EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COMBINATION OF THIS 11-STAR FLAG DESIGN AND THE "VICTORY OR DEATH" MADISON RIFLES SLOGAN, USED ON A COVER FROM FLORIDA.
This is one of the most attractive Warrington Florida Patriotic covers we have encountered. The original or "Old" 10th Mississippi Infantry, including Company I (Madison County Rifles), was organized in March 1861 and fought in several campaigns and battles in the Western Theater during the Civil War.
Ex Gibson with his backstamp
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A CHOICE COMBINATION OF THIS 11-STAR FLAG DESIGN AND THE "SEMPER PARATUS" MOTTO OF THE QUITMAN LIGHT ARTILLERY, USED ON A COVER FROM FLORIDA.
Semper Paratus is a Latin phrase meaning "Always Ready." It is currently used as the motto of the U.S. Coast Guard. The Quitman Light Artillery was an independent battery mustered into service on April 9, 1861, made up of men from Adams County, Mississippi. R. T. English was at first listed as 3rd lieutenant of the battery, but by November 1861 he had evidently risen to captain.
Ex Bogg. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 63
VERY FINE. A FRESH AND BEAUTIFUL QUALITY CONFEDERATE 11-STAR FLAG WITH "T" FOR TENNESSEE PATRIOTIC COVER.
The 11-Star Flag was created with the admission of Tennessee on Jul. 2, 1861.
Ex MacBride and Kohn, from whom the Kilbournes bought the cover privately in 1967. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 64
VERY FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS HAND-HELD 11-STAR DESIGN USED FROM FLORIDA, WITH THE RARE RIMLESS "POSTAGE DUE 5" MARKING OF WARRINGTON.
The "Bartow" endorsement refers to Francis S. Bartow, the first Confederate brigade commander killed in action, at First Manassas. Other versions of this flag have the Bartow name printed along the flag staff.
Ex Dr. Briggs. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 66 and in Briggs's Florida Postal History During the Civil War on p. 253
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FLAG DESIGN AND REGIMENTAL IMPRINT.
We have not offered another example of this design and imprint combination.
Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 71. C.S.A. Catalog value $5,000.00
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE MULTICOLORED VERSION OF THIS 11-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOIC DESIGN.
This style of 11-Star Flag and Verse, published by J. W. Randolph of Richmond Va. is relatively common, but this multicolored version is extremely rare and only alluded to in the C.S.A. Catalog -- "Examples in color have been noted in the past but are not currently confirmed."
Ex Matthies, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1968 sale of her Confederate Patriotics (Siegel Sale 337, lot 828)
FRESH AND VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS 11-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITH A MOST UNUSUAL ARRANGEMENT OF STARS. PROBABLY NOT MORE THAN TWO ARE KNOWN.
This 11-Star design, with seven stars at top in a half-circle, three stars at bottom and one star at center, is extremely rare. We are aware of only one other example, which is the example illustrated in the C.S.A. Catalog, with darker colors and blue bars connecting the top and bottom red stripes (it is not clear if that example is used, but we presume it is). This example is illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 79, where it is stated "one reported".
Ex Walcott and Matthies, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1968 sale of her Confederate Patriotics (Siegel Sale 337, lot 842). C.S.A. Catalog value $10,000.00