Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 416

Price Realized: $ 5,040
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 800
(MILITARY--CIVIL WAR.) PATRIOTIC COVERS--CONFEDERATE. "Unite or Die. The device of our fathers in their first struggle for liberty--- 1776." Unused cover, bearing the image of a snake in 15 segments, each representing a state in the Confederacy. a fine example Charleston: C.W. Falen, circa 1863

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one of the rarest known confederate covers bearing a boldly engraved image of a snake broken into 15 segments, each representing a state of the Confederacy: South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. With the caption "Unite or Die," and a long quote from Jefferson Davis "Slave States, once more let me repeat, that the only way of preserving our slave property, or what we prize more than life, our Liberty is by UNION WITH EACHOTHER." The segmented snake design was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin and bore the caption "JOIN OR DIE," representing the original colonies and appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754.