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United States Postal History continued...

CONFEDERATE STATES continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1101 c 3 image#3, 2c Green, large to just clear margins on three sides, just cut in at top left, tied by crisp "Shelby, N.C." handstamp (no date) to cover addressed to John M. Lackey, Shelby, N.C., light cover staining, very fine for this; a scarce drop letter usage and both unusual and exceptionally rare from this small southwest North Carolina town; signed Dietz; ex-Van Dyk, MacBride and Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1102 c 5 image#5, 10c Rose, four mostly large margins, barely clear at bottom, tied to cover to Collinsburgh, La. by red double circle c.d.s. plus ms. crossed pen strokes cancel, stamp lifted and moved to left as the stamp was covering a handstamp black "Paid" and "10" postmaster provisional markings that had apparently been applied to the envelope but not used, beautiful red "Camden/S.C./Mar 22" c.d.s. at left matching the cancel on the stamp, cover reduced at right, very fine; a most unusual usage; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
1103 c 5a image#5a, 10c Carmine, large to huge margins all around, distinctive vibrant carmine shade, light corner crease at bottom right entirely in the lavish bottom margin, tied by circular grid cancel to orange cover, with "Clinton, La./17 Sep 1862" c.d.s. at left, posted to Handsboro(ugh) or Mississippi City via Jackson, Miss. and Mobile, absolutely fascinating instructions by the sender speak to the fragile nature of the Confederate postal lines, Union forces were very active near Baton Rouge (30 miles to the south) at this time, sender suggests "If there is no mail from Mobile to Miss. City or Handsboro.....please send by any Con(federate) soldier-or traveler"; slightly reduced at right, very fine; the carmine shade is exceptionally scarce and particularly rare on such an interesting cover; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1104 c 6 image#6, 5c Light blue, London printing, horizontal pair with three margins, just in at left, each stamp cancelled by ms. five-point star, matching "Brazos Bottom, Tex/24th Nov 64" ms. postmark at left, to Independence, Texas in Washington Co., cover with stains and slight discoloration, barely affecting the stamps, fine and rare usage; this tiny discontinued post office of Brazos Bottom was in operation from 1856-1866 (and a couple of years in the 1870's) encompassing the civil war years; it is quite possible that this is the only known Confederate usage from this town; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
1105 c 7 image#7, 5c Blue, local printing by Archer & Daly, horizontal pair with mostly clear margins, tied to small brown paper handmade envelope to Chatfield Point, Texas in Navarro Co. by large portion of "Wheelock/Robertson" county postmark with ms. "Jun. 30" date, small stain to bottom right corner of cover, very fine and scarce Texas usage; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
1106 c 7 image#7, 5c Blue, local printing by Archer & Daly, extra-large right sheet-margin horizontal pair with mostly large margins on the other three sides, just into the bottom frame at bottom left, tied to attractive wallpaper adversity cover by clear strike of "Bonham/Texas/Oct 4" c.d.s., posted to the tiny town of Lone Tree, Texas; very fine; a marvelous and extremely rare wallpaper cover used in Texas; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1107 c 8 image#8, 2c Red brown, left sheet-margin single with ample to enormous margins, deep rich color, faint water staining, cancelled by circular grid on a stunning adversity cover made from a blue printed C.S.A. legal brief, drop letter posted at Wilmington, N.C., original Wilmington, August 19, 1863 enclosure on blue lined stationery accompanies, front has been opened for display, tiny edge tear to cover at right, very fine and a very scarce drop letter with exceptional visual appeal; clear 2001 CSA certificate; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1108 c 8 image#8, 2c Red brown, tied to unusual across-the-lines cover with ms. "By Flag of Truce Steamer" addressed to Major John Taylor, C.S.A., care of General Lawton, C.S.A., Quarter Master General, Richmond, Va., the stamp has three large margins, in at right, tied by "Richmond/Va./Mar. 27" c.d.s. (probably 1864), edge crease to cover at right just catches the corner margin of the stamp, fine and rare; Gordon Bleuler speculates that this was probably official military mail and that the the Richmond post office probably had monies furnished in a military account for unpaid mail received and addressed to officers; a most unusual and a rare franking; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1109 c 8a image#8a, 2c Pale red, just cut in to large margins, warm rich shade, trivial gum stain upper right, tied by "Montgomery Ala./Jul 31" c.d.s. to brown paper cover which carried "1 circular" as noted at top left, addressed to Col. C.W. Binford, Camden, Wilcox Co., Ala., a bit reduced at right with unobtrusive cover crease at bottom left, very fine and attractive; a scarce rate to find with a contemporaneous circular notation confirming the proper rate; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
1110 c 9 image#9, 10c Blue "TEN", attractive single with large margins to just touching at right with a trace of edge toning, bright color with clear impression, tied by bold face-free "Warrentown N.C./14" c.d.s. without month designation to petite ladies cover to Hillsboro, N.C., repairs to flap at back with small sealed tears carrying over to the front at top, still very fine and a desirable example of this scarce stamp used on cover; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1111 c 10 image#10, 10c Blue "Frame Line", attractive single with balanced margins, showing most of the four frame lines, bright color and crisp impression, tiny crease upper left and small facial scuff in upper right margin only, tied by nicely struck "Talmage/Ga./May 4 (1864)" c.d.s. to brown paper cover, posted to Acworth, Western & Atlantic Railroad, Georgia, stamp is identified on the reverse as position #62 on the plate, this cover posted shortly before Sherman began his campaign toward Atlanta in August of 1864, the Western and Atlantic railroad served as the major supply line for both the Confederate and Federal forces in northern Georgia; light wrinkling and small erosion in address, still very fine; an attractive "Frame Line" cover with a lovely postmark; 2001 CSA certificate; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1112 c 13 image#13, 20c Green, lovely single with four large even margins, beautifully tied to small cover by ms. "Loving Creek, Va/July 20 (1864)", posted to Bremo Bluff P.O., Virginia, remarkably well preserved with only the slightest of aging to the cover, very fine and choice; an attractive example of a terribly difficult stamp to find on cover; clear 1985 PF certificate; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1113 c 13c image#13c, 20c Green, diagonal bisect, an important Confederate States usage out of Paris, Texas addressed to Brig. Gen. Stand Watie, Comdg Ind(ian) Division, at Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, nice top right diagonal bisect of the 20c Green used as 10c, neatly tied by "Paris/Texas/Mar 15" black c.d.s., marked "Private" and "via Bonham & Express", minor edge toning to cover at top right that just catches the corner of the stamp; very fine and attractive; while the Indian Nations were divided in their allegiances during the Civil War, a portion did align themselves with the Confederate States under General Watie, the only Indian general in the war, who commanded an Indian Brigade; this extremely rare cover is not only a wonderful bisect of a little used stamp but a marvelous piece of Confederate postal history of the Indian Nations; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $13,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1114 O 4 image#4, 5c Blue, Stone 2, exceptionally attractive four margin single tied to impressive overall seven-star flag patriotic cover front (Dietz #F7-1) by "Knoxville/Tenn/16 Apr 1863" c.d.s., posted to Holston Bridge in Scott Co., Va., exceptionally fresh and attractive, very fine; Dietz notes that there are only 23 covers known with this rare seven star flag design, but being an early patriotic design they were used with U.S. franking, this is believed to be the only known example with a Confederate States franking; a great CSA rarity despite being only a front; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1115 c 26 imageU.S. #26, 3c Dull red tied to flap at back by indistinct c.d.s. (probably Augusta Ga. early 1861) on red and blue embossed advertising 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover, the rare overall design with narrow white border (Dietz #F7-2), "Stovall's Excelsior Flour Mills, Thos. M. Stovall, Augusta, Ga." embossed imprint to right on white portion of flag design, posted to Griffin, Ga., blue printed Jas. L. Gow manufacturing imprint at bottom left, small piece out of backflap and toning to cover, very fine for this; not only is this overall design Flag patriotic rare, the embossed advertising puts it into a unique class of its own; 2002 PF certificate; ex-Van Dyk, MacBride and Bleuler. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
1116 c image"Fairfax Station, Va/Jul 16/Paid 5" ms. postmaster provisional marking on attractive Seven Star Flag patriotic cover (Dietz #F7-7), posted to Miss Mary L. Minor at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, ms. "July 1861" docketing at right, typical tear to backflap barely carrying to the front, very fine; a handsome patriotic cover in the early postmaster provisional period before stamps were available; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $200-300

