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

Confederate Patriotics: Early Designs thru Leaders
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
101 c Image3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Tied by indistinct circular datestamp (probably a Georgia post office) on cover to Col. William L. Mitchell at Athens Ga. with "Southern Confederacy. Free Trade With All The World" propaganda design (PS-2), letter enclosure datelined "Peru Feb. 1st 1861" from Richard D. B. Taylor, a major Georgia slaveholder, mailed during Independent State period, probably from Peru Plantation in McIntosh County, Georgia, letter discusses accounting for slaves, cover partly opened at sides, trivial soiling

FRESH AND VERY FINE. THIS SIMPLE DESIGN, ABANDONING THE USUAL FLAG MOTIF IN FAVOR OF A POLITICAL SLOGAN, IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF CONFEDERATE PATRIOTICS. IN THIS INSTANCE, ITS REFERENCE TO "FREE" TRADE WITH A LETTER REGARDING SLAVES, IS WONDERFULLY IRONIC.

Throughout the war the Confederate government hoped to use international commerce to raise hard money and influence other nations to support the Southern cause. This rare slogan design promotes that effort. More effective, however, was the Federal blockade that isolated the Confederate States and disrupted regular trade routes. (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
102 c ImageAthens Ga. (month?) 26 (1861). Partly clear strike of circular datestamp, grid cancels tie two 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover to Marion Ala. with "A SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY! Free Trade With the World!" propaganda design (PS-1), missing top flap, minor soiling barely affects stamps

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE POLITICAL SLOGAN DESIGN. THIS IS ONE OF THE RAREST CONFEDERATE PATRIOTICS.

Throughout the war the Confederate government hoped to use international commerce to raise hard money and influence other nations to support the Southern cause. This rare slogan design promotes that effort. More effective, however, was the Federal blockade that isolated the Confederate States and disrupted regular trade routes.

With 1973 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
103 c ImageAtlanta Ga. Mar 20, 1861. Bold strike of circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on cover with blue "Southern Confederacy" newspaper illustrated advertising depicting scenes of industry and commerce, to Alexander H. Stephens in Savannah Ga., missing top flap as usual for this correspondence and docketed on back, small edge flaws at top including minor restoration of piece out

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A DESIRABLE HIGH-QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ILLISTRATED ADVERTISING COVER.

The Atlanta Southern Confederacy was a strongly Democratic pro-secession newspaper. The first issue was February 15, 1859, by Dr. James P. Hambleton. Historian Franklin Garrett explains its quick impact in that Hambleton was a "Fire-eater and his editorials were highly intemperate in tone." But he joined the Confederate Army in May 1861 and sold the paper to C. R. Hanleiter and George W. Adair, who merged it with their Gate City Guardian, keeping the new name. By the time the paper stopped publication in 1864, Hanleiter had been replaced by J. Henley Smith (source: Wikipedia).

Ex Meroni and Kimmel. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
104 c ImageSavannah Ga. May 20, 1861. Partly clear circular datestamp and grid cancel tie 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on buff cover to Allandale Ga. with "Banks County Guards" state militia seal (FG-2), stamp with crease at top, some slight edgewear including tear at upper left not affecting design, Very Fine, a rare Georgia militia patriotic (the C.S.A. Catalog values it at $5,000.00), ex Weatherly (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
105 c ImageCharleston S.C. Feb. 15, 1861. Clear strike of double-circle datestamp with grid cancel on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) to "Pittsburg" with "The Mercury, Charleston, So. Ca." South Carolina Palmetto State Flag design (FSC-3B), faint vertical file fold does not affect stamp or design, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE CONFEDERATE STATE USE WITH THE "MERCURY" NEWSPAPER CORNER CARD INCORPORATING THE SOUTH CAROLINA PALMETTO STATE FLAG. VERY FEW ARE KNOWN.

The Charleston Mercury was founded in 1819. During the Civil War the paper was owned by the noted fire-eater Robert Barnwell Rhett, who advocated secession as early as 1850 and was critical of Jefferson Davis (see lot 9 for Rhett autograph).

Ex Brown, Brooks and Weatherly (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
106 c ImageRare Texas Confederate Lone Star Flag Lettersheet. Red and blue letterhead with two-page contents datelined Hempstead, Feb. 7, 1861, mostly business matters though it refers to Texas secession and ends: "A company went from this place to the frontier to stop the Indian depradations I reckon they have cleared them all out as we have heard nothing of 'Injins' since."

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS PATRIOTIC LETTERHEAD.

