VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY TWELVE EXAMPLES OF THE CELEBRATED HANGING LINCOLN ENVELOPE ARE RECORDED. AN OUTSTANDING AND HISTORIC CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC.
The Hanging Lincoln design is widely recognized as the most distinctive of all Civil War patriotics. In this extraordinary cartoon, President Lincoln is hanging upside down from a tree limb, with his symbolic axe and fence rail tied around his neck. The caption reads "Abe Lincoln the destroyer. He once split Rails. Now he has split the Union." To the left and right is the caption "The penalty of disregarding the constitution. Impeached, deposed, Tried and convicted" (there is a spelling correction from "diposed" to "deposed"). Standing beside Lincoln is a mustachioed Winfield Scott, labeled "Old Fuss n Feathers", dropping his sword and exclaiming "My glory is gone for ever." On the ground is the Union flag, captioned "The stars and stripes lie in the dust, Never to rise." A star at left has the caption "The southern star is rising" and the Confederate 11-Star flag towers above with the caption "The stars and bars shall for ever wave triumphant." Along the bottom is the imprint "Copyright claimed. HM & WC Box 417 Nashville Tenn." Despite continuing investigation, we have been unable to uncover the identity of the publishers "HM & WC."
There are twelve genuine Hanging Lincoln cartoon envelopes, all used within the Confederacy. They are (listed in date order): 1) Jul. 25, 1861, Marshall Tex. Paid 10, Kilbourne Part One (Siegel Sale 1186, lot 558); 2) Aug. 21, 1861, Nashville Ten., two 5c provisionals, ex Kimmel, Myers, Rudy, D.K. Collection (Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1066), offered as lot 1510 in this sale; 3) Aug. 30, 1861, Athens La. "Paid X", ex Hall (Siegel Sale 840, lot 27); 4) Nov. 2, 1861, Bowling Green Ky., ex Dr. Green, Schwartz (Siegel Sale 981, lot 4154); 5) Jan. 1, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green (Siegel Sale 933, lot 978), the cover offered here; 6) Jan. 4, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green; 7) Feb. 20, 1862, Cumberland Gap Ten., manuscript Paid 5, ex Boshwit (Siegel Sale 940, lot 462); 8) Apr. 15, 1862, Cartersville Miss., manuscript Due 5, ex Dr. Brandon (Siegel Sale 1087, lot 110); 9) Apr. 15, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose, to Mrs. Mary Burns, Oso Tex., Kilbourne Part One (Siegel Sale 1186, lot 709); 10) Jun. 24, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose, to Mrs. Mary Burns, Oso Tex., same correspondence as No. 9 (Siegel Sale 1063, lot 2208); 11) date unknown to West Union S.C., manuscript Due 5; and 12) privately carried and not postally used. In addition, there is a genuine envelope with fake markings and a stamp added.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE THREE-COLOR JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN.
Although Jefferson Davis Medallion covers are relatively available due to widespread use at the beginning of the war, the design is rarely found with three colors or with multicolor flags
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER FRANKED WITH THE DAVIS FIRST GENERAL ISSUE.
Confederate No. 1 is rarely found on Davis Medallion covers, which were used primarily before release of the General Issue.
Ex Hill. With 1999 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON A BRONZE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.
The 10c Blue Lithograph is very rare on a Davis Medallion cover. There are probably fewer than five in existence. This example with the bronze design is particularly striking.
EXTREMELY FINE 10-CENT BLUE PATERSON STAMP ON AN ATTRACIVE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.
The 10c Blue Lithograph is very rare on a Davis Medallion cover. There are probably fewer than five in existence.
FINE APPEARING MATCHING PAIR OF JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVERS, BEARING THE 10-CENT AND 20-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUES AND WITH OUTSTANDING WAR CONTENT.
The letter accompanying the 20c cover has fascinating commentary on the sender's life in the Army of the Tennessee, with descriptions of battles and skirmishes and the recent completion of a raid on the rear of the Union Army. It is also strong with opinions and fervent patriotic spirit, including "I think that if our soldiers only resolved to dare & brave the dangers of the field, with the assistance of a just & merciful God, peace will crown our labors & hardships before many months elapse. As much as I desire the war to close, I am for fighting to the bitter end, until the Yankee Government grants us everything we ask for, & acknowledge the Southern Confederacy as on the 1st nations of the earth."
Acquired privately from Scott Gallagher in 1976. Accompanied by a typed transcript of the letter. 20c cover illustrated in 1986 Dietz on p. 231 and in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 119
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITHOUT THE ALLEGORICAL BACKGROUND SCENE. PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE USED FROM FLORIDA.
This design is one of the rarest of the Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotics. It has 11 stars in both the flags and the sunburst. It omits the bridge, cannon, train, steamboat and cotton bale allegorical scene below the medallion, which is found on most of the other Davis designs (JD-1 thru JD-3). This is one of only two recorded Florida uses of this design, the other offered in lot 1546.
Ex Antrim, Finney and Dr. Briggs. Illustrated in Briggs's Florida Postal History During the Civil War on p. 254