Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
359
c
Sale 779, Lot 359, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAbingdon Va., 5c Black Entire (2XU2). Neat hs on orange cover to Kingston, TEnn., Jul. 9, 1861 cds at R., Fine and scarce

1,100
375
360
c
Sale 779, Lot 360, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAlbany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue Entire (3XU1). Clear strike on soiled cover to Decatur, bold Mar. 16, 1862 cds, provisional hs repeated on back, cover slightly reduced at L., barely affecting "L", pre-print paper crease along top, still Fine

750
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361
 
Sale 779, Lot 361, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Large margins except clear at top, faintly struck grid, Fine

950
200
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362
c
Sale 779, Lot 362, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAtlanta Ga., 5c Black Entire (6XU2). Clear strike on cover to Athens, Jul. 30, 1861 cds, slightly reduced at top, clear of cds, Fine

550
150
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363
c
Sale 779, Lot 363, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCamden S.C., 10c Black Entire. Unused buff cover with Paid 10 in circle, struck in T.R. corner, carried privately to Greenville C.H., note on back indicates this originally contained an enclosure dated Apr. 3, 1865, Fine, ex Kohn, with 1977 C.S.A. certificate indentifying this as a provisional, Dietz Type I

E. 200-250
100
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364
c
Sale 779, Lot 364, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue Entire (16XU1). White envelope with Oct. 3, 1861 cds, to Pendleton, S.C., slightly reduced at sides with mended corner at B.R., FIne apperance, very scarce

1,250
800
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365
 
Sale 779, Lot 365, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Mostly large margins showing full outer frame line except touched in two places, clear Dec. 1861 cds, some toning on back and pinpoint thin in margin, Very Fine appearance

600
550
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366
 
Sale 779, Lot 366, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Margins showing full outer frame at B. and nearly complete at T., touched to slightly in at sides, clear Dec. 18, 1861 cds, light creasing, Very Fine appearance

600
325
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367
c
Sale 779, Lot 367, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue Entire (18XU1). Bold strike on yellow cover to Fort Hill, partial Oct. 8 cds and matching "PAID" hs, two small stains at T.L., far from markings, still Very Fine, ex Kohn, iwth 1981 C.S.A. certificate

750
550
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368
 
Sale 779, Lot 368, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbus Ga. 10c Red (19XU1var). Bold strike on small yellow piece with tiny portion of address ("Lieut."), Very Fine (Scott Ret. $2,000.00 for entire)

E. 200-250
100
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369
c
Sale 779, Lot 369, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsDalton Ga., 5c Black Entire (20XU1). Clear strike with Apr. 17, 1862 cds on adversity cvoer made from bank checks with tiny illustration of dog's head, to Rural Hall, N.C., age speckles, still Very Fine, attractive usage

E. 500-750
230
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370
c
Sale 779, Lot 370, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsDalton Ga., 5c Black Entire (20XU1). Mostly complete strike of provisional hs, "Dalton Ga. Jun. 9, 1862" cds with date strengthened in ms. by addressee (matching docketing), waterstain, small piece out at upper left, still presentable

500
75
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371
c
Sale 779, Lot 371, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsDalton Ga., 10c Black Entire (20XU2). Mostly bold strike on buff cover to Anderson C.H., S.C., Nov. 3, 1862 cds, cover with mended corner at T.L., far from markings, Fine

700
150
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372
c
Sale 779, Lot 372, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsDanville Va., 5c Black Entire (21XU1). Yellow envelope to Flat River, N.C. partial blue cds and usual traces of a stamp, Jan. 2, 1862 pencil note a bottom, tiny edge tear well clear of design, still Very Fine, very attractive example of this rare pictorial provisional, with 1985 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-2,500
1,000
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373
og
Sale 779, Lot 373, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue (26X1). Mostly large margins, touched at top, o.g., Fine

250
150
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374
c
Sale 779, Lot 374, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsGalveston Tex., 10c Black (98XU3). Clear strike on turned buff cover front to Anderson, other side with Houston Tex., 10c Red (40XU2) provisional and addressed to a member of Elmores Regiment at Galveston, top flap remains, cover bit aged, but a unique usage (Scott combined retail value $3,900.00)

E. 2,000-2,500
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375
c
Sale 779, Lot 375, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsGeorgetown S.C., 5c Black Entire (28XU1). Clear strike on white envelope to Flat Rock, N.C., Sep. 26, 1861 cds at left, control mark on back, cover very slightly reduced at top, not affecting markings, Fine and very scarce

600
105
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376°
c
Sale 779, Lot 376, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsHorn Lake, Miss. Oct. 8. Balloon-style cds with matching "PAID" hs and ms. "10" on U.S. 3c Red on Buff entire (U10) to Montgomery, Tex. with pelure label with boxed "10" hs, 1861 docketing on flap, cover with sealed tear into 3c and just into the label, Fine and unique. The accompanying 1995 P.F. certificate which considers this a genuine usage but declines opinion as to whether the adhesive originated, although in our opinion the label is a genuine provisonal stamp, and is effectively "tied" by the envelope tear. This cover was illustrated in Dietz's The Postal Service of the Confederate States of America with the question "Who will define its status?" (p. 77). In 67 years no one has properly answered the question, or discovered a second example; offered for the first time at auction

