EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE "POST OFFICE BUSINESS FREE" MARKING AT RICHMOND. BELIEVED TO BE A PROVISIONAL IMPRINT IN THE ABSENCE OF PRE-PRINTED OFFICIAL ENTIRES.
The circular "Post Office Business/Free" handstamp is rare in any form. However, this example represents the only known use of the marking as a form of provisional imprint. Pre-printed official business entires were normally used by the Post office Department at Richmond, but this handstamped entire was made in November 1864 - the year is determined by the type of circular town datestamp (large serifed letters, month and day, no year slug).
Ex Dietz (signed), Emerson and Powell. With 1973 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS OFFICIAL IMPRINT ON THE 10-CENT NESBITT ENTIRE. A MAJOR CONFEDERATE STATES RARITY IN THE FINEST ATTAINABLE QUALITY.
Ex Lichtenstein, White and Weill Brothers' sale (where it realized $4,400 in 1989)