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Census of Alexandria Va., 5c Black on Buff, Postmaster's Provisional (Scott 1X1-1X2)

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Digitally enhanced image of September 9th Patton-Causten letter with Alexandria stamp dropped into position and postal markings colored red

Notes:
  • The “Ferrary” Copy (Bartels #2)
  • Uncancelled
  • Signed “L. W. Durbin/July 1879”
  • Basis of Scott unused value
Provenance:
  • 1879 (Jul.) Discovered by Theodore J. Pickett on Sep. 9, 1846 letter from Patton to Causten and reported in Philatelic Monthly Jul. 1879; removed from letter
  • 1879 To L. W. Durbin (who signed the back)
  • c1879 To Philippe la Rénotière von Ferrary
  • 1922 Apr. 7 Ferrary sale, Gilbert Sale 3, lot 536, $6,430, to Warren H. Colson for Henry G. Lapham
  • 1928 Apr. 4 Collectors Club of New York, exhibited by Henry G. Lapham
  • 1936 TIPEX, exhibited by Raymond W. Lapham (Grand Award)
  • 1939 Henry G. Lapham dies, collection sold over years thru Colson
  • 194(?) To Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen Jr.
  • 1960 Original Sep. 9 letter with stamp missing reported by George B. Tebbs (S.P.A. Journal, May 1964)
  • 2006 Sep. 9 letter sold at auction, current whereabouts unknown
Certificates:
  • PFC 501325 "It is Genuine, Unused, No Gum"
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