Sale 288



 
Lot 6

Stuart, James Ewell Brown (Jeb), 1833-1864, Confederate general and cavalry leader; killed at the battle of Yellow Tavern.

A.L.S., signed J.E.B. Stuart, 1st Lt 1st Cav, three full pages, 4to, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, March 23, 1857, to Henry A. Wise, governor of Virginia. With an A.L.S. by Wise to fellow Virginian, John B. Floyd, Secretary of War, written on the verso; and with an Autograph Endorsement by Samuel Cooper, later a Confederate general. Written while on frontier duty.

As a young lieutenant, Stuart pleads his case for a promotion to a staff position, putting forth an articulate argument, disparaging somewhat Jefferson Davis, the outgoing Secretary of War. He writes, in part: "I understand (I have not seen them yet) that the Edition of the Army Regulations published just as Mr. Davis made his exit from the War Dept, have the extraordinary provision that no mounted. [mounted] officer shall be eligible to appointment in the Staff Departments. I can only account for such an absurdity by supposing that the unjust proscription of the Subalterns of the mounted Regt has been so long practically followed out, that it has passed unnoticed into the code. Any one endowed with reason common sense and, a common sense of Justice, except Mr. Davis [emphasis ours…Ed.], must agree that such an outrageous distinction has no foundation whatever in either law, justice or reason. And further: "It can not be denied that the Cavalry portion of our Army perform by far the most arduous duty belonging to the Service, ought it not then have a share of the immunities of the Service."

On the verso, Governor Wise has written: "I enclose to you within testimonials, well assured as I am that you will give to them all due consideration." Samuel Cooper then refers the matter to the Commissary General of Subsistence.

Fresh and Very Fine. Complete transcription available on request.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

Four and a half years after Stuart makes this plea for promotion out of the combat ranks, Jefferson Davis, now president of the Confederacy, appoints him Brigadier General.





 
Lot 11



George Washington Statue (Walcott unlisted), wearing Toga, hand colored Magnus style all-over design with Washington slogan "First in War, First in Peace, First in the Hearts of his Countrymen" at the base of the statue, bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by "Washington, D.C. Mar 22" c.d.s. duplexed with four-ring cancellation on cover addressed to New York; stamp with trivial tear at top edge, cover opened at right with two small edge tears reinforced, Very Fine.
Estimate 10,000 - 15,000

A SPECTACULAR SHOWPIECE AND A HIGHLIGHT OF THE COLLECTION.

Expertization: 1994 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Matthies, Haas, Bischel.




 
Lot 224



Confederacy, 1862, 5¢ blue, local (7), horizontal pair, margins to in at right, tied by "Camden S.C. Jun 26" c.d.s. on an adversity cover fashioned from an original broadside announcing South Carolina's secession from the Union, high quality printing in red and blue on white enameled paper, addressed to Black Oak, S.C.; the pair is tied to the reverse side and has been cut and folded over for display, Very Fine and absolute stunning.
Estimate 8,000 - 10,000

ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE ADVERSITY COVERS.

Provenance: J.P. Keeling, Hill.

This adversity cover was made from a portion of the broadside announcing South Carolina's secession from the Union that includes the palmetto state flag of South Carolina, and "1776" signifying the spirit of independence guiding South Carolina and other Southern states to secede from the Union.





 
Lot 234



Confederacy, 1863, 2¢ brown red (8), four margins, tied by bold "Fayetteville Apr 9, 1863" c.d.s. on a green, lavender and brown wallpaper drop cover, locally addressed, opened for display, slight edge wear and a few tiny edge tears, Very Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

A PHENOMENAL WALLPAPER COVER WITH APRIL 9, 1863 BEING THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 2¢ BROWN RED.

Both the Dietz and Scott catalogs list the earliest reported usage of the 2¢ brown red as April 21, 1863.





