Items for Sale - Wallpaper Covers


ADAMS RUN / S.C. cds with ms date Feb 11 and matching PAID (no rate) on lovely gray and white wallpaper cover, addressed to J. Berkley Grimball Esq., Spartanburg, S.C.; Ex Telep who specialized in Adams Run. $500.

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

$ 500


Handcarried floral wallpaper cover in shades of deep rose, green and tan; addressed to Mrs. F. A. Davie, Chester, South Carolina. Could be turned to show the bright rose if that is preferred. Pretty! $250.

$ 250


Handcarried wallpaper cover of colorful delicate rosebud design, from M. L. McElveen (under the turned wallpaper flap) to Mr. T. B. Fraser, Attorney At Law, Sumter S.C. Ex Kohn $200

$ 200


Handcarried wallpaper cover of gray, white and hot pink floral design, addressed to attorneys in Vicksburg, Miss “per S. Neblett”. The notations on the back indicate that this was carried into besieged Vicksburg outside of the mail. The reverse has pencil "I refuse to a receipt of an assignment of the Forney case. S. N." Ink on the reverse indicates "Important--Forney Case." If this was intra-Vicksburg, it is likely the address would not be so complete. $325

$ 325


CHARLESTON / S.C. // OCT / 12 cds with matching [due] 10, type D used 1861-63 on fresh attractive gray and white enamel wallpaper cover from the John Berkley Grimball correspondence. The prominent Grimball family of Charleston, S.C. were owners of Pinebury and Grove plantations near Charleston and their correspondence is well known to Confederate students. Ex Kohn. $650.

$ 650


CSA 12, 10¢ blue bottom sheet margin (small faults) tied blue COLUMBIA / S.C. // JUL / 14 cds on lovely bright blue and white floral wallpaper cover to Dr. Thos. Wien Martins Depot, T.R.R., S.C. $950.

$ 950


CSA 12, 10¢ blue (4 margins) tied light strike of TUSCALOOSA / AL // NOV cds on tan, cream and brown floral wallpaper cover to Scooba, Mississippi; flap faults and right flap reattached with document tape to display at left side of cover. $450.

$ 450


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. $900

John Murray Forbes (1816-1890) owned “Innes Hill”, named after his mother’s family (later named “The Oaks”) in Fauquier County. He practiced law in the Fredericksburg area and was elected to represent Fauquier County in the House of Delegates in 1861. The plantation house is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

$ 900


CSA 12, 10¢ blue with 4 margins tied by ROCK HILL / SC cds on gray and white enamel wallpaper cover addressed to “Lt. Fred M. Jones, Charleston, SC”.  In a search of the military records, I found a Lt. Frederick Jones who served in Co. F, 15th LA Infantry” – the only lieutenant by that name. Reduced a bit at top with part of top back flap missing. $450

$ 450


CSA 11c, 10¢ greenish blue tied TUSKALOOSA / ALA. // Nov 16 [1863] on wallpaper cover of pale green and white leaf and vine design; addressed to Capt. George Little, Care of Col. Olladowski (sic), Chief Ordinance, Army Tenn, Chattanooga. Hypolite Oladowski (1799-1878) 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. His grave site is in Magnolia Cemetery, 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 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. George W. Little enlisted as a 2nd Lieut in Co. K. 29th Alabama Infantry. A lovely little wallpaper cover with a scarce Polish connection. $750

Hypolite Oladowski: Captain who rose to Lt. Col., General and Staff Officers, Corps, Division and Brigade Staffs, Non-com. Staffs and Bands, Enlisted Men, Staff Departments, C. S. A. Regiment Name Expanded: General and Staff Officers, Non-Regimental Enlisted Men, CSA.

$ 750


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.; top back flap missing; ex Wm. A. Fox $1,200

The Glovers were a family of very large landowners and owned fabulous homes in Charleston, most of them still standing. Much more information on the linked page.

$ 1,200


CSA 11-ADa, 10¢ milky blue, tied on light green glazed floral wallpaper cover to Pendleton, S.C. by blue COLUMBIA, S.C. cds, cover forwarded to Pendleton, S.C. with stamps missing from reverse, otherwise Very Fine.

$ 700


CSA 11-AD, large 4-margin 10¢ blue tied CHARLESTON / S.C. // AUG / 10 on exploded wallpaper cover to Orangeburg, S.Ca., very showy with pretty design in shades of gray, white and tan. $725

$ 725


CSA 11-AD, large 4-margin 10¢ blue tied CHARLESTON / S.C . // MAY / 11 /186- cds on nifty gold, cream and lavender wallpaper cover to Greenville, S.C., Very Fine. $725

$ 725


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

$ 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.

