VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN WITHOUT THE ALLEGORICAL BACKGROUND SCENE, AND FRANKED WITH THE 5-CENT GREEN JEFFERSON DAVIS GENERAL ISSUE.
This design is one of the rarest of the Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotics. It has 11 stars in both the flags and the sunburst above "Confederate States of America." It omits the bridge, cannon, train, steamboat and cotton bale allegorical scene below the medallion, which is found on most of the other Davis designs. The combination of the Davis Patriotic design with the Davis First General Issue stamp is quite striking.
Ex Dr. Brandon and Kilbourne. With 2018 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. THIS BLUE AND VIOLET BICOLORED PRINTING IS AN EXTREMELY RARE AND POSSIBLY UNIQUE COLOR VARIATION OF THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION DESIGN.
Ex MacBride and Kilbourne
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER FRANKED WITH THE DAVIS FIRST GENERAL ISSUE.
Confederate No. 1 is rarely found on Davis Medallion covers, which were used primarily before release of the General Issue.
Ex Hill and Kilbourne. With 1999 C.S.A. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.
The 10c Blue Lithograph is very rare on a Davis Medallion cover. There are probably fewer than five in existence.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM SHEET MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT GREEN DAVIS LITHOGRAPH ON A UNIQUE 7-STAR FLAG AND "JEFF DAVIS" PATRIOTIC COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS DESIGN.
Ex Caspary and Kilbourne. With 2018 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF EXAMPLES -- EITHER USED OR UNUSED -- OF THIS FASCINATING AND ELABORATELY DESIGNED PICTORIAL PATRIOTIC COVER.
Among Confederate Patriotic cover designs, the two which stand out most prominently, due to their exceptional imagery and messages, are the "Hanging Lincoln" design and this "Our Homes" design. There are only two recorded used examples of this design, which are ex Dr. Brandon (Sale 1087, lot 109) and ex Kilbourne (Sale 1186, lot 557). This is one of probably fewer than five unused examples. At least two of the other unused covers show more significant toning.
VERY FINE. THIS VERSION OF THE BASIC CONFEDERATE 7-STAR FLAG DESIGN WITH "C.S.A." IS CONSIDERABLY RARER THAN OTHER VARIETIES.
The few examples of this rare "C.S.A." flag design we were able to locate were used from Virginia post offices. The last we offered was a handstamped "Paid" use from the same correspondence as the cover offered here (ex Dr. Brandon).
Ex Weatherly and Kilbourne
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 9-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG COVER AND LETTERSHEET MATCHED PAIR -- SHOWING BOTH STYLES OF THE F9-2 STAR SIZES.
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 we believe the lettersheets are even rarer than the covers.
FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE CONFEDERATE 9-STAR FLAG, FRANKED WITH THE 5-CENT DE LA RUE TYPOGRAPH ISSUE.
The ninth star represents the admission of Arkansas, which was followed only three days later by North Carolina. Very few examples of the 9-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic designs are known, some of which have handstamped "Paid" markings and no stamps. This small, choice cover with the 5c De La Rue franking is one of the finest we have encountered.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE 10-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH FROM STONE Y.
Ex Matthies (Siegel Sale 337, lot 893)
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE REGIMENTAL PATRIOTIC DESIGN, PRODUCED EARLY IN THE WAR.
Our survey of decades of Confederate sale catalogues and reference books located only seven examples of this distinctive Crescent Rifles patriotic, including the two covers offered in Kilbourne Part One (Siegel Sale 1186) and the example offered here. Five are used from Tudor Hall, including:
1) Tudor Hall Oct. 23, 1861 datestamp and "Due 10", to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, Dover Miss., ex Kimmel (Siegel Sale 492, lot 934)
2) Tudor Hall Oct. ?, 1861 and “10”, to M. Harris, New Orleans, Siegel Sale 1182, lot 466
3) Tudor Hall Nov. 9, 1861 datestamp and "Due 10", to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, Dover Miss., Kilbourne Part One, Siegel Sale 1186, lot 588
4) Tudor Hall Dec. ?, 1861 datestamp, with 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig, to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, Dover Miss., Siegel Sale 1167, lot 2482
5) Tudor Hall Mar. 4, 1862 datestamp, to Ella P. Rind, New Orleans, "Adv.1" handstamp, illustrated in Wishnietsky book on p. 117, ex Kilbourne, the cover offered here
In addition to these five Tudor Hall covers, which are genuine uses from members of the 7th Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers, there are two others:
6) Federal usage of the envelope with a 3c 1861 tied by Washington D.C. Mar. 13, 1862 datestamp and marked "Found at Manassas", Kilbourne Part One, Siegel Sale 1186, lot 589
7) Cover with 10c Die B barely tied by town datestamp, possibly not originating, ex Kohn (Siegel Sale 382, lot 1470)
As a Colonel, Harry T. Hays was the original commander of the 7th Louisiana Volunteers, which was called the Pelican Regiment. Although composed of farmers, laborers and clerks, the Louisiana 7th Regiment was described as a "crack regiment" by Gen. Richard Taylor. Hays went on to become a General.
Ex Antrim and Kilbourne. Illustrated in 1959 Dietz Catalog on p. 203 and in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 117
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.
Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 63. Ex Bogg and Kilbourne. With 1984 P.F. certificate
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) and Kilbourne
VERY FINE AND HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE EARLY REGIMENTAL PATRIOTIC COVER FROM PENSACOLA, SENT WITHIN FLORIDA USING THE FIRST GENERAL ISSUE STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC USE.
Illustrated in Florida Postal History During the Civil War on p. 213. Ex Dr. Briggs and Kilbourne
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH USED TO PAY THE PRE-JULY 1, 1862 RATE ON A SMALL GENERAL BEAUREGARD PATRIOTIC COVER -- A LOVELY "BLUE ON BLUE" COMBINATION AND ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES IN BLUE.
The C.S.A. Catalog states that only one example of the Beauregard design is known in blue. There is one other which is a stampless cover with postage due, offered in lot 171.
Signed Brian Green. Ex Murphy, Freeman and Kilbourne