Sale 2Completed: June 8, 2024

The NAPEX Sale

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Lots 1339—1356

Patriotic Covers

  • Lot 1339

    Remember Ellsworth! red and blue patriotic design showing Ellsworth standing on CSA flag and American waving flag adjacent, on 1861 cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26) and 12¢ black (36) , each tied by blue circular grid cancel duplexed with "Chicago, Ills. Aug 7" cds to Unterrenthendorf, Sachsen-Altenburg, Germany , red "N.York, Hamb. Pkt. 'Paid 10' Aug 10" credit exchange cds, carried by HAPAG Line Borussia from New York Aug. 10th to Hamburg arriving Aug. 26th, Hamburg (8.26.61) transit backstamps and "Franco" straightline, German (8.27) arrival backstamp, fresh and Very Fine.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $5,000 - 7,500.

  • Lot 1340

    Major General McClellan, portrait patriotic design with State star border, on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) , couple short perfs, tied by grid cancel and "Georgetown D.C., 1 Nov 1861" cds to Clearville Pa., Very Fine and scarce patriotic design.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $500 - 750.
  • Lot 1341

    General McClellan and his Staff, black and green patriotic design showing Maj. Clarke, Gen. McClellan, Maj. Van Vliet and Gen. Barry portraits, Upham flap imprint on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) , torn, tied by blue circular grid cancel, matching Keokuk, Ioa. Mar 15" cds with military address to J.C. Wickersham, Comp. A 2nd Iowa Vol., Fort Donnelson via St. Louis Mo., cover accompanied by correspondence letter datelined "Ft Donaldson Tenn, Feby 21st 1862" apparently unsigned from J.C. Wickersham to his sister with great Battle of Fort Donelson first-hand content " …we took a circuit to the rear of the Fort, having everything behind except our Guns & Ammunition, we encamped with a mile of the enemy where we remained until Saturday…We were called upon & formed a line of battle & were told our time had come as hte enemy were strongly fortified, We marched to an open field facing their breast works, to gain our point we were compelled to mount a very steep hill at a double-quick, when within one hundred yards of the entrenchments the enemy poured the cold lead into us think & fast, it was a trying moment: our men fell fast but we rushed on stepping over the dead & wounded at last we gained the breast work & planted our flag, the first that ever waved in Fort Donaldson, the rebels retreated to a second breast work & made a stand pouring in the canon ball & grape shot so fast that it seemed impossible for us to retain our position, but we pressed on and gained their camp…our General sent htem word to surrender or he would compel them to do so…they sent over the flag again & surrendered unconditionally, Our Reg. lost 37 Killed, 169 Wounded in all…We took about 15000 prisoners, and are now occupying their forts on the bank of the Cumberland River, this was the hardest four battle on record in America… "; cover with opening nicks and tears at left, Fine and desirable Civil War patriotic.

    Walcott No. 289   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $500 - 750.


    The Battle of Fort Donelson was fought from February 11-16, 1862, in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. The Union capture of the Confederate fort near the Tennessee-Kentucky border opened the Cumberland River, an important avenue for the invasion of the South. The Union's success also elevated Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant from an obscure and largely unproven leader to the rank of major general, and earned him the nickname of "Unconditional Surrender" Grant.
  • Lot 1342

    George Washington, blue patriotic design of Washington holding sword, on 1861 yellow cover to Cassel, Germany , blue "Chicago Ills, Oct 17" cds and pencil "30" due rating, "N.York, Brem. Pkt. '6' Oct 26" debit exchange cds, carried by NGL Line Bremen from New York Oct. 26th to Bremen arriving Nov. 11th, blue "America, uber Bremen" two-line handstamp, various ratings, Cassel (11.12) arrival backstamp; edge flaws and wear, F.-V.F. and scarce transatlantic Civil War patriotic use.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $500 - 750.
  • Lot 1343

    Desperate Cavalry Charge at Battle near Springfield, battle scene patriotic design on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by partial "Louisville Ky, Oct 6, 1862" cds duplex to Michigan, original matching "We are coming, Father Abraham" patriotic letterhead enclosure datelined " Jefferson Ville, Oct 4th 62, Campe Holt Ind. " reading " … our guards heard firing both up and down the river last night, the 101st illinois reg came here last night the Fourth Cavalry is here…just found three more bodies in the river…Camp Moose, Lewis Ville Oct 5 62, We have marched to Lewis Ville since I stoped writing…all knight the boys are all in a hurry to get in to a battle after we were drawn up in line… "; faults, lettersheet torn, Fine and rare patriotic design.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $500 - 750.
  • Lot 1344

    The Great Naval Battle between Ericsson's Monitor and the Merrimac, March 9th. 1862, purple patriotic design with Wells flap imprint on cover bearing pen canceled 3¢ rose (65) , matching neat manuscript " East Oasis Wis, Dec 30 " postmark to Snows Falls Me., accompanied original letter on Patriotic lettersheet with embossed "Union and Constitution" eagle and shield imprint; cover reduced slightly at right into 3¢ corner, tiny edge tears, F.-V.F. appearance.

