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Sale 940 — The Buck Boshwit Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 September, 2007

Category — Postmaster

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
294
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 294, PostmasterChattanooga Tenn., 5c on 2c Black entire (17XU3), Chattanooga Tenn., 5c on 2c Black entire (17XU3)Chattanooga Tenn., 5c on 2c Black entire (17XU3). Clearly struck 2c provisional handstamp at top right corner of large orange-buff cover to Athens Tenn., re-rated "Paid 5" in circle with "Chattanooga Ten. Oct. 17, 1861" circular datestamp, approximately half of backflap missing, small repairs along top of cover where a bit roughly opened

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED CHATTANOOGA 2-CENT PROVISIONAL COVER AND THE BASIS OF THE SCOTT CATALOGUE LISTING.

Ex Walcott and Everett

3,250
3,750
295
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 295, PostmasterChattanooga Tenn., 5c Black entire (17XU2), Chattanooga Tenn., 5c Black entire (17XU2)Chattanooga Tenn., 5c Black entire (17XU2). Clear strike of provisional handstamp with "Chattanooga Ten. Jul. 15, 1861" circular datestamp on orange cover to Kingston Tenn., minor edgewear, Very Fine, only five recorded in Crown and this is the only one on an orange cover

1,500
2,200
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296
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 296, PostmasterColumbia Tenn., 5c Red entire (113XU1), Columbia Tenn., 5c Red entire (113XU1)Columbia Tenn., 5c Red entire (113XU1). Clear strike of red provisional handstamp with "Columbia Ten. Oct. 19" double-circle datestamp on cover to Ashwood Tenn., with original contents from a musician who mentions giving concert for the troops, some slight wear

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT RED COLUMBIA, TENNESSEE, PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE RECORDED IN THE CROWN SURVEY.

With 1998 C.S.A. certificate

3,500
6,250
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297
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 297, PostmasterIuka Miss., 5c Black entire (42XU1), Iuka Miss., 5c Black entire (42XU1)Iuka Miss., 5c Black entire (42XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp with bold "Iuka Miss. Nov. 5, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Athens Geo., some staining and minor edgewear, Fine and rare, only seven are listed in Crown survey, with 1978 P.F. certificate

1,750
1,000
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298
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 298, PostmasterJackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1), Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1)Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking with "Jackson Miss. Jul. 10" circular datestamp on buff cover to Natchez Miss., receipt docketing at left, fresh and Very Fine

575
750
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299
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 299, PostmasterJonesboro Tenn., 5c Black entire (45XU1), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Black entire (45XU1)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Black entire (45XU1). Clearly-struck provisional handstamp, cancelled by two strikes of blue "Jonesboro Tenn." dateless circle on cover to Blountsville Tenn., missing top flap, some minor edge faults and overall soiling

VERY FINE. THE JONESBORO PROVISIONAL IN BLACK, SCOTT 45XU1, IS SIGNIFICANTLY RARER THAN ITS BLUE COUNTERPART. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN CROWN CENSUS, AND THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE 1992.

The Crown survey counts fifteen examples of the Jonesboro provisional entire, including five struck in Black (45XU1) and ten in Dark Blue (45XU2). Some of these do not have any town datestamp.

Ex Caspary. The Scott value for 45XU1 is not commensurate with the rarity of this provisional in Black, probably because none have been offered in many years (the more common Dark Blue is valued at $7,000.00).

3,750
5,000
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300
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 300, PostmasterJonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Marvelously well-defined strike of the provisional handstamp on buff cover to Cumberland Gap P.O. Tenn., missing top flap and part of left flap

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES OF THE JONESBORO PROVISIONAL ARE RECORDED IN BLUE.

The Crown survey counts fifteen examples of the Jonesboro provisional entire, including five struck in Black (45XU1) and ten in Dark Blue (45XU2). Some of these, such as the example offered here, do not have any town datestamp.

Ex Hart

7,000
3,750
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301
ng
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 301, PostmasterKnoxville 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). Vertical pair, unused (no gum), large margins to just in, deep rich color, tiny thin speck at bottom left

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED PAIR OF THE 5-CENT KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL. VERY FEW MULTIPLES ARE KNOWN.

The Levi records contain just two unused multiples of the 5c Knoxville provisional: a vertical strip of three and the pair offered here. Ex Caspary

3,100
3,000
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302
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 302, PostmasterKnoxville 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 barely touched at left, tied by light strike of "Knoxville Ten. Jan. 8" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Russellville Ten., some slight wear

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL TIED ON COVER BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

Our records indicate that approximately 22 covers are known with the 5c Brick Red Knoxville Provisional. Of these, over half are pen cancelled. Perhaps ten covers exist with the stamp tied by a handstamped marking.

