VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE UNITED STATES 1857 ISSUE TO PAY THE 24-CENT TREATY RATE ON A COVER MAILED FROM LOUISIANA ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE CONFEDERACY.
VERY FINE. MAILED JUST DAYS AFTER THE CONFEDERATE INVASION OF KENTUCKY, THIS JEFFERSON DAVIS PATRIOTIC COVER HAS A CLEAR STRIKE OF THE RARE HICKMAN DATESTAMP AND AN EXPLICIT ENDORSEMENT FROM ONE OF THE OFFICERS IN GENERAL PILLOW'S INVASION FORCE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE KENTUCKY COVERS KNOWN.
General Pillow moved on Hickman and Columbus on September 3, 1861. This early occupation usage bears the official endorsement of Lieut. John dee Mitchell of the Quartermaster's Department with Gen. Pillow's army. The combination of elements -- a patriotic, a rare Confederate postmark at an early date, and an official endorsement from one of the invading officers -- makes this a most desirable cover.
Illustrated in Dietz (p. 60). Ex Roser and Gallagher
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE UNUSED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BATON ROUGE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
Only four unused examples of the Baton Rouge 2c provisional are recorded, including one with the "McCcrmick" error (11X1a). None is sound.
Ex Ferrary (with his purple trefoil mark on back). Offered for the first time since our 1984 Rarities sale.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE BATON ROUGE 2-CENT "McCCRMICK" ERROR. A MAJOR PHILATELIC RARITY OF CONFEDERATE POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONALS.
Our records contain three examples of the 2c "McCcrmick" error: 1) unused, ex Worthington, Green, 2001 Rarities sale (realized $12,500 hammer); 2) ms. "X" cancel, ex Ferrary, the stamp offered here; and 3) tied by Nov. 30, 1861 datestamp on cover to New Orleans, ex Caspary, Lilly and Freeland.
Ex Ferrary. With 1976 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT CRISS-CROSS BORDER, WHICH WE BELIEVE TO BE A SECOND PRINTING CIRCA NOVEMBER 1861. CROWN RECORDS ONLY ELEVEN COVERS (ALL SINGLE FRANKINGS).
The recipient's military unit was on guard duty at Atchafalaya River and Bayou Teche from October 1861 thru February 1862.
Ex Caspary and Seybold. Last offered in our 1983 Rarities sale.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT DANVILLE CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL. APPROXIMATELY 20 EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED.
Of the 20 or so examples that are known, several are late invalid usages with General Issue stamps. The example offered here is one of the more desirable copies.
Ex Agre. With 1990 C.S.A. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.
With 1999 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE GAINESVILLE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
Less than five examples are known
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL COVER FROM BOTH PHILATELIC AND POSTAL HISTORY PERSPECTIVES. THE MULTIPLE FRANKING, INCLUDING A BLOCK OF FOUR, IS ONE OF THE LARGEST EXTANT. THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI USAGE FROM NEW ORLEANS TO TEXAS IS SCARCE. FINALLY, THE SIGNED ENDORSEMENT OF POSTMASTER RIDDELL AND USE OF THE RED DATESTAMP IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE.
There are two recorded covers bearing a block of the New Orleans provisional, and two examples of the double-circle datestamp applied in red (it was ordinarily struck in black on river mail).
VERY FINE COVER. ONE OF EIGHT RECORDED COVERS SHOWING CONJUNCTIVE USE OF CONFEDERATE POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONALS AND THE GENERAL ISSUE. ONLY FOUR OF THESE COVERS HAVE ADHESIVE PROVISIONALS, AND ONLY ONE IS KNOWN WITH THE NEW ORLEANS STAMP. IN MANY RESPECTS, WE CONSIDER THIS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE COVERS EXTANT.
We record a total of eight covers with combinations of Confederate provisionals (either adhesive or handstamped) and General Issue stamps to prepay postage -- we have excluded from this count a few covers on which the provisional served no postal duty. In our opinion, these combination frankings are significant and quite undervalued -- imagine what price would be paid for a Baltimore provisional handstamped entire with a U.S. 5c 1847 stamp, or a St. Louis "Bear" and 1847 combination.
The following is a list of the eight mixed-franking covers: 1) Columbia S.C. (18XU1) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 4, 1862, our Sale 810, lot 1862; 2) Columbia S.C. (18XU1) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 1, 1862, Crown book, p. 80; 3) Columbia S.C. (18XU1) and 5c Blue, Local (7), Sep. 1, 1862, our Sale 810, lot 1861; 4) Charleston S.C. (16X1, repaired) and 5c Blue, London (6), Aug. 5, 1862; 5) Memphis Tenn. 5c Red entire (56XU2) and 5c Green (1), date unclear, Siegel 1983 Rarities sale, lot 357; 6) New Orleans La. 5c Brown on Blue (62X4) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 11, 1862, Siegel 1983 Rarities sale, ex Skinner (realized $16,500 hammer), the cover offered here; 7) Petersburg Va. 5c Red (65X1) and 5c Green (1), Jan. 5, 1862, ex Muzzy; and 8) Petersburg Va. 5c Red (65X1) and 5c Green (1), Feb. 7, 1862, ex Kilbourne (realized $52,500 hammer).
Ex Knapp, Ackerman, Grant and Skinner
VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
Our records of New Orleans 2c handstamped provisional entires include the following six 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. 21, 1862 usage to Mint Spring Va., the cover offered here; 4) Jan. 24, 1862, circular rate to J. Shelby & Co., Memphis Tenn., ex Judd, Skinner, Agre (Siegel Sale 850, lot 5774, realized $4,500 hammer); 5) Apr. 7, 1862, circular rate to County Court, San Antonio Tex., 1982 Rarities sale, Siegel Sale 860 (lot 539, realized $2,500 hammer); and 6) 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).
VERY FINE. A FRESH AND COLORFUL USE OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON AN IMMACULATE CORNER CARD COVER.
With 1986 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail without premium for corner card
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC COVERS KNOWN FROM KENTUCKY -- A RARE DESIGN AND ONE OF THE FEW COVERS FROM BOWLING GREEN WITH GENERAL ISSUE STAMPS.
Ex MacBride and Gallagher.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN ON COVER.
With 1976 P.F. and 1999 C.S.A. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. SURELY ONE OF THE FINEST FRAMELINE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.
Ex Cole and Hill. Signed Bogg and Dietz.
FRESH AND VERY FINE COVER. EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 20-CENT GREEN BISECT ON OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE WESTERN OFFICE OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT AND TEXAS.
Ex Meroni and Kimmel. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $2,000.00 for bisect on normal cover.
VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS OFFICIAL IMPRINT ON THE 10-CENT GREEN NESBITT ENTIRE. A GREAT RARITY.
With 1998 P.F. certificate