VERY FINE STRIKE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE FORT VALLEY 3-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE -- UNLISTED IN SCOTT OR DIETZ.
The 3c provisionals issued by postmasters in Confederate States prior to the establishment of the Confederate postal system were recently classified as a separate group in the Scott Catalogue. This Fort Valley entire was acquired by the Halls in 1924 from Nassau Stamp Co. (initialled "JAK" by John A. Klemann) and realized $2,200 in our Sale 840 in December 2001.
The presence of the dateless circular control mark establishes this entire's provisional status beyond doubt. Another example of the "Paid 3" (without control mark) was offered in our sale of the Kohn collection (Oct. 29, 1970, lot 35), dated Mar. 19, 1861, to the same addressee. The April 12 (1861) date on the cover offered here is, of course, the day the first guns of the war were fired on Fort Sumter.
Ex Hall. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate