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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes

Lot
Symbol
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Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1273
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1273, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Horizontal pair, huge margins including left sheet margin, cancelled by grids and tied by light strike of Marion Ala. circular datestamp on Breckinridge-Lane Campaign illustrated cover, names crossed out and "Davis" and "Stephens" added with flags crossed out in sender's handwriting to Ridgeway N.C., S. Raynor of New York imprint with the "New York" crossed out, additional light strike of circular datestamp on back, stamp with some soiling from gum, slight edgewear, missing small part of top flap

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF AN 1860 BRECKINRIDGE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COVER WITH A PAIR OF THE FIRST CONFEDERATE STATES STAMP.

Breckinridge was a Kentucky lawyer and politician who served as Vice President of the U.S. from 1857-61. He came in third in the popular vote and second in the electoral vote, ahead of Bell and Douglas. He instead became a senator, until he was expelled for joining the Confederate army. The sender leaves no doubt as to his sentiments, going so far as to cross out the "New York" of the imprint.

Ex Caspary and Haas.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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1274
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1274, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesDanville Va., 5c Black on Yellow entire (21XU1), Danville Va., 5c Black on Yellow entire (21XU1)Danville Va., 5c Black on Yellow entire (21XU1). Used with 5c Green, Stone 2 (1) affixed over typographed legend "SOUTHERN/CONFEDERACY/Danville, Va./PAID/W. B. PAYNE, P.M./5" ("Southern" curved) and tied by blue "Danville Va. Jan. 30" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Flat River P.O. N.C., sender's routing instructions "Via Greensboro, Hillsboro", stamp has pre-use tear at upper left, crease and small tear at bottom, the entire is fresh and immaculate

A VERY FINE AND REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE DANVILLE TYPOGRAPHED PROVISIONAL.

The Danville press-printed envelopes are among the most unusual of all Postmasters' Provisionals. A stock typographic engraving was used with loose type set inside the blank oval. The illustration depicts a shoe fitting for an Antebellum lady. She is seated, while another woman kneels before her with shoe in hand, and a gentleman stands over her, also holding a shoe. It is reported that this engraving was used in advertisements for ladies' shoes and boots. Another unusual feature of this provisional is the use of the slogan "Southern Confederacy" in addition to the post office and postmaster names, and the denomination. The word "Southern" is set in either a nearly straight line or slightly curved line.

The Calhoun census lists 24 envelopes, but nearly half are not proper provisional uses (either lacking a Danville postmark or used with adhesive postage). This cover from the Manguin correspondence is a late use (Jan. 1862) of the provisional entire with the 5c General Issue added to prepay the 5c rate from Danville to Flat River -- the distance between offices being well under 100 miles.

Ex Keeling.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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1275
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1275, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Cream entire (56XU4), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Cream entire (56XU4)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Cream entire (56XU4). With 10c Blue, Die A (11) affixed over printed provisional stamp and tied by "Chattanooga Ten. Aug. 27" (1863) circular datestamp, addressed to Mebanesville N.C., barely reduced at left and trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RECENTLY LISTED MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE ON CREAM PAPER. THIS ENVELOPE WAS USED AS STATIONERY AFTER THE FALL OF MEMPHIS.

This is an August 1863 use from Chattanooga just before Confederate forces evacuated the city in September 1863. Memphis had fallen in June 1862, and this envelope was probably carried out by a civilian fleeing the city.

