Sale 1238 — Civil War Special Mail Routes
Sale Date — Wednesday, 23 June, 2021
Category — Trans-Mississippi Express Mail
20c Green (13). Horizontal pair, full to large margins except just touching at top of right stamp, tied by well-struck "Georgetown S.C. Nov. 3" circular datestamp on westbound Trans-Mississippi Express cover to "Col. Ben Austin, PA CS -- Genl. E.K. Smith, Shreveport La., via Meridian Miss.", stamps additionally tied by Meridian Miss. dateless circular handstamp, manuscript "ppd. 40 cents" at bottom left, cover skillfully restored to remove staining
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER, BEARING A PAIR OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE TIED BY THE MERIDIAN TERMINUS OFFICE DATESTAMP.
No more than 20 covers with a pair of the 20c Green paying the 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate are known.
Illustrated in Krieger book (No. E35). Ex Shenfield, Corwin and Felton. Accompanied by biographical information about Col. Ben Austin.