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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

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Category — Trans-Rio Grande and Blockade-Run

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
310
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 310, Trans-Rio Grande and Blockade-RunLondon to New Orleans via Tampico, Matamoros and Brownsville, London to New Orleans via Tampico, Matamoros and BrownsvilleLondon to New Orleans via Tampico, Matamoros and Brownsville. Blue legal-size cover with embossed seal on backflap of St. Katharine Dock Company in London, England, to George Gibson, in care of Spotts, Harvey & Company, grocers and commission merchants in Richmond Va., "A. Uhde & Co. Matamoros" forwarder's greenish-blue oval handstamp struck twice, horizontal pair of 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), full to clear margins, tied by "Brownsville Tex." rimless circular datestamp which is so caked with ink it is unreadable, upper half of backflap removed but the embossing is intact, folded in at left to fit exhibit page, repaired at top with paper added but stamps not touched

A FINE APPEARING AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF TRANSATLANTIC MAIL CARRIED FROM LONDON TO NEW ORLEANS VIA TAMPICO AND BROWNSVILLE DURING THE PERIOD WHEN COSTA'S EXPRESS WAS IN OPERATION.

On October 15, 1861, Antonio Costa announced a post office-endorsed foreign-mail private express service out of New Orleans. In his circular, he stated, "The undersigned, now suffering in common with others, the inconvenience of blockade and non-intercourse with foreign countries; has, by the advice and approval of J. L. Riddell, Post Master at New Orleans, taken all needful measures to establish at his own expense, a monthly mail between New Orleans and the Mexican port of Tampico, to connect with the regular British Mail steamers touching at that port." J. L. Riddell also added a postscript stating that, "Letters intended for this Mail, may be enclosed along with the money required per tariff above, and the outer envelope addressed to Costa's Foreign Mail, care of Postmaster, New Orleans." The tariff indicated was $1.00 to Europe, including C.S.A. postage.

Ex Everett and Freeman. With 1994 C.S.A. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
Future Sale
311
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 311, Trans-Rio Grande and Blockade-Run, "Per 'Wild Pigeon'". Sender's ship-name endorsement on cover to Mrs. Caroline Carson, in care of C. E. Detmold at New York City street address, "5" in circle handstamp, pencil docketing "Feb. 1st 1863" gives origin date, slight toning and minor edge faults

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF A SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT ON OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUNNING MAIL.

This cover had to have arrived after Apr. 1, 1863, based on the use of the "5" in circle due marking for British Packet mail. Ship-name endorsements on outgoing mail are very rare. The Wild Pigeon is not recorded anywhere as a blockade-running steamer. There was a schooner Wild Pigeon that was rammed and sunk on a blockade-running trip between Havana and Florida on Mar. 21, 1864, by the USS Hendrick Hudson (formerly the famed Confederate blockade-runner Florida).

Illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug. 1989, No. 250). Ex Everett, Myerson and Walske.

E. 1,500-2,000
Future Sale
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