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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 18-19 April, 2013

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2003
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2003, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type I, margins just clear all around, deep color, grid cancel, accompanying 1991 P.F. certificate notes "small repairing at right" which we are unable to detect, Very Fine appearance

1,500
2,000
2004
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2004, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II, large margins, tied by light strike of grid cancel, matching "Athens Ga. Dec. 12" circular datestamp on light blue cover to Augusta Ga., crease in right margin of stamp, missing top flap, otherwise Very Fine, illustrated in Crown book (p. 18), ex Caspary and "Stonewall"

2,500
1,900
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2005
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2005, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Atlanta Ga., 5c Black Entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black Entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black Entire (6XU2). Bold strikes of provisional handstamp and "Atlanta Ga. Oct. 30, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Griffin Ga., light creases thru datestamp, otherwise Very Fine, ex Emerson and White, with 2002 P.F. certificate

700
350
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2006
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2006, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Barnwell C.H. S.C., 5c Black, entire (123XU1), Barnwell C.H. S.C., 5c Black, entire (123XU1)Barnwell C.H. S.C., 5c Black, entire (123XU1). Provisional markings at left with boxed "Paid" handstamp on cover to Hamburg S.C., no other postmark as with all known examples, repaired at left into provisional marking, appears Very Fine, a rare provisional entire, the Crown survey records only two examples, we are aware of only three

3,000
1,100
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2007
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2007, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border, "McCcrmick" Error (11X2a). Calhoun Position 7, clear Baton Rouge circular datestamp cancels, creases and thins and upper right corner reattached, still a Fine appearing and collectible example of this major Confederate Provisional rarity, with 2005 C.S.A. certificate, this is only the second off-cover example we have offered since keeping computerized records

3,250
550
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2008°
E
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2008, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11, E-12), Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11, E-12)Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11, E-12). Large even margins, fresh colors, both with trivial thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT AND 10-CENT CHARLESTON S.C. PROVISIONAL ESSAYS.

Ex Felton. With 1988 P.F. certificates

E. 4,000-5,000
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2009
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2009, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Two large margins, touched at top right outer frameline, other outer framelines complete, Charleston double-circle datestamp, small thin and light vertical bend, otherwise Very Fine, small purple backstamp does not show thru

850
850
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2010
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2010, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Three outer framelines complete, bold Charleston circular datestamp cancel, thinning and corner creases, appears Fine

850
350
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2011
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2011, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Clear strike with blue "Paid" and "Columbia S.C. 4 Dec." circular datestamp on cover to Charleston S.C., horizontal file fold thru datestamp and top flap tear, otherwise Very Fine, ex Felton

900
350
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2012
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2012, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Back (18XU4a). Remarkably clear strike of oval provisional handstamp on side backflap, "Paid" in circle and "5" rate handstamp with matching bold "Columbia S.C. Jul. 26" (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Chester S.C., flap folded out, stains expertly removed, Extremely Fine appearance

1,250
700
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2013
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Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2013, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Unused (no gum), margins clear of design to barely touched at one ornament, small natural inclusion, Very Fine

750
800
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2014
og
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2014, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2), Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2)Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2). Unused (no gum), clear margins, rebacked over faults, soiling, purple "Repaired" backstamp, appears Fine, a scarce stamp which is not known used, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

2,250
1,100
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2015
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2015, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1), Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1)Knoxville Tenn., 5c Brick Red on Grayish Laid (47X1). Ample margins to clear, lightly cancelled by manuscript on buff cover to Greensboro N.C., Fine, with 2010 C.S.A. certificate

2,100
1,600
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2016
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2016, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove (53X1), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove (53X1)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove (53X1). Two full outer framelines, touched on other two sides, Macon double-circle datestamp cancel, faults incl. sealed tear, small thins and small crease, appears Fine, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate

700
2,100
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2017
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2017, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma After "Office" (53X1), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma After "Office" (53X1)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma After "Office" (53X1). Type II, large margins to just touching at upper left, tied by "Macon Ga." double-circle datestamp on small cover to Huntsville Ala., original letter enclosed, sister to sister, mentions knitting socks for the soldiers by candlelight, slightly reduced at top with most of backflap removed, minor edgewear, lightly cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE MACON FOUR-LINE PROVISIONAL WITH COMMA AFTER "OFFICE".

The Macon provisional with “Post Office, Macon, Ga.” added to the setting is very rare on cover (Peter W. W. Powell reported 24 on cover in the Confederate Philatelist, Sep.-Oct. 2000). Overall, the Comma after "Office" variety is approximately twice as rare as the period variety.

