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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5720
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5720, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Ample margins at top and bottom, framelines at sides just shaved, two tiny nicks at left, rich color, tied by "Knoxville Ten. Mar. 11, 186[2]" circular datestamp on small cover to Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles at Corinth Miss., reduced at top

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL TIED BY THE LARGE SANS-SERIF CIRCULAR DATESTAMP, WHICH WAS FIRST USED IN 1862. THIS IS THE LATEST KNOWN USAGE OF THE KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL STAMP.

The large circle with sans-serif type was not used in 1861, based on our survey of Knoxville covers (including stampless, provisionals and general issues). The date is difficult to read, but appears to be "MAR" and is certainly 1862. Our records and the Levi records contain no more than ten 47X1/47X2 covers with the stamp tied by a handstamped marking. This cover is the only one with the large sans-serif datestamp, and it is the latest recorded use of the Knoxville provisional (a Jan. 1862 cover precedes it).

Ex Brown, Gallagher and Green.

7,500
6,250
5721
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5721, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Large margins to just in, cancelled by small ms. "X" on yellow cover to Kingston Tenn., 1861 docketing at left, faint edgewear, Fine, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate

2,100
850
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5722
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5722, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Horizontal pair, ample margins to just touched, bright shade, tied by pen strokes, matching "69" (unknown significance), partly clear "Knoxville Ten. 11 Dec. 1861" double-circle datestamp on small cover to Mrs. Ella Ruggles, care of Brig. Gen. D. Ruggles, New Orleans La., some cosmetic improvements to cover including reattached backflap and light cleaning

VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED USED PAIRS OF THE RARE KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL -- THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO ON COVERS.

Ex Walcott, Emerson, Moody and Kilbourne.

7,500
5,750
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5723
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5723, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (47XU1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (47XU1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (47XU1). Uncancelled as usual, addressed to Eden's Ridge Tenn. and with sender's routing instructions "Via Union Depot", docketing on inside of top flap reads in part "I will see if I can procure the sewing machine needles", Very Fine and scarce, signed Dietz, ex Clapp and Hart

1,750
900
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5724
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5724, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5). On yellow cover to Lyons Store Tenn., slightly reduced at left, Fine and rare, only five are listed in Crown survey (not including this example), with 1987 C.S.A. certificate

1,500
500
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5725
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5725, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Knoxville Tenn., 10c on 5c Black entire (47XU6), Knoxville Tenn., 10c on 5c Black entire (47XU6)Knoxville Tenn., 10c on 5c Black entire (47XU6). Clearly struck 5c rate handstamp overstruck by bold "10" handstamp on small cover to Manassas Junction Va., ms. "Missent & For", backflap removed and slightly reduced at top, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE RE-RATED KNOXVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

With 1997 C.S.A. certificate.

3,500
1,200
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5726
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5726, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)La Grange Tex., 5c Black entire (48XU1), La Grange Tex., 5c Black entire (48XU1)La Grange Tex., 5c Black entire (48XU1). Provisional marking at right with "La Grange Tex. Aug. 20" circular datestamp on 1865 folded letter to Houston Tex., some splits along folds reinforced and few toned spots, otherwise Fine, rare, perhaps five or six are known and this is certainly the latest use known, with 1996 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
600
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5727
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5727, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)La Grange Tex., 10c Black entire (48XU2), La Grange Tex., 10c Black entire (48XU2)La Grange Tex., 10c Black entire (48XU2). Well-struck provisional handstamp at top right with "La Grange Tex. Aug. 24" circular datestamp on cover to military address at Nacogdoches Tex., slightly reduced at left and some slight edgewear, Very Fine strikes, perhaps three or four are known

2,500
1,000
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5728
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5728, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Lake City Fla., 10c Black entire (96XU1), Lake City Fla., 10c Black entire (96XU1)Lake City Fla., 10c Black entire (96XU1). Provisional marking with "E. R. Ives" straightline handstamp on bottom flap, "Lake City Fla. Apr. 14" circular datestamp, on cover to Sparta Ga., minor wear, Fine and rare example of this provisional, only six are recorded in Crown (four from this correspondence), with 1987 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
1,700
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5729
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5729, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Clear impression, parts of framelines show on three sides, pencil "X" cancel, bold blue "Lenoir N.C. Mar. 24" circular datestamp with "4" changed to "5" in ms., on small Davenport Female College lady's cover to Taylorsville N.C.

ATTRACTIVE STAMP AND EXTREMELY FINE COVER. THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COLLEGE COVERS WITH THE LENOIR PROVISIONAL.

Ex Dietz (signed on flap). Illustrated in 1986 Dietz catalogue (p. 239) where valued at $10,500.00. Scott Retail of $7,000.00 for normal cover has not changed since at least 1997.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,750
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5730
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5730, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Close margins as usual, neat ms. "X" cancel, perfectly struck blue "Lenoir N.C. Jan. 30" circular datestamp on small folded cover to Morganton Ala.

VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THIS DESIRABLE CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.

Crown records only 29 examples on cover. Ex Meroni and Everett.

7,000
5,000
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5731
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5731, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue on Yellow entire (49XU3), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue on Yellow entire (49XU3)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue on Yellow entire (49XU3). Clear strike on cover to Fort Defiance N.C., matching circular datestamp with Sept. 17 corrected to "18" (1861), scattered foxing

FINE AND RARE. ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS PROVISIONAL ARE RECORDED IN THE CROWN SURVEY (SEE PAGE 652).

Ex Weatherly. With 1997 C.S.A. certificate

4,500
2,400
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5732
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5732, Postmasters Provisionals (Knoxville to Lenoir)Lexington Miss., 5c Black entire (50XU1), Lexington Miss., 5c Black entire (50XU1)Lexington Miss., 5c Black entire (50XU1). Clear strike on buff cover to Brig. Genl. A. M. West in Durant Miss., Sep. 22 (1861) circular datestamp at left

VERY FINE AND VERY RARE. PERHAPS FIVE OR SIX EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN.

With 1987 C.S.A. certificate

5,000
1,050
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