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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
334°
c
Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Mostly clear strike of provisional hs with matching "Columbia S.C. 9 Dec." cds and "Paid" hs on cover to Hikew S.C., slightly reduced at bottom and some toning spots, almost Fine

750
170
335°
c
Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Clear strikes with "Columbia S.C. Jul. 6" cds, "Paid" in circle and "5" on cover to Capt. Green at Fairfax C.H. Va., backflap reattached, appears Fine, ex Needham, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

750
450
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336°
c
Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Mostly clear strike with bold matching "Columbia S.C. Jul. 27" cds, "Paid" and "5" provisional rate hs on cover to Conwayborough S.C., Very Fine

750
600
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337°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 337, Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbus Ga., 5c Blue entire (19XU1), Columbus Ga., 5c Blue entire (19XU1)Columbus Ga., 5c Blue entire (19XU1). Bold strike on orange cover to Sand Fort Ala., "Columbus Ga. Dec. 6" cds struck in black, missing part of backflap, a Very Fine strike, only 28 known

800
400
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338°
c
Dalton Ga., 5c Black entire (20XU1). Clear strike of provisional hs with "Dalton Ga. Jan. 17, 1862" cds on old 3c Red Star Die entire to Alpine Ga., most of two backflaps missing, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine appearance, extremely rare adversity usage - our Levi records contain just one other Dalton provisional on a Star Die entire and it is badly stained

E. 750-1,000
500
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339°
c
Dalton Ga., 5c Black entire (20XU1). On light yellow cover to Jonesboro Tenn., "Dalton Ga. Jul 9, 1861" cds, cleaned and repaired, appears almost Fine, the second earliest recorded usage, only 37 known, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate

500
105
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340°
c
Dalton Ga., (5c) Black entire (20XU1 var). Bold hs with no denomination in the provisional handstamp, "Dalton Ga. Jun. 6, 1861" cds on light yellow cover to Jonesboro Tenn., some edge toning, still Very Fine, this is the only recorded example with the denomination missing - also the earliest recorded usage of any Dalton provisional - used during the time period when the 5c rate would apply, ex Judd

E. 750-1,000
600
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341°
c
Dalton Ga., 10c Black entire (20XU2). On folded letter to Lt. Col. Weerins at Macon Ga., "Dalton Ga. Nov. 28, 1862" cds, the contents are notes from four different officers, the main note asks whether the regiment can be moved to an area where the foraging is easier, some internal repairs and some soiling, still appears Fine, ex Dietz

700
475
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342°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 342, Postmasters ProvisionalsDalton Ga., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (20XU3), Dalton Ga., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (20XU3)Dalton Ga., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (20XU3). On folded letter to Berger's Store Va., "Dalton Ga. Jun. 1, 1862" cds, few internal Scotch tape repairs showing at edges, toning spots, appears Fine, this is the latest recorded usage and one of only three known, ex Mueller

1,500
525
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343°
c
Danville Va., 5c Black entire (unlisted in Scott; listed in Dietz). Bold "Paid" and "5" provisional handstamps with ms. "WBP" postmaster's initials, part strike of "Danville Va. Jul. 15" (1861) cds on cover to Booville N.C., small ink spot at left, Very Fine, an extremely rare provisional, the "Paid 5" has a very strong offset on back, while there is no trace of offset from the town marking - together with the "WBP" initials, there is no doubt that this entire was prepared and sold in advance of use

E. 1,500-2,000
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344°
c
Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff entire (21XU3). Style with "SOUTHERN" curved, press-printed illustrated design on cover to Halifax Va., expertly repaired tears affecting design, appears Fine, rare usage, ex Stonewall

5,250
650
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345°
c
Emory Va., 5c Blue (24X1). Well-struck "Paid" over "5" handstamps on perforated selvage of United States 1c 1857 Type V showing large part of "(N)o. 8 P." plate number, four tiny ms. "X" cancels, matching "Emory Va. July 22, 1861" ms. postmark on cover to Castle-Craig Va., neat receipt docketing

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE EMORY PROVISIONAL SHOWING ANY TRACE OF THE IMPRINT OR PLATE NUMBER. ONLY NINE STAMPS RECORDED ON COVERS, OF WHICH ONLY FIVE ARE CANCELLED. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER PROVISIONAL COVER.

The Emory postmaster, I. C. Fowler, created his provisional issue by stamping his "Paid" and "5" rate markings on the blank selvage of demonetized United States 1c 1857 Issue sheets. This method is unique among Confederate provisionals and, in all of philately, there are few issues created from sheet selvage. The Philadelphia carrier stamps made from the selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 sheets are similar in concept to the Emory provisionals.

The plate number captured on this example is in the selvage adjacent to Position 51 in the left pane of plate 8. Plate number blocks from this plate are very scarce - an unused imprint and plate number block of eight is included in this lot (heavily thinned).

In our opinion this is the finest of the nine recorded Emory provisional covers. Ex Caspary and Freeland. The plate number single on cover is not listed in Scott

E. 15,000-20,000
16,000
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346°
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Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Pos. 9-10/14-15, block of four, original gum, large margins, faint crease as almost always, Extremely Fine appearance

1,000
800
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347°
c
Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 2, full to huge margins, tied by partly clear cds with Sep. 24 date and integral "5" rate, on folded letter from the postmaster Reuben T. Thom, contents indicate that this folded letter originally contained a second enclosure - a copy of a letter to President Jefferson Davis - Thom writes, "I only wish I could influence him," thin pelure paper shows some gum translucence (typical of these stamps and not mentioned on certificate)

AN EXTREMELY FINE AND IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER, SHOWING THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG STAMP BY POSTMASTER REUBEN T. THOM.

