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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Handstamped Paid and Due Markings

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
124°
c
Autagaville Ala. Aug. 30. Cds with matching "PAID" in arc and "5" in circle on orange cover to New Orleans, Fine and rare

E. 300-400
0
125°
c
Eufaula Ala. Dec. 31. Neat cds, matching PAID" and "5" on cover to Glennville Ala., with original 1861 enclosure, mostly business contents but states "I suppose old Abe will surrender Mason & Slydell - the cowardly villains will not stand up to anything." Very Fine and choice

E. 250-300
325
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126°
c
Fort Deposit Ala. Apr. 9. Blurry cds and "PAID" straightline hs on yellow cover with dry goods dealer's corner card, to New Orleans, no rate indicated - if 1861, then U.S. 3c rate applied; if 1862, then C.S.A. 5c rate applied - fresh and Fine

E. 300-400
450
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127°
c
Grove Hill Ala. Jul. 9. Clearly struck cds and "Paid" in oval, ms. "5" rate on buff cover with oval corner card, law firm of Rawlings & Dickinson at "Grove Hill, Alabama, C.S.A.", to member of "Suggsville Greys" at Fort Morgan Ala., Extremely Fine and very scarce Grove Hill handstamped "Paid" - printed stationery incorporating any reference to "Confederate States" or "C.S.A." is rare due to the cost of printing and war-time scarcity of paper, this superb cover was the subject of a Confederate Philatelist article (July-August 1976 - copy accompanies)

E. 500-750
475
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128°
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Mobile Ala. Jul. 1, 1861. Boldly struck double-circle ds, matching boxed "PAID 5" on cover to Lauderdale Station Miss., with original enclosure, mostly family conversation but part states "If my stock of impatience and bad words were not all in demand to abuse the Yankees, I'd say something mean about this ink. I know it was made by a Yankee", Very Fine

E. 350-400
350
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129°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 129, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsMobile Ala. Jun. 26, 1861, Mobile Ala. Jun. 26, 1861Mobile Ala. Jun. 26, 1861. Bold double-circle ds and "Paid 10" in diamond on cover with St. Louis Mo. grocer's red handstamped corner card, to member of Washington Light Infantry, 3rd Regt. Ala. Vol. at Norfolk Va., reduced at left and stained at right, a presentable and extremely unusual usage from the first month of the Confederate postal system - possibly carried from St. Louis to Mobile and therefore a thru-the-lines usage

E. 300-400
280
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130°
c
Oxford Ala. Apr. 27. Cds struck twice on blue courthouse cover to Clerk of Superior Court, Randolph Co., Georgia, ms. "Due 20", 1864 docketing, somewhat reduced, minor edgewear, Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 200-300
120
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131°
c
Pine Level Ala. Paid 5. Negative letters in circular ornamental brass handstamp, complete and bold strike - the "5" and "ALA" at center showing little detail, but "PINE LEVEL" and "PAID" are clearly defined - on buff cover to Madisonville Tenn., ms. "Nov 18" (1861) date, small faint stain spots

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE HANDSTAMPED "PAID", WHICH IS ONE OF THE FEW NEGATIVE TOWN MARKINGS USED IN THE CONFEDERACY.

The extreme rarity of the Pine Level handstamp - only three are believed to exist - makes it impossible to draw any definite conclusions regarding its status; however, it is possible that the marking was applied to envelopes in advance of sale and, if so, they can be classified as a postmaster's provisional. Ex MacBride

E. 2,000-3,000
2,200
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132°
c
Tompkinsville Ala. Sept. Bold cds in brown ink with matching "Paid" and "5" in circle on folded letter datelined Tompkins Bluff, Sept. 25, 1861, to Mobile Ala. with steam packet "Clipper" written at lower left, couple small worm holes, splits along folds sealed with archival tape, still Very Fine and an extremely rare Alabama steamboat letter carried on the Tombigee River

