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
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
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)
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
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.
With 1990 C.S.A certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE LYNCHBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL USED ON COVER.
With 1992 Brian Green certificate
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
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC COVER.
With 1989 P.F. certificate
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