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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3334
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3334, Confederate StatesRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Autograph letter signed, datelined "Lexington Va. 24 April 1868", fascinating stamp-related contents, letter reads in full "My dear Sir, I have no recollection of having seen a one cent Confederate postage stamp though this may have been issued. Wishing you every happiness, in which I am joined by Mrs. Lee, I am very respct Your Obe Srvnt. R E Lee"

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE PHILATELIC-INSPIRED LETTER FROM ROBERT E. LEE, SENT AFTER THE WAR, DISCUSSING CONFEDERATE POSTAGE STAMPS.

The stamp referred to is Scott No. 14, the 1c Orange stamp depicting John C. Calhoun and printed in London, England. The supply of stamps was confiscated by the Federal blockade squadron and never put into use. Also accompanied by CDV of Lee with pair of 1c Proprietary stamps on back (1885 cancels)

E. 3,000-4,000
6,250
3335
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3335, Confederate StatesRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Field endorsement "R.E. Lee Genl" on brown homemade cover addressed to General I. R. Trimble, Command Division, endorsed "Genl. Lee on my promotion" at left

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND BOLD SIGNATURE APPLIED BY GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO MAIL CARRIED BY MILITARY COURIER.

Trimble was appointed Brigadier General on Aug. 6, 1861, and was promoted to Major General on Jan. 17, 1863. On July 3, 1863, Trimble lost a leg and was captured during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. He remained a prisoner until Feb. 1865. The docketing on this cover refers to his promotion to Major General; therefore, it is probably a January 1863 usage.

With 1981 C.S.A. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000
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3336
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3336, Confederate States3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Vertical pair, tied by "Memphis Ten. Feb. 14, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue 7-Star all-over Confederate Patriotic cover printed by Saunders, Clark & Jones of Memphis to Philadelphia Pa., few faults incl. stamps torn and cover edgewear, otherwise Very Fine, scarce Tennessee usage of a Confederate patriotic

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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3337
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3337, Confederate States3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26). Tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 22, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (Dietz F-7-7) to Macfarlands Va., small part of top backflap removed, Extremely Fine, a wonderful cover sent during Virginia's short Independent Statehood period, which lasted from April 17 when the state voted to secede to May 7, when the state joined the Confederacy

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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3338
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3338, Confederate States30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 5c Brown, Ty. II, and 10c Green, Ty. V (30A, 35), each scissors-separated with trimmed perfs on two sides, 10c rounded corner, tied by "New Orleans La. 28 May" (1861) circular datestamp and red London Jun. 8, 1861 transit on buff cover to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, magenta ms. "24" credit, sender's endorsement "Bk Meaco" (Bark Meaco), part of backflap removed, slight edgewear, otherwise Fine, rare use of United States high-denomination 1857 Issue stamps from Confederate State of Louisiana to a foreign destination immediately prior to suspension of mail service between the North and South on June 1, 1861

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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3339
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3339, Confederate StatesPensacola Fla. Jun. 1 - First Day of Confederate Postal System, Pensacola Fla. Jun. 1 - First Day of Confederate Postal SystemPensacola Fla. Jun. 1 - First Day of Confederate Postal System. Bold handstamp with "Paid" in circle and "5" handstamps on cover to Marion Ala., 1861 docketing at left, barely reduced at right, Very Fine, a spectacular and rare First Day Confederate usage from Florida, with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,000
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3340
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3340, Confederate StatesGreen Hill Ala. Aug. 2, Green Hill Ala. Aug. 2Green Hill Ala. Aug. 2. Ms. pmk. with matching "Paid 5" on hand-drawn 10-Star Confederate Flag and Verse Patriotic cover to Elkton Tenn., ms. "Northern Blood" and verse which reads "This is the glorious Southern Flag its bright folds will never trail in the dust as long as there are southern men able to bear it arise Southerners and lets go defend this beautiful Flag from the foul tread of the villians of the northe", additional "Southern rights or Norther Blood and Lots of it Too" at top, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND HIGHLY SPIRITED CONFEDERATE HAND-DRAWN PATRIOTIC COVER

Attributed to William R. Chisolm of the 7th Alabama Regt.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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3341
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3341, Confederate StatesHuntsville Ala. May 17, 1861, Huntsville Ala. May 17, 1861Huntsville Ala. May 17, 1861. Well-struck blue double-circle datestamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover, drop rate usage, some edge tears and overall wear, otherwise Very Fine, rare usage, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,650
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3342
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3342, Confederate StatesGreenwood Miss. Feb. 26, Greenwood Miss. Feb. 26Greenwood Miss. Feb. 26. Bold blue circular datestamp with matching "Paid" handstamp on unrated all-over "Dew Drop" illustrated steamboat cover to New Orleans, "Vicksburg & Greenwood Mail Packets" and illustration of Mississippi steamboat, small tear at top right, Very Fine, a rare illustrated steamboat cover, the Dew Drop was burned on May 30, 1863 to avoid capture by Federal gunboats during the siege of Vicksburg

E. 1,500-2,000
2,750
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