Stampless Covers - South Carolina - Section One


ADAMS RUN / S.C . // AUG / 12 PAID (no rate) to "Mrs. J.B. Grimball, Spartanburg, So. Carolina", slightly reduced at top with top back flap missing, Very Fine, Ex Zimmerman.

John Berkley Grimball (1800-1892), The Grimballs were prominent planters and owners of Pinebury and Grove plantations near Charleston, SC. Their well-known correspondence is in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and particularly known to postal historians for blockade-run covers.

$ 150


"Zeno, SC July 12th [1861] Paid 5" all in manuscript on cover to Williams Mills, NC, slightly reduced at right, Scarce and attractive. Rarity 8 on the SC towns scale.

$ 140


GREENVILLE C.H. / S.C., Oct 1 [1861], double circle postmark with inverted date and handstamped "Paid 5", type IA, on immaculate cover to "James Hagood, Esq., CCP, Pickens, S.C.", Very Fine, Ex Wm. A. Fox.

$ 185


Zeno, S.C., Nov 15th (1861), manuscript postmark with matching "Pd 5" rate on small embossed ladies cover to Miss Violet A. Sifford, Catawba Springs, small edge tear at top, Very Fine, town is Rarity 8, Ex Wm. A. Fox.

$ 350


Zeno, S.C., April 17th, manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 10" rate on small buff homemade cover to Killians Mills, N.C., Very Fine, town is Rarity 8.

$ 250


COLUMBIA / S.C. handstamped PAID 10 bold neat strikes in blue on pale green homemade cover to Greenwood, So. Ca., ms “Charge Key Box 75 CW S.C. R.R. A”, signed Dietz on back with part of top back flap missing. 

$ 200


CHARLESTON / S.C. // AUG / 3 / 186[4] cds and PAID 10 handstamped paid on pale blue adversity cover fashioned from checkbook sheet and addressed to “Governor Jno L Manning, Manchester PO, W & M RR, So Carolina” with post-use but contemporary doodling, Very Fine, a more detailed bio of Manning is included.

JOHN LAURENCE MANNING attended Princeton University and was a planter by trade. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1842 to 1846 and in the South Carolina Senate from 1846 until 1852, when he was elected governor. He was a member of the South Carolina Secession Convention and a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. He served in the South Carolina Senate from 1861 to 1865 and in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1865 to 1867. Although elected to the U.S. Senate in 1865, he was denied the seat along with other southern Senators.

$ 250


CHARLESTON / S.C. // AUG / 19 / 1861 double circle cancel with handstamped PAID 5 in circle, type III, addressed to “J. E. Hagood, Esq, Pickens C.H., S.C.”  Bio of Col. James Earle Hagood accompanies. Fresh, Very Fine.

$ 180


Green Pond, SC manuscript cancel with matching “Due 10” on small homemade soldier’s cover addressed to "Miss Sue Louisa Reeder, Manning, So. Ca." and “Care W. B. Reeder, Esq.” at lower left with “Soldier’s Letter” endorsement but no name/rank contrary to mandate to do so. Luckily, it is a turned use with a MANNING / SC / SEP / 16 (1862) cds and handstamped PAID10, type I (this alone cats $140 in out of date 1986 New Dietz) addressed to "Mr. William Reeder, Palmetto Guard Artillery, Green Pond, So Ca". The sender endorsed "Care of Capt. Webb”. William Reeder is listed as having served in "A" Co. Wonderful soldier’s turned adversity use with full flaps intact. Ex Sam Zimmerman. $400.

$ 400


GEORGETOWN / S.C. // JUL / 17 / 1861 cds with matching handstamped PAID 10 to Col. A. P. Calhoun, Richmond, Virginia. A[ndrew].P. Calhoun (1812-1865) was the son of the famous pro-slavery Southern statesman John C. Calhoun, whose portrait appears on the Confederate 1¢ Orange CSA 14 stamp. $200.

$ 200


ADAM’S RUN / S.C. // FEB / 17 (1864) bold cds with matching PAID (no rate) on adversity cover fashioned from printed legal form to Rev. John H. Cornish, Aiken, SC. Docketing along left end detailing sender/date and “sent 15 yds 7/8 cloth by Express cost & freight $58” – quite a lot of money then. Nice adversity use. Ex Kathleen Staples. $220.

John Hamilton Cornish (1815-1878) was an Episcopal minister in Aiken, S.C. The fabric detailed in the docketing was intended for clothing for enslaved parishioners. There is no evidence that Cornish himself owned slaves, but he was interested in how the Episcopal church was ministering to the enslaved. His family papers are housed at the Wilson Library at UNC.

$ 220


SOCIETY HILL / S.C. // JAN // 11 [1862] cds with matching PAID / 5 (ms.) (type A, CV $200) on folded letter to Messrs F&H Fries, Salem, N.C. with a request from C. Coker & Brother to said textile firm for more yardage and enclosed a check for $2,005. The Coker general store was established in 1828 by Caleb Coker, Jr. and Eli Gregg, the latter leaving in 1839. Photo of the store included along with more info. Ex Kathleen Staples. $200.

Information on F&H Fries Cotton and Woolen Mills on linked page.

$ 200

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