7,500
3,000
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303
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 303, PostmasterKnoxville 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). Ample margins at top and bottom, framelines at sides just shaved, two tiny nicks at left, rich color, tied by "Knoxville Ten. Mar. 11, 186[2]" circular datestamp on small cover to Brig. Gen. Daniel Ruggles at Corinth Miss., reduced at top

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL TIED BY THE LARGE SANS-SERIF CIRCULAR DATESTAMP, WHICH WAS FIRST USED IN 1862. THIS IS THE LATEST KNOWN USAGE OF THE KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL STAMP.

The large circle with sans-serif type was not used in 1861, based on our survey of Knoxville covers (including stampless, provisionals and general issues). The date is difficult to read, but appears to be "MAR" and is certainly 1862. Our records and the Levi records contain no more than ten 47X1/47X2 covers with the stamp tied by a handstamped marking. This cover is the only one with the large sans-serif datestamp, and it is the latest recorded use of the Knoxville provisional (a Jan. 1862 cover precedes it).

Ex Brown, Gallagher, Green and Agre.

7,500
3,000
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304
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 304, PostmasterKnoxville 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 with few nicks, tied by single penstroke on cover to Kingston Tenn., Dec. 9, 1861 receipt docketing at left, cover with few toned spots, stamp with small tear at top, appears Fine, scarce, with 1960 P.F. certificate

2,100
900
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305
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 305, PostmasterKnoxville 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 even margins, cancelled by single penstroke on small cover to Jonesboro Tenn., pencil "1861", top flap added, Very Fine, 1995 C.S.A. and P.F. certificates decline opinion but this comes from a known correspondence and is genuine

2,100
550
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306
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 306, PostmasterKnoxville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (47XU1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (47XU1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (47XU1). Uncancelled as usual, addressed to Speedville Tenn., few age spots, otherwise Very Fine, only fourteen are recorded in the Crown survey

2,000
1,600
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307
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 307, PostmasterKnoxville Tenn., 5c Blue on Orange entire (47XU2), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue on Orange entire (47XU2)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue on Orange entire (47XU2). Cancelled by small "Paid" handstamp at top right and addressed to London Tenn., backflap with sealed tear

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT ON ORANGE KNOXVILLE PROVISIONAL ENTIRE WHICH HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Our review of the Levi records found that only three of the fifteen have been cancelled, all by "Paid" handstamps.

2,250
0
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308
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 308, PostmasterKnoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5). Clear strike of "Paid 5" provisional handstamp on yellow cover to Lincolnton Ga. with blue 10-Star Confederate Flag, Cannon and Verse patriotic design, partial strike of "Knoxville Ten. Dec. 7, 1861" double-circle datestamp at bottom left, barely reduced at right, some slight wear

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF THE KNOXVILLE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC COVER.

The Crown survey records only five examples of this provisional. This is the only patriotic listed.

Ex Hart. Scott value for 47XU5 on patriotic cover.

3,000
3,250
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309
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 309, PostmasterKnoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5). Clear provisional handstamp on orange cover to Kingston Tenn., 1861 docketing at left, barely reduced at bottom, Very Fine example of this scarce provisional, only five are recorded in the Crown survey

1,500
950
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310
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 310, PostmasterKnoxville Tenn., 10c on 5c Black entire (47XU6), Knoxville Tenn., 10c on 5c Black entire (47XU6)Knoxville Tenn., 10c on 5c Black entire (47XU6). Clearly struck 5c rate handstamp overstruck by bold "10" handstamp on small cover to Manassas Junction Va., ms. "Missent & For", backflap removed and slightly reduced at top, minor toning

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE RE-RATED KNOXVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Ex Gallagher and Agre. With 1997 C.S.A. certificate.

3,500
2,100
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311
ngbl
Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1). Reconstructed sheet of 100 containing unused block of 46 with vertical gutter, this is the largest recorded multiple, comprising blocks of 16 and 30 from two panes arranged tete-beche, other multiples incl. blocks of sixteen, eight, six and four, few duplicated positions (overlapping on layout), all unused (no gum), ten stamps are broken plate variety, some flaws incl. creases with one ending in small tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN IMPRESSIVE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TWO PANES OF 50 OF THE 2-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL, CONTAINING THE BLOCK OF 46, WHICH IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE ISSUE. A MAGNIFICENT SHOWPIECE.

Ex Meroni and Caspary. The block of 46 was offered in our 1983 Rarities sale.

