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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — D.L.O., Mails Suspended and Old Stamps Not Recognized

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
26
c
Lancaster Ky. Aug. 26 (1861). Cds struck twice on 3c Red Star Die entire from a young lady in Hendersonville Ky. to her mother in Warner N.H., the original letter explains the route and circumstances: "A Kentucky gentleman...promised to put this in some one of the Federal Post Offices...You are aware before this the paternal interest Pres. Lincoln has taken in the mails, especially the Southern ones, and that he has very lately stopped all communication between the North & South; even our last ray of light he has extinguished, the Letter Express Company...I could not [write] as the Company had already advertised that they would stop all further operations in a few days." On Aug. 26 the ban on commerce between the North and South was extended to letter communication, effectively ending the thru-the-lines express services - this is a remarkable account of that news in a cover that was carried to a Federal post office; technically, the Star Die entire should have been marked "Southern Letter Unpaid" (old issues were demonetized at Louisville beginning on Aug. 25) - also included is a lengthy letter from the same young lady, dated Jun. 25 and Jul. 6, giving explicit instructions to her mother on how to send mail by express (cost, envelope withn envelope, division of postage and fees, etc.)

E. 400-500
325
27
c
Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. No. - Aug. 28, 1861. Large oval datestamp with "DUE 3 cts" straightline handstamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to Minneapolis, ms. "Bewleyville Ky Augst 10" pmk., attempted use of 3c Star Die entire not accepted, some toning and wear along edges, still Fine, rare "Old Stamps Not Recognized" usage from Kentucky

E. 750-1,000
500
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28
c
3c Dull Red (26). Tied by "Highland Ky. Oct. 16" (1861) cds on brown homemade cover to St. Paul Minn., attempted use of demonetized 3c 1857, "3" handstamped due applied in St. Paul, creased and slightly reduced at top and left, still Fine and rare "Old Stamps Not Recognized" usage

E. 400-500
290
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29
c
Dead Letter Office P.O. Dpt. Double oval handstamp with "DUE 6 cts." straightline and "Washington D.C. Feb. 4, 1862" cds on yellow cover to Greenup Ky., attempted use of demonetized 3c 1857, tied by ms. "Springport Ky. Sept. 26" pmk., sent to D.L.O. as per regulations, delivered to addressee postage due with "Greenup Ky. Oct. 23" cds on back, stamp has minor faults, staining removed from bottom and minor edge repairs, Very Fine appearance, a rare "Old Stamps Not Recognized" usage within Kentucky

E. 750-1,000
0
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30
c
Dead Letter Office P.O. Dpt. Double oval handstamp with "DUE 6 cts." straightline and "Washington D.C. Feb. 4, 1862" cds on yellow cover to Greenup Ky., attempted use of demonetized 3c 1857, tied by ms. "Springport Ky. Sept. 30" pmk., sent to D.L.O. as per regulations, delivered to addressee postage due with "Greenup Ky. Oct. 23" cds on back, some staining removed from bottom and minor edge repairs, Very Fine appearance, a rare "Old Stamps Not Recognized" usage within Kentucky

E. 750-1,000
475
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31
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 31, D.L.O., Mails Suspended and Old Stamps Not RecognizedMAILS SUSPENDED, MAILS SUSPENDEDMAILS SUSPENDED. Clearly struck blue oval handstamp ties 3c Rose (65), also tied by grid with "Flemingsburg Ky. May 23" cds on buff cover to Bowling Green Va., no year date, probably mailed after Appomattox but before postal service was restored to the region, Very Fine, ex Brown

E. 750-1,000
1,250
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32
c
MAILS SUSPENDED. Lightly struck bluish oval handstamp, 3c Rose (65) tied by "North Middletown Ky. May" cds (no day slug) on small cover to Keswick Va., routed via "O. & A. R.R." (Orange & Alexandria R.R. - Virginia Central), cover lightly cleaned, mended tear at upper left, the stamp is faded and creased, probably a post-Appomattox May 1865 usage, with 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
260
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