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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=Confederate States and Civil War-Related, Issue/Country=Confederate States and Civil-War Related, All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = Norfolk Va. Jun. 1 or 1861, Symbol IN ("COVER")
Area/Sub/
General/Issue
Sale#/
Date
Lot#/
Grade
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1994-12-13
U.S. & Confederate States Postal History
c
Sale Number 764, Lot Number 2300, Confederate States and Express CompanySouthern Letter Unpaid, Southern Letter UnpaidSouthern Letter Unpaid. Bold two-line handstamp "SOUTHN. LETTER/UNPAID" on yellow cover originating in New Orleans and addressed to Granby Conn. in the "United States", indistinct "New Orleans La. Jun. 12" (1861) cds in black and blue crayon "10" CSA rate marking, which was used provisionally from June 1 to June 13 until the New Orleans postmaster's adhesive stamps were delivered, U.S. 3c Red (26) tied by bold blue grid, second strike of grid over "10" rate and matching "DUE 3" handstamp, all markings in blue applied at Louisville where letters of CSA origin were held until June 24th, this example does not show the Louisville cds

#A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE "SOUTHERN LETTER UNPAID" MARKING, WHICH IS RARELY FOUND ON COVERS ORIGINATING IN CONFEDERATE NEW ORLEANS

Reviewing our records of Southern Letter Unpaid covers, there is a pattern suggesting that the earliest mail processed at the Louisville post office was not marked with the double-circle datestamp (earliest known date is June 26th) and that the use of the blue grid to cancel U.S. stamps was soon abandoned in favor of using the "Southn. Letter Unpaid" marking as a cancel. When Louisville Postmaster J. J. Speed received a directive from the U.S. Post Office Department on June 24th, instructing him to forward mail of Confederate origin to destinations in Federal territory, there were 4,000 to 5,000 pieces of mail being held at Louisville (Schenfield book, p. 7). Speed was instructed to remove U.S. stamps affixed to Confederate letters; however, the impracticality of physically removing stamps resulted in the creation of the "Southn. Letter Unpaid" handstamp. If clerks began the task of processing mail on June 25th by 1) cancelling U.S. postage with the blue grid, 2) applying the blue "Southn. Letter Unpaid" and 3) applying the "Due" marking, the use of the blue grid could have been abandoned when the double-circle datestamp was introduced to the process on the following day, June 26th. An additional step in marking covers - the application of the datestamp - would slow down the process. Our hypothesis is that the clerks discarded the blue grid on June 26th and began using the "Southn. Letter Unpaid" marking to cancel any U.S. stamps present. If correct, the cover offered here is quite possibly a June 25th "first day use" of the "Southn. Letter Unpaid" marking.

A fascinating and extremely rare cover

E. 12,000-15,000
0
United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1983-04-23
1983 Rarities of the World
c
Sale Number 618, Lot Number 279, Confederate StatesNew Iberia La, New Iberia LaNew Iberia La., Feb 5 (1861), Bold pmk. on Cover to England, franked with Single U.S. 5c Brown, Ty. II (30A) & Horizontal Pair 10c Green, Ty. V (35), Ic Overpayment of the 24c rate, tied by repeated strikes of Bold "Paid", Red New-York Am. Pkt. 3, etc., one 10c couple tears, still a Stunning Example of U.S. Used Abroad in the Confederacy

E. 1,000-2,000
1,450
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1982-04-24
1982 Rarities of the World
c
Sale Number 596, Lot Number 84, Confederate StatesGoodson Va, Goodson VaGoodson Va., Sep 12 (1861) pmk., "Paid 5" in Circle on Seven Star Multicolor Flag Patriotic Cover (Dietz Ty. B-17), trifle reduced at right, few tiny toning specks, Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
1,550
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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=Confederate States and Civil War-Related, Issue/Country=Confederate States and Civil-War Related, All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = Norfolk Va. Jun. 1 or 1861, Symbol IN ("COVER")

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