Sale 1035 — The Peter Sharrer Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals

Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012

Category — Jackson Miss. To Livingston Ala.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
31
c
Sale 1035, Lot 31, Jackson Miss. To Livingston Ala.Jackson Miss., 5c on 10c Black Re-rated entire (43XU2a). 5c handstamp struck over 10c handstamp, re-rated 5c for distance under 500 miles, “Jackson Miss. Jun. 16” (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Mrs.

Wm. S. Hyland, Warrenton Miss., tiny tear at top center VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED DOWN-RATED JACKSON PROVISIONAL ENTIRES.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 153). Ex Hind and Dr. Maffeo. With 1983 C.S.A. and 2006 P.F. certificates. Listed but unpriced in Scott.

E. 2,000-3,000
3,500
32
c
Sale 1035, Lot 32, Jackson Miss. To Livingston Ala.Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Marvelously well-defined strike of the provisional handstamp, “Jonesboro Ten. Oct. 7” (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Nathaniel Jackson at Cumberland Ford Ky.

EXTREMELY FINE. THE EARLIEST AND ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE TEN JONESBORO, TENNESSEEE, 5-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL ENTIRES RECORDED BY CROWN.

Ex Emerson, Caspary, Lilly and Gallagher. With 1998 P.F. certificate.

7,000
26,000
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33
 
Sale 1035, Lot 33, Jackson Miss. To Livingston Ala.Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Full even margins, rich color, manuscript “X” cancel

EXTREMELY FINE. SOUND FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLES OF THE KNOXVILLE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ISSUE ARE EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE.

The Scott Catalogue prices the Knoxville 5c provisional with manuscript cancel at $600.00 versus $1,400.00 with handstamped cancel. In our opinion, the type of cancel is subordinate to soundness in valuing these stamps.

Ex Weill Brothers’ Stock. With 1990 P.F. certificate

600
1,800
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34
c
Sale 1035, Lot 34, Jackson Miss. To Livingston Ala.Limestone Springs S.C., 5c Black on White (121X2). Two rectangular-cut single adhesive stamps, each with “5” handstamped provisional rate, uncancelled and without town marking as always, used to pay 10c over-500 miles rate on small mourning cover addressed to “Mr. Belton O. Mauldin, Brooks Troop, Hampton Legion, Richmond Va.”, docketed “Rec’d June 3rd 1862. Answered June 6th 1862 from Gen. Whiting’s Hd Q’rters near Richmond” and later docketing “d 67, I expect 67 is the no BOM 1866”, the earlier docketing ties both stamps, light soiling is so negligible it is not noted on certificate

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE LIMESTONE SPRINGS POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL STAMP, AND ONE OF ONLY THREE DOUBLERATE FRANKINGS. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THESE TWO STAMPS ARE THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON WHITE PAPER, SCOTT 121X2.

There are six recorded covers bearing the simple “5” handstamped adhesive provisional used from Limestone Springs. Five covers bear seven copies of the 121X1 Blue paper stamp, including two circular die-cut singles (described as “Green” in our 1972 Weatherly sale) on separate covers, one rectangular-cut single on cover, and two covers with two rectangular-cut singles each. All five covers were sent by Lizzie E. M. Dean from the Limestone Springs Female High School. Four are addressed to Corp. Edward J. Dean, a member of the 5th S.C. Regiment’s “Spartan Rifles.” The other is addressed to Lucy E. Simpson at Lauren’s Court House, S.C. (possibly addressed by someone other than Lizzie Dean).

The sixth recorded Limestone Springs provisional cover is offered here. It is addressed to Belton O. Mauldin, a member of a prominent South Carolina family for whom the town of Mauldin is named (it lies about 50 miles from Limestone Springs and 28 miles from Spartanburg). This cover undoubtedly originated from a young lady attending the Limestone Springs Female High School. Private Mauldin was a member of Co. K, 2nd S.C. Cavalry, and his docketing notation indicates that at the time he was encamped at Gen. William H. C. Whiting’s headquarters. The June 3, 1862, receipt date is just two days after The Battle of Seven Pines, which took place from May 31 to June 1 in Henrico County, Virginia.

The two stamps on this cover are the only recorded examples of the Limestone Springs provisional on White paper (Scott 121X2). As such, this cover represents the only opportunity to acquire these major philatelic rarities.

With 1981 and 2008 P.F. certificates

30,000
29,000
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35
c
Sale 1035, Lot 35, Jackson Miss. To Livingston Ala.Livingston Ala., 5c Blue (51X1). Full to huge margins showing part of adjoining stamp above, bottom right margin clears frameline, beautiful rich color, neatly tied by “Livingston Ala. Nov. 15” (1861) circular datestamp on light yellow cover to Mrs. M. A. Sturdivant, Hollow Square Ala., sender’s “Chg box 102” notation

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST SINGLE FRANKING AMONG THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE LIVINGSTON PROVISIONAL -- A STRIKING PICTORIAL STAMP THAT DEPICTS THE SOUTHERN SHIELD AND ALLEGORICAL FIGURES. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING OF ALL CONFEDERATE COVERS.

There are six single-franked covers, one of which is disfigured. The other four are attractive, but none equals this magnificent cover’s quality. Stanley B. Ashbrook described this item as “really a superb cover and the finest Livingston that I have ever seen.” (Stamp Specialist, Black Book, 1945)

This cover was purchased privately before World War II by Harold C. Brooks, and when the Brooks collection was dispersed, this Livingston (one of two owned by Brooks) was sold privately to A. Earl Weatherly. In 1963 Charles and Lucy Kilbourne purchased the cover directly from Weatherly. In the 1999 Kilbourne sale it was acquired by William H. Gross, and in the Shreves-Spink 2010 Gross sale it was bought by Mr. Sharrer’s agent.

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Gross

60,000
100,000
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