E. 7,500-10,000
5,000
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312
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 312, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1), Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1)Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1). Large margins to just into frameline at bottom, tied by bold strike of "Memphis Ten. May 6, 1862" circular datestamp on blue folded part-printed insurance policy addressed locally, vertical file fold, few faults only apparent when the notice is opened

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE 2-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL USAGE, PAYING THE 2-CENT DROP RATE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST OF ONLY FIFTEEN COVERS RECORDED BY CROWN.

The census by Billy Matz (Confederate Philatelist, Mar. 1967) identified twelve 2c Memphis provisional covers, and the Crown book reported an additional three covers.

With Mozian auction description from 1941 affixed to back which reads in part "Mr. Pratt who plated this stamp and examined most of the known copies, mentioned it is the finest he has ever seen"

Ex Freeland.

10,000
9,500
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313
 
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 313, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1), Memphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1)Memphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1). A very distinctive shade described by Mr. Boshwit as "Cobalt Blue", full margins to just in at bottom left, tied by well-struck "Memphis Ten. Dec. 8, 1861" circular datestamp on rebacked cover front only used locally, some overall wear

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL IN A DISTINCTIVE DARK SHADE AND NICELY TIED ON A LOCALLY-ADDRESSED COVER. ONLY FIFTEEN COVERS RECORDED BY CROWN.

This is the most intense shade we recall seeing on this issue. Scott Retail as full cover.

10,000
4,250
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314
ngbl
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 314, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2, 56X2b), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2, 56X2b)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2, 56X2b). Block of 37 comprising Positions 4-9/11-19/21-29/31-38/41-45 with three sideways tete-beche positions at right (Positions 9/19/29), unused (no gum), brilliant color, few small scissors-cuts where stamps were taken out, few creases incl. one ending in small tear, few toned spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL MULTIPLES.

The stereotype plate used to print the Memphis 5c provisional in sheets of 50 was created with ten subjects (two rows of five) at right turned 90 degrees clockwise relative to the other 40 subjects. This arrangement is confirmed by the existence of corner-margin multiples that have precisely the same alignment, which would be impossible if the sideways positions resulted from work-and-turn printing. Only a few multiples exist that show this unusual tete-beche format. Multiples are also known that show the work-and-turn printing method, including three tete-beche pairs (vertical head-to-foot, vertical foot-to-foot, and horizontal head-to-foot).

Ex Walcott, Matz and Pope. Illustrated in the Pratt book on page 27. Last offered in our 1983 Rarities sale, where it realized $12,000 hammer.

E. 15,000-25,000
22,000
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315
ng
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 315, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red Pair, One Sideways (56X2b), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red Pair, One Sideways (56X2b)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red Pair, One Sideways (56X2b). Positions 8-9, horizontal tete-beche pair with right stamp sideways, unused (no gum), full margins to huge incl. top sheet margin, few flaws incl. vertical crease between stamps, otherwise Very Fine, only a few multiples exist showing the sideways positions, the relative positions of these two stamps are identical to the same positions in the block of 37, proving that the plate itself was configured with sideways subjects

750
2,400
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316
ngbl
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 316, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Positions 31-33/41-43, horizontal block of six, unused (no gum), irregular but large margins incl. bottom left corner sheet margins, bright color, few faults incl. creases and toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, attractive position multiple

1,340
900
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317
ngbl
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 317, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Positions 7-8/17-18/27-28, vertical block of six, unused (no gum), large margins to just in incl. sheet margin at top, bright color, few faults incl. creases, appears Very Fine, Scott Retail as block of four and pair

1,340
1,300
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318
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 318, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red, Tete-Beche Pair (56X2a), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red, Tete-Beche Pair (56X2a)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red, Tete-Beche Pair (56X2a). Definitely bottom-row positions and probably Positions 45/47 (see notes below), clear margins to irregularly cut in, deep shade, tied by neat "Memphis Ten. Aug. 2, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Austin Ark., embossed corner card for Worsham House hotel at top left, missing part of top flap, some edgewear, wrinkles and a tiny tear at top center

FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL TETE-BECHE PAIRS ON COVER, AND THE ONLY COVER RECORDED PAIR WITH THE STAMPS FOOT-TO-FOOT.

If we count only the tete-beche printing varieties and exclude the multiples which contain sideways positions on the plate, there are just three recorded examples of the Memphis 5c provisional tete-beche. Each is a pair on cover, and each shows a unique orientation. The vertical pair on the cover offered here has the impressions aligned foot to foot. The other two are a head-to-head vertical pair and side-to-side horizontal pair. These tete-beche multiples were created during the work-and-turn printing process. They differ from the sideways tete-beche multiples, which reflect the unusual 5c plate layout (see lot 314). The sideways multiples are only known in unused condition.

