VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF UNITED STATES STAMPS ON A 7-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC COVER WITH ADVERTISING FOR THE STEAMER VICKSBURG.
According to the Hugh Feldman book, U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Water, the Vicksburg-New Orleans mail route (No. 8165) was operated by T. C. Holmes and ran from July 1858 to May 1861. In February 1859, the Princess exploded with a loss of 70 lives and was replaced on the route by the Vicksburg, a 635-ton steamer built in New Albany, Indiana, in 1857. Feldman lists J. M. White as master, but the captain is identified as "R. Holmes" on this cover and in advertisements for the Vicksburg. Richard Holmes was identified as captain of the steamboat Charmer in a newspaper account of that vessel's destruction by fire in February 1861.
Illustrated in Wishnietsky book on p. 23 and in Milgram book on p. 709. Ex Wishnietsky, from whom the Kilbournes acquired the cover privately
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE CONFEDERATE "FREE TRADE" PATRIOTIC COVER AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE USED FROM GEORGIA DURING THE BRIEF PERIOD OF INDEPENDENT STATEHOOD.
Georgia seceded on January 19, 1861, and was admitted to the Confederacy on February 4; therefore, Independent State use of U.S. postage from Georgia could only occur during a brief 16-day period. Any example of Georgia Independent State use is scarce, and this Southern Confederacy-Free Trade cover with a 1c strip is one of the most outstanding examples.
Ex Maplass and Antrim
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE ONE-CENT 1857 ISSUE ON A DAVIS-STEPHENS OVERALL DESIGN PATRIOTIC COVER.
Ex Antrim and "Sevenoaks." With 1998 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND OUTSTANDING MISSISSIPPI CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF A UNITED STATES STAMP ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.
Our records trace this cover to a 1953 Harmer, Rooke sale. The use of United States postage on a Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic is rare, because the envelopes were generally used after U.S. stamps were invalid (June 1, 1861). The "Our Flag SC" patriotic label stands for "Southern Congress."
Ex Dr. Green
VERY FINE. A RARE AND OUTSTANDING TENNESSEE INDEPENDENT STATE USE OF A UNITED STATES STAMP ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER -- MAILED AFTER U.S. STAMPS WERE NO LONGER VALID IN THE CONFEDERACY, BUT BEFORE TENNESSEE WAS ADMITTED AS THE 11TH STATE.
Tennessee was admitted to the Confederacy on July 2, 1861, and was an Independent State for less than a month. This is a particularly rare use, as the U.S. stamp was used well after the June 1 start of the Confederate postal system and U.S. stamps were no longer valid in the Confederacy.
Ex Walcott and Gallagher
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING TEXAS CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE ON A RARE JEFFERSON DAVIS PATRIOTIC COVER.
This crudely printed design is one of the rarest Davis medallion varieties. It is known with and without verse. This example with the U.S. 3c 1857 Issue used from Confederate Texas is particularly desirable.
VERY FINE. THIS TEXAS LONE STAR PATRIOTIC COVER -- AN INDEPENDENT STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE -- AND THE ORIGINAL MATCHING LETTERSHEET ARE REUNITED IN THE KILBOURNE COLLECTION AFTER MANY YEARS OF SEPARATION. A WONDERFUL PAIR OF RARITIES AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS PATRIOTIC DESIGN ON A LETTERSHEET.
The cover and lettersheet offered here were part of the Blake Myers collection at least as far back as the 1970's. In 1990, Mr. Myers separated the letter and sold the cover alone in the Christie's sale that also offered the Weill Brothers' Stock of Confederates, where it was acquired by the Kilbournes. The cover is one of only two recorded examples of the Texas Lone Star design. The enclosed lettersheet was sold by Mr. Myers in Siegel Sale 753 in 1993. From there the letter passed through two different owners before it was acquired by Dr. Ralph Brandon in 2007. When Siegel sold the Brandon collection in 2014, Mr. Kilbourne was the winning bidder, thereby reuniting the two Lone Star rarities.
The cover is illustrated in Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages. Ex Myers (both) and Dr. Brandon (lettersheet). Cover with 1978 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO STATE FLAG. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.
This Palmetto Flag Patriotic design comes in two variations -- one with seven attachments to the flagstaff as seen here, and one with three attachments (FSC-3B, offered in the following lot). Both are rare
VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO STATE FLAG. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.
This Palmetto Flag Patriotic design comes in two variations -- one with seven attachments to the flagstaff (FSC-3A, offered in previous lot) and one with three attachments as seen here. Both are rare, though we do not recall seeing this design in light blue before.
Ex Weill Brothers' Stock
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI USE OF THE ONE-CENT TYPE I 1857 ISSUE ON AN OVERALL FLAG DESIGN PATRIOTIC COVER, SENT TO TENNESSEE, WHICH WAS STILL PART OF THE UNION.
Ex MacBride and acquired by the Kilbournes in 1953
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS SPECTACULAR AND UNUSUAL CONFEDERATE 8-STAR PATRIOTIC DESIGN.
This design is unlike any other listed in the C.S.A. Catalog. The Confederate State use of U.S. postage adds to its desirability.
Ex Brooks and Antrim
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE OF THE 9-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGNS. THE ARKANSAS ORIGIN ADDS TO ITS RARITY AND DESIRABILITY.
The ninth star represents the admission of Arkansas, which was followed only three days later by North Carolina. Due to the short time period there were fewer 9-Star Confederate Patriotic designs produced than any other flag designs (7 thru 13 stars). Surviving examples are rare and are normally found with the F9-2 design (see lot 569). This flag (F9-1) is on a similar order of rarity to the other listed 9-Star design (F9-4). This is also a very rare Arkansas Independent State use of U.S. postage. Arkansas seceded on May 6 and was admitted to the Confederacy on May 18, so this use was possible for only 12 days.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI SECESSION PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE U.S. 3-CENT RATE MARKING.
The design commemorates the date Mississippi seceded from the Union. Ex Wishnietsky and illustrated in his Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 91
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND EXTREMELY RARE JACKSON MISSISSIPPI POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE WITH THE MISSISSIPPI SECESSION PATRIOTIC DESIGN.
The design commemorates the date Mississippi seceded from the Union.
Ex Emerson and Brooks. Dietz backstamp