The Crown book records approximately 27 covers with the Fredericksburg provisional. This example is a very early usage (eku Sep. 5), and it is the only letter or cover from Postmaster Thom himself. Ex Caspary and Wiseman. With 1996 P.F. certificate

2,500
2,500
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348°
c
Gainesville Ala., 5c Black entire (27XU1). Bold marking on small cover to Lauderdale Station Miss., matching "Gainesville Ala. Jan. 2" cds, fresh and Very Fine, this is the earlier of the two recorded examples of the Gainesville 5c provisional entire

2,400
4,500
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349°
c
Galveston Tex., 5c Black entire (unlisted). Three separate provisional handstamps comprising "Galveston Tex." dateless double-circle with "5" numeral rate handstamp in center and "PAID" struck to left, on yellow cover to Mrs. John Adriance at Columbia Tex. with embossed druggist's return card on flap, mostly clear "Galveston Tex. Oct. 8, 1861" double-circle ds, with original letter describing evacuation of Galveston and devastation to other towns, tiny nick at bottom, otherwise in excellent condition

VERY FINE. THE DISCOVERY COPY AND STILL THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS GALVESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE WITH "PAID 5" AND DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP CONFIGURATION.

With 1985 P.F. certificate stating "genuine provisional usage"

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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350°
c
Galveston Tex., 5c Black entire (98XU1). Clear strikes of "PAID" provisional and "5" rate on embossed merchant's corner card cover to Brazoria Tex., lightly struck "Galveston Tex. Oct. 20, 1861" double-circle ds, light soiling specks and two tiny erosion spots, one just touching marking, otherwise Fine, only four recorded in Crown, ex Emerson, Cole, Everett

900
550
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351°
c
Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2). Clear "PAID" provisional and rate marking struck partly off of edge of adversity cover made from Naval bill of lading, to Anderson Tex., "Galveston Tex. Sep. 23" double-circle ds, docketing at left: "About his ship wreck on 18 Sept. 1863 near Pelican Spit", few edge tears, Fine and rare, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate, ex Brown

1,750
475
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352°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 352, Postmasters ProvisionalsGalveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2). Indistinct strike of floral and scroll design with "10" alongside, matching "Galveston Tex." double-circle ds on adversity cover made from used Bill of Lading, missing part of bottom flap, almost Fine, with 1959 letter from C.S.A., ex Hubbell

1,750
425
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353°
c
Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3). Unusually clear strike of large "Galveston Tex. Paid" circular provisional handstamp with "10" rate at center, on light buff cover to Mrs. John Adriance at Columbia Tex., same correspondence as unique 5c entire in lot 353, well-worn "Galveston Tex. Dec. 5" (1864) double-circle ds, minor edgewear at upper right, Very Fine, only two examples recorded in Crown book and fewer than six believed to exist - probably none as choice as this example

2,400
0
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354°
c
Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (unlisted). Perfect clear strikes of provisional "Paid", "5" and "Georgetown S.C." dateless circular control mark (on flap) of cover to R. F. W. Allston at Charleston S.C., equally clear strike of "Georgetown S.C. Jul. 20, 1861" cds

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED USED EXAMPLE OF THE EARLIEST TYPE OF GEORGETOWN PROVISIONAL ENTIRE WITH SEPARATE "PAID" AND "5" NUMERAL HANDSTAMPS.

The existence of unused entires with the "Paid" and "5" (Dietz Ty. IB) handstamps has been known for some time and is the basis of the Dietz "unused" listing. However, this used entire with the same markings and control mark substantiates its provisional status, but this fact has not yet resulted in a Scott Catalogue listing, which would be 28XU2.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500
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355°
c
Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1). Clear strike of "Paid 5" in circle provisional handstamp, dateless "Georgetown S.C." circular control handstamp on back of buff cover to Flat Rock N.C., "Georgetown Dec. 10, 1861" cds, Extremely Fine, not a rare provisional but very scarce in this choice condition

600
600
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356°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 356, Postmasters ProvisionalsGreensboro N.C., 10c Red entire (32XU1), Greensboro N.C., 10c Red entire (32XU1)Greensboro N.C., 10c Red entire (32XU1). Mostly clear strike on cover to Hillsboro N.C., matching "Greensboro N.C. Mar. 27" cds, some toning and slightly reduced at top, appears Fine, only nine known, with 1985 P.F. certificate

1,000
850
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357°
og
Greenville Ala., 5c Red & Blue on Pinkish Glazed, Ty. I (33X1). Unused (no gum as always), beautiful rich colors and impressions of the blue ornamental border and red town name and denomination, discover's note on back "L.W.D. 6/1/78" (1878)

EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH. THE FINEST OF THE FOUR RECORDED OFF-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT GREENVILLE PROVISIONAL STAMP (TWO OTHER COVERS KNOWN). UNLIKE THE OTHER THREE STAMPS OFF COVER, THIS EXAMPLE IS COMPLETELY SOUND AND ALSO HAS RICH COLOR. ONE OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED POSTAGE STAMPS TO APPEAR IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY OF CLASSIC AMERICAN PHILATELY.

