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.
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
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"
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).
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).
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
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
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.
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"
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