Stampless Covers - Texas


BROWNSVILLE / TEX // 23 / MAY with manuscript “Paid 10” on cover to “James W. Cowetz, San Marcos, Hays County Texas”, reduced at left.  $250.

$ 250


Reduced to $120

WACO [VILLAGE] / Tex. partially struck cds on cover with matching handstamped PAID 5,. addressed to “Col. T. J. Word, Palestine, Texas”, Word enlisted as a private in Co. G of the 36th Texas Cavalry, ex Kaplan  $200.

$ 200


Reduced to $200

AUSTIN / TEX // SEP / 28 double circle cancel with matching PAID and manuscript 10 on cover to Mr. M. M. Young, Greensboro, North Carolina with docketing of ”Col. Tount, Sept 29/61 ““Might” claim got in hands), (Sheldon failed)”, top back flap missing, A prior owner and an auction house portrayed this as a provisional because the contents docketing is a day after the cancellation date. I do not subscribe to that theory, as there is no control marking.  $300.

$ 300


Reduced to $200

“Belmont, T[e]xas Paid 10”, all in manuscript on folded business letter addressed to W. A. Menger, San Antonio, Texas, The letter is headed Belmont 29th August 1863 and written in German. A portion of the top of the letter torn away at top creating a ragged border at the top as well as an archival tape sealed tear down the center. It is docketed as from L. Cahn. A new listing in the CSA Catalog. $350.

William A. Menger: Wilhelm Menger was born in Windecken, Nanau, Hessen, Germany. In his native land, he was a cooper and brewer. He immigrated to America in 1847 and became a U.S. citizen in 1852. In 1855, he established a brewery in San Antonio. In 1868, Menger bought out Naylor's Brewery and now was called "Beer King". Much more biography may be found online at

$ 350


Reduced to $250

Athens, Texas, April 25 / 62” manuscript postmark and ms "Paid 10" on outer folded letter sheet addressed to Meriwether Lewis, Turkey Grove, N.C.. No doubt the addressee was related to or named for the Meriwether Lewis of 1804 Lewis & Clark expedition fame (and private secretary to Thomas Jefferson) as the family hailed from that part of the country. $325.

$ 325


TYLER / TEX // DEC / 7 cds on clean cover with matching handstamped PAID and ms “10” addressed to Sam F. Mosely Esq., Jefferson, Texas with name of J. S. L. Earle (likely sender). Moseley was the Confederate State Depositary at Jefferson. $300.

$ 300


Reduced to $200

PARIS / TEXAS cds with penciled “Paid 10” on clean cover to P.T. Handy & Co., New Orleans, Lou[isiana]. Very Fine  $300.

$ 300


VICTORIA / TEX. // APR 24 cds with matching PAID 5 rating handstamp (CSA type B) on pristine cover to Mrs. E. Blossman, Lavaca, Tex,Very Fine. This was called “brown” by a prior owner. Brown is listed in the CSA Catalog as a legacy listing as the editors had not seen a “true brown” at the time of publication. In my opinion, this is red that has degraded to brown. This is often seen with black ink as well, which also can degrade to brown depending on the composition of the ink. In both cases, the CSA Catalog Value is $500 and this is the classic strike of the period. “Flawless” strikes are generally bogus. $550.

$ 550


Reduced to $325

SAN ANTONIO TEX // APR / 24 cds with ms. "O.B." and bold PAID 10 in arc, CSA Catalog type E with CCV $500, on fresh cover to the Enrolling Officer, Wilson County, Sutherland Springs, Texas, cover cleverly refolded at edges, Very Fine, Ex Keeling  $400.

$ 400


Reduced to $650

SAN ANTONIO TEX // SEP / 21 cds and bold PAID 10 in arc, CSA Catalog type E with CCV $500, on fresh blue linen-lined “money” envelope addressed to "Maj. S.G. Newton, 3rd Regt. Tex. Vol. Inftry., ‘Genl. Taylor's Command’, ‘Genl. Waterhouse's Brigade’, via Alexandria La.", Very Fine; the recipient would later become mayor of San Antonio. $750. 

Samuel Galitzen Newton (1823-1874) entered Confederate service as a captain of the Bexar County Guards, Co. H. 3rd Texas Infantry. Much more information on linked page.

$ 750


Reduced to $450

VELASCO / TEX. // DEC / 11 [1863] cds with manuscript “Due 10” in pencil on cover to Mrs. J[unia]. M. Osterhout, Bellville, Texas with endorsement of J. P. Osterhout, Adjt 4th Inf, TST (Texas State Troops). $550.

