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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5766
 
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5766, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red, Brown, Red Brown, Yellow Brown (62X1-62X5), New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red, Brown, Red Brown, Yellow Brown (62X1-62X5)New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red, Brown, Red Brown, Yellow Brown (62X1-62X5). First two and last unused, clear to large margins, Fine-Very Fine

725
270
5767
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5767, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large margins to barely in at top, fresh color, tied by "New Orleans La. Jul. 26" circular datestamp on folded printed notice to cotton planters to Memphis Tenn., contents dated July 23, 1861, reads in part "The undersigned, Cotton Factors in the city of New Orleans, in view of the interests of all parties, recommend to their various customers and correspondents, not to ship any portion of their crops of cotton to this city, or to remove it from their plantations, until the blockade is fully and entirely abandoned, of which due notice will be given", tape reinforcements along folds and minor edge repairs, otherwise Very Fine, fascinating usage

4,250
2,200
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5768
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5768, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Position 39, three large to huge margins with sheet margin at bottom, just barely into frameline at right, tied by "New Orleans La. 14 Mar." (1862) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to local addressee at Post Office Box 3008, cover has vertical file fold and light soiling

VERY FINE AND RARE DROP-RATE USE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL. ONLY EIGHT COVERS ARE RECORDED.

Ex Needham and Skinner.

25,000
10,000
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5769
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5769, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Large margins, faint gum toning, tied by "St. Francisville La. Jun. 27" (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Laurel Hill La., sender's routing "B. S. Packet Stmr. Acadia", provisional not recognized at St. Francisville and marked with ms. "Due" and "5" handstamp, backflap removed

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF STEAMBOAT MAIL WITH THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL CANCELLED AT ANOTHER POST OFFICE -- THE ONLY RECORDED COVER POSTMARKED AT ST. FRANCISVILLE.

Ex Brown, Caspary, Muzzy and Kilbourne.

E. 1,000-1,500
4,750
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5770
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5770, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Ample to large margins, faint gum toning, tied by blue "St. Joseph La. Aug. 3" (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual pinholes, tiny edge tear at right, fresh and Very Fine, St. Joseph is located approximately 200 miles north of New Orleans on the western bank of the Mississippi River -- this provisional stamp was postmarked at the St. Joseph office and carried by steamboat to New Orleans, where the stamp was accepted -- such usages are extremely rare, and we know of no other provisional used from St. Joseph

E. 1,000-1,500
1,250
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5771
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5771, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Large margins, rich color, tied by indistinct July circular datestamp on yellow cover to Pensacola Fla., Extremely Fine, ex Richey, with 1990 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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5772
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5772, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Vertical strip of three, margins to in, tied by bold strikes of "Paid" handstamps, neat "New Orleans La. 20 Sep." circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Laurel Hill La., 1861 docketing, some slight age spotting, otherwise Fine, scarce triple-rate usage, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
850
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5773
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5773, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1), New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1)New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1). Clearly struck provisional handstamp with "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and "New Orleans La. Nov. 5, 1861" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Natchez Miss., lightly struck "STEAM" handstamp struck at Natchez, with letter enclosure, reduced at right but just clear of handstamp, toning at bottom edge, otherwise fresh and Fine, rare steamboat usage, Scott Retail with no premium for steamboat usage

4,500
1,500
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5774
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5774, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)New Orleans La., 2c Black entire (62XU3), New Orleans La., 2c Black entire (62XU3)New Orleans La., 2c Black entire (62XU3). Full clear strike of "PD 2 CTS/N.O.P.O" two-line provisional handstamp with bold "New Orleans La. Jan. 24, 1862" double-circle datestamp on unsealed buff cover to Memphis Tenn., pencil note "Crescent Sugar Refinery"

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. THE STRIKES ON THIS ENTIRE AND ITS OVERALL CONDITION ARE THE BEST OF THE FOUR KNOWN.

Our records of New Orleans 2c handstamped provisional entires include the following four examples (in chronological order): 1) Jan. 21, 1862, circular rate to Rev. T. Lynch, Mebanesville N.C., with printed enclosure from Domestic Missions of the Confederate States, ex Walcott, Siegel 1985 Rarities sale; 2) Jan. 21, 1862, turned cover to McByrde, Pendleton S.C., inside with Pendleton "Paid 5", ex McBride; 3) Jan. 24, 1862, circular rate to J. Shelby & Co., Memphis Tenn., ex Judd and Skinner, the cover offered here; and 4) Apr. 7, 1862, circular rate to County Court, San Antonio Tex., 1982 Rarities sale.

Ex Judd and Skinner

9,500
4,500
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5775
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5775, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Huge sheet margin at top, other sides large to just touched, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Nov. 8" circular datestamp on grocer's blue cameo corner card cover to Palmer Springs Va., Very Fine, scarce advertising cover usage, Scott Retail for an ordinary cover is $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,050
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5776
 
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5776, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Large margins to just in at bottom, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Dec. 18 5cts" integral-rate circular datestamp on commission merchant's blue cameo corner card front only to Nottoway C.H. Va., slightly reduced, vertical file fold affects stamp, otherwise Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
525
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5777
 
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5777, Postmasters Provisionals (New Orleans to Petersburg)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Large margins to just in, bright color contrasted by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 11" circular datestamp, fresh and Fine, signed Dietz, with 1991 P.F. certificate

450
400
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