ALL MARKINGS CLEARLY STRUCK ON AN ATTRACTIVE SMALL COVER. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "SOUTHERN LETTER UNPAID" HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL A 3-CENT 1857 STAMP.
Beginning June 1, 1861, with the termination of U.S. postal service in the seceded states, stamps on mail originating from a Confederate post office were considered invalid. In August, with the release of the new 1861 Issue, old stamps were demonetized in the North.
PRESENTABLE AND VERY RARE USE OF SOUTHERN LETTER UNPAID MARKING ON MAIL ORIGINATING IN NEW ORLEANS.
Right edge of cover and part of stamp torn away when opened, but these defects have been masterfully restored.