Sale 815 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 September, 1999

Category — Independence, Texas

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
47
c
Sale 815, Lot 47, Independence, TexasIndependence Tex., 10c Black on Buff, Small "10" Handstamp and "Pd" in Manuscript (41X3). Cut to shape with margins all around, very bold and clear handstamp impression (unusual for this provisional) with neat ms. "Pd" above "10", uncancelled as always, tied by gum smear, partly clear "Independance Tex. Nov. 24" (circa 1864 with spelling error in town name) on light buff cover to Capt. T. L. Scott, Terry's Regt., Shreveport La., left edge slightly clipped toward top (but clear of stamp), mended with paper

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF FIVE RECORDED INDEPENDENCE PROVISIONALS AND THE CLEAREST IMPRESSION OF THE THREE KNOWN WITH SMALL "10" AND MANUSCRIPT "PD".

Due to confusion in distinguishing one variety from the other, the record of Independence provisional covers and corresponding catalogue listings have become somewhat muddled. Our records contain a total of five covers with any type of Independence provisional stamp. These are: Large "10" (41X1 -- only one kind of paper known): 1) cut to shape on cover with Jul. 31 (1864) cds, to T. W. House, Houston, discovered by E. D. Dorchester in 1899 among the T. W. House correspondence; Small "10" and Ms. "Pd" (41X3): 2) the cover offered here, dated Nov. 24 (1864), to Capt. Scott at Shreveport; 3) cut square on cover with dateless cds, to Capt. Scott at Shreveport, "Pd" and "10" very faint, illustrated in original Dietz book, p. 48, ex Caspary, Lilly; 4) cut to shape on cover with indistinct cds (month? and "18"), to Capt. Scott at Houston Tex. ex Hessel; Small "10" Without Ms. "Pd" (41X3 var): 5) cut to shape on cover with Apr. 29 cds (year?), to Capt. Scott at Sandy Point Tex., ex Walcott and Siegel 1982 Rarities.

Therefore, unless we have missed a cover, the Scott and Dietz listings are incorrect, and the Crown book also contains a misallocation between the two varieties (although the total number of covers, five, is correct). As far as we know, the Large "10" (Scott 41X1) is represented by one example, found on the Jul. 31 cover (No. 1 above). Scott 41X2, the Large "10" on Dull Rose paper, is not represented by any of the known examples. Scott 41X3 is represented by three covers (Nos. 2, 3 and 4 above), including the example offered here, which has the clearest "10" and manuscript "Pd" of the group. A variety of Scott 41X3, with the small "10" but lacking the "Pd", is represented by one cover (Nos. 5 above), but there is the possibility that the "Pd" has faded completely. To bring the listings in harmony with the recorded examples, the Scott Catalogue should delete all of the non-existent unused values and drop the Large "10" on Dull Rose paper; Dietz should also drop its Large "10" on Dull Rose listing (IN-2). Instead, the three varieties should be classified as Large "10" (41X1 -- one cut-to-shape stamp is recorded, on cover); Small "10" Without "Pd" (a revised 41X2 -- one recorded, cut to shape on cover); and Small "10" with Manuscript "Pd" (retain 41X3 -- two cut-to-shape stamps and one cut square stamp recorded, each on cover).

Ex Caspary and Weatherly (acquired privately by the Kilbournes)

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