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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
337
 
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 337, Postmasters ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Horizontal pair showing each type, margins in, light cancel, each stamp with small thin spot, otherwise Very Good

2,100
800
338
c
Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II large "Paid", wonderful deep shade and fine impression, ample side margins, close but clear of frameline at top and bottom, lightly cancelled by grid, matching "Athens Ga. Paid Dec. 6" (1861) circular datestamp on small black-bordered mourning envelope to Capt. Taylor, Quartermaster, Maj. Taylor's Battalion at Warreville Ga., tiny opening tear at top, fresh and Very Fine, a very attractive cover, mourning envelopes with provisionals are rare, ex Caspary

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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339
c
Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Neat strike of provisional hs, "Atlanta Ga. Jun. 3, 1861" cds on 3c Star Die entire (U27) to Macon Ga., slight staining at left affects provisional marking, still Very Fine, the earliest recorded use of an Atlanta Provisional, on the third day of the new Confederate postal system, rare used on a U.S. entire, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

700
0
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340
c
Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Mostly clear provisional handstamp with mostly bold "Atlanta Ga. Sep. 11, 1861" cds on red and blue Hand-Held 11-Star Confederate Flag and "Fast Colors...warranted not to run" Patriotic cover to McKinley Ala.

VERY FINE. FEWER THAN A DOZEN PATRIOTIC COVERS KNOWN WITH THE ATLANTA PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP, OF WHICH ONLY FOUR ARE THIS SCARCE HAND-HELD FLAG DESIGN.

From our 337th Sale, which offered one of the most outstanding Confederate patriotic cover collections ever formed.

3,500
2,100
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341
c
Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Bold strikes of provisional hs and "Atlanta Ga. Oct. 30, 1861" cds on cover to Fairburn Ga. with grocer's green illustrated woodcut corner card with barrels of produce, Eaves design, minor edge soiling and wear, otherwise Very Fine, choice provisionally handstamped ad cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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342
c
Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Boldly struck provisional hs with "Atlanta Ga. Nov. 16, 1861" cds on fresh cover to Griffin Ga., Extremely Fine and choice, ex Luff, Haas

550
550
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343
c
Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Mostly clear strike with bold "Atlanta Ga. Jul. 23, 1861" cds on buff cover to Big Shanty Ga., fresh and Very Fine

700
160
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344
c
Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Clear strike with "Atlanta Ga. Jun. 27, 1861" cds on buff cover to Hamburg S.C., Very Fine

700
200
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345
c
Atlanta Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (6XU3). Well-struck provisional hs and "Atlanta Ga. Nov. 7, 1861" cds on buff cover to Alexander H. Stephens in Richmond Va., docketing on back reads "J.A. Stewart Atlanta Ga. 8th Nov. 1861 - On the state of the country - Advocates a return to the Union to stop the war. Is in favor of reconstruction. Wants the South to offer terms of peace. Says there is a growing discontent which will soon break out in open resistance.", top flap removed on opening as evidenced by docketing, Extremely Fine and choice provisional usage

1,500
0
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346
c
Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU9). Perfectly struck provisional hs and "Atlanta Ga. Sep. 29, 1861" cds on cover addressed to Alexander H. Stephens at Richmond Va., docketing on back reads "Capt. J.F. Gilmer Atlanta Georgia Sept. 28, 1861 Wants Mr. Stephens to request of the War Dept. early action upon his report for duty. Has just arrived from California.", barely reduced at top and missing part of backflap, an Extremely Fine strike of the provisional handstamp

2,750
2,300
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347
c
Autagaville Ala., 5c Black entire (10XU2). Full clear strike of unusual provisional handstamp with "A W McNEEL PM" in circle with "PAID 5" in star at center, "Autaugaville Ala. Oct. 8" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Loundesboro Ala.

VERY FINE AND CHOICE COVER. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE DISTINCTIVE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAR-IN-CIRCLE HANDSTAMP OF AUTAUGAVILLE, ALABAMA. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF CONFEDERATE PROVISIONALS.

