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

Sale Date — Monday, 10 December, 2012

Category — Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
78
 
Sale 1035, Lot 78, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Petersburg Va., 5c Deep Red (65X1). Position 10, enormous margins all around including bottom right corner sheet margins, intense shade and sharp impression, neatly tied by blue “Petersburg Va. 5 cts. Dec. 20” (1861) integral-rate circular datestamp on piece, Extremely Fine Gem, ex Hall, with 2002 P.F. certificate

750
2,000
79
 
Sale 1035, Lot 79, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 5, three large margins including top sheet margin, full at left with every tip of the ornamental frame intact, cancelled by bold blue “Petersburg Va. Jan. 19” (1862) circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, ex Weill Brothers’ Stock and Dr. Graves (“Argentum”), with 1999 P.F. certificate

750
1,600
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80
c
Sale 1035, Lot 80, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Petersburg Va., 5c Deep Red (65X1). Position 5, huge margins showing part of adjoining stamp at bottom and right sheet margin, left margin well clear of ornaments, tied by blue “Petersburg Va. Oct. 20” circular datestamp with second strike at left on yellow cover with Patterson & Co. (grocer and commission merchant) blue oval cameo corner card, addressed to McFarlands Va.

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP. A BEAUTIFUL CORNER CARD COVER WITH THE PETERSBURG 5-CENT PROVISIONAL.

Ex McCarren. With 1999 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
23,000
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81
c
Sale 1035, Lot 81, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 2, large margins to just barely touched, bright color, tied by well-struck “Petersburg Va. 5cts. Dec. 20” integral-rate circular datestamp on 1861 folded letter to Blacks & Whites Va.

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE PETERSBURG POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL TIED BY THE SCARCE “DROPPED 5 CTS” INTEGRAL-RATE DATESTAMP.

The Petersburg integral-rate datestamp on this cover is the “Dropped 5 cts” variety, in which the value extends below the rim of the circular datestamp.

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

2,500
3,750
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82
 
Sale 1035, Lot 82, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Pleasant Shade Va., 5c Blue (67X1). Position 4, ample to large margins all around, part of clearly-struck blue Pleasant Shade circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE FINEST RECORDED OFF-COVER USED EXAMPLE OF THE PLEASANT SHADE POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.

The Pleasant Shade provisional is far rarer in used condition than unused. There are three singles known on covers (one in the British Library collection) and the unique pair on cover. We record only two examples used off cover: a stamp tied on piece, ex Caspary and Weatherly, and this sound stamp.

Ex Nassau Stamp Company Stock, Weill Brothers’ Stock and Dr. Graves (“Argentum”). With 1999 P.F. certificate.

20,000
21,000
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83
c
Sale 1035, Lot 83, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Clear strikes of red provisional handstamp and blue “Raleigh N.C. Nov. 2” (1861) double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Hillsboro N.C., fresh and Extremely Fine, beautiful cover, with 2004 P.F. certificate

600
2,200
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84
 
Sale 1035, Lot 84, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Rheatown Tenn., 5c Red (69X1). Position 1 in setting, huge margins all around, deep shade, cancelled by part of “Rheatown Ten.” circular datestamp, without pen cancel, two minor thin spots that do not detract from appearance

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE RHEATOWN POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL CANCELLED BY THE TOWN MARKING.

Our records of the Rheatown provisional list one unused single, one unused pair, five singles on covers, one pen-cancelled single on a dated piece, and three used singles. Only this stamp and one on cover are cancelled by the town datestamp. All of the other used stamps are cancelled by pen. This is by far the finest stamp off cover, none of which is sound.

Ex Deats and Hall (acquired from Warren H. Colson in 1934). With 2000 P.F. certificate.

7,500
21,000
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85
 
Sale 1035, Lot 85, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1). Bold strike of “Post Office, Salem, N.C. O. A. Keehln, P.M.” circular handstamp with manuscript “Paid 5” C.S.A. rate on yellow cover to Julius A. Lineback, Haw River N.C., full clear strike of “Salem N.C. Dec. 2” (1861) circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IMMACULATE COVER IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL EXTANT.

The addressee, Julius A. Lineback of Haw River and Winston-Salem, N.C., was a member of the marching band attached to the 26th North Carolina Regiment during the Civil War. His papers are located at the University of North Carolina Library (www.lib.unc.edu ).

Illustrated in the Crown book (page 318). This strike is also illustrated in the Scott Catalogue. Signed Colson and Weill. Ex Emerson, Caspary and Lilly. With 2006 P.F. certificate.

1,750
5,000
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86
 
Sale 1035, Lot 86, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1). Square margins, full to large margins, sharp strikes of double-circle and “5” rate handstamps, neat “(PA)ID” cancel at right

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS SUPERB STAMP IS THE FINEST EXAMPLE OF THE RARE SPARTANBURG 5-CENT POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON OR OFF COVER.

