Aberdeen Miss. Apr. 29 (1861).
Circular datestamp with grid cancel on 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26),
huge margins at sides including interpane centerline margin at left, single pulled perf, on cover to Col. Sam Meek in Columbus Miss. with blue 8-Star Octagon Canton Patriotic
design (F8-15), center of design with illustration of building (college?) over the large star surrounded by "Aberdeen Mississippi, Commercial J.D. McAlister, Proprietor", reduced at right and small edge tear at bottom
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS SPECTACULAR AND UNUSUAL CONFEDERATE 8-STAR PATRIOTIC DESIGN.
This design is unlike any other listed in the C.S.A. Catalog. The Confederate State use of U.S. postage adds to its desirability.
Ex Brooks and Antrim
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