VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THIS TEXAS LONE STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGN AND POSSIBLY THE EARLIEST PATRIOTIC COVER WITH A PRO-SECESSION DESIGN.
We record only two examples of this Texas Lone Star Flag Patriotic design. The other was offered in the Kilbourne Part One sale, accompanied by the unique lettersheet with matching design (Siegel Sale 1186, lot 528), dated February 7, 1861, which we always assumed was printed after the February 1, 1861, vote to pass the Texas Ordinance of Secession. This December 12, 1860, dated example moves the publication of this pro-secession stationery ahead of South Carolina's secession proclamation.
The recipient was Ann Maria (Stewart) Turner, the wife of Capt. James Neill Turner, Co. B, 2nd Regt. N.C. Cavalry, who was killed in battle in September 1864. This cover was probably addressed by her mother, Martha C. (Cleveland) Stewart, who was living as a widow in Brazoria in 1860. Without doubt, the stationery was provided by Maria's maternal uncle, Charles Lander Cleveland, a Texas legislator from Brazoria who served as one of two delegates from Liberty and Polk counties to the state's January 1861 Secession Convention, and was a signer of the February 1st Ordinance of Secession. The secession movement began after Lincoln's election in November 1860. Texas newspapers immediately began publishing articles advocating secession, and this Lone Star design, which is not known used any earlier than December 12, was published well before any other envelopes or stationery with symbols of secession or the Confederacy.
Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 97
FINE APPEARANCE. LIKELY A UNIQUE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF A UNITED STATES STAMP ON A DUAL-PACKET 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER, WITH THE MARY E. KEENE NAME-OF-BOAT OVAL AND ADVERTISING FOR THE STEAMER GENERAL QUITMAN. A FANTASTIC COMBINATION.
John Anthony Quitman was born in Rhinebeck N.Y., settled in Mississippi and became active in politics. As president of the Mississippi State Senate he filled in as governor for just over a month. He distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War, where he turned down Sam Houston's offer to make him his second in command. He was appointed the rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers and then Major General in the regular army. After the fall of Mexico City, General Scott named Quitman military governor of Mexico City for the remainder of the occupation. He was elected governor of Mississippi in 1850, but resigned to defend himself against violations of neutrality laws for his support of Narciso Lopez's failed expedition to liberate Cuba. He was also an early fire-eater, who advocated secession starting in the 1850s.
According to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, the General Quitman is believed to have been built at New Albany, Indiana, in 1859 for a New Orleans ship owner. It was "one of the best and most powerful boats on the river" in 1862 and one of the last to escape from the city on April 24, evacuating upriver "a good many ladies, some officers, and some ordnance stores." The General Quitman continued to serve the Confederate Army as a troop and supply ship on the western rivers until war's end. It passed to private ownership and sank at New Texas Landing, near Morganza, La., on October 23, 1868.
Illustrated in Milgram Vessel-Named Markings book (p. 457). Ex Rohloff
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE WITH A RARE JEFFERSON DAVIS PATRIOTIC DESIGN.
This is one of the rarest Davis Medallion Patriotic designs. This design (JD-4) and the similar single-Star flag design offered in lot 1551 (JD-5) are much cruder than the other Davis Medallion designs. The likeness of the first and only Confederate States president is far less accurate than in the other designs (JD-1 thru JD-3), and contains the slogan "The Right Man in the Right Place" above the portrait instead of "Confederate States of America". Its use with the U.S. 3c 1857 Issue from Confederate New Orleans makes it particularly desirable.
Ex Dr. Brandon
VERY FINE. A LOVELY AND RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE ON AN OVERALL 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER, SENT SOUTH TO NORTH.
Ex MacBride and acquired by the Kilbournes in 1953. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 21
VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE 7-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGN PRINTED ON THE BACK OF A U.S. STAMPED CONFEDERATE COVER FROM CHARLESTON S.C.
This 7-Star design is listed in the C.S.A. Catalog as printed on the back of a cover only (priced at $7,500.00). We have not encountered another example, and the old black and white photo in the C.S.A. Catalog is further evidence of its rarity. The combination of Confederate State use of U.S. postage adds to its desirability
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE ON AN OVERALL 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER.
This is an extremely rare Confederate overall flag design, especially with the James L. Gow imprint.
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE ON AN OVERALL 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER, MAILED FROM SOUTH TO NORTH. RARELY FOUND IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.
The F7-2B design contains a prominent flagstaff, in contrast to F7-2A which lacks the flagstaff. Collectors of Confederate Civil War postal history know that the stamps and envelopes are rarely found in sound condition. Most 3c U.S. stamps on Confederate Patriotic covers have varying degrees of faults. The stamp on this cover is sound and the blue color of the star panel is particularly deep.
