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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5672
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5672, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1), Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1)Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1). Perfect strike of provisional marking and neat "Canton Miss. Jan. 7, 1862" circular datestamp on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans La., usual small filing pinholes, fresh and Extremely Fine, ex Matz, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

2,250
1,200
5673
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5673, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Chapel Hill N.C., 5c Black entire (15XU1), Chapel Hill N.C., 5c Black entire (15XU1)Chapel Hill N.C., 5c Black entire (15XU1). Bold strikes of provisional handstamp, "Paid" and "Chapel-Hill Sep. 26" (1861) circular datestamp on orange cover to Hillsborough N.C.

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THE CHAPEL HILL POSTMASTER'S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE ARE RECORDED -- A MUCH UNDERRATED RARITY.

Our records contain only five examples of Scott 15XU1, including three on patriotic covers. A similar example to the cover offered here realized $3,750 hammer in our Sale 822 of the Dr. Howard Green collection. With 1987 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
2,800
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5674
 
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5674, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Full margins, neat strike of circular datestamp, rich color, faint corner crease at top left, Very Fine appearance

750
550
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5675
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5675, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins, tied by well-struck "Charleston S.C. May 23, 1861" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Johnsonville S.C., lightly cleaned, Extremely Fine stamp and cover, ex Gehrmann, Wiseman and Hill, with 1989 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,800
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5676
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5676, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1). Bold "Charleston S.C. Sep. 28, 1861" double-circle datestamp and addressed to Mt. Holly S.C., docketing at top, Very Fine, ex Caspary and Kohn, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

3,500
1,000
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5677
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5677, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Chattanooga Tenn., 5c Black entire (17XU2), Chattanooga Tenn., 5c Black entire (17XU2)Chattanooga Tenn., 5c Black entire (17XU2). Clearly struck provisional handstamp on orange cover to Nashville Tenn., neat "Chattanooga Ten. Sep. 2, 1861" circular datestamp, minor edgewear, Very Fine, scarce, only five are recorded in Crown (not including this example), with 1994 C.S.A. certificate

1,600
1,000
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5678
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5678, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Christiansburg Va., 5c Blue entire (99XU2), Christiansburg Va., 5c Blue entire (99XU2)Christiansburg Va., 5c Blue entire (99XU2). Bold provisional handstamp with "Christiansburgh Va. Sep. 12" circular datestamp on cover to Lenoir Tenn., some slight waterstaining and edge tears, Very Fine strikes, only four are listed in Crown survey, perhaps a half dozen are known, with 1974 P.F. certificate

1,400
800
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5679
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5679, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Clear provisional marking with "Columbia S.C. 5 Nov." circular datestamp to Taylor's Creek S.C., matching "Paid" handstamp, some edgewear incl. soiling and small piece out at top left, otherwise Fine, with 1974 P.F. certificate

900
160
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5680
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5680, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Columbia S.C., 10c on 5c Blue entire (18XU3), Columbia S.C., 10c on 5c Blue entire (18XU3)Columbia S.C., 10c on 5c Blue entire (18XU3). Perfectly clear strike of 5c oval provisional handstamp overstruck by equally clear "10" rate handstamp (Dietz Ty. H), matching "Paid" and "Columbia S.C. 19 Dec." (yeardate unknown) circular datestamp on cover to Tappahannock Va., large opening defects at top have been skillfully repaired -- these do not affect the markings -- some lightened stains and edge mends (all cosmetic)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RE-RATED COLUMBIA PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.

The other known example of the 10c on 5c re-rated provisional entire is a legal-size cover (Siegel Auction Galleries, May 28, 1974 sale, lot 1012).

Ex Peters, Kohn and Nielsen. Listed but unpriced in Dietz.

3,500
1,500
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5681
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5681, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU4), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU4)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU4). Clear strike of oval provisional seal, overstruck by blue "5" with "Paid" (Dietz Ty. IA) and "Columbia S.C. Sep. 2(?) 5 cts." (1861) pre-war integral-rate circular datestamp on small narrow cover with blue interior, to Hendersonville N.C.

VERY FINE AND FRESH. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE COLUMBIA OVAL PROVISIONAL SEAL STRUCK ON THE FACE.

Our records contain just seven Columbia provisional entires with the oval seal struck on front and not on the flaps, all dated in August and September 1861 with the pre-war integral-rate datestamp. This example has an interesting feature -- the oval and "5" are heavily impressed and indent the paper thru the backflaps, which would not be possible if they were applied to the envelope while the letter was enclosed. The oval and "5" were applied to the empty envelope (provisional usage) and the Columbia circular datestamp and "Paid" were applied after mailing.

Ex Worthington, Caspary and Lilly.

2,500
1,800
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5682
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5682, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Seal on left side flap, neat "Columbia S.C. Jul. 20" circular datestamp on cover to Tudor Hall Va., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, scarce, ex Wiseman and Kohn

1,000
650
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5683
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5683, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Columbus Ga., 5c Blue entire (19XU1), Columbus Ga., 5c Blue entire (19XU1)Columbus Ga., 5c Blue entire (19XU1). Wewll-struck provisional marking on orange cover with black "Columbus Ga. Nov. 11" circular datestamp to Hardaway Ala., offset of provisional handstamp on back, slightly reduced at right and few small edge tears, Very Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

700
525
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5684
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5684, Postmasters Provisionals (Canton to Columbus)Columbus Ga., 10c Red entire (19XU2), Columbus Ga., 10c Red entire (19XU2)Columbus Ga., 10c Red entire (19XU2). Clear strike of provisional handstamp on yellow cover with black "Columbus Ga. Sep. 28" circular datestamp to Richmond Va., slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, cover repaired at top right with part of circular datestamp painted in, Fine appearance, only five are recorded in Crown census, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

2,250
475
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