Confederate States of America, Patent Office.
Semi-Official imprint cover with “Richmond Va. Oct. 7, 1861” circular datestamp and matching “Paid 10” in circle handstamp, addressed to Augusta Ga., original patent approval enclosure
reads in part ”Your application for letters patent for an alleged improvement in Camp Cots has been examined and the office has concluded to allow you a patent"
, signed ”Rufus R. Rhodes, Commr. of Patents”
, top right of cover with some damage, otherwise Very Fine, the patent letter is extremely fresh, an exceptionally rare semi-official imprint cover and original patent approval letter, the Confederate Patent Office is known to have issued only 266 patents (this #39) compared to more than 16,000 issued by the U.S. during the same period, unfortunately, the records it contained were destroyed in a fire, information on Wikipedia estimates that fewer than 10 records of patents such as this are known to survive, accompanied by history of Confederate Patent Office, unlisted in C.S.A. Catalogue
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