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
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
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
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
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