EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED 5-CENT HELENA, TEXAS, POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMPS. ALL THREE ARE OFF COVER AND ONLY THIS STAMP HAS A CLEAR CANCELLATION.
There are five recorded examples of the provisional stamps issued by Helena postmaster, David W. Dailey, including three 5c and two 10c, all off cover. The three 5c stamps are as follows:
1) Uncancelled, four margins, creases, toned spot, ex Lilly (Siegel Sale 317, lot 318)
2) Helena town datestamp, four margins, small thin spots, tiny tears, ex Caspary, Lightner, Dr. Graves, “Beverly Hills”, “Camina” (Castillejo) and Dr. Maffeo, the stamp offered here
3) Indistinct cancel, close at top, margins on other sides, thin and stain, printing on back, ex Steves, Caspary
Illustrated in Deaton’s The Great Texas Stamp Collection (page 66). Ex Caspary, Lightner, Dr. Graves, “Beverly Hills”, “Camina” (Castillejo) and Dr. Maffeo. With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Catalogue states “Used examples are valued with small faults or repairs, as all recorded have faults”