VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED PITTSYLVANIA COURT HOUSE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMPS ON LAID PAPER, TWO OF WHICH HAVE OCTAGONAL MARGINS. ONE OF THE RAREST AND MOST OUTSTANDING OF ALL CONFEDERATE PROVISIONALS.
Ten Pittsylvania C.H. 5c provisionals are known on wove paper, but only three are recorded on laid paper (Scott 66X2). These are: 1) Cut rectangular, Ty. I, cover to Secretary of the Commonwealth, Oct. 9, ex Worthington, Caspary, Lilly, Gallagher and Kilbourne; 2) Cut to shape, Ty. I, cover to Geo. Rives, Feb. 1862, Siegel 1983 Rarities sale; and 3) Cut to shape, Ty. II, cover to Wm. T. Law, Dec. 20, Siegel 1982 Rarities sale, the cover offered here. The date pattern does not indicate a specific time period for laid paper, and it is likely that the wove and laid papers were used interchangeably during the printing.
Ex Hart, Freeland and "Beverly Hills" collection. The 66X2 (cut rectangular) cover in the Kilbourne collection realized $50,000 hammer in our recent sale.