Sale 815 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 September, 1999

Category — Liberty, Va.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
55
c
Sale 815, Lot 55, Liberty, Va.Liberty Va., 5c Black, Laid Paper (74X1). Large margins, uncancelled as always, tied by faint gum stain, bold "Liberty Va. 7 Jul." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Mrs. M. A. McPheeters, Raleigh N.C., accompanied by two covers from the same correspondence with Liberty Jun. 22 and Jul. 16 circular datestamps and ms. "Pd 5c" and "Paid 5c" markings

VERY FINE. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED COVERS FROM LIBERTY, VIRGINIA, BEARING THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP.

The simple typeset provisional stamps known on covers from Liberty (Jul. 7 and Jul. 10) and Salem (Dec. 6 -- see lot 143) are identical and were evidently made by impressing printer's type by hand onto a sheet of paper. Salem, home to Roanoke College, had an active post office during the Confederate period. Liberty was located east of Salem on the Norfolk & Western Railroad line between Lynchburg and Salem. The use of the same stamp at two post offices seems to us to be linked to railway activity. Two other stampless Liberty covers are known, one of which had a coin attached to pay postage. It is likely that the provisional stamps were available briefly to persons who sent their letters to the Liberty (or Salem) offices from outlying areas, as a means to indicate prepayment in the absence of coins or government stamps.

Ex Hart

E. 10,000-15,000
32,500