Richmond Va. Apr. 19, 1861.
Circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)
on cover to Mr. Elsey on board the steamer City of Richmond
at Philadelphia Pa. with red and blue 7-Star Small Confederate Flag Patriotic
design (F7-7A/B variety), stamp with small corner crease and slight oxidation, light soiling at bottom, still Very Fine use of U.S. postage on an Independent State cover, mailed only two days after Virginia seceded -- the City of Richmond
arrived at Philadelphia from Richmond on Apr. 6 -- this is also a rare design which shares elements of both F7-7A and F7-7B (though with only one rope evident instead of the listed two), the C.S.A. Catalog lists the F7-7B design only on the larger flag, with F7-7A on the smaller flag, in reality this exactly matches neither of the listings and should have its own catalog number, ex Rosenberg
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