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Sale 1238 — Civil War Special Mail Routes

Sale Date — Wednesday, 23 June, 2021

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Category — Blockade-Run Mail

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342
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 342, Blockade-Run MailPetersburg Va. to Baltimore Md. via Wilmington N.C., St. Georges (Bermuda), Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Boston, Petersburg Va. to Baltimore Md. via Wilmington N.C., St. Georges (Bermuda), Halifax (Nova Scotia) and BostonPetersburg Va. to Baltimore Md. via Wilmington N.C., St. Georges (Bermuda), Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Boston. Buff cover addressed to "Mrs. Amelia E. Barnett, in care of Miss S. Johnson, No. 100 Fayette Str., Baltimore Md", letter does not accompany but correspondence is from Petersburg Va. (an Aug. 4, 1864, letter from the correspondence accompanies), manuscript notation on back "Forwarded by James Thorrold, St. Georges, Bermuda" (Therrold was agent for Albion Trading Co. Ltd., which owned four blockade-runners), carried on the blockade-runner North Heath from Wilmington N.C., arriving St. Georges July 29, 1864, and departing for Halifax August 5, light but identifiable strike of red "Bermuda Paid St. G 30 JY" circular datestamp and red crayon "4" (pence) rate applied before sailing to Halifax, from there possibly carried by British bark Halifax, which arrived at Boston on August 11, bold "Boston Mass 10 Aug. 12" 10c ship fee double-circle datestamp, upon arrival in Baltimore the carrier wrote in pencil "Not West FOP" and "Not East" (division of Fayette Street), slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM SOUTH TO NORTH SENT VIA THE BERMUDA POST OFFICE. ONLY A SMALL QUANTITY OF BLOCKADE MAIL WAS ACTUALLY ROUTED THROUGH THE BERMUDA POST OFFICE.

Despite the high level of activity at Bermuda as a blockade-running port, only a small amount of mail actually transited through a Bermuda post office. The Special Routes census records only 13 covers with a Bermuda transit postmark.

In pencil on this cover, Amelia Barnett's child wrote, "Uncle Wm. captured June 15, 1864, near Petersburg, was pardoned & reached home Oct. 17", "Fort Delaware", "Aunt Eleanor", and "Left Fort Delaware for home Oct. 7, on Parole." Captain William Wheary was in command of William Hood's 3rd Battalion (known as Hood's Operatives). He was captured on June 15, 1864, outside of Petersburg.

Special Routes census no. BO-Ber-10. Ex Tucker and Ludington

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 342, Blockade-Run MailPetersburg Va. to Baltimore Md. via Wilmington N.C., St. Georges (Bermuda), Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Boston, Petersburg Va. to Baltimore Md. via Wilmington N.C., St. Georges (Bermuda), Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Boston
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343
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 343, Blockade-Run Mail10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a), 10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a)10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a). Vertical pair, massive margins all around including sheet margin at left, vivid color, tied by bold "Charleston S.C. Jul. 16, 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

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR OF THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUE ON A PRISTINE 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 Jul.-Aug. 1982, Nos. 207-208).

Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-58

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344
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 344, Blockade-Run Mail, Capture of the Blockade-Runner Bermuda. Blue folded cover addressed to Captain "C.W. Westendorff Esq., Steamer Bermuda, St. Georges," bold strike of red "Hamilton Bermuda AP 22 1862" circular datestamp, light file folds pass through datestamp

VERY FINE AND HISTORIC COVER MAILED FROM HAMILTON, BERMUDA, TO THE BLOCKADE-RUNNER BERMUDA AT ST. GEORGES, POSTMARKED ON THE DAY THE SHIP LEFT ON ITS ILL-FATED VOYAGE TO NASSAU, BAHAMAS.

The S.S. Bermuda, a 716-ton single-screw steamer owned by Fraser, Trenholm & Co., was the first vessel to run the Federal blockade on her initial voyage from England to Savannah in August-September 1861 under the command of Eugene L. Tessier. C. William Westendorff assumed command and was captain in February 1862 when the Bermuda left England with a load of cargo that included a large supply of C.S.A. 5c stamps printed by De La Rue, along with printing plates and materials. The U.S. government learned of this shipment and ordered the blockading fleet to capture the Bermuda. After sailing from St. Georges on April 22, 1862, bound for Nassau, the Bermuda was captured on April 27 by the U.S.S. Mercedita. The vessel and its cargo were brought to Philadelphia as prize, but the owners sued to recover. The United Sates Supreme Court decided in favor of the captors on the basis that a vessel flying a neutral flag and sailing between neutral ports could still be captured if the cargo it carried was contraband ultimately destined for a belligerent's port.