E. 400-500
325
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133°
c
Camden Ark. Jul. 19. Cds with "Paid" and large "10" in circle on buff cover to Vice President Stephens (all flaps intact), interesting docketing on back "Paley Thompson, Camden Ark., July 17th 1861. Wants to know `whether letters of Marque & Reprisal to operate on land can be obtained.'", Confederate response to Union raids, Very Fine, only a few examples of the Camden 10c handstamp are known

E. 400-500
675
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134°
c
Lake Village Ark. Jul. 1. Perfect bold strike of cds with "PAID/5 CENTS" two-line rate hs on obsolete 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, sender's instructions "Brasher & Wells please pay postage on this - J.H.S." indicating origin outside Lake Village

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ARKANSAS HANDSTAMPED PAID.

Realized $2,640 in our 1985 Rarities sale

E. 2,000-2,500
2,500
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135°
c
Little Rock Ark. Sep. 29, 1861. Double-circle ds and "Paid 10" in circle on buff cover to Richmond Va., docketed over cds, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
325
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136°
c
Little Rock Ark. Sep. 30, 1862. Double-circle ds (day inverted) with "Paid 10" in circle hs (strengthened in ink) on buff cover to Hockley Tex., flap removed and tiny tear at top, scarce, ex Kohn

E. 100-150
280
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137°
c
Monticello Ark. Jul. 30. 1861 cds with "Paid" and "10" hs on buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, full strikes and Very Fine cover, very scarce Arkansas Confederate usage, ex Richey, Judd

E. 400-500
650
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138°
c
Napoleon Ark. Apr. 6, 1862. Double-circle ds with "Paid" and "5" hs on yellow cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, reddish ms. "Paid", usual filing pinholes, fresh and Very Fine

E. 400-500
500
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139°
c
Pine Bluff Ark. Dec. 26. 1861 cds with "Paid" and "10" hs on cover to Livingston Ala., negligible flap tear and edgewear, still Very Fine, choice Arkansas Confederate usage

E. 400-500
280
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140°
c
Searcy Ark. Oct. 3. Bold cds with "Paid" in oval and "10" in circle hs on small cover to Knoxville Tenn., fresh and Very Fine, scarce

E. 400-500
300
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141°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 141, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsFernandina Fla. Dec. 22, 1861, Fernandina Fla. Dec. 22, 1861Fernandina Fla. Dec. 22, 1861. Unbelievably bold strike of cds with "Paid 5" hs on cover to Welaka Fla., interesting contemporary pencil note on back "England has demanded the release of Mess. Mason & Slidell & if the Lincoln Government refuses, Lord Lyons has instructions to demand his papers.", Extremely Fine

E. 400-500
1,050
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142°
c
Lake City Fla. Mar. 23. Well-struck cds with "Paid 10" hs on brown adversity cover made from recycled newsprint, to Thomasville Ga., Very Fine

E. 400-500
400
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143°
c
"Madison Fla. May 1". Ms. pmk., matching "Paid 10" on homemade cover to Anderson S.C., some staining and wear, still Fine and rare manuscript town marking, ex Kohn, Gilbert

E. 150-200
135
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144°
c
Madison C.H. Fla. Nov. 21. Cds, matching "PAID 10" in arc on light yellow cover to Thomasville Ga., box charge no. at top left, sealed tear affecting cds and slight edge toning, still appears Very Fine

E. 200-300
105
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145°
c
Marianna Fla. May 11. Cds, matching "PAID" on cover to Hillsboro N.C., box charge no. at top left, slight edgewear and trivial insect damage, Very Fine and rare, ex Ball, McNeal

E. 150-200
200
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146°
c
Monticello Flor. Nov. 28. Neat cds, matching "PAID 10" in arc on yellow cover to Shelby Springs Ala., missing backflap, expert edge repairs, appears Fine

E. 150-200
170
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147°
c
Pensacola Fla. Jun. 5. Cds with matching "PAID" in circle and "5" on 3c Red Star Die entire to Natchez Miss., 1861 docketing at left over cds, Fine, very early usage, ex Briggs