John Patterson Osterhout (1826-1903) was a lawyer, collecting agent, newspaper editor and owner, officer in the Confederate Army, railroad company president, judge, postmaster, rancher and a store owner. Much more information on linked page.

$ 550


Reduced to $425

ALTO / TEX // MAR / 4 neat cds with pencil “Paid 10” on cover to John W. Suttle, Esqr, Centerville, Bibb Co., Ala and notation “Fwd in haste” (Forward in haste), bottom back flap missing, Scarce, Ex Kohn. $525.

Judge John W. and Mary (Goodwin) Suttle were early pioneers of Centreville. Much more information on linked page.

$ 525


Reduced to $350

ALTO / TEX. // MAY / 23 CDS with day in ms. on cover, manuscript “Due 5” on small cover to Mrs. A. A. Brooks, Cameron Texas, with soldier's endorsement of John W. Brooks Private, Capt Furmans Co (D) 1st Reg Carters Command; couple tiny edge tears, scarce town marking. Note on the back that this was the 1932 Dietz listing cover for Alto, Texas – noted in the late Bill Bogg’s handwriting who handled the Dietz collection. $500.

$ 500


Reduced to $200

Texas cds partially struck off cover with manuscript “due 10” on cover addressed to his sister. Miss Mollie A. Nicholson, Bastrop, Texas with mandated endorsement of [Private] William Nicholson, Terry’s Texas Rangers, Wharton’s Division, Harrison's Brigade 8th Texas Cavalry. See The illustrious Rangers distinguished themselves throughout the war by their skill and willingness to fight. Because of their abilities, and the arms they carried, they were regarded as a "charging regiment," frequently called upon to act as a form of shock troops. Cover a bit roughly opened at left, pencil docketed July 28, 1863. Wonderful piece of postal history. $450.

William Nicholson served in the illustrious Terry’s Texas Rangers. Much more information on linked page.

$ 450


Reduced to $1,900

FAIRFIELD, TEX dateless circular date stamp on TWICE TURNED TEXAS COVER, homemade from CIRCUS BROADSIDE WITH ILLUSTRATIONS OF PERFORMER AND REVOLVER, (thick paper) originally mailed from a Texas soldier in Mansfield, LA, endorsed “Sergt in Copany (sic) H, Randals Regt Tex Volunteers” to “Mrs. J. T. Stewart, Fairfield P. Office, Texas” and processed through Shreveport with Apr 30 [1864] cancel and [due] "10" handstamp. Cover was then turned and mailed back to Sergeant Stewart in Louisiana theater from FAIRFIELD, TX with PAID 10 handstamp (CSA Type B), used once again by same soldier, this time with manuscript cancel of “Butler, Texas” with ms. Aug 18 and matching manuscript “Due” and addressed to his wife in Fairfield, TX, an unusual "twice turned" double Texas cover, Eye-catching! Ex Bleuler and King. $3,000.

Sergeant Jeremiah Terry Stewart (sometimes spelled Steward) was in Company H of the 28th Texas Cavalry, Randal’s Brigade, McCullough’s Division, District of Arkansas, Trans-Mississippi Department. Much more information on linked page.

$ 3,000


Reduced to $375

CHAPEL HILL / TEX // JUN / 29 [1862] cds with scarce neat NEGATIVE ‘5’ (CSA Catalog Type C, CV $500) on cover to Mrs. Mary A. Burns Orizaba, Fayete (sic) Cty, Texas; flap opening tears. $450.

$ 450


New 6-15-18

SAN ANTONIO Tex // APR / 12 bold neat cds with matching PAID 10 (CSA Catalog type E, CCV $500) on pristine cover to Mrs. Clara Fentress, Belmont, Texas, from her husband, a Confederate physician. Ex Hill and Camina. $375. Dr. David W. Fentress, a Confederate physician from Texas, exchanged letters with his wife Clara Fentress during the Civil War. He served in the Confederate army in Arkansas (1862-1863), Louisiana (1864), and Texas (1862, 1865).

Dr. Fentress served as one of 24 Assistant Surgeons from Texas. More information on linked page.

$ 375


New 6-15-18

SHELBYVILLE / TEXAS. // OCT 1 cds with inverted month and manuscript “29” date written over “1,” manuscript “Due 10” on neat soldier’s cover to Miss Celestia H. Perry, Jonesville, Harrison County, Texas. Only recorded with manuscript rates. Soldier’s endorsement “From W. W. Perry, Lane’s Regt.” at top, slightly reduced at top and right. $425.

William Wiley Perry served in W. P. Lane Rangers. Much more information on linked page.

$ 425

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