Ex Boshwit and "D.K.". With 2002 C.S.A. certificate

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E. 3,000-4,000
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1276
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1276, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Large margins to clear, rich color, tied by "Augusta Ga. ? 4" circular datestamp and affixed over "Paid 5" in circle handstamp on cover to Flat Rock P.O. N.C., stamp with trivial toning at top, Very Fine and very unusual, the "Paid 5" marking was originally listed as a Postmasters' Provisional (Scott 7XU1) and previously listed in Scott, an article in the May-June 1997 Confederate Philatelist (p. 121) notes that only this one example is recorded, it was delisted due to lack of a control marking, ex Caspary and Judd, with 1983 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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1277
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1277, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesCuthbert, Georgia, 10c Black on White entire (95XU1), Cuthbert, Georgia, 10c Black on White entire (95XU1)Cuthbert, Georgia, 10c Black on White entire (95XU1). Clear provisional markings of "PAID" and "10" near dotted frame at upper left of cover, with 10c Greenish Blue (12c), tied by "Cuthbert Ga. ? 20" circular datestamp and used to Atlanta Ga., adhesive moved to show the provisional, outline drawn where stamp was originally affixed, stamp with light soiling not noted on certificate, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of this provisional, which is only considered genuine when used with a General Issue stamp, ex Hart, with 1984 P.F. and 2011 C.S.A. certificates

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E. 750-1,000
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1278
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1278, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesEmory Va., 10c Blue entire (24XU2), Emory Va., 10c Blue entire (24XU2)Emory Va., 10c Blue entire (24XU2). Bold strikes of blue "PAID" and "EMORY/10" in circle provisional handstamps at upper right corner of envelope to Lieut. Col. Alexander M. Davis, Prisoner of War, Johnson's Island, Ohio, with letter datelined "Emory Va. May 11th/65", from Davis's brother, explaining "I have an opportunity this morning of sending a letter to Knoxville by Mr. Handy. We have no mail communication here since before the fall of Richmond."; posted in the Federal mails with 3c Rose (65), manuscript cancel and "Blue Spring Grove Ky May 26" manuscript postmark, received at Johnson's Island where "Ex JCB" censor's mark applied (Pvt. Joseph C. Berry, 128th Ohio Volunteers, recorded in Harrison from Feb.-May 25, 1865), 3c moved to show provisional markings

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE EMORY, VIRGINIA, 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. A REMARKABLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONFEDERATE BROTHERS -- ONE A PRISONER OF WAR AT JOHNSON'S ISLAND AND THE OTHER ATTEMPTING TO SEND A LETTER IN THE MIDST OF POST-WAR TURMOIL.

Blue Spring Grove, Kentucky, where this cover entered the mails, is located in Barren County northwest of Knoxville and south of Louisville, near the turnpike and Louisville & Nashville Railroad line.

The Davis correspondence yielded this cover as well as four covers with the Emory adhesive provisional (used in 1861). This provisional envelope did not pay any postage, but it is definite proof that the markings were applied by the post office prior to sale. No other example is known.

Ex Ferrary, Gallagher, Dr. Agre and Dr. Brandon. Illustrated in Crown book on p. 101. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate. Scott value $5,000.00

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E. 3,000-4,000
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1279
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1279, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesForsythe, Ga., 10c Black on Buff entire (120XU2), Forsythe, Ga., 10c Black on Buff entire (120XU2)Forsythe, Ga., 10c Black on Buff entire (120XU2). Woodcut provisonal handstamp at upper right of cover, with 10c Blue, Rouletted 8-1/2 and tied by "Forsythe Geo. Mar. 1?" (1865) circular datestamp and used to Barnesville Ga., stamp with vertical crease where right half unglued from cover to allow for viewing of the provisional

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FORSYTHE, GEORGIA, POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONAL, USED WITH A ROULETTED GENERAL ISSUE.

With 2011 C.S.A. certificate

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1280
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1280, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes20c Green, Oxford N.C. Roulette (13 var), 20c Green, Oxford N.C. Roulette (13 var)20c Green, Oxford N.C. Roulette (13 var). Perfectly centered with roulettes on all four sides, intense shade and impression, tied by "Oxford N.C. Apr. 11" (1865) circular datestamp on brown cover to Raleigh N.C., the stamp is affixed over the Oxford N.C. 10c Black provisional handstamp, "Paid 10" in a dotted circle, unused from an earlier period, cover skillfully cleaned with minor cosmetic edge improvements

AN EXTREMELY FINE AND OUTSTANDING COVER, SHOWING USE OF THE RARE 20-CENT OXFORD ROULETTE ON AN UNUSED POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. ONE OF FINEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE 20-CENT COVERS.

