I guess I am breaking the rules by sharing today -
this one has perforations -
PATRIOTIC QUADRUPLE PLATE FLAW (18L28) ON COVER -
I found this cute little cover on eBay
last week and picked it up for $34.76, winning over 7 other bidders. It started at $9.99 and ran for 7 days. https://www.ebay.com/itm/374103815128
"Protect It Civil War Patriotic Cover+Letter from Alton, Illinois (POW camp?)"
The item description stated:
"The handwriting is muddled in some places but I for the most part can decipher it: "July 16th, ... Dear Brother, I received your letter the other day and was very glad to hear from you. When you write again I want you to let me know how all the girls are in ... and whether you have been to Plotter... NY? or have heard from there and how all the old ... are. You wished to know how Camp life went. I should thought you would have known long ago it is a rough life of sin and vice. Most of the time spent in playing cards and the like. We have plenty of beef bread and beans in our .... The fourth of July was spent the poorest ? I ever saw the ...was were called our the morning and dreamed .... You wanted to know when you thought we would be free if we don't die of the shits or get shot. I suppose we will be free in about six years. We have the US parade dress it is a grey coat and pants grey belt hat... I have told you all the news I know of so must stop. Write and let me know all the news.
Silas ?... Jane Wiley... Direct Co E 15th Reg. ..." I don't really know what to make of the letter especially as it's addressed to someone in Illinois. Alton was home to a POW camp, but it doesn't make sense Jane would be a POW as in my other listings she was from the North, but what do I know about the Civil War... You be the judge and let me know if you find out!"
"The seller did receive a little additional information from someone,
On May-30-22 at 15:04:52 PDT, seller added the following information:
Someone who knows more about the subject sent me this message to which he plans to add more: "The letter is from a volunteer in an Illinois regiment at training camp writing home to his parents. He is not a POW camp. Most regiments were organized and trained close to home before marching off to war. I forgot to write down his name and regiment but will do so and let you know what I find out."
"On May-30-22 at 15:18:08 PDT, seller added the following information:
The commenter (mylittletownpostalhistory for when they post something to sell again) says this: "The writer was Silas Wiley, who enlisted in the 15th Illinois infantry, one of the first regiments raised in Illinois in response to Lincoln's call to raise 10 regiments in each state. The 15th was mustered into service in May 1861 and trained at Alton, IL, where this letter was written, for 6 weeks. It was then sent to the field, spending a lot of time in Missouri, much of it traveling here and there on steamboats. It was eventually sent into battle at Pittsburgh Landing (Shiloh), TN, in April 1862, becoming one of the first Union regiments on the scene. They 15th had no sooner taken up position when it was attacked, holding off a furious charge for 3 hours, killing over 2,000 Confederates with a loss of 250 of their own. Silas was among the dead, passing away from his wounds on April 6, 1862."
I thought to scan and share this cover this morning and when I scanned it and zoomed in on the stamp, I was shocked to see several plate flaws - starting with the triangle on the back of Washington's head (between the 3rd and 4th horizontal line of cancel counting from the top. A second, smaller triangle on the nape of Washington's neck, just under the 5th horizontal line of cancel counting from the top. A third flaw is a smaller triangular flaw right below Washington's toga button. There is a 4th flaw that I have not absolutely identified, but I know this is the position.
Scott Catalog gives it a catalog value as a used single of $2,000
The price is in italics - which means that there isn't enough sales history to give a solid number. Its pretty rare. Or, its damn rare.
I have been looking for a nice example of this position for a few years and had no idea that this was it until I scanned it this morning. I have about a dozen plate flaws on cover and I knew that I was missing this one. I had thoughts of exhibiting them, but knew that without this position, I would be lacking.
Anyway, I finally got it. For $39.25 including shipping, handling, and the Arizona governor's fees. Quadruple Plate Flaw #26, on a Patriotic cover, with an enclosed Letter with matching letterhead.
#26 = $10 Catalogue Value
#26 on cover = $11 Catalogue Value
#26 on Patriotic Cover = $150 Catalogue Value
#26 Quadruple Plate Flaw single = $2,000 Catalogue Value
#26 with Quadruple Plate Flaw, on Patriotic Cover, with enclosure of soldier's letter - $39.25
The success of the hunt brings me joy - even when its more like a blind squirrel finding a nut. I knew it was a nut when I smelled it. The seller didn't. Nor did the other 7 bidders.
Sharing for your enjoyment.