 
Lot 108



George Washington on Horseback Monument, Detailed Map of Washington, D.C. (Walcott 1940), hand colored Magnus design in pale blue, pink and yellow, bearing 1¢ blue (63) and 2¢ black (73) with former tied by double-circle datestamp and later by four-ring cancellation on cover to Keene, N.H.; 2¢ with small tear, cover reduced slight at left from opening, Very Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

HIGHLY DESIRABLE AND RARE MAGNUS USAGE BEARING THE 2¢ BLACK JACK.

Expertization: 1993 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Ishikawa, Gabriel.




 
Lot 137



"Floyd for the South" (Walcott unlisted), Man riding south with bags of money caricature, to Paris, France, bearing 5¢ red brown (75) and 24¢ lilac (78) tied by Boston "Paid" grid cancellation, red "Boston 'Paid 12' Jun. 19" exchange c.d.s., red "Calais 2 Juil 63" c.d.s. transit with matching boxed "PD", "Paris 2 Juil 63" backstamp, 24¢ with straight edge, Very Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

Expertization: 1987 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Matthies, Haas, Gallbrith, Bischel.

John B. Floyd was Buchanan’s Secretary of War. In December of 1860, being a secessionist, he resigned his cabinet post and returned to his home in Virginia. Accused of having removed arms from Northern to Southern arsenals in preparation for war, and being implicated in the loss of nearly $1 million in bonds from the Department of the Interior, Floyd stormed back to Washington to face his accusers and was exonerated by a Congressional Committee. He was later commissioned a brigadier general by the Confederacy.





 
Lot 146



Female Figure with Eagle and Flag (Walcott unlisted), purple Magnus design, to Saltsburg, Austria, redirected to Badgastein, bearing 1¢ blue, 3¢ rose, 24¢ red lilac (63, 65, 70) all tied by Boston "Paid" grid cancellations, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Jul 1" exchange c.d.s., red boxed "Aachen Franco" Jul. 15 transit, Saltsburg Jul. 17 and Badgastein Jul. 18 receiving backstamps, Extremely Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

RARE MAGNUS DESIGN FROM THE ANGELL CORRESPONDENCE.

Provenance: Matthies, Grunin, Gallbrith, Bischel.




 
Lot 153



Eagle and Crossed Flags (Walcott unlisted), red, white and blue Magee design, to Vienna, Austria, and redirected, bearing 1¢ blue, 3¢ rose, 12¢ black (63, 65, 69 two) all tied by Boston "Paid" grid cancellations, red "Boston Br. Pkt. 7 Paid Oct. 8" exchange c.d.s., red boxed "Aachen Franco" Oct. 22 transit, Vienna Oct. 24 receiving backstamps, Extremely Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

Provenance: Gallbrith, Bischel.




 
Lot 157



History of the Flag, Seven Stages of Evolution (Walcott 2832), red, white and blue Kingsbury imprint, to Vienna, Austria, bearing 3¢ rose, 12¢ black (65, 69) tied by Boston "Paid" grid cancellation, red "N. York Brem Pkt 12 Paid Mar 29" exchange c.d.s., blue "America uber Bremen Franco" three-line handstamp, Vienna Apr. 17 receiving backstamp, 12¢ with couple perf faults and tear in bottom backflap, Very Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE DESIGN.

Provenance: Matthies, Gallbrith, Bischel.




 
Lot 188



Jefferson Davis Medallion (Dietz JD-1), design with red medallion and red bars in flags on a yellow envelope, bearing 5¢ green, stone 1 (1) three large margins, touched at top, tied by "Carolina City N.C. Mar. 12, 1862" c.d.s. on cover to Argyle, N.C., bottom edge reinforced, Extremely Fine.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

A GEM USAGE OF WHICH ONLY TWO EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED OF THIS PARTICULAR COLOR PATTERN.

Provenance: Green.

The other recorded example of this red and blue Davis Medallion design was illustrated on page 120 of Wishnietsky’s
Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages.