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Sale 850 — The Dr. Karl Agre Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5652
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5652, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Aberdeen Miss., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (1XU2), Aberdeen Miss., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (1XU2)Aberdeen Miss., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (1XU2). Clear strike of provisional marking with "Aberdeen Miss. Dec. 27" circular datestamp on buff cover to Newbern N.C., some minor edgewear

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE REVALUED ABERDEEN POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. A GREAT RARITY.

Only two examples of the 5c rating, Scott 1XU1, are known. This revalued provisional is unique. Listed in Crown. With 1976 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
0
5653
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5653, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Abingdon Va., 5c Black entire (2XU2), Abingdon Va., 5c Black entire (2XU2)Abingdon Va., 5c Black entire (2XU2). Well-struck provisional handstamp and "Abingdon Va. Oct. 4, 1861" circular datestamp on folded part-printed bank notice to Wytheville Va., Very Fine and choice, with 1991 Green certificate

1,000
500
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5654
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5654, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Abingdon Va., 10c Black entire (2XU3), Abingdon Va., 10c Black entire (2XU3)Abingdon Va., 10c Black entire (2XU3). Neat strike of sawtooth oval on cover to Dublin Va., bearing 10c Blue, Die B (12) which was affixed over provisional, stamp moved to expose provisional, box notation at lower left, waterstains, Very Fine and rare, illustrated in Crown book, the only example of this provisional used with a General Issue

E. 1,000-1,500
500
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5655
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5655, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1), Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1)Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking at left, matching "Albany Ga. Dec. 24, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Savannah Ga., ms. "Official" at top left, slightly reduced at top into circular datestamp, Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

700
0
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5656
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5656, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Albany Ga., 10c on 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU3), Albany Ga., 10c on 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU3)Albany Ga., 10c on 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU3). Clear strike of 10c provisional marking over 5c with second strike at bottom left, matching "Albany Ga. Dec. 30, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Richmond Va., slightly reduced at right affecting circular datestamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, this is the only recorded example of the revalued Albany provisional, listed and illustrated in Crown, ex Hind and Myerson

2,500
1,500
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5657
 
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5657, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Ty. I, full margins to touched, faint cancel leaves design clearly visible, Very Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

1,100
425
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5658
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5658, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Ty. II, huge margins, tied by grid, "Athens Ga. Oct. 9 Paid" circular datestamp on cover to Phidelta Ga., cover repaired and relined, stamp is Extremely Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
525
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5659
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5659, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Perfect bold strike of provisional handstamp on grocer's blue corner card cover to Griffin Ga., "Atlanta Ga. Nov. 9, 1861" circular datestamp, tiny scrape in address

EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY SIX OR SEVEN ADVERTISING COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH THE ATLANTA 5-CENT PROVISIONAL.

Ex Green. With 1987 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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5660
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5660, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Clear strike with "Atlanta Ga. Jun. 5, 1861" circular datestamp on red Southern Confederacy illustrated cover to Alexander Stephens at Crawfordville Ga., top flap removed as usual for this correspondence and few edge tears at top

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THIS PROVISIONAL ON AN ILLUSTRATED COVER.

Only six examples of this provisional are recorded in Crown on advertising covers and this is one of the most elaborate designs.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,400
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5661
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5661, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Clear strike with "Atlanta Ga. Nov. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on light yellow cover to Griffin Ga., fresh and Very Fine, with 1991 Green certificate

1,500
220
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5662
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5662, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Atlanta Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (6XU3), Atlanta Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (6XU3)Atlanta Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (6XU3). Well-struck provisional handstamp and "Atlanta Ga. Nov. 7, 1861" circular datestamp 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 usual for this correspondence and with full docketing, trivial repaired tear at top right, otherwise Extremely Fine and choice provisional usage, only four examples are recorded by Crown, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate

1,500
750
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5663
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5663, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6), Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6)Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6). Clear strike with neat "Atlanta Ga. Oct. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Yorktown Va., slight toning at top, Extremely Fine strikes, with 1991 Green certificate

850
260
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5664
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5664, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Austin Tex., 10c Black entire (9XU1), Austin Tex., 10c Black entire (9XU1)Austin Tex., 10c Black entire (9XU1). Clear strike with Aug. 19, 1862 double-circle datestamp on "State of Texas, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office. Official Business" imprint cover to New Braunfels Tex., fresh and Very Fine, scarce on the semi-official imprint cover, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

1,500
0
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5665
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5665, Postmasters Provisionals (Aberdeen to Autagaville)Autagaville Ala., 5c Black entire (10XU2), Autagaville Ala., 5c Black entire (10XU2)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.

12,500
8,500
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