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Sale 1016 — Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November, 2011

Category — Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru Milledgeville

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
594
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 594, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMadison Court House Fla., 3c Gold on Bluish (3AX1), Madison Court House Fla., 3c Gold on Bluish (3AX1)Madison Court House Fla., 3c Gold on Bluish (3AX1). Margins completely clear all around, fresh golden-bronze color, neat ms. "(P)aid in (Money)" cancel applied by Postmaster Samuel J. Perry, thin spot at top and small indentation to right of "Cents"

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MADISON COURT HOUSE POSTMASTER'S 3-CENT PROVISIONAL, AND THE STAMP THAT DEFINITIVELY LINKED THE MADISON PROVISIONAL TO ITS POSTMASTER, SAMUEL J. PERRY.

The Madison Court House Provisional was the subject of a definitive article by Patricia A. Kaufmann in the American Philatelist and the Confederate Philatelist (the article, with updates, can be viewed at http://www.webuystamps.com/madison.htm). The Madison Provisional is one of six stamps that the Scott Catalogue now lists separately as "3c 1861 Postmasters' Provisionals". They are distinct from the 5c and 10c Confederate Provisionals in that the postmasters who issued the stamps were still technically under the control of the U.S. Post Office Department, and were remitting postal receipts to the Department (and were avoiding ordering new U.S. stamps in anticipation of a final change in administrative control of their offices). The 1861 Provisionals are all 3c adhesives or handstamps, reflecting the then-current U.S. letter rate.

This example of the Madison Court House stamp was instrumental in Kaufmann's efforts to have the stamps be declared genuine and listed separately from the 5c and 10c Provisionals. It bears the handwriting of Madison Court House Postmaster Samuel J. Perry. The portion of "(P)aid in (Money)" that appears on this stamp was compared to archival samples of Perry's handwriting by experts and determined to match. In a letter to J.W. Scott, reprinted in an 1872 issue of The American Journal of Philately, Perry specifically states that letters franked with his stamp had "Paid in Money" applied to them.

Only five off-cover examples of Scott 3AX1 are recorded, including the unique "CNETS" error, and only one on-cover example is recorded. This is the only example known with the "Paid in Money" cancel. There is also a unique Madison 5c Provisional press-printed entire, listed in the regular C.S.A. Provisional section (137XU1).

Ex Ferrary and Moody. "W.H.C." (Warren H. Colson) backstamp

12,500
19,500
595
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 595, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II, margins to slightly in, beautiful dark shade and perfect impression showing all of the slips of the woodcutter's tool (most prominent in "P.M."), tied by grid on small cover to Richmond Va. and forwarded to Yorktown Va., light strike of "Athens Ga. Oct. 23 Paid" (1861) circular datestamp, "5" and "Paid" handstamps at upper right -- apparently rated 5c at Athens, then uprated to 10c for distance over 500 miles -- embossed seal on flap, few faint toned spots, barely reduced at top, Very Fine, a remarkable combination use of the Athens adhesive provisional and handstamped Paid, ex Wiseman, signed Ashbrook, with 2008 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
1,700
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596
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 596, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Horizontal pair, left stamp Type I, right stamp Type II, huge margins to just in at lower right, cancelled by light strikes of grid, "Athens Ga. Oct. 25 Paid" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Yorktown Va., few faint toned spots, slightly reduced at right and small mended nick in cover at right

VERY FINE APPEARING DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING WITH THE ATHENS PROVISIONAL. THIS TYPE I-II COMBINATION REFLECTS THE TWO-SUBJECT WOODCUT ENGRAVING.

