VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 10-CENT HELENA, TEXAS, POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMPS. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.
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 two 10c stamps are as follows:
1) Four margins, blue manuscript cancel, small margin repair and thinned, ex Caspary and Kirkman, the stamp offered here
2) Four margins, light cancel, closed tear and thinned, ex Caspary
#The initials on this stamp (shown below) are not those of Postmaster David W. Dailey. They appear to be "E.F.M." or "E.F.W."
Illustrated in Deaton’s The Great Texas Stamp Collection (Plate 8). Ex Caspary and Kirkman.
Scott Catalogue states “Used examples are valued with small faults or repairs, as all recorded have faults”