5¢ Blue, Local (7), horizontal pair, clear to large margins, tied by "Palestine Tex. Mar. 9" circular datestamp on John Gooch's Law & Collection Exchange overall illustrated advertising cover, lovely design in gray with woodcut vignette in green, showing farmer, livestock, Indian, train and mountains in background, text in frame at left in green reads "Claims collected in Eastern and Middle Texas. Remittances Promptly Made in Sight Drafts on Galveston, New Orleans, or New York"
Very Fine appearance; cover reduced at top with staining along a small tear, also a small tear at right and right stamp with creases.
One of the most stunning Confederate illustrated designs in existence--reminiscent of obsolete currency of the period as well as the Confederate Montgomery $500 note. This is the only example we have encountered among the tiny population with this design that is franked with Confederate adhesive stamps. It would make the perfect "page" with the cover in lot 394, the same design in different colors.
Ex Van Dyk MacBride and Rex H. Felton.
VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL ABOLITIONIST DESIGN WITH STARTLING IMAGERY OF A BOUND SLAVE SUFFERING UNDER THE WHIP -- AND IRONICALLY USED IN THE CONFEDERACY. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE EXAMPLES OF CONFEDERATE USE OF A CAPTURED UNION ABOLITIONIST OR PATRIOTIC COVER.
The horrifying images of the whip-scarred back of the slave known as Gordon were first published in Harper's Weekly on July 4, 1863 (see Siegel Sale 1037, lot 2869). An example of the most famous carte-de-visite of Gordon is offered as lot 175 in this sale. While it cannot be proven that the drawing on this abolitionist cover was inspired by the Gordon images, this does bear a striking resemblance to that man, who became a pivotal figure in exposing the brutality of slavery. Its use on a cover with the stately Jefferson Davis portrait on a pair of Confederate 5c Local prints is particularly noteworthy.
Ex Brooks, Finney and Dr. Green. With 2000 C.S.A. certificate