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Sale 988 — The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 1, U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate StatesCharleston S.C. Dec. 21, 1860 -- First Day Postmark after Secession, Charleston S.C. Dec. 21, 1860 -- First Day Postmark after SecessionCharleston S.C. Dec. 21, 1860 -- First Day Postmark after Secession. Clearly-struck double-circle datestamp with matching grid tying 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), s.e. at left, on buff cover to Wiscasset Me., merchant's embossed oval corner card, cover lightly cleaned with minor edge improvements

VERY FINE. POSTMARKED AT CHARLESTON ON DECEMBER 21, 1860, THE FIRST FULL DAY AFTER SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECESSION FROM THE UNION.

Although December 20, 1860, is recognized as the first day of the Southern Rebellion, the secession vote took place in Charleston at 1:15 p.m., and the Ordinance of Secession was signed by 171 delegates at 7:00 p.m., which means that letters postmarked during the day on December 20 were technically still United States mail. The following day, December 21, is the first full day of South Carolina's status as an independent state, and covers postmarked on the 21st are significant for this reason.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 1). Ex Howard Green

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
2
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 2, U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate StatesMontgomery Ala. Jan. 12, 1861, Montgomery Ala. Jan. 12, 1861Montgomery Ala. Jan. 12, 1861. Beautiful bold strike of circular datestamp with unusual 5-bar framed grid tying 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on buff cover to Hartford Conn. with "Olcott & Davis, Auctioneers and Commission Merchants" framed corner card, Extremely Fine, very choice usage one day after Alabama's secession, ex Howard Green

E. 1,000-1,500
3,750
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3
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 3, U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate StatesMontgomery Ala. Feb. 4, 1861 -- First Day of the Confederate States, Montgomery Ala. Feb. 4, 1861 -- First Day of the Confederate StatesMontgomery Ala. Feb. 4, 1861 -- First Day of the Confederate States. Bold strike of circular datestamp with date clearly visible ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover to Southwick Mass., immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING "FIRST DAY OF THE CONFEDERACY" COVER, POSTMARKED AT MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, WHERE THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT WAS OFFICIALLY FORMED ON THIS DATE, FEBRUARY 4, 1861.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 2). Ex Birkinbine

E. 2,000-3,000
5,000
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4
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 4, U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate StatesMilledgeville Ga. Mar. 16 (1861), Milledgeville Ga. Mar. 16 (1861)Milledgeville Ga. Mar. 16 (1861). Partly clear circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), used as forwarding postage, another 3c stamp tied at origin by blue "Baltimore Md. Mar. 12" circular datestamp on Philadelphia hotel's blue corner card cover to Milledgeville and forwarded to Augusta, with original enclosure, some slight toning and wear, Fine, unusual forwarded cover with one 3c stamp used in the U.S. and the other in the C.S.A., ex Powell

E. 300-400
600
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5
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 5, U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate StatesMontgomery Ala. Apr. 13, 1861, Montgomery Ala. Apr. 13, 1861Montgomery Ala. Apr. 13, 1861. Bold circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), used as forwarding postage, another 3c stamp tied at origin by "Leavenworth City Kas. Apr. 1" circular datestamp on cover to Howell Cobb in Montgomery, forwarded to Macon, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, rare and unusual usage from Kansas (the day after attack on Fort Sumter) to Confederate Alabama and forwarded within the Confederacy using U.S. postage, ex Powell

E. 500-750
550
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6
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 6, U.S. Post Offices in Independent and Confederate StatesWashington Ark. May 14 (1861), Washington Ark. May 14 (1861)Washington Ark. May 14 (1861). Bold strike of circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on yellow cover to "Editors of New York Observer, New York City" with black Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic design, portrait framed by Confederate flags, seven stars, armaments, cotton bale, train and ship, flap tear extends just barely half an inch into top edge, otherwise immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION COVER FROM ARKANSAS DURING ITS TWELVE DAYS AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE.

This cover is addressed in the same hand as lot 27 in this sale, another cover from Washington, Arkansas, which contains a letter written by B. F. Hempstead. In his letter, dated May 21, 1861, Hempstead, a lawyer and slaveowner, expresses strong secessionist sentiments.

With 1997 C.S.A. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
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