We know of only one other cut-square example of the 5c 78X1 provisional, a stained and defective copy on cover. There is also a cut-square copy of 78X3 on cover, ex Caspary.

The footnote to the Scott Catalogue listing states: “Most examples of Nos. 78X1- 78X3 are cut round. Cut square examples in sound condition are worth much more.” The only cut-square Spartanburg provisionals in sound condition are this stamp (78X1) and the 78X3 stamp on cover, ex Caspary.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 325). Ex Caspary. With 1956 and 2004 P.F. certificates. Unpriced off cover in Scott.

E. 7,500-10,000
24,000
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87
c
Sale 1035, Lot 87, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Talbotton Ga., 10c Black entire (94XU2). Bold strike of large “Talbotton Ga. Paid 10” provisional handstamp, clear “Talbotton Ga. Jun. 16, 1862” double-circle datestamp on small black-bordered mourning envelope addressed to “Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of C.S.A., Richmond, Virginia”, docketed on back “Susan H. Owen, Talbotton Ga., June 15th/62 Requests a loan of $100 which she desires to have her brother’s remains bro’t home.”, backflap removed as usual for Stephens correspondence, Extremely Fine, an unusually clear strike of the Talbotton provisional marking and an attractive mourning cover to Vice President Stephens, the distance between Talbotton and Richmond is well over the 500-mile limit for the 5c rate, ex Ballard, with 2009 P.F. certificate

1,000
2,800
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88
 
Sale 1035, Lot 88, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Uniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3). Position 3, large margins all around, sharp impression on deeply blued paper, cancelled by Uniontown Ala. circular datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE UNIONTOWN POSTMASTER’S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON GRAY BLUE PAPER.

Ex Hind and Hall. With 2002 P.F. certificate.

3,250
3,750
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89
 
Sale 1035, Lot 89, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Uniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3). Position 3, even margins mostly clear of ornaments all around, excellent impression on deeply blued paper, tied by “Uniontown Ala.” circular datestamp on blue cover to Mrs. R. A. Cobb, care of Rev. J. M. Mitchell in Montgomery Ala.

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE COBB CORRESPONDENCE. ONLY TWELVE ON-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE UNIONTOWN POSTMASTER’S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON GRAY BLUE PAPER ARE RECORDED BY CROWN.

The Cobb correspondence was found by R. S. Nelson of Birmingham, Alabama. According to reports at the time of the discovery, Mrs. Cobb had been ill in a Montgomery hospital, and her husband wrote to her from Uniontown “daily, and sometimes twice a day, for some three weeks” (Crown book, page 344).

Ex Caspary, Hart, Telep and Dr. Maffeo. With 1990 P.F. certificate.

12,500
13,500
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90
c
Sale 1035, Lot 90, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Uniontown Ala., 5c Green (86X4). Position 4, ample margins to just barely in, dark shade on bright paper, tied by typically unclear “Uniontown Ala.” circular datestamp on buff cover to Mrs. R. A. Cobb, care of Rev. J. Mitchell in Montgomery Ala.

VERY FINE. ONLY THIRTEEN ON-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE UNIONTOWN POSTMASTER’S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON WHITE PAPER ARE RECORDED BY CROWN.

The Cobb correspondence was found by R. S. Nelson of Birmingham, Alabama. According to reports at the time of the discovery, Mrs. Cobb had been ill in a Montgomery hospital, and her husband wrote to her from Uniontown “daily, and sometimes twice a day, for some three weeks” (Crown book, page 344).

Ex Carnahan. With 1986 C.S.A. and 1999 P.F. certificates.

7,500
13,500
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91
c
Sale 1035, Lot 91, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Uniontown Ala., 10c Red on Gray Blue (86X5). Position 1, large margins including top sheet margin, intense shade on deeply blued paper, well-tied by unusually clear strike of “Uniontown Ala. 9 Jun.” (1862) circular datestamp on brown cover to “John D. Pitts, Co. D, 4 Regiment Ala. Vol., Near Richmond Virginia”, faint vertical file fold well clear of provisional and markings

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND AN IMMACULATE COVER. ONLY EIGHT EXAMPLES OF THE UNIONTOWN POSTMASTER’S 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ARE RECORDED, OF WHICH FIVE ARE SOUND STAMPS ON COVER.

