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Sale 853 — U.S. Postal History & Foreign

Sale Date — Thursday, 19 December, 2002

Category — Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2742
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2742, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type I showing small "Paid", huge margins all around, deep shade, lightly cancelled by grid

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE ATHENS GA. 5-CENT PURPLE PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Ex Caspary, Birkinbine (where it realized $2,600 hammer) and our sale 810 (where it realized $4,000 hammer)

1,100
2,700
2743
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2743, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II, huge margins to ample at upper left, deep shade, grid cancel, matching "Athens Ga. Dec. 20" circular datestamp (usual indistinct strike) on cover to Col. John B. Lamar at Macon Ga., a bit reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, with 1992 P.F. certificate

2,500
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2744
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2744, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II, large to huge margins all around, usual light cancel, matching "Athens Ga. Paid Oct. 2" circular datestamp, on cover to Clarksville Ga., repaired at top clear of stamp, backflap mostly gone, appears Very Fine, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
0
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2745
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2745, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Huge margins all around showing three outer framelines and top sheet margin, tied by perfect bold "Charleston S.C. Sep. 23, 1861" circular datestamp on small cover to Flat Rock N.C.

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY CHOICE STAMP ON A FRESH AND IMMACULATE COVER.

Ex Gehrmann and Emerson.

2,250
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2746
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Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2746, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins to just touched, tied by "Charleston S.C. Oct. 23" double-circle datestamp on 1861 part-printed bill of sale to Marion C.H. S.C., fresh and Very Fine

2,250
800
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2747
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Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2747, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins to in, tied by "Charleston S.C. Sep. 18, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Columbia S.C., docketing at left, some overall wear, Fine

2,250
325
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2748
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2748, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Bold strike of provisional handstamp, blue "Columbia S.C. 21 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on orange entire to Monticello S.C., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine

900
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2749
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2749, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Remarkably clear strike with "Paid" and partly clear "Columbia S.C. 10 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Richmond Va., backflap removed and slightly reduced at top, otherwise Fine

900
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2750
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2750, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Partly clear strike of oval seal on side backflap, matching "Paid" and "5" rate handstamp (Dietz Ty. IF) with bold "Columbia S.C. Aug. 3" (1861) circular datestamp on Southern Mutual Life Insurance Co. imprint cover to Wetumpka Ala., with original enclosure, slightly reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, scarce, ex Worthington, Hart and Green

E. 750-1,000
750
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2751
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2751, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU4), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU4)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU4). Mostly clear strike of oval provisional seal, overstruck by blue "5" with "Paid" in circle (Dietz Ty. IIA) and "Columbia S.C. Aug. 23 5 cts." (1861) pre-war integral rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Hopkins S.C., ms. note "SCRR" (South Carolina Rail Road), minor repaired corner at upper left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE COLUMBIA OVAL PROVISIONAL SEAL STRUCK ON THE FACE.

Our records contain just seven Columbia provisional entires with the oval seal struck on front and not on the flaps, all dated in August and September 1861 with the pre-war integral rate datestamp.

Ex Green

2,500
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2752
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2752, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsHouston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1), Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1)Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1). Red provisional handstamp struck more clearly than usual, "Houston Tex. Aug. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Hempstead Tex., horizontal crease, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hall

700
250
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2753
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2753, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsKnoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Large margins to just in incl. sheet margin at right, cancelled by neat ms. "X" on orange cover to Athens Tenn., Very Fine, scarce

2,100
500
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2754
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Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2754, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Ample to large margins, tied by "Lynchburg Va. Oct. 26" (1861) circular datestamp on folded cover to Curdsville Va., small scissors-cut in top margin of stamp only and not affecting design

VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. PERHAPS SIX OR SEVEN FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THE LYNCHBURG PROVISIONAL EXIST ON COVER.

Of the 20 single Lynchburg provisional stamps known on cover, only six or seven have four full margins., while the majority is cut into on one side. The few known pairs demonstrate the extremely narrow spacing between stamps.

Ex Brown, Brooks

4,750
3,750
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2755
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Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2755, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Large even margins, fine impression, tied by "Lynchburg Va. Aug. 13, 1861" circular datestamp on blue printed notice to Amherst C.H. Va., couple lightened stains

VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. PERHAPS SIX OR SEVEN FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THE LYNCHBURG PROVISIONAL EXIST ON COVER.

