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Sale 767 — 1995 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Monday, 5 June, 1995

Category — Campaign and Civil War Patriotic Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
142°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 142, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversLincoln Railsplitter Campaign Cover Used to Scotland, Lincoln Railsplitter Campaign Cover Used to ScotlandLincoln Railsplitter Campaign Cover Used to Scotland. 12c Black (36), Pl. 1, horizontal pair, tied by "Dubuque Iowa. Aug. 18" cds on salmon cover to Leicestershire, Scotland, overall design of Beardless Lincoln portrait, vignette of flatboat and rail fence, bold "Paid 24" arc hs, red "19" handstamp also ties pair, minor wear, still Very Fine, transatlantic usages of Lincoln campaign envelopes are of the greatest rarity

E. 5,000-7,500
10,000
143°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 143, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversFremont Envelope Used from France, Fremont Envelope Used from FranceFremont Envelope Used from France. Small pink cover with three-quarter Fremont portrait at upper left, addressed to North Beverly Mass., France 1854 80c Lake, Napoleon (19) tied by "1896" numeral in diamond of dots, "Marseille Apr. 1, 1857" cds, the first effective day of the U.S.-France mail treaty, Marseille cds boldly struck again over portrait, Lyons-Paris and Paris-Calais transits on back, red "P.P." in frame applied in error, causing the New York City exchange office to apply its "15" cent debit cds on arrival, red "Br Service" in frame, minute portion of upper right corner of stamp replaced and small sealed tear at top, the cover has a mended clipped corner at upper left, still Fine appearance and an extraordinary exhibition item, American campaign envelopes used from abroad are very rare, this first day treaty usage is believed to be unique, ex Matthies

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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144°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 144, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversWounded Zoave Receiving Water from Field Nurse, Wounded Zoave Receiving Water from Field NurseWounded Zoave Receiving Water from Field Nurse. Red & blue design on cover mailed from France to Ohio, strip of three and single France 1854 20c Blue, Napoleon (15), margins to just touching, the strip is tied by "1872" dotted diamond grid cancel, the single is a replacement for the original stamp (cut out by some vandal), part of Marckolsheim town cds at upper right corner, red framed "PD", red "Boston Nov. 26 15" credit cds and "Br Srvice" in frame hs, additional French (1862) and Boston transit backstamps, a bit soiled and worn, still Fine, the replaced stamp is forgiveable considering the uniqueness of this usage and extraordinary visual appeal, ex Matthies [Fig. 282]

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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145°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 145, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversWounded Zoave Receiving Water from Field Nurse, Wounded Zoave Receiving Water from Field NurseWounded Zoave Receiving Water from Field Nurse. Red & blue design, "Washington D.C." large double-circle ds on cover to Nottingham, England, black New York debit cds, bold "1/-" due hs, Nottingham Jan. 12, 1863 receiving backstamp, worn at edges but could be restored to Very Fine appearance, a very scarce design and rare transatlantic usage [Fig. 282]

E. 750-1,000
675
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146°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 146, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversMagnus Patriotic with United States and France Mixed Franking, Magnus Patriotic with United States and France Mixed FrankingMagnus Patriotic with United States and France Mixed Franking. 3c Rose (65), wide s.e., and 12c Black (69), clipped into design at left, tied by circle of Vs cancels, bold red "Boston Mar. 16 Paid 12" credit cds on Eagle and Flag patriotic cover, small vignette of Capitol building, Magnus imprint at bottom, addressed to Paris, France, redirected to Madrid, Spain, with France 1862 40c Orange, Napoleon (27) tied by "8" numeral in star of dots cancel, "Paris 6e/29 Mars 64" double-circle ds, sent in care of Munroe & Co. with their forwarding oval hs, red and black receiving backstamps applied in Spain, Very Fine and highly exhibitable, rare mixed franking on one of the celebrated Angell correspondence covers, ex Matthies

E. 5,000-7,500
5,000
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147°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 147, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversPortrait of John Wilkes Booth, Portrait of John Wilkes BoothPortrait of John Wilkes Booth. Woodcut in black on white envelope with text and imprint, engravers name "J. D. Enlers, Eng." appears at bottom of bust, 3c Rose (65) tied by "Lewis Del." cds, addressed in pencil to a Dr. Seth Arnold, Woonsocket R.I., cover with some slight wrinkling, corner nick at top right and small toned spot at right edge

THE RARE AND INFAMOUS "BOOTH" COVER - THE ONLY TIME A POLITICAL ASSASSIN WAS PORTRAYED ON A UNITED STATES ENVELOPE

Prepared by bookseller and stationer C.H. Anderson of Washington, the cover, with only the simple title, "Booth" and an eye-catching but realistic portrait, was meant to function as a wanted poster, which Anderson's melodramatic but still effective text makes clear: "Hunt the villain down. Scatter this likeness in every section of the country; scan every face, particularly if it shuns you; observe closely the features which cannot change; make due allowance for the beard to grow, the mustache shaved off, and the hair cut. It may be by your means that a benignant Government shall mete out justice to one for whom there should be no mercy."

One of two known, unique in its purpose among patriotic designs, and for that reason alone probably the most important of all American illustrated covers

E. 3,000-4,000
6,000
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148°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 148, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversMagnus Newark N.J. Street Scene, Magnus Newark N.J. Street SceneMagnus Newark N.J. Street Scene. Remarkable overall design in bronze, framed by wreath, caption at bottom, detailed street scene with buildings, horse-drawn carriages, dogs playing and pedestrians, Magnus imprint, 3c Rose (65) tied by "Alexandria Va. Jan. 8, 1864" double-circle ds and target on cover to Franklin N.Y., brownish waterstains at edges, could be restored to Very Fine appearance, one other believed to exist, one of the most extraordinary and rarest of Magnus designs

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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149°
c
Sale Number 767, Lot Number 149, Campaign and Civil War Patriotic CoversRomeo & Juliet Valentine Envelope, Romeo & Juliet Valentine EnvelopeRomeo & Juliet Valentine Envelope. A variation of the Soldier's Farewell and issued at the same time, depicting lovers in Rennaissance attire, in red, aqua and brown, with Valentine with oval vignette of Union soldier with his lover, 3c Rose (65) tied by "Washington D.C. Feb. 11" cds, minor edge wear, stamp with two small tears, Very Fine appearance, a great exhibition item and rare

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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