VERY FINE AND SCARCE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO RICHMOND WITH THE SAUNDERS & SON NASSAU FORWARDER'S HANDSTAMP.
This was carried from Nassau on the blockade-runner Gertrude, which was active from February 1863 to April 1864. She was 2 for 3 in successful trips and was captured by U.S.S. Vanderbilt (flagship of the Flying Squadron) on April 16, 1863 near the Bahamas.
Special Routes Census No. BI-Ch-24. With 1979 C.S.A. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FEWER THAN FIVE RECORDED INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS WITH THE ADDERLEY FORWARDER'S HANDSTAMP. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE USE.
This was carried on the blockade-runner Herald (I) from Nassau on June 30, arriving at Charleston on July 3, 1862. John Fraser & Co. was the London affiliate of Fraser Trenholm & Co., while Henry Adderley & Co. was their Nassau agent. This cover nicely ties together all three entities.
Special Routes Census No. BI-Ch-2. The census records only two other examples of the Adderley & Co. handstamp on inbound covers, but we are aware of one other formerly in the Myers and Dr. Brandon collections. Ex Walske
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE USE OF CONFEDERATE STAMPS ON AN INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.
This was carried on the Ruby from Nassau, which was owned by Alexander Collie & Co. She was active from February to June 1863 and was 8 for 10 in successful trips. She was destroyed off Charleston on June 11, 1863.
Special Routes Census No. BI-Ch-20. Ex Everett