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Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Sale: 1211

United States
Civil War Postal History

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 381
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image Superb Leeds & Franklin patented window envelope with U.S. Sanitary Commission imprint

3¢ Rose (65), carefully affixed beside window of Leeds & Franklin lattice window patent envelope and tied by blue "Balto. Paid" double-circle cancel, matching "Baltimore Md. Jul. 15" circular datestamp, U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card and addressed to O. C. Bullard (Special Relief Agent of U.S. Sanitary Commission) at Philadelphia, enclosure on Sanitary Commission letterhead mentions New York draft riots of 1863, Extremely Fine, probably the finest example extant of this rare patent envelope which beautifully preserves the window lattice of the Leeds & Franklin envelope, while this is a positive for the collector, it demonstrates the sender's misunderstanding of the purpose of the envelope, which was to have the stamp and dated postmark become affixed to the enclosed letter when the letter was removed (see the following lot for an example where this occurred), ex J. S. Rich, Perry and Kantor (fig. 20 in their book) (Image)

E. $ 1,000-1,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,500.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:52:45 EST
Sold For 1500

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 382
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image U.S. Sanitary Commission imprint on a Leeds & Franklin patented window envelope

3¢ Rose (65), affixed as intended over the window of Leeds & Franklin lattice window patent envelope and tied by blue "PAID" straightline handstamp, matching "Baltimore Md. Jul. 23" (1863) circular datestamp, with U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card, addressed to O. C. Bullard (Special Relief Agent of U.S. Sanitary Commission) at Philadelphia, enclosure on Sanitary Commission letterhead dated July 23, 1863, which bears the entire stamp and "Paid" marking, small tear above window and stamp with single pulled perf (the result of opening), still Very Fine, the purpose of the envelope, which was to have the stamp and dated postmark become affixed to the enclosed letter when the letter was removed, was apparently learned by the sender between mailings of this cover and the one in the previous lot, ex J. S. Rich, Perry and Kantor (fig. 20 in their book) (Image)

E. $ 1,000-1,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,400.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:53:11 EST
Sold For 1400

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 383
Symbol: C
Cat No: WV4

image Rare example of the Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair Issue on cover with the Fair handstamp--one of the finest known examples of this rarity on cover

Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair, (15¢) Green (WV4), Position 11, three large margins, touched at left, affixed at opposite corner of cover with "Brooklyn & L.I. Fair 1864" circular fair handstamp, addressed to Mr. Saml. M. Welch, Sanitary Fair, Brooklyn, N.Y., sender's note "Paid" under stamp

Fresh and Extremely Fine. An immaculate and very rare cover, with the Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair stamp and handstamped marking confirming it originated.

Ex Marjorie and Alvin R. Kantor, and illustrated in their book, Sanitary Fairs: A Philatelic and Historical Study of Civil War Benevolences (fig. 76). (Image)

E. $ 3,000-4,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 5,500.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:53:43 EST
Sold For 5500

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 384
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image Illustrated Metropolitan Fair cover with 3¢ 1861 Issue

3¢ Rose (65), tied by circle of wedges cancel with "New-York Feb. 3, 1864" duplex double-circle datestamp on "Metropolitan Fair for the U.S. Sanitary Commission" corner card illustrated cover, depicting a wounded soldier on a stretcher with Sanitary Commission nurses in attendance, Williams imprint, addressed to Matteawan, New York, printed notice on back recommending express companies to ship donations, left stamp with small corner crease, Extremely Fine, scarce design, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 95) (Image)

E. $ 400-500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 950.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:54:43 EST
Sold For 950

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 385
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image Beautiful Metropolitan Fair illustrated cover with 3¢ 1861 stamp and fancy cancel

3¢ Rose (65), tied by 4-point Star in Circle fancy cancel, "New-York Feb. 27, 1864" duplex double-circle datestamp on "Metropolitan Fair for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Receiving Depot, 2 Great Jones Street New York" corner card illustrated cover, depicting a wounded soldier on a stretcher with Sanitary Commission nurses in attendance, Williams imprint, printed notice on back recommending express companies to ship donations, addressed to Patent Office in Washington D.C., stamp with clipped perfs at bottom, Very Fine example of this scarce design, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 96) (Image)

E. $ 400-500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,500.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:55:46 EST
Sold For 1500

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 386
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image Citizens Volunteer Hospital illustrated cover with 3¢ 1861 Issue

3¢ Rose (65), tied by grid cancel with "Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 26, 1863" circular datestamp on overall lithographed Citizen's Volunteer Hospital cover, wonderful design in purple with panel depicting hospital building flying an American flag, soldiers, mounted rider and civilians, Duval & Son Ltd. imprint, addressed to Wilmington, Delaware, backflap mostly missing, Extremely Fine and beautiful example of this rare hospital design, the Citizens Volunteer Hospital was situated opposite the Philadelphia, Wilmington, & Baltimore Railroad depot at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Philadelphia, the hospital provided critical care to the most seriously wounded Civil War soldiers before their reassignment to other hospitals, it was operated until August 11, 1865, this cover wonderfully conveys the scope of its activity and appearance, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 262) (Image)

E. $ 1,000-1,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 2,900.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:56:48 EST
Sold For 2900

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 387
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and Hospital illustrated cover with 3¢ 1861 Issue

