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The Brandon Collection of Confederate States, Part 2 continued...

Confederate Patriotics: 7-Star thru 10-Star Flags
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
129 c ImageSt. Louis Mo. Apr. 22, 1861. Clear strike of circular datestamp, second strike ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on red and blue Davis-Stephens 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F7-1A) to Rebersburg Pa., small piece out at top left, creases near edges including one affecting stamp, neatly rejoined along seams to improve appearance

FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY EARLY USE OF THE DAVIS-STEPHENS OVERALL FLAG PATRIOTIC -- DATED APRIL 22, ONLY NINE DAYS AFTER FORT SUMTER SURRENDERED.

Davis was elected president at the Feb. 9, 1861 constitutional convention in Montgomery, Alabama; he was inaugurated ten days later. This patriotic design supporting Davis and Stephens, used in Missouri and sent to Pennsylvania, is a remarkable cover. (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $4,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
130 c ImageCorinth Miss. Jun. 5 (1861). Balloon-style circular datestamp on red and blue Davis-Stephens 10-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F10-1) to Abbeville Ala., "Paid" straightline and "5" C.S.A. rate (during first week of new C.S.A. postal system), manuscript "Due 5c" (reason for uprating is not evident), small repairs at both bottom corners and opened on three sides, addressee's last name partly scratched out

A VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE DAVIS-STEPHENS 10-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC.

Very few examples of this Davis-Stephens 10-Star Confederate Flag patriotic design are known. The tenth star represents North Carolina, which seceded on May 20 and was admitted to the Confederate States on May 27. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
131 c Image"Big Shanty Ga. June 17 Paid 5" (1861). Manuscript postmark on overall red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to Cassville Ga., this particular design with large stars is not listed in C.S.A. Catalog, there is a swirling pattern in red and blue solids that gives it the appearance of cloth, slightly reduced at right, some stains and minor faults, still Fine, a rare early Patriotic use from a small post office (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
132 c ImageNew Orleans La. 6 Apr. (1861). Bold strike of circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on yellow cover to Cincinnati O. with red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag and "Steamer Genl. Quitman, J. M. White, Master, Leaves New Orleans Thursday 5 P.M., Greenville Sunday 8 A.P." Steamboat Advertisement (F7-15), stamp slightly affected from placement at edge of cover

EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL CONFEDERATE STATE USE OF A UNITED STATES STAMP ON A 7-STAR PATRIOTIC COVER WITH ADVERTISING FOR THE GENERAL QUITMAN STEAMER.

John Anthony Quitman was born in Rhinebeck N.Y., settled in Mississippi and became active in politics. As president of the Mississippi State Senate he filled in as governor for just over a month. He distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War, where he turned down Sam Houston's offer to make him his second in command. He was appointed the rank of Brigadier General of Volunteers and then Major General in the regular army. After the fall of Mexico City, General Scott named Quitman military governor of Mexico City for the remainder of the occupation. He was elected governor of Mississippi in 1850, but resigned to defend himself against violations of neutrality laws for his support of Narciso Lopez's failed expedition to liberate Cuba. He was also an early fire-eater, who advocated secession starting in the 1850's.

According to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, the General Quitman is believed to have been built at New Albany, Ind. in 1859 for a New Orleans ship owner. It was "one of the best and most powerful boats on the river" in 1862 and one of the last to escape from the city on April 24, evacuating upriver "a good many ladies, some officers, and some ordnance stores." The General Quitman continued to serve the Confederate Army as a troop and supply ship on the western rivers until war's end. It passed to private ownership and sank at New Texas Landing, near Morganza, La., on October 23, 1868.

Ex Antrim and Weatherly. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $32,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
133 c ImageLawrence Ville Ga. Apr. 5 (1861). Two perfectly clear strikes of circular datestamp tying pair and single 1c Blue, Ty. V (24), deep rich color, on small cover to Montgomery Ala. with red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic design and "Jas. L. Gow, Printer, Augusts, Ga. (Patent Applied For)" imprint (F7-19 var), tiny edge tear at top mentioned only to emphasize the superb condition of this cover

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE ONE-CENT 1857 FRANKING AND IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF UNITED STATES STAMPS USED IN THE CONFEDERACY.

Ex Walcott, Knapp and Hall. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $9,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
134 c ImageFredericksburg Va. 5 Nov. 24 (1861). Mostly clear strike of integral-rate circular datestamp and "Paid" handstamp on red and blue "Southern Rights" 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic (F7-9) cover to John W. Hewitt, Wilmington N.C., Whitaker imprint, faint toning

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE "SOUTHERN RIGHTS" FLAG DESIGN AND UNUSUAL FROM A POST OFFICE OTHER THAN WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE IT WAS PUBLISHED.

Although the concept of States' Rights is referred to in verses on patriotic covers, this is the only flag design which incorporates the words "Southern Rights." It was published by T. S. Whitaker of Wilmington N.C., who also published Confederate songs, including "The Stonewall Quickstep" by John H. Hewitt, who might be related to the addressee on this cover. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
135 c ImageUnion City Tennessee. Large negative circle with "July 9" and "Paid" in manuscript on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic (F7-16) cover to Waterloo P.O. S.C., with original enclosure on letterhead with blue Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse design with imprint "Camp Brown, Union City, Tenn.", from M. G. Milam reporting on troops gathered at Camp Brown, cover with scotch-tape repairs at top left corner and along edges

FINE. A HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE PATRIOTIC COVER WITH THE DISTINCTIVE UNION CITY, TENNESSEE, TOWN MARKING AND ORIGINAL ENCLOSURE FROM A SOLDIER AT CAMP BROWN, WRITTEN ON PATRIOTIC STATIONERY.

The Confederate congress did not authorize soldiers' due mail until July 30, 1861. Until then, soldiers were required to charge or pay for postage.

Ex Boshwit (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
136 c ImageMemphis Ten. Apr. 4, 1861. Circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover with red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag with Liberty Cap Patriotic design (F7-5C) to Washington D.C., contemporary note under flag "Secession Flag" (probably written by sender), few edge tears and overall wear including some soiling, still Fine, a scarce and attractive design, ex Matz (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
137   Image"June the 2, 1861, Camp Cheatham". Dateline on lettersheet with red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag with Ball on Flagstaff design (F7-5A), "Sold at Green & Co's. Book Store, Nashville, Ten." imprint, printing dramatically misaligned, some interesting content mentions measles outbreak and how a man tried to get away and "went up to the guard and the guard did not want him to pass and he struck the guard across the head and broke his skull", few toned spots, minor splitting along folds, Very Fine and very unusual with the misregistration (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
138 c ImageGoodson Va. Sep. 12 (1861). Clear strikes of circular datestamp and "Paid 5" in circle handstamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag and "C.S.A." Patriotic (F7-20) cover to Christiansville Va., slightly reduced at right

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS VERSION OF THE BASIC CONFEDERATE 7-STAR FLAG DESIGN WITH "C.S.A." IS CONSIDERABLY SCARCER THAN OTHER VARIETIES.

Virginia was admitted to the Confederacy on May 7 and conducted the popular vote on May 23. The few examples of this "C.S.A." flag design we were able to locate were used from Virginia post offices.

Ex MacBride and Dr. Green (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
139 c ImageChapel Hill N.C. Dec. 12 (1861). Bold strike of circular datestamp with "Paid" handstamp and manuscript "10" rate on red and blue Elongated 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic (F7-13) cover to Nashville Tenn., missing top flap, some soiling, otherwise Very Fine, this Long Flag design is much scarcer than other 7-Star varieties (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction

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