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
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
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY CHOICE MULTIPLE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON A CORNER CARD COVER.
With 2005 P.F. certificate
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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.