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The Brandon Collection of Confederate States, Part 2 continued...

Covert Mail Routes and Blockade-Run Mail continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
567 c ImageWilmington N.C. Sep. 25 (1863). Partly clear circular datestamp and "SHIP" straightline handstamp with manuscript "22" rate (20c double rate plus 2c ship fee) on greenish inbound blockade-run folded cover from England to tobacco farmer James Wright, Oswichee Ala., neatly docketed with Aug. 28, 1863 origin date (Liverpool), pinpoint ink erosion spot in address, Very Fine double-rate blockade-run cover -- carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Aug, 29, 1863, arr. New York Sep. 8; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Sep. 12, arr. Nassau Sep. 16; then blockade-runner Margaret & Jessie, arr. Wilmington Sep. 22 -- Shenfield pencil notes on back, Special Routes Census No. BI-Wm-26 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
568 c Image10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c). Huge margins all around, tied by "Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid Nov. 5" (1863) modified integral-rate circular datestamp on inbound blockade-run folded letter from Liverpool, England, to Petersburg Va., letter datelined "Liverpool 15 September 1863" from W. A. & G. Maxwell & Co. concerns sale of Confederate bonds and cotton, receipt docketing extends to front and just ties stamp, vertical file folds, one creasing stamp (slightly soiled), otherwise Very Fine, could benefit from a skillful paper conservator's care, the use of a Confederate stamp is very unusual on blockade-run mail, especially without any indication of 2c ship fee, unlisted in Special Routes census (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
569 c ImageOutgoing Blockade-Run Cover to Boston via Nassau. Manila cover addressed to "Daniel Hammond Esq., For Mrs. Whitridge, Boston, Mass." and in a different hand "Care of Jervey & Mueller, Nassau N.P." -- Jervey & Mueller were Nassau blockade-running agents and shareholders in Bee & Company -- red "Nassau Paid B JU 7 64" circular datestamp, red crayon "8" pence double rate, pair of United States 3c Rose (65), scissors-separated and trimmed at top, small nick at bottom, affixed at Nassau and tied by "N. York Steamship" dateless circle handstamp, manuscript "Due 14" (double 10c rate less 6c prepaid)

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER AND ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN WITH UNITED STATES STAMPS.

This cover is not listed in the Special Routes census. There were a number of blockade runners that arrived in Nassau before the June 7 departure of the Cunarder Corsica for New York. This cover was received by the firm of Jervey & Mueller in Nassau and prepaid 8 pence for British mail. The 3c 1861 pair was presumably affixed by them, but 6c U.S. postage was insufficient for the standard 10c steamship rate. The 20c double rate was assessed, and after crediting 6c for the stamps, the cover was marked "Due 14" cents.

Ex Weatherly (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
570 c ImageOutgoing Blockade-Run from Mobile Ala. to Boston Mass. via Havana, Cuba, and New York. Buff cover addressed to Dr. Larkin Turner, Cambridge Street, Boston, with important letter enclosure datelined "Mobile July 8, 1863" from Larkin's brother, George, who writes "We are without any of your letters since the commencement of the War, the same can be said by you, from the difficulty in transmitting. This may reach you if the bearer, one of our Steamers, gets safely through the Blockading fleet...", the cover did indeed successfully run the blockade on the Alabama from Mobile, it was carried from Havana to New York where it entered the mails with "Steamship 10" circular 10c due handstamp, small "Received Boston Jul. 28" (1863) carrier department datestamp, light fold in cover at right, slightly reduced at bottom, letter with hinge-reinforced folds

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM MOBILE, ALABAMA, TO BOSTON VIA HAVANA AND NEW YORK. OUTBOUND COVERS WITH LETTER CONTENT REFERRING TO THE BLOCKADE-RUNNING ATTEMPT ARE MOST UNUSUAL AND DESIRABLE.

The New York Times Marine Intelligence report published July 27, 1863, includes the arrival on Sunday, July 26, of "Bark Jessie Nichols, Nichols, Havana 11 ds., with sugar, etc., to R.P. Buck & Co." It seems likely this is the ship that brought this letter from Havana to New York, since the Boston carrier datestamp confirms arrival on July 28. The Special Routes census lists 15 outbound covers via Havana, and we are aware of one additional cover.

Special Routes Census No. BO-Hav-11, which identifies the blockade-runner as the Alabama. Notes by Van Dyk MacBride on back (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction

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