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Sale 1153 — The Deane R. Briggs, M.D., Collection of Florida in the Civil War

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 May, 2017

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*A buyer’s premium of 18% of the winning bid was added as part of the total purchase price on all lots in this sale. Buyers were responsible for applicable sales tax, customs duty and any other prescribed charges. By placing a bid, bidders agreed to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of the sale.

Category — Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2003
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2003, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsApalachicola Fla. Jan. 12, 1861, Apalachicola Fla. Jan. 12, 1861Apalachicola Fla. Jan. 12, 1861. Printed dateline on blue folded "Apalachicola Times Letter-Sheet Prices Current" addressed to Providence R.I., with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), Position 70R8, canceled by "PAID" straightline, stamp with small portion of captured imprint at upper right, Jan. 12, 1861 docketing, small cover tear at bottom, Very Fine, based on the printed dateline and docketing, this the earliest recorded Florida Independent State use of U.S. postage, the Ordinance of Secession was signed by Governor Perry only one day before on January 11, C.S.A. Catalog value $2,000.00

E. 750-1,000
0
2004
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2004, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsApalachicola Fla. March 23, 1861, Apalachicola Fla. March 23, 1861Apalachicola Fla. March 23, 1861. Printed dateline on folded "Apalachicola Times Letter-Sheet Prices Current" to South Berwick Me., franked with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), s.e. at left and small tear at bottom right, canceled by bold "PAID" straightline, Fine and scarce Confederate State use of U.S. postage, C.S.A. Catalog value $1,000.00

E. 300-400
225
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2005
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2005, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsBaileys Mill Flo. Jan. 14 (1861), Baileys Mill Flo. Jan. 14 (1861)Baileys Mill Flo. Jan. 14 (1861). Clear strike of circular datestamp with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), tied by target cancels on folded letter to Taylors Bridge S.C., Very Fine, this is the only recorded Independent State use from Bailey's Mill, postmarked only three days after secession, ex Gibson

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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2006
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2006, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. Stamps"Enterprise Fla. 2nd Mo. 26th/61", "Enterprise Fla. 2nd Mo. 26th/61""Enterprise Fla. 2nd Mo. 26th/61". Quaker dateline on folded letter from postmaster David Walton to his children, entered mails in yellow cover with "Savannah Ga. Mar. 4, 1861" circular datestamp and bold "FREE" straightline handstamp, also manuscript "free", addressed to himself in London Grove Pa., minor wear at left edge, Very Fine and rare Confederate use (or abuse) of U.S. free frank from a postmaster who was writing for purely personal reasons and not on official business

E. 400-500
500
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2007
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2007, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsFernandina Fla. Apr. 8 (1861), Fernandina Fla. Apr. 8 (1861)Fernandina Fla. Apr. 8 (1861). Bold strike of circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), s.e. at left and small faults on red and blue Overall 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F7-2A) to Ashville N.C., manuscript "Via Savannah, Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte N.C.," edge tears at bottom and missing bottom backflap, small stain

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS 7-STAR OVERALL FLAG DESIGN USED FROM FLORIDA AND THE EARLIEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE PATRIOTICS USED IN FLORIDA.

This rare Patriotic design is desirable from any state. As a Confederate State use of U.S. postage from Florida, it is remarkable. It is also the earliest recorded Patriotic design used from Florida.

Illustrated in Wishnietsky book on p. 22

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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2008
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2008, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. Stamps"Houston Fla. February 2/ 61", "Houston Fla. February 2/ 61""Houston Fla. February 2/ 61". Manuscript postmark on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Oxford N.C., neat pen cancel, light toning across bottom, otherwise Very Fine, the only privately-owned Independent State use from Houston, Florida (one other cover is in an institutional collection)

