VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR JEFFERSON DAVIS "HANGING" UNION PATRIOTIC DESIGN, MADE EVEN MORE DESIRABLE BY THE "HELD FOR POSTAGE" TREATMENT DUE TO THE USE OF THE DEMONETIZED 1857 ISSUE STAMP.
This is a rare Union Patriotic design, which depicts a macabre scene of Jefferson Davis hanging from the gallows, with Union soldiers at attention under the American flag and what appear to be freed slaves dancing and doing cartwheels over the Confederate flag. This might be called the Union answer to the iconic "Hanging Lincoln" Confederate cartoons. Even the name of the town it was mailed to, Unity N.H., carries connotations of patriotic sentiment. The use of the demonetized 1857 Issue stamp and the "Held For Postage" straightline also places this cover in the "Old Stamps Not Recognized" collecting category.
Ex Piller. With 1983 P.F. certificate
FINE. A LATE USE OF THE "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED" HANDSTAMP ON AN 1864 COVER -- AN ATTEMPTED USE OF THE 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE THREE YEARS AFTER DEMONETIZATION.
Ex Gibson and Haas. With 1966 and 1997 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. ONLY FOUR OR FIVE ADVERSITY COVERS ARE KNOWN SHOWING A COMBINATION OF THE OFFICIALLY PERFORATED CONFEDERATE ISSUE AND A PRE-WAR UNITED STATES STAMP -- THIS IS THE ONLY ONE FORWARDED TO ANOTHER CONFEDERATE POST OFFICE.
We record fewer than ten turned uses of the officially perforated stamps, including only four combinations with United States stamps issued before the war.