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Sale 863 — 2003 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 31 May, 2003

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
644
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 644, Confederate States5c Green, Stone A-B (1c), 5c Green, Stone A-B (1c)5c Green, Stone A-B (1c). Large even margins, tied by bold strike of blue "Nashville Ten. Jan. 1" (1862) circular datestamp with slug for year date on Hanging Lincoln Cartoon cover to Chattanooga Tenn., from a new find and in its "as found" condition with minor edge faults, vertical fold at center, stamp diagonally creased

FINE. ONLY TWELVE EXAMPLES OF THE CELEBRATED HANGING LINCOLN ENVELOPE ARE RECORDED. AN OUTSTANDING AND HISTORIC 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."

According to a census by the late John R. Hill Jr. (updated with two new discoveries), there are twelve 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", ex Hall (Siegel Sale 840, lot 27, realized $13,000); 4) Nov. 2, 1861, Bowling Green Ky., ex Dr. Howard Green (Siegel Sale 822, lot 225, realized $28,000); 5) Jan. 1, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green, the cover offered here; 6) Jan. 4, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green; 7) Feb. 20, 1862, Cumberland Gap Ten., ms. Paid 5 (Siegel Sale 772, lot 3268, realized $19,000); 8) Apr. 15, 1862, Cartersville Miss., ms. Due 5; 9) Apr. 15, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose; 10) Jun. 24, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Pale Rose; 11) date unknown to JRH, West Union S.C., ms. Due 5; and 12) privately carried and not postally used. In addition, there is a genuine envelope with fake markings and a stamp added.

E. 10,000-15,000
6,500
645
bl
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 645, Confederate States5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Block of four, full even margins, two perfect strikes of "Charlottesville Va. Oct. 3, 1863" circular datestamps, rich color on bright paper, right pair with light vertical crease only visible in fluid, Extremely Fine, with 1999 C.S.A. (not noting crease) and 2001 P.F. certificates

1,900
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646
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 646, Confederate States5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Vertical pair, large margins to touching or slightly in at right, tied by bold "Richmond Va. Aug. 15, 1862" circular datestamp on homemade cover to Jeffrey's Store Va., small sealed tear at bottom, still Very Fine, this is the earliest documented use of the 5c Local Print, with 2002 C.S.A. certificate as earliest usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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647
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 647, Confederate States2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Huge margins to clear incl. enormous sheet margin at top, tied by well-struck "Richmond Va. Apr. 29" circular datestamp on homemade cover to Hillsboro N.C., Extremely Fine Gem usage paying the 2c circular rate, a superb cover in every respect, signed Klemann on back, with 2003 P.F. certificate

1,250
1,250
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648
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 648, Confederate States10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Huge even margins, tied by "Orange C.H. Va. Oct. 4, 1863" circular datestamp on brown homemade cover to Edgefield C.H. S.C., trivial edgewear, an attractive cover featuring an Extremely Fine stamp

1,600
1,200
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649
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 649, Confederate States10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Horizontal strip of four, large margins all around, tied by blurry "Augusta Ga. Jul. 7" circular datestamps on orange cover to Monroe La., endorsed "via Shreveport La.", barely reduced at bottom

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT DIE B ON A RARE EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER.

With 1976 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
4,500
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650
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 650, Confederate States20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c). Bottom right half, tied across the cut by "Galveston Tex. May 8" double-circle datestamp on cover to Marshall Tex., trivial edgewear, still Very Fine, with 1963 P.F. certificate

2,000
1,800
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651
c
Sale Number 863, Lot Number 651, Confederate StatesHedrick Correspondence, Mail from the Confederacy to Washington D.C, Hedrick Correspondence, Mail from the Confederacy to Washington D.CHedrick Correspondence, Mail from the Confederacy to Washington D.C. Three covers with University of North Carolina all-over design, (Dietz Ty. I), each with 3c Rose (65), first in yellow with stamp tied by quartered cork and "Old Point Comfort Va. Dec. 15" double-circle datestamp, ms. "by flag of truce" at bottom left, second in pink with 3c tied by segmented cork, "New York Jul. 11" double-circle datestamp (1864 noted on reverse), strongly suggesting this is a blockade-run cover (probably out of Wilmington N.C.), third in gray with stamp tied by "New Berne N.C. Jul. 30" double-circle datestamp (1865 noted on reverse, thus post-war)

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE GROUP OF NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE COVERS THAT TOOK THREE DIFFERENT ROUTES TO REACH PROFESSOR OR MRS. HEDRICK IN WASHINGTON D.C.

The evidence for the second cover to be a blockade-run usage is the "United States" designation in the address and the routing via New York City.

Ex Bogg

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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