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

Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012

Category — Nashville Tenn.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
53
 
Sale 1035, Lot 53, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Intense “Fiery” Orange Red shade, huge margins, neatly cancelled by blue “Nashville Ten. Sep. 20, 1861” circular datestamp, small surface scuffs in two spots are barely noticeable, otherwise Extremely Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

700
1,700
54
 
Sale 1035, Lot 54, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Brilliant shade, huge margins to full at right and bottom, lightly cancelled at corner by blue Nashville Tenn. circular datestamp, leaving entire design visible, Very Fine, ex Lichtenstein, Weill Brothers’ Stock, with 1990 P.F. certificate

700
2,000
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55
 
Sale 1035, Lot 55, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Distinctive dark shade, full even margins, cancelled by blue Adams Express Company Nashville office oval datestamp, leaving most of design visible, Very Fine, rare in sound condition and especially desirable with the Adams Express marking, this stamp paid Confederate postage on an express cover carried across the lines, ex Ferrary, with 2000 P.F. certificate, Scott Value without premium for Adams Express cancel

700
2,100
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56
c
Sale 1035, Lot 56, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Beautiful Orange Red shade, three large margins including part of adjoining stamp at left and sheet margins at top and right, clear to barely touching at bottom, tied by blue “Nashville Ten. Sep. 14, 1861” circular datestamp on Morgan & Co. (foreign and domestic dry goods) illustrated building corner card cover to Thomas A. Caldwell in Shelbyville Tenn., a large and detailed depiction of 49 Public Square with horses and wagons on street (see contemporary photograph of Public Square below), lightened cover stain at top clear of printed design

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT BRICK RED NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE ILLUSTRATED BUILDING ADVERTISING COVER.

Our records of Nashville provisionals contain only four advertising covers bearing singles, and two with pairs.

Ex Kimmel and Rudy. With 1976 and 2006 P.F. certificates.

E. 3,000-4,000
6,750
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57
c
Sale 1035, Lot 57, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Beautiful “Fiery” Orange Red shade, large to full margins, tied by blue “Nashville Ten. (Nov.?) 21, 1861” circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Col. A. G. Welcker in Chattanooga Tenn., neatly docketed with sender’s name “J. C. Warner” (James C. Warner)

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB NASHVILLE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL IN THE “FIERY” ORANGE RED SHADE AND USED ON A COVER FROM THE WAR-TIME MAYOR OF CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE.

James Cartwright Warner (1830-95, shown at right) was elected mayor of Chattanooga in 1861 and served until 1863, when he returned to Nashville. This cover must have been mailed by Warner during a visit to Nashville.

Ex Haas and Birkinbine. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

3,500
15,000
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58
 
Sale 1035, Lot 58, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Gorgeous deep “lipstick red” shade and clear impression, large to huge margins showing trace of stamp below, cancelled by blue “Nashville Ten. Aug. 6, 1861” circular datestamp, small tear at top right, really inconsequential and otherwise Extremely Fine, with 1996 P.F. certificate

600
950
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59
 
Sale 1035, Lot 59, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2). Distinctive shade which past auction descriptions have frequently called “Claret”, full even margins, lightly cancelled by blue Nashville Tenn. circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, ex Dr. Maffeo, with 1987 P.F. certificate (as Violet Brown, which it is not)

600
1,700
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60
c
Sale 1035, Lot 60, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Intense “lipstick red” shade, three large margins, just slightly into frameline at top, tied by blue “Nashville Ten. Aug. 21, 1861” circular datestamp on United States 3c Red on Buff entire (U10) with “David Cleage, Esq., Cashier, Athens, Tennessee” printed address, embossed “From Planters Bank, Nashville” return address oval on backflap

VERY FINE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CARMINE NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL ON AN OBSOLETE UNITED STATES POSTAL ENTIRE PREPARED FOR USE BY THE BANK OF TENNESSEE.

Ex Emerson, Caspary, Hill, Gallagher and Hill (second ownership period). With 2005 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
10,000
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61
 
Sale 1035, Lot 61, Nashville Tenn.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, with 2011 P.F. certificate

750
1,800
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62
 
Sale 1035, Lot 62, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a). Vertical foot to foot pair -- Positions 4 over 6 in adjacent stereotype impressions -- with left sheet margin, other sides large to clear, manuscript cancel

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED USED TETE-BECHE PAIRS OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN -- THIS BEING THE ONLY SOUND PAIR.

Peter Powell’s study of the 5c Nashville (“Plating the Nashville Provisional,” Confederate Philatelist, January- March 2008) concluded that stereotype groups of six units, three wide by two tall, were used to build up the printing plates. Based on plate flaws unique to specific positions, Powell also concluded that the plate size was no less than 18 subjects, made from at least three sixunit stereotype groups, and that more than one plate was made. The tete-beche arrangement in printed sheets occurred when one impression was made, then the sheet was turned 180 degrees, and a second impression was made.

This pair was in the 1933 Hind sale as a strip with a third stamp attached at bottom (see Crown book, page 252, for before and after photos).

Ex Hind, Hessel, Golden (“Dukeshire”) and Cunliffe. With 2009 P.F. certificate.

7,500
7,000
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63
c
Sale 1035, Lot 63, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Margins clear to slightly in along frameline with sheet margin at top, rich color, tied by blue “Nashville Ten. Sep. 9, 1861” circular datestamp and matching “PAID” handstamp on orange-buff cover to William Gaines at Gaines Landing Ark., “DUE/5” handstamp applied in transit at Memphis Tenn., filing pinholes at top not affecting stamp, fresh and pristine condition

VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL USED ON A SHORT-PAID COVER.

The due marking was applied at Memphis in transit to Arkansas via the Little Rock and Memphis Railroad, after it was determined that Gaines Landing exceeded the distance for the 5c rate. Gaines Landing lies on the Mississippi River, approximately 350 miles south of Memphis.

Ex McCarren. With 2005 P.F. certificate.

E. 3,000-4,000
7,000
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64
 
Sale 1035, Lot 64, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Gray Brown (61X4 var). Large to huge margins including top sheet margin, ample at right, beautiful crisp shade and impression, neatly cancelled by blue Nashville Tenn. circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, this is one of the rarest of the Nashville 5c shades, with 2004 and 2007 P.F. certificates (former showing the stamp on piece), Scott Value as 61X4

1,500
2,600
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65
 
Sale 1035, Lot 65, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Ample margins to just touching at right, bright shade, cancelled by blue Adams Express Company Nashville office oval datestamp, completely sound

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE NASHVILLE 10-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONE OF THE FEW CANCELLED BY AN ADAMS EXPRESS COMPANY MARKING.

This stamp paid the Confederate postage on a cover carried across the lines by Adams Express Company. Only three full express covers are recorded with the Nashville 10c adhesive provisional, all dated at Nashville on August 1.

Ex Ferrary (with his purple trefoil backstamp), probably ex Burrus (offered in the Shanahan’s Jun. 14, 1958 auction, in which some of the Burrus material appeared), and ex “West Haven”. With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Value without premium for Adams Express cancel

4,000
6,000
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