Autaugaville, situated on the Alabama River about 25 miles west of Montgomery, had a Civil War population of less than 1,500. Its postmaster, Albert William McNeel, seized all U.S. Post Office Dept. property and turned it over to the Confederacy. During the provisional period, Postmaster McNeel used a brass handstamp with negative design, of which four examples are recorded in the Crown survey. Only one example of the Star in Circle handstamped provisonal marking has been found.

Ex Walcott, Caspary and Lilly

11,000
11,000
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348
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 348, Postmasters ProvisionalsBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2). Margins to just in, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Aug. 15, 1861" cds on buff cover to military address on Ship Island, backflap torn from opening, Fine

2,250
1,600
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349
c
Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2). Three large margins, just in to clear at right, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Oct. 7, 1861" cds on cover to Mississippi, Mort correspondence, right edge of cover expertly repaired (not mentioned on certificate), appears Very Fine, with 1987 C.S.A. certificate

2,250
625
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350
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 350, Postmasters ProvisionalsCanton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1), Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1)Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1). Absolutely perfect bold strike of the provisional handstamp, light strike of "Canton Miss. Aug. 24, 1861" cds on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, an Extremely Fine Gem example of this fancy provisional handstamp

1,500
750
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351
c
Chapel Hill N.C., 5c Black entire (15XU1). Clear strikes of provisional handstamp with "Chapel Hill N.C. Jan. 27" (1862) cds and "Paid" straightline on red and blue 10-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to Lenoir N.C., turned and sent from Lenoir to Capt. Lenoir at Forks of Pidgeon with 10c Blue, Die B (12), large margins, pen cancel and ms. "Lenoir Apr. 3" pmk., refolded around edges to improve appearance

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE CHAPEL HILL PROVISIONAL, THREE OF WHICH ARE ON PATRIOTIC COVERS. THIS IS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY TURNED USAGE AMONG THEM.

Ex Weatherly

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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352
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 352, Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Perfectly clear strike of provisional hs on cover to Fort Mills S.C., blue "Paid" and matching "Columbia S.C." cds struck twice, first dated Oct. 5 (1861) and crossed out, second dated Oct. 9, Palmetto Iron Works corner card embossed on flap, Very Fine, ex Peters

E. 750-1,000
950
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353
c
Dalton Ga., 5c Black entire (20XU1). Provisional hs and matching "Dalton Ga. Sep. 23, 1861" cds on small cover to Trion Factory Ga., fresh and Fine

500
200
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354
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. 750-1,000
375
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355
c
Danville Va., 10c Red on Dark Buff Entire. Unissued provisional addressed to Saltville Va., piece cut out and repaired at top right probably where stamp was used, Fine, rare, with 1989 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
400
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356
c
Emory Va., 10c Blue entire (24XU2). Bold strikes of blue "PAID" and "EMORY/10" in circle provisional handstamps at upper right corner of envelope to Lieut. Col. Alexander M. Davis, Prisoner of War, Johnson's Island, Ohio, with letter datelined "Emory Va. May 11th/65", from Davis's brother, explaining "I have an opportunity this morning of sending a letter to Knoxville by Mr. Handy. We have no mail communication here since before the fall of Richmond."; posted in Federal mails with 3c Rose (65), ms. cancel and "Blue Spring Grove Ky May 26" ms. pmk., received at Johnson's Island where "Ex JCB" ms. censor's mark applied, 3c folded over to show provisional markings

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE EMORY, VIRGINIA, 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. A REMARKABLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONFEDERATE BROTHERS - ONE A PRISONER OF WAR AT JOHNSON'S ISLAND AND THE OTHER ATTEMPTING TO SEND A LETTER IN THE MIDST OF POST-WAR TURMOIL.

Blue Spring Grove, Kentucky, where this cover entered the mails, is located in Barren County northwest of Knoxville and south of Louisville, near the turnpike and Louisville & Nashville Railroad line.

The Davis correspondence yielded this cover as well as four covers with the Emory adhesive provisional (used in 1861). This provisional envelope did not pay any postage, but it is definite proof that the markings were applied by the post office prior to sale. No other example is known.