Ex T. Charlton Henry and Ludington. Accompanied by exhibit pages with information about the Bermuda and a manifest. Also accompanied by report of Supreme Court case

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345
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 345, Blockade-Run MailVicksburg Miss. to England via Mobile, Havana and the Bahamas, Vicksburg Miss. to England via Mobile, Havana and the BahamasVicksburg Miss. to England via Mobile, Havana and the Bahamas. Orange-buff legal-size blockade-run cover with original letter datelined "Vicksburg Miss., Confederate States of America, February 14th 1862", addressed to Carlisle, England, carried on a blockade-runner from Mobile Ala. to Cuba, backstamped "Havana MY 7 1862 A", then carried on the RMSP Trent to St. Thomas, arriving May 13; on the RMSP La Plata to Southampton, arriving June 1, London and Carlisle backstamps (June 2), manuscript "3/-" shillings due (packet rate plus non-payment fine), minor wrinkling

VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM MOBILE, ALABAMA, TO HAVANA (CUBA), THE BAHAMAS AND LONDON. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCKADE-RUN COVER POSTMARKED AT HAVANA.

The enclosed letter from Vicksburg is from A. M. Smedes to George Gill Mouncey. Mr. Smedes states he is sending the letter to Mr. Muir to be read and forwarded to Mr. Mouncey. Very little blockade-run mail went through the port of Mobile Alabama, and all of it was carried to or from Havana. The Havana post office normally did not apply markings to mail bound for New York. This was carried by Royal Mail Steamship Company packet service to England and received the Havana postmark -- the only recorded example of outbound blockade-run mail postmarked at Havana

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 345, Blockade-Run MailVicksburg Miss. to England via Mobile, Havana and the Bahamas, Vicksburg Miss. to England via Mobile, Havana and the Bahamas
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 346, Blockade-Run Mail10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Huge margins to just in at bottom, small corner crease and small insignificant tear at top, tied by "Kings Ferry Fla. Jan. 27" (1863) double-line circular datestamp (Collins device) on oatmeal cover addressed to "Mr. John F. Lows, Bahama Pilot, on board of Steamer Herald, Care of John Fraser Esq., Charleston S.C.", upon arrival in Charleston the Antonica (the new name for the Herald as of September 1862) had already sailed to Savannah before returning to Nassau, Fraser placed the cover aboard the blockade-runner Calypso, which departed Charleston on February 5 and arrived at Nassau February 9, backstamped with "Nassau New Providence FE 9, 1863" circular datestamp and with clear strike of "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" two-line handstamp, blue crayon "4" (pence) ship rate marking, addressee could not be found so marked "Unclaimed" in red crayon, pencil "759" likely indicates the cover entered the dead letter office at Nassau, slight irregular opening at bottom

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR BLOCKADE-RUN COVER ORIGINATING IN FLORIDA, MAILED TO CHARLESTON WITH THE 10-CENT DARK BLUE LITHOGRAPH AND THEN FORWARDED TO THE BAHAMAS ON A BLOCKADE-RUNNER, WHERE IT RECEIVED THE EXTREMELY RARE "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" HANDSTAMP. A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF RARE ELEMENTS AND ONE OF THE PREMIER BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS OF THE CIVIL WAR.

This cover combines numerous extremely rare elements. It is one of two recorded outgoing blockade-run covers from Florida (Walske census). It is one of fewer than five blockade-run covers with an outgoing Confederate postmark. The King's Ferry datestamp from a Collins device with double-line circle is rare in its own right, with only five known (Dr. Briggs census). The 10c Jefferson Lithograph stamp is one of two recorded used on a blockade cover. The address to the pilot of the blockade-runner Antonica and carriage on a different blockade-runner in the Calypso add historical interest. Finally, the "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" handstamp is extremely rare on a blockade-run cover, with only two other examples recorded (one in the Walske collection and one offered in the following lot).

