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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: Mobile thur Victoria

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
621
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 621, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Three large margins to just clear at right, bold Mobile double-circle datestamp, tiny margin tear at right, appears Very Fine

1,100
700
622
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 622, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Full margins bottom and right with portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, clear at left and barely in at top, small scissor cut in upper right margin clear of design, tied by "Mobile Ala. Aug. 11, 1861" double-circle datestamp on gray folded prices current to Pendleton S.C., mended erosion hole near top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE PROVISIONAL ON A CIRCULAR-RATE COVER.

The Crown census records only 23 covers with the 2c Mobile provisional.

5,000
1,900
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623
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 623, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Full margins to barely touched at top, rich color, tied by "Mobile Ala. Sep. 12, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Choctaw Agency Miss., mended top flap tear extends just into front, otherwise fresh and Very Fine

1,800
1,300
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624
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 624, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaMontgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1), Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1)Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking, neat "Montgomery Ala. Oct. 11, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Strata Ala., slightly reduced at right, some overall wear, Very Fine strikes, with 1989 P.F. certificate

1,100
900
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625
og
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 625, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1), Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1). Horizontal strip of five (complete setting), unused (without gum as issued), large margins, Very Fine

2,250
1,400
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626
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 626, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Margins to in, affixed over U.S. 3c Pink entire (U35) and tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 16, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" handstamp, to Fayetteville N.C., some slight wear, Very Fine and unusual use of the provisional on a U.S. entire, ex Boshwit, Scott Retail as on normal cover

3,000
1,900
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627
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 627, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Huge margins top and left, full to clear other two sides, neat strike of Nashville blue "5" handstamp, couple small thin spots left edge and toning on back, still Very Fine and rare with the Nashville "5" used to cancel the stamp, our review of the Levi records found only one off-cover and one on-cover example cancelled in this manner

750
2,200
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628
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 628, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to just touched, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 13, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" straightline on gray all-over lithographed State of Tennessee Executive Department cover to Chatanooga Tenn., docketed at left, stamp nicked at top right corner and repaired with tiny portion added, cover barely reduced at top and some slight wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR STATE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT COVER BEARING THE RARE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Ex Seybold and Boshwit. With 2008 P.F. certificate

4,250
2,600
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629
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 629, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 5, top sheet margin with part imprint "NEW OR(LEANS)" and large margins at right and bottom, slightly in along left, light shade, tied by "New Orleans La. 31 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on unsealed cover to Memphis Tenn.

FINE STAMP AND VERY FINE COVER. ONE OF TWO RECORDED USED IMPRINT COPIES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL -- THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT STAMP ON COVER.

Ex Knapp, Kilbourne and Skinner. Notation on back in Knapp's hand "From the Ashbook collection 1920"

E. 2,000-3,000
2,500
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630
og
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 630, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Positions 25-26, horizontal pair, original gum, large margins incl. portion of adjoining stamp at right and sheet margin at left bright color, natural gum bend, Extremely Fine

475
850
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631
ng
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 631, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White, 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X3, 62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White, 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X3, 62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White, 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X3, 62X5). Unused singles of each, first original gum, Jumbo margins incl. large portion of stamp at left and top sheet margin with "sively in the N" portion of "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office" imprint, small flaws incl. thin spots and creases, second unused (no gum), large margins incl. bottom sheet margin with portion of imprint, couple small flaws, Extremely Fine appearing pair

460
275
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632
og
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 632, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew 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 with "Usable exclusiv(ely)" portion of imprint, original gum, full to large margins, small translucent stain, still Extremely Fine, ex Hall, Scott does not list and price the imprint examples, value for a normal pair

475
400
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633
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 633, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew 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). Large margins all around incl. bottom sheet margin containing "le exclusiv" portion of "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office" imprint, rich color on deeply blued paper, New Orleans circular datestamp, small thin spot near top and faint corner crease, appears Extremely Fine

