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  • Lot# : 136 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "This Or None," red and blue American flag with Whittemore imprint at left, cover addressed to Paris, France and franked with 1861 30c Orange (71), tied by bold black grid of lozenges, with red March 30 Boston cds, red Calais transit marking on front, Paris receiver on reverse, trivial scuff at center of cover, still Extremely Fine and, in a word, stunning; one of two Angell covers with a 30c stamp, without a doubt one of the most spectacular covers from this famed correspondence (similar to Weiss F-R-56)

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

    Louis Grunin (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1988)

    Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 2,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 5,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 137 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Maj. Genr. Wool," beautiful slate blue design of Major General John E. Wool, framed by battle scene and flags with eagle at right, Hunckel & Son imprint at bottom, addressed to Dr. Angell in Vienna, Austria, franked with 1861 1c, 2c, and 12c (63, 73, 69), tied by black circle of wedges, 2c tied by red November 5 "N. York 12 Brem. Pkt. Paid" cds, blue "America/ Uber Bremen/ Franco" three-line handstamp, Vienna backstamp, some light edge wear at top, 12c few short perfs, still Very Fine and attractive, an unusual franking (3c + 12c was much more common in the Angell correspondence), the use of both the 1c and 2c make this cover particularly desirable, 1994 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Weiss PM-270)

    John Ellis Wool (1784-1869) was a Union general from NY, becoming a bookseller and then a lawyer in New York. Upon the outbreak of the War of 1812, he joined the army and served with distinction in that war and in the Mexican War (1846-48). Before the Civil War and in its early days, he commanded the Department of the East and, as commander of the Department of Virginia, secured control for the Union of Fort Monroe, Virginia. Fort Monroe remained in Union hands for the entire war and served as the major supply point for the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. Wool held several other commands and was promoted to major general for his role in leading the recapture of the Gosport Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia. He retired in August 1863 after more than 50 years of service.

    Start Price : 2,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 13,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 138 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "34th Ind'a. Morton Rifles," wonderful all-over design in light brown depicting Governor Oliver P. Morton and Colonel Robert Alexander Cameron, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by bold black target cancel, indistinct Memphis, Tenn double circle date stamp, addressed to Valparaiso, Ind, large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine, a striking design (Weiss PM-200, Walcott L-472)

    The 34th Indiana Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment, nicknamed The Morton Rifles, was an Infantry Regiment in the Union Army, serving primarily in the West. It had the distinction of fighting in the last land action of the war, the Battle of Palmito Ranch, Texas May 12-13, 1865, and also of suffering the last soldier killed during the war, Private John J. Williams.

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 190.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,500.00 USD

    Lot# : 139 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Everything Wrong Side Up," black imprint below design of monkey reading newspaper upside-down, cover franked with 1861 3c Rose (65), black grid cancel and red cds, addressed to Boston, Massachusetts, large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine, a rare and desirable design (Weiss C-A-O-48)

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 300.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,500.00 USD

    Lot# : 140 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "First Regiment Wisconsin Cavalry, Col E. Daniels Commanding" mounted officer in black on a yellow envelope, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by lightly struck cds with accompanying target cancel, addressed to Springvale, Wis, envelope neatly opened at right, Fine and attractive (Walcott L-1350V, Bischel 2792)

    Edward Daniels (1828-1916) was a geologist, abolitionist, and Civil War soldier. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he moved to Wisconsin at age 21 to pursue a career as a geologist and academic and in 1853 became the first state geologist of Wisconsin. Daniels was quick to respond to the opening of hostilities between the states, organizing the 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in 1861, serving as commanding officer from 1861-63. The 1st Wisconsin was initially stationed in Missouri, but Daniels led successful raids into Arkansas. However, his actions were unauthorized and called into question by his commanders, leading to Daniels' resignation in 1863. In 1868 Daniels and his wife purchased the Gunston Hall estate in Virginia from descendants of George Mason.

    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 190.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,100.00 USD

    Lot# : 141 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "For the Union, Massachusetts," state seal alongside Lady Liberty with flag, multicolored two-panel Magnus design on cover franked with 5c Brown, 10c Green (76, 68), addressed to Bavaria, stamps with red grid cancels and matching July 26 "N.York Paid Ham. Pkt 10" transit mark, 5c pulled perf, 10c some perf faults upper left due top placement, large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine and rare, a wonderful design to a rare destination (Weiss ST-205)

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,250.00 USD

    Lot# : 142 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Fremont & Victory," crude but rousing design of John C. Fremont emerging from the throes of battle with an eagle by his side, printed in blue on orange cover, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by November 30 Rolla, Mo cds, addressed to Troy, NY, original enclosure datelined "Camp Rolla, Mo/ Nov 24th 1861" accompanies - a rare folded letter with multicolored portrait of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, small edge faults at right and large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine and exceptionally rare (Weiss JF-43)

    Rolla was an important site during the Civil War, being the terminus of the southwest branch of the Pacific Railroad. Thousands of Union troops and their supplies came to Rolla by train from St. Louis and then were transferred to wagon trails to go to the battles of Wilson Creek in Springfield, Mo., Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove in Arkansas, plus a number of other smaller skirmishes.

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 200.00 USD
    Hammer price : 575.00 USD

    Lot# : 143 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Head Quarters, Twelfth Regiment Me. Volunteers," black imprint at upper right, endorsed "Soldier's Letter/ H.N. Dose/ Quarter Master/ 12th Regt Maine Vols" at left, black straight line "Due 3 cents.," red March 6 Boston double circle datestamp, addressed to Portland, Maine, red and blue shield label affixed at lower left, slightly reduced at right and large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine and attractivernThe 12th Regiment Maine Volunteers saw service primarily in the western theater, including the Siege of Port Hudson.

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 80.00 USD
    Hammer price : 375.00 USD

    Lot# : 144 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "J.W. Wilder & Co.'s Gigantic Polyorama of the War," spectacular design in red depicting various scenes of the Civil War, including camp scenes and the Battle of Hampton Roads, framed area for stamp where 1861 3c Red is tied by black grid and matching "Nevada City Cal. Sep 26" cds, missing backflap, few minor sealed tears at top and small piece out, expertly restored with design neatly painted in, Extremely Fine appearance, an exceedingly rare patriotic advertising cover, in our opinion one of the most striking and attractive designs produced during the warrnAn 1863 newspaper article gives an account of "Goodwin & Wilder's Polyorama of the War":rn"The polyorama is the work of several talented artists, and to judge from the skill which they have displayed in this peculiar style of painting, they have already earned for themselves a reputation which must place them at the head of their profession. Their idea was to give a faithful and accurate history on canvas of the different places of the contest, and when the war commenced they placed themselves in direct communication with such persons as were located in the midst of these exciting scenes, thereby enabling them to procure accurate sketches of each successive item taken on the very spot where they were enacted. There is nothing in these paintings exaggerated, nor is there any display of the heated imagination from the brain of our artists. The march of Ellsworth»s Zouaves down Broadway is a sufficient guarantee of the tact of the artists. The perspective of this scene is admirably shown, and a person can almost fancy himself standing on the balcony of the St. Nicholas hotel, looking up the thoroughfare at Grace Church in the distance. Ellsworth in front of his men a correct likeness, which none can fail to recognize. rn"The various glimpses of camp life are pleasing and effective, and some amount of humor being thrown into the description has the effect of producing roars of laughter from the audience, forming a strong contrast to the melancholy scene of blood and carnage in which our troops are engaged. The city of Washington and surroundings, as seen from the roof of Columbia College, Georgetown, commanding a noble view of the Potomac, are perfect delineations; whilst the town of Harper's Ferry, probably the most beautiful spot in this country, has given the artist great scope for one of the prettiest landscapes any person could desire to see. Passing through the various encampments on the prairies of the for West, the broad Ohio is next seen, with the gigantic steamboats conveying the national troops to build Fort Holt, opposite the city of Cairo. rn"The second section contains the battles of Rich Mountain, Bull Run, the panic among the civilians, the deal of General Lyon, &c., all scenes fraught with interest, and following each other in rapid succession; the different naval victories by Sherman, Dupont, Burnside, &c., are faithfully portrayed. The battles of Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and a dioramic presentation of the conflict between the Merrimac and Monitor are all truthfully depicted. Mr. Rufus Somerby, the delineator, is perfectly at home in explaining the beauties of the panorama. In this labor he combines the accuracy of the statistician with the eloquence and fulness of the orator. Those who nave seen the painting one will be likely to desire a second opportunity."rnProvenance: Edgar Jessup (Private Transaction)rnRarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 777, 1996)
    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 8,500.00 USD

