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Sale 927 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 20 December, 2006

Category — Postmaster

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1575
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1575, PostmasterAtlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Clear strike and "Atlanta Ga. Aug. 2, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Athens Geo., trivial edgewear, Very Fine

700
375
1576
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1576, PostmasterBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2). Large margins to clear incl. sheet margin at top, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Donaldsonville La., missing top flap, some slight overall wear, Fine

2,750
2,200
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1577
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1577, PostmasterCanton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1), Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1)Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1). Bold strike of provisional marking, "Livingston Miss. Sep. 23" circular datestamp with date in ms., on orange cover to Carroll, Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, ms. "5" rating, usual filing holes, tear at top from opening affects ms. marking, still Very Fine, scarce usage, this entered the mails outside of Canton and so the provisional was not accepted as payment, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate

2,750
1,900
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1578
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1578, PostmasterCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins to just touched, tied by well-struck "Charleston S.C. Nov. 5, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Darlington C.H. S.C., slight overall wear, Very Fine

2,500
2,000
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1579
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1579, PostmasterFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Positions 4/9, vertical pair with top sheet margin, other sides mostly large, tied by "Fredericksburgh Va. Paid Sep. (3?)0" (1861) circular datestamp on pale yellow cover to Camden Ark., sender's routing "Via Vicksburg & Monroe", pair has minute flaws along edge of margins and small corner crease at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE. BY THE FAR THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED FREDERICKSBURGH PROVISIONAL PAIRS ON COVER -- THE ONLY USED VERTICAL PAIR KNOWN.

Our records and the Crown census confirm the existence of three covers with pairs, the largest known used multiples. One of the three covers has a third stamp removed, and the other pair on cover has faults.

Ex Grant, Meroni and Kilbourne. Illustrated in Dietz. With 1999 P.F. certificate

12,000
12,500
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1580
 
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1580, PostmasterColumbia S.C., 5c Blue (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue (18XU1). Cut square, some slight soiling, light vertical crease, otherwise Fine, signed J.W. Scott, with 1989 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail as unused entire

900
250
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1581
og
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1581, PostmasterFredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2), Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2)Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2). Original gum, large margins all around, deep rich color, horizontal crease at bottom, appears Very Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,000
1,400
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1582
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1582, PostmasterGalveston Tex., 5c Black entire (98XU1), Galveston Tex., 5c Black entire (98XU1)Galveston Tex., 5c Black entire (98XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking, "Galveston Tex. ? 20" double-circle datestamp, on cover to Richmond Tex., control marking on back, slightly reduced at right into rate marking, overall wear and soiling despite being bit heavily cleaned, still Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,500
350
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1583
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1583, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Aug. 27, 1861" circular datestamp on 3c Pink entire (U35) to Champagnolle Ark., adhesive covers design, manuscript "Pd 2/-" (Paid 2 bits, or 25c) express rate marking at left indicating this cover was transmitted by express, some edgewear

FINE. A RARE CIVIL WAR EXPRESS USAGE WITH A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.

There is no indication of this cover's origin, but it is probably an intra-Confederacy express usage from Adams Southern Express office in Memphis. It could also be a late thru-the-lines express usage via Memphis. Thru-the-lines express mail was banned on August 26, 1861, by order of the U.S. Postmaster General, Montgomery Blair. The August 27 date in Memphis allows for a possible express usage a few days earlier. A related cover to the same addressee at Champagnolle was offered in Siegel Sale 823, lot 409. It is an Adams Southern Express Co. imprint cover with a letter to the same Hattie Billings from the express agent at Memphis, dated Sep. 15, 1861, which states that "communication with the North ceased entirely about one month since..."

With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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1584
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1584, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in at sides, stamp with scissors-cut at right and some toning, tied by light strike of "Memphis Ten. Sep. ?, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic cover to Monticello Ark., slightly reduced at left and some minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.

