Lot 3204Confederacy, Blockade-Run Usage from England to Oswichee Ala. via Charleston S.C. Folded letter with bold "Charleston S.C. May 13, 186-" circular datestamp (fourth digit of year is blank) and "Steam-Ship" in oval handstamp, pencil "22" manuscript. rate (double 10¢ plus 2¢ ship fee), letter discusses cotton prices, 1863 docketing at left, fresh and Extremely Fine, a stunning & rare double rate cover, two blockade-runners arrived from the Bahamas at Charleston on the May 13, 1863 -- the Antonica (formerly Herald) and the Norseman -- the addressee (Wright) was associated early on with Fraser & Co., but neither ship was owned by them in 1863, the Antonica/Herald had been previously owned by Fraser, so this cover probably traveled on that ship (source: S. Walske), ex-Dietz; with 2007 C.S.A. certificate.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.