E. 300-400
140
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148°
c
Pensacola Fla. Jun. 16. Bold cds, matching "PAID" and "5" each in circle on orange cover to Moulton Ala., slight edgewear, Very Fine, ex Mueller

E. 250-300
0
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149°
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Pensacola Fla. Jun. 17. Cds with slug for year date, matching "PAID" and "5" each in circle on buff cover to Port Gibson Miss., endorsed "Mississippi Troops", cover opened slightly irregularly at left, Very Fine, with Weill backstamp

E. 200-250
75
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150°
c
Pensacola Flor. Aug. 22. Cds with matching "PAID" in circle and "5" on buff cover to Jackson Miss., slightly reduced at right and slight soiling, Fine, ex Ball

E. 100-150
40
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151°
c
Pensacola Fla. Oct. 26. Bold cds, matching "PAID 10" in circle on orange cover to Augusta Ga., flap reattached and skillful repairs, appears Very Fine, ex Everett

E. 300-400
200
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152°
c
Pensacola Flor. Jan. 25. Cds, matching "PAID" with ms. "5" on neat cover to Raleigh N.C., fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
150
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153°
c
Warrington Fla. Dec. Bold cds, matching "PAID" and "5" in circle on light yellow cover to Port Gibson Miss., minor edgewear, Very Fine

E. 150-200
200
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154°
c
Warrington Fla. Jan. 9. Cds with matching "5" due marking in circle on cover to Horn Lake Miss. and forwarded to Selma Ark., Horn Lake cds, bold "DUE 10" hs applied at Memphis, soldier's docketing at left, small toned spot at bottom, Fine and interesting usage, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 400-500
325
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155°
c
Americus Ga. Nov. 26. Cds, matching "PAID" with ms. "10" on homemade cover to Albany Geo., some light buckling from exposure to moisture, Very Fine

E. 125-150
0
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156°
c
Augusta Ga. Oct. 11. Mostly clear double-circle ds with small "PAID 5" handstamp and "10" hs showing revalued postage on cover to Vice President Stephens in Richmond, flap removed as usual for this correspondence, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
260
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157°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 157, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsCovington Ga. Dec. 20, Covington Ga. Dec. 20Covington Ga. Dec. 20. Blue cds, matching small "PAID 5CTS" on turned cover to Augusta Ga., inside bears strike of "Augusta Ga., Jan. 7" double-circle ds and "PAID 5" handstamps to Griffin Ga., opened for display, Very Fine and unusual turned cover with two provisional handstamps

E. 150-200
135
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158°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 158, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsCuthbert Ga. Mar. 24, Cuthbert Ga. Mar. 24Cuthbert Ga. Mar. 24. Bold cds, matching "PAID" and "5" on homemade cover to Abbeville Ala., 1862 docketing at left, Very Fine, ex Haas

E. 200-250
0
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159°
c
Kingston Ga. Oct. 9. Cds with matching "PAID" and "10" in circle on cover to Culpepper C.H. Va., light staining at left edge, Fine and rare, only seven recorded, ex Emerson, Solomon, Lounsbery

E. 300-400
0
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160°
c
Macon Ga. Aug. 9. 1861 double-circle ds, "Paid" and "5" hs on grocer's blue embossed oval corner card cover to Griffin Ga., faint toning, Very Fine

E. 150-200
230
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161°
c
Macon Geo. Aug. 27. 1861 cds, "Paid" and "5" hs on merchant's advertising cover with green woodcut of train, to Griffin Ga., slightly reduced at right, with enclosure, fresh and Very Fine, an outstanding Confederate advertising cover printed by Eaves of New York City

E. 750-1,000
2,500
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162°
c
Monticello Ga. Jun. 18. Cds in green with matching "Paid" and "10" hs on small 1862 cover to captain in "Glover Guards" at Portsmouth Va., Very Fine

E. 300-400
300
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163°
c
Mt. Vernon Ga. Aug. 14th. Ms. pmk. and "Paid 10" ms. rate on cover made from U.S. printed naturalization form with text on inside and outside, the address panel cleverly folded to accomodate "Paid 10", address and postmark but also showing the words "United States", addressed to member of "Liberty Mounted Rangers" on James Island in Charleston harbor, Extremely Fine, a unique adversity usage

