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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2872
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2872, Postmasters` ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Two, both Type I, large to huge margins, rich color (one with reddish ink), grid cancels, "Athens Ga. Paid Jan. 3" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Yorktown Va., Cobb correspondence, left stamp light corner crease, some light toning at top left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING WITH THE ATHENS PROVISIONAL.

With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott value for a pair on cover is $4,750.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
2873
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2873, Postmasters` ProvisionalsCanton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1), Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1)Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1). Bold strike on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans, "Canton Miss. Aug. 26, 1861" circular datestamp, usual pinholes clear of markings, Very Fine example of this ornate handstamp, ex Hall

2,750
1,000
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2874
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2874, Postmasters` ProvisionalsDalton Ga., 5c Black entire (20XU1), Dalton Ga., 5c Black entire (20XU1)Dalton Ga., 5c Black entire (20XU1). Clear strike with box charge no. and "Dalton Ga. Aug. 7, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Athens Ga., small tear at bottom, Very Fine

600
475
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2875
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2875, Postmasters` ProvisionalsLimestone Springs S.C., 5c Black on White (121X1), Limestone Springs S.C., 5c Black on White (121X1)Limestone Springs S.C., 5c Black on White (121X1). Two singles, rectangular margins, uncancelled as always but tied by docketing which indicates sent on June 3, 1862 and received on June 6, used on small mourning cover to "Mr. Benton O. Mauldin, Brooks Troop, Hampton Legion, Richmond Va.", trivial soiling spots

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE LIMESTONE SPRINGS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP, AND ONE OF ONLY THREE BEARING TWO EXAMPLES OF THIS RARE PROVISIONAL. ESPECIALLY RARE ON WHITE PAPER. A MAJOR CONFEDERATE STATES RARITY.

Five of the six known Limestone Springs covers come from the Dean correspondence, including one addressed to Lucy E. Simpson (in the handwriting of Lizzie Dean), rather than Corporal Edward J. Dean. Two of the covers bear single circular die-cut stamps. Three covers bear two rectangular-cut singles each, paying the 10c rate. The sixth cover bears a rectangular-cut single. Most of the known examples are on green paper. The Scott Catalogue should really list the green and white papers separately.

With 1981 P.F. certificate

15,000
25,000
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2876
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2876, Postmasters` ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Positions 22/32, vertical pair, large margins to just barely touched at top and showing part of adjacent stamp at bottom and right, tiny margin tear, tied by "Memphis Ten. Dec. 21" circular datestamp on cover with Branch Planter's Bank corner card at bottom left, printed "New York" address crossed out and directed to Lynchburg Va.

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY CHOICE MULTIPLE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON A CORNER CARD COVER.

With 2005 P.F. certificate

3,500
3,000
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2877
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2877, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Dark Violet Brown (61X5 var), Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Violet Brown (61X5 var)Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Violet Brown (61X5 var). Intense wine-purple shade (transitional between Carmine and Violet Brown), full margins except touched at top right, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. (month?) 2, 1861" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" on U.S. 3c Red Nesbitt entire with printed address to David Cleage, Athens Tenn., bank's embossed oval on flap, stamp with small sealed tear at left

VERY FINE APPEARING STAMP AND A CHOICE COVER. THIS DARK REDDISH SHADE OF THE VIOLET BROWN IS EXTREMELY RARE.

Ex Bister and Hall. With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as normal shade on cover

4,500
3,500
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2878
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2878, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 3, full to large margins with part imprint at top, light New Orleans circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THE FINER OF TWO RECORDED USED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT BLUE WITH IMPRINT.

The other used 2c Blue with imprint is found on cover. This stamp is illustrated in Dr. Skinner's study in the 1978 Congress Book.

Ex Grant and Skinner

E. 1,500-2,000
3,750
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2879
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2879, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large and even margins, bright color, light strike of town datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

500
1,900
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2880
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2880, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 34, two large margins with part of adjoining stamp at top, other two sides ample, tied by bold "New Orleans La. 2 Aug." circular datestamp on small piece, Very Fine and choice, ex Ashbrook and Skinner

500
1,200
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2881
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2881, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Vertical pair, three large margins, in at left, bright shade, tied by full clear strike of "New Orleans La. 3 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp, additional "N.O.U.S. City Post" carrier datestamp in large rimless circle -- a much better strike of this well-worn marking than usually found at this late date -- on cover addressed to "Miss Martha Maddern, 34 Gasquet St., New Orleans La.", small opening tear at top center has been invisibly sealed

