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

Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012

Category — Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
36
 
Sale 1035, Lot 36, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Ample to clear margins all around, bright shade, lightly struck Lynchburg Va. circular datestamp, completely sound and Very Fine, with 1978 and 2005 P.F. certificates

1,350
1,800
37
c
Sale 1035, Lot 37, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Lemon Yellow Wove (53X4). Large margins, well-tied by “Macon Ga. Jun. 18” (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Thomas Nesbitt, Berzelia Ga., receipt docketing at left

EXTREMELY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST TYPE OF MACON 5-CENT PROVISIONAL USED ON A PRISTINE COVER. THIS STAMP IS THE RARE LEMON YELLOW SHADE.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 190). Ex Emerson, Caspary, Lightner, Lilly and Ballard. With 2009 P.F. certificate

7,000
8,000
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38
c
Sale 1035, Lot 38, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X4). Huge margins, uncancelled, “Macon Ga. Jun. 5” (1861) circular datestamp, “Paid” and small “5” handstamps on yellow cover with Lanier House green embossed cameo oval corner card, W. Eaves imprint, to Mrs. Peter J. Williams in Milledgeville Ga., backflap removed

EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR FIRST-WEEK USE OF THE MACON 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON A BEAUTIFUL HOTEL CAMEO CORNER CARD COVER.

Based on dated examples, it is certain that the 5c with plain border was the first stamp issued in Macon, despite its Scott listing as 53X4. Almost all of the recorded covers are dated during the first half of June 1861, including an uncancelled stamp on a cover dated June 1, the first day of the Confederate postal system.

Covers dated in early June show use of the “Paid” and small “5” rate handstamps in conjunction with the provisional adhesives, which were sometimes left uncancelled. Two other covers addressed to Mrs. Peter J. Williams in the same hand have Macon 53X4 stamps tied by the datestamp, the existence of which proves that the sender possessed and used the provisional issue.

Illustrated in Dietz book (page 261). Ex “Stonewall” (Kuphal), Haas and Ballard. With 1992 and 2009 P.F. certificates.

E. 10,000-15,000
11,000
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39
 
Sale 1035, Lot 39, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Laid (53X6). Enormous margins all around, including top right corner sheet margins, neatly cancelled by “Macon Ga. Jun. (30)” 1861 double-circle datestamp, sharp dark impression on brightly-colored paper with clearly defined laid lines

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE MACON 5-CENT FLORALBORDERED PROVISIONAL ON YELLOW LAID PAPER (SCOTT 53X6) ARE RECORDED. THIS SUPERB CORNER-MARGIN STAMP IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES.

This stamp was removed from its cover (addressed to Howell Cobb) and identified as the rare Laid Paper variety, Scott 53X6. The original cover accompanies.

Our records contain eight examples of the 5c Floral-Bordered design on Yellow Laid paper:

1) Unused (no gum), tiny corner crease, “W.H.C." (Colson) backstamp, ex Lilly, Siegel Sale 954, lot 3208

2) Tied by Jul. 2 datestamp on piece, ex Caspary

3) Tied on cover to Edward Atkinson, Flemington Fla., Siegel Sale 546, lot 581

4) Tied by Jun. 21 datestamp on cover to Martha Nesbitt, Marietta Ga., Siegel 1981 Rarities sale, lot 483

5) Tied by Jun. 24 datestamp on cover to Mrs. Judd King, Marion Ala., ex Emerson, Brooks, Siegel 1982 Rarities sale, lot 36

6) Top right corner sheet margins, tied by Jul. 2 datestamp on cover to Montfort & Co., Butler Ga., Siegel 1983 Rarities sale, lot 315

7) Tied on cover to A. H. Grier, Oglethorpe Ga., Siegel 1984 Rarities sale, lot 35

8) Top right corner sheet margins, Jun. 30 datestamp (removed from cover to Howell Cobb, Athens Ga.), ex Myerson, the stamp offered here

Ex Myerson. With 2002 and 2007 P.F. certificates (the latter as an off-cover stamp)

3,500
10,500
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40
 
Sale 1035, Lot 40, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma After “Office” (53X1). Full to large margins, neatly cancelled by Macon Ga. double-circle datestamp, fresh color, Extremely Fine example of the four-line typeset provisional and very scarce with the Comma After “Office” variety, ex Crocker, signed Bloch, with 1986 P.F. certificate

1,100
3,500
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41
c
Sale 1035, Lot 41, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma After “Office” (53X1). Large margins to clear at upper right, bright color, tied by “Macon Ga. Dec. 2” (1861) double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to McWilliams & Roberts in Griffin Ga. with “Jos. E. Wells, Dealer in Hardware” blue cameo corner card in the shape of a padlock, illustration of an anvil and hammer, W. Eaves imprint, “Carhart & Curd,” label affixed over company name, reflecting the purchase of Wells’ business

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY EAVES CAMEO DESIGN USED WITH THE MACON FOUR-LINE PROVISIONAL ISSUE — A SPECTACULAR COVER WHICH HAS THE ADDED PHILATELIC RARITY OF THE COMMA AFTER “OFFICE” VARIETY.

The Macon provisional with “Post Office, Macon, Ga.” added to the setting is very rare on cover (Peter W. W. Powell reported 24 on cover in the Confederate Philatelist, Sep.-Oct. 2000). Only three advertising covers are known with this stamp, in addition to four or five printed college covers. This is the only recorded example of the Comma After “Office” variety on an advertising cover.

Joseph E. Wells enlisted in the Confederate Army on April 20, 1861, which explains the sale of his business to the large hardware firm, Carhart & Curd.

Illustrated in color in Dietz book. Ex Hind, Kimmel and Ballard. With 1976 and 2009 P.F. certificates.

E. 10,000-15,000
21,000
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42
 
Sale 1035, Lot 42, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Marion Va., 5c Black (55X1). Enormous margins all around, trace of adjoining stamp at left and what appears to be a sheet margin at top, strong well-inked impression on bright white paper, tied by clear “Marion Va. Feb. 3” (1862 but not year-dated) circular datestamp on piece of cover affixed to backing paper, small gum stain spot at upper right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ARGUABLY THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE MARION, VIRGINIA, POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL EXTANT, ON OR OFF COVER.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 201) and 1950 Dietz handbook (United Daughters of the Confederacy). Ex Hind and Hall. With 2000 P.F. certificate. This stamp is illustrated in the Scott Catalogue.

7,500
14,000
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43
 
Sale 1035, Lot 43, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 2c Dark Blue (56X1). Large to huge margins including part of adjoining stamp at left, dark shade, cancelled by “Memphis Ten.” circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE MEMPHIS 2-CENT PROVISIONAL, AN ISSUE THAT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN SOUND USED CONDITION.

Ex Birkinbine. With 1998 P.F. certificate.

1,250
4,000
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44
 
Sale 1035, Lot 44, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 2c Light Blue (56X1). Large margins all around including left sheet margin, bright milky shade, lightly cancelled by “Memphis Ten.” circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST USED EXAMPLES OF THE MEMPHIS 2-CENT PROVISIONAL AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE IN THE LIGHT BLUE SHADE.

With 1997 P.F. certificate

1,250
3,750
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45
c
Sale 1035, Lot 45, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3). Deep rich color, provisional cancelled by “Memphis Ten. Nov. 20, 1861” circular datestamp, addressed to Major C. G. Baldwin at Helena Ark., pencil notation at top “Sale of 10 Bales Cotton”, with original enclosure from E. M. Apperson & Co. (cotton factors) dated Nov. 14, 1861, detailing the sale of ten bales of cotton on behalf of C. G. Baldwin to Bolling, Riggs & Co. (net proceeds $361.34)

EXTREMELY FINE AND IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON ORANGE ENTIRE. VERY DESIRABLE WITH THE ORIGINAL ENCLOSURE AND ADDRESSED TO ARKANSAS.

Ex Boshwit. With 2007 P.F. certificate.

3,000
5,500
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46
 
Sale 1035, Lot 46, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Large to full margins, deep shade, cancelled by “Mobile Ala. Nov. (24?), 1861” double-circle datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SOUND FOUR-MARGIN USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.

