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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

Category — U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 1, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarU.S, U.SU.S. Mail Steamer Marion. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), two, tied by blue grid cancels, matching "Chicago Ills. Jul. 31" (1861) circular datestamp on bright buff cover to Lieut. William Montrose Graham, 1st Regt. U.S. Artillery, at Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, Florida, sender's route and ship-name directive "via Havana. By the U.S. Mail Steam-ship Marion to sail from New York August 3d", redirected to the care of the Adjutant General, Washington D.C., "U.S. Ship 3 cts." oval handstamp applied by route agent, "Washington D.C. Dec. 7, 1861" circular datestamp on back, Very Fine, scarce use from the start of the Civil War, Fort Jefferson was occupied by federal forces on Jan. 18, 1861, but the post office was not opened until October, ex "Sevenoaks"

E. 500-750
325
2
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 2, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarU.S, U.SU.S. Yard Boat Adolph Hugel. 3c Rose (65) tied by grid cancel, "Castine Me. Apr. 24" circular datestamp (date in manuscript) on red and blue Washington and Union Flag Patriotic cover to a sailor "on board the U.S. yard boat Adolph Hugel, Alexandria Va.", part of side flap trimmed and repaired corner fault, still Fine and presentable, the schooner Adolph Hugel was commissioned in 1862 and served in the Mortar Flotilla during the bombardment of New Orleans and further action against Mobile

E. 200-300
225
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3
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 3, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "U.S. Brig 'Bainbridge' New York". Sender's manuscript endorsement on colorless embossed General McClellan and Flag Patriotic cover to Newton Mass., 3c Rose (65) tied by grid cancel, "Brooklyn N.Y. Jul. 2, 1862" double-circle datestamp, red and blue trim on flaps, stamp with small piece out at left from separation by sender, otherwise Very Fine, built in 1842 the Bainbridge was commissioned at the start of the war to protect Union shipping through Panama and in 1862 joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron

E. 200-300
100
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4
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 4, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "From U.S. Barque Eathan Allen." Sender's manuscript endorsement on cover to Charlestown Mass., clearly struck "U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, red "Charlestown Mass." straightline handstamp, Very Fine incoming naval ship letter, the bark Ethan Allen I patrolled the Gulf of Mexico from 1861 to 1863, cruised along the New England coast June-October 1863 and then joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in November 1863

E. 200-300
160
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5
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 5, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, USS Housatonic. Three covers from the Congdon correspondence to Williamsburgh N.Y., each with a pair of 3c Rose (65), all related to the U.S.S. Housatonic, first tied by target cancel and "New-York 7 Oct." double-circle datestamp with printed "U.S.S. Housatonic" ship endorsement, some slight wear and toning; second tied by segmented cork cancel, "Old Point Comfort Va. Feb. 17" (1864) double-circle datestamp with manuscript "U.S.S. Housatonic" endorsement, used the day the ship was sunk; last with manuscript "U.S.S. Canandaigua" endorsement, "Phila Pa. Sep. 17, 1864" duplex datestamp with "U.S. SHIP" handstamp, Very Fine and extraordinary group, the last in the series was mailed by a survivor of the Housatonic sinking, who was picked up by the Canandaigua

E. 200-300
1,400
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6
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 6, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarNaval Letter Endorsements, Naval Letter EndorsementsNaval Letter Endorsements. Two covers with very scarce properly executed naval letter endorsements, different ships and officers' signatures, each with "U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, the first with pencil docketing date "Dec. 24, 1862" to New York City, sender's endorsement "from U.S.S. Huntsville" and "Naval Letter, Thos. R. Harris (?), 1st Lieut." officer's endorsement, second to Elizabeth N.J., sender's endorsement "From the U.S. Gunboat 'Kittatinny'" and "Naval Letter, H. Jackson, Ex. Officer" officer's endorsement, blue Pension Office Jun. 1, 1863 oval filing datestamp, red wax seal with profile figure wearing helmet adorned with dragon (intact and very unusual), small stain spots, Very Fine pair of covers from Union blockading squadron vessels and especially desirable with the officers' endorsements (accompanied by Naval History and Heritage Command histories of each ship)

E. 400-500
450
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7
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 7, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "U.S. Steam Gun boat Katahdin". Sender's manuscript endorsement on buff cover to Cambridgeport Mass., clear strikes of "Boston Mass. Jul. 24" double-circle datestamp, "SHIP" and "Due 3 cents." straightline handstamps, the Unadilla class ("90-day gunboat") Katahdin I served in Farragut's fleet during the assault on New Orleans, she then operated on the Mississippi River and in 1863 joined the blockade of the Texas coast, the Boston "Ship" marking is scarce on naval mail