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE. THIS UNIQUE COVER REPRESENTS AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT IN CONFEDERATE POSTAL HISTORY -- THE USE OF POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMPS TO PREPAY THE CARRIER FEE AND DROP RATE FOR INTRA-CITY MAIL. NOTHING ELSE EVEN REMOTELY COMPARABLE TO THIS COVER IS KNOWN IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

The New Orleans U.S. City Post continued to operate after Louisiana entered the Confederacy in 1861. Prior to the Confederate period, there is only one cover known with the carrier fee and drop rate prepaid by stamps; the cover will be found in our Sale 791 as lot 182. The pre-war cover has a U.S. 1c 1851 pair for the 1c fee plus 1c rate. During the Confederate period, the N.O.U.S. City Post charged 2c for a letter, and the post office charged the standard 2c rate for a drop letter. We have no record of another Confederate cover with both rates prepaid by stamps, and the use of a New Orleans 2c Blue provisional pair -- a major rarity in its own right -- to prepay the 2-plus-2 postage is a fantastic example of a theoretical possibility actually surviving for collectors.

Another cover addressed to Miss Martha Maddern in the same hand was offered in the Meroni sale (lot 165). It has a faint strike of the "N.O.U.S. City Post Sep. 7" circular datestamp and 5c 62X4 provisional tied by the "New Orleans La. Sep. 6" river-mail double-circle datestamp, indicating that it arrived by steamboat and was mailed at the wharf, using carrier service to bring it to the addressee. The identical handwriting and use of the city name "New Orleans La." in the address are evidence that this cover was brought in by someone on a steamboat, who mailed it as a drop letter with carrier service to the addressee.

Ex Needham and Skinner.

10,000
13,000
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2882
og
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2882, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Orange Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Orange Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Orange Red (62X2). Horizontal pair, Positions 13-14, full to large margins, original gum, lightly hinged, Very Fine, a beautiful pair in the Orange Red shade, ex Caspary and Skinner

350
450
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2883
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2883, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Large to huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by 'New Orleans La. 22 Mar." (1862) circular datestamp on piece

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST CANCELLED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL, WHICH IS RARE IN USED CONDITION.

Ex Hind and Hall

1,000
3,250
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2884
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2884, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Position 36, large to huge margins including sheet margin at bottom with part imprint, tied by "New Orleans La. 12 Nov." circular datestamp on small piece, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Caspary and Skinner

200
750
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2885
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2885, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Large margins to clear, tied by "Paid" handstamp, "New Orleans La. Aug. 8" circular datestamp on cover to Natchez Miss., barely reduced at right, Very Fine

450
425
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2886
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2886, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two singles, slightly overlapping and tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Aug." circular datestamp on yellow cover to Gen. Dahlgren at Natchez Miss., trivial edgewear, Very Fine and choice, ex White

E. 750-1,000
650
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2887
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2887, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at right, slightly dry print, tied by two strikes of "Paid" handstamp, "New Orleans La. Aug. 9" circular datestamp on orange cover to Charlottesville Va., Very Fine

850
550
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2888
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2888, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Horizontal pair, large margins to just touched, tied by indistinct strike of June New Orleans circular datestamp on orange cover to Athens Ga., slightly reduced at left, Fine

850
350
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2889
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2889, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two pairs, large margins to just in, stamps with toned spots, tied by indistinct strikes of New Orleans circular datestamps on light yellow cover to Howell Cobb in Athens Ga., slightly reduced at right, some cover age spots, some edgewear, Fine appearance, scarce usage

E. 400-500
750
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2890
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2890, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Vertical strip of three, pair and single, Positions 4/12/20, 19/11 and 3, respectively, single and top stamp in strip show part imprint, tied by "New Orleans La. 19 Jun." (1861) circular datestamps on buff triple-rate cover to Hon. Henry Marshall, Louisiana Delegate to Confederate Congress at Richmond

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN FRANKINGS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL AND, WITH RESPECT TO CONDITION, PERHAPS THE CHOICEST EXTANT.

