FRESH AND VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE FIRST KEY DATE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES FROM THE CITY AT THE HEART OF SECESSION.
Ex Antrim, Parks
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
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
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After May 31, 1861, United States stamps were no longer valid in the South.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.
ONE OF THREE REPORTED EXAMPLES OF THE PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW CONFEDERATE STATES POSTAL SYSTEM.
The ideal frontispiece to a Confederate collection