Lot# 96 - Sales #3010-11 - NY 2016 Rarities Sales

  • Lot# : 96 Transatlantic Covers by Origin

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    U.S. CIVIL WAR – S.S. New Ironside 1864 inbound cover from Germany. A cover dated January 15, 1864 from Berlin addressed to «Dr. Eduard Kerschner, United States Iron Frigate New Ironsides, Charelston Harbor, South Carolina, United States of America» endorsed «via Bremen», German datestamp «New York Feb 3» depreciated currency datestamp. «New Ironsides» crossed out in pencil. Forwarded to the naval vessel «Passaic» (manuscript pencil, see bottom left).

    A remarkably rare usage from Europe to a doctor aboard the U.S.S. NEW IRONSIDES.

    S.S. New Ironside - a 4120-ton broadside ironclad was built in Philadelphia. The construction of the last and largest of three «salt-water» armored warships begun in 1861 in order to meet the needs of the Civil War and was commissioned in August 1862. Following a lengthy furnishing and arming period New Ironsides joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in January 1863. During the following year, she operated in support of the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina and took part in several attacks on the Confederate fortifications defending the city.
    A great Civil War rarity! This is the only known cover sent from the Kingdom of Prussia to a crew member of a warship of the American Navy.
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,700 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700 USD