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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

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Category — Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
31
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 31, Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsCharleston S.C. Dec. 29, 1860, Charleston S.C. Dec. 29, 1860Charleston S.C. Dec. 29, 1860. Clear strike of circular datestamp, grid cancel ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover to Marion C.H. S.C. with Charleston House overall lithographed design, W. Eaves N.Y. imprint, Very Fine, a scarce and desirable hotel advertising cover with Independent State use of U.S. postage, sent nine days after South Carolina seceded, ex Duckworth, MacBride and Kilbourne

E. 400-500
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32
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 32, Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsCharleston S.C. Paid Jan. 20, 1861, Charleston S.C. Paid Jan. 20, 1861Charleston S.C. Paid Jan. 20, 1861. Bold strike of circular datestamp and grid cancel on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Greenville C.H. S.C., fresh and Very Fine Independent State use, scarce with the integral "Paid" in the datestamp, ex Calhoun

E. 150-200
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33
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 33, Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsVaiden Miss. Jan. 28 (1861), Vaiden Miss. Jan. 28 (1861)Vaiden Miss. Jan. 28 (1861). Dark blue circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on orange-buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans La., with "MISSISSIPPI." and Solid 5-Point Star Patriotic corner card (FM-3) at top left, small piece of edge above design reattached, usual small filing holes for this correspondence, appears Very Fine, a desirable and rare example of this Patriotic design on a cover with Independent Mississippi use of U.S. postage, ex Kimmel, Ballard and Kilbourne, with 1976 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
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34
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 34, Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsCharleston S.C. Mar. 30, 1861, Charleston S.C. Mar. 30, 1861Charleston S.C. Mar. 30, 1861. Double-circle datestamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F7-21) to Hempstead N.Y., 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), straddle-pane margin at left, affixed to bottom flap and cancelled by grid, bottom flap opened for display, slightly reduced at top and missing small part of top flap, gently cleaned, Very Fine appearance, an attractive and scarce Confederate State use of U.S. postage on a Patriotic cover to Long Island, the C.S.A. Catalog states that F7-21 is a "poorly printed blurred design", but that must have been based on their listing example as this one is clearly printed, ex Calhoun and Kilbourne

E. 500-750
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35
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 35, Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. StampsMobile Ala. Apr. 27, 1861, Mobile Ala. Apr. 27, 1861Mobile Ala. Apr. 27, 1861. Bold strike of double-circle datestamp ties 24c Gray Lilac (37) on blue folded letter to Liverpool, England, red "3" credit handstamp, red London May 17 transit datestamp, Liverpool receiving backstamp of May 18, lightly toned horizontal file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine, a rare Confederate State use of the 24c 1860 on a transatlantic cover, ex Kilbourne

E. 1,000-1,500
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36
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 36, Independent and C.S.A. Use of U.S. Stamps, "Mound City Ark. May 14" (1861). Manuscript postmark with penstrokes cancelling 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on red and blue 9-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F9-1) to Trenton Ark., stamp with some soiling, overall cover wear

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE OF THE 9-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC DESIGNS. THE ARKANSAS ORIGIN ADDS TO ITS RARITY AND DESIRABILITY.

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 are normally found with the F9-2 design. This flag (F9-1) is on a similar order of rarity to the other listed 9-Star design (F9-3). This is also a very rare Arkansas Independent State use of U.S. postage. Arkansas seceded on May 6 and was admitted to the Confederacy on May 18, so this use was possible for only 12 days.

Ex Kilbourne

E. 2,000-3,000
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