Sale 840 — The Hall Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Monday, 17 December, 2001

Category — Stampless Patriotic Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
27
c
Sale 840, Lot 27, Stampless Patriotic CoversAthens La. Aug. 30 (1861). Partly clear strike of circular datestamp with "Paid" and "X" handstamps on Hanging Lincoln Cartoon cover to member of 9th Regt. Ala. Volunteers at Manassas Va., pencil docketing on back indicates 1861 year date, clear impression of printed design, edges expertly improved with right edge restored approximately one-quarter inch

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY ELEVEN EXAMPLES OF THE CELEBRATED HANGING LINCOLN ENVELOPE ARE RECORDED. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC.

The Hanging Lincoln design is widely recognized as the most distinctive of all Confederate patriotics. In this extraordinary cartoon, President Lincoln is hanging upside down from a tree limb, with his symbolic axe and fence rail tied around his neck. The caption reads "Abe Lincoln the destroyer. He once split Rails. Now he has split the Union." To the left and right is the caption "The penalty of disregarding the constitution. Impeached, deposed, Tried and convicted" (there is a spelling correction from "diposed" to "deposed"). Standing beside Lincoln is a mustachioed Winfield Scott, labeled "Old Fuss n Feathers", dropping his sword and exclaiming "My glory is gone for ever." On the ground is the Union flag, captioned "The stars and stripes lie in the dust, Never to rise." A star at left has the caption "The southern star is rising" and the Confederate 11-star flag towers above with the caption "The stars and bars shall for ever wave triumphant." Along the bottom is the imprint "Copyright claimed. HM & WC Box 417 Nashville Tenn."

Adding this cover to the census by the late John R. Hill Jr., there are eleven genuine Hanging Lincoln patriotics (listed in date order): 1) Jul. 25, 1861, Marshall Tex. Paid 10; 2) Aug. 21, 1861, Nashville Ten., two 5c provisionals; 3) Aug. 30 (1861), Athens La. "Paid X", the cover offered here; 4) Nov. 2, 1861, Bowling Green Ky., ex Dr. Green, Siegel Sale 822, realized $28,000 hammer; 5) Jan. 4, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green; 6) Feb. 20, 1862, Cumberland Gap Ten., ms. Paid 5; 7) Apr. 15, 1862, Cartersville Miss., ms. Due 5; 8) Apr. 15, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose; 9) Jun. 24, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Pale Rose; 10) date unknown to JRH, West Union S.C., ms. Due 5; and 11) privately carried and not postally used. In addition, there is a genuine envelope with fake markings and a stamp added.

The last Hanging Lincoln cover sold by our firm (No. 4 above) was a Bowling Green Ky. stampless usage that realized $28,000 hammer (Sale 822, lot 225).

E. 5,000-7,500
13,000
28
c
Sale 840, Lot 28, Stampless Patriotic CoversIuka Miss. Oct. 10, 1861. Bold circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Grand Gulf Miss., Colonial Soldier and "Stand firmly by your country..." verse patriotic design, soldier's letter endorsement, "Due/5" two-line handstamp applied at Memphis, minor edgewear, Very Fine, extremely rare Confederate patriotic design, ex Ferrary

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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29
c
Sale 840, Lot 29, Stampless Patriotic CoversEnfield Va. Oct. 9 (1861). Large blue circular datestamp with matching "Paid" on 12-Star Confederate Flag, Cannon & Verse patriotic cover to Tawboro N.C., Very Fine

E. 500-750
800
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30
c
Sale 840, Lot 30, Stampless Patriotic Covers??? Ten. Sep. 1861 28. Partly clear circular datestamp with yeardate between month and day, ms. "Due 5" on blue Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse patriotic cover to Prattvile Ala., ms. "Missent to Brandon Miss.", endorsed by a member of Nelson's Grays, 4th Regt. Miss. Vols., Very Fine, unusual usage

E. 750-1,000
800
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31
c
Confederate Patriotics. Eight, incl. four used covers, two used cover fronts only and two unused, range of designs and usages incl. Cannon, Flags, mixed condition with all of the used examples faulty, still an interesting group

E. 300-400
450
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