E. 750-1,000
650
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2009
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2009, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsJacksonville Fla. Mar. 13 (1861), Jacksonville Fla. Mar. 13 (1861)Jacksonville Fla. Mar. 13 (1861). Double-circle datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on yellow cover to Stockbridge N.Y. with blue embossed "Judson House" cameo corner card, return address reads "Near Terminus of Fla. At. & G.C.R.R.", Skaden correspondence, slightly reduced at left clear of corner card, stamp with small nick at left, still Extremely Fine and rare Confederate State use of U.S. postage from Florida on a hotel advertising cover, the name on this cover appears to be "Skaorn" and is identified as such in the Briggs census, but other covers from the correspondence indicate the name is "Skaden"

E. 750-1,000
700
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2010
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2010, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsJacksonville Fla. May 19, 1861, Jacksonville Fla. May 19, 1861Jacksonville Fla. May 19, 1861. Two strikes of double-circle datestamp (inverted year) tying 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) horizontal strip of three, top perfs trimmed and couple inconsequential short perfs, the left strike of the datestamp particularly bold and clear, on yellow cover to New York City street address, fresh and Very Fine Florida Confederate State use of U.S. postage, this is the only recorded example of this franking from Jacksonville

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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2011
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2011, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsJacksonville Flor. Jan. 19 (1861), Jacksonville Flor. Jan. 19 (1861)Jacksonville Flor. Jan. 19 (1861). Clear strike of large circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), straddle-pane copy with portion of adjoining stamp at left, on small cover addressed to London Grove Pa., original contents Quaker-dated at Enterprise Fla. on Jan. 15, 1861, minor edgewear and soiling, Very Fine, a rare Independent State use from Jacksonville, the Briggs census lists only one other (also to London Grove), ex McNeal

E. 400-500
350
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2012
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2012, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. Stamps"P.O. Dept. Dead Letter Office, 19 Aug. 1861 H, 52-1", "P.O. Dept. Dead Letter Office, 19 Aug. 1861 H, 52-1""P.O. Dept. Dead Letter Office, 19 Aug. 1861 H, 52-1". Confederate States Dead Letter Office marking and record number in magenta manuscript, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by "Jacksonville Flor. Feb. 23" (1861) circular datestamp on folded letter datelined at Tallahassee to Hampton Va., forwarded to Richmond with manuscript "forwd" and blue "Hampton Va. Mar. 1" circular datestamp, apparently unclaimed in Richmond so struck with "ADVERTISED" oval handstamp and "Richmond Va. Mar. 8, 1861" circular datestamp, the Dead Letter Office marking applied when the cover was released, stamp roughly separated with pieces out at top and bottom, condition is otherwise excellent

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE CONFEDERATE DEAD LETTER OFFICE MANUSCRIPT MARKING ON A COVER FROM FLORIDA.

This cover combines numerous rare elements. It is a Confederate use of U.S. postage from Florida, sent to Virginia before that state seceded on April 17. It was struck with Hampton forwarding and Richmond advertised markings. Going unclaimed, it most likely sat in the Richmond Post Office until approximately May 24 and then was sent to the Confederate Dead Letter Office (along with suspended northbound mail), where it was held until August 19. The Walske-Trepel Special Routes book records fewer than ten examples of the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office markings (handstamp or manuscript). The other manuscript markings we have seen are on northbound mail diverted at Richmond between May 24 and June 1, 1861. This is the only recorded Dead Letter Office cover from Florida.

C.S.A. Catalog value $7,500.00

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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2013
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2013, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsMariana Fla. Feb. 22 (1861), Mariana Fla. Feb. 22 (1861)Mariana Fla. Feb. 22 (1861). Circular datestamp cancels 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Osceola Ark., manuscript "Via Memphis T." at bottom noting change in postal route due to the Gulf blockade, slightly reduced at left, mended corner at bottom right, Fine and scarce Confederate State use of U.S. postage from Mariana, the Briggs census records only three examples, ex McNeal

E. 300-400
275
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2014
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2014, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsNewport Flo. Feb. 28 (1861), Newport Flo. Feb. 28 (1861)Newport Flo. Feb. 28 (1861). Circular datestamp cancels 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to military address on St. Simon's Island, Fort Brown Ga., edgewear and missing part of backflap, Fine, the only recorded example of Confederate State use of U.S. postage from Newport Florida, in fact the only example of a Newport postmark listed in the Briggs census throughout the Confederate period

