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Sale 889 — United States Stamps and Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday, 8 December, 2004

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2073
 
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2073, Confederate StatesRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Letter signed "R. E. Lee Genl." datelined "HdQtrs Army N. Va. 21st March 1864" to Mrs. Bettie Land at Ninety-Six S.C., evidently declining request to release her husband from duty, classic General Lee phrasing: "The time is now near at hand when every good man should be at his post...If he and his fellow soldiers will display as I doubt not they will, the patriotic spirit that animates yourself, I trust the day is not far distant when they may all return to the homes which it is now their first duty to defend.", accompanied by transmittal cover (but not signed by Lee), mounted on board with a hand-painted silk flag, holes in letter and acidified from display, worthy of restoration and still a very presentable example of a war-time Lee letter

E. 5,000-7,500
2,800
2074
 
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2074, Confederate States1c Blue, Ty. V (24), 1c Blue, Ty. V (24)1c Blue, Ty. V (24). Single and a horizontal pair, small faults, grid cancels, "SUMTER S.C. APR 11 1861" postmark (year inverted), on cover to Bennetsville, S.C., attractive Confederate usage, ex General David Kohn

E. 150-200
485
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2075
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2075, Confederate StatesThru-the-Lines Mail, Thru-the-Lines MailThru-the-Lines Mail. Folded letter datelined "Bremen 29th May 1861" and addressed to Richmond Va., clear strike of "Forwarded by Oelrichs & Co. New-York" oval handstamp, vertical file fold, some extraneous blue ink marks, otherwise Fine, mailed only a few days before postal relations were severed between North and South, this was carried either privately or by express to Richmond

E. 400-500
550
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2076
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2076, Confederate StatesMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to barely in, tied by bold strike of "Memphis Ten. Nov. 23" circular datestamp on cover to Macon Tenn., slightly reduced at sides and adhesive with some soiling, still Fine, ex Matz

1,750
450
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2077
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margins to slightly in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Jul. 26, 1861" circular datestamp on corner card cover to Dickson Ala., accompanied by stampless Jun. 25, 1861, cover from same correspondence, original letters containing interesting commentary about the early stages of war, references to Tennessee secession vote, status of other border states, possibility of forcing Lincoln and the Federal government from Washington D.C., Confederate victory at First Bull Run, covers are badly stained and faulty, still of great interest for letter content

E. 400-5,000
750
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2078
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2078, Confederate StatesNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Large margins, tied by bold strike of "New Orleans La. 4 Aug." circular datestamp on cover to Buffalo P.O. Miss., slightly reduced at left and some edgewear, otherwise Very Fine

425
210
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2079
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2079, Confederate States5c Green (1), 5c Green (1)5c Green (1). Horizontal strip of four, large margins all around, bright color, tied by pencil marks on legal-size orange cover to military address at Manassas, ms. "Due 5c", some slight weat, stamps with few paper irregularities, otherwise Very Fine, attractive and scarce usage

E. 500-750
375
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2080
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2080, Confederate States10c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Large margins, cancelled by ms. "X" and used inside turned cover to Savannah Ga., outside with pair of 5c Blue, Local (7) tied by Savannah circular datestamp to Warthers's Store Ga., opened for display, Very Fine

E. 200-300
300
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2081°
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2081, Confederate States10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Huge margins all around, absolutely incredible color and impression -- as close to a proof as possible -- neatly position upright and tied by lightly struck "Tudor Hall Va." circular datestamp on immaculate cover to Mobile Ala., Extremely Fine Gem stamp and cover, with 1998 P.F. certificate

E. 2,500-3,500
2,800
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2082
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2082, Confederate States2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Large margins to clear, tied by "Richmond Va. Nov. 22, 1862" circular datestamp on yellow cover, cover repaired at bottom right and slightly reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, with 1997 C.S.A. certificate

2,750
700
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2083
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2083, Confederate States2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Horizontal strip of five, large margins to just in, tied by "Greensborough Ga. May 9" circular datestamp on cover to Athens Ga., pressed-out vertical file fold affects second stamp from the left, two other stamps faint diagonal crease, cover with stain spot at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN CONFEDERATE ISSUE ON COVER.

With 1997 P.S.E. certificate

13,500
3,500
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2084
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2084, Confederate States10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Large margins all around, bright shade, tied by "Victoria Tex. Mar. 22" circular datestamp on 1863 folded letter from cotton exporters in Victoria to Jose San Roman in Brownsville Tex., letter discusses cotton shipment, faint dampstains

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH COVERS ORIGINATING IN TEXAS, OF WHICH FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN ARE KNOWN.

Our Levi records contain five 10c Rose covers from Texas, of which only one is in condition anywhere comparable to the cover offered here. This cover to Jose San Roman, a well-known blockade-runner and supplier to the Confederate government, was postmarked at Victoria on March 22, 1862, just eight days before one of the two known Victoria postmaster's provisional covers was mailed, also to J. San Roman (see Kilbourne sale, Siegel Sale 815, lot 156).