200
190
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634
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 634, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew 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). Two, Positions 5 and 13, former with "New Orlea(ns)" portion of imprint in top sheet margin, large margins to just touched, rich color on deeply blued paper, tied by "Paid" cancels, "New Orleans La. 6 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to "Hotel" in Bertie County N.C., arithmetic notations at left, few toned specks on stamps, still Very Fine, imprint copies of the New Orleans provisional are very scarce and desirable on cover

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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635
ogbl
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 635, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Bottom block of six, large margins all around with "(Usa)ble exclusively in the New Orlean(s)" portion of imprint, original gum, two or three appear Mint N.H. except the naturally-occurring uneven gum application will likely prevent a certificate from saying so, Extremely Fine, a beautiful part imprint block, Scott Retail as block of four and pair with no premium for the imprint

1,100
1,300
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636
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 636, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Huge margins all around including part imprint at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 11 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on grocer's light gray lithographed advertising cover to Memphis Tenn., Extremely Fine, remarkably choice and attractive example of the Third Printing, which is quite scarce on cover, ex Kilbourne

E. 1,500-2,000
3,500
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637
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 637, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaNew 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. 21, 1862" double-circle datestamp on unsealed buff cover to Mint Spring Va., some slight toning at right edge

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 954, lot 3222, realized $6,500 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 966, lot 2615, realized $6,000 hammer).

9,500
4,500
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638
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 638, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Margins clear to slightly in, affixed upside down and tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Oct. 11" (1861) circular datestamp on grocer and commission merchant's blue cameo corner card cover to Jeffres' Store Va., stamp with light toning at bottom, otherwise Fine, Scott Retail without premium for corner card

2,500
2,100
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639
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 639, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Partly clear strike of red provisional handstamp, "5" crossed out and franked with 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), tied by red grid cancel, blue "Raleigh N.C. Dec. 14 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Salem N.C., stamp with small nick at top right

VERY FINE. A FASCINATING AND DESIRABLE COVER FRANKED WITH BOTH THE RALEIGH POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP AND A GENERAL ISSUE STAMP.

This is an unusual cover and a late appearance for the Raleigh Provisional. It seems that the sender or the Raleigh Post Office had the new stamps on hand by December 14 and simply used the provisional envelope as a matter of convenience. A review using Power Search found a cover postmarked Dec. 12 (two days before this cover) with no adhesive stamp and the provisional handstamp paying the postage. The only possibly later use we found was described by us as "Jan." (presumably 1862), but the double-circle datestamp strike is blurry and could just as likely be "Jun." (1861).

Ex Tate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,800
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640
 
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 640, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaRheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1), Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1)Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1). Position 1 in setting, full margins to touching at top left and lower left, small ms. cancel and trace of what may be handstamp cancel, light soiling and tiny sealed edge tear at top

FINE APPEARING AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE THE RHEATOWN POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

The 5c provisional stamps issued by Postmaster D. Pence were printed by the same printer who produced the Tellico Plains Tenn. provisional. The June dates recorded for the Rheatown suggest that it came first, and the postmaster's own recollections place the issue in "midsummer 1861" (see Crown book, p. 307). Although dated examples show usage into April 1862, a relatively long period of time, the issue is extremely rare.

The same basic type form containing three subjects was used for the Rheatown and Tellico Plains Tenn. provisionals. For the Rheatown, all three were 5c denominations. The inside border at the top of each stamp is made up of seven ornaments; the unique arrangement of the ornaments in each subject enables philatelists to identify the position of any stamp.

Our records contain at least a half-dozen off-cover examples the Rheatown 5c, including an unused pair, the only known multiple, as well as five covers and one dated piece

7,500
6,000
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641
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 641, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaRichmond Tex., 5c Red entire (70XU1), Richmond Tex., 5c Red entire (70XU1)Richmond Tex., 5c Red entire (70XU1). Light strike on orange cover to New Orleans, clear blue "Richmond Tex. Jan. 8" circular datestamp, couple inconsequential staple holes do not affect the markings

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE RICHMOND TEXAS 5-CENT HANDSTAMPED PROVISIONAL. THIS IS THE FIRST EXAMPLE WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE 2001.

