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Sale 954 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Postmasters

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3194
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3194, PostmastersAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II showing large "Paid", clear to ample margins all around, unusually deep shade, tied by grid cancel, faint but readable strike of "Athens Ga. Paid Dec. 31" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Col. John B. Lamar at Macon Ga., fresh and Fine, ex MacBride and Kilbourne, with 1999 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
1,900
3195
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3195, PostmastersBaton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1), Baton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1)Baton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1). Unused (no gum), full to large margins all around, sharp impression and deep rich color on bright fresh paper, slight thins and tiny corner creases, minute tear at lower right

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.

5,250
7,500
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3196
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3196, PostmastersColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Bold strike of provisional handstamp, blue "Columbia S.C. 21 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on orange entire to Monticello S.C., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine

1,000
650
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3197
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3197, PostmastersColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Clear strike with blue "Paid" and "Columbia S.C. Oct. 5" circular datestamp with day changed to "6" in ms. on cover to Charlotte N.C., expertly repaired with top flap added, otherwise Very Fine, ex Caspary and Hill

1,000
400
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3198
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3198, PostmastersColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Bold strike, matching "Columbia S.C. 16 Sep." circular datestamp on cover to Longmores Store S.C., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine

1,000
275
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3199
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3199, PostmastersDanville Va., 5c Red on Laid (Unlisted 21X1 variety), Danville Va., 5c Red on Laid (Unlisted 21X1 variety)Danville Va., 5c Red on Laid (Unlisted 21X1 variety). Rectangular margins slightly in at top and bottom and cut diagonally at lower right, cancelled by two light strikes of black circular datestamp, tiny puncture from period in type, couple trivial thin spots and small crease at upper right

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

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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3200
og
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3200, PostmastersFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Original gum, large margins to ample at top, creasing caused by gum, a few gum toned spots, still Very Fine

300
500
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3201
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3201, PostmastersJackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1), Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1)Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking with "Jackson Miss. Mar. 1" circular datestamp on buff cover to La., fresh and Very Fine

575
850
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3202
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3202, PostmastersJackson Miss., 10c on 5c Black entire (43XU3), Jackson Miss., 10c on 5c Black entire (43XU3)Jackson Miss., 10c on 5c Black entire (43XU3). Two strikes of 10c handstamp, neat "Jackson Miss. Jun. 24" circular datestamp on orange cover to Richmond Va., slightly reduced at left and minor edgewear

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

2,750
4,000
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3203
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3203, PostmastersKnoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Black entire (47XU5). Partly clear provisional handstamp on greenish blue University of East Tennessee illustrated college cover to Washington Tenn., cleaned and minor repairs, reduced at right, Very Fine appearance, rare use of provisional handstamp on college cover, ex Gallagher and Rudy, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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3204
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3204, PostmastersKnoxville Tenn., 5c Blue on Orange entire (47XU2), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue on Orange entire (47XU2)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Blue on Orange entire (47XU2). Cancelled by small "Paid" handstamp at top right and addressed to London Tenn., backflap with sealed tear, accompanying certificate declines opinion on the "Paid" cancel, fresh and Very Fine, our review of the Levi records found that only three of the fifteen have been cancelled, all by "Paid" handstamps, with 2007 C.S.A. certificate, offered on its own merits

2,250
1,900
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3205
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3205, PostmastersLenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Black entire (49XU3 var), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Black entire (49XU3 var)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Black entire (49XU3 var). Small cream cover to Fayetteville N.C. with two light strikes of 5c provisonal handstamp in blue and black, faint strike of Lenoir N.C. circular datestamp, slightly reduced at bottom, Fine, although the existence of the handstamp in black (49XU4) has been questioned, this curious and probably unique "hybrid" at least demonstrates that black ink was in use at the Lenoir post office, with 1987 C.S.A. certificate,

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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3206
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3206, PostmastersLivingston Ala., 5c Blue (51X1), Livingston Ala., 5c Blue (51X1)Livingston Ala., 5c Blue (51X1). Ample even margins except at lower right where just slightly in, lightly struck circular datestamp, affixed to thin card, upon careful examination of the thin wove paper we find a couple small sealed tears and a few minute scrapes, none of which significantly affect the appearance

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

8,000
12,000
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3207
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3207, PostmastersMacon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X4), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X4)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X4). Apparently uncancelled, tiny speck to the right of "Cents" but there is no Macon datestamp (the usual form of cancellation), some traces of gum, cut to shape, Fine, an extremely rare Confederate provisional, ex Col. Green, with 1963 P.F. certificate

1,400
950
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3208
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3208, PostmastersMacon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Laid (53X6), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Laid (53X6)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Laid (53X6). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, tiny corner crease at bottom right

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.