E. 400-500
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377
c
Sale 779, Lot 377, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsHouston Tex., 10c Red Entire (40XU2). Mostly clear strike on cover to Boonville, Jul. 15, 1861 cds at R., cover faulty including part of address restored from irregular opening at right side, a presentable example of this rare provisional

1,500
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378
c
Sale 779, Lot 378, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsJackson Miss., 5c Black Entire (43XU1). Clear strike on yellow cover to a Capt. Daniel, "Army of 10,000/Grenada/Miss.", Dec. 8 cds, cover sightly reduced at bottom, still Very Fine

500
150
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379
c
Sale 779, Lot 379, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsKingston Ga., 5c Black Entire (46XU5). Clear strike on cover to Mrs. Howell Cobb at Athens, Sep. 22nd cds at L., with original 1861 enclosure, cover professionally cleaned and repaired, Fine appearance, very rare, one of four known, with 1984 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
500
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380
c
Sale 779, Lot 380, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsLexington Miss., 5c Black Entire (50XU1). Fabulous strike on orange cover to Jackson, Oct. 3 cds at left, cover repaired at top with small portion of rim of cds drawn in, still Fine, a great rarity - probably only four examples known, Walcott (a cover with the same date in the Worthington collection is recorded by Phillips and may be the same cover), with 1982 C.S.A. certificate

5,000
1,700
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381°
 
Sale 779, Lot 381, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Four full margins, clear cds, small sealed tear at T.L., Very Fine appearance, with 1989 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
0
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382
 
Sale 779, Lot 382, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Full margins to just in, cancelled by portion of cds, thin, Fine appearance, with 1964 P.F. certificate

1,000
170
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383
c
Sale 779, Lot 383, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Mostly large margins, uncancelled, on part-printed notice from Notary Public at Lynchburg, bold Aug. 29, 1861 cds at R., Fine, with 1980 P.F. certificate confirming this originated on the cover and therefore properly paid the 5c rate

E. 1,000-1,500
650
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384
c
Sale 779, Lot 384, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green (53X1). Large margins to in at top, tied by double-circle Jan. 1st ds on small cover to Columbia, cover extensively repaired - worthy of professional restoration as address and cds are complete, rare

4,000
900
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385
c
Sale 779, Lot 385, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black Entire (53XU1). Mostly clear strike with rate repeated in pencil, on yellow ad cover to Griffin, fancy oval corner card on flap, in indigo, for Macon Manufacturing Co. - can be lifted for display, bit reduced at R., just affecting rim of marking, still Fine, rare

500
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386
c
Sale 779, Lot 386, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black (53XU1). Partial strike on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Augusta, Aug. 16th Macon ds at L., large tear at L., slightly reduced at T.

E. 150-200
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387
c
Sale 779, Lot 387, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMarietta Ga., 5c Black Entire (54XU1). Clear strikes on cover to Dahlonega, Ga., age spots at far left, Fine

300
120
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388
og
Sale 779, Lot 388, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 2c Blue, Cracked Plate (56X1var). Mostly full to huge margins, Very Fine

150
90
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389
c
Sale 779, Lot 389, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Four margins, tied by "Mobile Ala." double-circle ds with indistinct month and 1861 year date, on cover to Cross Plains, Ala., stamp with tiny corner crease, cover with small stain at left edge, still Fine

750
250
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390°
c
Sale 779, Lot 390, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Horizontal pair, mostly ample to large margins just touching at places, tied by two strikes of "Mobile Ala. Sep. 6, 1861" double-circle ds on cover to Huntsville Ala., tiny sealed spindle-hole in center of cover, otherwise Very Fine

1,750
800
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391
c
Sale 779, Lot 391, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 5c Red Entire (59XU1). Bold strike on cover to Hon. C.C. Clay at Huntsville, Jun. 18, 1861 cds, pencil notes at left regarding enclosure from a A.B. Moore: "Refusal of arms/reason for it", opened roughly at R. and repaired (not affecting marking) and some toning, still Fine

750
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392
c
Sale 779, Lot 392, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 10c Red Entire (59XU3). Clear strike on bright yellow cover to Richmond Va., Jun. 25, 1861 cds at left with sealed tear, still attractive, Fine

800
200
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393
 
Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 5c Gray (61X2, two; 61X4). Close margins to cutting, first is unused, with a second example cancelled by portion of Adams Express oval, last with bit of blue cds, small faults, Good-Fine appearance

1,975
250
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394
 
Sale 779, Lot 394, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Full to large margins, Aug. 1st cds, small tear at R., Very Fine appearance, wtih 1991 P.F. certificate

500
125
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395°
c
Sale 779, Lot 395, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown (62X3). Pair, full margins to just touching at top of right stamp, tied by partial "New Orleans La. 15 Jun." cds on yellow cover to Va., pencil docketing on back: June 19, 1861, Very Fine, fourth day of use - the one recorded First Day cover of this provisional (dated June 12th) is cancelled with the double-circle ds found exclusively on river mail; this may well be the earliest known use of the stamp with the regular circular datestamp

