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Sale 1025 — 2012 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
283
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 283, Confederate StatesSOUTHN. LETTER UNPAID, SOUTHN. LETTER UNPAIDSOUTHN. LETTER UNPAID. Bold two-line handstamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on small cover to Richfield Springs N.Y., stamp has s.e. at right, faint gum toning and tiny nick at corner, additional pen cancel, matching blue "DUE 3" straightline and Louisville Ky. double-circle datestamp on backflap (part of which is torn away), originated in Confederate States with "Murfreesborough N.C. Jul. 6" (1861) circular datestamp, "Paid" and "10" C.S.A. rate handstamps, waterstains at bottom and lower right have been lightened

ALL MARKINGS CLEARLY STRUCK ON AN ATTRACTIVE SMALL COVER. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "SOUTHERN LETTER UNPAID" HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL THE UNITED STATES 3-CENT 1857 ISSUE.

The U.S. May 27 suspension order prohibited post offices from forwarding southbound mail to disloyal Southern states. However, northbound mail continued to be sent via Louisville. Through June 6, northbound mails were forwarded to Louisville from Memphis or Nashville. From June 7 through 12, only the Nashville post office forwarded mail to Louisville, and Louisville continued to forward mail north. With the resignation of W. D. McNish as Nashville's Federal postmaster on June 12 and the withdrawal of the U.S. mail agent from this route, Louisville held the mails still being sent north by the discontinued post office at Nashville. On June 24, Dr. John J. Speed, the postmaster at Louisville, was advised to forward letters from the South to the loyal states after removing postage. With approximately 5,000 such letters accumulating at Louisville by this date, Postmaster Speed employed a more practical means of invalidating postage by creating the "Southn. Letter Unpaid" handstamp. Louisville started marking letters on June 25, but this first group did not have a datestamp. The subsequent group and all of those thereafter have the Louisville circular datestamp (June 27, 28 and 29 being the most common dates).

United States postage stamps and stamped envelopes used from the South were regarded as contraband and were refused as prepayment. There are 29 "Southn. Letter Unpaid" covers recorded in the Special Routes book (No. 25 has been deleted as a fake since publication), of which only 13 have the 3c U.S. adhesive stamp used to pay the domestic rate. Two of the 13 are used with the New Orleans provisional, and one is in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, leaving only ten 3c 1857 Issue stamped covers with the "Southn. Letter Unpaid" marking.

Special Routes Census No. SLU-24. Ex MacBride and Nunnelley

E. 10,000-15,000
13,500
284
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 284, Confederate StatesFort Valley Ga., 3c Black entire (Unlisted), Fort Valley Ga., 3c Black entire (Unlisted)Fort Valley Ga., 3c Black entire (Unlisted). Clear strikes of "Paid 3" U.S. rate, "Fort Valley Ga." control circle and revalued with a "5" handstamp on orange cover to Eufala Ala., with contents datelined "Fort Valley July 6th 1861", some edgewear and soiling

VERY FINE STRIKE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE FORT VALLEY 3-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE -- UNLISTED IN SCOTT OR DIETZ. THIS MAY BE UNIQUE REVALUED TO 5 CENTS.

The 3c provisionals issued by postmasters in Confederate States prior to the establishment of the Confederate postal system were recently classified as a separate group in the Scott Catalogue. The presence of the dateless circular control mark establishes this entire's provisional status beyond doubt. A second example of the "Paid 3" used on April 12, 1851 (obviously not revalued to 5c) was offered in our sale of the Hall collection. A third without the control mark and dated March 19, 1861, was offered in our 1970 Kohn sale.

With 2012 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,700
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285
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 285, Confederate StatesAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type I with small "PAID", large margins to barely touched at lower left, tied by grid, "Athens Ga. Jan. ?" circular datestamp on immaculate cover to Clarkesville Ga., small tear on bottom flap, fresh and Very Fine, a beautiful cover

2,500
2,100
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286°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 286, Confederate StatesAutaugaville Ala., 5c Black entire (10XU1), Autaugaville Ala., 5c Black entire (10XU1)Autaugaville Ala., 5c Black entire (10XU1). Remarkably sharp strike of the brass provisional handstamp showing the postmaster's name "A. W. McNEEL PM" and "PAID/5" in a field of stars, clear "Autaugaville Ala. Nov. 27" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Montgomery Ala., slightly reduced at right, lightly cleaned to remove stain from upper left

VERY FINE. THE FINEST OF THE THREE RECORDED COMPLETE COVERS BEARING THE AUTAUGAVILLE POSTMASTER'S DISTINCTIVE BRASS-DIE PROVISIONAL.

