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Patriotic Covers

Lots 2171-2180

Lot 2171    

Abraham Lincoln, portrait and rail fence design with "The Fence that Uncle Abe built." slogan and five line verse below portrait, on cover to Blossburg, Pa. franked with 1861, 3¢ rose (65) canceled by light blue grid and tied by "Old Point Comfort, Va., Apr 1" cds; cover with light edge wear and sealed tears at top and bottom, F.-V.F.
Milgram Nos. AL-126    Estimate $250 - 350.

Realized: $280

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Lot 2172 ()   

Abraham Lincoln, large portrait design with "Lincoln." below, on cover to New York City, franked with 1861, 3¢ rose (65) tied by "Old Point Comfort, Va., Sep 25, 1862" cds; cover front reduced at sides with small sealed tear at top and reattached to back, Very Fine appearance.
Milgram Nos. AL-39    Estimate $200 - 300.

Realized: $220

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Lot 2173    

Abraham Lincoln, Mourning portrait design on 1866 cover to West Fitchburg, Mass., franked with manuscript canceled 1861, 3¢ rose (65), "North Leominster, Ma., Mar 12" cds; stamp with a couple short perfs, Very Fine.
Milgram Nos. AL-367    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Lot 2174    

Destruction of the Snake of South Carolina, elaborate multicolored eagle, snakes, flag with Jackson & Calhoun portraits design, Harbach imprint on reverse, on cover to Ellenville, N.Y., with bold "C.H. Van Wyck, M.C." congressional free frank at top; cover faulty with soiling, creasing and sealed tears with some small repairs, Fine appearance, still a very rare used patriotic design and the only one we know of with a free frank.
Estimate    $600 - 800.

Realized: $1,350

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Lot 2175    

Jeff Davis Going To War, and Returning From War, all-over caricature patriotic design in blue on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65), tied by "Philadelphia Pa., Jun 4" cds and with matching bold "Registered" handstamp to Boston, Mass.; upper right corner repaired and stamp with perfs clipped at top, Very Fine appearance, a scarce design.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Realized: $700

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Lot 2176    

Lincoln and His Cabinet, red blue & black nine portrait ring design with patriotic motifs, on cover to Owego, N.Y., franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by Alexandria, Va. cds; some cover edge wear and a few stamp perf flaws, F.-V.F.
Scott Nos. 65    Estimate $150 - 200.

Realized: $500

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Lot 2177    

"The Union Forever" Shield, red and blue patriotic design on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) canceled by "Paid" and tied by Philadelphia "U.S. Ship, 3cts." circular postmark to Woonsocket R.I., endorsed "From U.S. Gun Boat Itasca" at bottom left; reduced slightly at left and a bit of erosion in address, otherwise Very Fine and rare Civil War patriotic use from a U.S. Gunboat.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $300

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Lot 2178    

Washington Portrait with Eagle and Flags, red and blue patriotic design on circa 1862 cover with fancy "Soldiers Letter" shield handstamp, entered mails with "Louisville Ky. Dec 18" double-circle datestamp and "Due 3" in circle rating handstamp to Louisville Ky., reverse with partial "DETAINED FOR / POSTAGE" two-line handstamp, endorsed "Through the Politeness of Lieut. Col. Johnston, 31st Ky Vol. Infantry, U.S. Army"; some soiling and wear, reduced slightly at right, Fine and rare fancy Soldiers Letter handstamp.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The large influx of soldier's letters sent by Union troops in Kentucky and Tennessee in 1862, into Louisville without proper endorsements caused that office to provide a "Soldiers Letter" handstamp to use on cover when their nature was obvious. Less than a half-dozen have been recorded used from Dec. 1862 to Feb. 1863. Only this cover has the "Detained For/Postage" two-line backstamp.

Realized: $375

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Lot 2179    

Waving Flag with "The Union Now and Forever" Banner, red and blue patriotic design on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by bold four-ring target, matching "Philadelphia Pa, Mar 22, 1862" cds and second strike dated Mar. 27th, blurry "Held For Postage" and fancy "Rec'd Mar '23'" framed handstamps; 3¢ faulty at top, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $400

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Lot 2180    

Union Patriotics, group of 7 including Shield and Eagle design with State Stars around edge; "To the Front: Forward:" showing Cannons pulled by Four-Horses; "The Girl I left Behind" from Nashville 1862; Officer and Soldiers Watching Lady; etc.; some faults, nice group, F.-V.F. group.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $500

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