3,000
5,250
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3209
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3209, PostmastersMemphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1), Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1)Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1). Block of 12 (3 x 4), Positions 8-10/13-15/18-20 with Positions 10/15/20 showing the cracked plate variety, unused (no gum), large margins to slightly in at top left, some light creasing and small tears which are almost inevitable on a block this size owing to the fragile thin paper used for its production, still overall Fine-Very Fine and a handsome showpiece suitable for exhibition, with 1979 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
1,600
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3210
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3210, PostmastersMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Vertical pair, unused (no gum), clear to ample margins, slight creasing and small tears at right, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

340
500
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3211
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3211, PostmastersMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Cancelled by bold double-circle datestamps, appears to have four margins but skillfully repaired with something added at bottom, Very Fine appearance

1,100
475
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3212
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3212, PostmastersMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins to slightly in, tied by Mobile double-circle datestamp on piece, stamp has tiny scuff at top, otherwise Fine

400
375
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3213
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3213, PostmastersNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Unused (no gum), three large margins, slightly in at top, gorgeous deep "wine red" color, basically sound but this very thin fibrous paper shows some natural irregularities which could be interpreted as flaws by a glass half-empty examiner, Fine appearance

850
950
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3214
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3214, PostmastersNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins at top and bottom, clear at ample at sides, beautiful "chocolate" shade, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 29, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to New Market Tenn., slightly reduced at left

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.

4,500
3,000
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3215
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3215, PostmastersNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Full to large margins, bright "grassy" green shade, cancelled by bold blue Nashville circular datestamp, creases and sealed tears, otherwise Very Fine, approximately 25 examples known, almost all of which has faults, with 1972 P.F. certificate

4,500
2,900
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3216
og
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3216, PostmastersNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Original gum, clear to large margins, bright color, Very Fine, with 1988 P.F. certificate

175
300
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3217, PostmastersNew Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red, 5c Brown (62X1, 62X2, 62X5), New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red, 5c Brown (62X1, 62X2, 62X5)New Orleans La., 2c Blue, Red, 5c Brown (62X1, 62X2, 62X5). No. 62X1 has original gum, large margins to clear, No. 62X2 unused (no gum), large margins, No. 62X5 part original gum, large margins, thins, Fine-Very Fine

465
400
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3218
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3218, PostmastersNew 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). Full margins, cancelled by datestamp, couple small faults, otherwise Very Fine

200
100
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3219
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3219, PostmastersNew 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 to huge margins, cancelled by double strikes of "Paid" and circular datestamp on piece, Extremely Fine

475
600
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3220
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3220, PostmastersNew 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). Full margins to just in, tied by "New Orleans La. 22 Sep." circular datestamp on buff drop rate cover to local address, 1861 receipt docketing, missing top flap and slightly reduced at top, Fine and scarce overpaid drop rate usage, probably carried into New Orleans from a riverboat and dropped at the post office rather than mailed at the wharf office as a steamboat letter, with 2007 C.S.A. certificate

425
275
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3221
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3221, PostmastersNew 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, ample margin at bottom, touched on other sides, tied by "New Orleans La. 16 Nov." circular datestamp on small cover to Charleston S.C., Fine

700
400
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3222
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3222, PostmastersNew Orleans La., 2c Black entire (62XU3), New Orleans La., 2c Black entire (62XU3)New Orleans La., 2c Black entire (62XU3). Full clear strike of "PD 2 CTS/N.O.P.O" two-line provisional handstamp with bold "New Orleans La. Jan. 24, 1862" double-circle datestamp on unsealed buff cover to Memphis Tenn., pencil note "Crescent Sugar Refinery"

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

9,500
6,500
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3223
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3223, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Reconstruction of complete setting of ten, each position represented by a single with blue Petersburg circular datestamp (one with integral "5cts" rate struck on stamp), outstanding quality, nine sound stamps including one Extremely Fine Gem (Position 1 with corner sheet margins), six Very Fine (Positions 2, 4, 5, 6, 8) and two Fine (Positions 7, 10), only Position 3 has a tiny flaw (small thin spot in bottom margin)

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.