Autaugaville, situated on the Alabama River about 25 miles west of Montgomery, had a Civil War population of less than 1,500. Its postmaster, Albert William McNeel, seized all U.S. Post Office Dept. property and turned it over to the Confederacy. Postmaster McNeel used two different handstamped markings to make provisional envelopes. The earlier type is Scott 10XU2, of which one example is recorded, dated Oct. 8, 1861, and last sold for $12,100 in our Sale 801. The brass handstamp seems to have followed, with four examples recorded as follows in date order: 1) Nov. 21, 1861, to Willis Todd, Benton Ala., ex Worthington, Hessel; 2) Nov. 27, 1861, to J. Hodges Golsan, Montgomery Ala., ex Graves, Green and Gross, the cover offered here; 3) Nov. 28, 1861, to Elder H. Talbin, Marion Ala., ex Emerson, Caspary, Weatherly; and 4) Jan. 10, 1862, approximately one-half of cover, ex Walcott, Lilly. The brass engraving is similar in design to the Athens adhesive provisional. The postmaster's son is on record saying that his father used printer's ink on the hand-held die and gently tapped the device onto each envelope. The impressions from the hard metal die are usually blurred and incomplete -- the clarity of this impression is remarkable.

It is noteworthy that the Kilbourne, Hill and Haas Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals collections were missing the Autaugaville.

Ex Dr. Graves, Dr. Green and Gross. With 1982 and 2010 P.F. certificates.

15,000
17,000
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287°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 287, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1), Baton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1)Baton Rouge La., 2c Green (11X1). Calhoun Type B, huge margins all around including bottom sheet margin and part of adjoining stamp at top, bright shade on fresh white paper, still affixed to piece and cancelled by "Paid" straightline

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THE FINEST OF THE SIX RECORDED OFF-COVER BATON ROUGE 2-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMPS. AN OUTSTANDING 2-CENT PROVISIONAL RARITY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES.

Of No. 11X1 we record 3 unused, 5 used off cover or on piece, and 5 used on covers. Of No. 11X1a ("McCcrmick" error) we record 1 unused, 1 used off cover and 1 used on cover. This sound stamp with enormous margins is the finest of the off-cover examples.

Ex Worthington, Hind, Hall and Dr. Agre.

5,000
0
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288°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 288, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Position 5 (Calhoun Type C), large to huge margins including top right corner sheet margins and part of adjoining stamp at left, bright colors, light but readable strike of Baton Rouge circular datestamp, small paper irregularity of little consequence

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE CORNER-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BATON ROUGE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH MALTESE CROSS BORDER.

This corner-margin copy is significant, as it shows the wide dimensions of the printed background border in the sheet margin.

Ex Caspary. Paris dealer's purple handstamp at upper right.

1,400
1,100
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289°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 289, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Positions 2-4 (Calhoun Types B-A-A), horizontal strip of three, large to huge margins all around, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 14, 1861" circular datestamps on piece of orange cover, very slight crease at lower left, small sealed tear at top between two righthand stamps

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY STRIP OF THREE RECORDED AND THE SECOND LARGEST MULTIPLE OF THE BATON ROUGE PROVISIONAL.

Ex Caspary, Rev. Freeland and Dr. Graves

5,000
3,500
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290°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 290, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Position 5 (Calhoun Type C), full to large margins all round, bright colors, tied by lightly struck "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 17, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Mount Lebanon La., blue printed return card of George A. Pike, lightly cleaned, mended flap tear and small mended nick at top left, light vertical fold

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED BATON ROUGE PROVISIONAL COVERS WITH THE PRINTED RETURN CARD.

A biography of George A. Pike is available at the Library of Congress "Chronicling America" website (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88083120 ): "In December 1856, George A. Pike's Morning Comet and George C. McWhorter's Baton Rouge Daily Gazette were consolidated to form the Daily Gazette and Comet, which Pike edited with Rev. William H. Crenshaw. The brother of prominent Baton Rouge landowner and businessman William S. Pike, George Pike had been an outspoken member of the anti-Catholic, nativist Know-Nothing Party, which he promoted as editor of the Morning Comet and its predecessor the Daily Comet.

