EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL ADHESIVE PROVISIONAL. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS USAGE.
Ex Mason, Shenfield and Weatherly
FRESH AND VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE OAKWAY PROVISIONAL STAMP - BOTH ON COVERS TO THE SAME ADDRESSEE - THIS BEING THE EARLIER DATE AND THE ONLY ONE TIED BY THE CANCELLATION.
Jobbery Sanders was appointed postmaster of Oakway, South Carolina, in 1858 and continued in 1861 when the Confederate government assumed control over the postal system. Oakway's population in 1861 was only 200, and the volume of mail was too small to justify a wood or metal cancelling device, so Postmaster Sanders simply postmarked mail by hand. His provisional stamps were probably short-lived and used on a very limited basis prior to the arrival of General Issue postage in November 1861.
The Oakway provisional stamp was discovered as early as 1907, but only since 1975 has it received Scott Catalogue recognition. Research by the late Daniel T. Gilbert, who owned the other Oakway cover (dated Oct. 9, 1861, and ex Worthington), provided the historical evidence validating the provisional stamp. Soon after The Philatelic Foundation certified the Worthington-Gilbert cover as genuine, the September 18th ex-Ferrary cover was brought back to light by Raymond and Roger Weill, the renowned New Orleans dealers. The September 18th cover offered here has the "W.H.C." mark of Warren H. Colson, the preeminent dealer of the first half of the 20th century. The cover was in Colson's stock at the time of his death and was acquired by the Weills; however, its existence was not widely known until 1976.
Mr. Gilbert established the validity of the Oakway provisional by travelling to South Carolina in 1974 and meeting J. B. Sanders, the postmaster's grandson, who was 95 at the time. Sanders immediately recognized his grandfather's writing and remembered him saying that he made up his own stamps before supplies of regular stamps arrived. Details of Gilbert's findings were published in the Confederate Philatelist, Sept.-Oct. 1975, and news of the second cover appeared in the Nov.-Dec. 1976 issue of the same publication.
Ex Ferrary, Colson and Freeland. This great rarity is listed but unpriced in Scott.
VERY FINE TO EXTREMELY FINE. POSSIBLY THE FINEST OF THE THREE OR FOUR KNOWN RECONSTRUCTED SHEETS OF THE PETERSBURG PROVISIONAL.
The basis of this Birkinbine reconstruction was originally formed by Caspary and later acquired by Richard Corwin. Positions 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9 were retained by Mr. Birkinbine, while the other positions have been upgraded with different stamps (including the cover providing Pos. 5).
Position 6 with 1986 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,300.00
VERY FINE AND FRESH. ONLY THIRTEEN COVERS WITH THE UNIONTOWN 5-CENT ON WHITE ARE RECORDED IN THE CROWN BOOK.
Ex Wiseman, Solomon. Scott Retail $6,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND A FRESH ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE UNIONTOWN POSTMASTER'S 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ARE RECORDED, OF WHICH FIVE ARE SOUND STAMPS ON COVER.
Postmaster P. N. Booker was responsible for issuing the 2c, 5c and 10c provisional stamps at Uniontown, Alabama. One typeset form of four subjects was used for the three denominations. The numeral in parentheses between the "PA" and "ID" of "PAID" was changed for each value, and different color ink was used - Dark Blue (2c), Green (5c) and Red (10c). All three values were printed on gray blue paper - probably used for the first printing - and the 2c and 5c are also known on white paper, which was probably used for subsequent printings. The 10c has not been found on white paper.
Eight examples of the 10c Red are known to us. These are (in order of plate position): 1) Pos. 1 on cover to Maria L. Kidd, Port Royal Va., ex Kimmel, Haas, Birkinbine (the cover offered here); 2) Pos. 1 on cover to John D. Pitts, Richmond Va., ex Ferrary, Caspary and Isleham, 3) Pos. 2 on cover to Col. A. P. Calhoun, Pendleton S.C., illustrated in 1986 Dietz, p. 16, 4) Pos. 2 on cover to Maria Louisa Kidd, Port Royal Va., ex Meroni 5) Pos. 2 repaired stamp on repaired cover to Mrs. John B. Carey 6) Pos. 3, corner crease, small tear, on lady's embossed cover to Mr. Richmond Christian, Richmond Va., ex Hind, 7) Pos. 4 on cover to Col. A. P. Calhoun, Pendleton S.C., ex Sweet, Muzzy, and 8) Pos. 4 uncancelled on large piece with part of addressee's name "S. Price", Virginia destination, ex Caspary. The Scott Catalogue prices the 10c as an off-cover stamp, both unused and used, but we have not been successful in locating any off-cover examples other than the ex-Caspary piece.
Very few post offices east of the Mississippi River issued and used 10c adhesive (A) or press-printed (E) provisionals. This small group is as follows: Baton Rouge La. (A - three known); Charleston S.C. (E - unique, see lot 330); Danville Va. (E - probably not used); Fincastle Va. (E - unique); Fredericksburg Va. (A - never used); Greenville Ala. (A - three known); Greenwood Depot Va. (A - six known); Knoxville Tenn. (A - unique; and E - rare used); Marion Va. (A - six known on cover); Nashville Tenn. (A - seven known on cover); Tellico Plains Tenn. (A - never used); and Uniontown Ala. (A - eight known). All other 10c provisionals were used in Texas or were issued as handstamped entires.
Ex Kimmel and Haas. Scott Retail $22,500.00 (despite the sale of another Extremely Fine cover in our 1986 Isleham sale for $41,250)