Ex Ferrary. Illustrated in Crown book

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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357
c
Gainesville Ala., 10c ("01") Black entire (27XU2). Full clear strike of "PAID A D HALL 01" provisional handstamp, "Gainesville Ala. Nov. 13" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Manassas Junction Va., backflap removed, small tear at top

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE GAINESVILLE 10-CENT PROVISIONAL.

The Crown survey records one example of the Gainesville 10c entire, dated March 5 (1862).

5,000
4,750
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358
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 edge wear 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
750
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359
c
Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1). Control mark on back, attempted use of provisional entire to Society Hill S.C. with 5c Blue, Local (7), large margins except touched at two places, deep shade, 10c rate prepaid but 5c provisional rejected and cancelled by grid, 5c stamp tied by "Georgetown S.C. Jun. 24" (1863) cds, ms. "Due 5"

VERY FINE. ONE OF A HANDFUL OF COVERS FROM ALLSTON CORRESPONDENCE SHOWING LATE USE OF GEORGETOWN PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.

The Georgetown S.C. provisional entires were issued in 1861. All dated examples used in the provisional period show the "1861" year date in the town marking. A handful of covers, all from the Allston correspondence, show later usage in 1863. These covers have 5c or 10c stamps affixed over the provisional handstamp, except in two cases, in which the sender attempted to prepay the 10c rate with a combination of stamp and provisional. The franking was rejected and marked "Due 5". This is the finer of two such covers.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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360
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 360, Postmasters ProvisionalsHouston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1), Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1)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
325
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361
c
Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Perfect strikes of provisional handstamp and "Jackson Miss. Nov. 12" (1861) cds on cover to Brookhaven Miss., Extremely Fine and choice

500
375
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362
c
Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Unusually sharp strike with all letters readable and well-defined, cancelled by blue grid, matching "Jonesboro Ten. Feb. 9" (1862) circular datestamp on yellow entire to Kingsport Tenn. "via Rogersville", light vertical fold

EXTREMELY FINE. THE LATEST RECORDED USE OF THE JONESBORO PROVISIONAL AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE CANCELLED BY A BLUE GRID.

The Crown survey records a total of fifteen Jonesboro provisional entires, five in black and ten in dark blue. Very few of these were cancelled, and, with the exception of this cover, the town circular datestamp was used alone. By February 1862, when this cover was mailed, Jonesboro was using a blue grid to cancel General Issues.

3,250
3,250
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363
c
Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Incredibly clear strike with every letter and ornament showing clearly, matching "Jonesboro Ten. Oct. 7" (1861) circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Cumberland Ford Ky., fresh and immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE. ARGUABLY THE FINEST OF THE TEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE JONESBORO PROVISIONAL IN BLUE.

The Crown survey counts fifteen examples of the Jonesboro provisional entire, including five struck in Black and ten in Dark Blue. Some of these do not have any town datestamp. Of the clearly dated examples, this October 7, 1861, date is the earliest. It is also an unusually clear strike with the town marking neatly struck at left away from the provisional handstamp. Its condition is remarkably choice.

Ex Emerson, Caspary and Lilly

3,250
5,000
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364
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 364, Postmasters ProvisionalsKnoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Three full margins, clear to just touched at left, cancelled by small ms. "X" on light yellow cover to Kingston Tenn., ms. "L.L. Thomaston/14 Nov. 1861" receipt docketing at left, stamp affected from placement at edge of cover, trivial edge wear, Fine, with 1964 B.P.A. certificate

2,100
350
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365
 
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 365, Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Ample margins to in at bottom, cancelled by light strike of cds, sealed tear at top left, appears Fine, with 1989 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
250
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366
ng
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 366, Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1), Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1)Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1). Top right corner margin strip of four, Positions 5/10/15/20 and each showing cracked plate variety, unused (no gum), few light creases and minor edge nicks (easily trimmed), otherwise Very Fine and striking example of this plate damage, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

660
300
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367
ngbl
Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1). Complete sheet of 50, showing the four cracked plate varieties Positions 5, 10, 15 and 20 and Position 50 with incomplete printing, unused (no gum), the strip of four cracked plates and Pos. 50 rejoined by hinges, few creases and small tear, gum or tape mark in margin at far left.

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE 2-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL.

Ex Caspary, Matz. Three stamps with Matz handstamp showing through on front.