Ex Judd and Camina. With 1994 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
1,600
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642
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 642, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaSparta Ga., 5c Red entire (93XU1), Sparta Ga., 5c Red entire (93XU1)Sparta Ga., 5c Red entire (93XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp with "Sparta Ga. Jan. 1" circular datestamp on blue ruled-line folded letter to Crawfordville Ga., letter datelined Dec. 31, 1861, some wear in address panel and couple small bleaching spots, otherwise Very Fine and very rare, ex Ballard, only four recorded in Crown survey, this is the example illustrated in the 2011 Scott Catalogue

2,000
1,900
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643
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 643, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaTuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1), Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1)Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1). Clear strike with "Tuscumbia Ala. Nov. 22" circular datestamp on cover to Richland Ark., endorsed "Via Little Rock" at bottom left, Very Fine and rare, ex Brown and Gunter, only eight are recorded in the Crown survey

2,250
3,750
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644
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 644, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaUniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3), Uniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3)Uniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3). Position 2, the only one of four positions with Lobe ornaments at top and Loop ornaments at bottom, close margins all around, tied by usual light strike of Uniontown Ala. circular datestamp on brown cover to Montgomery Ala., slight edge wear

A VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE COBBS CORRESPONDENCE. ONLY NINE COVERS WITH THE UNIONTOWN 5-CENT GREEN ON GRAY BLUE PAPER ARE RECORDED IN THE CROWN CENSUS.

Although the Scott Catalogue does not distinguish between types, the distinctive typography of Position 2 should qualify it as a major variety of Uniontown provisionals.

Ex Ferrary, Hind, Hall and Gross.

10,000
7,500
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645
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 645, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaVictoria Tex., 5c Red Brown on Green (88X1), Victoria Tex., 5c Red Brown on Green (88X1)Victoria Tex., 5c Red Brown on Green (88X1). Unused (no gum), huge margins at bottom and right -- presumably from the corner of the sheet -- clear to touching at top and left, bright color, some light chipping of the surface coating and small natural paper bubble at right, neither of which are mentioned on the accompanying certificate

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE VICTORIA 5-CENT POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. WE RECORD ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES, ALL UNUSED.

The five recorded examples of the 5-cent Victoria include: 1) Extremely Fine original gum copy with top right margins, ex Hall, Ferrary and Hind, currently in the D.K. Collection; 2) top-left margin stamp described as having original gum, ex Hessel ("small faults"); 3) original-gum stamp with vertical crease, ex Kilbourne, Lilly and Caspary; 4) left-margin uncancelled stamp, ex Steves (P.F. photo files); and 5) the stamp offered here, from a recent find. No cancelled Victoria 5c stamps or on-cover examples are known.

Illustrated in Linn's Stamp News article in 2008. With 2007 C.S.A. certificate as "Genuine"

17,500
11,500
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646
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Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 646, Confederate States: Postmasters Provisionals: Mobile thur VictoriaVictoria Tex., 10c Red Brown on Green (88X2), Victoria Tex., 10c Red Brown on Green (88X2)Victoria Tex., 10c Red Brown on Green (88X2). Unused (no gum), tight but clear margins to just touched at left, bright paper and clear impression, thinned at center and horizontal crease ending in small tear at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE VICTORIA 10-CENT POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL, OF WHICH THREE ARE UNUSED.

Our records contain five examples of the Victoria 10c Type I (large thin numerals): 1) Mar. 30, 1863 cover to J. San Roman, ex Kilbourne, Brooks, Weatherly; 2) Jun. 23 (1863) cover to C. Hellenkamp, ex Caspary and Muzzy; 3) Unused stamp with small repair, ex Hessel; 4) a severely damaged stamp with one third of lower right missing when discovered by A. Steves (P.F. photo files); and 5) unused from a recent find, the stamp offered here.

Illustrated in Linn's Stamp News article in 2008. With 2007 C.S.A. certificate

22,500
11,500
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