Sale Number: 767
Sale Date:
1995 Rarities of the World

Confederate States
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
381 c 3c Dull Red (26). Tied by bold "OLD STAMPS NOT RECOGNIZED"%$ handstamp in two straightlines on advertising cover for Polytechnic College of Philadelphia with a list of studies and schools including metallurgy, architecture and The School of Mines; matching "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 27, 1861" cds at left, and straightline "DUE 3"; cover with no flap and some edge wear which slightly affects the stamp, Fine and rare usage, believed to be one of two examples of this marking on an advertising cover, with 1994 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 8,000-10,000 0
382 c FREE./For the Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY. Blue handstamp in four straightlines clearly struck on 3c Red Star Die Entire (U27) to member of 7th Regt., 8th Company, Camp Camden, Washington D.C., endorsed "Kindness of Quartermatser Winchester", fresh and Extremely Fine, the express carried mail free to the New York regiment defending the capital in 1861 after it was cut off from the North because of the destruction of railroad track in Maryland, illustrated in Simpson's U.S. Postal Markings, ex Knapp, Jarrett, with 1992 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-2,500 0
383 c 3c Claret (26). Lovely color, well-centered with full perfs all around, tied by "Atlanta Ga. Apr. 8, 1861" cds on 7-Star all-over Flag patriotic (Dietz F7-2), bright colors and unbelievably fresh, addressed to the editor of Godey's Ladies Book in Philadelphia, printed corner card of bookseller Jas. McPherson & Co. at top, Extremely Fine, astonishing quality - unquestionably one of the choicest Confederate patriotics in existence (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 5,000
384 c Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Ty. II, huge margins to ample at upper left, deep shade, grid cancel, matching "Athens Ga. Dec. 20" cds (usual indistinct strike) on cover to Col. John B. Lamar at Macon Ga., a bit reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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385 c Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Horizontal pair, full to large margins except R. stamp just touched at top, lightly tied by grids on cover to Howell Cobb as Col. of the 16th Ga. Reg., Camp Bryan, Yorktown, Va., light Athens cds with integral "Paid" and dated Dec. 27 (1861), R. stamp with small skillfull repair at right center, Fine and attractive appearance, ex Judd (Image Magnifier)

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386   Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2). Margins to touched, light grid cancel, fresh and Fine, with 1989 C.S.A. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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387 c Galveston Tex., 10c Black Entire (98XU2). Unusually clear strike and early use of this provisional "Paid" handstamp in ornate oval frame, bold "10" rate hs and mostly clear "Galveston Tex. Jun. 2, 1861" double-circle ds on buff cover to his adopted niece, Mrs. Mattie Ivy, Palo Alto Miss., pencil "pd 10", entire roughly opened at left, reduced portion simply extended with piece of another cover, tear thru cds into address sealed with archival tape), Fine appearance; with original enclosure, an Autograph Letter Signed by David G. Burnet, former Vice President of the Texas Republic, 4pp datelined "Galveston June 1st '61", the first day of the Confederate postal system (letter posted in morning mail on June 2nd, a fact mentioned at the close of the letter), the 72-year old Burnet writes during the war's early months (in part): "...you seem chiefly concerned about the war - well it is a melancholy subject and worthy the deepest concern of all...To me it is peculiarly interesting - I am of northern birth and nearly all my relatives are resident there. I can take no pleasure in the thought of being in a State of War with them. But I derive comfort from the fact that they do not, as far as I know, belong to that infatuated, fanatical abolition party, which has inaugurated and are prosecuting the unhallowed strife."; answers inquiry about his son, who "probably is with the command of Major Emory retiring toward Kansas."; comments on distance from the "carnage" of the war and mentions "We have no fears from Mexico and the Indians are not unusually troublesome on our frontier."; some philosophical words of consolation and brief mention of family matters; a scarce Texas provisional and historic usage on the second day of the Confederate postal system (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,300
388   Goliad Tex., 10c Black on Rose (29X5). Large margins to barely touched at bottom, signature in magenta, faintly canceled, appearing unused, skillfully filled-in thin, Fine appearance, very scarce, with 1990 C.S.A. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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389 og Greenville Ala., 5c Red & Blue Ty. I (33X1). Four margins, creasing at top and fading, still an acceptable example of this rare Alabama provisional, with 1990 C.S.A. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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4,500 1,150
390 c Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Large even margins, fine impression, tied by "Lynchburg Va. Aug. 13, 1861" cds on blue printed notice to Amherst C.H. Va., couple lightened stains, Extremely Fine and rare provisional usage (Image Magnifier)

