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Sale 73: The March Sale

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Civil War Postal History

Lots 2450-2458

Lot 2450    

1862-64 (c.) Civil War Soldier's Letter to Gloucester Ma., undated yellow envelope endorsed "Soldier's Letter, 13 HG" and "CT Elwell Lt. Col Irap 23d" (Infantry regiment Army of the Potomac), entered mails with choice sharp strike of "U.S. SHIP, 3 CTS" handstamp, includes photocopy of the regiment's history and service record; some edge flaws and staining, Fine.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $100

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Lot 2451    

1863 (Jun. 22) New York, N.Y. to Steamer Florida, Atlantic Coast, cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) vertical pair paying the 6¢ ship rate tied by bold circle of wedges cancel duplexed with "New York Jun 22, 1863" cds, date contemporaneously clarified with pen, addressed to "Dr. Grenville M. Weeks. Str Florida., North Atlantic Blockd'g Squadron, Off Wilmington N. Carolina, care Captain Carr, Storeship Badger off Beaufort, N. Carolina", endorsed "Steamer Florida" at lower left and docketed "Answered!!" at top; small stamp faults from edge placement, Fine and scarce use.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

Weeks had been the assistant surgeon aboard the Union ironclad "Monitor" when it sank a year prior to this.

Realized: $700

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Lot 2452    

1864 (Apr. 5) Washington, D.C. to London, England, cds with matching "24" due rating on orange cover endorsed "Soldiers Letter 10th Mass Vols, Adjutant" and signed "Wm M Curtis" in red manuscript, black "N. York Br. Pkt. '5' Apr 6" debit exchange cds, carried by Cunard Line China from New York to Queenstown arriving Apr. 17th, London manuscript "1/-" shilling due rating for the transatlantic packet fee, docketed as received April 18th, Very Fine and rare transatlantic soldier's letter.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $210

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Lot 2453    

"Banks Division, Oct 16", blue cds ties 3¢ rose pink (64b) on circa 1861 cover to Middle Granville N.Y.; reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $120

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Lot 2454    

Chattanooga, Tenn, two different postmarks, choice strike of framed "Chattanooga, Tenn. / June 1864" handstamp (Skinner-Eno PM-TS 2) ties 3¢ rose (65) on cover to Prospect Oh.; second with unframed two-line "Chattanooga Tenn. / November 23. 1863" (Skinner-Eno PM-TS 3) ties 3¢ rose (65) on cover to Springfield Oh.; some faults, Fine and scarce pair.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

View the other cover.

Realized: $150

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Lot 2455 ()   

Mails Suspended, two strikes of blue oval handstamp on rebacked cover front bearing well centered 3¢ rose (65) tied by grid cancel, matching "Morristown N.J. Jun 8 1865" cds to Charlottesville Va., fresh and Very Fine.
C.S.A. Catalog No. MS-01; $2,500    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

A rare late use of the "Mails Suspended" oval applied at the dead letter office on mail to the South where mail service had not been reestablished due to the war. This cover was pictured on page 96 of Jim Monroe's "A Lifetime of Collecting Confederate States of America Postal History" book.

Realized: $950

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Lot 2456    

Nashville Tenn, Mar 6'64, cds ties 3¢ rose (65) on cover addressed "Sergeant Wm. R. Elam, Co H. 18th Va., Genl. Garnetts Brig (via City Point and Fortress Monroe), Petersburg Va." and endorsed "Head Quarters U.S. Forces, Tenn., Columbia, March 4th '64, Examined and approved" at left, signed by Commanding Officer, "Richmond Va. Mar 24" cds and matching "DUE 10" handstamp, forwarded to Kinston N.C.; faulty, Fine and rare across the lines use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $575

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Lot 2457    

(Sanitary Fair) Great Central Fair For the Sanitary Fair Commission, black illustrated imprint showing battlefield scene on local drop rate cover bearing 2¢ black (73), bottom s.e., tied by "Philada. Pa., Apr 1" cds, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 2458    

(Sanitary Fair) Metropolitan Fair, For the U.S. Sanitary Commission, illustrated design in gray black with "Send by either one of the Principle Express or Transportation Companies." endorsement on backflap, on cover to Jenkintown, Pa., franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by New York town and grid duplex postmarks, Very Fine.
Scott No. 65    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $475

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Lots 2450-2458

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