5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6).
Vertical pair, ample to large margins except touched at bottom, tied by "Eagle Pass Tex. Sep. 7" (1863)
circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined at Monterey (Mexico)
and addressed to San Antonio Tex., blue double-oval Bache-Shonfeld Co. return card handstamp, entered Mexican mails with framed "MONTEREY/ SEPTIEMBRE 6"
and "2" handstamp rate on back, delivered to Confederate mail agent per manuscript "S.Y. Groos y Ca., P[uerta] Negras,"
who carried it across the Rio Grande and applied Confederate postage for mailing at Eagle Pass, splitting along folds
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND CHOICE COVER FROM MONTEREY, MEXICO, TO CONFEDERATE SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, VIA EAGLE PASS.
The Eagle Pass post office was the drop point for mail from Mexico to the Confederate States that crossed the Rio Grande further up the river near Piedras Negras. The typical franking is a pair of the 5c Blue Typograph stamps as seen here. This cover is especially desirable as it entered and received postmarks in the Mexican mails.
Ex Brooks, Frazier and Everett
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