Items for Sale - Mourning Covers


CSA 7, 5¢ blue high-surfactant pair tied neat blue COLUMBIA / S.C. // 26 AUG on black-edged Mourning Cover addressed to “Miss Kate B. Withers, Camden, S.C.”, flap faults, Ex Weatherly, MacBride,  Ex Cantey.  $450.

High-surfactant stamps comprise only 11% of CSA 7 stamps tested by Dr. Harry Brittain with FTIR. Surfactants (surface active agents) can be broadly defined as compounds which, when dissolved in water, concentrate at surfaces such as water-air or water- oil. The interfacial activity of these substances, which can be explained in terms of their molecular structure, gives rise to a wide range of surface chemistry functions: wetting, emulsifying, lubricity and more. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a technique which is used to obtain an infrared spectrum of absorption, emission, photo conductivity or Raman scattering of a solid, liquid or gas. An FTIR spectrometer simultaneously collects high spectral resolution data over a wide spectral range.

$ 450


CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue pair tied by Richmond, Va. cds on thin bordered MOURNING COVER to Mrs. John L. Manning, Manchester, S.C.; docketing indicates content were from “Betty March 1863”; black-edged back flaps sound and attractive with post script note across top “…all well with me & at home, will write soon M.G.C.” $500.

Gov. John Lawrence Manning was the son of former Governor Richard Irvine Manning and by 1860 was one of the richest men in the state as a planter and master of the Manchester plantation. He served as a member of the SC House and Senate before being elected Governor for 1852-54. Manning was a member of the Secession Convention and a signor or the Ordinance. During the early part of the war, he was a colonel on General Beauregard’s staff during the bombardment of Ft. Sumter and in Virginia during the early campaigns.

$ 500


Fredericksburg, Va. 5¢ blue on bluish #26X1 (pre-use creases) tied by Oct 28 (ms) Fredericksburg PAID town cancel on MOURNING COVER from the well-known correspondence of Major Richard Launcelot Maury and addressed to him at 24th Va. Reg, Early’s Brigade, Manassas Junction. Black seal with initial “C” on top back flap tip, slightly reduced at right as are virtually all of the Maury covers. All correspondence covers are numbered Roman numerals in in sequence and in order of receipt; this is noted LIX. Nine of these covers were sold in the 1966 Siegel Rarities of the Word auction (sale 296). A census and SURVEY was done by “Paul Bearer,” a collector of mourning covers who wishes to remain anonymous. Richard Launcelot Maury (1840-1907), son of famed U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury, served with distinction as a Confederate army officer. SCV $5,500 as a regular cover without regard to the mourning bonus. ONLY 24 RECORDED in the Crown surveys of all Fredericksburg provisionals on cover. $7,000. More info on linked page.

Listed in both Provisional and Mourning Cover sections

$ 7,000


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. 

$ 1,100


CSA 5, 10¢ rose, tied by light KINGSTON / GA. // JUN / 26 CDS on small neat MOURNING cover to Mrs. Henry Morris, Greenville, So. Carolina. $800.

Listed in both Mourning Cover and CSA 5 sections

$ 800


CSA 11, 10¢ blue, 4 huge margins all around, tied by sharp SPARTANBURG C.H. / S.C.  1863 cds on MOURNING cover to Mrs. Willie P. Bocock, Macon Post Office, Marengo County, Alabama. Extremely Fine. $500.

Willis Perry Bocock was a Virginia politician with an illustrious career. More info on linked page.

$ 500


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

$ 1,000


CSA  12-AD, 10¢ blue tied by bold CHARLESTON / S.C. // JUL / 30 [1864] double-circle datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP" oval handstamp on INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN BLACK-BORDERED MOURNING COVER to Arthur Huger, Esq., 1st Lieut. Marion Light Artillery, Camp John's Island, Charleston, South Carolina, "Due" and blue manuscript "12" rate including 2¢ ship fee. CSA 12 pays for FORWARDING TO ROBERT HABERSHAM & SON, SAVANNAH GA., Savannah forwarder docketing on back, cleaned and some minor cosmetic improvements. Docketing up right side shows sender was Sallie Scott. Extremely fine appearance. An outstanding incoming blockade-run cover with great provenance of Ex Emerson, Antrim, Haas, Shenfield, Hill, and Walske.  $5,750.

Listed in both  Blockade and Mourning sections

$ 5,750


CSA 11-AD, 10¢ blue (4 margins) used with scarce small town manuscript postmark of Aspen Grove, Va., Feby 15, on thick bordered MOURNING COVER (flaps edged too, although sealed opening tears) to Mrs. Y. J. Shephard, Wilmington, Fluvanna Co[unty], Va.  Aspen Grove was the postwar home of the Brumfield family, renamed “The Elms” by them. In Pittsvylvania County, it belonged to Jake Graves during the war.  The story of the Brumfield men during the Civil War will be the subject of one of my columns. $400.  

$ 400

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