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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Confederate States: General Issues On Cover

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2581
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2581, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover5c Green, Stone 1, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var), 5c Green, Stone 1, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var)5c Green, Stone 1, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var). Horizontal pair, roulettes on all sides, beautiful bright shade, tied by sharp strike of "Jackson Miss. Oct. 3, 1862" ("3" inverted) circular datestamp on buff cover originating at Baton Rouge (Sep. 24, according to docketing) and addressed to Miss Jeannie Mort at Vernon Miss., from the well-known correspondence from which many Baton Rouge provisional covers emanate, small mended edge nick at top center, backflap has either been replaced or removed and reaffixed inside out

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE BATON ROUGE ROULETTE FROM JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI. MAILED DURING THE SECOND CONFEDERATE OCCUPATION PERIOD.

Federal troops, which had occupied Baton Rouge since May 1862, evacuated the city on August 21, 1862. In their wake the Confederates maintained postal services on a restricted basis. In this instance, the rouletted stamps still on hand from the pre-May 1862 Confederate occupation were used on a letter (10c single rate) carried to Jackson, Mississippi, and posted there for Vernon. This use during re-occupation is extremely rare, and no other examples cancelled at Jackson are known.

Ex Caspary, Birkinbine, McCarren and Gross.

E. 3,000-4,000
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2582
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2582, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Horizontal strip of five, margins all around, bright color, few unnoticeable tiny tears at top, tied by four strikes of "Camden Ark. Aug. 13" circular datestamp on adversity cover made from steamboat printed bill of lading (flap folded out for display), to Falcon Ark., ca. 1862-64

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT LITHOGRAPH FROM ARKANSAS. ONLY ONE OTHER USE FROM ARKANSAS IS RECORDED IN THE WARREN CENSUS.

The census published by Dr. Daniel Warren in the Congress Book lists only two uses of the 2c Green Lithograph from Arkansas. The other is also a strip of five, ex Hessel and Dukeshire.

Ex J. Frank Drake, Carnegie Museum and Clippert. With photocopy of 1981 and 1998 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $13,500.00 for strip used on cover without premium for Arkansas or adversity usage

E. 7,500-10,000
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2583
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2583, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Large margins to barely in at upper left, tied by Montgomery Ala. circular datestamp on unsealed brown homemade cover to Marion Ala., stamp affixed over manuscript "Official Business ? Dept.", stamp with trivial crease at top, Very Fine, Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 750-1,000
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2584
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2584, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Large to huge margins, deep rich color and sharp impression on bright paper, tied by neat strike of "Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid 19 Mar." (1862) modified integral-rate circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Tarboro N.C., Extremely Fine stamp and cover, a superb single use of the 5c Blue Lithograph with the pre-war 3c Wilmington datestamp modified to "5" CSA rate

E. 750-1,000
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2585
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2585, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Large margins, bright color, cancelled by pen, matching "Beaumont Tx. Dec. 22" manuscript postmark on cover to Liberty Tex., opened unevenly at left, Very Fine, scarce Texas use of the 10c Rose

E. 300-400
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2586
 
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2586, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Block of six and pair originally forming a block of eight, large margins to just barely in, each stamp cancelled by single penstroke, matching "Acton Texas March 4/64" manuscript postmark on gray cover front only to a captain in Smith's Brigade, Army of Tennessee (then located in Dalton Ga.), manuscript "Via Shreveport La." at bottom left, some edgewear slightly affects stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARY FRANKING FOR THE 40-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPI RATE.

This cover front is No. W6 in the Krieger census. One other cover with a similar franking is recorded from this correspondence, but the stamps are on back and there are no postal markings (possibly carried privately). A 50c "Preferred Mail" rate paid by 5c Local Prints exists, and it, too, is a front only.

With 1975 C.S.A. certificate as Scott No. 6

E. 1,500-2,000
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2587
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2587, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6)5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6). Horizontal pair, clear to large margins, tied by "Adams Run S.C. Apr. 20" circular datestamp on white, red and green wallpaper cover to Chester C.H. S.C., 1864 docketing at left, opened for display, missing top flap, Very Fine and colorful design, Scott Retail $1,200.00

E. 500-750
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2588
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2588, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large margins to in at right, tied by "Camden S.C. Jun. 26" (1863) double-circle datestamp on adversity cover made from original broadside announcing South Carolina's secession from the Union, high-quality printing in red and blue on glazed enamel paper, addressed to Black Oak S.C., the pair is tied on blank side, cut and folded over for display, faint pencil guidelines in the shape of an envelope, small piece missing from backflap, otherwise in excellent condition

AN ASTONISHING AND EXTREMELY FINE ADVERSITY USE OF THE BROADSIDE THAT ANNOUNCED THE START OF THE CIVIL WAR.

This is the original broadside announcing the Ordinance of Secession passed by South Carolina on December 20, 1861. The portion used for this envelope includes the Palmetto flag of South Carolina, the word "Declaration" and a section of the Ordinance with the words "People of [the State of] South Carolina". The spirit of independence -- or rebellion -- that guided South Carolina's decision to secede is reflected in the year "1776" printed at upper left.