E. 400-500
400
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164°
c
Sparta Ga. Two covers, one with red Nov. 26 cds, "Paid" in circle and "10" rate hs, captain's endorsement, other a pretty green cover with green Jul. 27 cds with "Paid" and "10" hs, Very Fine, a lovely pair

E. 750-1,000
750
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165°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 165, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsAberdeen Miss. Nov. 25, Aberdeen Miss. Nov. 25Aberdeen Miss. Nov. 25. Cds with matching "PAID 5" hs on orange cover to Mobile Ala. and forwarded to Desoto Miss., ms. "Ford Due 5 cts", neat Nov. 21 Mobile double-circle ds and matching "5" in circle, slightly reduced at right and expertly restored, appears Very Fine, rare as a forwarded usage, ex Krieger

E. 200-300
325
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166°
c
Canton Miss. May 6. Bold cds with matching "10" in circle on orange cover to Camden Miss., slightly reduced at left and light edgewear, Fine and scarce due marking, only four known

E. 200-300
100
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167°
c
Canton Miss. Jun. 8, 1861. Cds with matching "PAID" and "5" in circle on cover addressed to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, box charge no. at top, small filing holes, Very Fine and rare, only four are known with this handstamp, ex Solomon

E. 300-400
240
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168°
c
Canton Mi. Dec. 12. 1861 cds with "PAID 5" large woodcut rate hs on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
290
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169°
c
Canton Miss. Dec. 2, 1861. Clearly struck cds and bold "PAID 5" woodcut handstamp on buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, Very Fine, ex Emerson

E. 300-400
300
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170°
c
Canton Miss. Dec. 6, 1861. Cds with large woodcut "PAID 5" on buff cover addressed to Carroll Hoy in New Orleans, box charge no. at top, light file folds, usual filing holes, Very Fine, ex Matz

E. 300-400
250
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171°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 171, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsCanton Miss. Jun. 15, 1861, Canton Miss. Jun. 15, 1861Canton Miss. Jun. 15, 1861. Perfectly struck cds and large bold woodcut "PAID 5" hs on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, part of backflap removed, Very Fine

E. 200-300
260
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172°
c
Canton Miss. Jan. 22, 1862. Cds with large woodcut "Paid 10" with star on orange cover to Due West S.C., slightly reduced at left and minor edgewear, Fine and rare, only six known, ex Ferrary, Emerson, Cole

E. 400-500
475
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173°
c
Grenada Miss. Jun. 22. Bold cds, ms. "Paid 5" on buff cover addressed to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, few filing holes, Very Fine and scarce, unlisted in Dietz and believed to be unique, ex Matz

E. 200-300
230
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174°
c
Lauderdale Station Miss. Jun. ?. Bold cds, ms. "Paid 5" on buff cover to Mobile Ala., with original enclosure datelined at Kemper Springs, June 2, 1861, Fine early usage

E. 200-250
180
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175°
c
West Point Miss. Sep. 23. Partly clear cds and bold fancy woodcut "Paid 5" with rays in circle on 1861 cover to Jefferson Ala., Very Fine, rare fancy handstamped Paid marking

E. 500-750
800
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176°
c
West Point Miss. Aug. 1. Mostly clear cds and bold fancy woodcut "Paid 10" with rays in circle handstamp on small cover to Huntsville Ala., the envelope is of unusually high quality with embossing on flap, faint stain, still Extremely Fine, rare woodcut Paid 10

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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177°
c
Ashville N.C. Feb. 18, 1862. Bold cds on tiny lady's cover to a captain of 21st Regt. N.C. Troops at Manassas, sender's routing "Via Greenville Tenn.", with original Valentine enclosure, a love poem dated Feb. 14, 1862, part of back torn off when an intellectually-challenged stamp hound removed the C.S.A. stamp, still exhibits nicely

