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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5778
ng
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5778, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Pleasant Shade Va., 5c Blue (67X1), Pleasant Shade Va., 5c Blue (67X1)Pleasant Shade Va., 5c Blue (67X1). Unused (no gum), large margins to just touching tips of ornaments, minute thin speck, Very Fine appearance, ex Kilbourne, signed Charles Coster, a well-known 19th century dealer in U.S. locals and Confederate provisionals

2,500
2,400
5779
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5779, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Ringgold Ga., 5c Blue Black entire (71XU1), Ringgold Ga., 5c Blue Black entire (71XU1)Ringgold Ga., 5c Blue Black entire (71XU1). Bold strike of triple-ring provisional handstamp with matching "Ringgold Geo. Sep. 7" (1861) circular datestamp on small blue folded cover to Hamilton Ga., tiny bleached spots

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE OR SIX KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE RINGGOLD PROVISIONAL.

The Crown survey and our own records of the Ringgold provisional contain five full entires, one of which is repaired and another of which is a late usage with 5c Local Prints paying postage. A piece is also recorded and there may be a sixth entire.

3,000
2,600
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5780
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5780, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Mostly clear strike of provisional handstamp, blue "Raleigh N.C. Aug. 6" double-circle datestamp on cover to Holet N.C., fresh and Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

500
210
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5781
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5781, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Richmond Tex., 10c Red entire (70XU2), Richmond Tex., 10c Red entire (70XU2)Richmond Tex., 10c Red entire (70XU2). Provisional marking at right with blue "Richmond Tex. Aug. 15" circular datestamp on orange cover, cleaned removing the addess and new address applied, expertly repaired along top edge, Fine appearance, scarce, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
260
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5782
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5782, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1), Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1)Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1). Perfect strike on yellow cover to Haw River N.C., neat "Salem N.C. Jan. 24" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at right affecting provisional marking, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, ex Brooks, Wiseman and Weatherly, with 1991 Green certificate

1,150
750
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5783
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5783, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Salem N.C., 10c on 5c Black entire (73XU4), Salem N.C., 10c on 5c Black entire (73XU4)Salem N.C., 10c on 5c Black entire (73XU4). Bold strike of provisional marking obliterated by grid and with "Paid" handstamp struck twice and "10" struck once on cover addressed to General Patterson at Patterson N.C., neat "Salem N.C. Nov. 19" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, the only recorded revalued Salem provisional entire, illustrated in Crown, ex Hart, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate.

2,800
2,300
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5784
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5784, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Savannah Ga., 5c Black entire (101XU1), Savannah Ga., 5c Black entire (101XU1)Savannah Ga., 5c Black entire (101XU1). Clear strikes of "Paid 5" in oval and control mark provisional markings, light strike of "Savannah Ga. Sep. 28" circular datestamp on blue cover to Mary Ann Cobb at Athens Ga., slightly reduced at right, fresh and Fine, with 1991 Green certificate

300
160
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5785
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5785, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Selma Ala., 5c Black entire (77XU1), Selma Ala., 5c Black entire (77XU1)Selma Ala., 5c Black entire (77XU1). Neat strike of provisional handstamp on cover with dry goods dealer's green advertising corner card, to Wenokaville Ala., matching "Selma Ala. Jun. 26" circular datestamp, with original 1861-dated enclosure which states in part "The weather has been very warm here for several days, the thermometer standing 105 deg...good rains now would be equal to many victories on the battlefield"

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE RARE SELMA ALABAMA PROVISIONAL ON CORNER CARD COVER RECORDED IN CROWN.

Crown notes only fifteen examples recorded in total, four of which are on corner card covers. This example, from a known correspondence, is unlisted in the census

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
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5786
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5786, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Selma Ala., 5c Black entire (77XU1), Selma Ala., 5c Black entire (77XU1)Selma Ala., 5c Black entire (77XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp with signature above, neat "Selma Ala. Jun. 16" circular datestamp on brown cover to Jacksonville Ala., with 1862 Southern Telegraph enclosure, missing small part of top flap and some slight wear, Very Fine, only fourteen examples are recorded in Crown

1,250
750
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5787
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5787, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Sparta Ga., 5c Red entire (93XU1), Sparta Ga., 5c Red entire (93XU1)Sparta Ga., 5c Red entire (93XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking with "Sparta Ga. Jan. 10" circular datestamp on cover to Waynsville Ga., slightly reduced at top and left, Very Fine and very rare, this is probably the finest example of the four recorded in Crown survey, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
1,600
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5788
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5788, Postmasters Provisionals (Pleasant Shade to Spartanburg)Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1), Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1)Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1). Cut circular with huge margins all around, tied by "Paid" straightline, "Spartanburg S.C. Jul. 11, 1861" double-circle datestamp on orange-buff cover to Edwd. J. Dean, Spartan Rifles, 5th Regt. S.C. Vol., Col. M. Jenkins, Commanding, Tudor Hall P.O. near Manassas Junction Va., care of Capt. Walker, missing top flap and small repair at top right not affecting provisional

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY TWENTY KNOWN COVERS BEARING THE SPARTANBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Most of the recorded Spartanburg Type I provisionals (thin numeral at center) are cut in a circular shape. Some varieties exist, including Scott 78X1a (value omitted). Only one pair is known, used on a cover from the Dean correspondence.

Corporal Edward J. Dean and the Dean correspondence were the subjects of an article by the late Daniel M. Gilbert, published in The Confederate Philatelist (No. 235, p. 28). We have record of an 1899 letter to N. P. Strauss of Henderson N.C., which identifies him as the original purchaser and the Dean family as the source of the correspondence.

Ex Emerson, Brooks and Weatherly.

25,000
17,000
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