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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Southern Letter Unpaid

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
87°
c
SOUTHN. LETTER UNPAID. Bold two-line handstamp ties 3c Dull Red (26) on small cover to Richfield Springs N.Y., stamp has s.e. at right, faint gum toning and tiny nick at corner, additional pen cancel, matching blue "DUE 3" straightline and Louisville Ky. double-circle datestamp on backflap (part of which is torn away), originated in Confederacy with "Murfreesborough N.C. Jul. 6" (1861) circular datestamp with "Paid" and "10" handstamps, waterstains at bottom and lower right have been lightened

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.

Ex MacBride

E. 12,000-15,000
11,500
88°
c
SOUTHN. LETTER UNPAID. Bold blue two-line handstamp ties 3c Dull Red (26), also tied by blurry "New Orleans La. 10 Jun." (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Salem N.J., blue "Louisville Ky. Jun. 27" double-circle datestamp and "DUE 3" straightline, blue pencil "10" C.S.A. rate applied at New Orleans

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.

E. 6,000-8,000
5,750
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89°
c
Griffin Ga. Jul. 26 (1861). Mostly clear cds with "Paid" and small "10" handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Frankfort Ky. where ms. "Due 3" and "X" thru embossed stamp were applied, the perfectly struck "C.S.A." handstamp was applied either at the Griffin office to indicate prepayment of 10c applied to C.S.A. rate only, or, more likely, at the Frankfort receiving office to explain why 3c was due from the addressee despite the "Paid" marking and 3c Red Star Die, long opening tear and small piece mended with archival tape, part of backflap missing, still exhibitable and, to our knowledge, the only recorded example of this "C.S.A." handstamp - essentially a "Southern Letter Unpaid" cover used after the termination of regular mails

E. 2,500-3,500
2,300
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