E. 100-150
170
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178°
c
Carolina City N.C. 5 Paid Oct. 9. Cds on yellow cover to Marion Va. and forwarded to Selma Ala., ms. "Due 5", "Marion Va., Oct. 26" cds, some edgewear, Fine and interesting cover, second day of usage for this provisional handstamp

E. 150-200
80
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179°
c
Carolina City N.C. 5 Paid Dec. 9. Cds on small buff cover to Snow Camp N.C., Fine, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate

E. 100-150
130
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180°
c
Carolina City N.C. 5 Paid Dec. 11. Well-struck cds on buff cover to Lenoir N.C., a bit wrinkled and reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce marking

E. 150-200
90
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181°
c
Carolina City N.C. Paid 5 Mar. 3. Cds on orange cover to St. Lawrence N.C., 1862 usage, some wear and piece missing at right, still appears Fine, only six are known with the "Paid 5" handstamp, this is the latest recorded usage, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate

E. 150-200
140
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182°
c
Catawba Station N.C. Dec. 30. Bold cds with day in pen, matching large "PAID" and "10" in circle on cover to military address in Ashville N.C. and forwarded, forwarding address partly indecipherable, reduced at right, Fine, ex Kimmel

E. 150-200
180
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183°
c
Greensborough N.C. Jun. 17. Blue cds, matching "PAID 5" on orange cover to Pharr's Mills N.C., ms. "Via Raleigh N.C." routing instructions, Very Fine

E. 150-200
0
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184°
c
Hillsboro N.C. Jun. 3. Blue double-circle ds with ms. "paid" on homemade cover to Goldston N.C., with original enclosure of circular dated 1864 for the Eagle Lodge, some overall wear, Fine and probably unique as a 2c circular rate usage, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
300
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185°
c
Hillsboro N.C. Jul. 10, 1861. Double-circle datestamp, matching "5" in circle struck with watery ink on small mourning cover to Suffolk Va., missing backflap, Fine

E. 100-150
130
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186°
c
Kinston N.C. Sep. 8. Cds, matching "PAID" on orange cover to Raleigh N.C., 1862 docketing at left, Very Fine

E. 150-200
0
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187°
c
P. Hill N.C. Crude woodcut rimless cds of Pleasant Hill N.C., struck in brownish homemade ink with ms. "July 6" date, matching "DUE 10" straightline on small cover made from yellow enamel wallpaper (turned with address inside, no postal markings), to Granite Hill N.C. with soldier's endorsement, tiny mend in tip of upper left corner, still Very Fine

E. 400-500
1,000
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188°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 188, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsRaleigh N.C. Feb. 14, 1862, Raleigh N.C. Feb. 14, 1862Raleigh N.C. Feb. 14, 1862. Blue double-circle ds, faint red marking ("Paid" or provisional?) on brown homemade cover to Danbury N.C., with multicolored Valentine enclosure (possibly original), Fine

E. 100-150
200
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189°
c
Ridgeway N.C. Nov. 25. Cds with "Paid" struck inside "5" in frame hs on brown cover to Charlotte N.C., Very Fine, scarce

E. 200-300
200
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190°
c
Ridgeway N.C. Aug. 31. Cds with "5" and "Paid" within frame hs on yellow cover to Coddle Creek N.C., minor toning, Very Fine

E. 200-300
100
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191°
c
Wilmington N.C. Feb. 3. Cds, matching "PAID" and "5" hs re-rated by "10" hs on adversity cover made from unused ship's registration, to Lawrenceville Ga., Fine and rare, only two re-rated examples are known, ex Harris

E. 150-200
110
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192°
c
Charleston S.C. Oct. 29, 1861. Double-circle datestamp and matching "PAID 5" hs on commission merchants corner card cover to Grahamville S.C., neat docketing at left, missing backflap, Fine

E. 150-200
250
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193°
c
Charleston S.C. Nov. 7, 1861. Double-circle ds and "Paid 5" in circle hs on cover to Morganton N.C. with bookseller's and stationer's blue embossed corner card, unusual design, docketed at right, Very Fine

