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Sale 1186 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — Steamboat Mail-Confederate Postal System

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
847
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 847, Steamboat Mail-Confederate Postal SystemNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large to huge margins all around, intense shade, tied by perfect strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with bold "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and "New Orleans La. Nov. 12, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Miss Susan McGill, care of Messrs. Griffin & Lewis in Rodney Miss., manuscript "Magenta" steamboat identification at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A FRESH COVER. A RARE USE OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONLY 12 TO 15 EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN AND THIS MAY BE THE FINEST.

Rodney was a city in southwest Mississippi approximately 32 miles from Natchez. An important city in the 19th century, its population dwindled to nearly zero after the Mississippi River changed course.

Ex Emerson, Brown, Knapp and Moody. Acquired by the Kilbournes privately in 1959 from Robert A. Siegel

E. 3,000-4,000
15,000
848
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 848, Steamboat Mail-Confederate Postal SystemNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Ample margins to clear, intense color, tied by "PAID" straightline with matching "New Orleans La. 10 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Pass Christian Miss., mostly clear strike of red "Regular Vicksburg & Bend Packet/ Mary E. Keene./ W.B. Richardson Master" oval name-of-boat handstamp, glue outline of a Half Dime at lower left, clearly showing the mirror-image of the lettering, a representative Half Dime accompanies, as does a second March 1862 cover bearing 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1) to the same addressee in New Orleans, full margins and beautiful color, packet boat usage cancelled upon arrival, both covers with manuscript "Lizzie" docketing at left

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL COVERS WITH A NAME-OF-BOAT MISSISSIPPI RIVER PACKET MARKING AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE U.S. HALF-DIME OUTLINE, WHICH THE SENDER AFFIXED TO PAY THE POSTAGE.

While Confederate riverboat mail was prolific prior to Federal control of the Mississippi River, examples of New Orleans provisionals with name-of-boat markings are extremely rare. We are aware of three different: the "Packet Mary E. Keene" offered here, "Steamer Genl. Quitman" and the "Sallie Robinson". Glue outlines of Half Dimes are rarely encountered on Civil War covers, and when present they are normally on flag-of-truce covers in an attempt to pay U.S. postage. This use to pay Confederate postage in September 1861 is remarkable.

The Postmaster's Provisional cover ex Weatherly (acquired by the Kilbournes privately from Earl Weatherly in 1963). The 5c Lithograph cover ex Caspary.

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
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849
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 849, Steamboat Mail-Confederate Postal SystemHowardsville Va. Nov. 26, Howardsville Va. Nov. 26Howardsville Va. Nov. 26. Lightly struck but readable blue circular datestamp with brownish-black "PAID" and "5" rate handstamps on cover to Pattonsburg Va. with illustrated Elsom & Co.'s Mail Packet Line advertisement, list of steamboats Clara, Viola, Percy and Pioneer with their respective captains, identifying service between Richmond, Lynchburg and Lexington, contains original enclosure datelined Howardsville Va., Nov. 25, 1861, from proprietor R. W. Elsom asking for prices on baled hay and a hay-baling machine, minor opening tears in flap

FRESH AND VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A CONFEDERATE PACKET ON THE JAMES RIVER. AN OUTSTANDING EXHIBITION ITEM.

Examples of Mississippi and Alabama River Confederate packet covers are rare, but a fair number survived in the Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans correspondence. The activity on the James River was never nearly as extensive, and no large correspondences containing James River packet covers have been found.

Ex Dr. Simon

E. 4,000-5,000
15,500
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850
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 850, Steamboat Mail-Confederate Postal System5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Horizontal pair, dark shade, mostly large margins, separated by tearing along creases, a bit rough with vertical crease between stamps and left stamp with sealed tear, tied by "Montgomery Ala. Apr. 13, 1862" circular datestamp, struck again on cover with clear "STEAM BOAT" straightline handstamp, to Williamsburg Va., slight wear along top edge, bend from contents thru pair which has minor gum soaks, still Very Fine, waterway mail carried by Confederate steamboats along the Alabama River and its tributaries is rare, this is one of the finest examples known, ex Emerson, Knapp, Shenfield, Antrim and Everett

E. 1,000-1,500
4,750
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