THE FINEST OF THREE RECORDED 2-CENT LITHOGRAPH STRIPS OF FIVE ON COVERS ORIGINATING FROM TEXAS. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.
The census of 2c Lithographs on cover published by Dan Warren in the 2011 Congress Book records a total of only 11 covers from Texas, including three with strips of five. The other two listed are from the Perry correspondence, but they appear to be the same cover listed twice. The Perry cover has significant repairs (Siegel Sale 907, lot 2842). There is also one additional cover from the Perry correspondence that originated in Texas, but was hand-carried to Shreveport and received military field cancels, and as such is not counted by Warren in the Texas section (Siegel Sale 823, lot 474).
Warren Census No. TX-010. Ex Keeling. Illustrated in 2011 Congress Book on page 53
VERY FINE USE OF THE 2-CENT LITHOGRAPH ON A CIRCULAR FROM THE CONFEDERATE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REALTED TO CONFISCATION OF UNION PROPERTY IN THE SOUTH.
The circular relates to sequestration of property of "alien enemies". According to Wikipedia, the 1861 Sequestration Act was an attempt to garner resources for the Confederate government and "provided for confiscation of all Union 'lands, tenements, goods and chattels, right and credits' and the transfer of debt obligation on the part of Confederate citizens from Northern creditors directly to the Confederate government." Wade Keys was Assistant Attorney General and twice served as Acting Attorney General, in 1861 and from 1863-64, during vacancies of the permanent appointees.
Warren Census No. VA-042. Ex Weatherly
EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR ON A REMARKABLY FRESH COVER. THIS IS, WITHOUT QUESTION, THE FINEST-QUALITY COVER BEARING A PAIR OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUES.
Stanley B. Ashbrook wrote on back "C.S.A. 10c Rose - V.F. H. Pair In Fresh Early Rose Color. Used July 31, 1862 - A Double 10c Rate - From Newbern C.H. Va. To Richmond. In My Opinion This Cover Is Genuine In Every Respect And A Very Valuable And Rare Gem. Stanley B. Ashbrook. Feb. 6, 1956." What Ashbrook describes as an "early Rose" is the distinctive Carmine Rose.
Ex Simon and McCarren. With 2000 P.F. certificate