VERY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE ALEXANDRIA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON BUFF PAPER, OF WHICH THREE ARE TYPE I (SCOTT 1X1) AND THREE ARE TYPE II (SCOTT 1X1a). THIS IS THE FAMOUS WORTHINGTON-CASPARY-PHILLIPS-LILLY COPY, WHICH WAS DISCOVERED IN 1894. ONE OF THE GREAT RARITIES OF UNITED STATES PHILATELY AND OFFERED AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 36 YEARS.
Census No. 1X1-CAN-03. With 1971 P.F. certificate. Discovered by W. F. Lambert, a partner of J. Murray Bartels, in 1894. Ex Shryock, Worthington, Caspary, B.D. Phillips and Lilly. Accompanied by July 26, 1846 stampless cover from Alexandria.
History of the Alexandria provisional: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/Alexandria.pdf
Census of Alexandria provisionals: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/1X1-1X2/1X1-1X2.pdf