THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS STAMP AND WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MAJOR CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL COVERS
Provisionals issued by the Beaumont post office are known in two different sizes. The smaller size is recorded on yellow and pink paper, either of which is rare. The so-called "large Beaumont", of which only one example is known, has greater width and height, and contains additional words, "Texas" and "Postage", as well as ornaments above and below the five lines of type. The single known example on the cover offered in this sale was discovered by a collector, Fred Green, among the papers of the Duncan family, which he purchased intact. It was later acquired by George Walcott, who in turn sold it to Charles Phillips, the British dealer. Phillips presumably sold the large Beaumont to Alfred H. Caspary, for it was included among the outstanding Confederate provisionals in the 1956 Caspary sale. There it realized $2,000, passing through the Weill Brothers into the collection of Camille Lightner, which was later purchased privately by the Weills. The large Beaumont was sold to Josiah K. Lilly, and, at our April 27, 1967, auction of his provisonals it brought $9,000, once again selling to the Weills. The next collector to own this unique stamp was the Reverend Paul Freeland, whose important Confederate collection was acquired privately by the Weills. After the Weill stock was dispersed in 1989, the Large Beaumont was acquired in a transaction negotiated between Elizabeth C. Pope (on behalf of the owner) and Charles F. Deaton (on behalf of the present owner).
Illustrated in Dietz (1959 edition), Life, "World's Rarest Stamps (May 3, 1954), Ex Green, Walcott, Caspary, Lightner, Lilly, Freeland, Weill