Special Routes census no. BO-Nas-15. Discussed in Linn's Stamp News (Nov. 17, 2003) when the cover was discovered in the Bahamas and sold on eBay. Illustrated in Steven Walske's Chronicle article about the blockade-runner Antonica (No. 262, p. 143). Illustrated in Florida Postal History During the Civil War (p. 112). With 2003 P.F. certificate.

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 346, Blockade-Run Mail10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 347, Blockade-Run Mail5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Vertical pair, full to huge margins including top sheet margin, top stamp light pre-use creases, uncancelled at origin on oatmeal blockade-run cover addressed to "A.M. Jackson Esq. of Petersburg Va C.S., Nassau N.P.", carried on the blockade-runner Pet from Wilmington N.C. on May 21, 1863, upon arrival at Nassau backstamped "Bahamas MY 25, 1863 B" and "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" two-line handstamp, blue crayon "4" (pence) ship letter fee, addressee was not initially found so small red "ADVERTISED" straightline struck at left

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO NASSAU WITH THE "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" TWO-LINE HANDSTAMP. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED WITH THIS MARKING.

This cover comes from the same Bahamas find as the cover offered in the previous lot and also features a combination of rare elements, including Confederate postage on a blockade-run cover and the "BAHAMAS/SHIP LETTER" two-line handstamp, of which three are recorded on blockade covers.

Special Routes census no. BO-Nas-25. Referenced in Linn's Stamp News when the cover was discovered in the Bahamas and sold on eBay (Nov. 17, 2003). With 2003 P.F. certificate as "genuine" but incorrectly stating "sent to Petersburg Va. via Nassau." The cover originated in the C.S.A. and the sender simply addressed the cover to an individual of Petersburg Va. at Nassau. The cover was advertised at Nassau for the recipient and likely never went to Petersburg

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348
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 348, Blockade-Run MailMcDonough Ga. to Montreal, Canada, via Nassau, Bahamas, and New York, McDonough Ga. to Montreal, Canada, via Nassau, Bahamas, and New YorkMcDonough Ga. to Montreal, Canada, via Nassau, Bahamas, and New York. Tissue-paper cover to Montreal, Canada, addressed in care of Messrs. DeRossett & Brinn, Wilmington N.C. (agents for Aetna insurance company), 10c Blue, Die A (11), irregular margins to in, tied by "McDonough Ga. Nov. 17" (1864) circular datestamp, carried on the blockade-runner Banshee II from Wilmington to Nassau, arriving November 20, "Bahamas NO 29 1864 C" backstamp and red "Paid at Bahamas" Crown-Circle handstamp with red crayon "4" pence prepaid rate, carried to New York and entered U.S. mails with "New York Ship Letter 6 1864 Dec. 15" datestamp with integral 6c ship fee, corner of cover and part of bottom flap missing

FINE. A UNIQUE OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM THE CONFEDERATE STATES TO CANADA VIA NASSAU AND NEW YORK, WITH THE "PAID AT BAHAMAS" CROWN-CIRCLE.

This cover is a remarkable and unique postal history artifact. It is addressed to Canada, a rare destination for Confederate mail of any kind. The forwarding agents in Wilmington used a blockade-runner to send the letter (no longer present) and cover to the Bahamas, but instead of enclosing them in another envelope, the forwarders used the original mailing envelope with a Confederate stamp postmarked at McDonough, Georgia. At Nassau the cover was prepaid 4 pence and handstamped with the "Paid at Bahamas" Crown-Circle, a marking recorded on only three blockade-run covers. Again, the same envelope was used to send the letter from Nassau to New York City. On arrival at the New York post office, the 6c debit datestamp was applied next to the "Paid at Bahamas" and 10c C.S.A. stamp. Think of the postal clerk who applied a U.S.-rated marking to an envelope bearing a Confederate stamp picturing Jefferson Davis, which was clearly a piece of mail that violated the ban on correspondence with the Confederate States. It is possible that the clerk or someone else realized this was illegal mail and sent it to the Dead Letter Office, because there is neither a U.S. marking indicating prepaid 10c postage to Canada nor Canadian markings indicating receipt. A red manuscript notation on back was probably applied at the Dead Letter Office.

