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Sale 1190 — The Kilbourne Collection of CSA Stamps and Postal History, Part 2

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Category — Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal System

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1427
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1427, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal SystemNew Orleans La. Jan. 16, 1862, New Orleans La. Jan. 16, 1862New Orleans La. Jan. 16, 1862. Double-circle datestamp and bold "Steam 7" straightline (5c postage plus 2c ship captain's fee), on fresh cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. at New Orleans, docketed "With one Bucket of Butter" at top, usual filing pinholes, Extremely Fine, scarce Mississippi River packetboat use, ex Felton, Raymond Weill & Co. backstamp

E. 750-1,000
2,300
1428
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1428, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal System5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large to full margins, tied by "STEAM" straightline handstamp which indents stamp from strong strike, on buff cover to Natchez Miss., manuscript "Gen. Quitman" name-of-boat directive at bottom, Very Fine, the General Quitman is believed to have been built at New Albany, Indiana, in 1859 for a New Orleans ship owner, it was "one of the best and most powerful boats on the river" in 1862 and one of the last to escape from the city on April 24, evacuating upriver "a good many ladies, some officers, and some ordnance stores.", ex Antrim

E. 500-750
3,250
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1429
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1429, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal SystemBrashear La. Apr. 13 (1862), Brashear La. Apr. 13 (1862)Brashear La. Apr. 13 (1862). Brown circular datestamp with fleuron, matching "Paid" and "5" rate handstamps on "Brashear, Franklin & New Iberia Packet, St. Mary, J. H. Whitworth, Master" illustrated Confederate steamboat corner card cover to Miss Jessie Laura Bryan at Liberty Tex., sender's directive "Care of P. Bryan Esq, 'Cedar Grove'" (Pryor Bryan), slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS CONFEDERATE STATES MAIL BOAT CORNER CARD.

This address in the same hand is found on a Cushing's Express Trans-Mississippi cover. They were probably addressed by Capt. Watson Dugat Williams, Co. F., 5th Texas Regiment, who married Laura Bryan in 1865.

Ex Walcott and Hall

E. 3,000-4,000
5,250
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1430
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1430, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal SystemRegular New Orleans and Lake Bisteneau Passenger Packet Comet, W. V. Harrell, Master. J. T. Reeder, Clerk, Regular New Orleans and Lake Bisteneau Passenger Packet Comet, W. V. Harrell, Master. J. T. Reeder, ClerkRegular New Orleans and Lake Bisteneau Passenger Packet Comet, W. V. Harrell, Master. J. T. Reeder, Clerk. Printed corner card with illustration of steamboat on pristine cover to Carrol Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, without backflap, usual pinholes for this correspondence, Very Fine, although lacking postal markings, the addressee's name "Carroll Hoy & Co." indicates 1861 Confederate use, 1986 Dietz lists this as a Confederate steamboat (confirmed by Times-Picayune, copy accompanies), ex Dr. Robertson

E. 400-500
425
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1431
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1431, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal SystemMobile Ala., Jan. 14 (1864), Mobile Ala., Jan. 14 (1864)Mobile Ala., Jan. 14 (1864). Double-circle datestamp and bold "10" rate handstamp on cover with blue illustrated overall lithographed "Independent Packet James Battle" steamboat design, addressed to Greensboro Ala., slight soiling, backflap replaced and small top left corner repair

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND RARE CONFEDERATE STEAMBOAT ADVERTISING COVER.

The Confederate packet James Battle advertised service on the Alabama River from Mobile and Montgomery. It was captured as a blockade runner in November 1863 and put into service for the North.

Ex Grant

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1432
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1432, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal System10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Large margins except nicked at bottom right (clear of design), tied by "Mobile Ala. May 9" (probably 1864) double-circle datestamp on cover to the Confederate Arsenal at Macon Ga., with gray illustrated overall lithographed "Independent Packet James Battle" steamboat design, Wm. Murphy New York imprint on flap, slightly reduced at left, expertly cleaned to remove waterstain

VERY FINE AND RARE ILLUSTRATED PACKET BOAT ADVERTISING COVER WITH THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUE.

The Confederate packet James Battle advertised service on the Alabama River from Mobile and Montgomery. It was captured as a blockade runner in November 1863 and put into service for the North.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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1433
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1433, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal System5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large margins, tied by blue "Regular Ouachita Packet Twilight, Will Leave Wednesday at 6 P.M." oval handstamp on buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing holes for this correspondence, slight ink erosion in address, edge repair at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE NAME-OF-BOAT HANDSTAMP FOR THE STEAMER TWILIGHT, STRUCK ON A COVER BEARING THE FIRST CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE.

The Twilight operated on the Mississippi and Ouachita Rivers. The oval handstamp had a changeable slug for the day -- the other day we have seen is Saturday.

Illustrated in Milgram on p. 699. Ex Antrim and Weatherly, from whom the Kilbournes acquired the cover privately in 1964

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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1434
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1434, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal System5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Vertical pair, ample margins to clear, used on buff cover to Demopolis Ala. with "Per Steamer Robt E Lee" manuscript directive, matching manuscript cancels pair, original letter datelined "Office Depot, Commissary, District of the Gulf, Mobile, March 24, 1863", Very Fine and rare Confederate steamboat usage, ex Knapp and Hall

E. 500-750
650
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1435
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1435, Steamboat Mail–Confederate Postal System10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). A remarkable pair of Alabama River steamboat covers, both blue envelopes addressed to George Tuthill at Mobile; one with four-margin stamp tied by "Mobile Ala." double-circle datestamp, date unclear, directive "Per 'Le Grande' with Bucket, Post. not paid", the Le Grande was built at New Albany in 1856 and served as a Confederate troop and supply ship until Dec. 1864 when she was sunk to avoid capture; the second is a turned cover, mailed first to Col. James L. White at the Selma Arsenal, 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12), large margins to just touching, tied by indistinct "Mobile Ala. Nov 8" double-circle datestamp, turned and addressed to Tuthill at Mobile with directive "Per Str. Com. Farrand", the Commodore Farrand was built in 1859 as the James M. Brown in Mobile, re-named in 1863 when Ebenezer Farrand was appointed commandant of the Alabama area, captured and sold at auction in 1865; both covers skillfully cleaned, the former with an expert repair in backflap (a contemporary message appears to have been cut away, perhaps by the addressee), Alabama and Mobile River steamboat covers are exceedingly rare, these were carried by Confederate naval vessels, ex Everett

E. 500-750
750
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