Sale 1035 — The Peter Sharrer Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals
Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012
Category — New Orleans La.
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.
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.