The stamp to the left (as positioned on this cover) shows some of the plate marks of Position 45 (Pratt named this Position 37 in his plating diagram, because he assigned "S" numbers 1-10 to the sideways positions). If we imagine the second plate impression on the same sheet of paper to be turned 180 degrees and aligned below the bottom row, then the adjacent stamp (to the right on this cover) would be Position 47 (Pratt's Position 39). Neither Pratt nor we have been able to analyze Position 47 (or 48) for plating marks (they are missing from the block of 37 in lot 314). However, the alignment between the full impression and the small portion of the adjoining stamp to the right, which is visible in the margin, does not match the alignment of any two of the other known positions in the bottom row. Therefore, by process of elimination, it seems almost certain that this pair comes from one of the two Position 45/47 vertical tete-beche pairs in the original sheet.

Illustrated in the Pratt book on page 30. Ex Worthington (acquired from New England Stamp Co. on 3/9/1907), Caspary, Wise and Pope.

10,000
9,000
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319
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 319, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in, tied by "Memphis Ten. (Oct?) 31, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue 12-Star Confederate Flag and Verse patriotic cover showing 13th Star printing error, to Osceola Ark., stamp with light crease, cover slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A COLORFUL PATRIOTIC COVER.

Ex Hind and Pope

4,000
3,250
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320
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 320, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in, corner slightly faulty, tied by well-struck "Memphis Ten. (Aug?) 30, (1861)" circular datestamp on brown Jefferson Davis Medallion patriotic cover to St. Martinsville La., slightly reduced at left, some slight soiling

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.

With 1980 P.F. certificate

4,000
5,000
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321
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 321, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just touched at top, tied by light strike of "Memphis Ten. Sep. 11, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Summerville Tenn., with original red and blue 11-Star Confederate Flag lettersheet enclosure, some soiling affects cover and top of stamp, otherwise Very Fine

1,750
1,400
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322
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 322, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margins on two sides, touching at top and right where slightly irregular, tied by "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp on buff cover to Paris Tenn. with slave dealer's corner card, John W. Chrisp & Co., slightly reduced at right

FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY USE OF THE MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A SLAVE DEALER'S ADVERTISING COVER.

Printed corner cards and advertising envelopes rarely mention the slave trade, although the institution was part of the Southern culture and economy. Examples of slave trade corner cards are very scarce, and this example with the Memphis postmaster's provisional is incalculably rare.

The John W. Chrisp & Co. firm is identified in the advertisement as "Successors to Forrest, Jones & Co." The Forrest is Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate general.

Signed Dietz. Ex Mueller, Matz and Green (where it realized $12,000 hammer in our Sale 822).

E. 7,500-10,000
10,500
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323
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 323, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two covers, each bearing single tied by lightly struck "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp, matching "Gayoso House hotel cameo corner cards in green and brown, to Mobile Ala. and Helena Ark. respectively, some faults

FINE APPEARANCE. A MAGNIFICENT MATCHING PAIR OF HOTEL CAMEO CORNER CARD COVERS WITH THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DUPLICATE AND IDEALLY SUITED FOR EXHIBITION.

Ex Pope

E. 2,500-3,500
4,250
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324
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 324, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Full margins to just touched at bottom, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Nov. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Jackson Tenn. with foundry and machine shop's blue illustrated cameo corner card, W. Eaves imprint, top left corner repaired outside of design, stamp has small tear and faint stains

VERY FINE AND STRIKING APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON AN EAVES-PRODUCED CAMEO CORNER CARD COVER.

Ex MacBride and Green.

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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325
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 325, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two, large margins to in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 28, 1861" circular datestamp on wholesale grocer's blue cameo corner card cover to Lynchburg Va., missing top and most of right flaps, repaired cover tear at right, stamps with few flaws, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Pope

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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326
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 326, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to in on two sides, tied by well-struck "Memphis Ten. Aug. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on commission and forwarder agent's overall lithographed advertising cover with illustration of "City Wharf Boat", to Natchez Miss., Fine, scarce and attractive Memphis Postmaster's Provisional cover advertising one of the forwarding agents for Quachita River steamboats

E. 1,500-2,000
3,500
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327
 
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 327, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two singles, just touching to ample margins, one with small crease ending in tear, tied by "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp on cotton factor's lithographed overall advertising cover to Lynchburg Va, reduced at top with sealed tear and repaired corner nick, Fine, still attractive and very scarce, ex Pope