By 1856 the party had split over the issue of slavery, whereupon Pike, now editor of the Daily Gazette and Comet, shifted his focus to the growing sectional crisis between North and South. Pike opposed southern secession and called for compromise on the issue of slavery. In the presidential election of 1860, he supported Constitutional Union Party candidate John Bell of Tennessee and his running mate Edward Everett of Massachusetts. However, he also spoke favorably of pro-Union Democrat Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois. Louisiana secessionists whom Pike criticized included Senator John Slidell and Governor Thomas Overton Moore.

In the months leading up to the election, the Daily Gazette and Comet reported on the activities of Unionists in and around Baton Rouge and on meetings of Bell and Douglas clubs. (The city ultimately cast the majority of its votes for Bell.) After the election, the paper reported local and regional responses to Lincoln's victory. Pike himself disagreed with Republican ideology in regard to slavery but considered Lincoln to have been fairly elected and encouraged southerners to adopt a 'wait and see' attitude.

Published Tuesday through Saturday in four pages, the Daily Gazette and Comet consisted primarily of advertisements and thus helps document Baton Rouge's commercial life on the eve of the Civil War. Although the city's population was then only about 5,500, it was one of the most important shipping centers on the lower Mississippi River and had served as Louisiana's capital for eleven years. In addition to business news, Pike reported on sessions of the state legislature. Also of interest is news related to other local institutions, including the Louisiana Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind and the newly founded Louisiana Historical Society, which Pike served as secretary.

Publication of the Daily Gazette and Comet was suspended for about two months during the Civil War and appears to have ceased entirely by war's end in favor of a weekly edition with which it had been published concurrently since 1856."

Ex Dr. Green.

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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291°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 291, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Position 6 (Calhoun Type B), huge margins to clear including bottom left corner margin, rich colors, tied by light strike of Baton Rouge circular datestamp on orange cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, vertical file fold at left well away from stamp, mended backflap tear

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE CORNER-MARGIN EXAMPLE USED ON COVER OF THE 5-CENT BATON ROUGE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH MALTESE CROSS BORDER.

This corner-margin copy is significant, as it shows the wide dimensions of the printed background border in the sheet margin.

Ex Hill.

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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292°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 292, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Calhoun Type A, large margins to just in with tiny nick at right, tied by light strike of "Baton Rouge La. Feb. 3, 1862" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Bayou Goula La., docketed at left, slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, stamp with tiny corner crease at top right, minor edge toning, Very Fine appearance

3,000
1,300
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293°
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 293, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a). Calhoun Position 7, lightly cancelled by town datestamp, margins clear to touching red border

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT "McCCRMICK" ERROR. A MAJOR CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL RARITY.

Ex Ferrary and Hall. Small "W.H.C." Colson backstamp. This is the only off-cover example we have offered since keeping computerized records.

2,000
3,250
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294°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 294, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a). Calhoun Position 7, large margins to just in including part of adjoining stamp at right, tied by light strike of "Baton Rouge Feb. 3" (1862) circular datestamp which leaves the error clearly visible, on yellow cover to Rosedale La., cover opened and refolded, repair at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY SEVEN EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT "McCCRMICK" ERROR ARE RECORDED ON COVER.

Our records contain seven on-cover examples of the 5c "McCcrmick" error (11X2a):

1) Dec. 26, 1861, to Capt. Favrot, Berwick City La., ex Caspary, Lilly, Graves and D.K.;

2) Date? (possibly the Oct. 24 cover in Phillips census), George A. Pike return card cover to Mt. Lebanon, ex Meroni, Green;

3) Feb. 20, 1862, to Miss Jeanie Mort, Vernon Miss., ex Hessel (incorrectly listed in Phillips census as Feb. 26);

4) Feb. 3, 1862, to Henry Johnson, Rosedale La., ex Walcott and Agre, the cover offered here;

5) Oct. 15, 1861, to Miss Kittie Mort, Vernon Miss., ex Duveen, offered in lot 295.

6) Aug. 29, 1861, to Capt. Favrot, Ocean Springs Miss., ex Caspary;

7) Feb. 4, 1862, to C.R. Collins, Bayou Sara La., Siegel 1991 Rarities sale.

Ex Walcott and Dr. Agre.

7,000
4,000
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295°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 295, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a). Calhoun Position 7, large margins to just in including part of sheet margin at bottom, tied by neat strike of "Baton Rouge Oct. 15, 1861" circular datestamp which leaves the error clearly visible, on cover to Miss Kittie Mort, care of Dr. Blackburn, Vernon Miss., missing top flap, slight edgewear, light horizontal file fold affects stamp which has tiny part of design touched up at upper left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT "McCCRMICK" ERROR ARE RECORDED ON COVER.

