EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVELY TIED ON COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE PLEASANT SHADE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL AND ONE OF THREE COVERS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS (TWO WITH SINGLES).
The tiny town of Pleasant Shade had a population of 57 in 1860. Robert E. Davis was appointed U.S. postmaster by President James Buchanan on January 11, 1860. He was appointed C.S.A. postmaster on July 27, 1861, and was replaced by Eugene W. Spratley on July 14, 1863 (Richard L. Calhoun, The Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia).
Postmaster Davis had his provisional stamps printed at Andrew F. Crutchfield & Company, publisher of the local Petersburg newspaper, The Daily Express. This was the firm that printed the nearly identical Petersburg provisionals (see page 172). Crutchfield & Co. used five of the settings from the Petersburg form, substituting the names of the post office and postmaster, and printing the Pleasant Shade stamps in Blue instead of Red.
The Calhoun census, which accords with our own, records a total of 22 stamps, including an unused block of six, an unused vertical pair, seven unused singles, a used single off cover, a used single on piece, three singles on covers and one pair on cover. Details of the covers are provided in the description of lot 1114. The block and pair were reported by George B. Sloane to have been discovered in 1900 (Sloane's Column, Stamps, Nov. 26, 1955).
There are four recorded covers with the Pleasant Shade provisional: 1) Nov. 24 (1861), horizontal pair, to Messr. A. & J. M. Donnan, Petersburg Va., the earliest recorded use and only recorded used multiple, ex Burger Brothers, Duveen, Worthington, Hind, Emerson, Caspary, Lightner, Dr. Graves; 2) Dec. 22 (1861), to Miss Rose Casier, Staunton Va., Tapling collection, British Library; 3) Apr. 14 (1862), to Alexander Donnan, Petersburg Va., ex Caspary, Kilbourne and Gross, the cover offered here; and 4) May 21 (1862), to Miss Ella B. Smith, Christiansville Va., ex Ferrary and Caspary Ex Caspary, Kilbourne and Gross.
With 2010 P.F. certificate