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FILTER: Area=United States, Sub Area=Confederate States and Civil War-Related, Issue/Country=Confederate States and Civil-War Related, All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 26X1, Symbol IN ("COVER")
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2019-09-25
The Clovis Collection of Confederate States Illustrated Covers
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 107, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 7, three huge margins showing tips of adjoining ornaments at left, just touched at right, deep shade, tied by partly clear "Fredericksburg Va. Paid Oct. 23" (1861) circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Hazen Va., neat docketing, some scattered spots not affecting stamp, cover slightly reduced at left with small sealed tear

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST ON-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Reuben Triplett Thom (1782-1868) was 78 when he was appointed to be Confederate postmaster of Fredericksburg on July 20, 1861. Thom had been postmaster since 1840, when he received his first appointment from President Martin Van Buren. Fredericksburg, a Virginia town with an 1860 population of 4,000, was situated on the Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad between the capital cities of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The town changed hands eleven times and was essentially destroyed during the Civil War, but Postmaster Thom performed his postal duties throughout the conflict.

The Fredericksburg stamps on covers are more often seen with brown gum toning and deeply cut into the design. This example ranks among the best recorded examples.

Ex Caspary. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail $5,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,700
United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2017-07-25
United States Stamps
c
Sale Number 1162, Lot Number 824, Confederate StatesFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 10, large to ample margins all around, tied by "Fredericksburg Va. Paid Oct. 24" circular datestamp on cover to Flippos, cover with light stain at top right and stamp with small nick at bottom (not mentioned on accompanying certificate)

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.

Ex Caspary and Emerson. With 1992 P.F. certificate

5,500
0
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2016-06-22
Confederate States and the Civil War
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3089, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Large margins to clear, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid ? 12" circular datestamp on buff cover to Richmond Va., stamp and cover with some creasing, cover with tear at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.

Reuben Triplett Thom (1782-1868) was 78 when he was appointed to be Confederate postmaster of Fredericksburg on July 20, 1861. Thom had been postmaster since 1840, when he received his first appointment from President Martin Van Buren. Fredericksburg, a Virginia town with an 1860 population of 4,000, was situated on the Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad between the capital cities of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The town changed hands eleven times and was essentially destroyed during the Civil War, but Postmaster Thom performed his postal duties throughout the conflict

5,000
1,600
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2015-06-24
Civil War and Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2119, Postmasters Provisionals: Columbia S.C. thru Fredericksbuyrg Va.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Large margins to clear, tied by "Fredericksburg Va. Paid Oct. 23" (1861) circular datestamp and used as forwarding postage on Montgomery Ala., 10c Blue entire (59XU4) from Montgomery to Fredericksburg and forwarded to Trevillians Depot Va., bold "Montgomery Ala. Oct. 16, 1861" circular datestamp, with original enclosure with fascinating slave-related contents from a slave dealer discussing the sale of some slaves, mentions "We have usually by the 1st the present month a brisk trade, but owing to the fact that the planters cannot sell their cotton & other difficulties connected with the War-we are doing nothing", stamp and cover expertly repaired

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL AS FORWARDING POSTAGE ON A 10-CENT MONTGOMERY POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE, WITH ORIGINAL CONTENTS FROM A SLAVE DEALER. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE STAMP USED IN COMBINATION WITH ANOTHER POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL OF ANY KIND.

This cover was illustrated and described as a new discovery in an article by Van Dyk MacBride in the Jan. 1961 issue of Confederate Philatelist (copy accompanies). We record only one other cover with a Confederate postmaster's adhesive provisional stamp used with another postmaster's provisional (Charleston S.C. 5c adhesive with Hamburgh S.C. handstamp, Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1018, realized $20,000 hammer). The presence of two different rates on this cover is an added element of interest.

Ex Solomon (1981 Kaufman sale). With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
13,000
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2015-06-24
Civil War and Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2120, Postmasters Provisionals: Columbia S.C. thru Fredericksbuyrg Va.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 11, large margins to just touching border, tied by "Fredericksburgh Va. Paid Oct. 22" (1861) circular datestamp on light buff homemade cover to Fairfax Station, expertly cleaned to remove some stains

VERY FINE STAMP AND AN ATTRACTIVE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER.

Ex Hart, Brooks and Emerson. Signed Ashbrook. 1989 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies

5,500
2,500
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2014-06-24
The Brandon Collection, Part 1: Postmasters' Provisionals
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Sale Number 1073, Lot Number 240, Courtland Ala. thru Goliad Tex.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 3, tied by partly clear strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid Sep. 29" circular datestamp with date in manuscript, on small mourning envelope to Major Richard L. Maury of the 24th Va. Regt. in Jubal Early's Brigade at Manassas Junction, "L I" roman numeral docketing removed from top causing slight thin in cover, slightly reduced at right, stamp with a faint wrinkle and tiny corner crease but free of the heavier creases normally found

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON A SMALL MOURNING COVER.

Richard Launcelot Maury (1840-1907) became the commander of the 24th Va. during the 1862 battle of Williamsburg when superior officers were wounded or killed. There are a number of General Issue covers as well as approximately ten Fredericksburg Provisional covers addressed to him, nearly all with mourning borders. Nine of the 26X1 Provisional covers were offered to the market in our 1966 Rarities of the World sale.

