VERY FINE. A SCARCE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 2-CENT RED NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETED PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT BROWN ON WHITE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as singles
FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETED PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT RED BROWN ON BLUISH POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as singles and pairs.
VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETED PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT YELLOW BROWN ON OFF-WHITE PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Especially desirable with such complete imprints at top and bottom.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 5-CENT NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ASSEMBLAGE OF TWO MULTIPLES COMPRISING 24 OF THE 40 PLATE POSITIONS AND INCLUDING VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE IMPRINT AT BOTTOM.
Scott Retail as four blocks of four and four pairs, with no premium for the five imprint positions
FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE OF THE SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT RED ERROR ARE PRINTED ON BLUISH PAPER. ONE OF THE RAREST CONFEDERATE POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONALS AND THE ONLY COLOR ERROR IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.
Because the 5c Red error is found on two separate papers in such small numbers -- with at least two of the copies showing a few traces of the normal brown color -- Dr. Skinner theorizes that either "too much red ink was introduced onto the platen in blending the brown ink or the components of the ink separated while the press was idle for a time." This, he speculates, "produced a mottled impression on a very few sheets" and "would have been corrected as soon as the rollers passed across the platen a few times re-mixing or blending the ink."
Our records contain the following examples of the 5c Red error: White Paper (62X6): 1) unused with traces of gum, ex Hind, Brooks; 2) "DUE" straightline cancel, partly rebacked over thins, ex Caspary, Lilly and Kilbourne; 3) cut in at bottom, tied by "Paid" straightline on part of cover to Mrs. Wm. Reynauld, Baton Rouge, photo by Hiram Deats in P.F. files; Blue Paper (62X7): 4) Dec. 4 circular datestamp, thin spots and small repair, ex Crocker, the example offered here; 5) Sep. 17 circular datestamp, small faults, ex Ferrary, Hind, and Lilly, 6) Position 1, "Paid" and part datestamp, thinned with small nicks at left, ex Caspary and Skinner (offered in Siegel Sale 832, lot 3154, realized $6,000 hammer). The Crown book lists only four examples on either paper (Nos. 3 and 4 above omitted). Dr. Skinner's 1978 Congress Book article notes only five examples on either paper (probably omitting No. 4). Based on our census, there is only one possible sound example of this rarity -- the ex Hind/Brooks unused stamp -- but that stamp has not been offered since the 1943 Laurence & Stryker sale of the Brooks collection.
Ex Crocker. With 1989 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON DROP-RATE COVER.
Approximately 30 covers are known with the 2c Blue (27 in Crown census), including circular rates and drop-rate usages.
With 1993 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL PAYING THE CIRCULAR RATE.
Approximately 30 covers are known with the 2c Blue (27 in Crown census), including circular rates and drop-rate usages. More than half of the covers have stamps without four margins or faults in the stamp or cover.
VERY FINE. THIS COVER IS THE BASIS FOR THE SCOTT-LISTED EARLIEST DATE OF USAGE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT OCHER POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
Ex Caspary and Everett
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL ON A CONFEDERATE 11-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC.
We are aware of eight patriotic covers with the 5c New Orleans provisional stamp, including red and blue Flag and Cannon designs and the unique "Soldier" design in black. The 11-Star Flag on this cover has a distinctive pattern of stars;the design was modified from the 10-Star design by adding an eleventh star to the center.
With 1990 C.S.A. certificate