The stamps prepared by Greenville postmaster, Judge B. F. Porter, are remarkable not only for their rarity, but even more so as one of two Confederate provisionals printed in two colors - the other being the Baton Rouge 5c in green and carmine. These are the first government-issued, bi-colored adhesive postage stamps to appear anywhere in the Western Hemisphere, and, as such, they deserve special recognition by philatelists.

After a thorough search of relevant records (auction sales, Levi clippings, Philatelic Foundation and Confederate Stamp Alliance certificates) we have located only eight examples of either Greenville denomination, including four off-cover 5c stamps (all uncancelled and Type I), two 5c covers (both Type I), and two 10c covers (both Type II). Curiously, there is no genuine 5c Type II (Scott 33X1a) in any of the sources consulted, but there is an illustration of a 5c Type II in the 1929 Dietz book (p. 47), which is a reputed counterfeit - the 10c Type I in the same photo is counterfeit and is thought to have come from a group offered in the Ferrary sale. Based on the evidence we have seen, it is our opinion that the 5c exists only as Type I with Roman letters, and the 10c only as Type II with italics. The Scott listing for 33X1a is in question until a genuine 5c Type II stamp is found.

On the subject of value, we wish to note that the Birkinbine collection, from which this unused stamp comes, contained one of the two recorded 5c covers, which was sold privately to a collector for a price significantly higher than the $18,000 1997 Scott value. The $4,500 Scott value for an unused 5c has not been changed in thirteen years and should not be considered a reliable guide to current market value.

Illustrated in the 1929 Dietz book (p. 47) and in color in the 1986 edition. Ex Lilly. P.F. certificate 12426 no longer accompanies stamp.

E. 10,000-15,000
20,000
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358°
 
Hempstead Tex., 5c + 10c Red Re-valued Provisional (unlisted). Cut square from entire with red "Paid 5" over red "Hempstead Tex. Paid 10" circular provisional handstamp, ms. "15" beneath both values, large balloon-style "Hempstead Tex. Sep. 30" (1861) cds, Very Fine, unique triple 5c rate

E. 750-1,000
450
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359°
c
Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1). Mostly clear strike of provisional hs, faint "Houston Tex. Sep. 25, 1861" cds, flap removed, piece mended at top, otherwise Fine

700
240
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360°
c
Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1). Remarkably clear strike of provisional handstamp on yellow cover to Columbia Tex., from the Adriance correspondence, lightly inked strike of "Houston Tex. Dec. 24, 1861" cds, held over one day and re-postmarked Dec. 25, Christmas Day, ink smudges, otherwise Very Fine

700
0
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361°
c
Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2). Full and unusually well-struck provisional handstamp, equally clear "Houston Tex. Jul. 28, 1862" cds on small white cover to Columbia Tex., from the Adriance correspondence, Extremely Fine, an outstanding quality example of the Houston 10c provisional entire

1,500
1,050
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362°
c
Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, "Jackson Miss. Jun. 17" circular datestamp on pink lithographed Bowman House hotel advertising cover to Spring Ridge La., sender's ms. routing "Via Monroe La."

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE USE OF JACKSON PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP ON OVERALL ADVERTISING COVER.

This and the following lot are the only hotel advertising covers with the Jackson Miss. provisional handstamp contained in the Levi records. Ex MacBride, Salomon and Haas

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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363°
c
Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, "Jackson Miss. Oct. 11" circular datestamp on gray lithographed Bowman House hotel advertising cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, light vertical fold

EXTREMELY FINE AND BEAUTIFUL. THE SECOND OF TWO RECORDED JACKSON PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMPS ON ADVERTISING COVERS.

Only two hotel advertising covers with the Jackson Miss. provisional handstamp are contained in the Levi records. A perfect mate to the previous example in pink. Ex Dietz (signed) and Haas

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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364°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 364, Postmasters ProvisionalsJonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Bold strike of provisional hs on buff cover to Taylorsville Tenn., without Jonesboro cds - five of the eleven examples of 45XU2 in our Levi records do not have the town marking - reduced at left clear of address, fresh and Very Fine, extremely rare handstamped provisional entire, ex Deats (guarantee backstamp from old-time dealers Albrecht & Co. with note that this was sold to Deats in 1893), Caspary, Matz

3,250
5,750
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365°
c
Kingston Ga., 5c Black entire (46XU2). Bold strike on buff cover to Augusta Ga., "Kingston Ga. Jun. 25" cds, missing backflap, repaired, appears Fine, only three known, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

2,250
2,900
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366°
c
Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Clear impression, parts of framelines show on three sides, pencil "X" cancel, bold blue "Lenoir N.C. Mar. 24" circular datestamp with "4" changed to "5" in ms., on small Davenport Female College lady's cover to Taylorsville N.C.

ATTRACTIVE STAMP AND EXTREMELY FINE COVER. THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COLLEGE COVERS WITH THE LENOIR PROVISIONAL.

Ex Dietz (signed on flap). Illustrated in 1986 Dietz catalogue (p. 239) where valued at $10,500.00. Scott Retail $7,000.00 for normal cover

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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367°
c
Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Full to large margins all around incl. trace of adjoining stamp at left, pretty pastel shade, neatly tied by "Lynchburg Va. Sep. 18" (1861) cds on light buff cover to Diana Mills Va., overall even toning

VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. PERHAPS SIX OR SEVEN FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THE LYNCHBURG PROVISIONAL EXIST ON COVER.

Of the 20 single Lynchburg provisional stamps known on cover, only six or seven have four full margins, while the majority are cut into on one side. The few known pairs and the left margin of the example on this cover show the narrow space between stamps.

