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

Flag-of-Truce Mail: Federal Prisons continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
615 c ImageElmira Prison, N.Y. Prisoner-of-war cover to Cussetta Ga., "Prisoner's Letter Examined Elmira N.Y." censor handstamp, mixed franking with C.S.A. postage paid by 20c Green (13), likely a corner position with huge margins at left and bottom, ample to clear other sides, either overpaying 10c rate or paying a double rate, tied by Richmond Va. circular datestamp, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65), tied by "Elmira N.Y. Sep. 22 1864" double-circle datestamp, transcript of letter included (original no longer present), soiling and wear including some nicks at bottom where opened

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER WITH THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE. ONLY THREE OR FOUR PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THE 20-CENT STAMP.

We have records of three prisoner-of-war covers with a 20c general issue stamp. One other is known used from Elmira Prison which offers further evidence that there may have been a supply of 20c stamps there. The third is from Fort Delaware (Walske collection, Siegel Sale 988, lot 178). (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
616 c ImageElmira Prison, N.Y. Prisoner-of-war cover to Saint Paul N.C., endorsed "Via Fortress Monroe By Flag of Truce", clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter Examined, Elmira N.Y." oval handstamp, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65) tied by "Elmira N.Y. Sep. 14, 1864" double-circle datestamp, C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11), tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 27" circular datestamp, cleaned but with overall soiling remaining, 3c stamp small corner perf flaw, Fine appearing mixed-franking prisoner cover from Elmira (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
617 c ImageJohnson's Island. Buff cover bearing 3c Rose (65) and 10c Blue, Die B (12), large margins to just in, tied together by "Richmond Va. Mar. 5" circular datestamp, light strike of Sandusky O. duplex also ties stamps, "Prisoner's Letter, Johnsons Island O. Examined J.C." oval handstamp, to Big Spring Depot Va., endorsed "Per Flag of Truce, Via Old Point Comfort, Care of Commanding Officer", Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
618 c ImageJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. Mostly clear strike of oval "Prisoner's Letter, Examined, G.S.B., Johnson's Island, O." handstamp (Corporal George S. Brown, 128th Ohio Volunteers), 2c Black (73), faint target cancel and perfs tied by "Sandusky O. Mar. 6, '65" double-circle datestamp on orange prisoner-of-war cover sent locally, some edgewear from opening at right just creases the stamp at top right corner, Fine and scarce drop-rate use from Johnson's Island, prisoner-of-war covers with the U.S. 2c Black Jack are rare and desirable, with 1974 A.P.S. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
619 c ImageJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. Inner 1865 yellow prisoner-of-war cover to Richmond Va., care of General Breckinridge, prisoner's endorsement "Lieut. R. L. Laurence, Co. 'K' 24th Miss. Infty. Pris. of War" and "Per Capt. Davis 24th Mass.," censored with partly clear strike of "John J. Manor/Capt. 128 O.V.I.&./Supt. Pris. ROLL..&/Pris. Correspondence./Johnsons Island. O." five line handstamp (Ty. II), C.S.A. postage paid by 2c Pale Red (8a), ample margins to barely in at lower left, tiny scissors-cut in top left margin, tied by "Richmond Va. Feb. 7" circular datestamp

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COMBINATION OF THE SCARCE JOHNSON'S ISLAND TYPE II CENSOR HANDSTAMP AND THE 2-CENT ENGRAVED GENERAL ISSUE ON A PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER.

The Ty. II Johnson's Island censor handstamp was used only in 1865 and fewer than 30 examples known. This cover was exchanged via Fortress Monroe and Richmond, where it was delivered. As such the 2c drop rate applied. Perhaps four of five 2c prisoner-of-war covers exist

Ex Brooks and Shierson (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
620 c ImageCamp Chase, Columbus O. Yellow cover endorsed "Thos. Bronston Jr., Richmond Ky., a prisoner in Camp Chase", name repeated in pencil at top, 3c Rose (65) tied by grid cancel with "Columbus O. Jul. 26" double-circle datestamp, addressed to Louisville Ky., bold manuscript "Exd C.W.B. Allison Col Comdg" censor marking with "July 25 '62" in another hand, some edgewear and light soiling, otherwise Fine, Thomas Springer Bronston (1827-1890) was a civilian political prisoner and prominent Democrat, held at Camp Chase for allegedly aiding the Confederacy, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Kentucky and U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue after the war (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
621 c ImageNorfolk Va. Provost Marshal. Civilian flag-of-truce cover to Charlotte N.C., clearly struck "Approved/Chas. M. Weelden/Lt. Col. & Provost Marshal/District Va." four lines in ornamental rectangular frame handstamp (Ty. I), 10c Blue, Die B (12) tied by Richmond Va. circular datestamp, manuscript "Via Flag of Truce", slight gum staining to left of stamp may indicate a coin was glued to pay Confederate postage at the exchange point, stamp with small nick in bottom margin, still Very Fine, this Provost Marshal censor marking is rare, with 1994 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
622 c ImageChesapeake Hospital, Hampton Va. Manuscript "Confederate Soldiers Letter. By Flag of Truce Boat" endorsement on 1864 "U.S. Christian Commission Soldier's Letter" dove carrying a letter illustrated corner card cover from the Union prisoner-of-war hospital at Chesapeake Va., addressed to Pacolet Depot S.C., entered U.S. mails with 3c Rose (65) and bold strike of "Old Point Comfort Va. Oct. 21" double-circle datestamp, exchanged via Fortress Monroe (three miles from Chesapeake Hospital) and Richmond, stamp tied by Richmond Va. circular datestamp with "Due 10" straightline for Confederate postage to S.C., original enclosure on illustrated Christian Commission letterhead, contents relate to soldier's limb amputation and typhoid fever, stamp with corner crease, Very Fine cover, an important and exceptionally rare prisoner-of-war cover and letter from Chesapeake Hospital, which was used by the Union off and on during the war to treat wounded Confederate prisoners, only two covers are listed in the Harrison book (the other is stampless on a plain envelope), we are aware of one other in addition to those two (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
623 c ImageOld Capitol Prison, Washington D.C. Four-line boxed handstamp "Approved by Order of/Henry B. Todd,/ Capt. & Prov. Marshal/J.W. Sturtevant/Lieut. & Adjutant", 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 18" circular datestamp on inner prisoner-of-war cover to Catawba Station N.C., manuscript soldier endorsement "Private G.R. Clodfelter Co. C 48th Regt. No.Co. Troops", gently cleaned, Very Fine, Old Capitol Prison and the adjacent Carroll Prison were first used in July 1861 and continued to hold prisoners from 1863 until August 1865, mail was processed through Washington although most surviving covers are inner envelopes with only C.S.A. frankings and postal markings (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
624 c ImageOld Capitol Prison Washington D.C. Perfect strike of "Passed/Military Prison/W.P. Wood Supt." circular examiner's handstamp on incoming cover addressed to Mr. J.D. Reamer, care of Col. Wood, 3c Rose (65) cancelled by target, "Hagerstown Md. May 18" double-circle datestamp and charge box notation at top left, pencil "1", slightly reduced at right into stamp, otherwise Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
625 c Image10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins, tied by light strike of circular datestamp, "Grenada Miss. May 20" circular datestamp alongside, on homemade cover to Caseyville Miss., with original 1865-dated enclosure noting in part "the presence of federals among us, the looseness of the negro population, together with apprehension of worse for the future unfit us for correspondence...the federal soldiers behave very well as far as I can see.", cover docketed and with some wear, otherwise Very Fine use sent at the very end of the war (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction

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