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Grade
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 37, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 21, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 21, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 21, 1861. Clear strike of double-oval datestamp on blue folded letter from Mexico to Lanman & Kemp in New York, "Vera Cruz 31 Mayo 1861" oval datestamp struck on flap, entered New York with bold "Steamship 10" due handstamp, it is unclear why this was sent to the Dead Letter Office, but it may have been due to suspected Confederate origination of the letter, two faintly toned file folds, Very Fine

E. 200-300
1,100
United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 38, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. July 29, 1861. Clear strike of large oval datestamp on flap of folded printed cotton trader circular from London, England to Richmond Va., letter dated May 25, 1861, sender's directive "pr Australasian via Cork", Liverpool circular datestamp also on flap, entered New York with bold strike of "N. York Br. Pkt 24 Jun. 6" 24c debit datestamp and "19 Cents" handstamp, due to the order of the postmaster general this was undeliverable to Confederate Richmond and so was sent to the Dead Letter Office, upon release struck with the DLO oval and blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 30" circular datestamp on flap with matching "Due 3" in circle for domestic postage due, Very Fine, a rare cover showing how mail was affected by suspension of postal service between the North and South

E. 1,000-1,500
2,900
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 39, Suspension of Mails, Adams ExpressDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 8, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 8, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Jul. 8, 1861. Double-oval datestamp struck on back of yellow cover from Philadelphia Pa. to Chulafinnee Ala., taken to the mails by Blood's with their double-circle datestamp and struck with "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 4" octagonal datestamp, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), defective and tied by grid cancel, due to the order of the postmaster general this was undeliverable to Confederate Alabama and so was sent to the Dead Letter Office, bold "Due 3 cts." straightline and DLO oval both struck upon release, Fine appearance, a scarce cover demonstrating the suspension of the mails

E. 750-1,000
3,500
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 318, Flag-of-Truce MailDead Letter Office P.O. Dept, Dead Letter Office P.O. DeptDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Dateless double oval handstamp struck on flap of 1863 cover from Richmond Va. to Litiz Pa., an attempted flag-of-truce use with manuscript directive as such but sent during the September 1862 -- July 1863 period when flag-of-truce mail was suspended (see Walske-Trepel Special Routes book, Chapter 5), a 10c Frameline (10) was affixed to pay the Confederate postage, tied by Richmond circular datestamp (appears to be March), the stamp peeled off at the exchange point, the sender also attempted to pay the U.S. postage by affixing a half-dime at the top left, the imprint of which is clearly visible (a replacement coin accompanies), none of this was effective for the sender as the cover was sent to the Dead Letter Office, "Washington D.C. Apr. ?" double-circle datestamp struck upon release along with bold "DUE 6cts" for unpaid postage, some minor soiling and edge nick, still Fine and fascinating attempted through-the-lines use, this must have been an incredible appearing cover when it was mailed

E. 750-1,000
750
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 319, Flag-of-Truce MailDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Received Oct. 10, 1862, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Received Oct. 10, 1862Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Received Oct. 10, 1862. Clear strike of oval datestamp ties 3c Rose (65) on embossed corner card cover from Harrisburg Pa. to Libby Prison in Richmond Va., an attempted flag-of-truce use but mailed during the September 1862 -- July 1863 period when flag-of-truce mail was suspended (see Walske-Trepel Special Routes book, Chapter 5), entered mails with "Harrisburg Pa. Sep. 18, 1862" double-circle datestamp, some minor edgewear, still Very Fine and scarce

E. 500-750
3,750
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 320, Flag-of-Truce MailDead Letter Office P.O. Dept, Dead Letter Office P.O. DeptDead Letter Office P.O. Dept. Bold strike of oval datestamp with "DUE 6 cts." straightline on diminutive cover from Robertville S.C. to Hamilton N.Y., an attempted flag-of-truce use, though not accepted as such and sent to the Dead Letter Office, original letter enclosure datelined from Robertville on Mar. 27, 1863, receipt docketing of June 17, no attempt at paying either Confederate or U.S. postage is apparent so this might have been an inner letter sent under cover with other letters, Very Fine and unusual

E. 400-500
400
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2020-09-09
Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 321, Flag-of-Truce MailU.S.D.L.O Jun. 26, 1865, U.S.D.L.O Jun. 26, 1865U.S.D.L.O Jun. 26, 1865. Double-circle datestamp struck on narrow cover with original letter from Plano Ill. to care of U.S. Provost Marshal in Vicksburg Miss., 3c Rose (65) tied by blue "Plano Il. Apr. 17" circular datestamp with second strike below, blue manuscript "$3" which may have been enclosed, interesting contents including discussion of the "calamity of the death of Mr. Lincoln", recipient not found and struck with "ADVERTISED" straightline, "Vicksburg Ms. May 8, 1865" double-circle datestamp and sent back north to Dead Letter Office with Vicksburg June 8 backstamp, "C" handstamp with manuscript file number, small envelope slits at bottom from opening, stamp with couple minor perf faults, otherwise Fine and interesting series of markings for a north-to-south letter sent just after Lee's surrender, with content related to the assassination of President Lincoln