E. 150-200
450
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8
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 8, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War"FLAG SHIP, So. Atl. Bl. Squadron", "FLAG SHIP, So. Atl. Bl. Squadron""FLAG SHIP, So. Atl. Bl. Squadron". Two-line imprint from the US Flagship Lehigh on cover with beautiful printed address to Mary L. Forrest in Baltimore from her husband, Lt. Moreau Forrest, 3c Rose (65) tied by target cancel with "Port Royal S.C. Apr. 13, '64" double-circle datestamp, with original letter datelined "Lehigh, April 8, 1864" , stamp torn at left from separation, slightly reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine cover, the Lehigh was a single-turret monitor which participated in major campaigns during the war, Moreau's biography and other letters may be seen at https://moreauforrest.wordpress.com/

E. 150-200
150
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9
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 9, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, USS Macedonian. Small cover addressed to a midshipman on board the USS Macedonian at Gardiner's Bay, "via Greenport, Long Island", "Norwichtown Ct. Aug. 24" (1864?) circular datestamp and "FREE" handstamp, franked "L F S Foster", neat receipt docketing at left, Very Fine, from the beginning of 1864 the frigate USS Macedonia was stationed at Gardiner’s Bay for naval practice and patrol along the Long Island Sound

E. 150-200
200
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10
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 10, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War"U.S. Gunboat Marmora, Mississippi Squadron", "U.S. Gunboat Marmora, Mississippi Squadron""U.S. Gunboat Marmora, Mississippi Squadron". Two-line imprint on cover to Waterboro Me. with 3c Rose (65), straight edge at right, tied by target cancel and "Cairo Ill. Mar. 1 '64" circular datestamp, few small stained spots, Very Fine, the Marmora was a stern wheel steamer in the Mississippi Squadron, notably she participated in operations against the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg and in the attack on Fort Hindman, Arkansas -- this is a very rare naval imprint

E. 200-300
700
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11
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 11, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "From the USS Gun Boat Miami". Sender's endorsement on small cover to Philadelphia, blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 26" (1862) circular datestamp and matching "Due 3" in circle handstamp, large blue crayon "3" due rate, pencil docketing on back with Feb. 26, 1862 date, slight wear at upper right, Very Fine, at this date the Miami I was on her way to join the Mortar Flotilla in Admiral Farragut's impending attack on New Orleans, this is a scarce naval endorsement and also a scarce entry into the mails at Baltimore

E. 200-300
180
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12
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 12, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "from the US flag ship Minnesota hampton Roads Va". Sender's manuscript endorsement on light green overall lithographed cover to Red Hook N.Y., 3c Rose (65), rich color, pulled perf, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 5" (1862) circular datestamp, original letter on red and blue Patriotic letterhead with Eagle and "Union & Liberty" scroll, datelined Hampton Roads Apr. 3, 1862, one month after the famous naval battle between the Monitor and Merrimack, cover has edge faults mostly along right edge, but Fine and attractive, scarce naval endorsement and entry into mails at Baltimore

E. 150-200
140
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13
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 13, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "US Navy Letter, Steamer Montauk". Sender's manuscript endorsement on yellow cover to Cohasset Mass., 3c Rose (65) tied by 4-Point Rosette in Circle fancy cancel with "New-York Jun. 10, 1864" double-circle datestamp, stamp has tiny tear at top, still Extremely Fine, an attractive cover and very rare naval ship use, the Montauk I was a single-turret monitor built by John Ericsson that participated in the naval attack on Charleston in 1863, she is most famous for serving as the floating mortuary for John Wilkes Booth's autopsy and temporary prison for his six accomplices in 1865

E. 200-300
275
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14
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 14, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "U.S.S. Octorara, Mobile Bay". Sender's manuscript endorsement on cover addressed to the Fleet Engineer's Office in New Orleans, entered post office there with "New Orleans La. Mar. 28" (1865) circular datestamp, "Due 4" in circle and "Drop Letter" straightline handstamps, pencil year date on back, slightly reduced at left, Extremely Fine, very rare "Drop Letter" marking and an even rarer naval endorsement from a vessel that participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864

E. 500-750
550
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15
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 15, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "United states schooner Orvetta". Sender's manuscript endorsement on red and blue Eagle and Shield Patriotic cover to Elberfeld, Prussia, Germany, sender's notation "ships lettres", clear strike of "U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, "New-York Br. Pkt. 23 Oct. 27" 23c debit datestamp, blue manuscript Prussian due marking, red Aachen receiving backstamp (Nov. 12), with original letter datelined "Pensicola den 19 October" in German from Louis Klapp, writer's address instructions "United states schooner Orvetta, Bomb Flotilla, Commandar D. D. Porter by am Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York", overall toning but still attractive and Fine, the Orvetta I was a naval schooner fitted out with mortars for the bomb flotilla organized by David D. Porter in support of Admiral Farragut's assault on New Orleans, this letter was written from Pensacola (circa 1862-63) -- very rare use

