Lot 995(Post War - Baltimore) 1866 (Sep. 10) Alford, England to Claridon Ohio, mourning cover bearing GB 1s green tied by Alford (9.10) duplex, red London (9.11) backstamp and matching "21" credit handstamp to U.S., carried by Baltimore & Liverpool S.S. Co. Worcester from Liverpool Sep. 12th to Baltimore arriving Oct. 2nd, red "Baltimore Am. Pkt. Paid Oct 2 1866" exchange cds; some edgewear, Very Fine, ex-Winter.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
AN EXCEPTIONAL MOURNING COVER FROM GREAT BRITAIN CARRIED BY THE SHORT-LIVED BALTIMORE & LIVERPOOL STEAMSHIP CO. TO BALTIMORE.
In November 1865 an exchange office for British mails was established at Baltimore, Maryland. Mails carried directly to Liverpool by American contract steamships was processed here instead of being sent to New York. The Baltimore & Liverpool Steamship Company, which had this contract, was in operation for only three years. Covers carried by this steamship company are quite scarce.