Our records contain seven on-cover examples of the 5c "McCcrmick" error (11X2a):

1) Dec. 26, 1861, to Capt. Favrot, Berwick City La., ex Caspary, Lilly, Graves and D.K.;

2) Date? (possibly the Oct. 24 cover in Phillips census), George A. Pike return card cover to Mt. Lebanon, ex Meroni, Green;

3) Feb. 20, 1862, to Miss Jeanie Mort, Vernon Miss., ex Hessel (incorrectly listed in Phillips census as Feb. 26);

4) Feb. 3, 1862, to Henry Johnson, Rosedale La., ex Walcott and Agre, offered in lot 294;

5) Oct. 15, 1861, to Miss Kittie Mort, Vernon Miss., ex Duveen, the cover offered here;

6) Aug. 29, 1861, to Capt. Favrot, Ocean Springs Miss., ex Caspary;

7) Feb. 4, 1862, to C.R. Collins, Bayou Sara La., Siegel 1991 Rarities sale.

Ex Duveen

7,000
3,000
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296°
og
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 296, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3). Large part original gum, two large margins, green ornaments slightly cut in at right and bottom but well clear of red criss-cross border, remarkably fresh and rich colors, small tear at upper right corner reinforced with hinge

VERY FINE DESPITE TINY TEAR. THE ONLY RECORDED BATON ROUGE 5-CENT CRISS-CROSS BORDER (SCOTT 11X3) WITH ORIGINAL GUM. ONLY ONE OTHER UNUSED COPY KNOWN (AND IT IS REPAIRED). A GREAT CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL RARITY.

Ex Crocker, Caspary, Lilly and Dr. Graves

4,500
8,500
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297°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 297, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3). Position 6, three huge margins including bottom left sheet margin, slightly in along top border, tied by faint "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 2, 1861" circular datestamp on light yellow cover to New Orleans

FRESH AND VERY FINE. 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).

Ex Caspary, Kilbourne (who acquired it in the Caspary sale) and Dr. Agre.

10,000
7,500
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298°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 298, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3). Large margins to in, rich colors, tied by light strike of Baton Rouge circular datestamp, second strike of "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 12, 1861" circular datestamp at left on cover to Miss Jeanie Mort, care of Dr. Blackburn, Vernon Miss., date in postmark strengthened in manuscript (may be contemporary), top flap replaced

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY ELEVEN COVERS WITH THE BATON ROUGE 5-CENT CRISS-CROSS BORDER STAMP ARE RECORDED.

Only two of the eleven examples on covers have four margins.

Ex Judd and Myerson. With 1998 P.F. certificate

10,000
5,750
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299°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 299, Confederate StatesBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Criss-Cross Border (11X3). Margins to in, tied by light strike of "Baton Rouge La. Dec. 24, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Miss Kittie Mort, care of Dr. Blackburn, Vernon Miss., neat manuscript "5" at left of stamp, missing part of top flap and small piece out at top left, vertical file fold at left well away from stamp, some overall wear, stamp with minor soiling

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY ELEVEN COVERS WITH THE BATON ROUGE 5-CENT CRISS-CROSS BORDER STAMP ARE RECORDED.

Only two of the eleven examples on covers have four margins.

Ex Walcott.

10,000
1,800
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300
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 300, Confederate StatesCharleston 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 at top left corner and at top barely into datestamp, backflap reattached, Extremely Fine appearance, a remarkably fresh and attractive example of this rare press-printed provisional entire

4,000
1,700
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301
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 301, Confederate StatesGoliad Tex., 10c Black (29X4), Goliad Tex., 10c Black (29X4)Goliad Tex., 10c Black (29X4). Type I without Clark's name printed at left and signed "Clarke P M", full margins to just in, blue wash cancel, few flaws including surface scuffs, thins causing small hole, small nick and some toning

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE 10-CENT TYPE I GOLIAD POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL IS ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONALS. ONLY FOUR ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING TWO ON ROSE PAPER AND TWO ON WHITE PAPER.

The Goliad provisionals were printed from typeset forms in denominations of 5c and 10c. The Type I setting, without Clarke's name, was used to print stamps issued prior to the Type II setting, probably in 1861 and 1862. The Type II setting was probably made in 1863. For the first setting the stamps were signed by hand in either red or black ink.

