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.
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