Ex Emerson, Brooks, MacBride and Jennings. With 1957 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $5,000.00

E. 4,000-5,000
3,400
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368°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 368, Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Mostly large margins, just touched at upper right, used on Lynchburg Hose and Fire Insurance Co. advertising cover to Salem Va. with illustration of mobile firefighting equipment, partly clear "Lynchburg Va. Sep. 4, 1861" circular datestamp just misses stamp, backflap removed

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE LYNCHBURG PROVISIONAL ON ILLUSTRATED FIRE INSURANCE ADVERTISING COVERS. A MARVELOUS EXHIBITION ITEM.

The stamp on the other recorded advertising cover is tied, but the cover has had the address cut out and is in rather poor condition. This cover is by far the finer of the two. Although the stamp barely missed being cancelled, the September 4th date (before General Issues were prepared) and absence of any rate marking leaves no doubt that the provisional was used on this cover. Scott Retail for a normal cover is $5,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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369°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 369, Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Black entire (52XU1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Black entire (52XU1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Black entire (52XU1). Uncancelled and addressed to Pamplin's Depot Va., backflap with ms. "Original R.M. Glass, P.M., 1861" some ink erosion in address and some overall wear, missing two stamps which were put on the back of the cover, appears Fine, only fourteen are known, ex Worthington, Hessel, with 1976 P.F. and 1993 C.S.A. certificates

1,500
850
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370°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 370, Postmasters ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove (53X1), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove (53X1)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove (53X1). Three large margins, clear to just touching at left, tied by "Macon Ga. Sep. 18" (1861) double-circle ds on small lady's cover to Cedar Spring Ga. with beautiful Wesleyan Female College green corner card with embossed Book and Lamp design, small mended nick at top clear of stamp

VERY FINE AND BEAUTIFUL COVER. ONLY THREE OR FOUR EXAMPLES OF THIS WESLEYAN FEMALE COLLEGE CORNER CARD DESIGN ARE KNOWN WITH THE MACON PROVISIONAL.

Ex Antrim. Scott Retail for a normal cover is $4,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
7,000
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371°
c
Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3). Ample to large margins, tied by "Macon Ga. Jul. 27" double-circle ds on orange cover to Oglethorpe Ga., reduced at left, stain at left and some small edge tears, the stamp has been lifted, gum stains removed from around stamp edges and replaced on the cover, still appears Very Fine, only 26 known, ex Heathcote, with 1992 P.S.E. and 1993 C.S.A. certificates

5,000
800
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372°
ng
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 372, Postmasters ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Laid (53X8), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Laid (53X8)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Laid (53X8). Unused (no gum), three large margins, frameline touched at top, fresh and Fine, the Laid paper stamp is far rarer than the Wove, with 1983 P.F. certificate

1,750
900
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373°
c
Marietta Ga., 5c Black entire (54XU1). Neat strike on cream cover to Macon Ga., "Marietta Ga. Sep. 27" cds, slightly reduced at left and light toning spots, Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

300
150
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374°
c
Marietta Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (54XU2). Bold strikes on orange cover addressed to Vice President Stephens at Richmond Va., ms. "Box 43" and signed over "Marietta Ga. Oct. 16" cds, docketing on back, backflap removed as usual for this correspondence, Very Fine and rare, only five are known, ex McGee, Frazer, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

1,500
1,400
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375°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 375, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1), Memphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1)Memphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1). Huge margins all around including part of adjoining stamp at left and showing doubling of bottom frameline, neatly cancelled by Memphis circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, probably the finest single used example of the Memphis 2c provisional in existence - extremely rare used and especially so in the dark shade - Scott Retail $950.00, which in no way reflects the rarity of this stamp in any condition

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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376°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 376, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 2c Blue, Cracked Plate (56X1 var), Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue, Cracked Plate (56X1 var)Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue, Cracked Plate (56X1 var). Positions 16-17, top pair in block of four showing cracked plate, unused (no gum), full to large margins, creases invisible on face, Extremely Fine appearance, normal block valued in Scott at $475.00

E. 400-500
325
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 377, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue, Cracked Plate, Nail Head in "I" (56X1 vars), Memphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue, Cracked Plate, Nail Head in "I" (56X1 vars)Memphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue, Cracked Plate, Nail Head in "I" (56X1 vars). Pos. 16 with advanced crack, Pos. 23 showing nail head in "I", both unused (no gum), former creased, latter thinned, both appear Very Fine

230
80
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378°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 378, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue, Large Part of Design Missing (56X1 var), Memphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue, Large Part of Design Missing (56X1 var)Memphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue, Large Part of Design Missing (56X1 var). Pos. 5/10/15/20 with right sheet margin and large portion of each stamp "cracked off" at right, unused (no gum), margins all around, couple faint creases and tiny natural pinholes, still Extremely Fine and striking example of this plate damage

E. 500-750
400
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379°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 379, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Positions 6-7/14-15, top sheet margin block of four, unused (no gum), large margins except just barely touched at bottom right, fresh and Extremely Fine multiple

800
700
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380°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 380, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Variety damaged "A" of "Paid", three full margins, touched at right, neat Memphis cds, Very Fine, scarce plate variety, Scott Retail for normal stamp $175.00

