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Sale 1186 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — Flag-of-Truce Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
862
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 862, Flag-of-Truce Mail5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Margins to in at left, corner repair at bottom left, tied by partly clear strike of Richmond Va. circular datestamp on North-to-South civilian inner flag-of-truce cover to Richmond and forwarded to Bremo Bluff Va., exchanged via Old Point Comfort-Fortress Monroe (where the outer cover with U.S. postage was discarded) and entered the Confederate mails with blue "Norfolk Va. Jan. 4, 1862" circular datestamp, matching "Paid 5c" in circle handstamp, glue outlines of two Half Dimes, which were applied to pay the Confederate postage to Richmond and the forwarding postage to Bremo Bluff (specified in the address with a "care of" notation), replacement Half Dimes glued to the cover sleeve, some minor wear and staining

VERY FINE APPEARING FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER EXCHANGED VIA FORTRESS MONROE AND NORFOLK, WITH THE SENDER APPLYING TWO HALF DIMES TO PAY THE CONFEDERATE POSTAGE.

It is apparent that when this cover arrived in Norfolk, the bottom Half Dime was removed and the "Paid 5c" handstamp struck. When it was forwarded from Richmond, the top Half Dime was removed and the 5c stamp applied -- partly overlapping the glue from the coin. The sender anticipated exactly this chain of events and planned accordingly. This is a fascinating and very rare use.

Ex Shenfield, Weatherly and Gallagher (acquired by the Kilbournes privately from Scott Gallagher in 1968)

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
863
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 863, Flag-of-Truce Mail5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Ample margins to slightly in, tied by Salisbury N.C. circular datestamp with unclear date on 1862 civilian flag-of-truce cover to Mrs. Mary Harkness in Washington D.C., neat manuscript "By Flag of Truce/ United States postage enclosed" and "Care of Thomas F. Harkness, Esq", entered U.S. mails with 3c Rose (65) tied by "Old Point Comfort Jul. 12" double-circle datestamp, pencil "Exd JFW?" censor's marking, back panel with "If this is not permitted to pass the 'Lines', I desire it to be forwarded to Box No. 50, Salisbury, North Carolina", slight soiling including on left part of 5c stamp, 3c stamp with small internal crease

VERY FINE MIXED-FRANKING CIVILIAN FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER FROM SALISBURY N.C. TO WASHINGTON D.C IN JUNE-JULY 1862. A RARE USE AFTER NEARLY ALL OF THIS MAIL WAS ELIMINATED WITH THE FALL OF NORFOLK.

Up until the fall of Norfolk on May 9, 1862, civilian flag-of-truce mail could be sent in an outer envelope with C.S.A. postage paid to the point of exchange (Norfolk and Fortress Monroe). The outer envelope was normally discarded at the exchange point and the inner envelope, addressed to the North, was postmarked at Old Point Comfort. In this case, the sender's note makes it clear that he enclosed the U.S. 3c stamp in the cover for application and cancellation at Old Point Comfort -- eliminating the need for separate outer and inner covers. This is a rare use in June-July 1862, as by this point nearly all civilian flag-of-truce mail was discontinued (until restarting in June 1863). The Salisbury datestamp is unclear but it must be a pre-July 1, 1862 use or the cover would have been paid 10c.

The "Care of Thomas F. Harkness, Esq" notation also appears on a "Southern Letter Unpaid" cover from Salisbury N.C. to Washington D.C. Thomas F. Harkness was appointed as a letter carrier in Washington D.C. on August 30, 1849 (Chronicle 120, p. 243). He is responsible for the "H" cancellations on a 3c 1851 first day cover and on a number of U.S. Eagle Carrier covers from the early 1850's.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
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864
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 864, Flag-of-Truce Mail10c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Large margins all around, used with U.S. 3c Rose (65) and tied by Knoxville Tenn. Union-occupation double-circle datestamp with unclear date (ca. 1863-64), both stamps also tied by target cancels on small cover addressed to Carter's Depot Tenn. with pencil "62d Tenn Regt" , manuscript "Per Flag of Truce" and "Via Fortress Monroe" (in different hands), also "Care of Col. Crawford", exchanged via Fortress Monroe and City Point-Richmond, 10c stamp tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 11" circular datestamp, some soiling and small stain at lower left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE MIXED FRANKING CIVILIAN FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER WITH THE 10-CENT PATERSON LITHOGRAPH AND U.S. 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

This is a fascinating use, originating in and ending in Tennessee. It was sent from Union-controlled Knoxville to Fortress Monroe and Richmond, in order to reach Confederate East Tennessee. The distance between Knoxville and Carter's Depot (present-day Watauga, Tenn.) is a mere 125 miles. Civilian flag-of-truce mail resumed in June 1863 with the exchange points Fortress Monroe-Old Point Comfort and City Point-Richmond.

The use of the Confederate 10c Blue Lithograph on any mixed-franking flag-of-truce cover with U.S. postage is extremely rare. Only one prisoner-of-war use is recorded (ex Walske, Siegel Sale 988, lot 190). This is the only civilian flag-of-truce use we have encountered with this combination.

With 1967 P.F. certificate issued to Charles Kilbourne (acquired privately from an original find)

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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865
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 865, Flag-of-Truce MailJohnson's Island, Sandusky O, Johnson's Island, Sandusky OJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. Inner 1865 prisoner-of-war cover to Henderson N.C., care of Dr. Ward, prisoner's endorsement at top and additional care of notation at bottom, censored with clear strike of "John J. Manor/Capt. 128 O.V.I.&./Supt. Pris. ROLL..&/Pris. Correspondence./Johnsons Island. O." five line handstamp (Ty. II), C.S.A. postage paid by pair 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), right stamp toned spot, tied by "Richmond Va. Feb. 25" circular datestamp, original letter enclosure dated Feb. 14, 1865, second spot of toning or soiling in addressee's name, otherwise Very Fine, a choice strike of this scarce Johnson's Island censor handstamp, which was used only in 1865, ex Antrim and illustrated in his book

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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866
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 866, Flag-of-Truce MailFort McHenry, Baltimore Md, Fort McHenry, Baltimore MdFort McHenry, Baltimore Md. U.S. 3c Rose (65), wide natural s.e. at left, tied by blue target cancel and matching "Baltimore Md. Dec. 8, 1863" double-circle datestamp on prisoner-of-war cover to Little's Mills N.C., endorsed "Through Comdg. Officer at Fortress Monroe from Prisoner of War B. F. Little Capt. Co. E 52nd N.C. Regt.," also "Flag of Truce" at top, C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11), large margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 12" circular datestamp, missing part of backflap, fresh and Very Fine mixed-franking flag-of-truce cover from Ft. McHenry, for background on the well-known Benjamin F. Little correspondence, see the Siegel auction of the Steven C. Walske Collection, Sale 988, page 157 (lots 194-198)

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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867
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 867, Flag-of-Truce MailFort Delaware, Delaware City to Centreville Fla, Fort Delaware, Delaware City to Centreville FlaFort Delaware, Delaware City to Centreville Fla. Buff prisoner-of-war cover to Miss Cromartie in Centreville Fla., endorsed "For flag of truce via Fortress Monroe", "Prisoner's Letter, Fort Delaware, Del. Examined" oval handstamp (Ty. I, known Apr.-Oct. 1864), "Delaware City Del. Sep. 3" (1864) circular datestamp, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65) tied by circular grid cancel, C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11), huge margins and an Extremely Fine Gem, tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 16" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at left, small repair at top left not affecting stamp, Extremely Fine mixed-franking cover from the Cromartie correspondence, ex Dr. Briggs

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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