5,000
2,800
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2014-02-26
The Benjamin Wishnietsky Collection of Confederate States
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 56, Postmasters` Provisionals: Athens Ga. thru Fredericksburg Va.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 1, tied by "Fredericksburg Va. Paid Oct. 1?" circular datestamp on small mourning envelope to Major Richard L. Maury of the 24th Va. Regt. in Jubal Early's Brigade at Manassas Junction, "Paid" straightline handstamp, "Oct. 19" and "L V" roman numeral docketing as typical for this correspondence, stamp with creasing, small envelope corner repair at top right

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON A SMALL MOURNING COVER.

Richard Launcelot Maury (1840-1907) became the commander of the 24th Va. during the 1862 battle of Williamsburg when superior officers were wounded or killed. There are a number of General Issue covers as well as approximately ten Fredericksburg Provisional covers addressed to him -- nearly all with mourning borders. Creases are found throughout due to the fragile nature of the paper, some quite heavy. This example has lighter creasing than many of the others we record. Nine of the 26X1 Provisional covers were offered to the market in our 1966 Rarities of the World sale. For a biography of Maury see Confederate Philatelist (1971, pp. 70-73).

5,000
5,000
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2012-03-28
The D.K. Collection of Southern Postmasters' Provisionals
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Sale Number 1022, Lot Number 1024, Fredericksburg, VirginiaFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 2, full to huge margins, tied by partly clear circular datestamp with Sep. 24 date and integral "5" rate, on folded letter from the postmaster Reuben T. Thom, letter indicates that it originally contained a second enclosure -- a copy of a letter to President Jefferson Davis -- Thom writes, "I only wish I could influence him," thin pelure paper shows some gum translucence (typical of these stamps and not mentioned on certificate)

AN EXTREMELY FINE AND IMPORTANT SOUTHERN POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER, SHOWING THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG STAMP BY POSTMASTER REUBEN T. THOM.

Reuben Triplett Thom (1782-1868) was 78 when he was appointed to be Confederate postmaster of Fredericksburg on July 20, 1861. Thom had been postmaster since 1840, when he received his first appointment from President Van Buren. Fredericksburg, a Virginia town with an 1860 population of 4,000, was situated on the Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad between the capital cities of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The town changed hands eleven times and was essentially destroyed during the Civil War, but Postmaster Thom performed his postal duties throughout the conflict (Richard L. Calhoun, "Fredericksburg, Virginia, Revisited", Confederate Philatelist, March-April 1997). An interesting biographical account can be found at http://fredericksburghistory.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/fredericksburg-april-12-1861 : "Elsewhere local citizens ruminated on more prosaic things, like a petition to the new President in Washington asking him to keep the town's long-time postmaster Reuben Thom in place. Thom was 79 [actually 78] years old (one of the few people in town who likely remembered the flood of 1814) and an institution -- 'emphatically a good man,' said the News. But Thom was a secessionist, and the newspaper saw in his prospective appointment the chance for the new president (Lincoln) to reach across sectional divides, place party politics aside and rise 'superior to these little, petty political prejudices... and show himself superior to party distinctions.' Events of the following weeks would render the citizens' petition for Thom moot, but he would indeed be appointed postmaster of Confederate mails. Like Fredericksburg, Thom and his family suffered severely amidst the war that loomed in the newspapers that April 12, 1861. His house at what is today about 919 Caroline Street burned in the bombardment of December 11, 1862 -- indeed, he and his family huddled in the basement until flames forced them into their garden. His neighbor John Wallace saw him soon after the battle, 'I met in the street Mr. Thom who told me he was utterly ruined, I can assure you I felt deep sympathy for him. He is not alone, many are in the same situation.'"

Postmaster Thom issued adhesive stamps in September 1861 in two denominations: the 5c Blue and 10c Red. It seems certain that the stamps were printed by Robert B. Alexander at the offices of the Democratic Recorder and Recorder Job Office (Dr. Keith E. Littlefield, "Robert B. Alexander: Printer of the Fredericksburg Va. C.S.A. Provisional Stamps," Confederate Philatelist, Sep.-Oct. 1999). They were printed from a typeset form of 20 (5 by 4) on thin pelure paper. A fairly large number of unused stamps survived the war and entered the philatelic market. Calhoun records 40 covers with the 5c, but a 10c cover has not been discovered. The Calhoun census lists 40 covers with the Fredericksburg provisional.

This example is an early use (the earliest date recorded is September 12), and it is the only letter or cover from Postmaster Thom himself.

Ex Caspary, Wiseman and Birkinbine. With 1996 P.F. certificate

5,500
6,500
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2011-11-15
Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 605, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 10, huge top margin showing nearly full bottom ornaments from stamp above, margins touching other sides to in at left, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid" (date unclear) circular datestamp on buff cover to Pendleton's Battery at Fairfax C.H., small piece of top flap removed and some small sealed tears at top

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.

With 1990 C.S.A certificate

5,000
2,900
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2009-12-09
U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History and Foreign Stamps and Covers
c
Sale Number 980, Lot Number 2900, Confederate States (Postmasters Provisionals)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Large margins to clear, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid ? 12" circular datestamp on orange cover to Richmond Va., stamp and cover with some creasing, cover with tear at bottom left, still Very Fine, scarce on cover

5,000
2,200
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