VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE HANDSTAMPED "PAID", WHICH IS ONE OF THE FEW NEGATIVE TOWN MARKINGS USED IN THE CONFEDERACY.
The extreme rarity of the Pine Level handstamp - only three are believed to exist - makes it impossible to draw any definite conclusions regarding its status; however, it is possible that the marking was applied to envelopes in advance of sale and, if so, they can be classified as a postmaster's provisional. Ex MacBride
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE ARKANSAS HANDSTAMPED PAID.
Realized $2,640 in our 1985 Rarities sale
AN ORIGINAL AND REMARKABLE PIECE OF MAIL, COMPRISING THE AMBROTYPE, ORIGINAL LETTER AND CASE THAT SERVED AS A COVER WITH ADDRESS AND POSTAL MARKINGS.
According to Brian Green, four of these daguerreotype cases sent thru the Confederate mails were discovered several years ago. At the end of the war they were found by a Union soldier in the Dead Letter section of the Richmond post office. Of the four known, only this example has the original letter enclosed, and the label shows the clearest postal markings.