Items for Sale - Wallpaper Covers

CSA 11-ADc, 10¢ greenish blue tied ANDERSON / C.H. // DEC / 29 on blue and gray wallpaper cover to Charleston. $675


CSA 2e, Stone Y, 10¢ light milky blue bottom margin single, ample to huge margins showing portion of adjacent stamp at left, tied by partial RICHMOND / VA. // 1862 cds on brown marbled WALLPAPER COVER made from recycled newsprint, Showy. SCV $1,500. $950.


CSA 2-P, 10¢ blue Paterson print (4 large to huge margins) tied neat CLINTON / [no state showing] // NOV / 29 neat balloon cds on burgundy and gray striped leaf wallpaper cover addressed to Mrs. T. C. Faucette, Lenoir, N.C. Light staining and wear. Lithographed issues are very scarce on wallpaper covers. Said by prior owner to be Clinton, SC. I have not researched it. There are towns named Clinton in numerous southern states. SCV $1,500. $950


Cuthbert / Ga. // Sep / 5 cds with matching PAID straightline handstamp on blue, gray and white floral wallpaper cover to Mr. John H. Newton, Athens, Ga.; flap missing; docketed as from Wm. C. Hay, Cuthbert, Ga. The 1850 Census shows Newton as owner of 24 slaves and active in the Soldiers Aid Society in Athens. $700.


CSA 11, 10¢ blue with huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps at left, right and bottom, tied by ROME / Ga. // SEP / 3 cds on pretty light blue and white floral wallpaper cover to Mrs. S. A. Leigh, Macon Ga., reduced at right, with original flap reattached and folded over for display, Very Fine. $900.


CSA 11, 10¢ blue used with manuscript cancel of “Monticello Ark / Feb 22 –  64” on WALLPAPER COVER to Mrs. Mary. E. Boddie, Camden, Ouachita Co, Ark. Flap torn. Rare Arkansas wallpaper use. Ex Clippert. $900.

Mary Elizabeth (Gildersleeve) Boddie (1824-1900) was married to George Boddie (1821-1882) in 1847 and together they had seven children after moving from Alabama. She was known as “Sis Mollie.” And he as “Brother George.”


CSA 11, 10¢ blue tied by unidentified ALA. // MAY / 14 town postmark that an Alabama student will doubtless recognize but of which I am unsure, lightly struck on wallpaper color of gray and cream design, addressed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Faint vertical cover crease and small tear at right edge. SCV $800. $500.


CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue local print tied SELMA / ALA // ? / 25 cds on spectacular floral wallpaper cover of purple, red and green; addressed to Miss Jennie Sively, Marion, Ala., with the ADDED BONUS OF BEING PRODUCED FROM RECYCLED NEWSPRINT, quite evident both front and back. Wonderful and unusual use. $1,500.


CSA 11c, 10¢ greenish blue (3 margins), tied by blue COLUMBIA / S.C. // JAN cds on blue, chocolate brown and blue- gray floral wallpaper cover to Thos. I. Surtor, Gumtree, So Ca.; small sealed tear at right bottom. Showy design. $850.


CSA 11c, 10¢ greenish blue (3 margins), tied by RALEIGH / N.C. double circle datestamp on red, brown and cream wallpaper cover to Hon. Thomas Ruffin, Graham, NC, with the ADDED BONUS OF BEING PRODUCED FROM RECYCLED NEWSPRINT, quite evident both front and back. $1,100.


CSA 12a, 10¢ milky blue left sheet margin single tied neat clear FAYETTEVILLE / N.C. // OCT / 6 / 1863 cds on showy geometric wallpaper in shades of blue, white, maroon and dark buff, addressed to James Evans, Starr’s Light [Artillery] Battery, Greenville, N. Carolina. Top back flap missing and bit edge wear. $1,000.

James Evans enlisted as a private and mustered into Co. B, NC 13th Battalion Light Artillery and was listed as Comm. Sergt. 5-1-65, the day he was paroled at Greensboro at war’s end. He also served in Co. B, NC 36th Infantry.


