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
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE RE-RATED KNOXVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
Ex Gallagher and Agre. With 1997 C.S.A. certificate.
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
EXTREMELY FINE. RARE IN THIS SUPERB CONDITION.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC WITH THE RE-RATED NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL MARKINGS.
Ex Rudy (Siegel Sale 874, realized $6,750 hammer).
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
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).