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Sale 107: Gems of Philately

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Prisoner of War Covers

Lots 2465-2469

Lot 2465    

Confederacy, Elmira Prison, N.Y., orange buff Prisoner-of-War cover to Petersburg Va. with clear strike of "Prisoners Letter, Examined, Elmira, N.Y." oval examiner's handstamp and bearing 3¢ rose (65), tied by well-struck "Elmira N.Y. Sep 29 1861"" cds, used with CSA 10¢ blue, die b (12), tied by "Richmond Va. Sep 11" cds (month should be Oct.), endorsed "Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe" at top left, Very Fine and attractive, ex-Jarrett.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

ONE OF THE FINEST MIXED-FRANKING PRISONER-OF-WAR USES FROM ELMIRA PRISON.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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Lot 2466    

Confederacy, Northern Prison, small pink cover addressed to Mrs. Chas. Howard in Baltimore, in the top right corner is a full impression of half dime coin which was formerly affixed to the cover to pay the Union postage on this cover from a prisoner of war, the cover was sent by Charles Howard to his wife, endorsed with manuscript "Exd" and "ExJ" Examiner's marking, minor edge wear and small part of flap torn away, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

A SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL COVER FROM A POLITICAL PRISONER WITH ONE OF THE CLEAREST IMPRESSIONS OF AN ATTACHED COIN EVER SEEN ON A COVER.

Charles Howard (1802-1869), a member of an old colonial Baltimore family, was President of the Baltimore Board of Police at the outbreak of the war. He was arrested by U.S. Military Authorities on suspicion of Confederate sympathies on 7/1/1861 and was held as a Prisoner of State (Political Prisoner) at Fort McHenry (Md.), Fort Lafayette (N.Y.) and finally Fort Warren (Mass.) until his release on 11/27/1862.

His wife, Elizabeth Phoebe Key, was the daughter of Frances Scott Key. Charles Howard's son, Frances Key Howard (1826-1872) was likewise arrested and held as a Prisoner of State at the same locations and at the same time as his father. A second son, John Eager Howard, served the Confederacy as a Captain on the Confederate States General Staff.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,150

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Lot 2467    

Confederacy, Richland Jail, Columbia, S.C., "Old Point Comfort, Va. Sept 26" (1864) double circle postmark with "Due 6" in circle handstamp on prisoner of war cover to Bedford, Pa. with "Exd R.D Senn Capt Post Guard" censor's marking of Richland Jail, endorsed "Prisoner of war letter" at top left, Very Fine, One of 39 covers known, rare, as are all Southern prisoner of war covers.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

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Current Opening Bid: $725

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Lot 2468    

Confederacy, Salisbury Prison, Salisbury N.C., Prisoner cover endorsed "From Col. John S. Cocker, Prisoner of War, Salisbury, N.C." to Cambridge, N.Y., franked with U.S. 1861, 3¢ rose tied by "New - York, Jun 12" cds and duplex target, manuscript "Exd., J.L.L." examiner's marking at left of Chief Clerk of Prison Lt. J.L. Lyerly, included is lengthy four page enclosure datelined "Depot of Union Prisoners of War, Salisbury, North Carolina, May 20, 1862" to his wife and mentions the unusual carriage of this letter from the prison…A released soldier has agreed to carry it for me in the lining of his boots. ; cover and letter wear and soiling including separation at sides and tape stains due to the unique transmission of the item, Fine, a rare usage from Salisbury Prison carried though the lines by an exchanged prisoner.
Scott No. U.S. 65    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 2469    

Confederacy, Salisbury Prison, Salisbury, N.C., "Prisoner of war letter" endorsed homemade cover to Philadelphia Pa. bearing 5¢ blue (4), edge flaws, in combination with U.S. 1861, 3¢ rose, both tied by "Salisbury, N.C., Jun 23" cds, 3¢ additionally tied by "Old Point Comfort, Va., Jul 12" cds, light pencil "Ex NK" examiner's marking; reduced slightly at left with minor corner flaw, Very Fine; with 2009 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 4 + U.S. 65    Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.

A RARE COMBINATION USAGE FROM THIS CONFEDERATE PRISON.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,300

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