3¢ Rose (65), tied by grid cancel and "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 10, 1864" circular datestamp on overall Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon and Hospital illustrated cover to Roxbury, Massachusetts, exceptional design in purple depicting view of building, soldiers and civilians, immaculate condition, Extremely Fine, a superb Civil War illustrated design and one of the finest examples extant, the Union Volunteer and Refreshment Saloon was a privately funded way station, where troops traveling to and from the war could find a home-cooked meal, a place to rest and wash up, and could write a letter--tables were provided with writing materials and letters were sent without charge, the hospital provided care primarily for the wounded and sick who were on their way back to their families, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 259) (Image)

E. $ 1,000-1,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 2,200.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 12:03:58 EST
Sold For 2200

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 388
Symbol: C
Cat No: 65

image Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon Patriotic cover with 3¢ 1861 Issue

3¢ Rose (65), cancelled by dotted cork cancel with "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 25, 1861" octagonal datestamp on Cooper Shop Volunteer Refreshment Saloon Patriotic cover, design depicts a red and blue 34-star flag with imprint, addressed to Lynn, Massachusetts, with matching flag letterhead original enclosure, stamp with small tear at left, Extremely Fine appearing and very rare Patriotic soldier relief design, a marvelous exhibition pair, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 254) (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 1,400.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:58:05 EST
Sold For 1400

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 389
Symbol: C
Cat No: 73

image Great Central Fair illustrated cover printed in red with 2¢ Black Jack

2¢ Black (73), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 18, 1864" double-circle datestamp on unsealed Great Central Fair for the Sanitary Commission cover to Salem, New Jersey, with illustrated battlefield scene in red depicting fallen soldier and "From Office of the Committee on Labor, Income and Revenues, 118 So. Seventh St. Phila" imprint, Extremely Fine and beautiful example of this Sanitary Fair design in red, bearing the 2¢ Black Jack, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 134) (Image)

E. $ 750-1,000

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 650.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:58:40 EST
Sold For 650

Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 390
Symbol: C
Cat No: 73

image 2¢ Black Jack on an immaculate Great Central Fair illustrated cover

2¢ Black (73), tied by "Philada. Pa. Post Office Mar. 11 1st '64" double-circle datestamp on Great Central Fair for the Sanitary Commission cover to Philadelphia street address, with illustrated battlefield scene in black depicting fallen soldier, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine example of this Sanitary Fair design in black, bearing a matching 2¢ Black Jack, ex Kantor and illustrated in their book (fig. 132) (Image)

E. $ 500-750

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 425.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 11:59:06 EST
Sold For 425
Sale No: 1211
Lot No: 391
Symbol: C
Cat No: WV11-WV13

image One of only two full covers bearing a complete set of the Great Central Fair stamps

Great Central Fair, Philadelphia, 10¢ Blue, 20¢ Green, 30¢ Black (WV11-WV13), complete set neatly affixed together on cover addressed to "Mr. Bispham, Central Fair P.O.", "Great Central Fair. June 11, 1864" circular datestamp ties 20¢ at right, second clear strike to the left of 10¢ stamp (10¢ and 30¢ uncancelled)

Very Fine overall; light soiling, vertical fold just barely affects 10¢ stamp.

This outstanding rarity of Civil War postal history is one of only two recorded complete covers bearing the full set of three Great Central Fair stamps. A third set is known on backflaps trimmed from an envelope.

On June 13, 1861, President Lincoln signed a document giving the Sanitary Commission semi-official status. Its purpose was to support sick and wounded soldiers. However, funds were not provided to carry on the work, so Sanitary Commission fairs were organized as fundraisers and to enlist volunteers.

The Great Central Fair, held in Philadelphia from June 7 to 28, 1864, was the largest and best-organized of all the fairs. To raise funds, President Lincoln signed 48 copies of a special authorized edition of the Emancipation Proclamation; 26 are known to survive--Siegel sold one of the last in private hands in 2012 for $2,127,500. The Philadelphia fair was the only one attended by Lincoln, whose passionate speech caused such an outpouring of emotions among spectators that officials decided it would be dangerous for him to attend another.

Eight Sanitary Fairs issued stamps, but the Philadelphia fair produced stamps that exceed all others in their complexity and beauty. They were printed by Butler and Carpenter of Philadelphia (Carpenter was a member of the Post Office Committee of the fair). It depicts an eagle at center, similar to the James A. Clark Match stamp (Scott RO62). 34 stars were added to the background, for each of the states in the Union prior to the onset of the Civil War. These are also the only perforated Sanitary Fair stamps.

Three denominations were printed--10¢, 20¢ and 30¢--and the stamps were valid for use within the fair. Additional postage stamps were required for delivery within or beyond Philadelphia. The stamps were sold by young ladies at the fair's post office booth, who would write a poem or note to the addressee--the length depended on the denomination purchased. Four thousand such enclosures were prepared in advance. We record only two covers bearing a complete set of the Great Central Fair stamps, plus a back panel of a cover bearing a set.

Ex Marjorie and Alvin R. Kantor, and illustrated in their book, Sanitary Fairs: A Philatelic and Historical Study of Civil War Benevolences (fig. 113). (Image)

E. $ 5,000-7,500

Openings not Provided
Sold...US$ 4,500.00


Closed..Oct-30-2019, 12:00:09 EST
Sold For 4500

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