Rare provisional usage

4,750
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2756
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2756, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Deep Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Deep Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Deep Red (56X2). Large margins, intense shade and impression, tied by "Memphis Ten. Oct. 4, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Athens Ga., neat docketing, "DUE/5" two-line handstamp applied at Memphis, slightly reduced at top, Extremely Fine stamp and colorful cover, ex Caspary and Kilbourne (where it realized $2,100 hammer)

1,750
1,500
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2757
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2757, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Nov. 14, 1861" circular datestamp on orange cover to Fulton Miss., Very Fine and choice

1,750
0
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2758
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2758, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Vertical pair, large margins to just barely touched at T. and showing part of adjacent stamp at B. and R., tied by "Memphis Ten. Dec. 21" circular datestamp on cover with Branch Planter's Bank corner card at bottom left, printed "New York" address crossed out and directed to Lynchburg Va.

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY CHOICE MULTIPLE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON A CORNER CARD COVER.

The noticeable difference in the two impressions of these stamps demonstrates the "work-and-turn" method used to print these stamps, which created tete-beche varieties or, in this case, correctly positioned impressions from two different impressions.

3,500
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2759
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2759, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Two, large margins, each tied by Mobile double-circle datestamp on small piece, Very Fine

450
220
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2760
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2760, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at right, deep rich color, tied by "Mobile Ala. ? 17, 1861" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to New Orleans La., minor edgewear, Very Fine

1,750
425
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2761
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2761, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins to just touched, top left corner affected from placement at edge, tied by "Mobile Ala. Oct. 25, 1861" double-circle datestamp on orange cover to New Orleans La., slightly reduced at left, Fine

1,800
280
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2762
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2762, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Vertical pair, margins to just in, bright color, tied by neat "Mobile Ala. Jan. 3, 1862" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Camden S.C., some slight wear incl. age spotting, missing top flap and small edge tears, otherwise Fine

2,400
325
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2763
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2763, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Top sheet margin with full margins except in one place where frameline just touched, intense shade and impression, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on orange cover to William Gaines at Gaines Landing Ark., matching "Paid" handstamp, two-line "Due 5" handstamp, filing pinholes at top not affecting stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL.

The due marking was applied at Memphis in transit to Arkansas via the Little Rock and Memphis Railroad, after it was determined that Gaines Landing exceeded the distance for the 5c rate. Gaines Landing lies on the Mississippi River, approximately 350 miles south of Memphis

4,500
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2764
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2764, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 3, full to large margins with part imprint at top, light New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT BLUE WITH IMPRINT.

The other used 2c Blue with imprint is found on the cover offered in lot 3052. This stamp is illustrated in Dr. Skinner's study in the 1978 Congress Book.

Ex Grant and Skinner

E. 1,500-2,000
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2765
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2765, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 34, two large margins with part of adjoining stamp at top, other two sides ample, tied by bold "New Orleans La. 2 Aug." circular datestamp on small piece, Very Fine and choice, ex Ashbrook and Skinner

500
0
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2766
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2766, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Vertical pair, three large margins, in at left, bright shade, tied by full clear strike of "New Orleans La. 3 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp, additional "N.O.U.S. City Post" carrier datestamp in large rimless circle -- a much better strike of this well-worn marking than usually found at this late date -- on cover addressed to "Miss Martha Maddern, 34 Gasquet St., New Orleans La.", small opening tear at top center has been invisibly sealed

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE. THIS UNIQUE COVER REPRESENTS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT IN CONFEDERATE POSTAL HISTORY -- THE USE OF POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMPS TO PREPAY THE CARRIER FEE AND DROP RATE FOR INTRA-CITY MAIL. NOTHING ELSE EVEN REMOTELY COMPARABLE TO THIS COVER IS KNOWN IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

The New Orleans U.S. City Post continued to operate after Louisiana entered the Confederacy in 1861. Prior to the Confederate period, there is only one cover known with the carrier fee and drop rate prepaid by stamps; the cover will be found in our Sale 791 as lot 182. The pre-war cover has a U.S. 1c 1851 pair for the 1c fee plus 1c rate. During the Confederate period, the N.O.U.S. City Post charged 2c for a letter, and the post office charged the standard 2c rate for a drop letter. We have no record of another Confederate cover with both rates prepaid by stamps, and the use of a New Orleans 2c Blue provisional pair -- a major rarity in its own right -- to prepay the 2-plus-2 postage is a fantastic example of a theoretical possibility actually surviving for collectors.

Another cover addressed to Miss Martha Maddern in the same hand was offered in the Meroni sale (lot 165). It has a faint strike of the "N.O.U.S. City Post Sep. 7" circular datestamp and 5c 62X4 provisional tied by the "New Orleans La. Sep. 6" river-mail double-circle datestamp, indicating that it arrived by steamboat and was mailed at the wharf, using carrier service to bring it to the addressee. The identical handwriting and use of the city name "New Orleans La." in the address are evidence that this cover was brought in by someone on a steamboat, who mailed it as a drop letter with carrier service to the addressee.