FLAT ROCK / N.C. // AUG / 26 cds with matching PAID 10 (CSA catalog type D) on flashy wallpaper cover (floral blues, green, orange, taupe, and brown) to Mrs. M. R. Singleton, Wateree, South Carolina. All flaps are exploded, thus can be arranged for display any way you want. Some care more about the markings, some about the wallpaper design. Missing left back flap. Ex Oswald. $1,400.


CSA 11, 10¢ blue used on geometric pink, taupe and gray wallpaper cover with FLAT ROCK / N.C. // FEB / 13 cds, from the well-known Middleton correspondence, to Miss Susan Middleton Care of Oliver H. Middleton Esq, Columbia, South Carolina. Few small faults not readily visible. $900.

Oliver Hering Middleton was a businessman involved in shipping from Charleston and the Middleton plantation correspondence was quite large, notably producing a prolific number of wallpaper covers. Much more information on the linked page.

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CSA 12c (AD), 10¢ greenish blue (tiny paper wrinkle) tied STATESVILLE / N.C. cds on flashy green and white floral / geometric wallpaper cover to Morrison Gaither & Co., Eagle Mills, NC, bit reduced at left. Pretty! Ex Kathleen Staples. $1,150.

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CSA 12, 10¢ greenish blue (AD) with 4 large uneven margins tied blue COLUMBIA / S.C. CDS on gray and white patterned wallpaper cover addressed to Mr. W. W. Renwick, Lyles Ford, So Ca, enclosed business letter on adversity paper from R. O’Neale – printed form on one side and business letter expressing difficulty in getting cotton and writers preference to not buy unless delivered to him. Letter dated Columbia Febry 29, 1864 (leap year date), Lovely double adversity use – both cover and letter. Ex Kathleen Staples. $800.

Lyles Ford, originally an Indian Trading Post, was a settlement on the Broad River in the Newberry District of South Carolina. William W. Renwick was master of Orange Hall Plantation at Goshen Hill. His papers are in the South Carolina Library at USC. R. O’Neale was a successful cotton buyer from Columbia. In the destruction of Columbia at the end of the war, he lost 3 warehouses filled with cotton, his store and a residence used for some of his enslaved workers.


CSA 11, 10¢ blue (4 big margins, touching at left) tied bold WILMINGTON / N.C. // AUG / 26 [1863] cds on blue, brown and white floral wallpaper cover to J.A. Bitting, Huntsville, NC, with docketing at top “Worth’s letter and Rect (receipt) for money left at Bank Cape Fear with J G Loch / Aug 1863.” Very pretty, Ex Boshwit. $1,300.


CSA 12-KBa, 10¢ bright blue Keatinge & Ball, deep rich color, large to full margins including portion of adjoining stamp at left, tied by HENDERSON / N.C. // SEP / 1 cds on red, green and lilac floral wallpaper cover, to Mrs. Emma L. Speight, town portion of address erased/stain inside and one flap reinforced, Very Fine, a beautiful wallpaper cover with an elaborate design, Ex Kohn and Schopp. $1,800.

Emma Lewis Speight bio on linked page.

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SMITHFIELD / Va. // DEC / 9 / (1864) red CDS on WALLPAPER cover of pale gray, white and blue floral design with manuscript “Paid 10” and addressed to Cpt. George D. Wise, Genl Wise’s Brigade, Chaffins Bluff near Richmond. This is said to be the latest reported Confederate use from Smithfield, to which I cannot attest. Signed Brian M. Green. $450.

Capt. George Douglas Wise was a nephew of Henry Alexander Wise, 33rd governor of Virginia and Confederate General. Much more detailed bio on linked page.

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Southern Express Co. Savannah Ga. Nov. 9 (1862) red double-circle datestamp with day in manuscript and matching "Paid D/-" express rate (code letter "D" -- other covers from Savannah use the code letter "R") and "$30" contents notation on gray and white wallpaper cover to Mrs. Mary Ann Harden, Athens Georgia, a bit worn as usual, still Fine, WALLPAPER COVERS ARE RARELY SEEN WITH EXPRESS MARKINGS, ex Hahn, illustrated in Special Routes book (p. 199, census no. SOU-39.) $1,500.

