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Sale 940 — The Buck Boshwit Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 September, 2007

Category — Postmaster

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
357
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 357, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 10c Green (61X2, 61X6), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 10c Green (61X2, 61X6)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 10c Green (61X2, 61X6). 5c deep rich color, large margins all around, 10c intense shade, large margins to just barely in along upper right frameline, both stamps tied by bold blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on reduced and repaired legal-size cover to Athens Tenn., from the Cleage correspondence, three-times 5c rate (1 to 1-1/2 ounces), part of embossed seal at top center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH BOTH DENOMINATIONS OF THE NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE. ONLY TWO CONFEDERATE STATES COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH DIFFERENT PROVISIONAL ADHESIVES USED TOGETHER, THIS BEING THE ONLY COMBINATION WITH A 10-CENT. A SPECTACULAR COVER AND OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

Combination frankings involving two different stamps are extremely scarce in Confederate philately. Even among the General Issues, covers showing 2c, 5c and 10c stamps used in any kind of combination are elusive, and those involving 10c stamps are exceedingly rare. We know of only two Confederate provisional combination covers: the Nashville Tenn. 5c and 10c combination offered here, ex Caspary, and the New Orleans 2c and 5c combination, ex Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (Siegel Sale 832, lot 3060). This Nashville cover is a three-times 5c rate and has been skillfully reduced and restored. The New Orleans cover was prepaid at the 10c rate, with a 1c overpayment.

Ex Caspary, Lightner and Freeland.

E. 75,000-100,000
85,000
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