Eight examples of the Uniontown 10c Red are recorded by us. These are (in order of plate position):

1) Pos. 1 with stationer’s embossed crest, on cover to Maria L. Kidd, Port Royal Va., ex Kimmel, Haas, Birkinbine, D.K. collection (lot 1121)

2) Pos. 1 on cover to John D. Pitts, near Richmond Va., ex Ferrary, Caspary, “Isleham” (Peyton), Hill, the cover offered here

3) Pos. 2 on cover to Col. A. P. Calhoun, Pendleton S.C., ex Dr. Simon, D.K. collection (lot 1120)

4) Pos. 2 on cover to Maria Louisa Kidd, Port Royal Va., ex Brooks, Meroni, Kilbourne and Gross

5) Pos. 2 repaired stamp on repaired cover to Mrs. John B. Carey, ex Weill Stock

6) Pos. 3, corner crease, small tear, on lady’s embossed cover to Mr. Richmond Christian, Richmond Va., ex Hind

7) Pos. 4 on cover to Col. A. P. Calhoun, Pendleton S.C., ex Sweet, Muzzy, Boker

8) Pos. 4 uncancelled on large piece dated Sep. 27 (1861) with part of addressee’s name “S. Price”, Virginia destination, ex Caspary

Very few post offices east of the Mississippi River issued and used 10c adhesive (A) or press-printed (E) provisionals. This small group is as follows: Baton Rouge La. (A--three known); Charleston S.C. (E--unique); Danville Va. (E--probably not used); Fincastle Va. (E--unique); Fredericksburg Va. (A--never used); Greenville Ala. (A--two known); Greenwood Depot Va. (A--six known); Knoxville Tenn. (A--unique; and E--rare used); Marion Va. (A--seven known on cover); Nashville Tenn. (A--six known on cover); Tellico Plains Tenn. (A--never used); and Uniontown Ala. (A--eight known, seven on covers). All other 10c provisionals were used in Texas or were issued as handstamped entires.

The addressee, John Davidson Pitts, was a member of the Canebrake Rifle Guards, Co. D., 4th Alabama Infantry. He was killed in action on June 27, 1862, the day of his 19th birthday, while storming the Federal breastworks at Gaines’ Mill in the third of the Seven Days’ Battles. This cover was probably in Private Pitts’ possession when he died. His body was hastily buried under an apple tree in the Watt’s orchard. It was later recovered by his father and removed to Uniontown. John’s father, Phillip Henry Pitts, kept an extensive diary that sadly recorded the retrieval of his boy’s body (source: www.cowanauctions.com ).

Ex Ferrary, Caspary, “Isleham” (Peyton) and Hill. Caspary’s note on back reads “Cost $3,500 1929”. “W.H.C.” Colson and Ferrary trefoil handstamps at lower right (Ferrary sale notation in pencil at left). With 2004 P.F. certificate.

40,000
67,500
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92
og
Sale 1035, Lot 92, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Victoria Tex., 5c Red Brown on Green (88X1). Original gum, huge margins at top and right -- presumably from the corner of the sheet or setting -- ample at left and bottom, clear impression on bright green paper

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. BY FAR THE FINEST OF THE FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE VICTORIA 5-CENT POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.

The five recorded examples of the 5c Victoria provisional are all unused and off cover, as follows:

1) Sound with original gum, top right corner margins, ex Ferrary, Hind, Hall and D.K. collection, the stamp offered here

2) Described as having original gum, top left corner margins, ex Hessel (“small faults”)

3) Described as having “some original gum”, top right corner margins, vertical crease, ex Caspary, Lilly and Kilbourne

4) Uncancelled, left sheet margin, torn into design at bottom, Albert Steves photo

5) Unused, no gum, bottom right corner margins, light chipping and natural paper bubble, from a recent find, ex Felton (Siegel Sale 1016, lot 645)

No cancelled Victoria 5c stamps or on-cover examples are known. Of the five recorded stamps, the example offered here is by far the finest.

Ex Ferrary (with his purple trefoil handstamp on back), Hind, Hall and D.K. collection. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

17,500
45,000
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93
 
Sale 1035, Lot 93, Petersburg Va. To Victoria Tex.Victoria Tex., 10c Red Brown on Green, Type II, Slanting “10” (88X3). Margins clear to touching frame, clear impression on deep green paper, cancelled by part of Victoria Tex. circular datestamp at lower right, tiny bit of an additional cancel at left center edge

VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE VICTORIA 10-CENT TYPE II POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL, ALL OF WHICH ARE OFF COVER, INCLUDING TWO UNUSED STAMPS. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO USED EXAMPLES, AND IT IS ONE OF TWO SOUND COPIES EXTANT.

We record four examples of the Victoria 10c Type II (bold slanting numerals):

1) Unused, small thin, ex Ferrary, Hind, Brooks, Moody and Kilbourne

2) Unused, sound, Siegel 1968 Rarities sale

3) Used, part of circular datestamp at lower right, ex Sotheby Parke Bernet sale, Apr. 15, 1979, “Camina” (Castillejo) and Dr. Maffeo, the stamp offered here

4) Used, part of datestamp with “Oct” month, extensively repaired across lower right, ex Caspary

The only other used example of the Victoria 10c Type II provisional is the ex- Caspary stamp, which is heavily repaired. The only other sound stamp is the unused copy listed as number 2 above.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 357). Ex “Camina” (Castillejo) and Dr. Maffeo. With 1994 P.F. certificate. Scott Value as unused (unpriced as used)

27,500
45,000
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