The matching patriotic cover is illustrated in Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
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107 c ImageJackson Miss. Jan. 21 (1861). Circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on "Mississippi" and Star cover (FM-3) to Claiborne Miss., minor edgewear, Very Fine Independent State use of this early Confederate Patriotic from the period after the Ordinance of Secession was passed on January 9 and the Montgomery Convention on February 4, 1861, illustrated and described in July 1967 Confederate Philatelist, which notes this is the first flag of the New Republic, which first appeared at the Secession Convention in Jackson and was popularized in the song, "The Bonnie Blue Flag" (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
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108 c ImageMississippi, Jan. 9, 1861. Elaborate illustration depicting riverboat and industry (FM-1), Hammond imprint, on yellow cover to Macon Ga., manuscript "Paid 5" at upper right in sender's hand, with original enclosure datelined "Nicojack (Tenn.) March 26, 1862", letter mentions Union troops 30 or 40 miles away and how sender will move to safety of Georgia if they get any closer, missing top flap some edge tears, Very Fine, a rare and attractive design commemorating the date Mississippi seceded from the Union, the "Paid 5" indicates postal handling, but the origin is known only from the letter content (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $650.00
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109 c ImageTudor Hall Va. Jan. 27, 1862. Clear strike of circular datestamp with "Due 10" handstamp on red, blue and black "Our Homes" and "Protection" Pictorial Confederate Patriotic cover (MS-3) to Warrenton Miss., remarkable detailed allegorical scene of Confederate soldier defending family and country at top with full horn of plenty, and Northerner at bottom with "taxation" and slave with U.S. flag and bag and empty horn of plenty, soldier's endorsement at top from a member of the 8th Regt., Louisiana Volunteers

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO KNOWN USED EXAMPLES OF THIS FASCINATING AND ELABORATELY DESIGNED PICTORIAL COVER.

Described in an article in Confederate Philatelist Jan.-Feb. 1982 (p. 29). (Image)

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E. $ 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $20,000.00
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110 c Image"Cartersville Miss. April 15" (1861). Manuscript postmark and "Due 5" rate on "Hanging Lincoln" cartoon cover, in black on light buff, to Mrs. A. A. Carter at Crawfordville Miss., soldier's endorsement from Adam's Reg't., Company C, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. ONLY TWELVE EXAMPLES OF THE CELEBRATED HANGING LINCOLN ENVELOPE ARE RECORDED. AN OUTSTANDING AND HISTORIC CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC.

The Hanging Lincoln design is widely recognized as the most distinctive of all Civil War patriotics. In this extraordinary cartoon, President Lincoln is hanging upside down from a tree limb, with his symbolic axe and fence rail tied around his neck. The caption reads "Abe Lincoln the destroyer. He once split Rails. Now he has split the Union." To the left and right is the caption "The penalty of disregarding the constitution. Impeached, deposed, Tried and convicted" (there is a spelling correction from "diposed" to "deposed"). Standing beside Lincoln is a mustachioed Winfield Scott, labeled "Old Fuss n Feathers", dropping his sword and exclaiming "My glory is gone for ever." On the ground is the Union flag, captioned "The stars and stripes lie in the dust, Never to rise." A star at left has the caption "The southern star is rising" and the Confederate 11-star flag towers above with the caption "The stars and bars shall for ever wave triumphant." Along the bottom is the imprint "Copyright claimed. HM & WC Box 417 Nashville Tenn." Despite continuing investigation, we have been unable to uncover the identify of the publishers "HM & WC."

According to a census by the late John R. Hill Jr. (updated with two new discoveries), there are twelve genuine Hanging Lincoln patriotics (listed in date order): 1) Jul. 25, 1861, Marshall Tex. Paid 10; 2) Aug. 21, 1861, Nashville Ten., two 5c provisionals, ex Kimmel, Myers, Rudy, D.K. (Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1066, realized $60,000); 3) Aug. 30, 1861, Athens La. "Paid X", ex Hall (Siegel Sale 840, lot 27, realized $13,000); 4) Nov. 2, 1861, Bowling Green Ky., ex Dr. Green (Siegel Sale 822, lot 225, realized $28,000); 5) Jan. 1, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green (Siegel Sale 933, lot 978, realized $11,500) ; 6) Jan. 4, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green; 7) Feb. 20, 1862, Cumberland Gap Ten., manuscript Paid 5, ex Boshwit (Siegel Sale 940, lot 462, realized $11,000); 8) Apr. 15, 1862, Cartersville Miss., manuscript Due 5, the cover offered here; 9) Apr. 15, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose, to Mrs. Mary Bowers, Oso Tex. (Siegel Sale 1063, lot 2208, realized $47,500); 10) Jun. 24, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose, to Mrs. Mary Bowers, Oso Tex., same correspondence as No. 9; 11) date unknown to JRH, West Union S.C., manuscript Due 5; and 12) privately carried and not postally used. In addition, there is a genuine envelope with fake markings and a stamp added.

Ex Frank Hart and Judd. Illustrated in 1959 edition of Dietz catalogue on p. 218. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $12,500.00
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111 c Image5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Full margins to clear at right, tied by partly clear "LaGrange Ga. May 6" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Griffin Ga. with John Bell Three-Quarter Portrait with Flags, Eagle and Shield, Raynor imprint, Milgram JBL-14, slight edgewear and toning

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE JOHN BELL 1860 CAMPAIGN COVER USED WITHIN THE CONFEDERATE POSTAL SYSTEM.

John Bell, a prominent politician from Tennessee, ran for president in 1860 as the candidate for the Constitutional Union Party, a third party which took a neutral stance on the issue of slavery. Although he was opposed to secession during the antebellum period, following the Battle of Fort Sumter he dramatically reversed his position and supported the Confederate cause. In June 1861 he retired from politics.

Ex Shenfield (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction

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