5,725
2,200
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368
 
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 368, 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. 400-500
475
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369
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margins to touching, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 10, 1861" cds on druggists' corner card cover to a civilian in care of Alabama Vol. at Columbus Ky., possibly to a sutler, minor repaired opening nick at right, lightly cleaned, Fine

E. 300-400
170
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370
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Cut to shape, tied by light Memphis cds on small cover to captain with 21st Regt. Tenn. Vol. at Columbus Ky., small opening tear at top, backflap missing, fresh and Fine, unusual

E. 200-300
80
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371
 
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 371, Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Three large margins showing part of adjacent stamp at left, clear to just touched at top, bold double-circle ds, small thin spot at top left, otherwise Very Fine

950
450
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372
c
Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Two, one has mostly large margins (touched at upper right), other has large margins and pre-use wrinkle, tied by "Mobile Ala. Dec. 21, 1861" double-circle ds on buff cover to lieutenant-colonel with 1st Regt. Miss. Vol. at Bowling Green Ky., Very Fine, handsome and scarce provisional franking

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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373
c
Montgomery Ala., 2c Red entire (59XU7). Bold strike of drop-rate provisional handstamp on orange entire with local address and "The politeness of Mr. Dillard" sender's instructions, slightly reduced at top

VERY FINE. THE BETTER STRIKE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MONTGOMERY 2-CENT RED HANDSTAMP AND THE FINEST OF THE THREE KNOWN ENTIRES IN BLUE OR RED.

The Crown survey records three 2c provisional entires: two in Red and one in Blue (the cover offered here is illustrated in Crown). In this case the sender evidently handed his letter to "Mr. Dillard" to be delivered by hand to the post office.

Ex Brooks, MacBride and Judd. Scott Retail $2,500.00 based on realization for the other cover, which is not as clear as this strike

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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374
c
Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Incredibly bold heavily-inked strike with "Montgomery Ala. Jun. 15, 1861" cds on cover to Cedar Keys Fla., lightly cleaned, Very Fine, ex Ferrary

750
300
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375
c
Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of provisional hs with bold "Montgomery Ala. Dec. 24, 1861" cds on yellow cover to New Orleans, printed corner card, lightly bleached area, otherwise Very Fine

750
800
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376
c
Montgomery Ala., 10c on 5c Red entire (59XU6). 5c provisional hs over-struck by cross-crossed grid, bold 10c re-rating hs and "Montgomery Ala. Jul. 15, 1861" cds on orange entire to Shreveport La., skillfully improved edges without any paper addition, Extremely Fine appearance, eight recorded revalued entires in Crown (this example illustrated), ex Walcott, Brooks

2,500
2,400
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377
ng
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 377, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1), Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1). Horizontal strip of five, ample to large margins, unused (no gum), two stamps with picked-out carbon speck inclusions causing pinholes, otherwise Fine-Very Fine, with 1986 P.F. certificate which states "it is genuine", prepared for use by the Postmaster at Nashville at the old 3c U.S. rate but never placed into use

900
220
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378
 
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 378, Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Large margin at bottom, other margins clear to in, unobtrusive blue ds, horizontal crease ending in a small tear, repaired with backing added and part of design expertly drawn in, still Fine, with 1993 P.F. certificate

3,000
300
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379
c
Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1). Very clear strike of provisional hs with matching "Nashville Ten. Jul. 20, 1861" cds on yellow entire to Winchester Tenn., minor edge nicks and rounded corner at upper left, otherwise Very Fine, ex Brown

750
525
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380
c
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., top right corner of circular torn and repaired, stamp with a small barely noticeable tear at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. 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. and 1998 P.F. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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381
og
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 381, 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). Original gum, huge margins showing parts of three adjoing stamps, small faint gum stains, faint crease, otherwise Very Fine

250
100
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382
ng
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 382, 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). Stitch watermark variety, clear margins all around, unused (no gum), fresh and Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

250
120
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383
c
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. 1,200-1,500
2,000
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384
c
New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two horizontal pairs, Pos. 13-14 and 39-40, ample margins to just touched, minor gum toning and tiny faults, tied by usual blurry "New Orleans La. Jun. 16" cds on cover to Athens Ga., double 10c rate, slight wear and reduced at right, Fine, very scarce double-rate franking used soon after issue, ex Knapp, Brown