$ 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

$ 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.

$ 700


CSA 11, 10¢ blue strip of four, uncanceled and without postal markings. Stamps appear absolutely original to the WALLPAPER COVER (gold and white geometric leaf pattern) with period staining tying them to the cover. They were undoubtedly affixed to pay the TRANS-MISSISSIPPI RATE from Louisiana to Richmond, but were more likely carried by military courier. Cover is addressed to Col. H. M. Favrot, Superintendent army records for Louisiana, Richmond, Va. Care of Col. N. N. Galleher, Nachitoches [LA] Col. Galleher was a staff officer and Assistant Adjutant General for the Military Department of Arkansas and West Louisiana. This cover is listed as WS-1 in the 1984 monograph by Richard Krieger on Trans-Mississippi Mails. Ex Richey and Finney.  $2,000.

Capt. Henry M. Favrot was captain of the "Delta Rifles," 4th Louisiana Infantry, and served throughout the entire war. Much more information on the linked page.

$ 2,000


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.

$ 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.”

$ 900


CSA 12-KB, 10¢ deep blue tied blue COLUMBIA / S.C. // OCT / 30 double circle cancel on buff and orange enamel WALLPAPER cover addressed to High Shoals Iron Co., Iron P.O., Lincoln Co., N.C., slightly reduced at top with couple tiny tears at top edge. $850.

High Shoals Iron Works did a lot of nail and rolling work for the Confederate government. Much more information on the linked page.

$ 850


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.

$ 500


ADAMS RUN / SC cds with ms “Jany 1” [1865] within, matching straightline PAID, no rate; addressed to J. Berkley Grimball, Esq., Spartanburg, S.C. on gray and white patterned wallpaper cover; docketed Manigault 16th Jany 1865. Showy and clean, Ex Kohn, signed B. Green.  $500.            

John Berkley Grimball (1800-1892), The Grimballs were prominent planters and owners of Pinebury and Grove plantations near Charleston, SC.

$ 475


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.

$ 1,500


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.

$ 1,300


CSA 11, 10¢ blue (4 margins), tied by light strike of FAYETTEVILLE / N.C. cds on greenish-blue, brown and white wallpaper cover on aqua base to Major J. C. ?, Goldsboro N.C.; someone should be able to decipher the name and military connection, elaborate design including buildings on a bridge, opened for display, slightly reduced at sides, minor repaired tear lower right edge, appears Very Fine, most unusual wallpaper design depicting part of a city. Ex Matz A charmer. $1,400.

$ 1,400


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.

$ 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.

$ 1,100


CSA 11c, 10¢ greenish blue vertical pair (tiny faults but mostly 4 margin) tied pen stroke on the back flaps but turned to show on the front of blue, gray and white wallpaper cover to Mrs. A. H. Elliott, St. Paul’s Parish, Adams Run, So. Ca., with manuscript postmark of “White Hall, N.C.” Ex Telep.  $950.

$ 950


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.

$ 1,000


CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish blue tied bold clear PLAINS OF DURA / GA // MAR 12 cds on buff and violet-blue wallpaper cover to S. McG--- , Enock 1st Ga, Carte---, Ga; military address cut into at right otherwise nice wallpaper use.  $650.

$ 650


CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue pair on local paper (small faults), tied MARIETTA / GEO. // OCT / 6 [1863] on taupe, beige and burgundy (inside) WALLPAPER COVER addressed to Miss Carrie F. Miller, Pendleton, So Ca; small cover edge tears at top and top back flap missing. $475.

$ 475


New 3-11-19

ADAMS RUN / S.C. neat cds (no date) and straightline PAID (no rate) handstamp on lovely gray and white enamel floral wallpaper cover to Mrs. J. B. Grimball, Spartanburgh (sic) So. Carolina, docketed up left side “23d Nov. 1863 Mrs. Manigault with W. Mitchell’s letter, Important.” Fully exploded so showable both sides, if desired. $700.

John Berkley Grimball correspondence is most recognized to postal historians for blockade covers. More details on the family on the linked page.

$ 700


New 3-11-19

CSA 11, 10¢ blue tied neatly struck CHARLESTON / S.C. // SEP / 30 // 186_ cds on gray and white enamel floral wallpaper cover to Mrs. J. B. Grimball, Spartanburg, So. Ca., docketed up left side “A.G. 28th Sept. 1864.” Very Fine. $750.

John Berkley Grimbal, most recognized to postal historians for the blockade covers. See linked page for more details.

$ 750

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