VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE MIXED FRANKING CIVILIAN FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER WITH THE 10-CENT PATERSON LITHOGRAPH AND U.S. 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE.
This is a fascinating use, both originating in and ending in Tennessee. It was sent from Union-controlled Knoxville to Fortress Monroe and Richmond, in order to reach Confederate East Tennessee. The distance between Knoxville and Carter's Depot (present-day Watauga, Tenn.) is a mere 125 miles, though this cover traveled much farther than that. Civilian flag-of-truce mail resumed in June 1863 with the exchange points Fortress Monroe-Old Point Comfort and City Point-Richmond.
The use of the Confederate 10c Blue Lithograph on any mixed-franking flag-of-truce cover with U.S. postage is extremely rare. Only one prisoner-of-war use is recorded (ex Walske, Siegel Sale 988, lot 190). This is the only civilian flag-of-truce use we have encountered with this combination.
Ex Kilbourne. With 1967 P.F. certificate issued to Charles Kilbourne (after private acquisition from an original find)
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A BEAUTIFUL GROCERS AND COMMISSION MERCHANTS ADVERTISING COVER. STUNNING AND EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY FOR A CONFEDERATE COVER.
Ex Haas. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. A LOVELY COVER WITH A 10-CENT BLUE PATERSON PRINT AND WALLPAPER DESIGN.