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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — Blockade-Run Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1236
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1236, Blockade-Run Mail10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Huge margins to just clear at top, tied by "Charleston S.C. Jun. 22, 186(4)" circular datestamp on incoming blockade-run cover from Bermuda, addressed to Gustavus A. Myers in Richmond Va., endorsed at bottom "N Walker" by C.S.A. Bermuda agent Major Norman S. Walker

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER ENDORSED BY BERMUDA AGENT MAJOR NORMAN S. WALKER.

Major Norman S. Walker was the senior Confederate agent in Bermuda from February 1863 until June 27, 1864. The yellow fever epidemic caused him and his family to leave the island; his wife and children for England, and Major Walker to the Confederate States on government business. After an abandoned effort to establish Halifax as a principal port for blockade-running, Major Walker and his family traveled to Bermuda and eventually returned to England (source: Rev. William Parkes, "Per Walker: Major Norman S. Walker and Bermuda Blockade Mail", Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1982 and July-Aug. 1982, Nos. 207-208).

Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-50

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1237
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1237, 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 August 3, 1864. An earlier and nearly identical cover from the Steven Walske collection (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.

Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-60. Ex Karras

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1238
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1238, Blockade-Run MailBlockade-Run Cover to Charleston S.C, Blockade-Run Cover to Charleston S.CBlockade-Run Cover to Charleston S.C. Cover with "Little Hattie" blockade-runner designation, "Paid 2" in circle handstamp applied at Charleston for drop rate, docketing inside top flap reads "It don't make any difference about the rate of exchange buy it. JGB", minor insect erosion at lower right corner

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER, ENDORSED WITH THE SHIP'S NAME AND TREATED AS A DROP LETTER IN CHARLESTON -- EACH ELEMENT OF THIS COVER IS NOTEWORTHY.

The Little Hattie (W. S. Lebby, Master) made 12 attempts at running the blockade with 10 successful voyages from June 1864 to February 1865. This cover was carried thru the blockade into Charleston, but the absence of a date makes it impossible to determine which trip was involved. Although blockade-run covers addressed to the port of arrival are usually rated 6c, in this case the letter appears to have been carried by someone and brought to the post office where 2c was paid for the drop-letter rate. We know of no other example of this use.

With 2003 P.F. certificate

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1239
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1239, Blockade-Run MailBlockade-Run Cover to Charleston S.C, Blockade-Run Cover to Charleston S.CBlockade-Run Cover to Charleston S.C. Bold strike of "6" in-port ship fee on incoming 1864 blockade-run cover to Mrs. N. R. Middleton in Charleston S.C., docketed on back "From dear Cecilia, Bristol R.I., 1864"

EXTREMELY FINE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO CHARLESTON S.C. FROM RHODE ISLAND, WITH A BOLD IN-PORT RATE MARKING.

Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-52. Ex Walske

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1240
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1240, Blockade-Run MailForwarded by Geo. Chambers & Co. Nassau N.P, Forwarded by Geo. Chambers & Co. Nassau N.PForwarded by Geo. Chambers & Co. Nassau N.P. Embossed oval forwarder's marking on small inbound blockade-run cover to William F. Gray at Richmond Va., manuscript "12" rate (10c plus 2c) applied at Wilmington N.C. -- no datestamp, which is characteristic of Wilmington in 1864 -- small wax seal stain

VERY FINE. ONLY THREE BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS ARE REPORTED WITH AN EMBOSSED FORWARDER'S MARKING -- ALL WERE APPLIED BY CHAMBERS & COMPANY IN NASSAU, BAHAMAS.

This cover originated in Liverpool and was carried on the Cunarder China on March 12, 1864, arriving in New York on March 23. From New York it was carried on the Cunard branch line to Nassau. It was part of the mail transported to Wilmington on the blockade-runner Syren, departing April 10 and arriving on April 13.

Embossed markings applied by forwarders are very rare on blockade-run mail. The other two reported examples are on covers arriving at Wilmington in May and July 1864; both are Chambers & Co. ovals.

Special Routes census no. BI-Oth-4. Ex Walske. With 1986 P.F. certificate.

