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Sale 940 — The Buck Boshwit Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 September, 2007

Category — Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
201
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 201, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsColumbia Ten. Feb. 3 (1861), Columbia Ten. Feb. 3 (1861)Columbia Ten. Feb. 3 (1861). Clear strike of double-circle datestamp with grid cancel on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) addressed to "The President of the Convention of the Seceeded States, Montgomery Alabama", trivial edgewear, Very Fine, attractive and rare usage, the Provisional Confederate Government was formed the following day and Jefferson Davis was elected Provisional President on Feb. 9, with 1979 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
202
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 202, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsMemphis Ten. Apr. 5, 1861, Memphis Ten. Apr. 5, 1861Memphis Ten. Apr. 5, 1861. Circular datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to New York City, stamp with faults, cover with few opening tears at top, otherwise Fine, scarce Tennessee pre-secession use of a Confederate patriotic

E. 750-1,000
550
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203
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 203, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsMemphis Ten. Apr. 12, 1861, Memphis Ten. Apr. 12, 1861Memphis Ten. Apr. 12, 1861. Readable double-circle datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Philadelphia, Chandler & Co. Druggists of Memphis imprint, slightly reduced at top and with piece out at top center and repaired, still Fine, scarce use from pro-Confederate Tennessee before it voted to secede from the Union

E. 750-1,000
600
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204
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 204, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsNashville Ten. Apr. 13, 1861, Nashville Ten. Apr. 13, 1861Nashville Ten. Apr. 13, 1861. Clear strike of blue circular datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Salem S.C. and forwarded to Whiteville S.C., ms. "For. 3" and clear "Salem N.C. Apr. 20" circular datestamp, sealed cover tear at bottom and tiny tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce and highly exhibitable Tennessee usage prior to secession

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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205
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 205, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsMemphis Ten. Apr. 27, 1861, Memphis Ten. Apr. 27, 1861Memphis Ten. Apr. 27, 1861. Readable strike of double-circle datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue all-over Davis-Stephens 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Elmwood Ill., some staining and wear, 3c few perf flaws and pre-use vertical crease, still a Fine and rare pro-Confederate Tennessee usage prior to secession

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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206
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 206, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsKnoxville Ten. 8 May 1861, Knoxville Ten. 8 May 1861Knoxville Ten. 8 May 1861. Double-circle datestamp with clear date ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Oxford Miss., opened a bit roughly at right and few toned spots, Very Fine, a rare example of an early 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic with a U.S. stamp used from Tennessee within days of the secession referendum (the popular vote was cast on June 8)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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207
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 207, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsClinton S.C. May 9, 1861, Clinton S.C. May 9, 1861Clinton S.C. May 9, 1861. Well-struck circular datestamp with clear yeardate ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Lawrenceville Ga., with original contents, stamp with few perf flaws, Very Fine, an outstanding cover showing Confederate State use of U.S. stamps

E. 1,000-1,500
1,800
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208
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 208, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsMcMinnville Ten. May 17 (1861), McMinnville Ten. May 17 (1861)McMinnville Ten. May 17 (1861). Strike of circular datestamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Valley Head Ala., with uncancelled U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26), original 1861-dated enclosure, few perf flaws, Very Fine, scarce use of a 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic from Tennessee before secession, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
650
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209
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 209, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsJackson Tenn, Jackson TennJackson Tenn. Lightly struck circular datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Randolph Tenn., stamp with faults, some overall wear, appears Very Fine, scarce usage

E. 750-1,000
750
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210
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 210, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsMemphis Ten. Jun. 1 (1861), Memphis Ten. Jun. 1 (1861)Memphis Ten. Jun. 1 (1861). Neat strike of circular datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) on cover to New Orleans, ms. "Stamp no good" at left and also "due 5" handstamp applied at Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, small cover repair at top, a few letters of Memphis datestamp strengthened

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COVER POSTED AT MEMPHIS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE CONFEDERATE POSTAL SYSTEM AND TREATED AS UNPAID ON ARRIVAL AT NEW ORLEANS.

Shenfield note on back "Never saw another". Ex Pratt

E. 1,500-2,000
5,500
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211
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 211, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. Stamps"Henderson's Mills Tn June 24th" -- Day of Tennessee Secession Ratification, "Henderson's Mills Tn June 24th" -- Day of Tennessee Secession Ratification"Henderson's Mills Tn June 24th" -- Day of Tennessee Secession Ratification. Ms. postmark, matching pen strokes cancelling strip of three U.S. 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), s.e. at right, on gray lithographed Tusculum College, Greeneville, East Tenn. cover to Kingston Tenn., docketing ties strip and confirms 1861 year date, Very Fine, the May 6th Ordinance of Secession was passed by popular vote on June 8th, subject to ratification by the Tennessee General Assembly on June 24th -- this is the key date on which Tennessee was legally and officially an Independent State -- rare and especially desirable with a 1c 1857 strip and college advertisement, ex Birkinbine

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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212
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 212, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsRipley Tenn. Jun. (blank), Ripley Tenn. Jun. (blank)Ripley Tenn. Jun. (blank). Circular datestamp with matching "Paid 3" in circle U.S. rate handstamp on cover to Trenton Tenn., with original enclosure datelined "Ripley June 10, 1861", cover torn at top left and with some staining, still Fine, posted two days after Tennessee popular vote to secede but before admission to the Confederacy, for a brief period certain postmasters used handstamps with the U.S. rate, examples are very rare

E. 500-750
400
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213
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 213, Independent State and C.S.A. Usage of U.S. StampsW. D. McNish, Postmaster at Nashville Tenn, W. D. McNish, Postmaster at Nashville TennW. D. McNish, Postmaster at Nashville Tenn. Autograph letter signed "W. D. McNish PM" and datelined "Post Office, Nashville Tenn., 5 July 1861" to Third Asst. Postmaster General A. N. Zevely in Washington D.C.

AN IMPORTANT LETTER FROM THE NASHVILLE POSTMASTER, PRESENTING A FINAL ACCOUNTING OF POSTAL RETURNS FROM APRIL 1 TO JUNE 12, 1861, THE LAST DAY OF SERVICE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

Tennessee's secession referendum was passed on May 6, 1861. The popular vote to secede took place on June 8. Although Tennessee was admitted into the Confederacy on May 16, it did officially enter until the ratification vote on June 24. The Nashville postmaster was caught between his oath to the Federal government and his new role as Confederate postmaster. The Federal postal authorities suspended mail service to Nashville on June 12. This letter pinpoints June 12 as the final date of McNish's returns to the Post Office Dept. in Washington. The letter reads:

"Accompanying this letter please find my returns from the 1st of April to 12th June 1861 of the Post Office Business of this City...[and referring to a balance due the U.S.] At some time when our unhappy difficulties are settled, I presume the amount will be honorably paid in a final settlement of accounts, between the two Governments..."

Accompanying this letter is a yellow cover from the Cleage correspondence, addressed to Athens Tenn., with blue "Nashville Ten. Jun. 27, 1861" circular datestamp and matching "Paid 5" handstamps. This cover shows the new Confederate rates used a few days after Tennessee's admission was ratified.

Ex Birkinbine.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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