Items for Sale - Mourning Covers

CSA 11-AD, 10¢ light blue tied bold BALLOON postmark of LOVINGSTON / Va. // JUN / 29 on spectacular MOURNING COVER with full edged back flaps and second full postmark on verso, addressed to L. L. Loving, Esqr. Care Robert A. Matthews, Comptrollers Office, Richmond, Va. $1,100. 


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied by RICHMOND / VA. // OCT / 10 CDS on thick bordered MOURNING cover to Edward S. Brown, Ballsville, Powhatan County, Va. Ex Henry G. Gibson (Ward sale 12). $1,000.

Listed in both Mourning Cover and CSA 13 sections

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GB 33, 1p Red tied duplex on mourning cover to Lieutenant E.E. Fairfax Williamson, Conf. States Army, No. 15, Warwick Cresent (sic), Kensington, London with House of Commons embossed seal on back of black-edged flaps. Williamson was NOT in the Confederate Army. He was a FEDERAL SPY POSING AS A CONFEDERATE ARMY OFFICER IN ENGLAND. This intriguing cover was written up in a Daniel T. Gilbert article in the July-August 1980 Confederate Philatelist, a copy of which is included. Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin urgently wrote to Henry Hotz in London on September 24, 1862, warning him that: “One E.E. Fairfax Williamson who has just gone to England and whose address is to be found at Peabody’s banking house is a Federal spy. Please write a warning at once to all our agents and officers in Europe. Williamson is about twenty years of age, fair complexion, blue eyes, bad teeth.” $1,250. Listed in both Miscellaneous-2 and Mourning Covers


CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue pair tied STAUNTON Va. JAN 29 on small mourning cover to Charles M. Hoyt, Charlottesville, Virginia; small edge tears at top, part top flap missing, and light rumpling/soiling. Ex Harrison. $275.


CHARLESTON S.C. JUN 30 1861 double-circle datestamp with matching PAID 5 (CC type E) on tiny black-edged mourning cover to Mrs. I. Woodruff Care of John Esterling Esq Graham’s Turnout Barnwell’s District (SC). $250.

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HICKSFORD Va. JUL 20 (1861) blue cds (type 2a) with matching PAID (no rate) (type A in the CSA Catalog is listed in green with an asterisk [a legacy listing not seen by editors] but nothing from Hicksford is listed in blue and all but one is only black and white tracings). Used on small mourning cover to James Cork Esq. Richmond Virginia. By July 26, the cover had not been claimed and was listed for advertising. All covers bearing the Richmond advertising handstamp were listed in either the Saturday or Monday edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch. Struck with a neat notched ADVERTISED 2 (type U) with matching Richmond JUL 26 cds. Light water stains of little consequence for this scarce cover. Ex Harry Muldrow. $650.