Fewer than 20 pairs of the Athens 5c Purple provisional on cover are known. With 1980 C.S.A. certificate

5,500
2,100
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597
ng
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 597, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleBaton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1), Baton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1)Baton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1). Unused (no gum), full margins to just touched, bright color, sealed diagonal tear at left touches the word "Baton"

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)

8,000
7,000
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598
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 598, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2). Full margins three sides, just clear at bottom, neat part strike of Baton Rouge circular datestamp, couple tiny thin specks and small corner repair at bottom right adding two corner triangles portion of design,Very Fine appearance

1,400
800
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599
E
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 599, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleCharleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11-E12), Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11-E12)Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11-E12). Large even margins, fresh colors, both with trivial thin spots, the 2c and 10c Charleston "Essays" are very rare, each with 1988 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
5,250
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600
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 600, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large to huge margins three sides showing full framelines and portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, top left just touching frameline, tied by lightly struck "Charleston S.C. Dc. 5, 1861" circular datestamp on cover addressed to Hon. W. G. De Saussure, Secretary Treasurer of South Carolina at Columbia S.C., light horizontal fold clear of stamp, backflap removed and expert repair top center, Extremely Fine stamp on an attractive cover, with 1990 C.S.A. certificate, Lieutenant Colonel Wilmot Gibbes DeSaussure (1822-1886) of the 1st Artillery Regiment of the South Carolina Militia, which was later absorbed into the Army of the Confederate States of America, commanded Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island, December 1860-January 1861, and artillery at Morris Island, March-April 1861, in the harbor of Charleston, S.C.

2,500
1,300
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601
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 601, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleCharleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1). Bold "Charleston S.C. Sep. 14, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Flat Rock N.C., expert repaired tears top left corner and at top barely into datestamp, Extremely Fine appearance, a remarkably fresh and attractive example of this rare press-printed provisional entire

4,000
0
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602
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 602, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleColumbia 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. 4 Dec." circular datestamp on cover to Charleston S.C., horizontal file fold thru datestamp and top flap tear, otherwise Very Fine

900
475
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603
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 603, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Remarkably clear strike of oval provisional handstamp on side backflap, "Paid" in circle and "5" rate handstamp with matching bold "Columbia S.C. Jul. 26" (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Chester S.C., flap folded out, stains expertly removed, Extremely Fine appearance

1,250
700
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604
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 604, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleColumbus Ga., 10c Red entire (19XU2), Columbus Ga., 10c Red entire (19XU2)Columbus Ga., 10c Red entire (19XU2). Bold strike of red provisional handstamp, partly clear "Columbus Ga. Nov. 10" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Terrill Artillery, Richmond Va., backflap removed, slightly reduced at top

VERY FINE. AMONG THE FINEST OF THE KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT COLUMBUS PROVISIONAL AND THE LATEST LISTED IN THE CROWN CENSUS.

The Crown census lists five examples of the 10c Columbus. While there are a few known outside the census, there are probably fewer than ten total in existence

Ex Kilbourne

2,250
3,000
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605
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 605, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 10, huge top margin showing nearly full bottom ornaments from stamp above, margins touching other sides to in at left, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid" (date unclear) circular datestamp on buff cover to Pendleton's Battery at Fairfax C.H., small piece of top flap removed and some small sealed tears at top

FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.

With 1990 C.S.A certificate

5,000
2,900
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606
og
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 606, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleFredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2), Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2)Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2). Original gum, sheet margin at right, full margins other sides to touching at top, deep rich color, slight paper wrinkling as usual and tiny thin speck, otherwise Very Fine

1,250
2,500
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607
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 607, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleGalveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3). Clear strike of handstamped provisional and mostly readable "Galveston Tex. Sep. ?" double-circle datestamp on cover to Columbus Tex., Fine and rare, ex Kaplan, only two are recorded in the Crown survey though more exist -- probably fewer than ten in total

2,400
1,500
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608
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 608, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleHouston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2), Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2)Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2). Provisional handstamp struck at left on mourning cover to Columbia Tex., from the Adriance correspondence, partly struck Houston Tex. circular datestamp, top flap opening tear just extends into front, still Very Fine, perhaps a half dozen examples are known, ex Kaplan

1,500
550
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609
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 609, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleHouston Tex., 10c Black entire (40XU3), Houston Tex., 10c Black entire (40XU3)Houston Tex., 10c Black entire (40XU3). Clear strike at right on light yellow attorney's corner card cover to Fairfield Tex., soldier's endorsement at upper right, reduced at right, significant repaired tears, still Fine appearance and scarce

2,250
550
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610
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 610, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleJackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1), Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1)Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Bold strike of provisional marking with "Jackson Miss. Jul. 27" circular datestamp on buff cover to Pleasant Springs Miss., some minor soiling, otherwise Very Fine, ex Skinner

