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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: Blockade-Run Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
646
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 646, Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run Mail10c Dark Blue, Die B (12), 10c Dark Blue, Die B (12)10c Dark Blue, Die B (12). Large to huge margins including sheet margin at bottom, tied by "Charleston S.C. Aug. 3 '64" circular datestamp on buff cover most likely originating in England and addressed to A. A. Bell at Liberty Va. with blockade runner ship-name endorsement "per Genl. Whiting", matching "Triplicate", accompanied by photocopy of letter to the Mayor of Charleston from Major General Samuel Jones expressing concern about yellow fever that might have been carried on the General Whiting on this trip

EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH SHIP'S NAME AND CONFEDERATE STAMP FOR INTERNAL POSTAGE.

This cover was carried from Nassau on board the blockade-runner General Whiting, arriving Charleston Aug. 3, 1864. An earlier and nearly identical cover from the Steven Walske collection (Siegel Sale 988, lot 325, realized $4,000 hammer) was carried on the Lucy from Nassau to Wilmington N.C. and handled by a forwarder. This cover was almost certainly handled the same way.

Walske-Trepel Census BI-Ch-60. Ex Karras

E. 2,000-3,000
1,000
647
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 647, Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run MailCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau, Charleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and NassauCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau. Small cover from Private Edward L. Wells addressed to his aunt, Mrs. Thomas L. Wells, at New York City street address, entered British Mails with Bahamas 1863 6p Lilac, Perf 12-1/12 (14c), trivial gum toning, tied by "A05" oval grid, "Bahamas MY 8 1864" circular datestamp on back, "5" in circle handstamp applied at New York for postage due on British Packet mail

VERY FINE. BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS WITH FOREIGN STAMPS ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE BAHAMAS 6-PENCE USED ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.

The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "In Camp" on Jan. 12, 1864, from Private Edward L. Wells, a private in the Charleston Light Dragoons, Co. J., 4th S.C. Cavalry (he published a history of the unit in the 1880's).

Carried on blockade-runner Lucy, dep. Wilmington May 1, 1864, arr. Nassau May 7; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau May 9, arr. New York May 13. The rate from the Bahamas to New York was 4p, but in this case the forwarder in Nassau applied a 6p stamp. It is the only recorded blockade-run cover with this value. The Lucy was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Nov. 1864, 21 for 23 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba on Nov. 3, 1864, off Wilmington. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972.

Ex Birkinbine, Walske and Felton. With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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648
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 648, Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run MailCharleston S.C. to New York, Blockade-Run, Charleston S.C. to New York, Blockade-RunCharleston S.C. to New York, Blockade-Run. Small cover with "Approved By Order H. W. Feilden" on inside of top flap, bold "5" rate handstamp, "Bahamas JY 3, 1864" circular datestamp, to New Rochelle N.Y., Bahamas stamp missing at right and cover repaired in that area, Fine appearance, a scarce censored blockade cover, Col. Henry W. Feilden was a British citizen who joined the Confederacy, he served as assistant adjutant general on Beauregard's staff, accompanied by biographical information on Feilden, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
0
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649
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 649, Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run Mail5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6)5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6). Vertical pair, margins clear of design all around, bright color, tied by clear "Eagle Pass Tex. May 19" circular datestamp on blue folded cover to San Antonio, no contents to confirm but almost certainly originated in Mexico and carried across the Rio Grande to Confederate Texas

VERY FINE COVER ORIGINATING IN MEXICO AND CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE TO CONFEDERATE TEXAS.

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

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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650
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 650, Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run MailVictoria, Mexico, to Brownsville, Texas, Trans-Rio Grande, Victoria, Mexico, to Brownsville, Texas, Trans-Rio GrandeVictoria, Mexico, to Brownsville, Texas, Trans-Rio Grande. Blue folded cover addressed to "Senor D. Jose San Roman" in Matamoras, Mexico 2r, 1861 Issue (8) with Victoria Tampas district straightline and tied by double oval cancel, Mar. 10, 1863 docketing on inside flap, back sealed with "Manuel Dos al Cueto C. Victoria" company double oval, carried privately across the Rio Grande to Brownsville where San Roman operated, small stain at left

VERY FINE TRANS-RIO GRANDE COVER FROM VICTORIA, MEXICO, TO BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS, VIA MATAMORAS, WITH MEXICAN ADHESIVE FRANKING.

Jose San Roman was a prosperous merchant and blockade runner, as well as a banker and broker in the contraband cotton trade of the Civil War. Several covers from his correspondence are addressed to Brownsville and a few are addressed to Matamoras. In either case the ultimate destination was Texas. One of the two recorded 10c Victoria Texas Postmaster's Provisionals on cover is addressed to San Roman.

Ex Felton

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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