VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A SPARTANBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC COVER. A SPECTACULAR ITEM IN IMMACULATE CONDITION.
John A. Lee was a prominent merchant who served as postmaster of Spartanburg from 1850 through the end of the war. Residents of Spartanburg remembered him as the "Wartime Postmaster" (John B. O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, available at Google Books -- thanks to Vince King for this citation).
Postmaster Lee created his provisional stamps by applying the "5" numeral rate marking inside the "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp on a sheet of paper. The stamps are known cut square and cut to shape. As one might imagine, the stamps come on a variety of papers. Two types of "5" markings were used, and one example is known with the denomination omitted. The paper and numeral varieties are listed separately in the Dietz and Scott catalogues.
Ex Ferrary and Clapp. From our 1964 Rarities sale. With 2004 P.F. certificate