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Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

Category — Postmaster

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
911
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 911, PostmasterAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II, full to large margins, stamp creased at top right and small patch of red ink at left, tied by grid on orange cover to Macon Ga., "Athens Ga. Jan. 11 Paid" (1862) circular datestamp, minor edge wear, Very Fine, this may be an intermediate Purple and Red ink variety, with 2001 P.F. certificate

2,500
1,100
912
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 912, PostmasterAthens 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

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

Scott value for a pair on cover is $4,750.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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913
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 913, PostmasterAustin Tex., 10c Black entire (9XU1), Austin Tex., 10c Black entire (9XU1)Austin Tex., 10c Black entire (9XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking on "State of Texas, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office. Official Business" imprint cover to New Braunfels Tex., neat "Austin Tex. Aug. 23, 1862" double-circle datestamp, cover folded at left, Very Fine, scarce on the semi-official imprint cover, approximately ten are known altogether, with 1997 P.S.E. certificate

1,750
1,300
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914
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 914, PostmasterCanton 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
0
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915
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 915, PostmasterChristiansburg Va., 5c Blue entire (99XU2), Christiansburg Va., 5c Blue entire (99XU2)Christiansburg Va., 5c Blue entire (99XU2). Beautiful clear strikes of provisional handstamp and "Christiansburgh Va. Jul. 21" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Lynchburg Va., with original contents asking for news from Manassas, adhesive label at bottom, slightly toned, still Very Fine, ex Ferrary and Hall

2,000
850
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916
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 916, PostmasterColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Clear strike at top right, matching "Columbia S.C. 13 Oct." circular datestamp on cover to Rock Hill S.C., 1861 docketing at left incl. forwarding instructions, fresh and Very Fine, ex Brown, with 1985 P.F. certificate

1,000
750
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917
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 917, PostmasterColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Remarkably clear strike with "Paid" and partly clear "Columbia S.C. 10 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Richmond Va., backflap removed and slightly reduced at top, otherwise Fine

1,000
600
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918
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 918, PostmasterColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Mostly clear strike on backflap, matching "Paid" in circle and "5" rate handstamp (Dietz Ty. IIF) with "Columbia S.C. Jun. 27" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Richmond, reduced at right, gently cleaned, original top flap reattached, still Very Fine, ex Col. Green, with 2002 C.S.A. certificate

1,250
350
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919
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 919, PostmasterDanville Va., 5c Red on Wove (21X1), Danville Va., 5c Red on Wove (21X1)Danville Va., 5c Red on Wove (21X1). Rectangular margins slightly into tips of ornaments, bottom right corner clipped very slightly, "Danville Ga. Oct. 4" (1861) circular datestamp -- not tied and possibly not originating on this cover -- additional strike of circular datestamp on back of homemade cover to Petersburg Va., backflap and large part of Danville backstamp have been removed, folds and light waterstains in cover

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

5,500
4,750
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920
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 920, PostmasterFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 11, large margins to just touching border, tied by "Fredericksburgh Va. Paid Oct. 22" (1861) circular datestamp on light buff homemade cover to Fairfax Station, a few stains affect stamp

VERY FINE STAMP AND AN ATTRACTIVE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER.

Ex Hart, Brooks and Emerson. Signed Ashbrook. With 1989 P.F. certificate

5,000
2,600
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921
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 921, PostmasterFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Large margins to just in at top right, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Oct. 14" circular datestamp with day changed in ms. to "15" on 1861 folded letter to Germanna P.O. Va., two vertical file folds incl. one affecting stamp, stamp with few edge faults

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG PROVISIONAL ON COVER.

Only 27 are recorded in the Crown census. With 2006 P.F. certificate

5,000
2,100
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922
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 922, PostmasterGreensboro Ala., 10c Black entire (31XU3), Greensboro Ala., 10c Black entire (31XU3)Greensboro Ala., 10c Black entire (31XU3). Well-struck provisional handstamp on homemade cover to Asheville N.C., "Greensborough Ala. Mar. 30" circular datestamp at left

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

4,250
5,250
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923
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 923, PostmasterLexington Miss., 5c Black entire (50XU1), Lexington Miss., 5c Black entire (50XU1)Lexington Miss., 5c Black entire (50XU1). Unusually clear strikes of provisional handstamp and "Lexington Miss. Dec. 23" (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans, usual filing pinholes

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FIVE OR SIX LEXINGTON PROVISIONAL ENTIRES EXTANT.

