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.
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.
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.
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