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19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-12-10
United States and Foreign Stamps and Covers
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Sale Number 1037, Lot Number 1339, Postmasters` Provisionals - Alexandria Va. (Scott 1X1)Alexandria Va., 5c Black on Buff, Ty. I (1X1), Alexandria Va., 5c Black on Buff, Ty. I (1X1)Alexandria Va., 5c Black on Buff, Ty. I (1X1). Cut to shape as always, parts of surrounding rosettes visible all around, uncancelled and neatly affixed by star in octagon wax wafer on Aug. 25, 1846, Quaker-dated folded letter to Nathan Parkins, Parkins's Mills, Winchester Va., vivid red "Alexandria D.C. Aug. 25" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" and "5" in rectangular frame

VERY FINE AND REMARKABLY FRESH. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ALEXANDRIA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BUFF PAPER, OF WHICH ONLY THREE ARE ON COMPLETE COVERS -- THIS IS THE ONLY TYPE I KNOWN ON A COMPLETE COVER. AN OUTSTANDING AND WORLD-RECOGNIZED PHILATELIC RARITY.

Alexandria, a major port city, was ceded to the District of Columbia in 1791. On July 6, 1846, the United States Congress voted to cede Alexandria back to Virginia. In September 1846 the issue was put up for a vote by the white male citizens of Alexandria County (insane persons and paupers excluded), and they voted 763 to 222 in favor of recession. However, it was not until March 1847 that the Virginia General Assembly enacted the recession. A noteworthy aspect of this Alexandria cover is the letter, which refers to the September vote on the question of Alexandria's status. It reads (in part): "What do the folks in Frederick County say about retrocession? There is a good deal of talk about it here. The commissioners have appointed the first and second days of next month to take the vote ... a stranger to whom she had been introduced told her he hoped she would persuade the Alexandrians to go back to Virginia. I think the country people will mostly vote against it and the town people mostly for it." The Alexandria post office, with Daniel Bryan as postmaster, was most definitely part of the District of Columbia when the provisional stamps were used before March 1847. In the case of this August 1846 cover, we have used the proper designation, despite the Scott Catalogue listing.

The cover offered here was discovered in 1926 by Edward S. Leadbeater of Alexandria while he was visiting relatives in Parkins' Mills. The letters were addressed to his father of the same name. The cover was sold to Perry Fuller, a Baltimore dealer, for approximately $7,000. It was then sold to Henry G. Lapham and became part of the great Lapham collection of postmasters' provisionals. The cover was later acquired by Consul Klep Van Velthoven of Belgium and realized $5,250 when the Klep collection was sold at auction in 1956. The Leadbeater cover next appeared at auction when our firm sold the "Texas" collection of U.S. postmasters' provisionals in 1964, in which sale it realized $9,000. It was sold again through the Siegel firm in 1986 at the auction sale of the "Isleham" collection, where it realized $77,000, more than 2.5 times its then current catalogue value of $30,000.

Census No. 1X1-COV(UNC)-02. With 1954 and 1986 P.F. certificates..#

History of the Alexandria provisional: http://siegelauctions.com/2012/1037/Alexandria.pdf

Census of Alexandria provisionals: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/1X1-1X2/1X1-1X2.pdf

500,000
460,000
United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2012-06-26
2012 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 8, Postmasters Provisionals: Alexandria Va.Alexandria, District of Columbia (or Virginia), 5c Black on Buff, Type I with 40 Ornaments (1X1), Alexandria, District of Columbia (or Virginia), 5c Black on Buff, Type I with 40 Ornaments (1X1)Alexandria, District of Columbia (or Virginia), 5c Black on Buff, Type I with 40 Ornaments (1X1). Cut to circular shape as are all recorded examples of the Alexandria provisional stamp, rosette ornaments complete, manuscript "No. 45" at bottom (indicating post office box to which stamp was charged), rim of red circular datestamp at right leaves entire design clearly visible, minor natural pre-printing paperfold at left does not detract

VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ALEXANDRIA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BUFF PAPER, OF WHICH THREE ARE TYPE I (SCOTT 1X1) AND THREE ARE TYPE II (SCOTT 1X1a). THIS IS THE FAMOUS WORTHINGTON-CASPARY-PHILLIPS-LILLY COPY, WHICH WAS DISCOVERED IN 1894. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF UNITED STATES PHILATELY AND OFFERED AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS.

Census No. 1X1-CAN-03. With 1971 P.F. certificate. Discovered by W. F. Lambert, a partner of J. Murray Bartels, in 1894. Ex Shryock, Worthington, Caspary, B.D. Phillips and Lilly. Accompanied by July 26, 1846 stampless cover from Alexandria.

