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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

Category — Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
283
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 283, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Complete framelines at top and left, portion at bottom, tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 23" (1865) circular datestamp on inner unsealed flag-of-truce cover sent from the North to a Union prisoner in the South, addressed to 1st Lieut. Provine of the 84th Illinois Voluntary Infantry Regiment at Charleston S.C., but docketing at top indicates receipt in Columbia S.C. (Jan. 20), stamp with small inconsequential toned spot, bottom left corner of cover nicked

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ON A FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER TO A UNION PRISONER IN THE SOUTH. VERY FEW FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH THE FRAMELINE ISSUE.

The outer cover with U.S. postage and the datestamp of the originating town was discarded at the exchange point. During this period, northern prisoners were often shifted from place to place depending on the whereabouts of Union troops, which explains the address to Charleston and the receipt at Columbia. According to Brian Green, this is the latest known use of a Frameline stamp on cover.

Discussed in the Confederate Philatelist (Jan.-Feb. 1978, pp. 6-7, article accompanies)

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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