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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

Category — Spartanburg, South Carolina

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1116
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1116, Spartanburg, South CarolinaSpartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1). Cut circular as usual, tied by clearly struck "Paid" cancel, "Spartanburg S.C. Sep. 16, 1861" double-circle datestamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to Mrs. S. F. Patterson at Patterson S.C., sender's route directive "Via Charlotte"

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A SPARTANBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC COVER. A SPECTACULAR ITEM IN IMMACULATE CONDITION.

John A. Lee was a prominent merchant who served as postmaster of Spartanburg from 1850 through the end of the war. Residents of Spartanburg remembered him as the "Wartime Postmaster" (John B. O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, available at Google Books -- thanks to Vince King for this citation).

Postmaster Lee created his provisional stamps by applying the "5" numeral rate marking inside the "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp on a sheet of paper. The stamps are known cut square and cut to shape. As one might imagine, the stamps come on a variety of papers. Two types of "5" markings were used, and one example is known with the denomination omitted. The paper and numeral varieties are listed separately in the Dietz and Scott catalogues.

Ex Ferrary and Clapp. From our 1964 Rarities sale. With 2004 P.F. certificate

30,000
45,000
1117
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1117, Spartanburg, South CarolinaSpartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1). Cut circular with full to huge margins all around, tied by "Paid" straightline, "Spartanburg S.C. Jul. 6, 1861" double-circle datestamp on orange-buff cover to "Corpl. Edward J. Dean, 'Spartan Rifles', 5th Palmetto Regt. So. Car. Volunteers, Col. M. Jenkins, Commander, Tudor Hall P.O., Near Manassas Junction, Virginia, Care Capt. Jos. Walker, 'Spartan Rifles'", missing part of top flap and small piece of cover missing behind top of provisional, not affecting the stamp

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE SPARTANBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER. APPROXIMATELY TWENTY COVERS ARE KNOWN .

John A. Lee was a prominent merchant who served as postmaster of Spartanburg from 1850 through the end of the war. Residents of Spartanburg remembered him as the "Wartime Postmaster" (John B. O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, available at Google Books -- thanks to Vince King for this citation).

Postmaster Lee created his provisional stamps by applying the "5" numeral rate marking inside the "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp on a sheet of paper. The stamps are known cut square and cut to shape. As one might imagine, the stamps come on a variety of papers. Two types of "5" markings were used, and one example is known with the denomination omitted. The paper and numeral varieties are listed separately in the Dietz and Scott catalogues.

Spartanburg S.C. takes its name from the "Spartan Rifles," a group of militia soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The name was adopted by Confederate soldiers from Spartanburg during the Civil War.

Corporal Edward J. Dean and the Dean correspondence were the subjects of an article by the late Daniel M. Gilbert, published in the Confederate Philatelist.

Joseph Walker was enrolled as captain of the Spartan Rifles on April 13, 1861. Micah Jenkins, a resident of Yorkville, South Carolina, was mustered into service as colonel of the 5th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861. He was elected colonel of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, on April 13, 1862, and promoted to brigadier general in July 1862.

Ex Brown, Kohn and Birkinbine

25,000
16,500
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1118
c
Sale 1022, Lot 1118, Spartanburg, South CarolinaSpartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1). Vertical pair, cut to "8" shape with large margins virtually all around, touched at bottom, tied by one of three "Paid" handstamp strikes, matching "Paid" and "10" in circle handstamp, "Spartanburg S.C." 1861 double-circle datestamp on orange-buff cover to "Corpl. Edwd. J. Dean, 'Spartan Rifles', 5th Palmetto Regt. So. Car. Vol., Coln. M. Jenkins, Commander, Tudor Hall P.O., Virginia, Care Capt. Jos. Walker, 'Spartan Rifles'", the pair is superb except for a lightly scuffed spot at center right (which seems to have been there prior to handstamping), very light cover horizontal crease barely affects pair, the cover is fresh and attractive, backflap removed and a bit rough at top, light vertical fold at left

AN IMPORTANT AND VERY FINE COVER, BEARING THE ONLY RECORDED PAIR OF SPARTANBURG PROVISIONAL STAMPS -- APPROXIMATELY TWENTY EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN ON OR OFF COVER.

John A. Lee was a prominent merchant who served as postmaster of Spartanburg from 1850 through the end of the war. Residents of Spartanburg remembered him as the "Wartime Postmaster" (John B. O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, available at Google Books -- thanks to Vince King for this citation).

Postmaster Lee created his provisional stamps by applying the "5" numeral rate marking inside the "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp on a sheet of paper. The stamps are known cut square and cut to shape. As one might imagine, the stamps come on a variety of papers. Two types of "5" markings were used, and one example is known with the denomination omitted. The paper and numeral varieties are listed separately in the Dietz and Scott catalogues.

Spartanburg S.C. takes its name from the "Spartan Rifles," a group of militia soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The name was adopted by Confederate soldiers from Spartanburg during the Civil War.

Corporal Edward J. Dean and the Dean correspondence were the subjects of an article by the late Daniel M. Gilbert, published in the Confederate Philatelist.

Joseph Walker was enrolled as captain of the Spartan Rifles on April 13, 1861. Micah Jenkins, a resident of Yorkville, South Carolina, was mustered into service as colonel of the 5th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861. He was elected colonel of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, on April 13, 1862, and promoted to brigadier general in July 1862.

This pair on cover -- the only recorded pair -- is illustrated in the Crown book on page 328. Accompanied by 1899 letter to N.P. Strauss of Henderson, N.C., the original purchaser, identifying the Dean family as the original source.

Ex Schenck and Everett. With 2002 P.F. certificate

30,000
20,000
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