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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328
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 328, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Margins to in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Jul. 31, 1861" circular datestamp on pale orange commission merchant's all-over lithographed advertising cover to Denmark Tenn., unusual "C.S.A." handstamp, with original enclosure, stamp defective, cover slightly reduced at left, still Fine and attractive early use of this provisional, the "C.S.A." handstamp is seen on very few covers

E. 750-1,000
850
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329
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 329, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Margins to in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Aug. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on commission merchant's lithographed all-over advertising cover to Pontotoc Miss., missing top flap where slightly reduced, stamp with few small nicks, cover with some slight edgewear incl. small piece added at top right corner, otherwise Fine, attractive advertising usage

E. 750-1,000
900
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330
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 330, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 4, 1861" circular datestamp on wholesale boots, shoes and hats dealer's corner card cover to military address at Russelville Ky., slightly reduced at right, stamp with some faults, some edgewear, otherwise Fine, accompanied by contents (not original), ex Pope

1,750
900
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331
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 331, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Oct. 27, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Brownsville Tenn., with cotton factors and commission merchant's embossed corner card, stamp with tear at bottom left and some soiling, cover with some wear, otherwise Fine

1,750
800
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332
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 332, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Huge sheet margin at bottom, large margins at left but cut in deeply at right, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 20, 1861" circular datestamp on small cover to New Orleans, "N.O.U.S. City Post Nov. 22" circular datestamp -- struck much more clearly than usual at this late period of use -- street location "Barron St. Julia & St. Joseph" written by carrier department at lower left, stamp has negligible corner crease in margin from placement over edge of cover

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL FROM OUTSIDE NEW ORLEANS THAT WAS DELIVERED TO A STREET ADDRESS AND DATESTAMPED BY THE N.O.U.S. CITY POST.

The 2c fee for delivery was presumably paid in cash by the addressee.

Ex Semsrott and Skinner

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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333
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 333, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins, bright color, affixed over small piece of U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (26) and tied by "Memphis Ten. Sep. 18, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Austin Miss., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, unusual usage, ex Pope

1,750
1,900
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334
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 334, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two covers to the same captain with 21st Regt. Tenn. Volunteers in Columbus Ky., one with 5c provisional cut to shape and tied by "Memphis Ten. Dec. 18, 1861" circular datestamp, other has 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1) tied by Dec. 21, 1861 circular datestamp, some faults, still Fine, a fascinating and very scarce pair of covers showing use of the Memphis provisional and General Issue on mail to western Kentucky, Columbus was evacuated by Confederate forces in March 1862

E. 500-750
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335
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 335, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Huge margins to just in at top incl. part of adjoining stamp at left and sheet margin at bottom, tied by "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp on cover to Camden Ala., bold "Due 5" handstamp, small piece out at bottom left, some staining, otherwise Fine, unusual with the "Due 5" marking

1,750
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336
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 336, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Horizontal pair, huge margins showing parts of adjoining stamps at top and bottom, brilliant color, tied by well-struck "Memphis Ten. Oct. 15, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Fayetteville N.C., gently cleaned

EXTREMELY FINE. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL KNOWN ON COVER.

Ex Caspary. Last sold in our 1985 Rarities sale for $3,250 hammer

3,500
5,750
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337
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 337, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Horizontal pair, margins to slightly in, tied by bold strike of "Memphis Ten. Aug. ?" circular datestamp on U.S. 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to Brig. Gen. Ruggles at Fredericksburg Va., stamps with small tears, cover with some edgewear

FINE. A RARE AND STRIKING USE OF THE MEMPHIS 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON A DEMONETIZED UNITED STATES NESBITT ENTIRE. IDEALLY SUITED FOR EXHIBITION.

Scott Retail as pair on normal cover $3,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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338
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 338, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Vertical pair for 10c over-500 miles rate, cut in (nearly a bisect), slightly dry print, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Oct. 27, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Norfolk Va., unusual

E. 200-300
450
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339
 
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 339, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two vertical pairs, first has large margins on three sides showing part of adjacent stamps at left and clear at right, second pair large margin at bottom and in on other sides, tied by two strikes of "Memphis Ten. Dec. 3, 1861" circular datestamp on large part of light yellow courthouse cover front only to Helena Ark., stamps have bit heavy gum soaks, otherwise Fine, extremely rare 20c franking, ex Caspary, Matz, Meroni and "Stonewall"

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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340
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 340, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red entire (56XU1), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red entire (56XU1)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red entire (56XU1). Rich color, cancelled by "Memphis Ten. Jan. (?, 1862)" circular datestamp to Ark., two flaps added, some soiling, otherwise Fine, ex Seybold

2,500
1,800
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341
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 341, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2). Provisional printed partly off top of cover, cancelled by "Memphis Ten. Sep. 4, 1861" circular datestamp to Gaines Landing Ark., well-struck Memphis "Due 5" handstamp and also ms. "Due 5", expertly restored

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A STRIKING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENTIRE ON AMBER. VERY UNUSUAL WITH BOTH THE MISPRINTING AND THE "DUE 5" MARKINGS.

