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

Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012

Category — New Orleans La.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
66
c
Sale 1035, Lot 66, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large even margins, deep shade and clear impression, tied by “New Orleans La. 21 Oct.” (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Judge R. K. Howell of the 6th District Court in New Orleans

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE USED TO PAY THE DROP-LETTER RATE.

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. This is one of the most pristine covers we have seen.

The addressee, Judge R. K. Howell, presided over the convention of Radical Republicans in 1866, in which they attempted to take control of the state government. The event incited the New Orleans Race Riot on July 30, 1866, which resulted in 38 deaths and nearly 50 wounded.

Ex Lindman, Green, Nelton and Hall.

4,250
7,500
67
 
Sale 1035, Lot 67, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large to huge margins including parts of two adjoining stamps, neatly cancelled by “New Orleans La. Jul. 18” (1861) circular datestamp, crisp impression and bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 1998 P.F. certificate

550
1,800
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68
 
Sale 1035, Lot 68, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Large to huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by “New Orleans La. 22 Mar.” (1862) circular datestamp on piece

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. ONE OF THE FINEST CANCELLED EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL, WHICH IS RARE IN USED CONDITION.

New Orleans postmaster, J. L. Riddell, prepared provisional stamps in June 1861 and advertised them for sale on June 12th. The 2c Red stamps were printed without the marginal inscription “Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office”. The 5c and subsequent 2c Blue printings all have the imprint. It is the accepted theory that the 2c Red stamps were printed first, before Riddell added the imprint, and were withheld from use until January 1862 when the supply of 2c Blue stamps was exhausted.

Ex Hind and Hall. With 2008 P.F. certificate.

1,000
2,000
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69
 
Sale 1035, Lot 69, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown (62X3). Positions 37-38, horizontal pair, huge margins all around, each stamp neatly cancelled by “PAID”, Extremely Fine, with 2004 P.F. certificate

425
700
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70
 
Sale 1035, Lot 70, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Chocolate Brown (62X3c). Large side margins, full at bottom and ample at top, intense dark shade, tied by clear part strike of “Baton Rouge La.” circular datestamp on small buff piece, Very Fine, rare example of New Orleans provisional cancelled at Baton Rouge post office, with 2006 P.F. certificate as 62X3 before Chocolate Brown was listed as 63X3c, Scott Value with normal cancel

1,500
2,200
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71
 
Sale 1035, Lot 71, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large to full margins, gorgeous rich shade with strong orange-yellow tone, cancelled by “PAID” handstamp, Extremely Fine, very scarce Ocher shade, with 1991 P.F. certificate

625
1,300
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72
 
Sale 1035, Lot 72, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Yellowish Brown on Off-White (62X5). Vertical pair, full to large margins, characteristic shade and muddled impression of the last printing, tied by “New Orleans La. 3 Dec.” (1861) circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, the earliest recorded use of the 5c Third Printing, ex Brown, with 1998 and 2008 P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
750
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73
c
Sale 1035, Lot 73, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown (62X3). Position 27, full to large margins, sharp early impression, tied by clear “New Orleans La. 3 Aug.” (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to “Alligator P.O.”, which was located in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, Extremely Fine, ex Caspary and Haas

450
1,700
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74
 
Sale 1035, Lot 74, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large margins including bottom sheet margin, bold “New Orleans La. 15 Oct.” (1861) circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Hill, with 2004 P.F. certificate

200
500
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75
 
Sale 1035, Lot 75, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large to huge margins, rich color, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Dr. Skinner, with 2001 P.F. certificate

200
600
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76
 
Sale 1035, Lot 76, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 6, huge margins all around, tied by well-struck “PAID” cancel, “New Orleans La. 5 Sep.” (1861) circular datestamp on Wright & Allen (cotton factors) gray lithographed all-over advertising cover to Lexington Miss., publisher’s imprint “Peter O’Donnell, 16 Camp St., N.O.”, Extremely Fine, ex Dr. Skinner, with 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
3,500
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77
c
Sale 1035, Lot 77, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Two horizontal pairs, large margins to just touched at bottom of lefthand pair, tied by two clear strikes of “New Orleans La. 26 Oct.” (1861) circular datestamp on legal-size courthouse cover with printed address from Arthur Saucier, 3rd Judicial District Court, to clerk of the 5th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge La., wax seal, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, scarce quadruple rate, ex Haas, Hill and Corwin, with 2002 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
4,500
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