The fox, most likely representing Jefferson Davis, is eying a bunch of grapes, representing Washington D.C., hanging from a vine that has been trained over a lofty branch. The only way to the grapes is jump to the top of the wall. The top of the wall is protected by bayonets. The wall and the bayonets most likely represent the fortifications and soldiers protecting Washington D.C. The caption, "The Chances are Scaly" appears below the image. The image is a reference to the Aesop fable, The Fox and the Grapes, whose moral is that it is easy to despise what one cannot get. The phase "The Washington Grape", is above the image.
This is one of several Patriotic covers I am presently listing of that came out of a large period folio scrapbook of Political & Patriotic covers.
Each cover was carefully pasted in this large folio by the owner who collected these as a small child through the Civil War all the way through his life span which ended during World War 2.
The cover will be sent to you with the thin scrapbook backing that the cover was attached to. I have not made any attempt to remove the thin paper from the back of each envelope to insure the covers originality