Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

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Category — Confederate States: Blockade-Run Mail

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
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3239
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3239, Confederate States: Blockade-Run Mail10c 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

E. 1,500-2,000
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3240
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Sale 1272, Lot 3240, Confederate States: Blockade-Run Mail10c Blue, Die A (11). Ample margins to just clear, tied by "Charleston S.C. Aug. 7" circular datestamp on incoming blockade-run cover 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).

E. 1,500-2,000
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3241
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3241, Confederate States: Blockade-Run Mail10c Blue, Die A (11). Large to huge margins, beautiful shade and impression, tied by "Richmond Va. Aug. 18, 1863" circular datestamp on cover addressed to "Dr. Jno. Wm. Mallet, late Prof. Chemistry Univ. Ala., Capt. Confede. Artillery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama" with "Southern States" and "Ship Letter" notations in sender's hand, pencil "10" indicating C.S.A. postage rate, minor edge tears and slight toning, small piece out of backflap

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF A CONFEDERATE STAMP ON AN INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM ENGLAND AND AN EXTREMELY UNUSUAL ENTRY POINT FOR BLOCKADE-RUN MAIL.

Irish-born John William Mallet was a chemistry professor at the University of Alabama. He enlisted as a private in a troop of C.S.A. Cavalry, but almost immediately was chosen as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Robert E. Rodes. He was transferred to the artillery in May 1862 and by 1865 became lieutenant-colonel and then superintendent of the C.S. Army ordnance laboratories.

Another cover addressed to Mallet in the same hand is shown on page 135 of the Special Routes book. It is the only recorded blockade-run cover with Savannah as the entry point (May 7, 1862). The cover offered here, with the same handwriting, has the "Ship Letter" and "Southern States" written notations and, therefore, must also have originated in England.

According to information received from Steven C. Walske, this cover "was carried on the blockade-runner Venus, which departed Bermuda on August 12 and arrived in Wilmington on August 16. Prior to that, it might have taken the RMSP steamer Africa, which left Liverpool on July 17 and arrived at St. Thomas on July 31. It then took the Cunarder Alpha, which left St. Thomas on August 2 and arrived in Bermuda on August 7. This route was preferred by Confederate government types, since the mail didn't go through New York."

Ex Pitts. With 1983 P.F. certificate

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E. 2,000-3,000
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3242
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3242, Confederate States: Blockade-Run MailLiverpool, England to Petersburg Va. via Hamilton, Bermuda and Wilmington N.C. June 3 1864 folded letter datelined at Liverpool and addressed to Messrs. Thos., Branch & Sons, Petersburg, Va.--carried on Cunarder Africa, departing Liverpool June 11, 1864, arriving Halifax June 22, then by the Alpha, departing Halifax June 23, arriving Bermuda June 28--forwarded from Bermuda with "Forwarded by R.S. Musson & Co. Commission Merchants, Bermuda" oval stencil-style handstamp, carried through the blockade from Bermuda to Wilmington N.C., "Wilmington N.C. Aug. 16" arrival datestamp and manuscript "22" cents rate (double 10c plus 2c ship fee)

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO PETERSBURG VA. WITH THE RARE MUSSON & CO. BERMUDA HANDSTAMP.

The Special Routes census lists only one example of the R. S. Musson handstamp, on a blockade cover traveling in the opposite direction, to London via Hamilton. This cover was unknown when the census was published. It is one of only two examples recorded and is an outstanding artifact of Civil War postal history. Ex Pitts

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E. 3,000-4,000
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3243
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3243, Confederate States: Blockade-Run MailParis, 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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E. 1,000-1,500
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3244
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3244, Confederate States: Blockade-Run MailLiverpool, England to Macon Ga. via Bermuda and Wilmington N.C. Cover originating in London on Jan. 23, 1864 (original Fraser Trenholm & Co. letter no longer accompanies), addressed to Confederate superintendent of armories in Macon Ga. on "Official" (business), carried on Cunarder Arabia from Liverpool on Jan. 23, arriving Halifax Feb. 4, then by Cunard branch line Alpha to St. George's, Bermuda arriving Feb. 10, endorsed "Ad Vance" for the blockade runner Advance, departing Feb. 13 and arriving Wilmington Feb. 18, "Wilmington N.C. Feb. 19" circular datestamp and manuscript "12" rate for 10c to Macon plus 2c ship fee, Feb. 26 receipt docketing, Very Fine, ex Walske

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3245
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3245, Confederate States: Blockade-Run MailWilmington N.C. to Heidelberg, Germany via Bermuda, England and France. Outbound blockade-Run Cover from the Watson correspondence, sender's directive on back "via St. Georges, Bermuda/Calais/Strasburg", "St. Georges Bermuda MR 9 1864" circular datestamp on back, transit datestamps applied at Calais (Mar. 30), Paris (Mar. 30) and Heidelberg (Mar. 31), framed "GB/2F__" Anglo-French accountancy handstamp, various rates for transit to Germany, Mar. 31, 1864 receipt docketing on back

VERY FINE. A RARE AND UNUSUAL BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO GERMANY VIA BERMUDA.

Sailing records show the following trips: blockade-runner Caledonia (Wilmington 3/1, St. Georges 3/7), Cunarder Alpha from St. Georges to St. Thomas, RMPS Atrono (St. Thomas 3/15, Southampton 3/29).

Henry Watson Jr. was a lawyer and planter in Greensboro Ala., during the Civil War he relocated to Europe, his papers (including the letter carried in this cover) can be found in the Duke University Libraries (http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/rbmscl/watsonhenry/inv/ )

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3246
c
Sale 1272, Lot 3246, Confederate States: Blockade-Run Mail10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins all around, tied by "Wilmington N.C. AUG 30" (1863) circular datestamp on cover to McIvers N.C., includes three enclosures dated in June and August, 1863 mentioning blockade runners "Herald", "Minho", Leopard", and "Old Dominion", Very Fine and interesting contents relating to blockade runners, ex Pitts

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E. 200-300
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