E. 500-750
850
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16
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 16, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "from the U.S. Steamer Pawnee". Sender's manuscript endorsement at lower left corner of red and blue Liberty, Flag and "The War for the Union" Patriotic cover to Boston Mass., 3c Rose (65), straight edge, tied by target cancel, "Port Royal S.C. Jun. 5" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, with original letter datelined "US Gunboat Pawnee Sept. 8th 1862" from a sailor recently transferred to the Pawnee and about to embark on blockading patrol, interesting description of armaments, slightly reduced at left, stain spots at right, otherwise Fine, scarce patriotic use from a navy vessel with a storied Civil War career

E. 200-300
550
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17
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 17, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "Naval Letter W. F. Stewart, 1st Lieut. USS St. Louis". Scarce properly endorsed naval cover to Clyde N.Y., beautiful bold strikes of red "Boston Mass. Mar. 15" (ca. 1862) double-circle datestamp, "SHIP" and "Due 6 cts." straightline handstamps, Extremely Fine, at the time of mailing the St. Louis patrolled the Atlantic, the African coast and areas around the Canary Islands and Azores in search of Confederate commerce raiders

E. 200-300
325
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18
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 18, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "U.S.S. 'Satellite', Potomac Flotilla". Sender's endorsement on red and blue Eagle and Shield Patriotic cover to East Haven Conn., two 3c Rose (65) tied by "Washington D.C. (Apr?) 23" (ca 1862) circular datestamp, stamps have toning and small faults, cover slightly worn and soiled, small tear at right, still Fine, rare patriotic use with naval endorsment from the Satellite I on active duty in the Potomac Flotilla

E. 150-200
450
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19
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 19, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, USS Seneca. Letter datelined "U.S.S. Seneca, Stono Inlet S.C. Dec. 2d 1862" from James H. Rogers to his brother Jared with cover addressed to "Desolation or [?] Isle or down some other Devilish Hole", no postal markings, the writer's bawdy letter mentions Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, McClellan and Burnside, the sorry state of the country and a reference to prepubescent female anatomy, slightly reduced, unusual naval use that probably originated off the coast of North Carolina or Florida

E. 100-150
150
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20
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 20, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "From U.S. Steamer 'South Carolina', South Atlantic Blockading Squadron". Neatly written sender's endorsement on cover to Newton Mass., 3c Rose (65), perf flaws and toning, tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 10, 1862" circular datestamp, "U.S. SHIP" straightline handstamp, docketed on back, Very Fine, at this time the South Carolina was on blockading duty off Charleston S.C.

E. 200-300
150
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21
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 21, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, "From U.S. Schr. William Bacon, Porter's Mortar Flotilla". Neatly written sender's endorsement on yellow cover to Medway Mass., 3c Rose (65) tied by "Old Point Comfort Va." double-circle datestamp (date unclear), slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, the schooner William Bacon was assigned in 1862 to the mortar flotilla attached to Flag Officer David G. Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron, this is a very scarce naval endorsement

E. 200-300
250
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22
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 22, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War"Gulf Squadron, U.S. Flag-Ship -- Official Business", "Gulf Squadron, U.S. Flag-Ship -- Official Business""Gulf Squadron, U.S. Flag-Ship -- Official Business". Three-line imprint with name of ship left blank, 3c Rose (65) affixed over part of imprint and tied by quartered cork cancel, "Warrington Fla. May 15" circular datestamp on buff cover to Mrs. George H. Rice, presumably from her husband in the U.S. naval forces, reduced half-inch at left, otherwise Fine, scarce imprint

E. 150-200
140
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23
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 23, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War"Office Ordnance Department, U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Ills. (Official Business)", "Office Ordnance Department, U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Ills. (Official Business)""Office Ordnance Department, U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Ills. (Official Business)". Three-line imprint on cover to Philadelphia, 3c Rose (65) tied by target and "Cairo Ill. Sep. 16 '64" double-circle datestamp, immaculate and Extremely Fine, scarce Mississippi Squadron imprint

E. 200-300
1,700
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24
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 24, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War"Mississippi Squadron, Inspection of Provisions and Clothing, Mound City Ills. (Official Business)", "Mississippi Squadron, Inspection of Provisions and Clothing, Mound City Ills. (Official Business)""Mississippi Squadron, Inspection of Provisions and Clothing, Mound City Ills. (Official Business)". Three-line imprint on cover to Philadelphia, 3c Rose (65) with target cancel, "Cairo Ill." double-circle datestamp, stamp toned and with pulled perfs, cover slight toned at edges, still Fine, very scarce Mississippi Squadron imprint