History of the Alexandria provisional: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Alexandria.pdf

Census of Alexandria provisionals: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/1X1-1X2/1X1-1X2.pdf

E. 200,000-300,000
290,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
2000-05-13
2000 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 824, Lot Number 3, Postmasters Provisionals (Alexandria D.C.)Alexandria D.C., 5c Black on Buff, Type I (1X1), Alexandria D.C., 5c Black on Buff, Type I (1X1)Alexandria D.C., 5c Black on Buff, Type I (1X1). Cut to shape as always, parts of surrounding rosettes visible all around, uncancelled and neatly affixed by star in octagon wax wafer on Aug. 25, 1846, Quaker-dated folded letter to Nathan Parkins, Parkins's Mills, Winchester Va., vivid red "Alexandria D.C. Aug. 25" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" and "5" in rectangular frame

VERY FINE AND REMARKABLY FRESH. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ALEXANDRIA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BUFF PAPER, OF WHICH ONLY THREE ARE ON COMPLETE COVERS -- THIS IS THE ONLY TYPE I KNOWN ON A COMPLETE COVER. AN OUTSTANDING AND WORLD-RECOGNIZED PHILATELIC RARITY.

Alexandria, a major port city, was ceded to the District of Columbia in 1791. On July 6, 1846, the United States Congress voted to cede Alexandria back to Virginia. In September 1846 the issue was put up for a vote by the white male citizens of Alexandria County (insane persons and paupers excluded), and they voted 763 to 222 in favor of recession. However, it was not until March 1847 that the Virginia General Assembly enacted the recession. A noteworthy aspect of this Alexandria cover is the letter, which refers to the September vote on the question of Alexandria's status. It reads (in part): "What do the folks in Frederick County say about retrocession? There is a good deal of talk about it here. The commissioners have appointed the first and second days of next month to take the vote ... a stranger to whom she had been introduced told her he hoped she would persuade the Alexandrians to go back to Virginia. I think the country people will mostly vote against it and the town people mostly for it." The Alexandria post office, with Daniel Bryan as postmaster, was most definitely part of the District of Columbia when the provisional stamps were used before March 1847. In the case of this August 1846 cover, we have used the proper designation, despite the Scott Catalogue listing.

Based on Philip T Wall's census (Chronicle, Feb. 1983), updated with new information, there are six recorded examples of the Alexandria 5c on Buff paper. Of Type I (40 rosettes in border) there is: 1) a cover front only to Bartholomew Cranston, Columbia Pa., stamp uncancelled, black Jul. 10 (1847) datestamp with "Paid" and "5", the first Alexandria discovered (in 1872-73 by John K. Tiffany), ex Pickman, Colson, Coolidge; 2) complete folded letter to Nathan Parkins, Winchester Va., red Aug. 25 (1846) datestamp with "Paid" and "5", the cover offered here, ex Lapham, Consul Klep, Isleham, Kapiloff; and 3) off-cover stamp, ms. "No. 45" and trace of red postmark, found in 1894, ex Lambert, Shryock, Worthington, Caspary, Lilly. Of Type II (39 rosettes in border) there is: 4) complete folded cover to Burr W. Harrison, Leesburg Va., red Sep. 10 (1846) datestamp with "Paid" and "5", discovered in 1908, ex Worthington, Hind, Caspary, Lilly, Boker and now in a European collection; 5) complete folded cover with address erased, stamp has ms. "No. 70" and tied by red May 9 (1846) datestamp with "Paid" and "5", ex Caspary; and 6) uncancelled off cover, ex Ferrary, Lapham, not seen or recorded since the 1936 TIPEX exhibition in New York. These are the six recorded examples, which include one off-cover stamp not seen since 1936 and only three complete covers.

The cover offered here was discovered in 1926 by Edward S. Leadbeater of Alexandria while he was visiting relatives in Parkins' Mills. The letters were addressed to his father of the same name. The cover was sold to Perry Fuller, a Baltimore dealer, for approximately $7,000. It was then sold to Henry G. Lapham and became part of the great Lapham collection of postmasters' provisionals. The cover was later acquired by Consul Klep Van Velthoven of Belgium and realized $5,250 when the Klep collection was sold at auction in 1956. The Leadbeater cover next appeared at auction when our firm sold the "Texas" collection of U.S. postmasters' provisionals in 1964, in which sale it realized $9,000. It was sold again through the Siegel firm in 1986 at the auction sale of the "Isleham" collection, where it realized $77,000, more than 2.5 times its then current catalogue value of $30,000.

With 1954 and 1986 P.F. certificates.

