Sale 815 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 September, 1999

Category — Lenoir, N.C.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
53
c
Sale 815, Lot 53, Lenoir, N.C.Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Margins showing two full framelines and traces of a third at right, ms. "X" cancel, blurry blue "Lenoir N.C." circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Palmyra Jan. 17th '62" to R. L. Patterson, Salem N.C., routed thru the Lenoir post office

FRESH AND FINE. ONE OF THE MORE COLORFUL AND ATTRACTIVE OF THE APPROXIMATELY 29 LENOIR PROVISIONAL COVERS EXTANT.

Ex MacBride

7,000
6,000
54
c
Sale 815, Lot 54, Lenoir, N.C.Lenoir N.C., 10c (5c + 5c) Blue entire (49XU2). Two clear impressions of the 5c woodcut provisional handstamp used to make adhesive stamps at the top center of a Union Patriotic envelope with red and blue lines on flaps and "Union Constitution" with Eagle embossing on backflap, cancelled together by blue target, matching "Lenoir N.C. Nov. 11" (1861) circular datestamp, ms. "Paid 10c", addressed in the hand of Postmaster James Harper to his son, Lieut. G. W. F. Harper, 58th N.C. Regt., Big Creek Gap, Knoxville Tenn., pressed vertical fold at center and lightly cleaned, at one time prior to use there was probably an uncancelled U.S. 3c stamp at upper right, which was soaked off

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. THE UNIQUE LENOIR FIVE-PLUS-FIVE PROVISIONAL ENTIRE, SENT BY THE LENOIR POSTMASTER, JAMES HARPER, TO HIS SON, LIEUTENANT G. W. F. HARPER, WHO CARVED THE WOODCUT DEVICE. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL RARITY AND UNQUESTIONABLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LENOIR COVER EXTANT.

Based on sworn testimony from James Harper and his son, G. W. F. Harper, the Lenoir provisional was impressed from a pear-wood device carved by Postmaster Harper's son in the summer of 1861 (see Crown book, pp. 172-178, 651-652). Approximately 29 covers bearing the Lenoir adhesive stamp are known. The same woodcut device was applied directly to envelopes, as evidenced by the one recorded cut square with the single 5c impression (Scott 49XU1) and this unique 5c plus 5c entire (Scott 49XU2). The large town circular datestamp was also used to make provisional entires.

Illustrated in original Dietz book. "W.H.C." handstamps at lower right (Warren H. Colson). Acquired by the Kilbournes privately from Robert A. Siegel in 1966. With 1966 P.F. certificate

E. 20,000-30,000
23,000
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