7,500
6,000
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3224
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3224, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 5, large corner sheet margins at top right, full at left and clear at bottom, blue Petersburg circular datestamp, Very Fine, with 1967 C.S.A. certificate

750
1,600
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3225
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3225, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 2, large margins to slightly in along tips of ornaments at left, blue Petersburg circular datestamp, faint horizontal crease and corner crease, Fine appearance

750
600
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3226
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3226, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 4, large margins except a few ornaments touched at bottom left, blue Petersburg circular datestamp, faint corner crease at bottom right, Very Fine appearance

750
400
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3227
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3227, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 9, large bottom margin and clear to touching on other sides, blue Petersburg circular datestamp, Fine

750
600
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3228
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3228, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 1, early state with "G" of "Petersburg" intact and mostly complete "e" of "Office", ample to large margins, cancelled by blue datestamp, thin spots, Very Fine appearance

750
350
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3229
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3229, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 10, three large margins and just barely in along tips of ornaments at top, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts Dec. 8" integral-rate circular datestamp on large corner of orange-brown lithographed advertising cover, Very Fine, with 1965 C.S.A. certificate

750
800
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3230
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3230, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 7, huge margins at top and right showing traces of adjoining stamps, large at left and bottom, tied by blue Petersburg circular datestamp on yellow piece, Extremely Fine Gem, a fabulous example of this postmaster's provisional

750
1,000
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3231
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3231, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 4, full margins to just slightly in along ornaments at lower left, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 11" circular datestamp on piece, Very Fine

750
450
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3232
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3232, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 10, full margins to barely touched along tips of ornaments, tied by clear strike of blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts Oct. 19" integral-rate circular datestamp on piece, minor faint stained spots, otherwise Very Fine, with 1965 C.S.A. certificate

750
375
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3233
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3233, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 2, large margins to just slightly in at top left and upper right, tied by unusually clear strike of blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts Nov. 8" integral-rate circular datestamp on large piece of yellow cover with Townesville N.C. address, Fine, Weill Co. backstamp

750
425
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3234
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3234, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Positions 4-5, horizontal pair, full margins virtually all around (tops of a few ornaments barely touched at top right), tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts Oct. 24" integral-rate circular datestamp on piece, lifted and hinged in place, faint toned spot and corner crease on right stamp which would barely be visible if the pair had not been lifted

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.

Ex Caspary

1,850
1,700
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3235
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3235, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 1, large top sheet margin, large at left and bottom and clear to just barely in along tips of ornaments at right, tied by sharp strike of blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts Nov. 26" (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Hillsboro N.C.

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.

2,500
2,100
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3236
 
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3236, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 1 with large top left corner sheet margins, other sides clear to slightly in along tips of ornaments, distinctive printing variety with "C" instead of "G" in "Petersburg" and mostly missing "e" of "Office" (both due to defects in the hand-set type), tied by bold blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 30" (1862) circular datestamp on front only to Norfolk Va., Very Fine, this type variety is rare (it evidently occurred in a later printing)

750
1,400
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3237
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3237, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 4, huge margins on three sides including top sheet margin, right side ample to just barely into tips of ornaments, bright shade, tied by neat strike of blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 12" circular datestamp on small 1862 folded letter to Summit N.C., reinforced split along one fold at top, side panels at left removed (possibly by sender), Very Fine, an exceptionally choice example of the Petersburg Postmaster's Provisional on cover

2,500
1,200
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3238
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3238, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 5, huge top right corner sheet margins, other sides large to clear at lower left, horizontal line naturally impressed in top margin during printing, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Oct. 20" circular datestamp on cover to Macon N.C., cleaned to removed stain under stamp (which was probably lifted and reaffixed), otherwise Extremely Fine, an exceptionally choice stamp and attractive cover

2,500
1,100
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3239
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3239, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 10, full margins to clear, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Mar. 3" (1862) circular datestamp circular datestamp on cover to Raleigh N.C., cover and stamp cleaned (stamp still has faint toning), otherwise Fine, late use of the Petersburg Postmaster's Provisional

2,500
550
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3240
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3240, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 4, ample to large margins on three sides, just barely into tips of ornaments at left, bright shade, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Nov. 13" circular datestamp on brown homemade cover to Christian Valley N.C., vertical fold and slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine, an attractive Petersburg Postmaster's Provisional usage

2,500
900
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3241
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3241, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 8, mostly ample margins, just barely into tips of ornaments at left, knife scoring line angles into ornaments at right, rich color and deep impression, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Oct. 24" (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Wicomico Va., fresh and Fine, a most attractive cover