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391 og Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow (53X3). Full to huge margins, tiny thin, Very Fine appearance, with 1985 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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2,250 2,200
392 og Marion Va., 10c Black (55X2). Large margins at sides, full at top, cutting at bottom with part of frame still visible, traces of original gum, toned spots and small light crease, Fine appearance, very rare unused, with 1989 C.S.A. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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393   New Orleans La., 5c Red on Bluish (62X7). Margins to touching, New Orleans cds dated Dec. 4, small thins (skillfully filled in at edges), Fine appearance, very rare, ex Crocker, with 1941 Theodore Emin certificate and 1989 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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394 c Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Three large margins, left margin clear to just barely in, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 14" (1862) cds on handsome gray lithographed Leather & Hide Dealer's overall advertising cover to Crimea Va., immaculate condition, Extremely Fine (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,500-3,500 2,800
395 c 5c Olive Green, Stone 1 (1c). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, pretty shade, each canceled by distinctive 8-bar open grid in blue, on cover to Manassas Junction with matching "Sandersville Ga. Dec. 21" cds, endorsement at bottom left of Col. T.W. Thomas, 16th Geo. Reg., Toombs Brigade, Very Fine, with 1991 Jakubek certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 750-1,000 1,150
396 bl 10c Greenish Blue, Stone Y (2e). Horizontal block of six, large margins to slightly in, blue "Charlottesville Va. Feb. 3, 1863" double-circle ds, repaired tears and nicks, Fine appearance, the largest recorded used block of Stone Y, an important Confederate General Issue multiple (Image Magnifier)

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397 c 2c Green, Vertical Gutter Between Stamps (3 var). Horizontal strip of five, interpanneau gutter between first and second stamps at left, large margins to just slightly in at lower left at upper right, tied by "Holly Springs Miss. Dec. 31" cds on brown cover from Lieut. John J. Carter (Minden Rangers, served under General Nathan Bedford Forrest) to his wife at Minden La., from a newly found correspondence (copy of original letter enclosure included for reference); the 2c Green gutter multiples are exccedingly rare - the 1929 Dietz book illustrates an interpanneau block of 52 (p. 128), and our firm sold an interpanneau strip on cover (1984 Rarities sale, lot 86) - the edges of the cover and a small part of the strip along top and upper right have been expertly pressed to flatten wrinkles present when this cover was discovered, Very Fine appearance and a major Confederate General Issue rarity (Image Magnifier)

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398 c 5c Blue, Local (7). Horizontal pair, full to huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps along top, distinctive deep shade on unusually fresh bright paper, tied by bold "Estelle Springs N. & C. R.R. Mar. 17, 1863" oval datestamp on salmon buff cover to Macon Ga. with military address, docketing at left dated six days later, Extremely Fine, a magnificent Confederate railroad cover, with 1982 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 1,600
399 c 10c Blue, Frameline (10). Single showing full frame lines at top and right, nearly complete at left, and more than half at bottom, tied by "Richmond Va. May 13, 1863" cds on cover to a Dr. Austin in Greenville C.H., S.C., Extremely Fine, ex Dietz (Image Magnifier)

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400 c Confederate Adversity Covers Fashioned from Anatomical Illustrations. Matching pair of envelopes, each of the same size and shape, made from hand-colored engravings of human limbs showing layers of tissue, muscle and veins, addressed to Mr. Stephen Myer and Miss Nancy L. Myer, brother and sister, in Greenville C.H. South Carolina, former with 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11), large margins, unnoticeable and small pre-use tear, latter with 10c Blue, Die B (12), large even margins, tied by "Charleston S.C." circular datestamps of July 20 and August 15, respectively

A FLAWLESS AND REMARKABLE PAIR OF COVERS, VIVIDLY DEMONSTRATING THE INGENUITY OF SOUTHERN CITIZENS TO FIND PAPER IN THE FACE OF WAR-TIME ADVERSITY

While a wide range of printed matter - wallpaper, forms, maps, and ammunition wrappers - have been found as home-made Confederate stationery, we know of no other instance in which human anatomical drawings or engravings were used. In this case, the sender probably appreciated the novelty of the effort, because the paper was folded with the blank side as the interior, rather than the exterior, of the envelope. [Fig. 270] (Image Magnifier)

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E. 10,000-15,000 10,000
401 c 10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a). Full even margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Aug. 6, 1863" cds on captured Lincoln Patriotic to Pamplins Depot Va., soldier's endorsement written carefully around (!) the Lincoln design at left, the cover has an expertly added backflap, a few tiny sealed edge tears, Extremely Fine appearance. That this envelope - retrieved on the battlefield or from an abandoned Union camp - should have escaped defacement is something of a miracle, a great and possibly unique Confederate showpiece (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,500-3,500 2,600
402 c 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12). Horizontal strip of three and single, ample to large margins, faintly creased, tied by "Richmond Va. Jul. 9" cds on buff cover to Lewisville Ark., 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate, endorsed "via Brandon or Meridian Miss.", neat 1864 docketing on back, couple light vertical folds, still Very Fine, an extremely handsome Trans-Mississippi usage, ex Tara (Image Magnifier)

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