E. 200-250
270
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381°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 381, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Three full margins, barely in at right, rich color, red Southern Express Co. circular datestamp, Very Fine, extremely rare cancellation on the 5c provisional, with 1958 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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382°
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Three huge margins, clear at right, beautiful bright shade, tied by neat strike of "Memphis Ten. Dec. 20, 1861" cds on orange cover to Huntsville Ala., sender's instructions "Deliver this at once", insignificant reduction at right, still Extremely Fine, a wonderfully fresh cover bearing the Memphis provisional, Colson handstamp, ex Pope, Scott Retail $1,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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383°
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins showing top sheet margin, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Sep. 3, 1861" cds on cover to Monticello Ark., slightly reduced at left, some toning on stamp and cover, Fine, ex Matz

1,000
525
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384°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 384, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Three ample margins, just in at bottom, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Sep. 23" cds on Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse Patriotic cover to New Orleans, the patriotic design applied skewed, backflap added and address re-inked, still appears Fine, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
950
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385°
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margin at bottom, just touched or in on other sides, tied by "Memphis Ten. ? 24, 1861" datestamp on 11-Star Confederate Flag with "T" and Verse Patriotic cover to Sicily Island P.O. Louisiana, repaired edge tears and some gum soaks around stamp edges, otherwise Fine and rare patriotic usage, ex Matz, Stonewall

4,000
950
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386°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 386, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two horizontal pairs and single, the pairs slightly overlapping and large margins to in, the single large margins to in at top, tied by two strikes of "Memphis Ten., Oct. 5, 1861" datestamps on light yellow courthouse cover to Nashville Tenn., court docketing at left, one pair tear in margin only

FINE. EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE FIVE-TIMES RATE FRANKING. ONE OF THE GREATEST MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL COVERS IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Caspary, Matz, Stonewall

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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387°
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Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two vertical pairs, first has large margins on three sides showing part of adjacent stamps at left and clear at right, second pair large margin at bottom and in on other sides, tied by "Memphis Ten. Dec. 3, 1861" datestamps on large part of light yellow courthouse cover front only to Helena Ark., stamps have bit heavy gum soaks

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL USAGE.

Ex Caspary, Matz, Meroni, Stonewall

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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388°
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Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Horizontal pair, just in to large margins showing part of adjacent stamps at left and bottom, tied by "Memphis Ten. Oct. 2, 1861" cds on cover to Georgetown S.C., small repair at top right edge of cover and some overall soiling, otherwise Fine, only eight pairs recorded on cover, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate

2,250
375
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389°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 389, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red, Tete-Beche Pair (56X2a), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red, Tete-Beche Pair (56X2a)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red, Tete-Beche Pair (56X2a). Positions 5/7, clear to large margins on two sides, just touched or in on others, tied by neat "Memphis Ten. Aug. 20" cds on orange cover to Bayou Sara La., vertical file fold clear of stamps, small edge tears, one of which affects stamps

FINE AND VERY SCARCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED TETE-BECHE PAIRS ON COVER, AND THE ONLY COVER RECORDED WITH THE STAMPS HEAD-TO-HEAD.

Bayou Sara was a dockside settlement approximately 100 miles from New Orleans. Of the three tete-beche pairs recorded on covers, the others are a foot-to-foot vertical pair and side-to-side horizontal pair. The only off-cover example is the famous Walcott block. The narrow spacing of these stamps is clearly evident in the pair, which accounts for the many Memphis provisionals that are cut into.

Ex Ferrary and Walcott. With 1992 C.S.A. certificate

10,000
6,800
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390°
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Memphis Tenn., 5c Red entire (56XU1). Cancelled by neat "Memphis Ten. Jul. 16, 1861" cds to Guntersville Ala., repair at top left. just clear of design, tiny tear affecting design, missing backflap, otherwise appears Fine, only 21 recorded, ex Clapp, McBride, Hart

2,500
1,600
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391°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 391, Postmasters ProvisionalsMilledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5), Milledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5)Milledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5). Bold provisional handstamp with "Milledgeville Ga. Nov. 18" cds on adversity cover made from printed legal form, to Madison Ga., cut and folded over for display, small edge tear at top, still Very Fine, extremely scarce and handsome usage, with 1987 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
525
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392°
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Milledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5). Mostly clear provisional hs with "Milledgeville Ga. Nov. 18" cds on brown homemade cover to Salem Ga., cadet's endorsement at left and letter enclosure, dated Nov. 17, 1864, late provisional usage, Fine and scarce, approximately twelve known, ex Peters, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate

750
425
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393°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 393, Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Large margins except at bottom left corner where barely touched, faint gum toning, tiny sealed tear at top right, tied by "Mobile Ala. Feb. 26, 1862" double-circle ds on tiny cover with local address, top edge trimmed slightly and flap reaffixed

VERY FINE APPEARING STAMP AND AN ATTRACTIVE SMALL COVER. EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE PROVISIONAL USED ON A DROP LETTER.

In our opinion the 2c Mobile provisional is generally under-appreciated. Its allegorical design is unusual among Confederate provisionals - the only other postmaster's adhesive stamps with a pictorial design were issued at Livingston Ala. (a similar design probably by the same printer who produced the Mobile provisionals) and Port Lavacca Tex. (a crude ship representation). In terms of rarity, the 2c value was used almost exclusively on drop letters and circulars, of which very few have survived - the Crown book records just 23 covers with the 2c Mobile. However, despite its distinctive design and established rarity, the 2c Mobile is assigned the lowest value among the ten different 2c Confederate provisionals listed and priced in the Scott Catalogue. By our estimation the Mobile should be valued at least on a par with the New Orleans 2c Blue provisional on cover, which is more common (29 recorded) but priced at $3,500.

