VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE ON AN OVERALL 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER, MAILED FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. RARELY FOUND IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
The F7-2B design contains a prominent flagstaff, in contrast to F7-2A which lacks the flagstaff. Collectors of Confederate Civil War postal history know that the stamps and envelopes are rarely found in sound condition. Most 3c U.S. stamps on Confederate Patriotic covers have varying degrees of faults. The stamp on this cover is sound and the blue color of the star panel is particularly deep.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DESIGN VARIATION ON THIS DAVIS-STEPHENS PATRIOTIC, WITH THE EIGHTH STAR FOR VIRGINIA ETCHED BY HAND INTO THE CENTER BEFORE THE COVER WAS POSTMARKED. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE.
Ex Everett, Bischel and Boshwit. Illustrated in C.S.A. Catalog on p. 430 and in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 43