Ex Needham and Skinner.

10,000
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2767
og
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2767, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Orange Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Orange Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Orange Red (62X2). Horizontal pair, Positions 13-14, full to large margins, original gum, lightly hinged, Very Fine, a beautiful pair in the Orange Red shade, ex Caspary and Skinner

300
0
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2768
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2768, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Large to huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by 'New Orleans La. 22 Mar." (1862) circular datestamp on piece

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST CANCELLED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL, WHICH IS RARE IN USED CONDITION.

Ex Hind (with original lot card) and ex Hall

1,000
0
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2769
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2769, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Position 36, large to huge margins including sheet margin at bottom with part imprint, tied by "New Orleans La. 12 Nov." circular datestamp on small piece, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Caspary and Skinner

150
0
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2770
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2770, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Horizontal pair, Positions 37-38, large margins all around with sheet margin at bottom with part imprint, late worn impression, light "Paid" cancels, Extremely Fine, ex Skinner

325
0
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2771
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2771, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two singles, slightly overlapping and tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Aug." circular datestamp on yellow cover to Gen. Dahlgren at Natchez Miss., trivial edgewear, Very Fine and choice, ex White

E. 750-1,000
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2772
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2772, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Vertical strip of three, pair and single, Positions 4/12/20, 19/11 and 3, respectively, single and top stamp in strip show part imprint, tied by "New Orleans La. 19 Jun." (1861) circular datestamps on buff triple-rate cover to Hon. Henry Marshall, Louisiana Delagate to Confederate Congress at Richmond

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN FRANKINGS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL AND, WITH RESPECT TO CONDITION, PERHAPS THE CHOICEST EXTANT.

Illustrated in Ashbrook article on the Brooks collection (Stamp Specialist, 1945 Black Book). Ex Knapp, Brown, Brooks, Grant and Weatherly (acquired by the Kilbournes in 1964)

E. 5,000-7,500
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2773
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2773, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Vertical strip of five, Positions 8/16/24/32/40, huge margin at left, other sides close to touching, tied by multiple strikes of "New Orleans La. 28 Jun." circular datestamp on 1861 cover to Sixth District Court Parish of St. Helena, Greensburgh La., ms. receipt docketing, red wax seal affixed over, cover reduced by a few inches at left, top stamp in strip has closed tear

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VERTICAL STRIP OF FIVE ON COVER AND THE SECOND LARGEST ON-COVER MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL.

We are aware of covers bearing a horizontal strip of six, horizontal strip of five (end stamp deeply cut into) and two blocks of four. A block of six and vertical strip of five also exist off cover.

Ex Grant and Skinner.

E. 3,000-4,000
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2774
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2774, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large margins incl. sheet margin at left, tied by "New Orleans La. Aug." circular datestamp on yellow cover to Pensacola Fla., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine and choice example of this scarce shade, ex Grant, Meroni, Simon

2,250
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2775
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2775, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Vertical pair, large to huge margins, beautiful rich orange shade, tied by clear strike of "New Orleans La. 11 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Jefferson Tex., reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR AND COVER. ONLY SIX TO EIGHT PAIRS OF THE RARE OCHER SHADE ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST ON COVER -- THIS IS ONE OF THE TWO FINEST.

Ex Worthington, Caspary, Freeland and Howard Green (where it realized $6,750 hammer)

3,000
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2776
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2776, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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 pair with top sheet margin containing "ble exclusiv" portion of "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office" imprint - a unique feature of the New Orleans provisionals - huge margins, beautiful shade on deep blue paper, perfect strike of New Orleans circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem pair, ex Birkinbine

425
0
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2777
 
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2777, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Position 13, large to huge margins all around, tied by bold "New Orleans 12 Feb." (1862) circular datestamp on small piece, tiny wrinkle at lower left, Extremely Fine, ex Caspary and Skinner

175
0
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2778
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2778, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Position 8, huge margins with sheet margin at right, clear at bottom, removed and hinged in place over blue crayon "5" rate marking, tied by "New Orleans La. Sep. 11, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on cover addressed to Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans, ms. "Order for Fr.t" at top, couple usual file pinholes, Extremely Fine and choice cover, carried to New Orleans by steamboat and posted at the wharfside office, ex Caspary, Matz and Skinner

E. 500-750
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2779
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2779, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Position 33, enormous margins with huge bottom left corner sheet margin, mottled Second Printing impression on blue paper, tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Reading Miss., backflap removed, stain at upper left, otherwise Very Fine, the stamp is Extremely Fine, ex Haas and Skinner