E. 350-450
350
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396°
c
Sale 779, Lot 396, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Pair, large margins to cutting, tied by Dec. 12 (1861) cds on yellow cover to Carroll Parish, merchant's oval c.c. mended nicks at top from opening, Fine appearance, earliest known use is Dec. 3rd

1,000
550
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397
 
Sale 779, Lot 397, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Four margins, tiny underinked area at B.L., , clear blue cds, tiny corner creases, Very Fine appearance

450
150
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398
 
Sale 779, Lot 398, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Margins to just touching, tied by blue Oct. 23rd cds with integral "5cts", on large part of orange cover front, small faults, Fine

E. 300-400
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399
c
Sale 779, Lot 399, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsRichmond Tex., 10c Red Entire (70XU2). Light strike on Oct., 1863 folded letter to Houston, contents describing the illness of a Col. Potter and doctors recommendations, box charge instructions in corner, intriguing notes on back by recipient regarding a runaway slave, Fine and very scarce, with 1981 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
475
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400
c
Sale 779, Lot 400, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsRinggold Ga., 5c Blue Black Entire (71XU1). Clear strike on buff cover to Atlanta with two copies of 5c Blue (Local) at left tied by "Ringgold Geo. Jan. 20 cds, probably 1862 usage of an unused provisional envelope, stamps creased before use and cover with mended nick at top, still Fine, very rare, ex Hind, Emerson, with 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,150
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401
c
Sale 779, Lot 401, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsSalem N.C., 5c Black (73XU1). Clear strike of his with ms. "Paid 5" on cover with military address to Manassas Junction, cds at left dated Sep. 10 (1861), cover with right side added including small part of handstamp, Fine appearance, with 1989 C.S.A. certificate (Scott Retail $900.00)

E. 250-350
125
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402
c
Sale 779, Lot 402, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsSelma Ala., 5c Black Entire (77XU1). Clear strike with 5c showing doubling, on orange cover to Montevallo, Sep. 24th cds on 1861 pencil docketing at left, all-over ad on back listing guano, marble mantels, steam engines, etc., missing flap affecting this text and light soiling, Fine, with 1981 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
200
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403
c
Sale 779, Lot 403, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsStatesville N.C., 5c Black Entire (79XU1). Clear strike with Dec. 15 cds at left (day inverted), on cover to Manassas, Va. with military address, minor soiling, Fine, ex Emerson

450
220
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404
c
Sale 779, Lot 404, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsStatesville N.C., 5c Black Entire (79XU1). Clear strike on cream cover to Granite Hill, Nov. cds, cover with small ink smear from address, no flap, still Very Fine

450
190
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405
c
Sale 779, Lot 405, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsStatesville N.C., 10c on 5c Black Entire (79XU2). Clear strikes on yellow cover to Gainesville, Fla., Dec. 30th cds, piece out at top which has been mended, with small portion of marking drawn in, Fine appearance - one of two known examples, ex Hart, with 1978 P.F. certificate

2,000
650
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406
c
Sale 779, Lot 406, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsTalbotton Ga., 10c Black Entire (94XU2). Clear strike on grayish green cover to Tuskagee, Ala. double-circle ds at R. (Apr. 27, 1863), light wear, Very Fine strike, wtih 1986 C.S.A. certificate

500
240
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407°
c
Sale 779, Lot 407, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsTalbotton Ga., 10c Black (94XU1). Clear strike on large cover to the Governor of Georgia, Joseph E. Brown, Jan. 7th cds at far right, cover refolded at left, small edge tears and refolded at L., Fine appearance

500
100
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408
c
Sale 779, Lot 408, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsTalbotton Ga., 10c Black Entire, Value Inverted, (94XU2var). Bold strike on large orange cover rated 15c in ms., to Quito Ga., (1862) cds at right with Mar. 24 date in matching ms., 1862 file note on back indicating this originally contained a will, with additional Jan., 1863 court docketing on face, minor soiling, Fine, the only recorded Talbotton provisional with an inverted rate and possibly a unique example of a Confederate provisional used to indicate a double rate on a three-times rate cover, with 1971 C.S.A. certificate

E. 600-800
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409
og
Sale 779, Lot 409, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsTellico Plains Tenn., 5c Red (81X1). Part o.g., full to large margins, small ink stains, with photocopy of 1974 P.F. certificate for strip of three

1,250
500
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410
c
Sale 779, Lot 410, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsThomasville Ga., 5c Black Entire (82XU2). Clear strike with Nov. 25th cds on orange cover to Warthen's Store, Ga., cover with faint stains at top edge, otherwise Very Fine, rare

900
400
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411
c
Sale 779, Lot 411, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsWarrenton Ga., 10c on 5c Black Entire (89XU2). Nice clear strike of revalued marking on ornage cover to a Capt. Arnold of 6th Reg., Ga. Vols., at Yorktown, Va., Sept. 14 cds at left, mended corner nick at T.R., bit reduced at L. into cds, scotch tape mends on back, but none affecting provisional, which is struck Very Fine, rare, ex Hart

650
300
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