EXTREMELY FINE AND OUTSTANDING USE OF THIS RARE DAVIS-STEPHENS 10-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC WITH MATCHING SONG SHEET ENCLOSURE. DATED ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF CONFEDERATE POSTAL SERVICE.
Very few examples of this Davis-Stephens 10-Star Confederate Flag patriotic design are known. The tenth star represents North Carolina, which seceded on May 20th and was admitted to the Confederate States on May 27th. The eleventh star with "T" on the song sheet represents Tennessee, which was admitted as a Confederate State on May 16th, subject to the ratification election on June 24th (ordinance of secession May 6th, popular vote June 8th, ratification June 24th).
The absence of a rate marking is another unusual and interesting feature. A cover is known from Corinth postmarked June 1st, the first day of the Confederate postal system, with a "Paid" and "3" cent rate crossed out and re-rated "5". Our theory regarding the absence of a rate marking is that the Corinth postmaster anticipated the June 1st change but was uncertain whether or not mail prepaid at the U.S. 3c rate should be marked as such
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF DAVIS-STEPHENS PATRIOTIC COVER FROM CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI TO MINNESOTA PRIOR TO TERMINATION OF POSTAL RELATIONS.
From our 337th Sale, which offered one of the greatest Confederate patriotic cover collections ever formed. Ex Haas