Sale 988 — The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Trans-Mississippi Routes: Government Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
264
c
Sale 988, Lot 264, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Government Express20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13d). Bottom half used with full 20c Green (13) and 10c Blue, Die A (11), each with clear to full margins, 10c small corner crease, the 20c bisect and single are tied together by "Alexandria La. Oct. 17" (1864) circular datestamp, rim of datestamp used to lightly cancel 10c stamp on buff cover to Mrs. C. M. Dent at Livingston Ala., entered the mails at Alexandria, then carried east across the Mississippi River and on to Alabama, backflap removed

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FULL COVER WITH A 20-CENT BISECT USED TO PAY PART OF THE 40-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS RATE. ONE OF THE GREATEST GENERAL ISSUE COVERS EXTANT.

A letter written by August Dietz (quoted previously but no longer with the cover) presents a scenario that this cover was brought to the post office with the 10c stamp affixed by the sender in the upper right corner. When the decision was made to use the more reliable Trans-Mississippi Express service, the additional postage was applied by the postal clerk, using a 20c stamp and half of another to make up the 40c rate. The C.S.A. Post Office Department had difficulty keeping offices west of the Mississippi supplied with stamps, which explains the disproportionately greater use of 20c bisects in that region. Another cover (front) from this correspondence, bearing a strip of 10c postmarked at Alexandria on February 10, 1865, is listed in Krieger census (No. W18).

Illustrated in Krieger book (No. W15) and Special Routes (p. 109). Ex Myerson. With 1973 and 2006 P.F. certificates

E. 15,000-20,000
13,500