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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — P.O. Dept. Official Imprints

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1348°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1348, P.O. Dept. Official ImprintsPost Office Business/Free, Post Office Business/FreePost Office Business/Free. In circle boldly struck with "Richmond Va. Nov. 29" (1864) circular datestamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to postmaster at Halesford Va., very fresh

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

E. 2,500-3,500
2,400
1349°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1349, P.O. Dept. Official ImprintsPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau. Dietz Ty. I with H. St. Geo. Offut signature on 10c Green Nesbitt entire to postmaster at Fredericksburg Va., "Richmond Va. Jul. 13" (1864) cds and "Free" hs, corner crease at bottom right

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)

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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1350°
c
Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau. Dietz Ty. III signed B. N. Clements on 3c Red Star Die entire to postmaster at Granite Hill N.C., bold "Richmond Va. Nov. 18" cds and "Free" hs, fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 400-500
400
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1351°
c
Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau. Dietz Ty. II, signed B. N. Clements on 3c Red Star Die entire to Fredericksburg Va., "Richmond Va., Oct. 20, 1863" cds and "Free" hs, Fine

E. 200-300
180
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1352°
c
Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau. Dietz Ty. I signed B. N. Clements on 3c Red Star Die entire to postmaster at Tunnell Hill Ga., "Richmond Va. Mar. 22" cds and "Free" hs, a bit worn and frayed at edges, Fine

E. 100-150
160
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1353°
c
Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau. Dietz Ty. III signed B. N. Clements on 3c Red Star Die entire to postmaster at Stony Point Mills Va., light strike of "Richmond Va. Mar. 21" cds, matching "Free", slight edgewear, Fine

E. 300-400
160
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1354°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1354, P.O. Dept. Official ImprintsPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau. Dietz Ty. I with H. St. George Offutt signature on buff cover to Fredericksburg Va. postmaster, "Richmond Va. Oct. 4, 1862" cds and "Free" hs, Extremely Fine and remarkably fresh

E. 400-500
575
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1355°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1355, P.O. Dept. Official ImprintsPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau, Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract BureauPost Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau. Dietz Ty. I signed H. St. George Offutt on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Five Mile S.C., "Richmond Va. Oct. 14, 1863" cds and "Free" hs, turned and re-used after Federal occupation with U.S. 1c Blue, 2c Black (63, 73) tied by ms. cross strokes and "SC", greenish blue "Five Mile S.C. Aug. 10" crudely fabricated cds, no indication of year but probably 1865 after surrender, vertical fold and some negligible wear, Fine, quite remarkable

E. 750-1,000
750
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1356°
c
Post Office Department, Dead Letter Office, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau. Dietz Ty. II signed Jno. F. Harrell on legal-size cover to postmaster of Acworth Ga., "Richmond Va. Feb. 27, 1863" cds and "Free" hs, very slight toning at edges, Very Fine, scarce Dead Letter Office entire

E. 400-500
250
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1357°
c
Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau. Dietz Ty. I with Jno. Harrell signature on 3c Red Nesbitt entire to Reuben Thom, Fredericksburg Va. postmaster who issued the provisional stamps, bold "Richmond Va. Oct. 23, 1863" cds and "Free" hs, fresh and Extremely Fine, remarkably choice, ex Kohn

E. 400-500
550
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1358°
 
Post Office Announcement of July 1, 1862 Rate Change. Printed circular datelined Richmond May 14, 1862, notifying postmasters of rate increase and other postal acts, addressed and endorsed "POB", Very Fine, scarce circular

E. 200-300
325
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1359°
 
P.O. Department Order, Rate Markings for Richmond Va. Slip of paper datelined "P.O. Dept. Richmond, June 27th, 1861" to Julius Baumgarten and signed by B. N. Clements, Chief of the Appointment Bureau, headed "Required for the Postmaster at Richmond, Rating Stamps, to wit..." followed by a list "Paid 1, 2, 5, 20", Forwarded 5, 10, Advertised 2" with magenta "Steel" written alongside Forwarded and Advertised entries, Very Fine, the ideal frontispiece to a collection of Confederate handstamped markings

E. 200-300
150
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1360°
 
Post Office Department, Finance Bureau. Printed form dated Dec. 1, 1864, to Hales Ford Va., enclosing stamps (1000 x 10c), signed A. Dimity, Very Fine, nice collateral piece

E. 100-150
55
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1361°
c
Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief Clerk P.O. Dept. Unsigned entire used as ordinary envelope to Hollin's Institute, 10c Blue, Die A (11) badly cut in, tied by "Richmond Va. Aug. 9" cds, slightly reduced at right, Fine and unusual usage

E. 150-200
230
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1362°
c
20c Green (13). Margins cutting into three sides, tied by "Richmond Va. Mar. 31" (1864) cds on Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau imprinted 3c Red Star Die entire to Gen. Henry A. Wise "near Adam's Run" S.C., with instructions to forward to General Wise if he has left Adam's Run, mended nick at top, otherwise Fine, extremely rare and unusual combination of official entire and 20c Green, ex Antrim, Richards and Felton

E. 750-1,000
850
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