2,400
2,100
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394°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 394, Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Ample to large margins on three sides showing part of adjacent stamps at right and bottom, in at left and partly painted in, tied by "Mobile Ala." double-circle ds struck partly off cover used locally, slightly reduced at right, light file fold affects stamp, appears Fine, rare drop rate usage, ex Seybold

2,400
475
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395°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 395, Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Just in to clear margins, tied by neat "Mobile Ala. Mar. 13" double-circle ds on local drop rate cover, cover repaired with small portion of stamp design drawn in, still appears Fine, ex Matz, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate

2,400
800
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396°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 396, Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala. 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala. 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala. 5c Blue (58X2). Constant variety showing long vertical line thru "O" of "Post", large even margins, neatly positioned and tied by full clear strike of "Mobile Ala. Nov. 13, 1861" double-circle ds on yellow cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, Extremely Fine Gem, an absolutely perfect cover bearing one of the two allegorical stamps issued by Confederate postmasters (the other being the Livingston stamp produced by the same printer), ex Brown, Brooks, Scott Retail $800.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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397°
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Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Clear to ample margins, tied by bold strike of "Mobile Ala. Nov. 14, 1861" double-circle ds on cover to Marion Ala., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

800
750
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398°
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Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Three large margins, touched at top, faint crease, tied by bold "Mobile Ala. Oct. 2, 1861" double-circle ds on yellow cover to Pleasant Hill Ala., merchant's corner card (clipped from opening), fresh and Fine

800
450
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399°
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Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Margins to touching, tied by "Mobile Ala. Jul. 31, 1861" double-circle ds on pale yellow cover to Pleasantville Ala., with blind embossed corner card for commission merchants, mended cover tears at top right, appears Fine

800
170
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400°
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Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Horizontal pair, large margins to in, tied by neat "Mobile Ala. Oct. 13, 1861" double-circle ds on cover to Norfolk Va., slightly reduced at left and few repaired edge tears at top left and bottom left, still Fine

1,900
550
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401°
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Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clearly struck provisional hs and "Montgomery Ala. Aug. 7, 1861" cds on cover to Greenville Ala., mended flap, still Extremely Fine

750
750
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402°
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Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clearly struck provisional hs, partly clear "Montgomery Ala. Aug. 29, 1861" cds on yellow cover to Marion Ala., slightly reduced at right, fresh and Very Fine

750
400
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403°
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Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike on orange cover to Sand Fort Ala., "Montgomery Ala. Aug. 31, 1861" cds, some slight edgewear, repaired backflap, Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

750
425
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404°
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Montgomery Ala., 5c Blue entire (59XU2). Clearly struck provisional hs, 5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c), ample margins, placed over provisional and tied by "Montgomery Ala., Jan. 7, 1862" cds on yellow cover to Chester C.H. S.C., neatly docketed at left, part of flap missing and tiny opening nick at top, faint stains at right and on stamp, otherwise Very Fine, attractive and rare usage, Crown records one 5c Black with General Issue used over provisional, ex Ferrary, Walcott, Everett

E. 500-750
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405°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 405, Postmasters ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3), Montgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3)Montgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3). Magnificent bold strike of provisional hs, "Montgomery Ala. Sep. 4, 1861" cds on buff cover to Richmond, slightly reduced at left, Extremely Fine, one of the finest strikes known of this scarce provisional - only fourteen recorded in Crown book

800
1,150
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406°
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Montgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3). Clearly struck provisional on cover addressed to Col. Jno. W.A. Sanford at Norfolk Va., "Montgomery Ala. Jul. 5, 1861" cds, minor repair, otherwise Very Fine, only fourteen are known, ex Needham, signed Brian Green and with 1977 C.S.A. certificate

800
475
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407°
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Montgomery Ala., 10c Blue entire (59XU4). Well-struck provisional on large part of yellow legal-size cover to Austin Tex., "Montgomery Ala. Nov. 3, 1861" cds, some slight wear, otherwise Very Fine, only six known, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

900
625
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408°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 408, Postmasters ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 10c Black entire (59XU9), Montgomery Ala., 10c Black entire (59XU9)Montgomery Ala., 10c Black entire (59XU9). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, "Montgomery Ala. (Dec) 18" cds (no month) on blue Dec. 1861 folded letter to Central Institute Ala., light stains have been expertly removed, Very Fine appearance, extremely rare marking - only two known - illustrated in Crown book, with 1978 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
2,400
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409°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 409, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Margins touching but framelines complete, lightly struck blue Adams Express Co. oval, minor faults, Fine appearance, rare express company cancellation on provisional, with 1977 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $500.00 without premium for cancellation

E. 300-400
325
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410°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 410, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Unused (no gum), huge margins incl. half of adjoining stamp above, rich color, creased between stamps well above frameline, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Caspary, Lilly, with 1979 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $850.00

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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411°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 411, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Top sheet margin, large at left and bottom, touched at right, blue "5" numeral cancel, fresh and Very Fine, a lovely stamp and very rare with numeral cancel, ex Caspary, with 1990 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail $475.00 for usual cancellation

E. 750-1,000
750
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412°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 412, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Constant variety showing white spot at bottom of "I" of "McNish", mostly clear to ample margins, touching at places, bold blue Nashville cds, minor faults, Fine appearance

475
250
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413°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 413, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Horizontal pair, ample margins to barely touching, rich color but two distinctly different impressions (these were printed using a work-and-turn method), blue "Nashville Ten. Nov. 23, 1861" cds, slight thinning as almost always, Very Fine appearance, pairs of the 5c Nashville are extremely rare, particularly of the printings in Carmine or Brick Red - our records contain ten used pairs (one strip of three) of either shade, more than half of which are on covers - this being among the finest of all recorded multiples, Scott does not list a pair off cover

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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414°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 414, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Magnificent deep rich color, large margins at top and bottom, clear at left and touching at right, tied by well-struck blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 15, 1861" cds on immaculate cover to Athens Tenn., from the Cleage correspondence

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND REMARKABLY ATTRACTIVE NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL COVER.