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CSA 2a, 10¢ light blue Paterson printing (3 large to huge margins, touched at bottom) used with pen strokes and lightly struck red SPARTA / Ga. CDS on wallpaper cover to Hon. A.H. Stephens, Croffordville (sic) Georgia with usual secretarial docketing on back flaps showing letter from C. Counsel of Crawford, Ga., was dated December 30, 1862. Wallpaper pattern mostly pale gray, taupe and gold but has a lovely colored rosebud in shades of pink and green on left flap which is not turned because it would cover the address and stamp (could be cut to display but that is up to you), top back flap missing. 1983 PF certificate 0114150. SCV $1,800. $1,200.

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CSA 11a, 10¢ milky blue tied CHATTANOOGA / TENN // AUG / 27 / 1863 cds on wallpaper cover of red and blue geometric design, addressed to Miss Lou S. Johnson, Buck Head, Morgan County, Ga. A beauty with lots more potential for turning at your pleasure. The inside is a full design so turning to show most or a little is up to how much of the front you wish to cover up. I leave it to you to decide. $1,400.

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CSA 7-R pair 5¢ dark blue with 3 large margins including part of adjoining stamp at top, just in at right, tied by bold RICHMOND / VA. // APR / 1863 circular datestamp with blank slug for day on exquisite multicolored floral wallpaper cover to Miss Eliza J(ane) Hardman, Stone Mountain, Ga., with original 2-page love note in a simple puzzle format, also a small pressed fern leaf, trivial edge wear and tiny nick at bottom. Rare with the wallpaper design on the outside. (back of cover and second page of letter) $1,800. Listed in both Wallpaper and Miscellaneous-2 sections.

Eliza JANE Hardman Wells and George RILEY Wells biographies on thumbnail-linked page.

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CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue vertical pair (faults) with neat LITTLE ROCK ARK JUL 11 double-circle datestamp on wallpaper cover to Henry Shibley, Van Buren, Crawford Co Arkansas; repair across left upper cover edge. Dr. Bruce ROBERTS ONLY RECORDS TWO WALLPAPER COVERS USED FROM LITTLE ROCK in his census. He notes that fewer than 160 covers exist with Confederate States adhesive stamps used from within Arkansas and less than 50 on covers addressed to Arkansas. This cover is both to and from Arkansas. Ex Judge Harry Lemley and Ralph Swap. $900. 

William Henry Harrison Shibley served in Company G, 22nd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry. Bio on linked page.

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CSA 12a, 10¢ milky blue (4 large margins - superb) tied grid and matching FLAT ROCK NC SEPT 29 circular datestamp on pink and gray wallpaper from well-known correspondence to Mrs. William Lowndes, Greenville, S.C. Ex Ralph Swap. $1,000.


CSA 11-AD, 10¢ blue tied CHARLESTON S.C. APR 11 cds on lovely floral wallpaper in shades of lavender, green and white; addressed to Col. Joseph Glover, Walterboro, So. Ca.; under side flap is docketing “A.M. Lynah/unimportant,” top back flap missing; ex Wm. A. Fox $1,400.

Glover Family - brief bio on linked page.


CSA 11, 10¢ blue (4 margins) tied CHARLESTON SC JUN 19 1864 double-circle datestamp on orange and tan wallpaper cover to Miss Julia McCord, Greenville, S.Ca. From the Henry Wemyss-Feilden-Julia McCord correspondence. Ex Kohn and Raysor. SCV $1,200. $950.

Henry Wemyss-Feilden was a dashing British officer in love with Southern beauty Julia McCord of Greenville. See more on the linked page.


CSA 11-ADc, 10¢ greenish blue (lower left corner crease) tied TUSKALOOSA ALA NOV 16 (1863) CDS on wallpaper cover of pale leaf and vine design; addressed to Capt. George Little, Care of Col. Olladowski (sic), Chief Engineer, Army Tenn., Chattanooga. A lovely little wallpaper cover with a scarce Polish connection. $900.