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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385
c
New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Top sheet margin showing "ble exclusi" portion of "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office" imprint, large at sides, barely touching at bottom left corner, rich color, tied by full clear strike of "PD. 5 CTS/N.O.P.O."%$ provisional handstamp, equally clear strikes of "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M."%$ straightline and "New Orleans Nov. 7, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Providence La., very minor reduction at left

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

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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386
c
New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Deep rich color, full to large margins all around, tied by bold strike of "PD. 5 CTS/N.O.P.O."%$ provisional handstamp used as a cancelling device on buff cover to Port Hudson La., neat "New Orleans La. Nov. 21, 1861" river-mail double-circle ds and postmaster's straightline, stamp slightly affected from placement at edge of cover, minor cover edge nick at top right

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP ON PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.

These markings indicate river-mail usage

E. 1,200-1,500
1,700
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387
c
New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large margins, rich color, tied by "New Orleans La. 1 Nov." (1861) cds on folded legal notice to Woodville Miss., docketing touches stamp, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
250
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388
c
New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Two singles, both stamps with ample to large margins except left stamp just clear at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 9 Oct." cds on cover to Baton Rouge La., right stamp light crease at top right, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
325
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389
og
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 389, Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Large margins all around showing "USA" of imprint at top, full o.g., h.r., sealed tear at top, appears Very Fine

115
110
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390
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 390, Postmasters ProvisionalsPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 6, margins clear of ornaments on two sides, others slightly in, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 24" (1862) cds on blue folded cover to Judge Thomas Ruffin at Allemance N.C., ms. "Ford. from Allemance" forwarding mark, fresh and Fine, very attractive and scarce usage

2,250
1,050
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391
c
Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Light strike on cover to Salem N.C., blue "Raleigh N.C. Sep. 7, 1861" double-circle ds, slightly reduced at bottom and small repair at top, appears Fine

350
0
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392
c
Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Part strike of provisional hs with blue "Raleigh N.C. Sep. 14" double-circle ds on small oblong cover to Scuppernong N.C., 1861 docketing, Fine

350
0
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393
c
Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Light strike on orange cover to ? Hills N.C., blue "Raleigh N.C. Sep. 2" double-circle ds, missing backflap, few file folds, almost Fine

350
50
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394
 
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 394, Postmasters ProvisionalsRheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1), Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1)Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1). Three full margins, small piece missing at top and top left into design, light pen cancels, Fine, very rare provisional, with 1996 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
750
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395
c
Richmond Tex., 10c Red entire (70XU2). Light strike on cover addressed to "near Brenham, Texas", "Richmond Tex. Dec. 19" cds, box charge no. at top left, missing top flap and repaired at top, slightly reduced at right, still Fine, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
160
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396
c
Ringgold Ga., 5c Blue Black entire (71XU1). Bold strike of triple-ring provisional handstamp with matching "Ringgold Ga. Sep. 7" (1861) circular datestamp on small blue folded cover to Hamilton Ga., tiny bleached spots

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE OR SIX KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE RINGGOLD PROVISIONAL.

The Crown survey and our own records of the Ringgold provisional contain five full entires, one of which is repaired and another is a late usage with 5c Local Prints paying postage. A piece is also recorded and there may be a sixth entire.

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Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black entire (Unlisted). Provisional "Paid" and "5" rate handstamps applied with "Spartanburg S.C." dateless double-circle control mark on back, re-valued with "10" in circle handstamp for distance over 500 miles, "Spartanburg S.C. Oct. 30, 1861" double-circle datestamp on entire to Corp. Edward J. Dean with seven-line military address to Tudor Hall Va., ms. "Double weight" and "Due 10 cts" applied at Tudor Hall, skillfully restored with edge wear improved and mended nicks along top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE SPARTANBURG 5-CENTS PROVISIONAL ENTIRE, ISSUED IN OCTOBER 1861 BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE.

