EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY FOUR-MARGIN STAMP AMONG THE FOUR RECORDED UNUSED EXAMPLES OF THE BATON ROUGE POSTMASTER'S 2-CENT PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Only four unused examples of the Baton Rouge 2c provisional are recorded, including one with the "McCcrmick" error (11X1a). None is sound, and this stamp has much larger margins than any of the others.
Ex Ferrary and Matthies. With 1974 P.F. certificate.
A FINE AND IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL RARITY. ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE DANVILLE ADHESIVE ARE RECORDED -- OF THESE ONLY FOUR HAVE RECTANGULAR MARGINS AND ONLY THIS STAMP IS PRINTED ON LAID PAPER, WHICH DESERVES A SEPARATE MAJOR CATALOGUE LISTING.
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) laid paper, off-cover with bottom right corner clipped, the stamp offered here, ex Hind; 3) 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).
Only four rectangular-cut examples of the Danville provisional stamp are recorded. Until now, we had to rely on earlier descriptions of this stamp's paper. Now that we have had the opportunity to examine it, we can state unequivocally that the paper has strong vertical laid lines. Therefore, it deserves a major Scott number (21X2) and recognition as the only recorded Danville adhesive on laid paper. This is truly one of the rarest of all Confederate provisionals, and should not be confused with its more numerous counterpart from Pittsylvania Court House, which is known on wove and laid paper.
Ex Hind. Signed Ashbrook
VERY FINE AND RARE. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES OF THE REVALUED JACKSON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL IN BLACK ARE RECORDED IN CROWN.
Ex Judd and Agre. With 1986 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS STAMP IS ONE OF ELEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE LIVINGSTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL, ON OR OFF COVER. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND DESIRABLE OF ALL CONFEDERATE POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONALS.
Livingston is the county seat of Sumter County, Alabama, lying on the Selma and Meriden Railroad line about 130 miles north of Mobile, near the state's western border. Official records name Stephen W. Murley as the Livingston postmaster in 1861, while other sources attribute the provisional stamp to another postmaster, Robert F. Houston. The Livingston provisional is known used in November-December 1861 and again in March 1862.
Our records contain a total of 11 stamps, including the famous and unique pair on cover (Nov. 12, 1861), 6 singles on separate covers (1861--Nov. 15, Nov. 15, Nov. 25, Dec. 10; 1862--Mar. 17 and Mar. 21), and 3 off-cover stamps. One of the single frankings, a corner-margin stamp (Nov. 25 date, ex Caspary, Antrim and Cole), was severely damaged through negligent restoration.
Only two Confederate post offices, Livingston and Mobile, issued stamps with a pictorial design. It is almost certain that the same printer was responsible for both, whose imprint "W. R. Robertson Mobile" appears on the Mobile lithographic stones. The composition of the Livingston plate is not known, but a pane of 20 subjects may be reasonably conjectured.
Ex Ferrary, Hind, Tyler and Freeland. With 1982 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SEVEN EXAMPLES OF THE MACON 5-CENT FLORAL-BORDERED PROVISIONAL ON YELLOW LAID PAPER (SCOTT 53X6) ARE RECORDED. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN UNUSED EXAMPLE.
Our records contain seven examples of the 5c Floral-Bordered design on Yellow Laid paper: 1) unused (no gum), tiny corner crease, the stamp offered here, "W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp, ex Lilly; 2) tied by Jul. 2 datestamp on piece, ex Caspary; 3) tied on cover to Edward Atkinson, Flemington Fla., Siegel Sale 546, lot 581; 4) tied by Jun. 21 datestamp on cover to Martha Nesbitt, Marietta Ga., Siegel 1981 Rarities sale, lot 483; 5) tied by Jun. 24 datestamp on cover to Mrs. Judd King, Marion Ala., ex Emerson, Brooks, Siegel 1982 Rarities sale, lot 36; 6) tied by Jul. 2 datestamp on cover to Montfort & Co., Butler Ga., ex Caspary, Siegel 1983 Rarities sale, lot 315; and 7) tied on cover to A.H. Grier, Oglethorpe Ga., Siegel 1984 Rarities sale, lot 35.
Ex Lilly. With 1967 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.
Ex Emerson and Brooks. Ashbrook backstamp. With 1998 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. THE STRIKES ON THIS ENTIRE AND ITS OVERALL CONDITION ARE THE BEST OF THE FIVE KNOWN.
Our records of New Orleans 2c handstamped provisional entires include the following five examples (in chronological order): 1) Jan. 21, 1862, circular rate to Rev. T. Lynch, Mebanesville N.C., with printed enclosure from Domestic Missions of the Confederate States, ex Walcott, Siegel 1985 Rarities sale; 2) Jan. 21, 1862, turned cover to McByrde, Pendleton S.C., inside with Pendleton "Paid 5", ex MacBride; 3) Jan. 24, 1862, circular rate to J. Shelby & Co., Memphis Tenn., the cover offered here, ex Judd, Skinner, Agre (Siegel Sale 850, lot 5774, realized $4,500 hammer); 4) Apr. 7, 1862, circular rate to County Court, San Antonio Tex., 1982 Rarities sale, Siegel Sale 860 (lot 539, realized $2,500 hammer); and 5) indistinct New Orleans double-circle datestamp on inbound cover from Galveston Tex. to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, ex Knapp and Hall (Siegel Sale 840, lot 117, realized $6,250 hammer).
Ex Judd, Skinner and Agre. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate
A REMARKABLY CHOICE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL SETTING OF TEN. IT WOULD BE EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO ASSEMBLE ANOTHER RECONSTRUCTION OF THIS QUALITY.
We should note that Position 1 is one of the finest used examples of the Petersburg provisional in existence and shows the nearly missing "e" of "Office" variety. Position 5 is also a corner sheet-margin copy and has an extraordinarily deep impression in brilliant red ink. There are three or four reconstructions extant; this is comparable to the ex-Birkinbine reconstruction in our Sale 795.
Ex Moody. Scott Retail as ten singles.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. PAIRS OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ARE RARE. THIS IS THE FINEST OF THE THREE OFF-COVER PAIRS KNOWN TO US.
Our Levi records contain three pairs off cover (this is the finest), and we record six pairs on cover.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE COVER.
This is an early state of Position 1 with the "e" of "Office" very complete and the "G" of "Petersburg" fully formed.
VERY FINE. A FRESH AND COLORFUL USE OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A CORNER CARD COVER.
Scott Retail without premium for corner card