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Sale 1104 — Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2006
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2006, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Rich color, tied by target cancel, "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 15, 1862" circular datestamp and "FREE" in circle handstamp on red and blue Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and Hospital illustrated cover depicting illustration of hospital building, soldiers and civilians, to Freetown Mass., "Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, foot of Washington Avenue, Phila." imprint at left, free franked by William D. Kelley (Congressman-Pa.), 3c postage was free but the 1c carrier fee had to be prepaid, minor edgewear

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL ILLUSTRATED COVER FOR THE PHILADELPHIA REFRESHMENT SALOON AND VOLUNTEER HOSPITAL WITH A COMBINATION OF POSTAGE FREE FRANK AND ONE-CENT CARRIER FEE PREPAID BY STAMP.

According to the Kantor book, the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and Hospital was open from May 17, 1861, to August 28, 1865. "Troops passing thru Philadelphia to and from Washington could get refreshments, a hot meal and a place to rest on the way. The home-cooked meals were a welcome relief after the hardtack and worm-infested meat usually fried to a crisp in bacon grease. By the time it closed after four years of operation, over 600,000 meals meals had been served and over $85,000 raised in contributions."

Ex Walcott [Fig. 257] and Kantor. Illustrated in the Kantor book on p. 249 and in color on p. 30.

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
2007
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2007, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65), 1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65)1c Blue, 3c Rose (63, 65). Tied by targets, bold "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 10, 1862" circular datestamp on blue Volunteer Refreshment Saloon illustrated cover depicting view of saloon skillfully lithographed in blue by W. Boell of Philadelphia, a marvelous detailed depiction of building, marching soldiers, civilians and railway cars, to Union Valley N.Y., with 2pp soldier's letter datelined "Union Hospital February 8th 1862", very slight wear at edges, short sealed opening tear at lower right

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE ILLUSTRATED COVER FROM THE PHILADELPHIA VOLUNTEERS REFRESHMENT SALOON WITH CONTENTS WRITTEN BY A SOLDIER AT THE UNION HOSPITAL NEXT DOOR TO THE SALOON.

According to the Kantor book, the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and Hospital was open from May 17, 1861, to August 28, 1865. "Troops passing thru Philadelphia to and from Washington could get refreshments, a hot meal and a place to rest on the way. The home-cooked meals were a welcome relief after the hardtack and worm-infested meat usually fried to a crisp in bacon grease. By the time it closed after four years of operation, over 600,000 meals meals had been served and over $85,000 raised in contributions."

Ex Walcott [Fig. 255] and Kantor. Illustrated in the Kantor book on p. 248 and in color on p. 30.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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2008
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2008, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics1c Blue (63), 1c Blue (63)1c Blue (63). Tied by oval "Philadelphia Pa. 1" handstamp, a few letters and rim strengthened in pencil but a bold strike of this unusual and very rare marking, which was probably used exclusively on circular rate mail, on purple "Great Central Fair for the Sanitary Commission" illustrated cover showing battlefield scene with fallen soldier, return address imprint at side of intra-city cover, stamp has sealed tear, otherwise Very Fine, ex Walcott [Fig. 131] and Kantor

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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2009
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2009, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics10c Green (68), 10c Green (68)10c Green (68). Rich color, stamp defective with bottom left corner replaced, uncancelled but "tied" by file folds on red and blue Cannon and Flag with "The Union must and shall be preserved" Patriotic cover which is unaddressed, red "Robert Francis Express & News Agent, Gibsonville" oval handstamp, some wear, appears Fine, scarce example of this express marking on a patriotic, a tied example on a caricature cover used within California realized $18,000 hammer in a 2011 Rumsey sale

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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2010
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2010, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Rich color, tied by neat "Saint Louis Mo. Oct. 2" circular datestamp on red and blue "Protect It!" Waving Flag Patriotic cover addressed to Joseph Holt in Louisville Ky. and forwarded to Washington D.C., blue "Louisville Ky. Oct. 2" double-circle datestamp and manuscript "Ford 3", missing top flap, Very Fine use sent to Holt who was patent commissioner and postmaster general under Buchanan and Secretary of War and Judge Advocate General under Lincoln, he prosecuted Booth's co-conspirators after Lincoln's assassination

E. 300-400
300
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2011
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2011, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics"Jenny Lind Sept. 27", "Jenny Lind Sept. 27""Jenny Lind Sept. 27". Manuscript postmark with "Paid 3" on red and blue overall 34-Star Union Flag Patriotic cover to San Francisco, some slight wear, Very Fine and attractive

E. 500-750
750
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2012
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2012, Sanitary Fairs, Union Patriotics"Ukiah Cal. Oct. 18/61", "Ukiah Cal. Oct. 18/61""Ukiah Cal. Oct. 18/61". Manuscript postmark with "Paid 3" on red and blue Sailor and Flag Union Patriotic cover to San Francisco, some edgewear, Very Fine

E. 500-750
400
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2013
c
Union Patriotics. 34, mostly used with single 3c Rose (65), range of designs incl. few Magnus such as view of St. Louis and Illinois, "Kentuckians! Beware of Traitors" design, Ellsworth, Monitor, battle scenes, few caricatures, "The Girl I left Behind Me", three relate to sanitary fair, few other interesting, some faults, many are Fine-Very Fine, a nice group

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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2014
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2014, Sanitary Fairs, Union PatrioticsUnion Blockade Squadron, "From the U.S. Frigate Colorado, Blockading off Mobile, June 3rd, 1863", Union Blockade Squadron, "From the U.S. Frigate Colorado, Blockading off Mobile, June 3rd, 1863"Union Blockade Squadron, "From the U.S. Frigate Colorado, Blockading off Mobile, June 3rd, 1863". Manuscript originating notation at top left of cover bearing horizontal pair of 3c Rose (65) cancelled by oval "Paid" marking and "Boston Mass. Jun. 15" double-circle datestamp where it entered the mails, addressed to Mount Holly N.J., cover with few trivial edge tears of little significance, also incl. original enclosure containing 26 pages of letters dated between May 23 and June 3 written by Commodore John R. Goldsborough who was the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Colorado to his wife, fascinating content of letters covers a variety of topics such as other ships in the area (U.S.S. Kennebec and U.S.S. Sam Houston), various individuals such as Farragut, Lee, McClellan and others, recent battles from newspapers such as the Battle of Chancellorsville where he states "never in my life I read of such slaughter" and the ongoing fight for Richmond, potential targets such as Fort Morgan before ironclads arrive saying "everybody is anxious to have a dash at it and all seem ready for the fray", price of booze, receipt of postage stamps, and much more, Very Fine

E. 500-750
600
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