    Lot# : 145 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Let Me Alone, Jeff Davis & Co. 'Seeing the Elephant,'" black design on white envelope with Wells imprint at left, humorous design shows Uncle Sam as the elephant lifting Jefferson Davis off the ground with his trunk, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by blue grid and matching September 27 Chicago cds, addressed to Camp Butler outside of Springfield, Illinois, black straightline "Advertised," small sealed tear at top, Very Fine, a delightful and extremely rare cover (Weiss C-A-E-12, Walcott L-1038)

    Camp Butler, located 5½ miles east of Springfield, Ill, was a military instruction camp that was converted into a prison. The camp, named after William Butler (Illinois state treasurer), became a POW facility one day after Camp Douglas was established. The prison consisted of 3 seperate compounds, totaling 40 acres, used for troop training. Nearby, a 15 acre site on the west side of the parade grounds was set aside to confine a portion of the 2,000 prisoners from the battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. Two months later, a group of over 1,000 prisoners arrived after the battle of Island No. 10. During its 13 month exsistence, a total of 203 prisoners escaped, 339 were released upon an oath of allegiance, and 866 prisoners died there, primarily of pneumonia.

    Start Price : 200.00 USD
    Current Opening : 625.00 USD
    Hammer price : 3,750.00 USD

    Lot# : 146 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Love One Another," spectacular red and blue design with an eagle and shield, all northern and southern states in stars around the border, franked with 12c Black (small faults) and 3c Rose (69, 65), black grid cancels and red February 6 "Detroit Mich Paid 15" alongside, addressed to Dresden, Saxony, manuscript "via Hamburg or Bremen" and black boxed "Franco," light partial New York transit markign on front, Hamburg and other backstamps, small edge/corner faults and small piece out of reverse, still Very Fine, combination of a beautiful design and rare destination make for a wonderful cover (Weiss ST-554, Walcott L-2481)
    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 750.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 147 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Loyal to the Union, State of Oregon," beautiful red, white, and blue overall design design of a seated Lady Liberty, Ridenburgh imprint on reverse, 1861 3c Rose just tied by black grid with matching June 4 Philadelphia cds, addressed to Boston, Mass, large piece black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine and incredibly rare, the only recorded example of this design and one of very few Oregon patriotics, a real showpiece (Weiss ST-359, Walcott L-1660V)

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 250.00 USD
    Current Opening : 250.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,600.00 USD

    Lot# : 148 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Medal presented to the Officers and Soldiers of the 6th Regiment M.V.," red and blue design on cover franked with 1861 3c Rose (65), tied by black boxed "Paid" with August 27 Boston, Mass cds alongside, addressed to the Providence Daily Journal in Providence, RI, stamp some trimmed perfs at top left, some light soiling, large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine, an attractive design and one of only two recorded (Weiss RE-85)

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 120.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 USD

    Lot# : 149 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Ohio" State Seal, simple design in dark green on orange cover, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by November 18 Cairo, Ill double circle date stamp, addressed to Green Bay, Wis, stamp some perf tip toning, envelopelight diagonal crease at left, nick at bottom right, other small edge flaws, large piece of black construction paper adhered to reverse, still Very Fine, an appealing cover
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
    Current Opening : 50.00 USD
    Hammer price : 210.00 USD

    Lot# : 150 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Prof. Lowe's Union Balloon" with basket and Union flags illustration and captioned "Gen'l McDowell & McLellan's Aireal reconnoissances", franked with 1981 3c Rose (65) tied by Alexandria 1861 cds, addressed to Amenia Union, NY, envelope opened and slightly reduced at left, professionally restored to remove aging/ tone spots and repair top left corner, Very Fine appearance and the only recorded examplernThe aerial reconnaissance refers to an ascent from Upton's Hill (since vacated by Confederate troops after the 1st Battle of Manassas) on Sept 30 1861 by Prof T.S.C. Lowe (noted balloonist and ultimately appointed Chief Aeronaut of the US Army) accompanied by McLellan and McDowell who were observing Confederate troops and cavalry in the vicinity of Fairfax.