With 1987 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN OUSTANDING CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE ON A PATRIOTIC COVER. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST 8-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG DESIGNS, WITH ONLY TWO OR THREE KNOWN.
This 8-Star design is the same as F7-5C but with a 6-point star added to the center of the circle of 5-point stars. The middle star, with its rounded points, resembles an asterisk symbol far more than it does a star. This cover and the example offered in lot 1477 are the only ones we have encountered.
Acquired by the Kilbournes from New England Stamp Co. in 1962. C.S.A. Catalog value $10,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE ON AN OVERALL 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER.
The F7-2B design contains a prominent flagstaff, in contrast to F7-2A which lacks the flagstaff. On this cover the panels for the stars and the top stripe are well out of alignment, attesting to the sometimes crude nature of production for Confederate Patriotics
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MATCHED COVER AND LETTERSHEET WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGN -- THE COVER IS A CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE.
Purchased by the Kilbournes privately from Robert A. Siegel in 1959
VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST 8-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGNS, WITH ONLY TWO OR THREE KNOWN.
This 8-Star design is the same as F7-5C but with a 6-point star added to the center of the circle of 5-point stars. The middle star, with its rounded points, resembles an asterick symbol far more than it does a star. This cover and the example offered in lot 1469 are the only ones we have encountered.
Acquired privately by the Kilbournes from Harvey Warm. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 47, where it is stated "one reported". C.S.A. Catalog value $10,000.00
VERY FINE CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS 8-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGN.
The 8-Star flags began with the admission of Virginia to the Confederacy and ended with the admission of Arkansas -- a period of only one month. This design is the only example recorded.
Illustrated in C.S.A. Catalog on p. 430 and in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 47, with the statement "one reported". With 1984 P.F. certificate. C.S.A. Catalog value $10,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS VERSION OF THE BASIC CONFEDERATE 7-STAR FLAG DESIGN WITH "C.S.A." IS CONSIDERABLY RARER THAN OTHER VARIETIES. A WONDERFUL CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF U.S. POSTAGE.
The few examples of this rare "C.S.A." flag design we were able to locate were used from Virginia post offices. The last two we offered, from the Dr. Brandon and Kilbourne collections, respectively, were from Goodson Va. (and were both post-June 1, 1861 Confederate mail system uses). Virginia was admitted to the Confederacy on May 7 and conducted the popular referendum on May 23, the day after this cover was postmarked
VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF TWO DIFFERENT 7-STAR CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC DESIGNS, INCLUDING THE RARE "SOUTHERN RIGHTS" BANNER DESIGN ON LETTERSHEET.
Although the concept of States' Rights is referred to in verses on Patriotic covers, this is the only flag design which incorporates the words "Southern Rights." It was published by T. S. Whitaker of Wilmington N.C., who also published Confederate songs, including "The Stonewall Quickstep" by John H. Hewitt.
Ex Antrim. Accompanied by another letter dated in 1863 -- we are not sure if there is any connection, but it was present when the Kilbournes bought the cover from Earl Antrim. The C.S.A. Catalog does not list the F7-9 design on a lettersheet
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SMALL 9-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER COMBINING SEVERAL DESIRABLE ELEMENTS.
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). They are very rare. This cover combines several rare or interesting elements, including the 9-Star design, a scarce manuscript town postmark, the missent and forwarded notation and the Confederate State use of U.S. postage
VERY FINE AND SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THIS 10-STAR WAVING FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITH 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE USED ON THE LAST DAY U.S. POSTAGE STAMPS COULD BE USED IN THE SOUTH.
On June 1, 1861, the Confederate postal system began operations, and U.S. stamps were no longer accepted as prepayment of Confederate postage.
VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF A RARE CONFEDERATE 8-STAR PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITH LIBERTY CAP ON THE FLAG POLE, USED FROM UNION TENNESSEE ON THE LAST DAY OF MAIL SERVICE BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH.
To fully appreciate this remarkable cover, there are several dates one must keep in mind. On May 6, 1861, the Tennessee assembly voted to secede, subject to confirmation by a popular vote. The popular vote took place June 8, 1861, which ratified their ordinance of succession. Tennessee joined the Confederacy on July 2, but was still technically a part of the Union until the June 8 referendum.
Arkansas seceded from the Union on May 6, 1861, and was admitted to the Confederacy on May 18. After May 31 postal relations between North and South were severed as the Southern states took over their own postal responsibilities. This use of a Confederate Patriotic from what was technically still Union Tennessee to Confederate Arkansas, postmarked on the last day of postal service, is truly remarkable.
With 2013 C.S.A. certificate