Ex Brown and Hall

5,000
3,250
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924
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 924, PostmasterLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Four full margins, tied by "Lynchburg Va. Aug. 28, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Christiansburg Va., slightly reduced at left, some lightened gum stains around stamp, cover lightly cleaned

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

5,000
4,000
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925
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 925, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margins to slightly in, tied by "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp on cotton factor's corner card cover to Scalis Miss., backflap removed and nicked at top, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hall

1,750
800
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926
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 926, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Horizontal pair, three huge margins including portions of stamps above, in at bottom, tied by "Memphis Ten. Oct. 15, 1861" circular datestamp on lady's small embossed envelope to Peach Tree Village, Tex., skillfully cleaned with minor cosmetic edge improvements, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare use of a Memphis 5c provisional pair on lady's cover

3,500
1,700
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927
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 927, PostmasterMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2). Bold "Memphis Ten. Sep. 12, 1861" circular datestamp, addressed to La Grange Tenn., light vertical fold at center not mentioned on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.

Ex Hind, Emerson and Brooks. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

4,000
0
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928
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 928, PostmasterMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins to barely in incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by "Mobile Ala. Sep. 4, 1861" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Miss., stamp with small tear, cover repaired at right edge and with some slight overall wear, Very Fine appearance

1,800
475
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929
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 929, PostmasterMontgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1), Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1)Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of provisional with bold "Montgomery Ala. Sep. 1, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Ashville Ala., Extremely Fine, ex Brown and Hall

1,100
700
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930
 
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 930, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Top left corner sheet margins, other sides large, blue circular datestamp, small tear at right, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Ackerman and Walcott

550
700
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931
 
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 931, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Gray Brown (61X4 var), Nashville Tenn., 5c Gray Brown (61X4 var)Nashville Tenn., 5c Gray Brown (61X4 var). Large margins to clear, radiant color nicely complemented by blue Nashville circular datestamp, fresh and Very Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate, this distinctive shade unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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932
 
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 932, PostmasterNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to ample at bottom, beautiful rich color, lightly cancelled by blue circular datestamp, trivial corner crease at top right, still Very Fine and choice, ex Hind

600
800
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933
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 933, PostmasterNashville 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

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

4,500
0
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934
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 934, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large margins to clear, tied by "New Orleans la. 28 Mar." circular datestamp on locally used cover, repaired, Very Fine appearance, approximately 30 covers are known (27 in Crown census)

4,250
1,700
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935
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 935, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 5, ample margins to a bit close at sides, tied by "New Orleans 14 Jul." (1861) circular datestamp on wrapper folded to shape of large wrapper to Charleston S.C., minor edge wear not affecting stamp, otherwise Very Fine, the wrapper probably enclosed a small booklet or newspaper, ex Skinner

4,250
1,500
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936
og
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 936, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Virtually complete plate reconstruction comprising four pairs and 26 singles, lacking only six positions to be complete, virtually all original gum and hinged on quadrille page, almost all are four-margin copies, range of shades, few faults to be expected

VERY FINE. A SCARCE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 2-CENT RED NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.

Scott Retail as singles

5,100
2,800
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937
 
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 937, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Complete plate reconstruction of the 40 positions, two stamps at top with part imprint, incl. four pairs, most with four margins, eight unused and 32 used, some faults to be expected

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

8,600
3,500
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938
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 938, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Three huge margins including part of imprint at top, just touched at bottom, incredibly rich color, tied by "Paid" straightline, "New Orleans La. 14 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Memphis Tenn., docketed on back, Extremely Fine, a rare imprint example of the Ocher shade on cover, ex Seybold, with 2000 P.F. certificate

2,750
2,300
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939
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 939, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Horizontal pair, Positions 27-28, large margins to slightly in at top and bottom, tied by "Paid" cancel, "New Orleans La. 15 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on brown cover to Manchester Va., light overall soiling, pair has minor gum stain, otherwise Fine, extremely rare pair of the Ocher shade, ex Skinner