Special Routes census no. BO-Nas-91

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349
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 349, Blockade-Run MailRichmond Va. to London, England, via Wilmington and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Richmond Va. to London, England, via Wilmington and Halifax, Nova ScotiaRichmond Va. to London, England, via Wilmington and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Original letter datelined "Richmond July 25th 64" from Susan P. Quarles to her brother, the poet John R. Thompson, in London, England, sent to Wilmington for an outbound blockade-run, but the yellow fever outbreak in Bermuda paralyzed blockade-running through that port, diverted to Halifax N.S. where it entered the British mail with partly struck Sep. 13 circular datestamp on back, clear strike of "4" pence due handstamp struck in error and corrected to "1/" shilling British Packet rate on arrival in London, slightly age toned and minor splits along edges

VERY FINE. THERE ARE ONLY FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF BLOCKADE-RUN MAIL DIVERTED TO HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA, DURING THE YELLOW FEVER EPIDEMIC IN BERMUDA.

The addressee, John Reuben Thompson (1823-73), was a publisher and poet of some renown. In 1860 he left the Southern Literary Messenger and for a short time served as editor of the Southern Field and Fireside in Augusta, Georgia. During the Civil War, Thompson spent several years in London and contributed articles to various journals. After the war he served as literary editor of William Cullen Bryant's New York Evening Post. His sister, Susan P. Quarles, wrote this letter.

This was carried on the Annie, departing Wilmington on September 6, 1864, arriving Halifax September 13. The captain of the Annie dropped it into mail in Halifax, picked up his ship fee, and the letter was rated "4" pence due (London later corrected rate to 1sh). The journey continued on the Cunarder Europa, departing Halifax on September 16 and arriving Liverpool September 26. The Annie was owned by Alexander Collie & Co. and active from February to November 1864, with 13 for 14 in successful trips. She ran aground and was captured coming out of Wilmington on November 1, 1864.

Ex Walske. See Walske's article "Tales of the Civil War Blockade: Disruption from a Deadly Virus" for a detailed discussion of the yellow fever impact on blockade mail (Chronicle 267, pp. 269-277). With 1977 C.S.A. certificate

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 350, Blockade-Run MailVera Cruz, Mexico, to Houston Tex. via Havana and Galveston, Vera Cruz, Mexico, to Houston Tex. via Havana and GalvestonVera Cruz, Mexico, to Houston Tex. via Havana and Galveston. Blue folded letter datelined "Va. Cruz Decbr. 1st 1864" and endorsed internally "Pr. RMStr via Havana", "Vignier Robertson & Co. Havana" forwarder's blue double-oval handstamp clearly struck, receipt docketing, skillfully treated with "ston" in address restored, cleaned and some minor reinforcements

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM MEXICO TO CONFEDERATE TEXAS VIA HAVANA AND GALVESTON.

This cover was carried on RMSP Solent, departing Vera Cruz December 2, 1864, and arriving at Havana December 6; then probably on blockade-runner Triton from Havana to Galveston. The Triton was active August 1863 to January 1865, 2 for 2 trips.

Special Routes census no. BI-Gv-5. Ex Walske

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 351, Blockade-Run MailGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana, Galveston Tex. to Vermont via HavanaGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana. Wallpaper cover with original letter datelined "G- May 13th, 1864" from Philip C. Tucker Jr. in Galveston to his mother and brother in Vergennes Vt. (some biographical information on Tucker can be found on the internet in connection with his Masonic membership), most likely carried by the Susanna from Galveston to Havana, then by non-contract steamer to New York, partly clear "Steamship 10" in circle handstamp applied at New York, Oct. 3 receipt docketing, faint stains, Fine; the blockade-runner Susanna was originally built and operated as the Mail, which was captured in October 1863, condemned and sold to private interests, who returned her to blockade-running under the name Susanna; active only in the Gulf from April to November 1864, 11 for 12 in successful trips; captured by the U.S.S. Metacomet on November 27, 1864, coming out of Galveston; only four covers are recorded that ran the blockade from Galveston, Special Routes census no. BO-Hav-12, ex Walske

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352
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 352, Blockade-Run MailCharleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, via Wilmington and Nassau, Bahamas, Charleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, via Wilmington and Nassau, BahamasCharleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, via Wilmington and Nassau, Bahamas. Small cover addressed to Mrs. C. L. Burckmyer, in care of Fraser Trenholm & Co. in Liverpool, England, censor marking on back "B. Duncan ADC" applied by Col. B. Duncan at Wilmington (Provost Marshal until Sep. 12, 1863), entered British mails with red "Nassau Paid OC 24 63" circular datestamp, prepaid 1sh with red crayon "11" credit and blue crayon "1" (1p retained by Bahamas P.O.), Liverpool Nov. 14 receiving backstamp

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE CENSORED OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO ENGLAND.

