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  • Lot# : 76 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Washington on Rearing Horse, Flag in Background, multicolored design on cover from the Angell correspondence addressed to Vienna, Austria, franked with 1861 3c Rose and 12c Black (Scott 65, 69), red "N. York 12 Brem Pk Paid" exchange mark at lower right, manuscript "Via Hamburg pr Bremen per N.Y." and blue "America/Uber Bremen/Franco" transit mark at center, proper Vienna backstamp, cover a trivial bit of edge wear at right, Very Fine and colorful

    Provenance: Katherine Matthies (R.A. Siegel Sale 353, 1969)

    Louis Grunin (Private Transaction)

    John Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Dr. Henry Clay Angell was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1829. Angell studied optometry at the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1852, after which he made several trips to Europe (primarily Vienna and Berlin) to complete his studies. It was during his second stint in Europe that he received a number of illustrated patriotic covers, which represent one of the most famous and significant of all surviving correspondences. Once back in America Dr. Angell published several significant works, including 1876's A Treatise On The Diseases Of The Eye. In addition to being an accomplished optometrist Dr. Angell was also a noted art collector. He died in 1911 in Boston.

    As described in the 1969 sale of the Katherine Matthies Collection (R.A. Siegel Sale 353), the Angell correspondence was "brought to the Scott Stamp & Coin Co.'s Downtown branch on Fulton Street during the 1920's, but they found no interest then in the covers. The seller was referred to a cover enthusiast named White who purchased them intact and was promised another lot on the following day. The seller never returned. White sold his 'Angell' covers intact to the late Judge Emerson and Miss Matthies acquired the Emerson covers from the Executors of his Estate."

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    Lot# : 77 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Large Eagle on Shield with Train and Sailboat in the Background, in green on white cover franked with 1861 24c Red lilac and two 3c Rose (Scott 65, 70), tied by Boston "Paid" in grid and/or boxed "Paid" on 1862 cover addressed to "Doctr. Henry C. Angell, c/o of Monroe & Co., Paris France" and redirected to London, proper Boston, Paris and London exchange and transit marks, Very Fine

    Provenance: Stephen D. Brown (Harmer, Rooke & Co, London, 1939)

    Katherine Matthies (R.A. Siegel Sale 533, 1969)

    Marc Haas (Private Transaction)

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    Lot# : 78 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Zouave Holding Flag and Rifle While Looking at Sign, red and blue design on white "Angell" cover franked with horizontal pairs of 1861 12c Black, plate three and 3c Dull red, type III (Scott 36B, 26, top perforations of 3c trimmed away), tied by Boston "Paid" in grid cancels, on cover sent via Prussian Closed Mail to Munich Bavaria; proper Boston, Aachen Franco, and Munich exchange and transit marks, fresh and Very Fine

    Provenance: Katherine Matthies (R.A. Siegel Sale 353, 1969)

    Nearly 100 regiments in the Civil War, on both sides of the conflict, adopted the "Zouave" name and styled their uniforms after the famed North African soldiers. Elmer E. Ellsworth, the first Union officer to die in the Civil War, acquired a Zouave drill manual prior to the start of the war. In 1860 his "Zouave Cadets of Chicago" went on a national tour demonstrating traditional Zouave drills and maneuvers; this tour is credited with sparking the proliferation of Zouave units during the war.

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    Lot# : 79 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Fort Sumter as it Was and Shall be; “By the Eternal!” red and blue on white cover (type of Bischel 1317, Walcott 760) franked with 1861 12c Black (pair), 1c Blue and 3c Rose (Scott 69, 63, 65 small corner fault) tied by Boston "Paid" grid cancels, addressed to "Doctr. Henry C. Angell, Meran Austria" and redirected to Switzerland; multiple exchange and transit marks including Boston, Zurich, Lausanne, and Meran, ms. "Australasian per N.Y." at lower left, trivial corner wrinkling bottom right, Very Fine

    Provenance: Katherine Matthies (R.A. Siegel Sale 353, 1969)

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    Lot# : 80 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Maj. Gen. J. C. Fremont for President in 1864, black and blue illustration on white cover front (Milgram type JF 62), franked with single 1861 1c Blue and two 10c Green (Scott 63, 68), all tied by dark blue "Cincinnati O. Jul 5" duplex cancels, addressed to Gibraltar and redirected to Barbados, wealth of transit markings including those from New York City, London, France, Gibraltar, and Barbados, stamps and front with minor wear as expected from this well-travelled piece, partial repair or restoration along left edge, still a Fine and remarkable usage of the rare Fremont Campaign cover