Ex Emerson. With 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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1585
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1585, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Margins to in, torn at top from opening, tied by "Memphis Ten. Aug.25, 1861" circular datestamp on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Champagnolle Ark., minor edgewear, Fine, from the same correspondence as lot 1583 but this one has no indications of express usage, with 1985 P.F. certificate

1,750
375
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1586
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1586, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Deep Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Deep Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Deep Red (56X2). Vivid shade, large side margins, barely in at top and bottom, diagonal crease at bottom left, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Sep. 6, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Monticello Ark., Fine, scarce shade, ex Kilbourne, with 1999 P.F. certificate

1,750
900
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1587
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1587, PostmasterMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Horizontal pair, large margins to just touched, tied by "Mobile Ala. Dec. 1, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover with wine and liquor dealer's corner card to military address in Norfolk Va., cover repaired, stamps faulty, otherwise Fine, scarce and attractive usage, with 1989 P.F. certificate

2,400
1,500
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1588
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1588, PostmasterMontgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1), Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1)Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking, neat "Montgomery Ala. Oct. 11, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Strata Ala., slightly reduced at right, some overall wear, Very Fine strikes, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,100
700
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1589
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1589, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1), Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1)Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp with matching "Nashville Ten. Jul. 2, 1861" circular datestamp on brown cover to Planters Ark., original 1861 letter enclosed (with newspaper clipping), trivial edge wear and mended flap tear, Very Fine, one of the finest recorded strikes dated on the day Tennessee was admitted to the Confederacy

E. 1,000-1,500
2,700
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1590
og
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1590, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Original gum, large even margins, bright color, Extremely Fine, with 1991 P.F. certificate

125
0
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1591
 
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1591, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Large margins to clear, brilliant color, well-struck "Paid" handstamp, tiny thin spot in top margin, appears Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,000
700
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1592
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1592, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Vertical pair, large to huge margins, tied by "New Orleans La. 13 Oct." (1861) circular datestamps on light buff cover to Helena Ark., slightly reduced on the diagonal at right, still an Extremely Fine pair and attractive cover, ex Kilbourne, with 1999 P.F. certificate

850
400
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1593
 
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1593, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Bright color, margins to in, neat strike of circular datestamp, Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

625
300
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1594
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1594, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Ample to large margins, warm shade, tied by "New Orleans La. Jun. 18, 1861" riverfront post office double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Vicksburg Miss., natural paper wrinkle in cover, stamp and cover with tiny ms. ink spots

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. With 2006 P.F. certificate

2,750
2,000
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1595
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1595, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Horizontal pair, three full to large margin, slightly in at top, tied by "Paid" cancels, "New Orleans La. 16 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Grand Lake Ark., sender's notations "Postage Paid" and "Care of Capt. A. P. Bennett"

VERY FINE. ONLY SIX TO EIGHT PAIRS OF THE SCARCE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT OCHER SHADE ARE KNOWN ON COVER.

Ex Kilbourne. With 1999 P.F. certificate

3,500
3,250
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1596
og
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1596, PostmasterPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Original gum, lightly hinged, large margins to just touched, horizontal crease, otherwise Very Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,750
2,100
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1597
 
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1597, PostmasterPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 3, large margins to just in, trace of blue cancel at bottom left, Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

600
800
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1598
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1598, PostmasterPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5 cts. Oct. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp on light buff cover with merchant's indigo cameo corner card, to Tabbs Creek N.C., trivial opening tear at top right, Very Fine and attractive

2,000
1,300
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1599
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1599, PostmasterPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Large margins to clear at upper right, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5 cts. Dec. 12" integral-rate circular datestamp on part-printed 1861 account statement to Nottoway C.H. Va., some splitting and faults along folds, a bit toned, otherwise Fine example of this Confederate provisional on cover

2,000
900
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1600
c
Sale Number 927, Lot Number 1600, PostmasterThomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2), Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2)Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2). Clear strike at top right of orange cover, "Thomasville Ga. Dec.10" circular datestamp to Savannah, barely reduced at right touching provisional marking, Very Fine, with 1989 P.F. certificate

900
500
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