    Illustrated in Schoendorf, page 53, illustration 63

    Provenance: Robert Schoendorf

    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 750.00 USD
    Hammer price : 6,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 151 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Richmond, Va," Magnus all-over deisgn in dark brown showing Richmond on the banks of the James River, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by November 15, 1862 Washington, DC double circle date stamp, addressed to Clinton, NY, cover with light overall wear including corner nicks and small tears, diagonal crease at left, still Fine and rare, an attractive design (Weiss SC-NW-61, Walcott L-684)
    Start Price : 100.00 USD
    Current Opening : 210.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700.00 USD

    Lot# : 152 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "Union" above shield of stars with eagle holding the flag inside, red and blue design, 1c Blue (63) tied by lightly struck cancel, addressed to NY City, stamp some nibbed perfs and light corner crease, envelope opened at left and about half separated along top and bottom with a small tear top center, VG-Fine (Walcott 2609, Bischel 4703)
    Start Price : 50.00 USD
    Current Opening : 65.00 USD
    Hammer price : 725.00 USD

    Lot# : 153 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "We Fight For Our Country," intricate design of eagle flanked by flags atop the state seal of Massachusetts captioned "April 19, 1775 / April 19, 1861", small envelope with 1857 1c Blue, 3c Dull red (18, 26) cancelled by black circular grids, lightly struck cds over the design, addressed to Trenton NJ, trivial light age spot in center of envelope, Fine and attractive (Walcott 2881, Weiss ST-479)

    On April 19, 1775, British and American soldiers exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. On April 19, 1861, the first blood of the Civil War is shed when a secessionist mob in Baltimore attacks Massachusetts troops bound for Washington.

    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 120.00 USD
    Hammer price : 625.00 USD

    Lot# : 154 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    "West Front of the Capitol," two-panel multicolor Magnus design, left panel showing "Freedom" atop the Capitol Building with an eagle and shield, right panel showing an aerial view of the Capitol itself, 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by Alexandria, Va double circle date stamp, addressed to East Dekalb, NY, some light wear and extraneous figuring on reverse, Very Fine and attractive (Weiss SC-DC-93)

    Provenance: Jon Bischel (Nutmeg Sale 27, 2000)

    Start Price : 600.00 USD
    Current Opening : 600.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,200.00 USD

    Lot# : 155 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    34 Star Flag Facing Right, without caption, Scarsdale NY with oval Jun 12 1861 cancels and an ms "Paid 3c", addressed to Litchfield, Conn, some light overal aging, enclosure with soldiwer and flag design, Fine overall (Bischel 5320)
    Start Price : 75.00 USD
    Current Opening : 110.00 USD
    Hammer price : 110.00 USD

    Lot# : 156 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Eagle and Shield with Clipper Ships in Background Hand-painted Design on envelope addressed to New York originating in Belgium, Anvers 16-8 61 and N. York Br. Pkt./ Aug 28/ 27 cancels, ms "Via Ostend" and "(Per Steamer Via Queenstown.)", backstamped Etats-Unis Par Ostende cds and straightline "Br. Packet" transit markings, "August Andre/ Antwerp/ Ship Broker" handstamp on back, envelope trivial light vertical bend, Very Fine and quite attractive
    Start Price : 150.00 USD
    Current Opening : 375.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,750.00 USD

    Lot# : 157 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Flag with Flying Eagle Facing Left, design on envelope with 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by fabulous strike of Goodrich Mich Jul 25 cds, addressed to Traverse City Mich, envelope small tone spot upper left and some light aging, Fine (Walcott 2545, Bischel 4588, Weiss E-L-270)

    Provenance: George Walcott (Robert Laurence, 1934)

    Harold C. Brooks (Laurence & Stryker, 1945)

    Start Price : 50.00 USD
    Current Opening : 130.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,200.00 USD

    Lot# : 158 Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers

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    Lady Liberty With Waving Flag, attractive design at left on envelope addressed to West Gardiner Maine, marked ms "Missent", 1857 3c Dull red (26) (vertical misperf) tied by light circular grid, May 23 cds of Lewiston, Me and Gardiner Me accompany, envelope opened at right, some misc pencil marks front side and a cupcake recipe written on the back in pencil, Fine and unusual (Walcott 2328, Weiss F-F-121)

    Start Price : 50.00 USD
    Current Opening : 50.00 USD
    Hammer price : 220.00 USD
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