From our 1983 Rarities sale where it realized $3,190, Scott Retail $2,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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415°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 415, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Three huge margins, top frameline cut in, tied by blue "POSTAGE/PAID" rimless handstamp applied by Nashville office of Adams Express Company, also tied by black "Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on 3c Red Star Die entire to St. Paul Minn., ms. "2/-" (two bits or 25c), Adams Louisville office affixed the 3c Dull Red (26) over invalid embossed stamp and placed letter into mails, tied by blue "Louisville Ky. Aug. 22" double-circle datestamp, upon arrival at St. Paul the 3c 1857 was considered demonetized and "DUE 3" handstamps were applied, light fold in cover at left, part of backflap missing

FRESH AND VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 5-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL USED IN COMBINATION WITH A UNITED STATES STAMP, THIS BEING THE ONLY ONE ALSO TREATED AS A "SOUTHERN LETTER UNPAID".

Two of the five recorded Adams Express covers with the 5c Nashville are from the Knowles correspondence to Rhode Island. One of the five is a North-to-South usage with the provisional paying postage from Nashville to Cleveland, Tennessee. The fourth cover has Adams and Louisville post office markings with dates matching this cover (Aug. 21 and 22) and a 3c 1857 affixed over the Star Die; however, it is addressed to Kentucky and was accepted as prepaid by the receiving post office. This cover was handled by Adams within days of the August 26th termination date for all express intercourse between the North and South and also at the point when Northern post offices commenced demonetization of old stamps. The exchange period in Louisville began August 22nd for three days; beginning on August 25th, stamps other than the new 1861 Issue would no longer be accepted by the Louisville post office. The St. Paul office clearly refused to recognize a 3c 1857 on mail originating in the South, making this a remarkable "Southern Letter Unpaid" express usage.

Adams was required to pay Confederate postage, but letters never actually entered the mails at Nashville. Instead, the blue "Postage Paid" marking was used to indicate prepayment.

Ex Deats and Piller

E. 20,000-30,000
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416°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 416, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Large even margins, magnificent deep rich color and impression, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Nov. 21, 1861" cds on fresh orange-buff cover to Chattanooga Tenn.

AN EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP AND PRISTINE COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST-QUALITY NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL COVERS EXTANT.

Ex Haas (our 1980 sale where it realized $2,420). Scott Retail $2,250.00

E. 4,000-5,000
7,500
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417°
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Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Top sheet margin single, just in on other sides, uncancelled and affixed at top left corner of small cover to Richmond Va., two strikes of blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 14, 1861" cds at right, matching "Paid", also ms. "Due 5", few small edge tears, light surface scuffs in top margin only, otherwise Fine and rare short-paid usage, ex Stonewall

3,500
750
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418°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 418, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Three clear to ample margins, touched at bottom, brownish gum toning, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 9, 1861" cds with matching "Paid" hs on small narrow cover to Plaquemine La., Fine, with 1987 C.S.A. certificate

3,500
1,050
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419°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 419, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Distinctive intermediate shade between Carmine and Violet Brown, in at bottom right to large margins showing part of adjacent stamp at left, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Nov. 29, 1861" cds on cover to Macon Miss., expertly repaired at top of cover and stamp, appears Fine, rare, only 24 known, ex Caspary

3,500
800
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420°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 420, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Just in to ample margins, blue Adams Express oval handstamp, horizontal crease at bottom, otherwise Fine, rare

3,000
2,500
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 421, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red (62X1, 62X2 two shades), New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red (62X1, 62X2 two shades)New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red (62X1, 62X2 two shades). Blue unused (no gum), ample margins to touching, both Red stamps have part o.g., margins all around, Fine-Very Fine

375
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422°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 422, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Clear to large margins showing part of adjacent stamp at top and guideline at bottom, tied by bold strike of "New Orleans La. 23 Oct." cds on prices current to Washington N.C., inside of circular with repaired corner

VERY FINE. VERY RARE USAGE PAYING THE 2c CIRCULAR FEE RATE.

The stamp was mostly used to pay the 2c drop letter rate, and circular rate usages are rare. Ex Meroni, Moody, Clapp. With 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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423°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 423, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Deep Vermilion (62X2 var), New Orleans La., 2c Deep Vermilion (62X2 var)New Orleans La., 2c Deep Vermilion (62X2 var). Remarkable vibrant shade recognized by specialists but not listed in Scott, three ample margins, cut into but evenly at left, tied by perfect dark bold strike of "New Orleans La. 13 Feb." (1862) circular datestamp on bright yellow locally addressed cover, trivial sealed edge tear at upper right corner

A BRILLIANT EXAMPLE OF THE ELUSIVE DEEP VERMILION SHADE OF THE RARE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL. ONLY EIGHT COVERS RECORDED WITH THE 2-CENT IN ANY SHADE OF RED.