Illustrated in Ashbrook article on the Brooks collection (Stamp Specialist, 1945 Black Book). Ex Knapp, Brown, Brooks, Grant, Weatherly and Kilbourne

E. 5,000-7,500
11,500
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2891
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2891, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Vertical strip of five, Positions 8/16/24/32/40, huge margin at left, other sides close to touching, tied by multiple strikes of "New Orleans La. 28 Jun." circular datestamp on 1861 cover to Sixth District Court Parish of St. Helena, Greenburgh La., ms. receipt docketing, red wax seal affixed over, cover reduced by a few inches at left, top stamp in strip has closed tear

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VERTICAL STRIP OF FIVE ON COVER AND THE SECOND LARGEST ON-COVER MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL.

We are aware of covers bearing a horizontal strip of six, horizontal strip of five (end stamp deeply cut into) and two blocks of four. A block of six and vertical strip of five also exist off cover.

Ex Grant and Skinner.

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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2892
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2892, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on White (62X3). Margins to just in, tied by mostly clear strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M."%$ straightline and "New Orleans La. Aug. 14, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on small cover to Woodville Miss., some age spots, missing part of top flap

FINE AND RARE USAGE OF THE PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONLY 12 TO 15 EXAMPLES KNOWN.

The "provisional" handstamp was also used at the New Orleans wharf office to cancel mail put on board steamboats.

450
1,300
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2893
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2893, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large margins, tied by "New Orleans La. Aug." circular datestamp on yellow cover to Pensacola Fla., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine and choice example of this scarce shade, ex Grant, Meroni, Simon

2,750
1,600
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2894
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2894, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Vertical pair, large to huge margins, beautiful rich orange shade, tied by clear strike of "New Orleans La. 11 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Jefferson Tex., reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR AND COVER. ONLY SIX TO EIGHT PAIRS OF THE RARE OCHER SHADE ARE BELIEVED TO EXIST ON COVER -- THIS IS ONE OF THE TWO FINEST.

Ex Worthington, Caspary, Freeland and Dr. Green (where it realized $6,750 hammer)

3,500
9,000
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2895
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2895, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Vertical pair with top sheet margin containing "ble exclusiv" portion of "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office" imprint - a unique feature of the New Orleans provisionals - huge margins, beautiful shade on deep blue paper, perfect strike of New Orleans circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem pair, ex Birkinbine, Scott Retail with no premium for the imprint

475
2,200
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2896
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2896, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 13, large to huge margins all around, tied by bold "New Orleans 12 Feb." (1862) circular datestamp on small piece, tiny wrinkle at lower left, Extremely Fine, ex Caspary and Skinner

200
300
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2897
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2897, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 29, huge and balanced margins, rich color on deeply blued paper, tied by perfectly struck "New Orleans La. 31 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Washington Miss., expertly mended backflap, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Hardy and Hill

425
0
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2898
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2898, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large to huge margins, sharp early impression, "Paid" cancel, bold "New Orleans La. 27 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on small fresh cover to St. Jacques La., Extremely Fine, ex Haas and Skinner

E. 500-750
900
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2899
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2899, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 33, enormous margins with huge bottom left corner sheet margin, mottled Second Printing impression on blue paper, tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Reading Miss., backflap removed, stain at upper left, otherwise Very Fine, the stamp is Extremely Fine, ex Haas and Skinner

425
600
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2900
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2900, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large margins, tied by bold strike of "New Orleans La. Nov. 27" circular datestamp on cover to Livonia P.O. La., missing most of top flap, edge flaws incl. bottom left corner rounded, the stamp is Very Fine

425
250
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2901
c
New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Three covers, "New Orleans La." Oct. 27, Oct. 13 and Nov. 3 circular datestamps tie single, two singles and pair, respectively, faults, still presentable and scarce

E. 500-750
600
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2902
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2902, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish (62X4). Horizontal pair, Positions 21-22, full to large margins, tied by sharp "New Orleans La. 10 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Tallahassee Fla., Extremely Fine Gem, ex Judd and Skinner

E. 750-1,000
1,500
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2903
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2903, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Vertical pair, huge margins incl. large part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 11 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Memphis Tenn., diagonal pen mark ties stamps (its meaning is not known), vertical file fold clear of stamps, Extremely Fine

700
600
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2904
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2904, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Vertical pair, Positions 16/24, enormous margins with sheet margin at right, full at bottom, "Paid" cancels, "New Orleans La. 22 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Morristown East Tenn., backflap removed and light vertical file fold clear of stamps, Very Fine, early usage (Aug. 20 is the earliest known), ex Seybold and Skinner