Hypolite Oladowski (abt. 1798-1878) was a native of Poland. Oladowski's service to the Confederacy includes a tenure on the staff of General Albert Sidney Johnston. At the rank of Captain, he served this general officer as an Ordnance Officer (OO) while assigned to the Army of Tennessee. He served General Braxton Bragg in the same position. Detailed military records included. Although he died in Columbus, Georgia, his grave site is in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama. He served in the Polish National Uprising in 1830 and the Mexican War. Prior to Civil War, he was a Sergeant of Ordnance at the US Arsenal at Baton Rouge, LA. According to Oladowski, the Washington Artillery fired almost 20% of the Confederate rounds expended during the three days’ fighting at Chickamauga. This cover was sent roughly two months after Chickamauga. Fascinating obituary on Oladowski in the Columbus Daily Enquirer Aug 17, 1978, at his Find A Grave memorial. After the fall of the Confederacy, he lived a hermit’s life for a year on an uninhabited island on the Pacific coast.

George W. Little was a 2nd lieutenant in Co. K. 29th Alabama Infantry. Before the war he was a chemistry professor at Oakland College, Mississippi.


CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish blue (4 margins) tied MACON GA small double-circle datestamp on wallpaper cover of pretty showy pink design, addressed to J.E. Hagood, Pickens CH SC. Original business letter headed Macon February 25, 1864, from W.S. Thomson. $1,200.

James Earle Hagood (1826-1904) was a planter and a merchant as well as a lawyer who served in the South Carolina House and was a longtime Pickens District and U.S. District clerk of court.


CSA 11a, 10¢ milky blue (3 margins) tied GREENVILLE SC SEP 18 (1863) on blue and white wallpaper cover used in the form of a wrapper; stamp was used to seal the cover but was miraculously spared damage; addressed to Mrs. H.A. Middleton, Flat Rock, NC. Cover has been left as is so you can turn any part of it you choose, or choose to leave as is. Click here to see the wallpaper design side // Click here to see the stamp and address side. Contemporary contents docketing showing letter was dated September 17, 1863. $900.


CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish blue (4 large even margins) tied ANDERSON C.H. S.C. MAR 21 (1864) on blue and white wallpaper cover to J.E. Hagood Esq. (Clerk of Court) Pickens C.H., S.C. with 2-page soldier’s letter (click here to read page 2) written in bold pen and headed Camp near Bull’s Gap Tenn March 18th 1864 and signed W.E. Walters. The Battle of Bull’s Gap took place in November of that year with a Confederate victory. Walters is thanking Hagood for a generous donation to help replace money which belonged to other soldiers (privates who are in destitute circumstances) which he lost. “(Thanks for) this and other donations in a great measure to replace the amount so that helpless women & children might not be made sufferers by my misfortune.”  $900.

James Earle Hagood was in the mercantile business and Clerk of Circuit Court during the War, frequently called upon to perform services for soldiers away in the army and their families.


CSA 12, 10¢ blue tied scarce rimless FOREST DEPOT Va cds on wallpaper cover of pale lavender hues, to John Murray Forbes Esq., Care of Hon. A. B. Holladay, Bd of Public Works, Richmond, Va.; Ex Gallagher and B. Green, 1982 P.F. Certificate says “forwarded” but does not appear so to me – simply clarification of messy handwriting, signed Brian Green. $1,100.

John Murray Forbes bio on linked page.


CSA 11, 10¢ blue (4 ample to large margins) tied well struck EUTAW ALA MAR 8 double-circle datestamp to Mrs. Bestor Coleman, Butler Choctaw Co. Ala. on pale blue-gray geometric wallpaper cover. Ex George Malpass. $800.

Bestor Coleman (1837-1868) served in Co. F. Alabama 40th Infantry, Moore’s Brigade, Cheatham’s Division, 1st Corps, Army of Tennessee.


CSA 12-ADc, 10¢ bluish green left sheet margin (4 large to huge margins, staining) tied bold ROCK HILL S.C. circular datestamp on green, brown and taupe floral wallpaper cover to George E. Gibbon, Charleston, S.C. $800.

George Edward Gibbon (1823-1881) was married to Caroline Augusta Jones Gibbon (1828-1875); they had five children. A son of the same name was a prosperous merchant.


