matamoros, "Pol. of Mr. Haber" endorsement crossed out and re-directed to "Care of Jno. Marks & Co. Matamoros", upon receipt the original letter leaf was removed by Ben Weil of Matamoros, outer address leaf used as stationery and datelined "Matamoros Septr. 5th 1863", addressed to S. E. Loeb in Houston and hand-carried with "Pol. of Mr. Martelly", no postal markings or postage for return trip, receipt docketing "Ansd. Septr 4th 63", some splits, small tears and ink erosion have been reinforced with document repair tape that has started to stain the paper, faults to be expected and otherwise Fine, a remarkable and unique cover that crossed the lines between Mexico and the Confederate States twice, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 162)

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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378
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 378, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Brownsville-MatamorosTrans-Rio Grande Cover from Brownsville to Tampico, Mexico, Trans-Rio Grande Cover from Brownsville to Tampico, MexicoTrans-Rio Grande Cover from Brownsville to Tampico, Mexico. Folded letter with receipt docketing "Brownsville Abril 7 de 1863 / Jose San Roman / Recibide Abril 17 de 1863", addressed to Tampico, Mexico, carried across the border and put into the mails at Matamoros, "H. MATAMOROS/ABRIL 6"%$ framed datestamp, "FRANCO" straightline, some skillfully reinforced wear at top and bottom

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TRANS-RIO GRANDE COVER OUTBOUND FROM THE CONFEDERATE STATES TO MEXICO -- CONSIDERABLY RARER THAN INBOUND COVERS.

The "H" in "H. Matamoros" stands for "Heroic", a title awarded to the city after it was successfully defended against invading forces in 1851.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 161). Ex Judd and Murphy

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