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1241
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1241, Blockade-Run MailFrance to New Orleans, Nov. 1861, France to New Orleans, Nov. 1861France to New Orleans, Nov. 1861. Folded letter datelined Paris, Nov. 21, 1861 to New Orleans "aux sans obligient de M. Pretal", carried outside the mails, pencil "$1.-" at top is believed to indicate $1.00 rate for express service by one of the firms carrying mail in and out of New Orleans, ink erosion in writing, still Fine and presentable, rare

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E. 300-400
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1242
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1242, Blockade-Run MailLiverpool, England to Charleston S.C, Liverpool, England to Charleston S.CLiverpool, England to Charleston S.C. Folded letter datelined "The Royal Bank of Liverpool, 14th September 1861" and addressed to South Western Rail Road Bank in Charleston, docketed "Recd. Sep. 25th" on bottom flap, some toning, vertical file folds, Very Fine blockade-run use carried completely outside of the mails, ex Calhoun

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E. 200-300
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1243
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1243, Blockade-Run MailCharleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, Charleston S.C. to Liverpool, EnglandCharleston S.C. to Liverpool, England. Blue folded letter datelined "Charleston July 14th 1861" and addressed to Liverpool, England, addressed to the European agents of the Confederate government, general contents regarding how Confederacy is perceived in Europe, few scotch tape stains, otherwise Fine blockade-run use carried entirely outside of the mails, ex Calhoun, with 1981 C.S.A. certificate

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E. 200-300
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1244
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1244, Blockade-Run MailWilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, Germany via Nassau, Bahamas, Wilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, Germany via Nassau, BahamasWilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, Germany via Nassau, Bahamas. Outbound blockade-run cover from Wilmington N.C. to Henry Watson in Heidelberg, Germany, red "Nassau Paid DE 16 63" circular datestamp, transit datestamps applied at London (Jan. 11), Calais (Jan. 11), Paris (Jan. 12) and Heidelberg (Jan. 13), red "PD" handstamp, red crayon "1/4" British postage and blue "1" (1p retained by Bahamas P.O.), slight edgewear at left where opened, Very Fine--most likely carried on the blockade-runner City of Petersburg from Wilmington to Nassau; by Cunard Branch line from Nassau to New York City; and by Cunarder Australasian from New York, arriving Queenstown December 30--Special Routes census no. BO-Nas-52

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1245
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1245, Blockade-Run MailWilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, Germany, Wilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, GermanyWilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, Germany. Outbound blockade-run cover from Wilmington N.C. to Henry Watson in Heidelberg, Germany, transit datestamps applied at Liverpool (Nov. 8), London (Nov. 9), Calais (Nov. 9), Paris (Nov. 10) and Heidelberg (Nov. 11), rates including blue pen "33" collect in Germany, Nov. 11, 1864 receipt docketing on back with notation about contents, Very Fine, there is no Nassau marking on this cover but similar Watson correspondence covers were sent by blockade-runners via the Bahamas, Special Routes census no. BO-Oth-22

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E. 750-1,000
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1246
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1246, Blockade-Run MailFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany, Fort Brown Tex. to Kassel, GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany. Yellow cover from Confederate officer Albert Moye to his mother in Kassel, Germany, pencil receipt docketing "1 XII 62" (Dec. 1, 1862) gives date of origin (believed to be Fort Brown at this date), carried across the Rio Grande to Matamoros, "Droege Oetling & Co. Matamoros" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp on back, forwarded to Havana, "Fr. Busing & Co. Havana" forwarder's blue double oval backstamp with manuscript "27/12 62" date and "by first steamer" instructions, sent to New York where it entered the mails with "New York Am. Pkt. Jan. 10" (1863) circular datestamp on back and "28" Prussian Closed Mail rate handstamp on front, red "Aachen 25/1" (Jan. 25), Giessen (Jan. 25) and Cassel (Jan. 26) transit backstamps, postage due from addressee with various rate markings in blue manuscript

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT FORT BROWN, TEXAS TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE TO MATAMOROS, THEN VIA HAVANA AND NEW YORK WHERE IT ENTERED THE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAILS.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf

This

cover was sent by Droege Oetling & Co. to another forwarder in Havana with the intention that it would catch the December 7 regular Royal Mail Steam Packet sailing. It apparently arrived too late for that departure, and rather than hold it for the next monthly sailing on January 7, it was sent to New York for the earliest available packet carrying mail for Europe. It was carried on the HAPAG Hammonia, departing New York Jan. 10, arriving Southampton Jan. 23.

Ex Walske. Illustrated in Special Routes book (p. 161).

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1247
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1247, Blockade-Run MailBlockade-Run Balance, Blockade-Run BalanceBlockade-Run Balance. Six covers and some collateral material, including Dec. 12th 1862 Carson correspondence from Charleston to New York, Apr. 13th 1864 Carson correspondence from Charleston to New York with stamp cut out, Aug. 1861 Carson correspondence from Charleston to Germany with stamp cut out, Sep. 30 Middleton correspondence part cover incoming via Charleston to Columbia, Dec. 18th 1862 Carson correspondence incoming from New York City to Charleston, all are faulty to varying degrees including the two with stamps removed, otherwise Fine and interesting balance, see PDF scan on our website for images and write-ups

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E. 400-500
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