400
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2780
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2780, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Large to huge margins, sharp early impression, "Paid" cancel, bold "New Orleans La. 27 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on small fresh cover to St. Jacques La., Extremely Fine, ex Haas and Skinner

400
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2781
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2781, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish (62X4). Horizontal pair, Positions 21-22, full to large margins, tied by sharp "New Orleans La. 10 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Tallahassee Fla., Extremely Fine Gem, ex Judd and Skinner

675
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2782
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2782, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Horizontal pair, ample to large margins, rich color on deeply blued paper, tied by "New Orleans La. 22 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on fresh cover to Griffin Ga., two flaps partly torn away, otherwise Very Fine, ex Caspary and Kilbourne, with 1999 P.F. certificate

675
625
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2783
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Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2783, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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 pair, Positions 16/24, enormous margins with sheet margin at right, full at bottom, "Paid" cancels, "New Orleans La. 22 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Morristown East Tenn., backflap removed and light vertical file fold clear of stamps, Very Fine, early usage (Aug. 20 is the earliest known), ex Seybold and Skinner

E. 1,000-1,500
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2784
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2784, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Large margins, rich color, tied by neat "New Orleans La. 25 Oct." circular datestamp on blue 1861 folded letter to Memphis Tenn., vertical file fold well away from stamp, Very Fine

400
325
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2785
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2785, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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 pair, huge margins incl. large part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 11 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Memphis Tenn., diagonal pen mark ties stamps (its meaning is not known), vertical file fold clear of stamps, Extremely Fine

675
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2786
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2786, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Horizontal pair, large margins to in, tied by "New Orleans La. 27 Oct." circular datestamp on cover to Charleston S.C., neat "Paid" handstamp, cover reduced and repaired at right, otherwise Fine

675
270
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2787
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2787, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a). Large margins all around, tied by "New Orleans La. Dec. 3" (1861) circular datestamp on folded cover to East Baton Rouge La., stamp has a vertical crease and a second part impression on back, evidently due to printing, stamp lifted and hinged in place to show reverse, cover with minor faults and edge wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING THE 5-CENT PRINTED-ON-BOTH-SIDES ERROR.

The shade and impression of this stamp are unusual for the Scott-listed Red Brown on Bluish 62X4 -- it is a dull Brown color, not Red Brown, but the paper is definitely bluish. The Scott Catalogue lists the Brown on White printed on both sides (62X3a) on cover, but the listing may be based on this cover. This may be the only cover extant with the 5c printed-on-both-sides error.

Ex Caspary and Skinner.

E. 5,000-7,500
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2788
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2788, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Position 35, intense shade, large to huge margins, tied by mostly clear strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M."%$ straightline and "New Orleans La. Nov. 7, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on orange cover to Providence La., ms. "Quitman" steamboat identification at lower left, slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE AND RARE USAGE OF THE PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONLY 12 TO 15 EXAMPLES KNOWN.

Ex Brown and Hall

E. 1,500-2,000
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2789
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2789, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Position 6, huge side margins and full to clear at top and bottom, tied by well-struck "New Orleans La. 10 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Tallahassee Fla., left edge of cover reduced with a portion added at upper left, Very Fine stamp and attractive Third Printing usage, ex Skinner

500
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2790
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2790, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Large margins, tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Natchez Miss., Very Fine and choice this is the earliest known usage of the Third Printing, ex Shenfield

E. 750-1,000
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2791
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2791, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Clear strike with blue "Raleigh N.C. Jan. 13, 186?" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Louisburg N.C., fresh and Fine

500
80
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2792
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2792, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsSalem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU3), Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU3)Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU3). Perfectly clear strikes of provisional markings, "Salem N.C. Nov. 27" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Raleigh N.C., lightly toned, still Extremely Fine, ex Brown and Hall, this strike is the basis of the Scott Catalogue illustration, with 2002 P.F. certificate

1,500
1,300
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2793
c
Sale Number 853, Lot Number 2793, Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsUniontown Ala., 5c Green (86X4), Uniontown Ala., 5c Green (86X4)Uniontown Ala., 5c Green (86X4). Position 3, margins close to touching, tied by usual indistinct circular datestamp on buff cover to Montgomery Ala., Cobbs correspondence, slightly reduced at top clear of stamp and datestamp

VERY FINE. A RARE STAMP AND COVER. ONLY THIRTEEN COVERS WITH THE UNIONTOWN 5-CENT GREEN ON WHITE ARE RECORDED IN THE CROWN CENSUS.

Ex Carnahan. With 2002 C.S.A. and P.S.E. certificates

7,000
3,250
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