E. 400-500
1,600
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2017-05-09
The Deane R. Briggs, M.D., Collection of Florida in the Civil War
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Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2012, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. Stamps"P.O. Dept. Dead Letter Office, 19 Aug. 1861 H, 52-1", "P.O. Dept. Dead Letter Office, 19 Aug. 1861 H, 52-1""P.O. Dept. Dead Letter Office, 19 Aug. 1861 H, 52-1". Confederate States Dead Letter Office marking and record number in magenta manuscript, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "Jacksonville Flor. Feb. 23" (1861) circular datestamp on folded letter datelined at Tallahassee to Hampton Va., forwarded to Richmond with manuscript "forwd" and blue "Hampton Va. Mar. 1" circular datestamp, apparently unclaimed in Richmond so struck with "ADVERTISED" oval handstamp and "Richmond Va. Mar. 8, 1861" circular datestamp, the Dead Letter Office marking applied when the cover was released, stamp roughly separated with pieces out at top and bottom, condition is otherwise excellent

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE CONFEDERATE DEAD LETTER OFFICE MANUSCRIPT MARKING ON A COVER FROM FLORIDA.

This cover combines numerous rare elements. It is a Confederate use of U.S. postage from Florida, sent to Virginia before that state seceded on April 17. It was struck with Hampton forwarding and Richmond advertised markings. Going unclaimed, it most likely sat in the Richmond Post Office until approximately May 24 and then was sent to the Confederate Dead Letter Office (along with suspended northbound mail), where it was held until August 19. The Walske-Trepel Special Routes book records fewer than ten examples of the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office markings (handstamp or manuscript). The other manuscript markings we have seen are on northbound mail diverted at Richmond between May 24 and June 1, 1861. This is the only recorded Dead Letter Office cover from Florida.

C.S.A. Catalog value $7,500.00

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2014-02-26
The Benjamin Wishnietsky Collection of Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 20, Discontinuance of Mail Routes incl. Southn. Letter UnpaidDead Letter Office P.O. Dpt. Jun 17, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O. Dpt. Jun 17, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O. Dpt. Jun 17, 1861. Oval datestamp (DLO-1) struck at top of buff cover to Warrenton Va., 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Mass. May 24" circular datestamp, "Washington D.C. Jun. 3, 1861" backstamp, bold "DUE 3 cts." straightline handstamp, razor cut below address, Very Fine, a rare cover mailed from Boston to Virginia in late May 1861 after discontinuance of U.S. mail route into Virginia (May 23), thus diverted to Dead Letter Office, C.S.A. catalog value $2,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2013-04-18
Confederate States Stamps and Postal History
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Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2283, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeDead Letter Office Confederate States of America. Aug. 22, 1861, Dead Letter Office Confederate States of America. Aug. 22, 1861Dead Letter Office Confederate States of America. Aug. 22, 1861. Absolutely perfect strike of oval datestamp on legal-size cover with vertical pair U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), slightly cut in at bottom, tied by indistinct circular datestamps, addressed to "James H. Lusk Esq." in Montgomery Ala., partly clear strike of "ADVERTISED" straightline handstamp applied at Montgomery, back with "Montgomery Ala. ? 15, 1861" circular datestamp -- missing month as half of the marking was struck on the top flap of cover which has been removed, manuscript "Landis" above oval handstamp likely applied by Dead Letter Office to indicate the name of the sender

VERY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST STRIKE OF THE CONFEDERATE "DEAD LETTER OFFICE" OVAL AMONG ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE HANDSTAMP AND THE ONLY USE ON A COVER ADDRESSED TO A CONFEDERATE STATE.

Van Dyk MacBride illustrated four examples of the Confederate States Dead Letter Office oval in his 1944 Congress Book article. We record one other which is pictured in the Special Routes book on page 12. These five strikes (earliest dated Aug. 23, 1861) are on covers sent from the South to a Union state which were intercepted after the closure of mail routes and sent to the Dead Letter Office. The date in the Dead Letter Office oval indicates when it was released, rather than when it arrived.

This sixth example is the only known use on cover to a Confederate state. It is not clear from the datestamp when it was mailed, or whether it originated in a Confederate or a Union state (prior to June 1, 1861, it could have been either and been franked with U.S. stamps), but it is apparent from the "Advertised" marking that it found its way to the Dead Letter Office because it was undeliverable, rather than intercepted. It most likely contained money or other items of value.

C.S.A. Catalogue value $5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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