Ex Hill and Gordon.

E. 5,000-7,500
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2589
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2589, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large margins to in, scissors-cut at lower left, tied by "Eagle Pass Tex. Apr. 20" (1863) circular datestamp on gray folded letter from Monterey, Mexico to San Antonio via Eagle Pass, letter datelined at Monterey, merchant's blue oval handstamp on cover provides appealing visual confirmation of origin, forwarding notation to San Antonio, some slight splitting along folds

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER CARRIED ACROSS THE BORDER FROM MEXICO TO EAGLE PASS, WHERE IT ENTERED THE CONFEDERATE MAILS TO SAN ANTONIO.

Brach-Shonfeld & Co. was a prominent commercial firm involved in the cross-border trade between Mexico and the Confederate States. The addressee, Dr. W. G. Kingsbury, was a director on the board of the San Antonio Mutual Aid Society.

E. 2,000-3,000
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2590
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2590, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Horizontal strip of five, large margins to just touched at left and top right, tied by "Sparta Ga. Mar. 25" (1865) circular datestamps on blue-lined folded letter to Warrenton Ga., Very Fine and attractive strip on cover, ex Myerson and Gross, with 1969 P.F. certificate

4,500
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2591
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2591, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large margins to clear, slightly irregular at top left but well clear, faint toning from gum, tied by neat strike of "Richmond Va. Apr. 16" circular datestamp on mourning cover to Berea N.C., Very Fine

1,500
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2592
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2592, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Large margins to full including complete framelines on three sides and about half at top, horizontal crease at top, bright color, tied by blue "Charlottesville Va. Apr. 21, 1863" double-circle datestamp on cover to Barboursville Va.

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE STAMP ON COVER WITH A BLUE CANCEL FROM CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, USED IN APRIL 1863.

Scott Catalogue separately lists April 1863 early dates but does not price them. With 2019 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as normal use

3,250
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2593
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2593, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Three large margins, just touched to clear at right, tied by light strike of "Madison Ga. Mar. 29" circular datestamp on blue, brown and yellow wallpaper cover to Atlanta Ga., Very Fine, a beautiful wallpaper cover, ex Matz

E. 300-400
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2594
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2594, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c)10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c). Large margins, cancelled by penstrokes, matching "Milford Va. Mar. 29" manuscript postmark on red, green and white wallpaper cover to Pittsboro N.C., Very Fine and attractive, ex Myerson

E. 300-400
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2595
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2595, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c)10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c). Large margins to ample, tied by light strike of Jan. 22 circular datestamp on brown and white wallpaper cover to Pickens C.H. S.C., Very Fine and attractive

E. 400-500
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2596
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2596, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Large margins to irregular at right where slightly in, tied by indistinct strike of Richmond Va. circular datestamp on red and green floral wallpaper cover to News Ferry Va., ink writing about the nature of wallpaper covers at left is non-contemporary but is very old and is covered by the folded-out flap showing the design, Fine and colorful wallpaper use, with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2597
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2597, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Margins to in with insect damage at bottom of stamp, tied by light strike of S.C. circular datestamp on green and white wallpaper cover to Cheraw S.C., some edgewear, Fine, ex Kohn

E. 200-300
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2598
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2598, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Vertical pair, huge margins to just in at bottom right, tied by light strike of "Abingdon Va. Feb. 23" circular datestamp on adversity cover made from printed table to Dublin Va., opened for display, some faint overall soiling, Very Fine and attractive

E. 300-400
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2599
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2599, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Large margins to just touched at left, tied by neat "Staunton Va. Feb. 10" circular datestamp on yellow overall Virginia Female Institute illustrated cover to "Capt. Geo. Williamson, Ag. Brig. Genl. Stewarts Brg., Johnson's Division, Ewell's Corps, Army of No. Va.", few small nicks at top, missing top flap, Very Fine and attractive

E. 400-500
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2600
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2600, Confederate States: General Issues On Cover10c Deep Blue, Die B (12), 10c Deep Blue, Die B (12)10c Deep Blue, Die B (12). Horizontal strip of six, beautiful rich color in an early and striking shade, large to huge margins all around (scissors-cut in bottom right margin well clear of design), tied by "Augusta Ga. Jul. 4" (1863) circular datestamp on legal-size buff cover to Richmond Va., return address in manuscript "From Bible Society of the C.S.", pencil docketing on back indicating Rosa P. Trevillian and Mrs. S. B. Seddon as senders, slightest creasing in left stamp and margin at right, truly negligible considering the extraordinary quality of this large multiple

EXTREMELY FINE GEM STRIP OF SIX AND A WONDERFULLY FRESH COVER. USED 10-CENT ENGRAVED MULTIPLES LARGER THAN A PAIR ARE EXTREMELY RARE. THIS STRIP IS PROBABLY THE FINEST OF ITS SIZE EXISTING ON COVER.

Ex "Stonewall", Birkinbine and Gross

E. 1,500-2,000
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