EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FEW COVERS IN EXISTENCE WITH THE 40-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS RATE PAID BY A BLOCK OF STAMPS. AN OUTSTANDING SHOWPIECE AND ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TRANS-MISSISSIPPI COVERS EXTANT.
Ex Knapp and Clippert. Illustrated in Krieger (p. 23, No. W5). Krieger also illustrates two other covers from this correspondence -- both adversity uses (wallpaper). With 1989 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FORWARDED TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER. A WONDERFUL USE WITH A BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT DIE A ENGRAVED ISSUE.
In addition to the unique forwarded use, this is also a scarce East-to-West Trans-Mississippi cover. The Walske-Trepel Special Routes book states fewer than 50 westbound Trans-Mississippi Express covers are known, making them about three-times scarcer than eastbound covers.
Illustrated in Krieger (p. 46, No. E25, from the same correspondence as the unique 80c cover offered in Kilbourne Part One, Sale 1186, lot 855). Ex Lehman and Powell. With 1965 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUE ON A WESTBOUND TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER. WESTBOUND COVERS ARE MUCH SCARCER THAN EASTBOUND COVERS.
The Walske-Trepel Special Routes book states fewer than 50 westbound Trans-Mississippi express covers are known, making them about three-times scarcer than eastbound covers. E. H. Cushing, publisher of the Houston Daily Telegraph, was a well-known express agent. He established private express routes after the fall of New Orleans in April 1862. The labels he affixed to mail carried on Cushing's Express are great rarities. This cover was apparently intended to be carried by Cushing's Express, but was instead handled in the government Trans-Mississippi Express mails.
Illustrated in Krieger (p. 42, No. E14). Acquired by the Kilbournes in 1959
FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER WITH A FIVE-LINE SOLDIER'S ENDORSEMENT, A PAIR OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE AND "TURNED" FOR RE-USE.
No more than 20 covers with a pair of the 20c Green paying the 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate are known (see The Trans-Mississippi Mails After the Fall of Vicksburg, Richard Krieger).
Illustrated in Krieger (p. 45, No. E23). Ex Hill and Walske.