August Dietz reported that the Goliad provisional stamps and the similar stamps of Helena, Texas, were printed at the offices of the Goliad Messenger. The editor of this newspaper was Reverend Alexander F. Cox (his middle initial was incorrectly stated as "M." by Dietz). The publisher was R. W. Peirce. The November 12, 1864, edition of the Goliad Messenger is available on-line at http://texashistory.unt.edu. Reverend Cox died on April 5, 1897, and his obituary appeared in the Weekly Picayune (April 9, 1897).

Ex Colonel Edward H. R. Green. Our census of Goliad provisionals is available at http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/29X1-29X9/29X1-29X9.pdf

12,000
8,000
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302°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 302, Confederate StatesNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Three huge margins including parts of framelines from two adjoining stamps, clear to ample at right, rich color, tied by bold "New Orleans La. 2 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on buff drop-rate cover

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL HIGH-QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL ON A CIRCULAR-RATE COVER.

Approximately 30 covers are known with the 2c Blue (27 in Crown census), including circular rates and drop rates. More than half of the covers have stamps without four margins or faults in the stamp or cover.

Ex Hill and Kilbourne.

4,250
4,500
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303°
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 303, Confederate States5c Green, Stone 2, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var), 5c Green, Stone 2, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var)5c Green, Stone 2, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var). Horizontal pair, full clear roulettes on three sides (trimmed at top), bright color, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Apr. 15" (1862) circular datestamp on small cover to Richmond, backflap removed and slightly reduced at top

FINE. ONE OF FIVE UNSEVERED PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT BATON ROUGE ROULETTE KNOWN ON COVER. AN OUTSTANDING GENERAL ISSUE RARITY.

This cover dates from the first Confederate occupation period, prior to evacuation on May 7, 1862, and re-occupation by Confederates on August 21, 1862.

With 2007 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for pair on cover

3,750
3,250
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304
 
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 304, Confederate States10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Horizontal pair, huge margins, bright shade, right stamp malformed star at top left, neat strike of dark green "Monticello Feb. 3" circular datestamp Extremely Fine, a beautiful pair, with 1992 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,900
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305°
og
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 305, Confederate States10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Large part original gum, large to huge margins, brilliant color, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2008 P.F. certificate (XF 90)

1,750
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306
 
No Lot.
0
0
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307
TC
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 307, Confederate States1c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (14TC5), 1c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (14TC5)1c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (14TC5). Horizontal strip of four with vertical gutter, large margins to full, bright color

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE GUTTER TRIAL COLOR MULTIPLE OF THE UNISSUED ONE-CENT CALHOUN, PRINTED BY DE LA RUE & COMPANY IN LONDON.

With copy of 1976 P.F. certificate for sheet of 200 containing ten gutter multiples. Scott Retail as singles

3,200
2,100
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308
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 308, Confederate StatesTo John Brown as Prisoner at Charlestown Prison, To John Brown as Prisoner at Charlestown PrisonTo John Brown as Prisoner at Charlestown Prison. 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Baltimore Md. Nov. 26" circular datestamp, addressed to "John Brown, Charlestown Va.", also endorsed "Charlestown Prison" and "Private" at lower left, additional note "Anonymous Baltimore Rescue", some overall wear, still Very Fine cover addressed to John Brown shortly before he was executed

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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309
c
Sale Number 1025, Lot Number 309, Confederate StatesFort Hamilton N.Y, Fort Hamilton N.YFort Hamilton N.Y. Cover bearing 3c Rose (65) cancelled by grid, "Ft. Hamilton N.Y. Jul. 23, 1862" double-circle datestamp and addressed to Major R. A. Parrish, 1st Cal. Regt., Burns' Brigade, Sedgwick's Division, Harrison's Landing, Virginia, endorsed "Via Fortress Monroe" at lower left, docketed at left "Gen'l. C. R. P. Stone July 22nd 1862", with original contents written and signed by General Stone regarding request to make a statement, cover with some soiling, stamp with flaws, still Very Fine, a rare cover sent by Union General Stone while in prison after his arrest, he was blamed for the debacle at Ball's Bluff and imprisoned without being charged for 189 days, his imprisonment resulted in an Act of Congress forbidding the detention of any officer or military man for more than 30 days without being formally charged (the Act passed July 17, less than a week before this was written), Harrison's Landing was used as General McClellan's headquarters in July 1862 and was later used as a signal station and hospital

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
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