CSA 5, 10¢ rose (defective) tied on brown and tan wallpaper cover to Miss Sue Hunt, Panther Creek, N.C. Cover water stained with repair at top right but still attractive, SCV $2,000. $450.

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CSA 7, 5¢ blue pair (4 margins, creasing) canceled by blue RALEIGH N.C. JAN 4 double-circle postmark with second strike on multi-colored floral design wallpaper cover to Miss Anna M. Cleves, Salem, N.C. $1,000. 
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CSA 11, 10¢ blue canceled with manuscript X cancel on colorful wallpaper cover with brown and blue scroll pattern design to Seybrun Hand, Hickory Flat, Chambers Co, Ala. Original letter (Click for page 1....Click for page 2) datelined “Lenoirs P.O. Tennessee, June the 6th 1863," from G.E. Mason, no postmark, Very Fine, great eye appeal, ex Bleuler and Weatherly.  $1,000.

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C.E. Taylor, Sig(nal) Corps C.S.A.,” endorsement on lovely wallpaper cover with enameled blue, gray and white floral design, addressed to Mrs. James B. Taylor, Box 130, Richmond, Va., handcarried outside the mails, Very Fine. Click here to see cover open showing endorsement. $600.

Dr. Charles E. Taylor *1853-1910) served in three separate Virginia units before transferring to the Confederate Signal Corps in August 1864. Taylor served in the signal unit assigned to W.H.F. Lee’s Cavalry Division. He wrote a 1903 pamphlet on the history of the Bureau’s creation and methods of operation on all front and at sea.

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CSA 12, 10¢ blue tied CHARLOTTESVILLE VA JUL 12 (1864) double-circle postmark on tan and white floral wallpaper cover to Lieut. John B. Tapscott, Engineer Department, Goldsborough, North Carolina. Some cover edge wear and small tear at top, Fine-Very Fine, Ex Engstler.  $550.

John Baker Tapscott bio on linked page


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CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish-blue tied CHARLOTTESVILLE VA OCT 8 1863 double-circle postmark (4 margins) on blue, tan, and gray floral wallpaper cover to Miss Sue E. L. Cooper, Care Jno Milline Jones Esq., Scooba Miss, sides open for display and light edge wear. Very Fine. Ex Engstler. $750.   

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CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish-blue (light crease) tied bold clear FLAT ROCK N.C. MAR 28 CDS on classic pink and gray geometric wallpaper cover to Miss Susan Middleton, Care of O.H. Middleton Esq., Columbia, South Carolina. $850.

Oliver Hering Middleton bio on linked page

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Hazelwood (S.C.), Feb 7, manuscript postmark and matching "Paid 10" rating on showy wallpaper cover with dark red and blue design to Rev. W. Banks, 6th Regt. S.C. Reserves Comp. C., Care of Capt. Ingram, Pocotaligo S.C.; flaps opened for display, Very Fine and choice. $1,250.

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CSA 11c, 10¢ greenish-blue bottom sheet margin single (couple small corner creases) tied blue PETERSBURG VA. OCT CDS on showy wallpaper cover with violet floral design, to William S. Hall, John G. Hall, William D. Hall, Fayetteville, NC, endorsed "In haste if you please,” Splendid design.  $1,500. 

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CSA 11, 10¢ blue (large margins all around) tied by CULPEPER C.H. VA. OCT 23 CDS on patterned wallpaper cover in shades of blue, addressed to Alexander Donnan, Petersburg Va. with Oct 28th 1863 docketing, Very Fine.  $950.

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RICHMOND Va. DEC 29 1863 (type 5d) cds with matching DUE 10 (type P) on charming small wallpaper cover of pale blue, green and white floral geometric design; addressed to Wm. Lowe Manassas Bartow P.O. Georgia with soldier’s endorsement of O.W. Lowe Co. B, Phillips Ga. Cavalry, Jones Brig(ade Army Northern Virginia). Lowe’s wartime letters are in the Hargrett Library, University of Georgia Libraries. Ex Harry Muldrow. $450.