Sale 1022 — The D.K. Collection of Southern Postmasters' Provisionals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

Category — Petersburg, Virginia

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1108
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1108, Petersburg, VirginiaPetersburg Va., 5c Deep Red (65X1). Position 10, right sheet margin, others ample to just touching ornament tips, intense shade, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Oct. 5" (1861) circular datestamp on bright yellow cover to Prince George Court House, Virginia, with return card for The Daily Express, including advertising rates, circulation figures and "Book and Job Printing of Every Variety, At Moderate Prices" (obviously including stamps), receipt notation nicely adds the publisher's name "A. F. Crutchfield & Co. Feby. 7 -61" (the date must refer to printed matter)

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED DAILY EXPRESS ADVERTISING COVER IN THE CALHOUN CENSUS.

William E. Bass was appointed U.S. postmaster of Petersburg by President James Buchanan on May 30, 1859. He was appointed C.S.A. postmaster on July 20, 1861 (confirmed September 6) and reappointed on April 18, 1862 (Richard L. Calhoun, The Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia.) During his term as postmaster Bass issued a 5c Red provisional adhesive stamp. The stamps were printed in Red from a typeset form of ten subjects at the offices of Andrew F. Crutchfield & Company, publisher of the local Petersburg newspaper, The Daily Express. The earliest recorded date of use is September 24, 1861, and the latest is dated in April 1862. The stamps were accepted for postage throughout this period, and examples are known used in combination with the 5c General Issue to make the 10c rate.

Ex Dr. Graves

E. 3,000-4,000
5,500
1109
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1109, Petersburg, VirginiaPetersburg Va., 5c Red, "C" for "G" in "Petersburg" and Missing "e" in "Office" (65X1 var). Position 1, late state showing break in letters "burg" of "Petersburg" and "e" of "Office" almost completely missing -- these type flaws are proven by at least three other examples and should be listed in Scott -- the top margin shows part of the adjoining stamp from a second impression of the plate of ten, huge left sheet margin, large to touching at right and bottom, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jan. 17" (1862) circular datestamp on folded letter to Weldon N.C., lightly soiled, Very Fine, a fascinating variety deserving full catalogue recognition

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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1110
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1110, Petersburg, VirginiaPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Positions 2 and 1, margins almost all around, just touching tips of ornaments, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5 cts. Sep. 27" (1861) integral-rate circular datestamp on small greenish-blue cover to Fenton & Co. in Memphis Tenn., light bend in cover, left stamp has small scissors-cut at bottom left, Very Fine, an unusually attractive double-rate provisional use, ex Caspary and Dr. Simon

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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1111
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1111, Petersburg, VirginiaPetersburg Va., 5c Deep Red (65X1). Positions 9-10, horizontal pair, right stamp shows missing period after "P" of "P.M.", intense shade, margins ample to just slightly into ornament tips, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5 cts. Nov. 22" (1861) integral-rate circular datestamp on yellow cover to Carroll Hoy & Co., New Orleans, usual pinholes clear of stamps

VERY FINE. ONLY SIX PAIRS OF THE PETERSBURG PROVISIONAL ARE RECORDED ON COVER (THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE). THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST.

William E. Bass was appointed U.S. postmaster of Petersburg by President James Buchanan on May 30, 1859. He was appointed C.S.A. postmaster on July 20, 1861 (confirmed September 6) and reappointed on April 18, 1862 (Richard L. Calhoun, The Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia.) During his term as postmaster Bass issued a 5c Red provisional adhesive stamp. The stamps were printed in Red from a typeset form of ten subjects at the offices of Andrew F. Crutchfield & Company, publisher of the local Petersburg newspaper, The Daily Express. The earliest recorded date of use is September 24, 1861, and the latest is dated in April 1862. The stamps were accepted for postage throughout this period, and examples are known used in combination with the 5c General Issue to make the 10c rate.

Ex Caspary and Dr. Green. With 2000 P.F. certificate

10,000
13,500
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