VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE DAVIS-STEPHENS OVERALL DESIGN PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE DISTINCTIVE UNION CITY TENNESSEE NEGATIVE POSTMARK.
Ex Duckworth. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 20
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DESIGN VARIATION ON THIS DAVIS-STEPHENS PATRIOTIC, WITH THE EIGHTH STAR FOR VIRGINIA ETCHED BY HAND INTO THE CENTER BEFORE THE COVER WAS POSTMARKED. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE.
Ex Everett, Bischel and Boshwit. Illustrated in C.S.A. Catalog on p. 430 and in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 43
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE SHUBUTA RIFLES MILITARY SLOGAN. VERY FEW ARE RECORDED.
Signed Brian Green
VERY FINE. MAILED JUST DAYS AFTER THE CONFEDERATE INVASION OF KENTUCKY, THIS JEFFERSON DAVIS PATRIOTIC COVER HAS A CLEAR STRIKE OF THE RARE HICKMAN DATESTAMP AND AN EXPLICIT ENDORSEMENT FROM ONE OF THE OFFICERS IN GENERAL PILLOW'S INVASION FORCE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE KENTUCKY COVERS KNOWN.
General Pillow moved on Hickman and Columbus on September 3, 1861. This early occupation use bears the official endorsement of Lieut. John dee Mitchell of the Quartermaster's Department with Gen. Pillow's army. The combination of elements -- a Patriotic, a rare Confederate postmark at an early date, and an official endorsement from one of the invading officers -- makes this a most desirable cover.
Illustrated in 1986 Dietz on p. 60. Ex Roser and Gallagher
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A LIKELY UNIQUE USE OF THE RARE ADAMS EXPRESS MEMPHIS DATESTAMP ON A PATRIOTIC COVER.
Shortly after the Confederacy was formed on February 4, 1861, the private freight express companies began carrying mail. Soon after June 1, 1861, newspapers published the first advertisements for thru-the-lines express service after the Federal government suspended the mails to seceded states. Tennessee seceded on June 8, 1861, 12 days before this cover was sent. It likely originated in Memphis and was handed directly to the Adams office in that city. This is the only use of the Adams Memphis marking on a Confederate Patriotic cover we have encountered
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL REGIMENTAL JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.
This is a rare regimental imprint on a Davis Medallion Patriotic cover. We offered another in red and blue in our 2014 sale of the Dr. Brandon collection (realized $4,000 hammer)
FINE. THIS BLUE AND VIOLET BICOLORED PRINTING IS AN EXTREMELY RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE COLOR VARIATION OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION DESIGN.
VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE USE OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION BI-COLORED PATRIOTIC DESIGN FROM CONFEDERATE-OCCUPIED KENTUCKY.
In September 1861, the town of Columbus was seized by Confederate forces, including the Louisiana "Shreveport Rebels" (this cover is addressed to Algiers La., in New Orleans). Columbus was of strategic importance, because it was the terminus of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad and because of its position along the Mississippi River. Confederate General Leonidas Polk tried to run and maintain a large anchor chain across the entire Mississippi at Columbus (which broke under its own weight) in order to block Union traffic down river. General Ulysses S. Grant responded by engaging the Confederates at Belmont on the Missouri shore. The Battle of Belmont was Grant's first direct combat during the war.
We have encountered a handful of Davis Medallion Patriotic covers used from Kentucky, but this is the first bicolored use we have offered
FINE. AN UNDOUBTEDLY UNIQUE COMBINATION OF AN UNLISTED JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITH AN UNLISTED VERSE, USED FROM CONFEDERATE-OCCUPIED KENTUCKY.
The verse on this cover, which begins "God of the South! Protect this land from false and open foes!", is unlisted in the C.S.A. Catalog and in 1986 Dietz. It is the only example we have encountered. The 12-Star Sunburst is also unlisted, but with several examples in the Kilbourne collection, we are not sure how it was missed
VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITHOUT THE ALLEGORICAL BACKGROUND SCENE, 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 1659.
Ex Handy and Everett
VERY FINE. THIS STYLE OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN IS RARE -- PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE USED FROM CONFEDERATE-OCCUPIED KENTUCKY.
The lengthy verse on this cover, which is split by the Patriotic design, is unlisted in the C.S.A. Catalog with Davis Medallions.
Ex Gallagher. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 124
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION IS ONE OF THE RAREST CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC DESIGNS, AND THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED IN ONE OF OUR AUCTIONS.
This is one of the rarest of the Jefferson Davis Medallions. This design (JD-5) and the similar single-Star flag design offered in lots 1458 and 1495 (JD-4) are much cruder than the other Davis Medallion designs (JD-1 thru JD-3). The likeness of the first and only Confederate States president is far less accurate than in the other designs, and contains the slogan "The Right Man in the Right Place" above the portrait instead of "Confederate States of America". This is the only example we have offered in our auctions since 1993 and our Rarities sales since 1964.
Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 125. Ex Walcott and Matthies, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1968 sale of her Confederate Patriotics (Siegel Sale 337, lot 855)