Sale 815 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals
Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 September, 1999
Category — Emory, Va.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE NINE RECORDED EMORY POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVERS, OF WHICH ONLY FIVE HAVE CANCELLED STAMPS AND FOUR HAVE TYING CANCELLATIONS. A FASCINATING STAMP, CREATED BY USING SHEET SELVAGE FROM THE DEMONETIZED UNITED STATES 1-CENT 1857 ISSUE.
The Emory postmaster, I. C. Fowler, created his provisional issue by stamping "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 by cannibalizing other stamps. The Philadelphia U.S.P.O. carrier stamps made from the selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 sheets are very similar to the Emory provisionals. The provisionals of Zanzibar are a much later example of the same concept.
Our records contain nine covers bearing the Emory provisional (we know of no off-cover stamps), ranging in dates from June 24, 1861, through February 11, 1862. There are three known stamp formats: Paid over 5; Paid under 5; and 5 with Paid at top and side (on narrow selvage). Two of the nine recorded covers have manuscript town postmarks, and four have stamps left uncancelled. Only two covers have tying cancels and the handstamped town datestamp, this being the finer of the two.
Ex Clapp, Moody