This cover comes from the Dean correspondence, which is known for provisional stamp usage in the fall of 1861 (Limestone Springs and Spartanburg S.C.). The control mark and up-rating from 5c to 10c are irrefutable evidence that the envelope was sold with 5c postage prepaid, then used on October 30, at which point the distance required an additional 5c. On arrival at Tudor Hall it was found to be over the weight limit and charged another 10c.

Ex Ferrary and Birkinbine

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Spartanburg S.C., 10c Black entire (Unlisted). Provisional "10" in circle handstamp with "Spartanburg S.C." dateless double-circle control mark on back of entire to Edgefield C.H. S.C., "Spartanburg S.C. May 25, 1864" double-circle datestamp and "Paid" straightline, few toned spots

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED SPARTANBURG 10-CENT ENTIRE, ISSUED IN 1864 DURING A SHORTAGE OF REGULAR STAMPS.

The provisional entire in the preceding lot was used in October 1861 when Spartanburg is known to have used provisional adhesive stamps. This 1864 provisional entire with the 10c rate was probably necessary at a time when stamps were unavailable. The back of the envelope has an offset impression of the "10" rate handstamp, but not of the "Paid" straightline or cds - evidence that it was prepared and sold in advance of the mailing date. The control mark is not found on any ordinary handstamped Paid covers from Spartanburg.

Ex Birkinbine

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Talbotton Ga., 10c Black entire (94XU2). An interesting example with provisional handstamp struck at upper left corner, but turned upside down and addressed to Fort Valley Ga., the postmark's position corresponds to the address - all of this is a subtle confirmation that the envelope was sold with the provisional handstamp - "Talbotton Ga. Dec. 15, 1864" double-circle ds, the latest recorded use of the Talbotton provisional, Very Fine

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Talbotton Ga., 10c Black entire (94XU2). Mostly clear strikes of provisional hs and "Talbotton Ga. Sep. 28, 1864" double-circle ds on homemade adversity cover to Landsford Ga., evidently originated outside of Talbotton with "pr Politeness of Capt. McKinney" sender's routing, Very Fine

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Sale Number 801, Lot Number 401, Postmasters ProvisionalsThomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU1), Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU1)Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU1). Clear strikes with control mark on back dated Jun. 18, a second on face dated Jul. 22 and a small cds dated Jul. 21, bold "5" and "Paid", small tear at top and minor edge wear, Fine, ex Caspary

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Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1). Lightly inked strike of provisional hs with "Tuscumbia Ala. Oct. 1" cds on orange entire to Huntsville Ala., original 1861 letter enclosure, slightly reduced at left, Fine and rare (fewer than ten recorded), ex MacBride

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Walterborough S.C., 10c Carmine entire (108XU2). Bold strike of provisional handstamp, matching "Walterborough S.C. Aug. 31" (1864) circular datestamp on brown turned cover to Ballsville Va., charge box notation, with fascinating enclosures: a printed sheet showing patented assembly of "Brown's Patent Sorgum or Sugar-Cane Crusher" with original transmittal letter from Edward Brown describing terms for licensing and offering commissions on sales - returned to Brown with note on back "the people here seem to be satisfied with such crushers as they have"; the entire is the same one used by Brown for the original mailing - inside has ms. "Ballsville Va. July 21st 1864" pmk. and "Paid 10" rate) - in exceptionally choice condition

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINEST OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE WALTERBOROUGH HANDSTAMP AND A UNIQUE EXHIBITION-WORTHY EXAMPLE WITH ORIGINAL ENCLOSURES.

Although the Scott Catalogue lists the 10c handstamp in both Black and Carmine, neither Crown nor our own records confirm the existence of a Black entire. Of the Carmine we record five entires, all 1864 dates as follows: Jan. 15, Mar. 18, Apr. 15, Aug. 31 and Nov. 9 (turned usage, possibly 1863). A cut square on a 3c Star Die is also known.

The Scott Catalogue also describes this provisional marking as "Typeset", implying that it was press-printed, which is not the case. It was handstamped from an ornately framed marker. The turned usages, box charge notation on this cover and absence of control marks on any of the examples indicate that this was a handstamped "Paid" marking, not a true provisional. However, it is the Scott-listed 108XU2 and, whatever its status, the marking is extremely rare.

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