VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE 12-STAR FLAG DESIGN WITH THE 10-CENT HOYER & LUDWIG LITHOGRAPH, HAND-CARRIED FROM TEXAS AND MAILED AT RICHMOND. ONE OF THE RAREST CONFEDERATE FLAG DESIGNS.
Ex Duckworth and Kilbourne. The complete cover illustrated in C.S.A. Catalog (p. 435) and in 1986 Dietz Catalog (p. 226)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.
The 10c Blue Lithograph is very rare on a Davis Medallion cover. There are probably fewer than five in existence.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM APPEARANCE. ON-COVER MULTIPLES OF THE 10-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH LARGER THAN A PAIR ARE RARE. THIS SPECTACULAR STRIP, WITH MASSIVE MARGINS ALL AROUND AND CANCELLED IN RED, ON A SMALL NEAT COVER TO C.S.A. VICE PRESIDENT STEPHENS, MAKES THIS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GENERAL ISSUE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.
Ex Shenfield and Finney. With 2014 P.F. certificate
A FINE APPEARING AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF TRANSATLANTIC MAIL CARRIED FROM LONDON TO NEW ORLEANS VIA TAMPICO AND BROWNSVILLE DURING THE PERIOD WHEN COSTA'S EXPRESS WAS IN OPERATION.
On October 15, 1861, Antonio Costa announced a post office-endorsed foreign-mail private express service out of New Orleans. In his circular, he stated, "The undersigned, now suffering in common with others, the inconvenience of blockade and non-intercourse with foreign countries; has, by the advice and approval of J. L. Riddell, Post Master at New Orleans, taken all needful measures to establish at his own expense, a monthly mail between New Orleans and the Mexican port of Tampico, to connect with the regular British Mail steamers touching at that port." J. L. Riddell also added a postscript stating that, "Letters intended for this Mail, may be enclosed along with the money required per tariff above, and the outer envelope addressed to Costa's Foreign Mail, care of Postmaster, New Orleans." The tariff indicated was $1.00 to Europe, including C.S.A. postage.
Ex Everett and Freeman. With 1994 C.S.A. certificate