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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 18-19 April, 2013

Category — Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter Office

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2274
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2274, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeAlexander H. Stephens, Alexander H. StephensAlexander H. Stephens. Four-page folded letter datelined "Crawfordville Ga., 30 April, 1862", written and signed by C.S.A. Vice President Alexander H. Stephens to his nephew Linton A. Stephens, cover franked with 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), White Shirt variety, tied by "Milledgeville Ga. May --" circular datestamp and addressed to Linton as "Cadet G.M. Institute, Marietta Ga.", interesting content related to conscription laws and use of Georgia Military Institute cadets in fighting to come, cover with overall toning, Very Fine letter, Linton A. Stephens was the son of Alexander Stephens' half-brother John L. Stephens, Alexander also had a half-brother named Linton with whom he had a well-known and voluminous correspondence

E. 500-750
1,600
2275°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2275, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficePost Office Army No. Va. Richmond Jany. 10, 1865, Post Office Army No. Va. Richmond Jany. 10, 1865Post Office Army No. Va. Richmond Jany. 10, 1865. Dateline on single page letter signed "Jno. L. Eubank P.M. A. No. Va.", letter concerns leave of absence for a clerk incl. "the Provost Marshall will please issue him a pass-port accordingly", Very Fine and certainly rare, this is the first written item of any kind we have encountered from the Postmaster of the Army of Northern Virginia

E. 300-400
325
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2276
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2276, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeVicksburg, Miss. Feb. 4 (1861) -- First Day of the Confederate States Government, Vicksburg, Miss. Feb. 4 (1861) -- First Day of the Confederate States GovernmentVicksburg, Miss. Feb. 4 (1861) -- First Day of the Confederate States Government. Clear strike of double-circle datestamp, U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by target cancel on cover to Oxford Miss. with Confederate Patriotic Mississippi Independent Statehood design, depicting single star, train, cannon, cotton and steamboat, "Jan. 9, 1861", the date of Mississippi's secession from the Union, some light edge toning

VERY FINE. AN HISTORIC COVER POSTMARKED AT VICKSBURG ON THE DAY THE CONFEDERATE STATES GOVERNMENT WAS FORMALLY ORGANIZED IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA. BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE WITH THE MISSISSIPPI INDEPENDENT STATEHOOD DESIGN AND UNITED STATES POSTAGE.

The Montgomery convention convened on February 4, 1861, marking the formal beginning of the Confederate States of America. This allegorical Mississippi Independent Statehood design with the January 9 secession date is extremely rare in any form, but this is believed to be the only recorded example dated on February 4, 1861.

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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2277
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2277, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeMobile Ala., Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps, Mobile Ala., Confederate Use of U.S. StampsMobile Ala., Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps. Two items, 3c Red Nesbitt entire with boldly struck "Mobile Ala. Mar. 3, 1861" double-circle datestamp addressed to New Orleans, Very Fine, with 2012 P.F. certificate, also 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) with clear strike of "Mobile Ala. Apr. 9, 1861" double-circle datestamp, Fine, with 1980 P.F. certificate

E. 200-300
250
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2278
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2278, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeCharleston S.C. 24 Apr, Charleston S.C. 24 AprCharleston S.C. 24 Apr. 5, 1861 Clear strike of due datestamp, "N. York Br. Pkt. (5) Apr. 10" circular datestamp struck partly off side of blue folded letter to Edinburgh, Scotland, manuscript "per Str. Africa" and carried on that Cunarder, departing New York on April 10 and arriving at Queenstown on April 21, Edinburgh receiving datestamp on back (April 23), file folds, Very Fine transatlantic Confederate use of U.S. mails

E. 400-500
325
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2279
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2279, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeJackson Miss. May 22 (1861), Jackson Miss. May 22 (1861)Jackson Miss. May 22 (1861). Circular datestamp ties U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) cut in at left, on overall pink hotel advertising cover to Natchez Miss., barely reduced at right, top flap tears, Fine and attractive, an unusual combination of Confederate use of U.S. stamp and hotel cover

E. 400-500
500
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2280
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2280, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeHarper's Ferry Va., May 31, 1861 -- Last Day of U.S. Postal Service in Confederate States, Harper's Ferry Va., May 31, 1861 -- Last Day of U.S. Postal Service in Confederate StatesHarper's Ferry Va., May 31, 1861 -- Last Day of U.S. Postal Service in Confederate States. Clear strike of double-circle datestamp cancels U.S. 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Bonsacks Va., trivial soiling, Very Fine, wonderful use from Harper's Ferry on this important date in postal relations

E. 500-750
750
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2281
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2281, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeU.S. Stamps Used in Confederate States, U.S. Stamps Used in Confederate StatesU.S. Stamps Used in Confederate States. Two covers and one piece, each franked with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), covers with "Baton Rouge La. Apr. 4, 1861" and "Charleston S.C. Apr. 4, 1861" circular datestamp respectively, piece with "Charleston S.C. Mar. 20, 1861" double-circle datestamp, couple minor cover flaws, Very Fine

E. 300-400
250
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2282
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2282, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeRichmond Va. May 30 (1861), Richmond Va. May 30 (1861)Richmond Va. May 30 (1861). Bold strike of blue circular datestamp cancels U.S. 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Charlottesville Va., blue "DUE 5" straightline handstamp as well as red manuscript "Due 5", with "5" in black crossed out, couple edge nicks and backflap tears, Very Fine and colorful cover mailed on the last day of use of U.S. stamps in the Confederacy, despite the mailing date the U.S. postage was not recognized, ex Emerson, MacBride, Malpass and Gallagher

E. 1,000-15,000
750
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2283
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2283, Autographs, U.S. Stamps Used in the Confederacy, Dead Letter OfficeDead Letter Office Confederate States of America. Aug. 22, 1861, Dead Letter Office Confederate States of America. Aug. 22, 1861Dead Letter Office Confederate States of America. Aug. 22, 1861. Absolutely perfect strike of oval datestamp on legal-size cover with vertical pair U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), slightly cut in at bottom, tied by indistinct circular datestamps, addressed to "James H. Lusk Esq." in Montgomery Ala., partly clear strike of "ADVERTISED" straightline handstamp applied at Montgomery, back with "Montgomery Ala. ? 15, 1861" circular datestamp -- missing month as half of the marking was struck on the top flap of cover which has been removed, manuscript "Landis" above oval handstamp likely applied by Dead Letter Office to indicate the name of the sender

VERY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST STRIKE OF THE CONFEDERATE "DEAD LETTER OFFICE" OVAL AMONG ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE HANDSTAMP AND THE ONLY USE ON A COVER ADDRESSED TO A CONFEDERATE STATE.

Van Dyk MacBride illustrated four examples of the Confederate States Dead Letter Office oval in his 1944 Congress Book article. We record one other which is pictured in the Special Routes book on page 12. These five strikes (earliest dated Aug. 23, 1861) are on covers sent from the South to a Union state which were intercepted after the closure of mail routes and sent to the Dead Letter Office. The date in the Dead Letter Office oval indicates when it was released, rather than when it arrived.

This sixth example is the only known use on cover to a Confederate state. It is not clear from the datestamp when it was mailed, or whether it originated in a Confederate or a Union state (prior to June 1, 1861, it could have been either and been franked with U.S. stamps), but it is apparent from the "Advertised" marking that it found its way to the Dead Letter Office because it was undeliverable, rather than intercepted. It most likely contained money or other items of value.

C.S.A. Catalogue value $5,000.00

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