Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
647
c
Sale 1182, Lot 647, Confederate and Civil War: Blockade-Run MailCharleston S.C. to New York via Wilmington and Nassau. Small cover from Private Edward L. Wells addressed to his aunt, Mrs. Thomas L. Wells, at New York City street address, entered British Mails with Bahamas 1863 6p Lilac, Perf 12-1/12 (14c), trivial gum toning, tied by "A05" oval grid, "Bahamas MY 8 1864" circular datestamp on back, "5" in circle handstamp applied at New York for postage due on British Packet mail

VERY FINE. BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS WITH FOREIGN STAMPS ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE BAHAMAS 6-PENCE USED ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.

The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "In Camp" on Jan. 12, 1864, from Private Edward L. Wells, a private in the Charleston Light Dragoons, Co. J., 4th S.C. Cavalry (he published a history of the unit in the 1880's).

Carried on blockade-runner Lucy, dep. Wilmington May 1, 1864, arr. Nassau May 7; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau May 9, arr. New York May 13. The rate from the Bahamas to New York was 4p, but in this case the forwarder in Nassau applied a 6p stamp. It is the only recorded blockade-run cover with this value. The Lucy was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Nov. 1864, 21 for 23 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba on Nov. 3, 1864, off Wilmington. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972.

Ex Birkinbine, Walske and Felton. With 2003 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000