    Provenance: Robert Paliafito (Private Transaction)

    Blake Myers (R.A. Siegel Sale 882, 2004)

    In 1864, hard-line abolitionist Republicans who were disenchanted with Abraham Lincoln's first term decided to split from the party and found the Radical Democracy Party. Altough the RDP nomiated Fremont for president, he withdrew from the race less than four months later due to overwhelming support for the incumbent Lincoln. Due to the incredibly short time he was in the race, campaign covers for Fremont's ill-fated 1864 run are exceedingly scarce.

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    Lot# : 81 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Crossed Flags in Circle with State Abbreviations in Cogs, red and blue design on white 1861 patriotic cover franked with 1860 24c Gray lilac (Scott 37) with "Paid" cancellation and addressed to Liverpool England, redirected with Great Britain 1d Red affixed and tied by tied by "Liverpool Sp 7 61 466" duplex cancel, appropriate Boston, Liverpool, Derby, and Mattock transit marks, tiny sealed edge break top center of envelope, Very Fine

    Provenance: Louis Grunin (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1988)

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    Lot# : 82 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Great Naval Battle Between Ericsson's Monitor and the Merrimack, large illustration in purple on 1863 cover addressed to Germany, franked with pair and single 1861 5c Brown (Scott 76), red "N. York 12 Brem Pkt." exchange mark at left, Frankfort, Aubach, and Butzback backstamps, the stamps have been removed and replaced on this cover of origin, the envelope with a few toned spots and missing a small portion of the backflap, Fine and scarce foreign use; 1983 Philatelic Foundation certificate
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    Lot# : 83 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Bust of George Washington Facing Right and Union Flag with "Constitution" at the bottom, red and blue patriotic design on cover addressed to Salona, Pennsylvania, franked with 1861 3c Dull red (Scott 26) which is just tied by fancy 5 pointed hollow star cancel of Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, cover with light edge toning and some extraneous writing and abrasion below the stamp, otherwise Very Fine and scarce

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

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    Lot# : 84 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Portrait of Washington Facing Right Inside Ornate Frame Overprinted on Gray "Loyal" Patriotic Cover, franked with 1861 3c Rose (Scott 65) tied by target cancel, addressed to Shelltown, New Jersey, double circle "Smyrna Del Oct 17 1862" postmark at center, the stamp with a small piece out at the bottom right, Very Fine; usages of Union patriotics from Delaware are extremely rare

    Provenance: George Walcott (Robert Laurence Sale, 1934)

    Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Although it decided to stay with the Union for the entirety of the Civil War, Delaware voted to reject the 13th Amendment and remained a slave state. While most residents of the state fought for the Union, there were a number of Delawareans who joined Maryland and Virginia regiments during the Civil War. Despite the fact that Delaware never formally abolished slavery, many slaveowners voluntarily freed their slaves prior to the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865. The state's complex and tumultuous history with slavery, combined with its small geographical area and population, adds to the scarcity of Union patriotic covers from Delaware.

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    Lot# : 85 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Honest Abe Lincoln on his Flatboat, Beardless Portrait on Overall Rail Splitter Design with Baker Imprint, design in black on buff cover (Milgram type AL-81) franked with 1861 3c Dull red (Scott 26), tied by blue "Independence Iowa Aug 1" town mark, addressed to Providence, Rhode Island, cover with light aging and some paper abrasion on the reverse, still a Fine and scarce campaign design

    In 1828 and 1831, Abraham Lincoln made two voyages down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, which were both the longest journeys of Lincoln's life and his only trips to the Deep South. His visits to New Orleans, then the largest slave marketplace in the United States, undoubtedly had a major influence on his personal beliefs and political career decades later. Like the "log cabin" and the "railsplitter," Lincoln's "flatboat" became an integral part of his mythology from an early date.