The Oxford N.C. provisional is not listed in Scott, but the existence of unused entires used as regular envelopes at a later date is indisputable evidence of their provisional status. In this case, the Oxford postmaster probably affixed the stamp over the handstamp. Another similar cover realized $4,000 hammer in our Sale 795 (lot 1195).

Ex Dietz (signed by him), Hill and Hulme. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,750.00 on normal cover

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1281
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1281, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesSavannah Ga., 10c Black entire (101XU4), Savannah Ga., 10c Black entire (101XU4)Savannah Ga., 10c Black entire (101XU4). Neat strikes of provisional and control handstamps on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U26), with "Savannah Ga. Paid Jun. 10, 1861" circular datestamp, addressed to John A. Cobb care of Thomas Roots of the Virginia Navy at Norfolk, gently cleaned, Very Fine, one of only two recorded examples of this provisional on a Star Die entire, ex Carnahan and Ballard

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1282
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1282, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesSt. Francisville La. Dec. 2 (1861), St. Francisville La. Dec. 2 (1861)St. Francisville La. Dec. 2 (1861). Strike of circular datestamp with matching "PAID" and "5" handstamps on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Woodville Miss., manuscript box charge no. at top left, Very Fine

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E. 500-750
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1283
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1283, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes5c Pale Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Pale Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Pale Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Three large margins, clear at top, affixed over U.S. 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27), tied by "Charleston S.C. Jan. 23" circular datestamp on cover to Hamilton Ga., 1862 docketing at left, Very Fine adversity use of the 3c Star Die entire

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E. 300-400
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1284
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1284, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Greenish Blue, Stone Y (2e), 10c Greenish Blue, Stone Y (2e)10c Greenish Blue, Stone Y (2e). Large margins to in, tied by blue "Luray Va. Jan. 2?" circular datestamp on U.S. 6c Green on Buff Nesbitt entire (U14) to Orkney Springs Va., stamp with some soiling from gum, entire with some wear, still Fine, a rare use on a 6c Nesbitt entire

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1285
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1285, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes5c Blue, Stone 3 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 3 (4)5c Blue, Stone 3 (4). Positions 33/43, vertical pair, large margins to clear, top stamp top of "C" and "E" of ""CENTS" joined and so-called "bearded Jefferson Davis" (more like a two-day stubble), bottom stamp shows printing shift at bottom right, tied by Grand Gulf Miss. circular datestamp on turned U.S. 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10), the inside unused, turned side addressed to Livingston Ala., opened for display, Very Fine and attractive

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E. 750-1,000
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1286
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1286, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Large margins except just in at bottom right, tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 23" circular datestamp on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) with banker's corner card and printed address, the printed address crossed out and sent to Amherst C.H. Va., small sealed tear at upper left, slightly reduced at top, Very Fine

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E. 750-1,000
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1287
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1287, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Lithographic stone variety with Malformed "S" in "Cents", full margins, tied by manuscript cancel with matching "Proctors Creek Aug. 7th" postmark on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Mt. Mourne N.C., 10c Rose affixed over embossed stamp which is clearly visible, minor edgewear, Very Fine, a wonderful combination of this plate variety used on a U.S. 3c entire (which served only as an envelope) from the well-known B. F. Little correspondence, with 2007 P.F. certificate, for background on Benjamin F. Little see Siegel Sale 1238, lot 288

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1288
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1288, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, large margins to clear, tied by "Richmond Va. May 4, 1863" circular datestamp on U.S. 1c Blue on Buff Star Die entire (U19) to Richmond Va., small tear at top, Very Fine, attractive and scarce use on a 1c Star Die entire

