VERY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BATON ROUGE ROULETTE ON COVER.
This cover dates from the first Confederate occupation period, prior to evacuation on May 7, 1862, and re-occupation by Confederates on August 21, 1862.
Scott Retail for roulette on cover $1,750.00. With 2000 P.F. certificate
ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MANUSCRIPT BATON ROUGE POSTMARK APPLIED DURING THE SECOND CONFEDERATE OCCUPATION PERIOD. A REMARKABLE USE OF THE BATON ROUGE ROULETTE.
After Federal troops evacuated Baton Rouge on August 21, 1862, the Confederates operated the post office on a restricted basis until it was re-occupied by U.S. forces in December 1862. The old handstamp town marking was not available during this period, thus the necessity to cancel mail in manuscript.
With 1984 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for pair of Baton Rouge roulettes on cover is $3,750.00 (with normal circular datestamp)
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE USE OF THE BATON ROUGE ROULETTE. THIS COVER ORIGINATED AT BATON ROUGE AND WAS CARRIED BY STEAMBOAT DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THE NEW ORLEANS WHARF OFFICE CANCELLED THE STAMP WITH THE DOUBLE-CIRCLE DATESTAMP USED EXCLUSIVELY ON RIVER-BOAT MAIL, JUST TEN DAYS BEFORE THE FEDERAL CAPTURE OF NEW ORLEANS.
It is believed that the postmasters in New Orleans and Baton Rouge (and possibly other waterway post offices) had an arrangement by which stamps of either office would be accepted on mail posted from river boats. In evidence of this practice is a cover to Berwick City, Louisiana, with the Baton Rouge postmaster's provisional stamp cancelled by the New Orleans double-circle river-boat datestamp dated January 31, 1862 (ex Caspary, see 1984 Rarities sale, lot 11). There are also examples of New Orleans provisionals cancelled at Baton Rouge and other offices along the Mississippi River (Grant sale).
Covers addressed to New Orleans with the first General Issue tied by the river-boat double-circle datestamp are scarce, but enough exist to show that mail was regularly received from river boats and processed wharfside. Unless the contents are present or the cover is docketed with sufficient information, it is impossible to pinpoint the origins of these inbound New Orleans river-mail covers. In this case, the use of a 5c General Issue with the unofficial pierce en scie roulette made at Baton Rouge leaves no doubt as to the origin. The cover was postmarked at the New Orleans wharf on April 18, 1862, the first day of bombardments by Federal naval forces against forts below New Orleans and just ten days before the city surrendered to Admiral Farragut. Baton Rouge fell on May 7th. We have not been able to locate another example of the Baton Rouge roulette cancelled at New Orleans.
Ex Baer, Knapp, Meroni and Birkinbine
VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH UNOFFICIAL BATON ROUGE PERFORATION -- ALSO A VERY EARLY DATE FOR A BATON ROUGE ROULETTED STAMP. A MAJOR RARITY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES.
The 10c Lithograph is rare with private perforations. There are two known on cover with Baton Rouge roulettes and five with other private perforations.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED PRIVATE PERFORATION FROM NAVASOTA, TEXAS, AND ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING PERFORATED GENERAL ISSUE COVERS KNOWN.
The officially perforated stamps were also used at Navasota (two examples known).
Ex Brooks, Freeland and Norton
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND OUTSTANDING COVER, SHOWING USE OF THE RARE 20-CENT OXFORD ROULETTE ON AN UNUSED POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. ONE OF FINEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE 20-CENT COVERS.
The Oxford N.C. provisional is not listed in Scott, but the existence of unused entires used as regular envelopes at a later date is indisputable evidence of their provisional status. In this case, the Oxford postmaster probably affixed the stamp over the handstamp. Another similar cover realized $4,000 hammer in our Sale 795 (lot 1195).
Ex Dietz (signed by him) and Hill. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,750.00 on normal cover
EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE OXFORD ROULETTE -- THE ONLY PERFORATION APPLIED TO THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.
Ex Judd. Scott Retail $3,750.00 on cover
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT WITH OXFORD ROULETTE USED ON COVER.
Weill backstamp. Scott Retail $3,750.00 on cover
EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE OXFORD ROULETTE -- THE ONLY PERFORATION APPLIED TO THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE OFFICIALLY PERFORATED ISSUE EXTANT ON COVER.
Orange Court House was the winter quarters of the Army of Northern Virginia from Fall 1863 to Spring 1864. It was located on the Orange & Alexandria Railroad.
Ex MacBride and Norton. With 1992 C.S.A. certificate