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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Postmasters Provisionals (Walterborough to Winnsborough)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5800
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5800, Postmasters Provisionals (Walterborough to Winnsborough)Walterborough S.C., 10c Carmine entire (108XU2), Walterborough S.C., 10c Carmine entire (108XU2)Walterborough S.C., 10c Carmine entire (108XU2). Perfectly clear strike on light gray adversity cover made from printed form, to Adams Run S.C., matching "Walterborough S.C. Apr. 15" circular datestampEXTREMELY FINE. WE RECORD ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THE WALTERBOROUGH HANDSTAMP.

Although the Scott Catalogue lists the 10c handstamp in both Black and Carmine, neither Crown nor our own records confirm the existence of a Black entire. Of the Carmine we record five entires, all 1864 dates as follows: Jan. 15, Mar. 18, Apr. 15 (the cover offered here, last offered in our sale 810), Aug. 31 (turned usage, offered in our Sale 801) and Nov. 9 (turned usage, possibly 1863). A cut square on a 3c Red Star Die is also known.

The Scott Catalogue also describes this provisional marking as "Typeset", implying that it was press-printed, which is not the case. It was handstamped from an ornately framed marker. The turned usages and absence of control marks on any of the examples indicate that this was a handstamped "Paid" marking, not a true provisional. However, it is the Scott-listed 108XU2 and, whatever its status, the marking is extremely rare.

Ex Kohn.

4,000
1,900
5801
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5801, Postmasters Provisionals (Walterborough to Winnsborough)Warrenton Ga., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (89XU2), Warrenton Ga., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (89XU2)Warrenton Ga., 10c (ms.) on 5c Black entire (89XU2). Provisional marking at right with rate revalued by pen, "Warrenton Geo. Jan. 27" circular datestamp on orange cover to Alexander Stephens at Richmond Va., slightly reduced at top as usual for this correspondence, 1862 docketing on back, few small edge tears, Fine, only eleven are recorded in Crown survey, with 1983 P.F. certificate

850
260
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5802
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5802, Postmasters Provisionals (Walterborough to Winnsborough)Winnsborough S.C., 5c Black entire (97XU1), Winnsborough S.C., 5c Black entire (97XU1)Winnsborough S.C., 5c Black entire (97XU1). Clear control mark on back with "Paid" and "5" handstamps, faint strike of "Winnsborough S.C. 25 Nov." circular datestamp on cover to Columbia S.C., some slight waterstaining and small nick out at top from opening, otherwise Fine, only three are recorded in Crown survey, signed Dietz, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

1,500
950
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5803
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5803, Postmasters Provisionals (Walterborough to Winnsborough)Winnsborough S.C., 10c Black entire (97XU2), Winnsborough S.C., 10c Black entire (97XU2)Winnsborough S.C., 10c Black entire (97XU2). Bold strikes of "Paid" and "10" with control mark on back, neat "Winnsborough S.C. 7 Dec." circular datestamp, on buff homemade cover to Savannah Ga., barely reduced at top

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE WINNSBOROUGH CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. OF THE THREE KNOWN, THIS IS THE ONLY ONE USED AS POSTAGE.

The Crown book records only two examples of this provisional: 1) unused, ex Kohn; and 2) used with 10c Blue, Die A (12) affixed over provisional (the provisional not used as postage). This example, unlisted in Crown, is the only 10c Winnsborough provisional validly used as postage.

With 2001 P.S.E. certificate

3,500
2,000
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