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Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Confederate and Civil War: Trans-Mississippi Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
642
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 642, Confederate and Civil War: Trans-Mississippi Express20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Horizontal pair, full to large margins except just touching at top of right stamp, tied by well-struck "Georgetown S.C. Nov. 3" circular datestamp on cover to "Col. Ben Austin, PA CS -- Genl. E.K. Smith, Shreveport La., via Meridian Miss.", stamps additionally tied by Meridian Miss. dateless circular handstamp, manuscript "ppd. 40 cents" at bottom left, cover skillfully restored to remove staining

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER, BEARING A PAIR OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE TIED BY THE MERIDIAN TERMINUS OFFICE DATESTAMP.

No more than twenty covers with a pair of the 20c Green paying the 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate are known.

Illustrated in Krieger book (No. E35). Accompanied by biographical information about Col. Ben Austin. Ex Shenfield and Corwin.

E. 3,000-4,000
1,500
643
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 643, Confederate and Civil War: Trans-Mississippi Express20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Horizontal pair, margins to just in at top right, manuscript "8" cancels on 40c Trans-Mississippi Express cover to Montgomery Texas, manuscript "Courier Meridian" at left which has been re-written in pencil below, receipt docketing on back "H.A. Wood Recd. 28th July/64", also pencil notation at left from noted collector Harold Brooks stating this was found in a trunk and an undoubtedly genuine use, cover with some slight staining including on right stamp, minor edgewear

FINE APPEARING AND RARE EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER, BEARING A PAIR OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.

No more than twenty covers with a pair of the 20c Green paying the 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate are known. A majority of the known covers are heavily stained and damaged.

Ex Brooks. C.S.A. Catalog value $8,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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644
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 644, Confederate and Civil War: Trans-Mississippi Express10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c)10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c). Horizontal strip of five affixed to back, seriously defective from attempted peeling with large portions of stamps missing, tied by blurry strikes of red Adairsville Ga. circular datestamp on cover addressed to Mr. Jas Nicholson at Bastrop Tex., several manuscript notations on front including "Terry's Texas Rangers" and "50cts Postage paid on the back to go through by mail", also "Via Meridian Miss.", otherwise Fine, despite the condition this is an extremely rare 50c "Preferred Mail" Trans-Mississippi use, Krieger census E4, accompanied by biographical information on Terry's Texas Rangers

E. 300-400
900
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645
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 645, Confederate and Civil War: Trans-Mississippi Express5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b), 5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b). Three large margins, cut in at left, used with 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), full to large margins, tied by bold strike of "Mobile Ala. May 28, 1862" double-circle datestamp (month inverted) on folded letter covertly carried from Union-occupied New Orleans to Mobile and placed into mails for Pittsylvania C.H. Va., datelined "Bank of Louisiana, New Orleans 26 May 1862", receipt docketing on inside, 5c Lithograph toned and creased from vertical file fold, 5c De La Rue has barely noticeable insect nibbling

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF MAIL SMUGGLED OUT OF NEW ORLEANS JUST ONE MONTH AFTER UNION FORCES CAPTURED THE CITY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING.

Examples of mail carried clandestinely to and from New Orleans after the occupation by Union forces in April 1862 are extremely rare. This cover pre-dates the formation of the Louisiana Relief Committee one year later.

Ex Dr. Brandon

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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