E. 400-500
0
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2015
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2015, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsPilatka Fla. Mar. 15 (1861), Pilatka Fla. Mar. 15 (1861)Pilatka Fla. Mar. 15 (1861). Circular datestamp with gird cancelling 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) to New York City, Very Fine, the only recorded example of Confederate State use of U.S. postage from Pilatka, which is also rare from the rest of the Confederate period with only four other uses recorded in the Briggs census

E. 750-1,000
0
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2016
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2016, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsSaint Augustine Fla. Jan. 29 (1861), Saint Augustine Fla. Jan. 29 (1861)Saint Augustine Fla. Jan. 29 (1861). Circular datestamp with matching grid tying 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on Jan. 28th docketed folded letter to George R. Fairbanks in Tallahassee, stamp with vivid color, fresh and Very Fine, a rare Independent State use of U.S. postage from St. Augustine, one of only three recorded examples, C.S.A. Catalog value $1,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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2017
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2017, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsSaint Augustine Fla. Jan. 29 (1861), Saint Augustine Fla. Jan. 29 (1861)Saint Augustine Fla. Jan. 29 (1861). Circular datestamp with matching grid tying 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover to Dunhamville N.Y. with Florida House printed corner card, Skaden correspondence, Very Fine, a rare Independent State use of U.S. postage from Saint Augustine, one of only three recorded examples, also very rare with the advertising design, Dr. Briggs records only four such uses from Florida, the name on this cover appears to be "Skaorn" and is identified as such in the Briggs census, but other covers from the correspondence indicate the name is "Skaden", C.S.A. Catalog value $1,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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2018
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2018, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsSaint Augustine Fla. Mar. 12 (1861), Saint Augustine Fla. Mar. 12 (1861)Saint Augustine Fla. Mar. 12 (1861). Circular datestamp and manuscript "For 3" on 3c Red on White Nesbitt entire (U9), originated in Baltimore with blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 26" circular datestamp, addressed to Saint Augustine and forwarded to Hibernia Fla., fresh and Extremely Fine, a very rare cover showing both a regular U.S. 3c rate and a Confederate State use of U.S. 3c rate, the only recorded example from Florida, with 1982 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
0
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2019
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2019, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsWarrington Fla. (May 1861), Warrington Fla. (May 1861)Warrington Fla. (May 1861). Dateless circular handstamp cancels 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Natchez Miss., clear strike of "Montgomery Ala. May 15, 1861" circular datestamp confirming the special arrangement with the Montgomery postmaster to distribute mail from Warrington and Pensacola after postal service at those cities was suspended by the U.S. Post Office Department, Very Fine and rare Confederate State use of U.S. postage, it is reported that 48,500 letters were serviced between April 18 and May 31, 1861 under this arrangement

E. 500-750
850
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2020
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2020, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsWarrington Fla. Apr. 9 (1861), Warrington Fla. Apr. 9 (1861)Warrington Fla. Apr. 9 (1861). Circular datestamp and grid cancel on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Panola Miss., small tears and repair at top, Fine appearing and scarce Florida Confederate State use of U.S. postage with a military postmark

E. 400-500
0
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2021
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2021, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsCharleston S.C. Mar. 30, 1861, Charleston S.C. Mar. 30, 1861Charleston S.C. Mar. 30, 1861. Clear strike of double-circle datestamp with grid cancel tying 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), straddle-pane copy with large portion of adjoining stamp at left, on buff cover to Stockbridge N.Y, Skaden correspondence, reduced at left, fresh and Very Fine Confederate State use of U.S. postage, this correspondence is known with covers originating in Florida

E. 300-400
225
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2022
c
Sale Number 1153, Lot Number 2022, Independent and Confederate State Use of U.S. StampsRichmond Va., Apr. 8, 1861, Richmond Va., Apr. 8, 1861Richmond Va., Apr. 8, 1861. Circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover to Stockbridge N.Y, Skaden correspondence, Very Fine, mailed nine days before Virginia seceded, this correspondence is known with covers originating in Florida

E. 150-200
110
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