The distance between Memphis and Gaines Landing is under 500 miles, so this was charged the extra 5c for excess weight, or perhaps the misprinted provisional was not accepted.

Ex Pope

4,000
1,600
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342
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 342, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3). Bold "Memphis Ten. Dec. 11, 1861" circular datestamp, addressed to Helena Ark., with original letter enclosure on printed stationery

EXTREMELY FINE. RARE IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.

Ex Green

2,500
2,500
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343
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 343, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3). Deep rich color, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 20, 1861" circular datestamp to Helena Ark.

EXTREMELY FINE. THE MEMPHIS 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ENVELOPES ARE RARELY FOUND IN THIS CHOICE CONDITION.

Accompanied by original enclosure, a bill of sale for bales of cotton.

2,500
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344
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 344, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Defective, tied by "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp on 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3) to Clarksville Tenn., the envelope stamp is significantly misaligned, top flap added, some edge flaws

FINE APPEARANCE. MEMPHIS IS THE ONLY POST OFFICE REPRESENTED BY COVERS COMBINING THE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE AND PRINTED ENTIRE.

Three Confederate post offices issued provisional adhesive stamps and printed entires concurrently: Charleston S.C., Lynchburg Va. and Memphis Tenn. Of the three, only a few Memphis entires are known with an additional 5c provisional stamp for the 10c rate. In this case, the distance between Memphis and Clarksville (near Nashville) is approximately 200 miles, well under the 500-mile limit for 5c. Therefore, the weight must have exceeded one-half ounce.

Ex Pope. Scott Retail for this combination with 56XU1 is $5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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345
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 345, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Cream entire (56XU1 var), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Cream entire (56XU1 var)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Cream entire (56XU1 var). Unlisted color envelope (identified as Amber, but clearly it is not), with 10c Blue, Die A (11) affixed over printed stamp and tied by "Chattanooga Ten. Aug. 27" (1863) circular datestamp, addressed to Mebanesville N.C., barely reduced at left and trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE USAGE OF A CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN AFFIXED TO THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.

This is an August 1863 usage from Chattanooga just before Confederate forces evacuated the city in September 1863. Memphis had fallen in June 1862, and this envelope was probably carried out by a civilian fleeing the city.

With 2002 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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346
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Sale Number 940, Lot Number 346, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1), Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1). Horizontal strip of five, printed by Postmaster McNish using the old 3c U.S. rate, but never issued, few tiny thins, Very Fine appearance, ex Kilbourne

900
1,800
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347
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Sale Number 940, Lot Number 347, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1), Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (61X1). Horizontal strip of five, unused (no gum), printed by Postmaster McNish using the old 3c U.S. rate, but never issued, large margins, bright color, light horizontal crease, appears Very Fine

900
1,100
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348
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 348, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Large margins, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Pulaski Tenn., reduced at bottom and right and missing flaps on those sides, cover with few repairs, some staining, otherwise Fine, with 1982 P.F. certificate

3,000
950
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349
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 349, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Large even margins, rich color, tied by blue "Nashville Ten." circular datestamp, date unclear but appears to be Aug. 1861, on light green overall lithographed grocer's advertising cover, imprint on flap of W. Eaves, a New York City printer, addressed to Centre Ala. via Rome Ga., crossed out and marked "Miss & for'd" (missent and forwarded), interesting pencil note from addressee "Notice they had mailed my letter to Wm. Drew", Extremely Fine and most attractive use of this scarce provisional, ex Everett

E. 2,000-3,000
3,000
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350
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 350, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Margins to in, affixed over U.S. 3c Pink entire (U35) and tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 16, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" handstamp, to Fayetteville N.C., some slight wear, Very Fine usage of the provisional on a U.S. entire, Scott Retail as on normal cover

3,000
1,700
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351
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 351, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Horizontal pair, margins to in, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 7, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Mobile Ala., some soiling affects stamp and cover, minor edgewear

FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT BRICK RED PROVISIONAL ON COVER.