The New Orleans postmaster, J. L. Riddell, prepared provisional stamps in June 1861 and advertised them for sale on June 12th. The 2c Red stamps were printed without the marginal inscription "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office". The 5c and subsequent 2c Blue printings all have the imprint. It is the accepted theory that the 2c Red stamps were printed first, before Riddell added the imprint, and were withheld from use until January 1862 when the supply of 2c Blue stamps was exhausted. The Crown book lists six 2c Red covers, while Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (The Congress Book, 1978) recorded eight covers.

Scott Retail $25,000.00

E. 15,000-20,000
14,000
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424°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 424, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Dark shade, ample margins, lightly cancelled, Very Fine

150
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425°
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New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Full to large margins, dark shade, pre-use crease, tied by bold "New Orleans La. 20 Aug." (1861) cds on buff cover to Spring Ridge La., Very Fine appearance

400
180
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426°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 426, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Horizontal pair, Pos. 1-2 showing part of imprint at top, margins clear to full, tied by three neat strikes of "Paid" hs on folded cover to Nashville Tenn., matching "New Orleans La. 8 Aug." cds, blue company handstamp on back for "Ferrer & Co. Importers of Havana Segars", expert internal repair, Very Fine, signed Skinner

800
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427°
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New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Ample to large margins, cancelled by "Paid" handstamp, matching "New Orleans La. 31 Jul." cds on buff cover to Spring Ridge La., few tears and missing backflap, otherwise Fine

400
110
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428°
 
New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Vertical pair, three ample to large margins, in at left, cancelled by light strike of "STEAM" handstamp on part of folded letter to Natchez Miss., some toning on stamps from gum, Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 250-300
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429°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 429, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Three ample margins, barely in at left, tied by "New Orleans La. Sep. 4, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. at New Orleans, sender's routing "Pr. St. Vicksburg" (Steamer Vickburg), cover made from turned 3c Red Star Die entire addressed to Camden Miss. on side with embossed stamp (first use), no postmark, thus probably carried by steamboat, usual filing pinholes, corner folded over to show 3c Red Star Die

VERY FINE AND FRESH. A REMARKABLE ADVERSITY COVER SHOWING RIVER-MAIL USAGE IN TWO DIRECTIONS, THE RETURN TRIP WITH A NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL CANCELLED ON ARRIVAL AT THE WHARF OFFICE.

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Weatherly, "Old Oak"

E. 2,000-3,000
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New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Large margins except irregular at right, tied by bold "STEAM" handstamp on cover to Natchez Miss., endorsed "Care Mr. Bennett Second Creek" August 10, 1861 docketing at left partially erased, backflap clipped slightly, Fine steamboat usage, cancelled on arrival at Natchez, ex Everett

E. 400-500
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431°
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New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Horizontal pair, ample margins, tied by two strikes of "Paid" and "New Orleans La. 6 Aug." (1861) cds on red and blue Confederate Flag and Cannon Patriotic cover front (rebacked with part of top restored) to Russellville Ga., Sutterly New Orleans imprint, a rare and handsome appearing usage, ex Moody

E. 500-750
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432°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 432, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large margins, intense reddish shade, part of New Orleans cds (large circle with serifed letters), Extremely Fine and choice example of the rare Ocher, Scott Retail $500.00 does not accurately reflect rarity of this shade

E. 500-750
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433°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 433, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large margins all around, bold "Paid" cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, very rare used and grossly undercatalogued in Scott

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 434, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Full original gum, lightly hinged, full margins, fresh and Extremely Fine

280
260
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435°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 435, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Vertical pair with top sheet margin containing "ble exclusiv" portion of "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office" imprint - a unique feature of the New Orleans provisionals - huge margins, beautiful shade on deep blue paper, perfect strike of New Orleans cds (with piece from which this pair was removed), Extremely Fine Gem pair

E. 750-1,000
600
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436°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 436, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Ample to large margins, bold strike of "Southern Express Co. New Orleans Oct. 3" double-circle ds and faint blue datestamp, Very Fine, rare cancellation

E. 500-750
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437°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 437, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Full to large margins, beautiful color, lightly cancelled, Very Fine, signed Dietz

120
250
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438°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 438, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Full to large margins, New Orleans cds, fresh and Very Fine

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439°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 439, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a). Full to large margins, clear split impression on back, New Orleans cds

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE PRINTED-ON-BOTH-SIDES VARIETY. PROBABLY FEWER THAN A DOZEN EXAMPLES EXIST ON EITHER WHITE OR BLUISH PAPER.

Ex Col. Green and Grant (where described as "probably the finest known"). Scott value of $1,500.00 is in no way indicative of the true rarity of this provisional stamp variety

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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440°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 440, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Wide side margins, touched at top and bottom, tied by "Paid" straightline, "New Orleans La. 10 Oct." cds on blue folded cover to Memphis Tenn., "Our Flag S.C." 7-Star Confederate Flag Sticker at upper left, circular die cut, fresh and Very Fine, signed Brian Green

E. 750-1,000
1,050
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441°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 441, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large margins, rich color and fine impression, neatly positioned and tied by clear strike of "New Orleans La. 25 Oct." (1861) cds on buff cover to Spring Ridge La., Extremely Fine, a wonderfully fresh and choice New Orleans provisional cover, ex Haas, Scott Retail $300.00

E. 500-750
750
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