125,000
130,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
1992-10-03
1992 Rarities of the World
 
Alexandria, D.C., 5c Black on Buff, Type I (1X1). Cut to shape as always, parts of surrounding ornaments showing all around, uncanceled and neatly affixed by star in octagon wax wafer on Aug. 25, 1846, Quaker-dated folded letter to Winchester Va., vivid red "Alexandria D.C. Aug. 25" cds and matching "Paid" and "5" in rectangular frame Alexandria, a major port city, was ceded to the District of Columbia in 1791. On July 6, 1846, the United States Congress voted to cede Alexandria back to Virginia. In September 1846 the issue was put up for a vote by the white male citizens of Alexandria County (insane persons and paupers excluded), and they voted 763 to 222 in favor of recession. However, it was not until March 1847 that the Virginia General Assembly enacted the recession. A noteworthy aspect of this Alexandria cover is the letter, which refers to the September vote on the question of Alexandria's status. It reads, "What do the folks in Frederick County say about retrocession? There is a good deal of talk about it here. The commissioners have appointed the first and second days of next month to take the vote ... a stranger to whom she had been introduced told her he hoped she would persuade the Alexandrians to go back to Virginia. I think the country people will mostly vote against it and the town people mostly for it." The Alexandria post office was most definitely part of the District of Columbia when the provisional stamps were used before March 1847. In the case of this August 1846 cover, we have used the proper designation, despite the Scott Catalogue listing. According to Philip T. Wall (Chronicle, Feb. 1983), there are six recorded examples of the Alexandria 5c on buff paper. Of each type there are two covers and one off-cover stamp. This cover was discovered in 1926 by Edward S. Leadbeater of Alexandria while he was visiting relatives in Parkins' Mills. The letters were addressed to his father of the same name. The cover was sold to Perry Fuller, a Baltimore dealer, for approximately $7,000. It was then sold to Henry G. Lapham and became part of the great Lapham collection of postmasters' provisionals. The cover was later acquired by Consul Klep Van Velthoven of Belgium and realized $5,250 when the Klep collection was sold at auction in 1956. The Leadbeater cover next appeared at auction when these Galleries sold the "Texas" collection of U.S. postmasters' provisionals in 1964, in which sale it realized $9,000. It was sold again through these Galleries in 1986 at the auction sale of the "Isleham" collection, where it realized $77,000 against a catalogue value of $30,000. A Fresh and Attractive Example of This Provisional Rarity on a Very Fine Complete Letter. One of Six Recorded Examples, and One of Two Type I Stamps Known on Cover. An Outstanding Example of One of The Greatest United States Rarities. With 1954 and 1986 P.F. Certificates

125,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
1971-03-23
1971 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 391, Lot Number 7, Postmasters ProvisionalsAlexandria, Va., 5c Black on Buff, Ty. I (1X1), Alexandria, Va., 5c Black on Buff, Ty. I (1X1)Alexandria, Va., 5c Black on Buff, Ty. I (1X1). Cut to shape, as always, well clear of design. Red postmark, "No. 45" in ms., minor natural paper fold at left; Excellent color and impression. By far the finest of the three known and the only one bearing a postmark. Accompanied by a contemporary Alexandria cover with the same Red postmark. Ex-Worthington, Caspary, Lilly

13,500
10,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
1967-02-02
The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Part One
 
Alexandria, Va. 5c Black on Buff Ty. I (1X1). Cut to shape, as always, well clear of design, Red pmk., "No. 45" in ms., minor natural paper fold at left, Excellent Color & Impression, by far the Finest of the Three Known Copies & the only copy bearing a Pmk., accompanied by a contemporary Alexandria Stampless Cover with the same Red pmk., Ex Caspary, Worthington

9,000
6,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
19th Century Issues
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals
1964-11-19
U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals Sold by Order of a Texas Collector
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Sale Number 278, Lot Number 1, Alexandria Va.Alexandria, Va. 5c Black on Buff Ty. I, 40 Rosettes (1X1), Alexandria, Va. 5c Black on Buff Ty. I, 40 Rosettes (1X1)Alexandria, Va. 5c Black on Buff Ty. I, 40 Rosettes (1X1). Uncancelled. unusually fresh, Brilliant color, cut to shape, as always, trimmed slightly into Rosettes all around, fastened to cover by Star in Octagon Wafer, Vivid Red Alexandria, D. C. pink., clear matching "Paid" and Boxed "5", on neat folded Aug. 25, 1846 cover to Winchester, Va., only two other Examples known, one of which has ms. cancel, A Handsome and Desirable Example of this Great Rarity, with P. F. Certificate

15,000
9,000
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