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    Extremely Rare Blank Confederate Naval Commission, Printed in England on Vellum. 13.75" x 17.75", printed on vellum. Wonderful detail including a large panoply of arms vignette along the lower edge and sailing ship vignette at the top edge. A few smoothed fold marks and some toning to the vellum, otherwise in excellent condition. According to Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, the order for these commissions was submitted by Commander James Bulloch, a Confederate agent in England, under the direction of CSA Secretary of the Navy Stephen Mallory on July 23, 1862. After a lengthy delay, Bulloch informed Mallory that the shipment had been lost in transit across the Atlantic, though it is unclear whether this was due to seizure of shipwreck. A second printing was ordered and reached Richmond by blockade runner on November 17, 1864, but, as the war was reaching its conclusion, only a small number of the commissions were ever actually issued. Few copies are known to exist, and reside in a handful of institutions and advanced private collections.

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    December, 2014
    12th Friday
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