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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2905
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2905, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, rich color, cancelled by "New Orleans La. Nov. 28" circular datestamps on orange cover to Montgomery Ala., oval commission merchant's embossing at bottom left, slightly reduced at left, small cover tear at top and some slight overall soiling, still Very Fine

700
400
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2906
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2906, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, tied by "New Orleans La. Nov. 24" circular datestamp on orange cover to Montgomery Ala., embossed merchant's corner card, slightly reduced at top, stamps lifted and replaced, otherwise Very Fine, with 1976 C.S.A. certificate which erroneously states the cover has been repaired

700
425
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2907
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2907, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Vertical and horizontal pairs, huge margins to just in on one incl. part imprint at top of horizontal pair, tied by "New Orleans La. 23 Oct." circular datestamp on yellow cover to Manchester S.C., 1861 docketing at left, minor expert repairs mostly in backflap and edges, Very Fine appearance, a beautiful double-rate usage, ex Caspary and Hill

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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2908
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2908, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 35, intense shade, large to huge margins, tied by mostly clear strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M."%$ straightline and "New Orleans La. Nov. 7, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on orange cover to Providence La., ms. "Quitman" steamboat identification at lower left, slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE AND RARE USAGE OF THE PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONLY 12 TO 15 EXAMPLES KNOWN.

Ex Brown and Hall

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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2909
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2909, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large margins to huge incl. sheet margin at left, tied by "New Orleans La. Oct. 23, 1861" circular datestamp on orange cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans La., neat strike of blue oval "Steamer Genl. Quitman" handstamp, usual small filing holes

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A COVER WITH A CONFEDERATE PACKET BOAT MARKING.

Ex Caspary and Hill. With 1986 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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2910
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2910, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 8, huge margins with sheet margin at right, clear at bottom, removed and hinged in place over blue crayon "5" rate marking, tied by "New Orleans La. Sep. 11, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on cover addressed to Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans, ms. "Order for Fr.t" at top, couple usual file pinholes, Extremely Fine and choice cover, carried to New Orleans by steamboat and posted at the wharfside office, ex Caspary, Matz and Skinner

E. 500-750
900
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2911
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2911, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a). Large margins all around, tied by "New Orleans La. Dec. 3" (1861) circular datestamp on folded cover to East Baton Rouge La., stamp has a vertical crease and a second part impression on back, evidently due to printing, stamp lifted and hinged in place to show reverse, cover with minor faults and edge wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING THE 5-CENT PRINTED-ON-BOTH-SIDES ERROR.

The shade and impression of this stamp are unusual for the Scott-listed Red Brown on Bluish 62X4 -- it is a dull Brown color, not Red Brown, but the paper is definitely bluish. The Scott Catalogue lists the Brown on White printed on both sides (62X3a) on cover, but the listing may be based on this cover. This may be the only cover extant with the 5c printed-on-both-sides error.

Ex Caspary and Skinner.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,000
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2912
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2912, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Vertical pair, large margins all around with portions of dividing lines at top and bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Dec. (1861)" circular datestamp on small piece, making this the earliest documented usage of this issue, Extremely Fine pair, ex Stephen Brown, with 1998 P.F. certificate (stating 1861 postmark)

525
900
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2913
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2913, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Large margins, tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Natchez Miss., Very Fine and choice this is the earliest known usage of the Third Printing, ex Shenfield

E. 750-1,000
950
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2914
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2914, Postmasters` ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Position 6, huge side margins and full to clear at top and bottom, tied by well-struck "New Orleans La. 10 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Tallahassee Fla., left edge of cover reduced with a portion added at upper left, Very Fine stamp and attractive Third Printing usage, ex Skinner

850
425
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2915
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2915, Postmasters` ProvisionalsRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Faint strike with blue "Raleigh N.C. Nov. 12" double-circle datestamp on small cover to military address at Centreville Va., fresh and Fine, with 2002 P.F. certificate

600
350
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Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2916, Postmasters` ProvisionalsRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Light strike of provisional marking at top right of Confederate 11-Star Flag and Cannon Patriotic pink cover to High Point N.C., well-struck blue "Raleigh N.C. Nov. 2?" double-circle datestamp, some waterstaining at right and some edgewear, still Fine, scarce and desirable example of this provisional on a patriotic cover, only five are recorded in the Levi records

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