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Sale 1190 — The Kilbourne Collection of CSA Stamps and Postal History, Part 2

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Category — Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1652
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1652, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Green, Stone A-B (1c), 5c Green, Stone A-B (1c)5c Green, Stone A-B (1c). Large even margins, tied by bold strike of blue "Nashville Ten. Jan. 1" (1862) circular datestamp with slug for year date on Hanging Lincoln Cartoon cover (MS-4) to Chattanooga Tenn., expertly repaired edge fault at top, stamp with light diagonal crease

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.

E. 10,000-15,000
21,000
1653
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1653, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Green, Stone 1 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1 (1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Horizontal pair, light vertical creases and right stamp pre-application crease, tied by light strike of Tudor Hall Va. circular datestamp cancel on cover to Natchez Miss. with Three-Color Jefferson Davis Medallion, 7-Star Flags and Sunburst Patriotic design in red, blue and black (JD-1A), some small edge nicks and tiny tear at top, missing half of backflap

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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1654
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1654, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Green, Stone 1 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1 (1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Horizontal pair, ample margins to just touched, rich color, tied by blue "Norfolk Va." double-circle datestamp with unclear date on cover to Lauderdale Station Miss. with bright purple Jefferson Davis Medallion, 7-Star Flags and Sunburst Patriotic design (JD-1A), cover skillfully cleaned, mended flap tears

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

E. 3,000-4,000
1,700
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1655
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1655, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Clear margins to touched, rich color, tied by "Tudor Hall Va. Feb. 2?" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Natchez Miss. with bronze Jefferson Davis Medallion, 7-Star Flags and Sunburst Patriotic design (JD-1A), small surface cover scrape barely scuffs stamp at bottom, slightly reduced at left

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.

Ex "Tara"

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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1656
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1656, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions10c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Large even margins all around, rich color, tied by "Winnsboro C.H. S.C. 2 Apr." circular datestamp on cover to Lexington Miss. with purple Jefferson Davis Medallion, 7-Star Flags, 10-Star Sunburst and Verse Patriotic design (JD-1B, Verse 46), missing backflap and some minor soiling, small mended spot not affecting stamp or design

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
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1657
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1657, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions10c Blue, Die A, 20c Green (11, 13), 10c Blue, Die A, 20c Green (11, 13)10c Blue, Die A, 20c Green (11, 13). Two matching covers to Miss Felicia Chapman at Tuscaloosa Ala. from her cousin John F. Wilkerson, in the field with the 6th Tennessee Regiment, Army of the Tennessee, both with matching blue Jefferson Davis Medallion, 7-Star Flags, 10-Star Sunburst and Verse Patriotic design (JD-1B, Verse 53), 10c with blurry strike of what is likely Army of the Tennessee field cancel, 20c with corners clipped and tied by Atlanta Ga. circular datestamp, with original letter datelined near Atlanta, May 28, 1864, outstanding lengthy war and political commentary (see below for an excerpt), both covers with toning and staining, 10c cover with small edge tears

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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1658
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1658, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Green, Stone 2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 2 (1)5c Green, Stone 2 (1). Ample margins on three sides, just in at left, small faults including corner crease, tied by partly readable strike of "Wilmington N.C. ? 26 Paid" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Raleigh N.C. with brown Jefferson Davis Medallion, 7-Star Flags, 10-Star Sunburst and Verse Patriotic design (JD-1B, Verse 4), couple short edge tears, otherwise Very Fine, scarce combination of the Jefferson Davis Patriotic design and the Davis First Issue stamp, ex Everett

E. 1,000-1,500
700
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1659
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1659, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Full margins to touched at top, tied by "Warrington Fla. Feb. 8" (1862) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Talladega Ala. with red and blue Jefferson Davis Medallion, 11-Star Flags and Sunburst Patriotic design (JD-2), without the allegorical background scene, barely reduced at right where opened, stamp has small stain spot and tiny trivial flaws

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

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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1660
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1660, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Ample to full margins, deep rich color, tied by "Corinth Miss. Apr. 15" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Pontotoc Miss. with Jefferson Davis Medallion, 11-Star Flags, 12-Star Sunburst and Verse Patriotic design (JD-1C var, 12-Star Sunburst unlisted, Verse 26), stamp with faint corner crease, cover missing most of backflap with small edge tears and small repair at lower right, Very Fine appearance and a scarce use of the Jefferson Davis 5c Blue issue on a Davis Medallion Patriotic cover, ex Meroni

E. 1,000-1,500
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1661
c
Sale Number 1190, Lot Number 1661, Patriotics–General Issues: Hanging Lincoln and Davis Medallions5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c), 5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c)5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c). Large margins, rich color, tied by "Horn Lake Miss. Jan. 3" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Yazoo City Miss. with blue Jefferson Davis Medallion, 11-Star Flags, Sunburst and Verse Patriotic design (JD-1C, Verse 48), some mended tears, toning and scotch tape stains removed from upper left, central file fold, stamp with corner crease at top right, Very Fine appearance, a desirable Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic with the Davis First Issue, ex Matz and Dr. Brandon

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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