Ex Everett. With 2009 C.S.A. certificate

7,500
2,700
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2018
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2018, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue, 5c Red (56X1-56X2), Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue, 5c Red (56X1-56X2)Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue, 5c Red (56X1-56X2). Two unused singles of 2c, one from Position 17 showing cracked plate below "2", also vertical pair with broken or cracked plate at right (horizontal creases), unused 5c with bottom sheet margin, used 5c (defective), overall Fine appearing group, both cracked plate items with C.S.A. certificates

860
475
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2019
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2019, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1), Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1)Memphis Tenn., 2c Blue (56X1). Position 16 showing clear cracked plate variety just below the "2", close margins to cut in at left, Memphis circular datestamp cancel, Very Good, an extremely rare used example of this position, with 2006 C.S.A. and A.P.S. certificates, listed but unpriced in C.S.A. Catalogue (which applies a 330% premium to an unused cracked plate example), Scott Retail as used cracked plate

1,350
325
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2020
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2020, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Three huge margins, clear at right, beautiful bright shade, tied by neat strike of "Memphis Ten. Dec. 20, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Huntsville Ala., sender's instructions "Deliver this at once", insignificant reduction at right, still Extremely Fine, a wonderfully fresh cover bearing the Memphis provisional, ex Pope and Birkinbine

2,000
1,200
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2021
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2021, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Top sheet margin, irregular separation at bottom but design intact, tied by clear strike of "Memphis Ten. Aug. 10, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Ripley Miss., pencil docketing at left, stamp with faint wrinkle in top margin and cover barely reduced at left, fresh and Very Fine, a lovely cover

2,000
650
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2022
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2022, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two singles, faults from being affixed slightly over top of cover, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on brown cover to Circuit Court of Franklin Tenn., wear and reduced at left, otherwise Fine, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail as single on cover $2,000.00

E. 750-1,000
700
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2023
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2023, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Horizontal pair, margins to slightly in, tied by bold strike of "Memphis Ten. Aug. ?, 1861" circular datestamp on United States 3c Red Nesbitt entire (U9) to Brig. Gen. Ruggles at Fredericksburg Va., stamps with small tears, cover with some edgewear

FINE. A RARE AND STRIKING USE OF THE MEMPHIS 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON A PRE-WAR OBSOLETE UNITED STATES NESBITT ENTIRE. IDEALLY SUITED FOR EXHIBITION.

Ex Boshwit and Felton. Scott Retail as pair on normal cover

4,000
3,250
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2024
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2024, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3). Cancelled by "Memphis Ten. Jul. ?, 1861" circular datestamp and addressed to Tate's Station Tenn., endorsed "Via Clarksville" at left, slightly reduced at right and with some edge flaws at right

FINE AND SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON ORANGE ENTIRE.

Ex Seybold, Dukeshire, Golden and Myerson

3,000
1,600
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2025
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2025, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange, Cut Square (56XU3), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange, Cut Square (56XU3)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange, Cut Square (56XU3). Cut octagonally, lightly cancelled, thinning at top, otherwise Fine, Scott Retail as used entire $3,000.00

E. 300-400
400
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2026
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2026, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 2c Black, 5c Blue (58X1-58X2), Mobile Ala., 2c Black, 5c Blue (58X1-58X2)Mobile Ala., 2c Black, 5c Blue (58X1-58X2). Singles of each, Mobile double-circle datestamps, 2c with tight but clear margins, small repair, 5c three full margins, touched at bottom, filled thin, Fine appearance, 2c with 2005 P.S.E. certificate mentioning "Mended N.E.S. Co." backstamp but not describing any faults

1,500
750
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2027
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2027, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Tied by "New Orleans La. 12 Oct." circular datestamp on piece, clipped corner bottom left, large top and right margins with bit of adjoining stamp at right, about Fine, the only recorded example cancelled by the New Orleans datestamp, carried by a vessel into New Orleans and postmarked at the regular post office (not the wharf office)

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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2028
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2028, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Clear line thru "O" of "Post" variety, full top and left margins, cut close other two sides and rebacked (likely over thins), bold Mobile double-circle datestamp cancel, appears Fine, Scott Retail as normal

400
275
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2029
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2029, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Clear line thru "O" of "Post" variety, three margins to barely in at left, tied by "Mobile Ala. Dec. 6, 1861" double-circle datestamp to small piece, Fine, Scott Retail as normal

400
250
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2030
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2030, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Horizontal pair, both stamps line through "O" in "Post" variety, large margins to just touched, tied by "Mobile Ala. Dec. 1, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover with wine and liquor dealer's corner card to military address in Norfolk Va., cover repaired at top and missing backflap, pair with creases and small tears where placed slightly over edge of cover, otherwise Fine, a scarce and attractive use, with 2009 C.S.A. certificate, 1989 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies, Scott Retail for pair on cover with no premium for the plate variety

2,750
1,600
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2031
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2031, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1), Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1)Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of red provisional handstamp with “Montgomery Ala. Sep. 21, 1861” circular datestamp on Confederate States of America, Quartermaster's Department corner card cover to Newnan Ga., forwarded to Savannah Ga. with "Due 5" in oval and in manuscript for forwarding postage, charge box notation at upper left, accompanied by original signed enclosure on Quartermaster's Department stationery (with 1856 watermark) authorizing the mustering of six companies under Col. W.H. Stiles' Regiment (60th Georgia, Gordon's Brigade, Jubal Early's Division, 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia), repaired tear at top left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A FORWARDED SEMI-OFFICIAL IMPRINT COVER.

Given the combination of factors present here, we believe it is safe to say that this cover is unique.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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2032
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2032, Postmasters` Provisionals, Athens Ga. thru Montgomery Ala.Montgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3), Montgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3)Montgomery Ala., 10c Red entire (59XU3). Clearly struck provisional with "Montgomery Ala. Feb. 16, 1862" circular datestamp on cover to Auburn Ala., cover repaired incl. sealed tears, missing backflap, appears Very Fine, scarce

850
550
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