3,500
1,600
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940
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 940, PostmasterNew 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 full, cancelled by "Paid" handstamps, "New Orleans La. 10 Jul." circular datestamp on cover to Charleston S.C., barely reduced at top, some overall wear, appears Very Fine

850
600
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941
 
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 941, PostmasterNew 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 just touched incl. part imprint at top, each stamp cancelled by neat "Paid" handstamp, faint vertical crease at right, appears Very Fine, Scott Retail with no premium for the imprint

475
325
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942
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 942, PostmasterNew 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). Two, large margins to just touched incl. one with "ble exclusiv" of imprint at top, tied by bold "Paid" handstamps, "New Orleans La. 11 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Natchez Miss., some wear incl. ink erosion spot at bottom left, otherwise Fine, scarce with the imprint on cover, with 1997 P.S.E. certificate

E. 300-400
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943
ogbl
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 943, PostmasterNew 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). Two blocks of twelve, Positions 11-16/19-24/27-32/35-40, large margins to just in at top of one, one block with imprint on all bottom stamps, other with imprint on bottom left pair, original gum, barely hinged

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

3,800
2,400
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944
ogbl
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 944, PostmasterNew 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). Reconstruction of the plate of 40 consisting of four overlapping blocks of twelve and four singles (52 stamps total), almost full imprints at top and bottom, original gum, lightly hinged, almost all have large margins, few small faults to be expected

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE 5-CENT NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE.

Ex Hill. Scott Retail as singles.

7,280
5,250
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945
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 945, PostmasterNew Orleans La. Jun. 8, 1861, New Orleans La. Jun. 8, 1861New Orleans La. Jun. 8, 1861. Double-circle datestamp in red on Jun. 8, 1861 folded prices current list to St. Joseph La., ms. "15c/Pd./J.L.R(iddell)./P.M." provisional marking at top, sender's ms. "Iberville" steamboat-name endorsement at bottom, reinforced horizontal split along file fold clear of markings

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.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,900
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946
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 946, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1), New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1)New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1). Sharp "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "J.L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and well-struck "New Orleans La. Oct. 26, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on cover to Gros Tete La., cover has small edge tears and stains clear of handstamps

VERY FINE AND CHOICE STRIKE OF THIS RARE PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.

Ex Grant and Skinner.

4,500
2,400
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947
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 947, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1), New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1)New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1). Bold strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and well-struck "New Orleans La. Dec. 3, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp, additional "New Orleans La. 14 Mar." (1862) circular datestamp (sans-serif) on yellow cover to Dennis Mills La., vertical toning band

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.

4,500
3,250
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948
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 948, PostmasterNew Orleans La., 10c Black entire (62XU2), New Orleans La., 10c Black entire (62XU2)New Orleans La., 10c Black entire (62XU2). Remarkably perfect pitch-black strikes of "PD 10 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp, "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and "New Orleans La. Aug. 31, 1861" double-circle datestamp on bright yellow entire to Natchez Miss., rate for distance was 5c, making this a double rate for weight, small part of bottom right corner has been skillfully repaired

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.

12,500
11,000
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949
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 949, PostmasterRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Readable strike at top right, neat strike of blue "Raleigh N.C. Jul. 29" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Graham N.C., missing top flap, Fine

600
225
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950
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 950, PostmasterThomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2), Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2)Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2). Remarkably well-struck provisional handstamp on orange cover to Milledgeville Ga., "Thomasville Ga. Aug. 1" circular datestamp, tiny insignificant edge tears touch datestamp and barely reduced at top, still Extremely Fine, one of the clearest strikes of the provisional marking we have found among our photo records, with 1991 P.F. certificate

900
425
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951
c
Sale Number 933, Lot Number 951, PostmasterTullahoma Tenn., 10c Black entire (111XU1), Tullahoma Tenn., 10c Black entire (111XU1)Tullahoma Tenn., 10c Black entire (111XU1). Clear strike of provisional markings, neat "Tullahoma Ten. Apr. 7, 1863" circular datestamp on greenish homemade cover to Northport Ala., small toned spots in the control mark

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

3,000
1,800
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