SOLD for $1,150.00
Will close during Public Auction
1117 c 7 image#7, 5c Blue, local printing by Archer & Daly, horizontal pair (unobtrusive faults) with parallel pen strokes cancel on brown paper patriotic cover with Cannon and Flag design with verse at right (Dietz #CN-1), manuscript "Mellen, Va, 7th June/63" pmk. tiny corner repair at top right of no significance and a few fly specks, actually quite attractive and very fine for this; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $200-300

SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1118 c 4 image#4, 5c Blue, Stone 2, three ample to large margins, small flaws including tiny tear at top right, radiant blue shade with clear impression, tied by centrally struck "Wilmington N.C./17 Apr" altered prewar datestamp to cream cover with matching blue Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic design (Deitz #JD-1), posted to Parks Store, Cabarrus Co., N.C., cover with insignificant reduction at left, very fine and fresh; a very scarce and eye-appealing patriotic cover; 2002 PF certificate; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1119 c image"Travellers Repose, Va. (W. Va.)/Jan 31" ms. pmk. on Mounted Dragoon with verse and both slogans patriotic cover (Dietz #SM-1), soldier's letter from company A of the 12th Georgia Regiment marked "due 10", posted to Americus, Georgia, slightly reduced at right but actually quite fresh and very fine; in late 1861 and early 1862 Confederate forces occupied this small portion of West Virginia and the soldiers used this post office to send letters home; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $725.00
Will close during Public Auction
1120 c 1c, 6 image#1c, 6, 5c Olive green, Stone 1, 5c Light blue, London printing, both with small faults but an unusual mixed issue franking tied by "Richmond Va./Aug 16 1862" c.d.s. to yellow Mounted Dragoon with verse patriotic cover (Dietz #SM-1), posted to Rock Springs P.O., Walker County, Georgia, soiled with minor edge wear, still extremely scarce with very fine appearance; ex-Bleuler. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction

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