Ex Manning and Hart. The Crown survey reports only six pairs for all of the Red shades (61X2 and 61X3), there are probably two or three pairs known on cover

7,500
3,000
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352
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 352, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to clear incl. part of adjoining stamp at top, unusually intense shade, affixed over U.S. 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U10) and tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 3, 1861" circular datestamp, printed address to David Cleage in Athens Tenn., embossed Planter's Bank return card on back

VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL AFFIXED OVER AN OBSOLETE 3-CENT UNITED STATES ENTIRE. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL USAGES OF THIS PROVISIONAL IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Caspary.

E. 4,000-5,000
5,250
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353
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 353, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to in incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 22, 1861" circular datestamp on foreign and domestic dry goods merchant's illustrated building corner card cover to Shelbyville Tenn., large and detailed depiction with horses and wagons on street, stamp has tiny sealed pre-use tear at lower right, cover has small stain at bottom

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL USED ON AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING COVER.

Our records of Nashville provisionals contain only four advertising covers bearing singles, and two with pairs.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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354
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 354, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to just touched, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 13, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" straightline on gray all-over lithographed State of Tennessee Executive Department cover to Chatanooga Tenn., docketed at left, stamp with flaw at top right, barely reduced at top and some slight wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR STATE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT COVER BEARING THE RARE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Ex Seybold. A similar cover bearing two singles of the provisional realized $21,000 hammer in our Sale 810.

4,500
2,000
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355
 
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 355, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Vertical Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Vertical Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Vertical Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a). Large margins to just touched, rich color nicely complemented by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 2?, 1861" circular datestamp, partly rebacked, otherwise Very Fine, only three or four Violet Brown tete-beche pairs are known to us, this is only the second example we have offered in over ten years

2,500
3,250
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356
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 356, PostmasterNashville Ten., 5c Gray (61X4), Nashville Ten., 5c Gray (61X4)Nashville Ten., 5c Gray (61X4). Beautiful shade, large margins to just in at frameline, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 30, 1861" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" handstamp on fresh cover to Macon Miss., expertly repaired opening tears along top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE GRAY SHADE IS FAR RARER THAN ANY OF THE OTHER 5-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL SHADES.

Only seven on-cover examples of the 5c Gray are recorded in Crown. Ex Everett

5,500
1,500
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357
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 357, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 10c Green (61X2, 61X6), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 10c Green (61X2, 61X6)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, 10c Green (61X2, 61X6). 5c deep rich color, large margins all around, 10c intense shade, large margins to just barely in along upper right frameline, both stamps tied by bold blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on reduced and repaired legal-size cover to Athens Tenn., from the Cleage correspondence, three-times 5c rate (1 to 1-1/2 ounces), part of embossed seal at top center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH BOTH DENOMINATIONS OF THE NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE. ONLY TWO CONFEDERATE STATES COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH DIFFERENT PROVISIONAL ADHESIVES USED TOGETHER, THIS BEING THE ONLY COMBINATION WITH A 10-CENT. A SPECTACULAR COVER AND OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

Combination frankings involving two different stamps are extremely scarce in Confederate philately. Even among the General Issues, covers showing 2c, 5c and 10c stamps used in any kind of combination are elusive, and those involving 10c stamps are exceedingly rare. We know of only two Confederate provisional combination covers: the Nashville Tenn. 5c and 10c combination offered here, ex Caspary, and the New Orleans 2c and 5c combination, ex Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (Siegel Sale 832, lot 3060). This Nashville cover is a three-times 5c rate and has been skillfully reduced and restored. The New Orleans cover was prepaid at the 10c rate, with a 1c overpayment.

Ex Caspary, Lightner and Freeland.

E. 75,000-100,000
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358
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 358, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1), Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1)Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1). Readable strike of provisional marking with well-struck "Nashville Ten. Jul. 3, 1861" circular datestamp on orange cover to Clifton Tenn., missing top flap, Very Fine

900
475
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359
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 359, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1), Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1)Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1). Clear strike with equally clear "Nashville Ten. Jul. 18, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Clarksville Tenn., some staining, otherwise Very Fine, with 1984 P.F. certificate

900
500
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360
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 360, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c + 10c Blue entire (61XU2), Nashville Tenn., 5c + 10c Blue entire (61XU2)Nashville Tenn., 5c + 10c Blue entire (61XU2). Blue "Nashville T. Paid 5" in circle with matching "10" struck over value on red and blue 11-Star Confederate Flag patriotic cover to Austin Tex., Nashville stationer's imprint, mostly clear blue "Nashville Ten. Jul. 2, 1861" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at right, tiny soiled spot at top, accompanied by letterhead with 7-Star design and identical imprint (from another correspondence)

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC WITH THE RE-RATED NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL MARKINGS.