    Walcott No. 624   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.
  • Lot 1345

    "We Defend the Land of Washington", black Washington Medallion Design with "From the Second Maine Regiment, Co." imprint on cover with free frank " E.B. French " and partial "Washington D.C. Oct" cds to Bangor Me.; slightly rough opening at top, F.-V.F. and scarce design.

    Walcott No. 1392   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.
  • Lot 1346

    Daniel Webster "Secession! Peaceful secession!", portrait patriotic design on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) , tied by target cancel, matching "Pent Water, Mich Dec 14" cds to Philadelphia Pa.; top left corner mend, otherwise fresh and Very Fine, a rare design.

    Walcott No. 119   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.
  • Lot 1347

    Soldier and Camp Scene with "Arm for the Union" banner, red and blue patriotic design on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) canceled by bold blue four-rings, matching sharp "Ionia, Mich. May 4, 1863" cds to Pittsburgh Pa., Very Fine and attractive.

    Walcott No. 1950   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.
  • Lot 1348

    Young Soldier with Flag, red and blue design with Robinson imprint on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) canceled by large "X", matching partial "Philadelphia Pa. Sep 18, 1861" cds to Yaphank, Long Island N.Y.; reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine and scarce unlisted design.

    Walcott No. 1829 var.   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.

    This design is similar to Bischel #3528 except for the addition of the "Alfred S. Robinson, Numismatist and Broker, Hartford, Conn." .
  • Lot 1349

    Young Soldier with Flag, red and blue design with "Strike - till the last armed foe expires." slogan on "Official Business" endorsed cover bearing manuscript "Sunfield Mi. March 5." postmark and matching "Free" rating to Third Assistant Postmaster General, Washington D.C.; small opening tear at top right, otherwise Very Fine and scarce unlisted design.

    Walcott No. 1829 var.   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.

    This design is similar to Bischel #3528 except for the addition of the blue "Alfred S. Robinson, Numismatist and Broker, Hartford, Conn." imprint below the design.
  • Lot 1350

    The Arms of the Keystone State, multicolor patriotic design with Cogan flap imprint on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by "Philadelphia Pa., Mar 6, 1863" cds to Worcester Mass.; reduced slightly at left, otherwise Very Fine and attractive Civil War Patriotic design.

    Walcott No. 1744   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $400 - 600.
  • Lot 1351

    Lady Liberty and Flag, red and blue design with red "Columbia Columbia to glory arise." old-English slogan on buff cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by jCairo Ill., Dec 23, 1861" cds to Indianola, Iowa; minor stain at right just affects 3¢, F.-V.F. and rare design, ex-Walcott .

    Walcott No. 2331   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.

    This design was not present in the Bischel sale.
  • Lot 1352

    Lady Liberty with Flag, Eagle and Cannon, red and blue patriotic design on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) canceled by circular grid, partial red "Middleborough Ms. Jun 6, 1862" cds with part-printed regimental form address to Leander M. Alden, 18 Regiment Mass Volunteers, Company D, Washington D.C., endorsed "Care War Department" at bottom; reduced at right, stamp tied by but of soiling, F.-V.F., a rare unlisted design. Walcott No. unlisted.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.

    Similar patriotic design were offered in the Bischel sale in lots 4011 and 4014 having additional imprints and lacking the pre-printed military address form.
  • Lot 1353

    "Protecting Secesh Property", red caricature patriotic design showing soldier talking to southerner on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by large quartered cork, matching "Hudson Mich., Mar 27" cds to Adrian Mich., Very Fine and rare design.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $300 - 400.
  • Lot 1354

    Stars and Shield, red and blue patriotic design on "Official Business" endorsed cover with manuscript "Prairie Creek In, 2nd 14" postmark and matching "Free" rating to the Third Assist. Postmaster General, Washington D.C., Very Fine.

    Walcott No. 2682   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.
  • Lot 1355

    "Uncle Sam sends his Bird after Traitor Jeff.", caricature patriotic design on cover with manuscript "Ball Grove Springs Ky, Jany 7." postmark and matching ms. cross-hatch canceling 3¢ rose (65) to Everton Fayett, Indiana; light cover soiling and wear, toning lower right corner, 3¢ small flaws, Fine and rare Civil War patriotic.

    Estimate  ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $200 - 300.

    Bell Grove Springs, Ky. Post Office was open for less than a year in 1862.
  • Lot 1356

    Union Tree "Traitor Spare that Tree", red and blue patriotic design with J.G. Wells flap imprint on 1862 cover bearing 24¢ brownish lilac (70a) tied by "Hancock Mich., Jun 15" cds to Manchester, England , red "Detroit, Am. Pkt. '3 Paid' Jun 19" credit exchange cds, carried by Allan Line North American from Portland Me. to Liverpool arriving Jul. 2nd, Manchester (7.3) arrival backstamp; some wear, address partly rewritten, Fine and attractive; with 1987 P.F. certificate.

    Scott No. 70a   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $3,000.