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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Key Dates of the Confederacy

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
24°
c
Charleston S.C. Dec. 20, 1860 - The Date of South Carolina's Secession and The Beginning of The Civil War. Bold cds and grid cancels 3c Red Star Die entire to Statesburg S.C., reduced at top (resealed) and left

FRESH AND VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE FIRST KEY DATE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES FROM THE CITY AT THE HEART OF SECESSION.

Ex Antrim, Parks

E. 2,000-2,500
3,250
25°
c
Aberdeen Miss. Jan. 9 (1861) - First Day of Mississippi Independent Statehood. Partly clear strike (date shows well) of cds with grid on 3c Red Star Die entire to New York City, 1861 receipt docketing on back, fresh and Fine, very rare first day usage

E. 750-1,000
260
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26°
c
New Orleans La. Jan. 26, 1861 - First Day of Louisiana Independent Statehood. Partly clear cds ties pair of 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) on folded letter (duplicate of Feb. 16 business correspondence) to La Ferte Mace, France, red French Feb. 19 receiving ds and red decimes hs, receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. COVERS DATED DURING LOUISIANA'S NINE DAYS AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS JANUARY 26TH FIRST DAY ON A CIRCULAR TO FRANCE IS A REMARKABLE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE USAGE.

Signed Brian Green

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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27°
c
Clinton Miss. 3 Feb. (1861) - Last Day of Mississippi Independent Statehood. Bold cds and Small Star cancel on 3c Red Star Die entire to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, fresh and Extremely Fine, on the next day, February 4th, Mississippi entered the Confederacy, ex Malpass, Brugh

E. 500-750
500
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28°
c
Charleston S.C. Paid Feb. 3, 1861 - Last Day of South Carolina Independent Statehood. Mostly clear cds, grid cancel ties 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) on buff cover with bookseller's embossed red corner card, unusual design at lower left, locally addressed, Extremely Fine, an immaculate cover and historic date - on the following day South Carolina entered the Confederacy and months later the first shots of the war would be fired in Charleston harbor

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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29°
c
Mobile Ala. Feb. 4, 1861 - First Day of Confederate States. Incredibly bold double-circle ds with entire date fully and clearly struck, ties 3c Dull Red (26) on bright white cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, banker's embossed return card on flap, usual filing pinholes, Extremely Fine Gem, one of the finest known covers bearing this historic February 4th Montgomery Convention date - the First Day of the Confederacy - ex Richey

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
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30°
c
"Springfield Txs. Mar. 1" - Last Day of Texas Interim Independent Statehood. Ms. pmk. on last day of interim period between popular vote to secede (Feb. 23) and effective date of secession (Mar. 2), on 3c Red Star Die entire to Louisville Tenn., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine and scarce usage

E. 200-300
170
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31°
c
"Cypress Top Tex. Mar. 5 61" - Last Day of Texas Independent Statehood. Ms. pmk. on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Rome Ga., Very Fine, scarce Texas Independent State usage (admitted to C.S.A. on Mar. 6)

E. 200-300
180
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32°
c
Portsmouth Va. Apr. 17, 1861 - First Day of Virginia Independent Statehood. Blue double-circle ds, matching grid ties 3c Dull Red (26) on buff cover to Eldenton N.C., Extremely Fine, the Ordinance of Secession was declared on April 17th - a choice example of this historic usage

E. 500-750
500
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33°
c
Norfolk Va., May 7, 1861 - First Day of Virginia Confederate Statehood. Blue double-circle ds struck twice cancels 3c Red Star Die entire to Edenton N.C., fresh and Very Fine, used on the day Virginia was admitted to the Confederacy, signed Brian Green

E. 250-300
0
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34°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 34, Key Dates of the ConfederacyLittle Rock Ark. 1861 17 May - Last Day of Arkansas Independent Statehood, Little Rock Ark. 1861 17 May - Last Day of Arkansas Independent StatehoodLittle Rock Ark. 1861 17 May - Last Day of Arkansas Independent Statehood. Well-struck double-circle ds, matching target cancel ties 3c Dull Red (26) on cover to Wadesboro N.C., evidently missent (to S.C.?) and re-routed with "Paid" hs also tying stamp, upon arrival in Wadesboro - after June 1st - the postmaster at receiving office rated the letter "10" in pencil for 10c Confederate postage due, a fascinating usage from Arkansas on the last day of Independent Statehood (admitted to C.S.A. on May 18th) and rated with both U.S. and Confederate postage, signed Dietz

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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35°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 35, Key Dates of the Confederacy"Henderson's Mills Tn June 24th" - Day of Tennessee Secession Ratification, "Henderson's Mills Tn June 24th" - Day of Tennessee Secession Ratification"Henderson's Mills Tn June 24th" - Day of Tennessee Secession Ratification. Ms. pmk., matching pen strokes cancelling strip of three 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), s.e. at right, on gray lithographed Tusculum College, Greeneville, East Tenn. ad cover to Kingston Tenn., docketing ties strip and confirms 1861 year date, Very Fine, the May 6th Ordinance of Secession was passed by popular vote on June 8th, subject to ratification by the Tennessee General Assembly on June 24th - this is the key date on which Tennessee was legally and officially an Independent State - rare and especially desirable with a 1c 1857 strip and college advertisement

E. 750-1,000
1,800
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36°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 36, Key Dates of the ConfederacyCorinth Miss. May 31 (1861) - Last Day of United States Postal Service in the Confederacy, Corinth Miss. May 31 (1861) - Last Day of United States Postal Service in the ConfederacyCorinth Miss. May 31 (1861) - Last Day of United States Postal Service in the Confederacy. Bold balloon-style circular datestamp on red and blue Davis-Stephens 10-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to another Mississippi town, no rate indicated (May 31st was the last day U.S. 3c rate applied), with original soldier's letter written datelined Corinth, May 31, 1861, on red and blue "The Southerner's Banner Song Sheet with 11-Star Confederate Flag, "T" for Tennessee and eleventh star at center, R. C. Hite imprint, three short edge tears neatly sealed with archival tape

EXTREMELY FINE AND OUTSTANDING USE OF THIS RARE DAVIS-STEPHENS 10-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC WITH MATCHING SONG SHEET ENCLOSURE. DATED ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF CONFEDERATE POSTAL SERVICE.

Very few examples of this Davis-Stephens 10-Star Confederate Flag patriotic design are known. The tenth star represents North Carolina, which seceded on May 20th and was admitted to the Confederate States on May 27th. The eleventh star with "T" on the song sheet represents Tennessee, which was admitted as a Confederate State on May 16th, subject to the ratification election on June 24th (ordinance of secession May 6th, popular vote June 8th, ratification June 24th).

The absence of a rate marking is another unusual and interesting feature. A cover is known from Corinth postmarked June 1st, the first day of the Confederate postal system, with a "Paid" and "3" cent rate crossed out and re-rated "5". Our theory regarding the absence of a rate marking is that the Corinth postmaster anticipated the June 1st change but was uncertain whether or not mail prepaid at the U.S. 3c rate should be marked as such

E. 5,000-7,500
11,000
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37°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 37, Key Dates of the ConfederacyAthens Tx. May 31 /61 - Last Day of U.S. Rates, Athens Tx. May 31 /61 - Last Day of U.S. RatesAthens Tx. May 31 /61 - Last Day of U.S. Rates. Ms. pmk. and "3" cancel on 3c Dull Red (26) on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, Extremely Fine, choice Confederate use of U.S. stamps in Texas on the last day of validity

E. 300-400
350
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38°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 38, Key Dates of the ConfederacyRichmond Va. Jun. 1, 1861 - First Day of the Confederate Postal System, Richmond Va. Jun. 1, 1861 - First Day of the Confederate Postal SystemRichmond Va. Jun. 1, 1861 - First Day of the Confederate Postal System. Fully readable cds with "Paid" and "10" hs on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Washington Ga., slightly reduced at bottom, still Very Fine, the key C.S.A. Post Office inauguration date and a desirable "old stamps" usage on the the first day U.S. stamps were invalid in the Confederacy, the 10c rate on June 1st is very rare, ex Shenfield, Powell

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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39°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 39, Key Dates of the ConfederacyHouston Tex. Jun. 1, 1861 - First Day of the Confederate Postal System, Houston Tex. Jun. 1, 1861 - First Day of the Confederate Postal SystemHouston Tex. Jun. 1, 1861 - First Day of the Confederate Postal System. Well-struck cds on 3c Red Star Die entire to Jacksonville Tex.

FRESH AND VERY FINE. EXTREMELY RARE TEXAS FIRST DAY OF THE CONFEDERATE POSTAL SYSTEM AND AN UNUSUAL INSTANCE OF UNITED STATES POSTAGE ACCEPTED AS PREPAYMENT BY A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER.

After May 31, 1861, United States stamps were no longer valid in the South. This is a rare example of the old 3c rate and stamp accepted by a Confederate post office.

E. 2,000-2,500
1,500
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40°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 40, Key Dates of the ConfederacyThomaston Ga. Jun. 1 (1861) - First Day of the Confederate Postal System, Thomaston Ga. Jun. 1 (1861) - First Day of the Confederate Postal SystemThomaston Ga. Jun. 1 (1861) - First Day of the Confederate Postal System. Bold cds, matching "PAID 5" handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire addressed to Col. Bailey at Griffin Ga., extensively repaired, appears Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate which states "Genuine cover. No opinion as to year", Col. Bailey was in Savannah at this time in 1862 which points to this being used in 1861

E. 500-750
425
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41°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 41, Key Dates of the ConfederacyProclamation Establishing the Confederate Postal System, June 1, 1861, Proclamation Establishing the Confederate Postal System, June 1, 1861Proclamation Establishing the Confederate Postal System, June 1, 1861. 3pp printed proclamation from John H. Reagan announcing the formation of the Confederate States postal service, includes rates and instructions to postmasters, folds, minor splitting and stain spot

ONE OF THREE REPORTED EXAMPLES OF THE PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW CONFEDERATE STATES POSTAL SYSTEM.

The ideal frontispiece to a Confederate collection

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