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    Lot of Twelve Civil War Contraband Covers. A wonderful selection of unused Civil War covers in remarkable condition depicting many examples of slaves as contraband and secession themes. Of particular note is an example that depicts a caricature of three slaves as minstrels with the caption "Music by the Contra-Band". Another example illustrates a black man polishing the boots of General Benjamin Butler with the caption "By golly Massa Butler, I like dis better dan workin' in de field for ole Sesesh massa". Yet another depicts a dancing black man smoking a cigar with the caption "Dis Chile's Contraban'". Each envelope is an average 5" x 3" in size. Four envelopes have minor glue residue on the reverse from having been mounted in a scrapbook. Otherwise they exhibit only some minor age toning.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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