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    Lot# : 86 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "The Cold Water Candidate," Beardless Lincoln Portrait on dark buff cover with address lines, "Temperance and Freedom" imprint on backflap (Milgram type AL-36), franked with 1861 3c Dull red (Scott 26) showing a centerline at the right, tied by Grand Haven, Michigan postmark and addressed to Welshfield, Ohio, opened at right, Very Fine and rare

    Provenance: Howard Lehman (Private Transaction)

    Marc Haas (Private Transaction)

    Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    This cover, pictured in Dr. James W. Milgram's Abraham Lincoln Illustrated Envelopes and Letter Paper 1860-1865 (page 157), promotes Abraham Lincoln as the "Cold Water" candidate, a term coined by temperance crusaders owing to Lincoln's support of the movement (dating back at least to his noted Temperance Address of 1842). This speech gave birth to one of Lincoln's more memorable proclamations, advocation reason as the solution to alcoholism and other societal ills:

    "And what a noble ally this, to the cause of political freedom. With such an aid, its march cannot fail to be on and on, till every son of earth shall drink in rich fruition, the sorrow quenching draughts of perfect liberty. Happy day, when, all appetites controlled, all poisons subdued, all matter subjected, mind, all conquering mind, shall live and move the monarch of the world. Glorious consummation! Hail fall of Fury! Reign of Reason, all hail!"

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    Lot# : 87 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Where is Beauregard?" imprint above dark red elephant marching left, patriotic cover franked with 1861 3c Dull red (Scott 26) just tied by grid cancel, red double circle Boston, Massachusetts postmark to the left of the stamp, addressed to New York City, cover with small tear at left and backflap with small piece missing and some abrasion, Fine

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

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    Lot# : 88 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    No. 7 Movement of the Army from Washington to Richmond, imprint at bottom of bronze Magnus cover with all over design showing soldiers on horseback, franked with 1861 3c Rose (Scott 65) tied by double circle Washington, DC postmark and addressed to Michigan, stamp with vertical crease which breaks the paper, cover opened at left, trivial edge toning, Fine
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    Lot# : 89 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "The Iron Kettle and the Wooden Ware," manuscript imprint below hand drawn design showing teapot with CSA flag chasing a pail and two barrels with Union flags, neatly drawn design on 3c Pink on white entire (Scott U34) cancelled with double circle New York 25 Mar duplex postmark and addressed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, entire with sealed tear at right center not affecting the indicia or address, still Very Fine and undoubtedly unique design symbolizing the "Monitor-Merrimac" naval battle at Hampton Roads; patriotic designs on postal stationery entires are extremely scarce and very seldom seen

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    This cover is illustrated in Van Dyke MacBride's Confederate Patriotic Covers Including a Check list of All Known Designs, first published in 1943, and was most likely part of his collection. Although the Battle of Hampton Roads was a popular theme for contemporary artists (see lot 83 in this sale), this hand-drawn allegory puts the fierce naval battle in a much more fanciful context than is usually depicted.

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    Lot# : 90 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Olden Legion, N.J.V., imprint at the top of red and blue on white patriotic cover illustrated with Lady Liberty holding Union Flag, sent stampless as a Soldier»s Letter with Washington, DC postmark and straight-line "Due 3" over manuscript "G.B. Grau, Chap.," addressed to Pemberton, New Jersey, cover opened at left and about halfway on top, light toned spots and minor edge faults, Fine, described in the Bischel sale as one of two recorded examples

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

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    Lot# : 91 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Fifth Army Corps, 1st. Division, red Maltese Cross over multicolored Eagle and Horse scene with Magnus imprint, franked with 1861 3c Rose (Scott 65) tied by Washington, DC duplex cancel with target killer, addressed to Island Falls, Maine, stamp with clipped lower right corner, cover with some minor toned spots, still Fine and attractive

    Provenance: George Walcott (Robert Laurence Sale, 1935)

    Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

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    Lot# : 92 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    All over Red and Blue Union Flag Design with Rogers Book Store Imprint, on backflap, addressed to "Rickmansworth/W. Watford England," franked with 1861 24c Lilac (Scott 78), tied by circular grid cancel, manuscript "Per R.M.S.S. Australasian" at the bottom, red "N. York Br. Pkt" exchange mark, cover with light creases, small edge flaws and missing small portions of the backflap, Fine and eye-catching
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    Lot# : 93 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Union Officer Holding Flag Standing Above Firing Cannon, all over red and blue patriotic cover, with ms. "Moons O June 11" postmark, addressed to "Birch Grove, Morgan Co. Va." (now a part of West Virginia), franked with 1861 3c Dull red (Scott 26), tied by manuscript "cross hatch" cancel, some light even aging but still an attractive and extremely scarce design, the Union officer depicted appears to be similar to Col. Ellsworth
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