EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST SINGLE FRANKING AMONG THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE LIVINGSTON PROVISIONAL -- A STRIKING PICTORIAL STAMP THAT DEPICTS THE SOUTHERN SHIELD AND ALLEGORICAL FIGURES. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF ALL CONFEDERATE COVERS.
There are six single-franked covers, one of which is disfigured. The other four are attractive, but none equals this magnificent cover’s quality. Stanley B. Ashbrook described this item as “really a superb cover and the finest Livingston that I have ever seen.” (Stamp Specialist, Black Book, 1945)
This cover was purchased privately before World War II by Harold C. Brooks, and when the Brooks collection was dispersed, this Livingston (one of two owned by Brooks) was sold privately to A. Earl Weatherly. In 1963 Charles and Lucy Kilbourne purchased the cover directly from Weatherly. In the 1999 Kilbourne sale it was acquired by William H. Gross, and in the Shreves-Spink 2010 Gross sale it was bought by Mr. Sharrer’s agent.
Signed Ashbrook. Ex Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Gross