VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE COVER MAILED FROM THE FORMER CONFEDERATE RAIDER SHENANDOAH AFTER THE WAR.
The Shenandoah was a much-feared Confederate Navy raiding vessel, which during the war operated mostly in the Northern Pacific, attacking Union commercial merchant vessels, particularly those engaged in the whaling industry. Operating so far from home and receiving news well after the Confederate armies' surrender, the Shenandoah's captain, Jas. I. Wadell, continued attacking vessels as late as June 28, 1865. After hearing of the war's end from a passing British vessel, Waddell steered the ship to London, where she made port on or about Nov. 7, 1865. After confirming the news heard at sea, he surrendered the vessel to authorities, where it became property of the U.S. government. In January 1866 an attempt was made to sail the vessel to the U.S., but it failed due to poor weather. Accordingly, the vessel was sold in Europe. The cover offered here was sent during the Shenandoah's failed attempt to return to the U.S.
VERY FINE AS A FRONT. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC USED TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY. SENT FROM GEORGIA IN MARCH 1861 DURING CONFEDERATE STATEHOOD, WITH 24-CENT (ONE SHILLING) BRITISH TREATY RATE COLLECTED FROM THE ADDRESSEE.
With 2003 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MARION 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP ON BLUISH LAID PAPER (SCOTT 55X3).
The Marion Va. 5c and 10c provisional stamps, with their distinctive "Check" label at top, were issued by Postmaster J. H. Francis in 1861. The stamps were printed in two steps: first, the typeset form containing the border and words "P. Office, Marion, Va., Check. Paid" were impressed; then the values, "5" or "10" were handstamped on the blank center. Postmaster Francis described his stamps in a January 1880 letter to August Dietz, and he offered to make more from the "die" which he still possessed. Various "reprints" made from the typeset form were made by John W. Scott, including 2c, 15c and 20c values that have never been seen genuinely used.
Genuine Marion provisional stamps are extremely rare. Our records contain a total of 11 examples of the 5c, including 9 on White paper (Scott 55X1) and 2 on Bluish Laid paper (Scott 55X3). Of the Bluish Laid stamps, one is the unused example offered in the 1956 Caspary sale, which was certified by the Philatelic Foundation with the statement "it is genuine, but whether issued for use on this paper is uncertain". Evidently, the used example offered here was not known to the P.F. at the time. It is genuinely cancelled by the "Paid", which leaves no doubt that the Bluish Laid paper was used for stamps issued to the public.
With 2002 C.S.A. certificate. Listed but unpriced in Scott.
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE ADAMS EXPRESS COMPANY OVAL ON A 10-CENT NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONLY 25 COPIES OF THIS STAMP ARE RECORDED.
This stamp originated on a North-to-South express cover carried by Adams Express Company, probably in August 1861. Adams was required to pay Confederate postage, but letters never actually entered the mails at Nashville. Judging from the few recorded covers, it appears that the Adams Nashville office rarely used the provisional stamps to indicate prepayment. We record just three covers and six off-cover stamps with Adams Express markings.
With 2002 C.S.A. certificate stating that the stamp is genuine, but declining opinion as to it originating on the piece. Our Kilbourne sale (Sale 815, lot 104) offered one of the three Nashville 10c covers carried by Adams Express, which realized $90,000
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING CIRCULAR-RATE USE OF THE RARE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL. ONLY EIGHT COVERS RECORDED.
The New Orleans postmaster, J. L. Riddell, prepared provisional stamps in June 1861 and advertised them for sale on June 12th. The 2c Red stamps were printed without the marginal inscription "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office". The 5c and subsequent 2c Blue printings all have the imprint. It is the accepted theory that the 2c Red stamps were printed first, before Riddell added the imprint, and were withheld from use until January 1862 when the supply of 2c Blue stamps was exhausted. The Crown book lists six 2c Red covers, while Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (The Congress Book, 1978) recorded eight covers.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE MULTIPLE-RATE FRANKING. PROBABLY FEWER THAN FIFTEEN COVERS EXIST WITH FOUR OR MORE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL STAMPS.
Ex Moody, Grant and Kilbourne.