The letter that was contained in this envelope (number 17, which no longer accompanies) is datelined "Charleston 23 Sep. 1863" from Cornelius L. Burckmyer. Carried on blockade-runner General Beauregard, dep. Wilmington Sep. 30, 1863, arr. Nassau Oct. 4; held by agent until next New York steamer departure; carried on Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau Oct. 26, arr. New York Oct. 31; then Cunarder Scotia, dep. New York Nov. 4, arr. Queenstown Nov. 13; forwarded to France by Fraser Trenholm & Co. outside of mails and received at Tours Nov. 18 (according to correspondence history). The General Beauregard was purchased in Oct. 1862 by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Feb. to Dec. 1863, 16 for 17 in successful trips; Captain Louis Coxetter was a famed Confederate privateer and blockade-runner; chased ashore and destroyed by U.S.S. Howquah at Wilmington on Dec. 11, 1863.

Special Order 156 requiring censorship of blockade-run mail took effect Aug. 11, 1863, at Charleston and Sep. 1, 1863, at Wilmington.

Illustrated in Special Routes book (p. 121, census no. BO-Nas-45). Ex Birkinbine and Walske

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 352, Blockade-Run MailCharleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, via Wilmington and Nassau, Bahamas, Charleston S.C. to Liverpool, England, via Wilmington and Nassau, Bahamas
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353
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 353, 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, "Nassau Paid SP 14 63" circular datestamp, transit datestamps applied at London (Oct. 19), Calais (Oct. 19), Paris (Oct. 20) and Heidelberg (Oct. 21), red "PD" handstamp, red crayon "1/4" British postage, blue crayon "1" (1p retained by Bahamas P.O.), detailed receipt docketing on back stating "via Nassau, London, Calais, Paris & Strasburg. Rec'd at Heidelberg Oct. 21, 1863"., slightly reduced at lower right where opened

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE PREPAID BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO GERMANY.

This was carried on the blockade-runner Margaret & Jessie from Wilmington on September 10, 1863, arriving Nassau September 14; by Cunard Branch line from Nassau to New York City; and on the Cunarder China, departing October 7, arriving Liverpool October 16.

Special Routes census no. BO-Nas-38

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354
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 354, Blockade-Run MailForwarded by Saunders & Son, Nassau, Forwarded by Saunders & Son, NassauForwarded by Saunders & Son, Nassau. Red double-line oval handstamp clearly struck on inbound blockade-run folded letter from Liverpool, England, to Richmond Va., letter from John K. Gilliat & Co. datelined "Liverpool 13th February 1863" and addressed to William Gray in Richmond Va., "Charleston S.C. Mar. 16, 1863" circular datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP" in oval handstamp, pencil "12" rate for ship fee plus 10c postage to Richmond, contents relate to tobacco shipments per steamer Pleiades, toning on backflap

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. Ex Kilbourne. With 1979 C.S.A. certificate

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 355, Blockade-Run MailForwarded by Henry Adderley & Co. Nassau. N.P. Bahamas, Forwarded by Henry Adderley & Co. Nassau. N.P. BahamasForwarded by Henry Adderley & Co. Nassau. N.P. Bahamas. Blue oval handstamp on cover to Charleston S.C., docketed "From J.F. & Co." (John Fraser & Co.) in Liverpool, England, carried from Liverpool on Cunarder Persia on July 5, 1862, arriving New York July 16; then by Cunard branch line to Nassau where Adderly oval was applied, carried on blockade-runner Leopard (Fraser Trenholm & Co.) from Nassau on July 31, arriving Charleston with Aug. 3 double-circle datestamp and bold "6" cents due for in-port ship fee, minor toning and wrinkling

FINE AND SCARCE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER THROUGH CHARLESTON WITH A CHOICE STRIKE OF THE ADDERLEY NASSAU HANDSTAMP.

