EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF NINE RECORDED COVERS SHOWING CONJUNCTIVE USE OF A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL AND A GENERAL ISSUE. ONLY FOUR OF THESE COVERS HAVE ADHESIVE PROVISIONALS, AND ONLY TWO ARE KNOWN WITH THE PETERSBURG STAMP. WE CONSIDER THIS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE COVERS EXTANT.
We record a total of nine covers with a combination of a Confederate provisional (either adhesive, press-printed or handstamped) and a General Issue stamp to prepay postage -- we have excluded from this count a few covers on which the provisional served no postal duty. In our opinion, these combination frankings are significant and quite undervalued -- imagine what price would be paid for a Baltimore provisional handstamped entire with a U.S. 5c 1847 stamp, or a St. Louis "Bear" and 1847 combination.
The following is a list of the nine mixed-franking covers:
1) Columbia S.C. (18XU1) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 4, 1862, Siegel Sale 810, lot 1862
2) Columbia S.C. (18XU1) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 1, 1862, Crown book, p. 80, ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1196, lot 991 (C.S.A. certificate states not a conjunctive use)
3) Columbia S.C. (18XU1) and 5c Blue, Local (7), Sep. 1, 1862, Siegel Sale 846, lot 2458
4) Charleston S.C. (16X1, repaired) and 5c Blue, London (6), Aug. 5, 1862
5) Lexington Miss. 5c Black entire (50XU1) and 5c Light Blue, London (6), Oct. 1862, ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1073, lot 277
6) Memphis Tenn. 5c Red entire (56XU2) and 5c Green (1), Nov. 20, 1861, ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1073, lot 299
7) New Orleans La. 5c Brown on Blue (62X4) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 11, 1862, Siegel 1983 Rarities sale, ex Dr. Skinner, Siegel Sale 958, lot 794
8) Petersburg Va. 5c Red (65X1) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 5, 1862, ex Muzzy
9) Petersburg Va. 5c Red (65X1) and 5c Green (1), Feb. 7, 1862, ex Brown, Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Kramer, the cover offered here
Illustrated in Stamp Specialist (Emerald Book, 1946, p. 39). Signed Ashbrook. Ex Brown, Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Kramer. With 1999 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE COVER.
This is an early state of Position 1 with the "e" of "Office" very complete and the "G" of "Petersburg" fully formed.
With 2008 P.F. certificate