2,500
850
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3242
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3242, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red, "C" for "G" in "Petersburg" and Missing "e" in "Office" (65X1 var), Petersburg Va., 5c Red, "C" for "G" in "Petersburg" and Missing "e" in "Office" (65X1 var)Petersburg Va., 5c Red, "C" for "G" in "Petersburg" and Missing "e" in "Office" (65X1 var). Position 1, late state showing break in letters "burg" of "Petersburg" and "e" of "Office" almost completely missing -- these type flaws are proven by at least three other examples and should be listed in Scott -- large margins including top left corner sheet margins, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Dec. 28" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Hillsboro N.C., a few vertical folds in cover, stamp has faint gum stains, otherwise Very Fine, a fascinating variety deserving full catalogue recognition

2,500
700
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3243
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3243, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 10, huge right sheet margin, other sides large to just touched, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 23" circular datestamp on 1862 folded letter to Weldon N.C., both the cover and stamp have surface abrasions possibly caused by vermin, otherwise Fine

2,500
1,100
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3244
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3244, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 5, huge margins to clear except slightly in at bottom right, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts Oct. 27" (1861) integral-rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Oxford N.C., repaired at top, stamp a bit rubbed from cleaning, still a presentable cover with this scarce provisional

2,500
500
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3245
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3245, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 9, three ample to large margins, in at top, tied by bold blue "Petersburg Va. Dec. 21" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, ms. "Due 5" for distance, stamp creased at left, faded and toned, cover reduced at left, Mr. Tobias noted this as a unique use of "Due" marking with Petersburg provisional, thus the condition can be forgiven (the Carroll Hoy correspondence was found in barrels, and we suspect this cover was at the bottom of one)

2,500
1,000
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3246
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3246, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 6, bottom left corner sheet margins, huge at bottom, right margin shows parts of adjoining stamp, clear to just barely in at top, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 16" circular datestamp on buff cover to "Greenville" (N.C.?), repaired left edge, backflap removed, stamp has faint corner crease at bottom left, otherwise Fine, ex Col. Green

2,500
700
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3247
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3247, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 3, large margins to just barely in along tips of ornaments at left and bottom, rich color and strong impression, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Nov. 19" (1861) circular datestamp on grocer and commission merchant's blue cameo corner card cover to Townesville N.C., small opening nick at top center

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

2,500
2,000
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3248
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3248, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 1, large margins all around incl. top left corner sheet margins, bright shade, early state with all letters fully formed, bright shade, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Sep. 26" circular datestamp on boot, shoe and leather dealer's pale gray lithographed advertising cover to Hawthorne Va., approximately one half-inch of bottom edge patched with similar paper, Extremely Fine Gem stamp -- certainly one of the finest -- and an attractive item despite repair, ex Manning

2,500
1,800
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3249
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3249, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 9, large margins showing parts of adjoining stamps to slightly in at upper left, bright shade, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Nov. 12" (1861) circular datestamp on grocer and commission merchant's brown cameo corner card cover to Brownsville N.C., cleaned, bottom left corner repaired, otherwise Fine, Scott value without premium for corner card

2,500
1,200
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3250
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3250, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 2, huge top sheet margin, large at left and touched to slightly in on other sides, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Sep. 24" (1861) circular datestamp on grocer and commission merchant's blue oval cameo corner card cover to Jackson N.C., vertical crease at right affects stamp, backflap removed, repaired piece at top center, otherwise Fine and attractive, Scott value without premium for corner card

2,500
750
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3251
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3251, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 7, margins clear to slightly in at top, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 22" (1862) circular datestamp on grocer and commission merchant's brown cameo corner card cover to Warrenton N.C., backflap removed, stains and faults around edges, stamp appears to be sound with slight toning and wear, otherwise Fine, ex Kimmel

2,500
600
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3252
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3252, PostmastersPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Positions 2 and 3, each with extra large top sheet margin, other sides large to slightly in along tips of ornaments, one stamp has short slight crease, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Oct. 7" circular datestamp on cover to Demopolis Ala. with hotel green cameo corner card, unfortunately a large part of cover along the top has been cut away and crudely patched, top flap removed, stamps unaffected and Fine-Very Fine, our estimate is based solely on the $1,500.00 Scott value of the stamps off cover, the cover is still presentable despite repairs

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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3253
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3253, PostmastersRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Usual part strike of provisional handstamp, clear blue "Raleigh N.C." double-circle without date on yellow cover to Traphill N.C., lightly soiled, Fine

600
160
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3254
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Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3254, PostmastersSalem N.C., 5c Black entire, Reprint (73XU1R), Salem N.C., 5c Black entire, Reprint (73XU1R)Salem N.C., 5c Black entire, Reprint (73XU1R). Two, both unused, one with ms. "Paid 5" added to circle, Very Fine

E. 100-150
100
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