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. The Leopard made eight successful trips for Fraser Trenholm before she ran aground and was burned while trying to enter Charleston on April 12, 1863.

Illustrated in Special Routes book (p. 122, census no. BI-Ch-5). Ex Walske

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 356, Blockade-Run MailParis, France, to Charlotte C.H. Va. via Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Bermuda, Paris, France, to Charlotte C.H. Va. via Halifax, Nova Scotia, and BermudaParis, France, to Charlotte C.H. Va. via Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Bermuda. "Wilmington N.C. Feb. 19" (1864) circular datestamp with manuscript "12" (10c plus 2c) and pencil "Due" on small inbound blockade-run cover addressed in the hand of Commodore Samuel Barron, writing from Paris to his family in Charlotte C.H. Va. (letter no longer accompanies), envelope style is typical of French stationery, carried by Cunarder Arabia from Liverpool on January 23, 1864, arriving Halifax February 4; then by branch line Alpha on February 5 to St. Georges, Bermuda, arriving February 10; then from Bermuda by the blockade-runner Advance, departing February 13 and arriving Wilmington on February 18, opening tears along top and reduced at right, still Fine and desirable incoming blockade-run cover, ex Walske, Special Routes census no. BI-Wm-60

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357
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 357, Blockade-Run MailWilmington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 18, Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 18Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 18. Pre-war circular datestamp with modified integral rate (not applicable) on gray incoming blockade-run folded letter datelined "Liverpool, 13 Feb., 1864", from James M. Calder to Mrs. M. A. Snowden at Charleston S.C., redirected to Columbia S.C., marked in manuscript "Ships Letter" (rare) and manuscript "12c" due, pencil "Due", interesting letter from a supplier of goods (through blockade), mentions shipment of cloth for Relief Association "per 'Zouave'", Very Fine and unusual "Ship Letter" designation on blockade-run cover, likely carried on the blockade-runner Will of the Wisp from Nassau, arriving Wilmington April 14, 1864, Special Routes census no. BI-Wm-74

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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 358, Blockade-Run Mail10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Tied by "Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid Oct. 22" circular datestamp (modified pre-war "3 Paid" integral rate) on incoming blockade-run oatmeal cover to Johnson's P.O. S.C., clear strike of Wilmington "SHIP" handstamp, manuscript "12" due marking changed to "02" for 2c ship's fee in recognition of prepayment with 10c Confederate stamp, some slight ink erosion and small piece out of "0" in manuscript marking

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN WITH A CONFEDERATE STAMP PREPAYING THE INTERNAL RATE.

This was carried from Nassau on the blockade-runner Pet, arriving at Wilmington on October 21, 1863.

Special Routes census no. BI-Wm-32. Ex Myers. With 1975 C.S.A. certificate

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359
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Sale Number 1238, Lot Number 359, Blockade-Run Mail20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Large margins, tied by "Wilmington N.C. Oct. 25" circular datestamp and paying C.S.A. forwarding postage on folded letter from London to Augusta Ga. via Nassau and Wilmington N.C., datelined London Sep. 23, 1864, sent under cover to Martin & Co. at Nassau (instructions in letter), carried from Liverpool by the Cunarder China, arriving New York October 5; then by Cunard branch line to Nassau; departed on October 20 aboard the blockade runner Lucy, arriving Wilmington October 24, manuscript "6" for in-port ship rate applied on arrival at Wilmington, stamp covers all but the top of the prior "6" marking, cleaned to removed stains

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FRANKED WITH THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE FOR DOUBLE-WEIGHT FORWARDING POSTAGE TO AUGUSTA.

This letter is addressed care of Major Benjamin Franklin Ficklin, who helped start the Pony Express and was in charge of war supply for the Confederacy (and who also purchased Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in 1864 before it was confiscated at the end of the war). Ficklin presumably paid the 6c in-port ship rate, then addressed the letter to Augusta and applied the 20c stamp for double-rate postage. This is one of only two blockade-run covers with a 20c General Issue stamp listed in the Special Routes census (both forwarded uses, this no. BI-WM-96).

Illustrated in Shenfield book on p. 57. Ex Everett and Walske.

Bid on this lot

E. 3,000-4,000
Future Sale
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