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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–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1316
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1316, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsRegular Saturday Packet/ Alice Vivian/ Capt. S.W. Abels/ For Demopolis &/ Merriwether's Landing, Regular Saturday Packet/ Alice Vivian/ Capt. S.W. Abels/ For Demopolis &/ Merriwether's LandingRegular Saturday Packet/ Alice Vivian/ Capt. S.W. Abels/ For Demopolis &/ Merriwether's Landing. Clear strike of blue double-line oval handstamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Demopolis Ala., pencil docketing dated Feb. 9, 1861 and indicating Mobile origin is partly erased but readable, entire slightly reduced at top and missing most of flap, Very Fine appearance, a rare name-of-boat marking in the early Confederate period, we have not offered another example in our auctions since the Kilbournes acquired this cover in 1994 (Sale 758, lot 905), after plying the waters of the Alabama and Tombigee Rivers, the Alice Vivian was captured by the Federal blockader De Soto in August 1863 in the Gulf of Mexico, with 580 bales of cotton, her cargo was taken to New York and the ship to New Orleans as a prize (New York Times Aug. 22, 1863)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
1317
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1317, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsSteamer Genl. Quitman, Steamer Genl. QuitmanSteamer Genl. Quitman. Clear strike of red oval handstamp with manuscript "1861, 24 April" date on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) addressed to Carroll, Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual small filing holes for this correspondence, Very Fine and rarely struck this clearly (most are faint), we have encountered the General Quitman Confederate packet boat handstamp on several covers bearing New Orleans Postmaster's Provisionals, but we have seen only a small handful of examples showing Confederate use of a U.S. postal entire, according to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, 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 John Hall Sr. (acquired by the Kilbournes in a 1969 H.R. Harmer sale)

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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1318
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1318, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsSteamer Genl. Quitman, Steamer Genl. QuitmanSteamer Genl. Quitman. Clear strike of greenish-blue oval handstamp with manuscript "1861, 3 May" date on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) addressed to Carroll, Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual small filing holes for this correspondence and light vertical file fold, Very Fine and rarely struck this clearly (most are faint), we have encountered the General Quitman Confederate packet boat handstamp on several covers bearing New Orleans Postmaster's Provisionals, but we have seen only a small handful of examples showing Confederate use of a U.S. postal entire, according to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, 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 Knapp and John Hall Sr. (acquired by the Kilbournes in a 1969 H.R. Harmer sale)

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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1319
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1319, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsRegular Saturday Evening/ Coast Packet/ Golden Age./ Master, Regular Saturday Evening/ Coast Packet/ Golden Age./ MasterRegular Saturday Evening/ Coast Packet/ Golden Age./ Master. Clear strike of blue oval handstamp, "New Orleans La. 26 Apr." (1861) circular datestamp on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) to Mobile Ala., some minor soiling and edge nicks, Very Fine strike, an extremely rare example of this Mississippi River name-of-boat handstamp with Confederate use of U.S. postage, an earlier version of this handstamp included the master's name, by 1860 the name had been removed, illustrated in Milgram Vessel-Named Markings book (p. 305) and in C.S.A. Catalog on p. 472, with 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,700
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1320
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1320, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsRed River Packet/ B. L. Hodge/ John Smoker Mas, Red River Packet/ B. L. Hodge/ John Smoker MasRed River Packet/ B. L. Hodge/ John Smoker Mas. Blue oval name-of-boat handstamp struck partly underneath 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) with intact perfs at top and right, showing portions of adjoining stamps, small margin defect at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. Feb. 27, 1861" double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to New Orleans, letter with heading "Below Cuchatta (Coushatta) Chute E. Whiteheads Landing", Very Fine appearing and rare Confederate use of U.S. postage on cover with the B.L. Hodge name-of-boat oval, this was carried into New Orleans and posted as a drop letter, the B. L. Hodge was a 289-ton steamer built in 1857 at New Albany, Indiana, for the Shreveport to New Orleans trade, John Smoker was listed as Master as early as 1857, with 1984 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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1321
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1321, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsNew Orleans & Red River Packet/Genl. Hodges./R.Sleade, Capt./C.T. Reeder, Clerk, New Orleans & Red River Packet/Genl. Hodges./R.Sleade, Capt./C.T. Reeder, ClerkNew Orleans & Red River Packet/Genl. Hodges./R.Sleade, Capt./C.T. Reeder, Clerk. Clear strike of red oval name-of-boat handstamp, "New Orleans La. 10 Feb." (1861) circular datestamp and "WAY" straightline struck on embossed stamp on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) addressed to New Orleans, sender's directive "Steamer 'Genl. Hodges", a bit of soiling at bottom left, Very Fine and rare, the General Hodges operated on the Mississippi and Red Rivers, use of this marking during the Confederate period is exceedingly rare, ex Wishnietsky

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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1322
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1322, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsPer Steamer Wm. Jones, Jr, Per Steamer Wm. Jones, JrPer Steamer Wm. Jones, Jr. Printed advertising label on back of folded letter datelined April 11, 1861, to Mobile Ala., bold "Steam 6" in double oval applied at Mobile, "Elm Bluff" docketing inside indicates origin, Very Fine, this cover is the basis of the catalogue listing and is, to our knowledge, the only recorded example -- some specialists have opined that the label was cut from a bill of lading and affixed to the back years after mailing -- ex Simmons

E. 500-750
375
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1323
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1323, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps, Steamer Rapides, Beautifully clear strike of red oval handstamp, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "New Orleans La. Mar. 28" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Waterford N.Y., stamp with minor perf flaws from placement near edge, Very Fine, a beautiful example of this Mississippi River name-of-boat marking with Confederate use of U.S. postage, ex Corwin, Carroll Chase notes on back

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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1324
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1324, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsFrom/ Steamer/ M. Relf, From/ Steamer/ M. RelfFrom/ Steamer/ M. Relf. Strike of red oval name-of-boat handstamp, short for Milton Relf, three 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) tied by New Orleans double-circle datestamps on buff cover to Carroll & Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, the date in the markings is unclear but the "1" of "1861" is apparent in the strike at right, left stamp with small internal fault, usual small filing holes, still Very Fine, the C.S.A. Catalog states that Independent or Confederate State use of this Mississippi River marking is not confirmed, but we believe this demonstrates such a use, therefore extremely rare, ex Dr. Chase and John Hall Sr. (acquired by the Kilbournes in a 1969 H.R. Harmer sale)

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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1325
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1325, Steamboat Mail–Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps"Mobile Ala. Mar. 4, 1861, "Mobile Ala. Mar. 4, 1861"Mobile Ala. Mar. 4, 1861. Double-circle datestamp and "STEAMBOAT" straightline handstamp on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) addressed to New Orleans, missing backflap and small hole in bottom flap, Very Fine strike, a choice Confederate steamboat use on a U.S. entire

E. 500-750
550
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