Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History
Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007
Category — Postmaster
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING WITH THE ATHENS PROVISIONAL.
Scott value for a pair on cover is $4,750.00
FINE AND IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL RARITY. ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE DANVILLE ADHESIVE ARE RECORDED -- OF THESE ONLY FOUR HAVE RECTANGULAR MARGINS.
Our records of the rare Danville provisional stamp include eight examples, as follows. Rectangular-cut margins: 1) on piece dated Oct. 3, ex Ferrary, Caspary; 2) off-cover with bottom right corner clipped, ex Hind, reported to be on laid paper; 3) the stamp offered here, dated Oct. 4, affixed to a cover, ex Hessel and Kilbourne; 4) tied on cover, Oct. 9, ex Caspary, Lilly; Octagonal margins or cut to shape: 5) off cover, dated Oct. 3, ex Caspary; 6) tied on cover, Oct. 29, ex Emerson; 7) tied on cover, Oct. 30, ex Kimmel; and 8) cut to small oval shape, dated Oct. 11, ex Deats (P.F. photo files).
The stamp offered here is affixed to a cover, but the absence of a tying postmark and position of the stamp raise doubt in our mind as to whether it originated. Mr. Kilbourne believed that the stamp was removed from the back and placed on the front. In any case, it is the third finest rectangular-cut example of the Danville provisional stamp and one of the rarest of all Confederate provisionals, not to be confused with its more numerous counterpart from Pittsylvania Court House.
Ex Hessel, Kilbourne and Agre. Scott Retail as off cover
VERY FINE STAMP AND AN ATTRACTIVE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER.
Ex Hart, Brooks and Emerson. Signed Ashbrook. With 1989 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG PROVISIONAL ON COVER.
Only 27 are recorded in the Crown census. With 2006 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. FIRST DISCOVERED IN 1965, THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THE GREENSBORO 10-CENT BLACK PROVISIONAL WITH SINGLE CIRCLE POSTMARK. A GREAT RARITY.
Illustrated in the Crown book on p. 666. Illustrated and described in Confederate Philatelist Oct.-Nov. 1965. With 1965 C.S.A. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE OR SIX LEXINGTON PROVISIONAL ENTIRES EXTANT.
Ex Brown and Hall
VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. PERHAPS SIX OR SEVEN FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THE LYNCHBURG PROVISIONAL EXIST ON COVER.
Of the 20 single Lynchburg provisional stamps known on cover, only six or seven have four full margins, while the majority is cut into on one side. The few known pairs show the narrow space between stamps.
With 2000 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
Ex Hind, Emerson and Brooks. With 2000 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. Scott Retail as normal shade on cover
VERY FINE. A SCARCE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 2-CENT RED NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETED PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT BROWN ON WHITE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE ASSEMBLAGE OF TWO MULTIPLES COMPRISING 24 OF THE 40 PLATE POSITIONS AND INCLUDING VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE IMPRINT AT BOTTOM.
Scott Retail as four blocks of four and four pairs, with no premium for the five imprint positions
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 5-CENT NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Ex Hill. Scott Retail as singles.
VERY FINE STRIKE OF THE RED DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP AND THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF RIDDELL'S MANUSCRIPT 15-CENT PROVISIONAL, USED PRIOR TO THE JUNE 12TH ISSUE DATE OF THE ADHESIVE PROVISIONALS.
With the commencement of the Confederate postal system on June 6, 1861, Postmaster Riddell found himself without stamps or a sufficient supply of small coins to make change for cash payments at the post office. On June 6, Riddell contacted John V. Childs, a local printer and engraver, and ordered stamps for immediate delivery. The stamps were delivered and placed on sale on June 12 (a first day cover is recorded). Between June 1 and 12, there are very few covers to show how Riddell handled mail. This remarkable cover, with the red double-circle datestamp (three reported covers --all handled personally by Riddell in early June) and the 15c provisional applied and initialed by Riddell (unique), is evidence of the temporary measures to which Riddell resorted until his provisional stamps were printed.
Illustrated in Huber and Wagner's The Great Mail (p. 152). Ex Freeland and Skinner.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE STRIKE OF THIS RARE PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
Ex Grant and Skinner.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED COMBINATION OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP AND BOTH TYPES OF NEW ORLEANS DATESTAMPS.
As noted in the description of the unique 10c entire (lot 948), all provisional markings on that entire, including the datestamp, are impressed through the back of the envelope, indicating that they were applied before the letter (weighing over one-half ounce) was inserted. Therefore, in our opinion, the December 3 (1861) double-circle datestamp on this entire was applied when it was sold, and the March 14 (1862) circular datestamp was applied at the main post office when it was mailed three months later. Dr. Skinner's analysis differs from ours -- he believes that the entire was mailed on December 3 and returned to the main office on March 14, but we see no evidence of non-delivery. In our opinion, some of the New Orleans entires were sold in advance and postmarked with the double-circle on the day of sale; in this instance, the delayed mailing resulted in a second postmark.
Ex Knapp, Brown and Skinner.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 10-CENT POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL AND ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.
An interesting and previously unmentioned feature of this unique 10c entire is that the back of the envelope shows impressions from each of the three separate markings, indicating that they were applied before the enclosure was inserted -- they could not possibly pass through a letter, especially one heavy enough to require the double rate. Therefore, the provisional entire was prepared and sold with a datestamp applied.
From a group of four entires (including three 5c) discovered by H. C. Beck of Washington D.C. (see Crown book, p. 278). Ex Heathcote, Freeland, Graves and Skinner.
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS POSTMASTER PROVISIONAL, WHICH WAS ISSUED IN 1863 AFTER THE BATTLE OF MURFREESBORO.
This cover was pictured in an article by Dr. Thomas L. Ray in the Nov. 1960 Confederate Philatelist, in which Dr. Ray surmised that the late use of a provisional was necessitated by demand from troops entering Tullahoma after the Battle of Murfreesboro. The examples we record are dated Mar. 13, Mar. 28, Mar. 31, Apr. 1 (or 11), Apr. 5 and Apr. 7, all in 1863.
With 2004 P.F. certificate