Ex Rudy (Siegel Sale 874, realized $6,750 hammer).

E. 4,000-5,000
8,000
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361
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 361, PostmasterRheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1), Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1)Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1). Position 2 in setting, Type II with distinctive inverted ornament at top right, full even margins, bright shade, neat ms. cancel, "Rheatown Ten. Apr. 9" circular datestamp on buff cover to Mrs. Reverend Wm. Brown, Central Presbyterian Office, Richmond Va., light vertical file fold well away from stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RHEATOWN POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

The 5c provisional stamps issued by Postmaster D. Pence were printed by the same printer who produced the Tellico Plains Tenn. provisional. The June dates recorded for the Rheatown suggest that it came first, and the postmaster's own recollections place the issue in "midsummer 1861" (see Crown book, p. 307). Although dated examples show usage into April 1862, a relatively long period of time, the issue is extremely rare.

The same basic type form containing three subjects was used for the Rheatown and Tellico Plains Tenn. provisionals. For the Rheatown, all three were 5c denominations. The inside border at the top of each stamp is made up of seven ornaments; the unique arrangement of the ornaments in each subject enables philatelists to identify the position of any stamp.

Our records contain at least a half-dozen off-cover examples the Rheatown 5c, including an unused pair, the only known multiple. The five covers and one dated piece we record are as follows (in chronological order, type identified): 1) Jun. 20 (1861), Ty. II, cover to Lt. D. R. Wilson, ex Kilbourne (Siegel Sale 815, lot 142, realized $15,000 hammer); 2) Jun. 30 (1861), Ty. I, small cover, faint address, Siegel 1984 Rarities sale; 3) Feb. 8 (1862), Ty. III, lady's embossed cover to Eliz. Devault, the only tied example, ex Caspary, Gallagher; 4) Feb. 13 (1862), Ty. II, on piece (upper half of cover), ex Steves, Crown book; 5) Feb. 15 (1862), Ty. I, cover to David Cleage, cds struck twice, ex Caspary; and 6) Apr. 9 (1862), Ty. II, cover to Mrs. Wm. Brown, ex MacBride, Freeland, Siegel 1982 Rarities sale, the cover offered here.

Ex MacBride and Freeland

15,000
47,500
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Sale Number 940, Lot Number 362, PostmasterTellico Plains Tenn., 5c-5c-10c Red, Se-Tenant Sheet of Three (81X1-81X2), Tellico Plains Tenn., 5c-5c-10c Red, Se-Tenant Sheet of Three (81X1-81X2)Tellico Plains Tenn., 5c-5c-10c Red, Se-Tenant Sheet of Three (81X1-81X2). Unused (no gum), large margins to just into frameline at left, bright and fresh

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE THREE FINEST OF THE SIX RECORDED SE-TENANT SHEETS OF THE TELLICO PLAINS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL IN PRIVATE HANDS.

The Rheatown and Tellico Plains provisionals were printed by the same printer, using a typeset form of three subjects. For the Tellico Plains provisional, which probably followed the Rheatown, the post office and postmaster's names were changed, and the third subject at right was reset with a 10c denomination. Only two are known used, including one on cover (both are December 1861 dates).

Our records contain eight se-tenant sheets, including two in the British Library's Tapling collection. Of the six available to collectors, two are completely sound with full margins (one realized $8,000 hammer in our September 1999 Kilbourne sale). This is the third sound sheet. One of the others is repaired, and two have small faults.

Ex Ferrary and Hall (Siegel Sale 823, lot 434, realized $6,250 hammer).

7,500
5,500
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Tellico Plains Tenn., 5c Red, 10c Red (81X1, 81X2). Single of each, 10c with sheet margin at top left, firmly affixed to cardboard album mounts, otherwise Very Fine

3,750
1,700
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364
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 364, PostmasterTullahoma Tenn., 10c Black entire (111XU1), Tullahoma Tenn., 10c Black entire (111XU1)Tullahoma Tenn., 10c Black entire (111XU1). Clear strike of provisional markings, the control marking extensively repaired and partly drawn in, neat "Tullahoma Ten. Apr. 5, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Washington Tenn., missing top flap, additional repair at bottom right, otherwise Fine, only six examples of this provisional are recorded, which was issued in 1863 after the Battle of Murfreesboro

3,000
950
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