E. 150-200
450
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194°
c
Charleston S.C., Nov. 12, 1861. Double-circle datestamp with matching "PAID 5" in circle on orange cover to Spartanburg S.C., fresh and Fine

E. 100-150
60
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195°
c
Charleston S.C., Sep. 2, 1862. Double-circle datestamp used on back of bond as certification, some wear, Fine and rare non-postal usage of the double-circle ds

E. 200-300
100
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196°
c
Charleston S.C., May 31, 1863. Double-circle datestamp, matching "PAID 10" in circle on light green cover to Newberry S.C., few faint toning spots, Very Fine, late usage of the double-circle ds

E. 150-200
100
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197°
c
Charleston S.C., Dec. 14. Cds with matching large "10" due marking on adversity cover made from charge account ledger sheet to Richmond Factory Ga., soldiers' endorsement "From S.R. Clark/Com F;12th Geo Batt", Fine

E. 150-200
100
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198°
c
Columbia S.C. Jun. 3. Blue cds, matching "Paid" in circle and large "5" rate hs on immaculate 1861 folded cover to Col. John L. Manning at Richmond Va., Extremely Fine and choice

E. 300-400
325
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199°
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Columbia S.C. Jun. 4. Blue cds, matching "PAID" in circle and large "5" on cover to Winnsboro S.C., red "5" also written in crayon at top right, missing backflap, Very Fine

E. 200-250
230
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200°
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Columbia S.C. Jun. 5. Blue cds with matching "PAID" in circle and "5" on cover to Charleston S.C. and forwarded to Georgetown, Charleston cds, ms. box charge number at top left, the cover is also a turned cover with inside bearing 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by Georgetown cds to Society Hill S.C., some slight wear, Fine and interesting forwarded and turned usage

E. 200-300
425
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201°
c
Columbia S.C. Jun. 12. Blue cds with matching "PAID" in circle and "5" handstamps on cover to Travellers Rest S.C., with 7-Star Confederate Flag lettersheet dated 1861, soldier's letter, Very Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
475
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202°
c
Columbia S.C., Jul. 7. Blue cds, matching "PAID" in circle and large "10" on cover to Hillsboro N.C., box charge no. at top left, fresh and Very Fine, ex Emerson, Cole

E. 150-200
100
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203°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 203, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsColumbia S.C., Jul. 11, Columbia S.C., Jul. 11Columbia S.C., Jul. 11. Blue cds, matching "PAID" and large "10" on buff cover to Anderson C.H. S.C., box charge no. at top, slightly reduced at left and some overall wear, Fine, ex Crumbley

E. 75-100
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204°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 204, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsColumbia S.C., Nov. 26, Columbia S.C., Nov. 26Columbia S.C., Nov. 26. Blue cds, matching "PAID" and small "10" on cover to Sumter S.C., few toned spots, otherwise Very Fine

E. 200-250
180
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205°
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Georgetown S.C. Apr. 21 (1864). Circular datestamp and ms. "80" due rate applied as forwarding marks on label affixed to daguerreotype case (front and back separated), addressed to a private in the 7th Georgia Cavalry at Georgetown with "Politeness of" route designation indicating first trip by hand, redirected to Columbia S.C. "Care Capt. Russell" and sent by mail, pencil "Due", with original sixth-plate ambrotype in gold-leaf frame, portrait of a young stern-looking woman, original letter datelined "Tennille Geo., April 18th, 1864", explains decision to send by hand ("I think much better than to send it by mail") and chastises Private Moore for not writing (rejoined splits in folds), pencil inscription on inside of case matches letter

AN ORIGINAL AND REMARKABLE PIECE OF MAIL, COMPRISING THE AMBROTYPE, ORIGINAL LETTER AND CASE THAT SERVED AS A COVER WITH ADDRESS AND POSTAL MARKINGS.