750
500
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611
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 611, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleKnoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Full margins to just in at right, tied by "Knoxville Ten. 4 Feb." double-circle datestamp on small pink-lined cover to Lyon's Store Tenn., 1862 docketing in pencil at top, cover with sealed tear at top center and cleaned, stamp lifted and reaffixed, Very Fine appearance, rare tied by the circular datestamp, perhaps ten exist with the stamp tied in this manner, ex Kimmel and Hill

7,000
5,250
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612
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 612, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleLexington, Va., 5c Blue, entire (135XU1), Lexington, Va., 5c Blue, entire (135XU1)Lexington, Va., 5c Blue, entire (135XU1). Clear strike of blue "Paid 5" in circle handstamp with matching "Lexington Va. Sep. 17" datestamp on cover to San Marino Va., fresh and Very Fine, signed Brian Green

E. 300-400
400
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613
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 613, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Clear margins to touching at left, fresh color, neat strike of Lynchburg circular datestamp at left leaves design perfectly clear, Very Fine

1,350
950
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614
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 614, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Full margins at top and left, just touched at upper right and bottom, uncancelled, "Lynchburg Va. Sep. 23" (1861) circular datestamp on folded bank notice to Charlottesville Va., stamp with small tear at top

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE LYNCHBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL USED ON COVER.

With 1992 Brian Green certificate

5,000
1,600
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615
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 615, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMacon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3). Full to large margins, tied by large "Macon Geo. Aug. 17" (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Oglethorpe Ga., missing top flap

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE AND FRESH MACON PROVISIONAL STAMP TIED ON COVER.

The use of this large Macon circular datestamp to tie the provisional is less frequently seen than the double-circle datestamp. Ex Ballard

6,500
5,750
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616
ngbl
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 616, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Positions 31-33/41-43, horizontal block of six, unused (no gum), irregular but large margins incl. bottom left corner sheet margins, bright color, few faults incl. creases and toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, attractive position multiple, ex Boshwit

1,340
850
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617
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 617, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins three sides, touching at top, tied by "Memphis Ten." (date unclear) circular datestamp on cover to Clarksville Tex. with blue 12-Star Confederate Flag, Cannon and Verse Patriotic design, most of top flap missing and tear at left edge, scattered toning spots

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC COVER.

With 1989 P.F. certificate

5,000
4,000
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618
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 618, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Horizontal pair, margins to slightly in, tied by bold strike of "Memphis Ten. Aug. ?" circular datestamp on U.S. 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to Brig. Gen. Ruggles at Fredericksburg Va., stamps with small tears, cover with some edgewear

FINE. A RARE AND STRIKING USE OF THE MEMPHIS 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON A DEMONETIZED UNITED STATES NESBITT ENTIRE. IDEALLY SUITED FOR EXHIBITION.

Ex Boshwit. Scott Retail as pair on normal cover $3,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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619
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 619, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two, slightly overlapping, large margins to just in at left of left stamp, tied by "Memphis Ten. Jul. 28 1861" circular datestamp on cover to C.S.A. Vice President Alexander Stephens in Richmond, docketing on back indicates letter was sent by president of Memphis Chamber of Commerce in relation to Confederate finances, left stamp light vertical crease, some light cover staining and minor edge wear, Fine, a scarce multiple-rate use, ex Kaplan, with 1961 Raynor Hubble certificate, Scott Retail for single on-cover and single off-cover

1,940
550
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620
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 620, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Madison C.H. thru MilledgevilleMilledgeville Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (57XU1b), Milledgeville Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (57XU1b)Milledgeville Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (57XU1b). Clear strike of "Paid 5c" provisional marking at right overstruck twice with "10", one darker and slightly displaced from the other, light "Milledgeville Ga." handstamp at left and "Milledgeville Ga. Dec.? 5" circular datestamp on druggist's all-over advertising cover to C.S.A. Vice President Alexander Stephens in Richmond, usual docketing on back related to an application for a quartermaster position, Very Fine and scarce, ex MacBride and Hart, listed in Crown census on p. 624, accompanied by 1945 letter to MacBride from August Dietz about the cover

1,000
2,200
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