E. 1,500-2,000
5,000
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2085
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2085, Confederate States10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Vertical strip of three, tied by two strikes of "Atlanta Ga. Aug. 22, 1862" circular datestamp on courthouse cover "To the Clerk of the Superior Court of Green County, Greensboro, Geo.", with ms. "Rec'd this package from John Collison, one of the Commissioners to be forwarded by mail this 22nd August 1862 T.C. Howard P.M. Per R.M. Wall Ast P.M.", reverse signed across the seal and with ms. at top "Recd on usual Oath of the Post Master clear to open Sept. 9th, 1862 Isaac R. Hall, Clerk" reduced at sides and repaired at right, top stamp with piece out and bottom stamp with small diagonal crease, Fine appearing and very rare strip on cover

E. 750-1,000
950
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2086
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2086, Confederate States10c Carmine (5a), 10c Carmine (5a)10c Carmine (5a). Deep rich color in the true Carmine color, tied by light strike of "Orang C.H. Va. Sep. 6, 1863" circular datestamp on orange cover to Mountain Creek N.C., stamp with small fault at top right, cover with light stains, otherwise Fine, scarce example of the 10c Carmine on cover, with 1997 P.F. certificate

4,500
1,150
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2087
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2087, Confederate States5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large margins, tied by indistinct Ala. datestamp on adversity cover made from printed notice to Dayton Ala., opened for display, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
180
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2088
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2088, Confederate States5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, creases, clear private perforations, tied by "Richmond Va. Mar. 25, 1863" circular datestamp on back of home made cover, defective but still Fine, unusual item

E. 150-200
375
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2089
 
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2089, Confederate States5c Blue, Local, Printed on Both Sides (7b), 5c Blue, Local, Printed on Both Sides (7b)5c Blue, Local, Printed on Both Sides (7b). Excellent impressions on both sides, neat ms. cancel, vertical crease, tiny thin spot, Very Fine appearance, scarce variety, with 1997 P.S.E. certificate

950
750
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2090
ogbl
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2090, Confederate States2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Mint N.H. block of ten, large margins to just barely in at top, few small ink spots incl. one causing erosion spot, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

850
190
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2091
ogbl
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2091, Confederate States2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Mint N.H. block of eight, large margins, bright color, Very Fine and choice

700
230
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2092
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2092, Confederate States2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Large margins to barely in incl. portion of adjoining stamp at left, tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 19" circular datestamp on folded State of Virginia, Executive Department printed notice dated April 15, 1864, Very Fine, signed Dietz

1,250
0
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2093
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2093, Confederate States2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Horizontal strip of five, large margins to barely in, tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 20" datestamps and ms. on blue "Confederate States of America, War Department, Nitre and Mining Bureau semi-official imprint cover to Wytheville Va., with matching enclosure (which may not originate as it is dated Sep. 21), slightly reduced at left and some wear, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and attractive usage

5,000
2,100
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2094
 
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2094, Confederate States10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large margins all around, bright color, lightly cancelled, faint horizontal creases, appears Extremely Fine

525
230
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2095
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2095, Confederate States10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Showing full or partial framelines on three sides, tied by light strike of "Culpepper C.H. Va. Apr. 28" circular datestamp on cover to Dayton P.O. Va., with original contents (soldier's letter), ms. "Paid 10cts." at top left, minor edgewear, Fine

2,500
1,350
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2096
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2096, Confederate States10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins, dark shade, tied by "Charleston S.C. Mar. 29" (1864) circular datestamp on incoming blockade-run cover addressed and signed by Norman S. Walker, Confederate Agent in Bermuda, to Gustavus A. Myers at Richmond Va., signed "N. S. Walker" at lower left, slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE. EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT 1863 ISSUE ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER SENT AND SIGNED BY MAJOR NORMAN S. WALKER, ONE OF THE CONFEDERATE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZING BLOCKADE RUNS FOR THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT.

Confederate Major Norman S. Walker and the Bermuda blockade-run mail were the subjects of an exhaustive article written by Rev. William Parkes (Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1982 and July-Aug. 1982), and another article by Brian M. Green (S.P.A. Journal, Nov. 1976, pp. 165-166). A few covers are known mailed by Maj. Walker from Bermuda, each carried by a blockade-runner, which are either signed by Walker or endorsed with the ship name. Walker's mail was evidently carried by someone on the ship and posted at the port of arrival without paying the customary 2c ship captain's fee, as in this case. The addressee, Gustavus A. Myers, was a sort of semi-official charge d'affaires for the British Consul in Richmond.

E. 2,000-3,000
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2097
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2097, Confederate States10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Three large margins to clear at top, bright shade, tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 21" circular datestamp on blue cover to Minorca Va. with Confederate States Navy Department Official Business imprint, fresh and Very Fine

E. 300-400
2,100
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2098
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2098, Confederate States10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Huge margins, cancelled by penstrokes, "Anderson C.H. S.C. Apr. 8" datestamp on adversity cover made from Confedrate bond, opened roughly at right, opened for dispay, some overall wear, Very Fine, pretty usage

E. 200-300
950
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2099
c
Sale Number 889, Lot Number 2099, Confederate StatesPoint Lookout, Point LookoutPoint Lookout. Blind srike of "Prisoner's Letter Examined" handstamp on cover with U.S. 3c Rose (65) and C.S.A. 10c Blue, Die A (11), clear strikes of "Point Lookout Md. Feb. 4, 1865" double-circle datestamp and "Richmond Va. Feb. 18" circular datestamp , on cover to Richmond Va., stamps with few faults from placement at edge of cover, otherwise Fine, scarce usage with both the U.S. and Confederate stamps

E. 300-400
525
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