According to Brian Green, four of these daguerreotype cases sent thru the Confederate mails were discovered several years ago. At the end of the war they were found by a Union soldier in the Dead Letter section of the Richmond post office. Of the four known, only this example has the original letter enclosed, and the label shows the clearest postal markings.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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Greenville S.C. Sep. 20. Double-circle datestamp, matching "PAID" and "5" on corner card cover for marble dealer, to Pickens C.H., S.C., light edgewear, Fine, ex Kohn

E. 150-200
150
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Manning S.C. Dec. 4. Neat cds, matching "PAID" and "10" handstamps on buff homemade cover to Columbia S.C., 1862 docketing at left, some stains, otherwise Very Fine strikes, ex Stonewall

E. 100-150
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Sumter S.C. Aug. 27, 1861. Clear cds with "Paid" and "10" in circle hs on pretty green cover to Col. Witherspoon in Lancaster C.H. S.C., minor flap tear, Fine, listed as a provisional (unused)

E. 150-200
150
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209°
c
Sumter S.C. Sep. 14. Cds with matching "Paid" hs and "10" in circle, on cover to Grahamville, waterstains at bottom, Fine

E. 100-150
80
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210°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 210, Handstamped Paid and Due MarkingsWilliamston S.C. Nov. 2, Williamston S.C. Nov. 2Williamston S.C. Nov. 2. Cds with "Paid" in oval and "5" in circle handstamps struck over ms. "10" rate on small 1861 folded letter to captain on Sullivan's Island in Charleston harbor, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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Chattanooga Ten. Sep. 16, 1862. Cds on blind embossed corner card cover from Memphis, soldier's endorsement "From Capt. Frazer, 5th Confederate Regt. A.M.", to Canton Miss., bold "10" handstamp and "Due 10" in huge manuscript brush strokes, faint toning spots, Fine and spectacular usage, ex Matz

E. 300-400
375
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212°
c
"Fort Blount Aug. 15 Paid 5 cent". Blue ms. pmk. and "X" over old 3c Red Star Die entire to Gov. Isham G. Harris at Nashville Tenn., receipt docketing, Very Fine, Fort Blount was located on the Cumberland River - very rare

E. 300-400
200
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213°
c
Morristown Ten. Sep. 7. Bold cds with ms. "Due 10" on soldier's letter to Greensboro N.C. and forwarded to Lenoir N.C., blue "Greensboro N.C., Sep. 14" cds and ms. "for'd 10" for a total due of 20c, some overall wear, still Very Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 150-200
230
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214°
c
Wartrace N. & C. R.R. May 11, 1863. Oval datestamp and "Due" straightline on blue soldier's cover to Henderson Ala., endorsed by member of 33rd Regt. Ala. Vol., reduced at left, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
280
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215°
c
Waynesboro Te. My 31. Cds with date in ms., matching "5" in circle handstamp on buff cover to Paducah Ky., fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
210
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216°
c
Houston Tex., Dec. ?2, 1862. Light strike of cds, matching "10" on small cover to Bastrop Tex., ms. "due" after "10" hs, also soldier's endorsement "W. Nicholson Private in Ferrill's Co., late Ferry's Reg. Texas Rangers", some toning, missing bottom flap, otherwise Fine

E. 150-200
115
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217°
c
La Grange Tex. Oct. 22, 1862. Cds on courthouse cover to Austin Tex., ms. "Paid 50" for the overweight letter, docketing indicates that contents were originally depositions, some edgewear, Fine and rare, ex Palazolo

E. 200-300
85
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218°
c
Nacogdoches Tex. May 6. Clear cds, matching "PAID" and "10" on adversity cover made from Right of Way grant and Form of Deed, to Little Rock Ark., 1863 docketing, ms. "Adv 2" applied at Arkansas, contents touch on raid on Fayetteville, light file folds, Very Fine and rare advertised usage from Arkansas, ex "Camina"

E. 400-500
220
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219°
c
"San Marcos Jany. 9". Ms. Texas pmk., matching "Paid 5" on 1861 folded letter to Braunfels Tex., tiny filing hole and light file fold, Very Fine and choice, ex "Camina"

E. 200-300
200
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