E. 150-200
600
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25
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 25, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarMississippi Squadron Prize Court Papers, Mississippi Squadron Prize Court PapersMississippi Squadron Prize Court Papers. Four legal-size covers, all related to the capture of the steamer Mattie Cook by the USS Neosho, the first cover has "U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Official Business" two-line imprint, addressed to Hon. S. H. Treat, U.S. District Judge, Springfield Ill., with original letter on "Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk" letterhead, datelined Mound City Ill., Aug. 16, 1864, signed by Capt. Alexander M. Pennock (later Rear Admiral), refers to the reports contained in three other covers, two with Mississippi Squadron Rear Admiral imprints (no contents), one with manuscript endorsement (letter content), Aug. 23 and Sep. 19, 1864 filing notations, Very Fine group

E. 150-200
475
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26
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 26, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War, USS Minnesota and Rear Admiral S. P. Lee. Interesting pair of covers addressed to Samuel Phillips Lee, a cousin of Robert E. Lee who remained loyal to the Union and famously said "When I find the word Virginia in my commission I will join the Confederacy", each cover addressed to Lee on board the USS Minnesota at Old Point Comfort (Fortress Monroe), with 1c Blue (63) and 3c Rose (65) combination paying postage and carrier fee, tied by "Philadelphia Pa." 1862 year-dated circular datestamps, the first dated Sep. 5 and addressed to "Capt." Lee, the second dated Sep. 13 and addressed to "Acting R. Admiral" Lee, reflecting Lee's new command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, faint wax seal stain, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
1,100
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27
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 27, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil War3c Brown Red (65), 3c Brown Red (65)3c Brown Red (65). Deep shade, tied by grid cancel with clear strike of "U.S. Ship" double-circle with fleuron handstamp on small cover to Monson Mass., docketing on back "S. F. DuPont, Commodore" and "March 31st 1862", accompanied by small calling card with autograph "S. F. DuPont, U.S. Navy", tiny tear in top of cover, Very Fine, the ship marking with fleuron ornament is very scarce, desirable with the autograph of this famed naval commander

E. 200-300
150
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28
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 28, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarCivil War Naval Ship Endorsements on Stampless Covers, Civil War Naval Ship Endorsements on Stampless CoversCivil War Naval Ship Endorsements on Stampless Covers. Group of 10 stampless covers, includes eight with manuscript ship-name endorsements (Richmond, Hartford, John Griffith, St. Lawrence, Wissahickon, Clifton, Jackson, Cyane) -- four of these have "U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, two with New Orleans datestamps and "Ship" plus "5" (one re-rated over "3"), one with "Due 6" in circle and Old Point Comfort datestamp, last with "New-York Ship Letter 5" 5c due datestamp -- other two covers with "U.S. Ship 3 CTS." in circle handstamp, one with "R. R. Cuyler" endorsement (president of Central Georgia Railroad), other with "Soldier's Letter 24th Regt. Mass. Vol. N.E.G." in circle handstamp and "Due 3" in circle, some minor reductions and small faults, but overall Fine-Very Fine condition, a very desirable and scarce group, each of these covers probably has a retail value of $100 or more

E. 500-750
2,400
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29
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 29, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarCivil War Naval Ship Covers with 3c 1861 Stamps, Civil War Naval Ship Covers with 3c 1861 StampsCivil War Naval Ship Covers with 3c 1861 Stamps. 15 covers, all with 3c Rose (65), includes nine with ship-name endorsements (Sarah Bruen, Powhattan, Nantucket, Baron de Kalb, Galena, Brooklyn, Adirondack, Penguin, Rodolph) -- two have letters, entry markings include Philadelphia with "U.S. SHIP" straightline -- other six covers are from naval personnel without endorsements, five of which have original letters, one with scarce "U.S. Ship" with fleuron double-circle, another with "U.S. SHIP" straightline, minor faults, overall Fine-Very fine, extremely scarce group with average value of $100 each, the scarcer markings are worth $150 or more each

E. 750-1,000
2,900
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30
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 30, U.S. Naval Forces in the Civil WarCivil War Period Covers to Naval Addresses, Civil War Period Covers to Naval AddressesCivil War Period Covers to Naval Addresses. 11 covers plus one letter without a cover, interesting and noteworthy addresses including US Bark Jas. L. Davis at Tampa Bay, Fla., a few different blockading squadron ships, Mississippi Squadron gun boats, one to the "U.S. Govt. Insane Asylum", a couple with imprints, one pre-war to Hiram Paulding with 3c 1851 and Blood's local stamp, one post-war to Admiral Shubrick, the letter without cover is from Admiral Paulding's son in Libby Prison who says he is "fat as a seal on 'hog & hominy", minor faults, overall Fine-Very Fine, a desirable specialized group that could become the foundation of a one-frame exhibit

E. 300-400
850
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