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E. 500-750
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1289
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1289, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Large margins to clear, affixed over U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U26), tied by "Yazoo City Miss. Jun. 12" circular datestamp and used to Monroe La., sender's directive "Via Port Hudson" indicates east-to-west transit across the Mississippi River, stamp with light crease and hinged in place, mild cover toning, still Very Fine

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E. 400-500
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1290
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1290, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Large margins all around, affixed over U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U26), tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 28" circular datestamp and used to Staunton Va., some soiling, stamp hinged in place, missing top flap, Very Fine, a scarce use of the 20c stamp on a U.S. entire

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E. 750-1,000
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1291
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1291, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau. FIN-02 with Jno. Harrell signature on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to postmaster of Curdsville Va., bold "Richmond Va. Feb. 9, 1863" circular datestamp and "Free" handstamp, backflap reattached with hinges, fresh and Very Fine, ex Boshwit, with 2007 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1292
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1292, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau. APP-03, on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U26), cancelled by "Richmond Va. Dec. 14" circular datestamp with "FREE" handstamp to the postmaster at Staunton Va., spelling of town corrected, docketing at left indicates 1871 filing, Very Fine, ex White

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E. 200-300
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1293
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1293, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau. CON-03 with "Appointment" crossed out, on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27), cancelled by bold "Richmond Va. Apr. 28" circular datestamp with "FREE" handstamp, to Batesville Va., tiny nick at bottom left, Very Fine, scarce, ex White

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E. 200-300
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1294
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1294, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesOfficial Business/Office Adjutant and Inspector General,/District Western Louisiana, Official Business/Office Adjutant and Inspector General,/District Western LouisianaOfficial Business/Office Adjutant and Inspector General,/District Western Louisiana. WD-ZB-09, semi-official imprint on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27), imprint crossed out, "Alexandria La. Sep. 10" circular datestamp in red with matching "PAID" and "10" handstamps, to Natchitoches, pencil 1863 docketing, slightly reduced at left, nicked corner at lower right neatly mended, fresh and Very Fine appearance, the postmarks are especially nice, ex Emerson and Everett

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E. 1,000-1,500
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1295
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1295, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid EnvelopesOfficial Business/Office Adjutant and Inspector General,/District Western Louisiana, Official Business/Office Adjutant and Inspector General,/District Western LouisianaOfficial Business/Office Adjutant and Inspector General,/District Western Louisiana. WD-ZB-08, semi-official imprint on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U27), with "Official Business" crossed out, to Natchitoches La., endorsed "By Courier" at lower left and carried outside of the mails (possibly in a period when mail service was uncertain after the fall of New Orleans to federal troops), expert repair at upper left, Very Fine

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E. 400-500
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1296
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1296, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Full margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Jun. 28, 1863" circular datestamp on cover with "Free--/Official Business/Confederate States of America, Post Office Department, Auditor's Office" imprint (AUD-03b) to Clarksville Ga., the stamp affixed over "Official Business" part of the imprint but still signed by Baker, the imprint and signature did not serve any postal duty so the signature must have been prepared ahead of time, mild cover toning, Very Fine, scarce and unusual use, this is the illustration example used in the 2012 Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook (p. 385)

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E. 500-750
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1297
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1297, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c)10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c). Large margins to clear including top sheet margin, separated a bit roughly at left, tied by "Augusta Ga. Oct. 28" circular datestamp on "Augusta Arsenal/Official Business" imprint cover (WD-OD-09) with imprint crossed out, to Camden S.C., Very Fine, scarce, ex Ballard, this is the illustration example used in the 2012 Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook (p. 403)

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E. 300-400
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1298
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1298, 1860 Campaign, Prepaid Envelopes10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins, tied by "Atlanta Ga. Jul. 25" circular datestamp on cover with "Official Business/Q.M. Supply Depot/Atlanta, Georgia" imprint (WD-QM-17) crossed out, to Washington Ga., fresh and Very Fine, this design unlisted in Dietz, this is the illustration example used in the 2012 Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook (p. 405), ex Ballard, signed Brian Green

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E. 400-500
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