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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: Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
379
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 379, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras5c Light Blue, Local (7), 5c Light Blue, Local (7)5c Light Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large margins to well clear at right, tied by "Eagle Pass Tex. Sep. 30" (1863) circular datestamp on greenish blue folded letter carried from Monterrey to San Antonio via Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass, bold strike of "MONTEREY/SEPTIEMBRE 20"%$ framed datestamp, "FRANCO" straightline on front and "2" reales Mexican rate handstamp on back, Brach-Shonfeld & Co. blue oval sender's handstamp beneath pair, addressed to John H. Thursmond at San Antonio, in care of F. Groos & Co. at Piedras Negras, faint toning and slight splits along folds

VERY FINE. FEWER THAN FIVE TRANS-RIO GRANDE COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH BOTH CONFEDERATE AND MEXICAN POSTAL MARKINGS.

Single envelopes (or outer address sheets) were rarely used for the entire trip with the intermediary's address and final address together. F. Groos & Co. was a large cotton broker using the Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras crossing. In September 1863, some letters addressed to the care of his firm at Piedras Negras were posted at the Monterrey post office in Mexico, then forwarded across the river with C.S.A. postage added to the letter. Fewer than five such letters are known with both Mexican and Confederate frankings and postal markings.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 158). Ex Birkinbine

E. 5,000-7,500
9,000
380
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 380, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6)5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6). Horizontal pair, large margins to slightly in at upper right, bright shade and fresh paper, tied by "Eagle Pass Tex. Jan. 2(2)" (1864) circular datestamp on greenish blue folded letter from Piedras Negras to San Antonio Tex. via Eagle Pass, letter datelined "Piedras Negras 20 de Enero de 1863"

VERY FINE. RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT DE LA RUE PRINTING ON A COVER CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE BETWEEN PIEDRAS NEGRAS AND EAGLE PASS, TEXAS.

The Eagle Pass post office was used as the drop point for C.S.A. mail originating in Piedras Negras and addressed to San Antonio.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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381
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 381, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large bottom margin, other sides slightly in, tied by "Eagle Pass Tex. Jun. 30" (1864) circular datestamp on folded letter from Monterrey to San Antonio via Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass, datelined "Monterey, June 20, 1863" and addressed to Dr. W. G. Kingsbury in San Antonio with forwarding directions "favor of Messr. f Groos & Co., Piedras Negras", Brach-Shonfeld & Co. blue oval handstamp, trivial splits along folds, faint toning

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING TRANS-RIO GRANDE COVER, CARRIED TO PIEDRAS NEGRAS AND ACROSS THE RIVER TO EAGLE PASS, WHERE IT ENTERED THE CONFEDERATE MAILS TO SAN ANTONIO.

Brach-Shonfeld & Co. and F. Groos & Co. were prominent commercial firms involved in the cross-border trade between Mexico and the Confederate States. The addressee, Dr. W. G. Kingsbury, was a director on the board of the San Antonio Mutual Aid Society.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 158).

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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382
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 382, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Eagle Pass-Piedras Negras5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal strip of four, mostly large to huge margins, ample at bottom left, tied by two lightly-inked strikes of "Eagle Pass Tex. Jun. (?)" (1864) circular datestamp on blue folded letter from Matamoros to New Braunfels Tex. via Eagle Pass, datelined "Matamoros den 27 Mai 1864", from Groos Biersch & Co. with their blue oval handstamp on flap, addressed to A. Forke (druggist), strip has faint gum toning

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE DOUBLE-RATE CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE FRANKING ON A COVER CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE AND PUT INTO THE MAILS AT EAGLE PASS DURING THE FEDERAL OCCUPATION OF BROWNSVILLE.

Brownsville was occupied by U.S. forces from November 7, 1863, to July 20, 1864. During this time, mail between Mexico and the C.S.A. was carried across the border further up the Rio Grande between Piedras Negras and Eagle Pass.

Johann August Forcke, a German immigrant, arrived in Texas in 1845 and was a practicing pharmacist in New Braunfels for 50 years (source: http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Herzstein_Library).

Ex Brooks. With 1984 P.F. certificate

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