Ex “West Haven”. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

1,100
3,250
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47
 
Sale 1035, Lot 47, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Five, two righthand stamps a pair with nearly-complete separation cut between stamps, margins large to just in, a few minor creases or tiny tears, tied by four strikes of "Mobile Ala. Aug. 26, 1861” double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Mrs. John J. Walker, Choctaw Agency Miss., rated 10c for distance, vertical fold at left, opening tears in flap and top of cover have been sealed with archival tissue

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED QUINTUPLE FRANKING OF THE MOBILE 2-CENT PROVISIONAL -- THE LARGEST NUMBER OF THIS RARE STAMP KNOWN ON A SINGLE COVER. DESCRIBED IN THE 1956 CASPARY SALE AS “THE MOST OUTSTANDING MOBILE ITEM KNOWN” -- AN OPINION STILL WIDELY ACCEPTED.

This cover comes from the wartime correspondence between Major John J. Walker of the 20th Division Headquarters Staff, Army of Tennessee, and his wife Maria Walker. The original letters are located in the archives of Mississippi State University Libraries. Major Walker and his wife lived in Choctaw Agency, located in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Oktibbeha is a Native American word meaning either bloody water (because of a battle fought on the banks) or possibly icy creek (http://library.msstate.edu/specialcollections/manuscripts/civilwar.asp ).

The Mobile 2c Black is an extremely rare stamp in any form. The Crown book records 23 covers, and Van Koppersmith estimates the total number of covers to be between 30 and 35. Of these, all but a few are single frankings for the 2c drop-letter or circular rates. One pair on cover is recorded, as well as a cover with three singles and this cover with five 2c provisionals for the 10c rate.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 218). Ex Seybold, Caspary, Meroni, Weatherly and Kilbourne.

20,000
21,000
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48
 
Sale 1035, Lot 48, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Enormous margins including large part of adjoining stamp at top, bright color, cancelled by “Mobile Ala. Aug. 21, 1861” double-circle datestamp, faint horizontal crease at bottom, otherwise Extremely Fine, rarely seen with such large margins, with 1999 P.F. certificate

400
1,000
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49
 
Sale 1035, Lot 49, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to clear orjust touched at sides, gorgeous rich color, cancelled by bold “Mobile Ala. Dec. 23, 1861” double-circle datestamp, completely sound

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED STRIPS OF THREE OR FOUR OF THE MOBILE POSTMASTER’S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE RARITY.

The Crown book lists two strips of four and two strips of three. The two strips of four exist in vertical and horizontal form, each on cover -- the horizontal strip was sold in our auction of the D.K. collection. There is one strip of three on cover, which was also in our sale of the D.K. collection. A strip of three on piece was in the Caspary collection. The off-cover strip of three offered here is the fifth and most recently recorded Mobile 5c provisional multiple larger than a pair.

With 2004 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,500
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50
c
Sale 1035, Lot 50, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins on three sides, ample to just touching at right, clear strike of “Mobile Ala. Aug. ?, 1861” double-circle datestamp on yellow cover with Walker, Mead & Co.’s blue belt-shaped corner card, addressed to Mrs. John J. Walker, Choctaw Agency, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY ATTRACTIVE MOBILE PROVISIONAL COVER FROM THE WELL-KNOWN WALKER CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover comes from the wartime correspondence between Major John J. Walker of the 20th Division Headquarters Staff, Army of Tennessee, and his wife Maria Walker. The original letters are located in the archives of Mississippi State University Libraries. Major Walker and his wife lived in Choctaw Agency, located in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Oktibbeha is a Native American word meaning either bloody water (because of a battle fought on the banks) or possibly icy creek (http://library.msstate.edu/specialcollections/manuscripts/civilwar.asp ).

Ex Hart, Weill Brothers’ Stock and Koppersmith. With 2004 P.F. certificate.

E. 2,000-2,500
6,500
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51
c
Sale 1035, Lot 51, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Unusually clear strike of red provisional handstamp, “Montgomery Ala. Jul. 24, 1861” circular datestamp on small cover to Mrs. P. Thomas, in care of Mr. H. Hull in Athens Ga., Extremely Fine, signed Ashbrook, with 2002 P.F. certificate

1,100
3,500
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52
c
Sale 1035, Lot 52, Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala.Montgomery Ala., 5c Blue entire (59XU2). Mostly clear strike of blue provisional handstamp, “Montgomery Ala. Oct. 1 1861” circular datestamp on small cover to Bryan or George Whitfield in Demopolis Ala. -- Luke Whitfield was the agent for the Pioneer Express Co. in Mobile, and his family operated a large cotton factor business in Alabama -- Extremely Fine, ex Needham, with 2002 P.F. certificate

900
3,500
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