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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2033
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Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2033, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1), Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1). Horizontal strip of five, complete setting showing all five varieties, unused (without gum as issued), clear margins all around, couple minor thin spots and tiny tear at bottom of Position 4, Very Fine appearance, accompanied by a single forgery

2,250
750
2034
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2034, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, Brick Red, Grayish Violet Brown (61X2-61X3, 61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, Brick Red, Grayish Violet Brown (61X2-61X3, 61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine, Brick Red, Grayish Violet Brown (61X2-61X3, 61X5). Four stamps showing nice range of shades, unused Carmine with browned original gum, two used Brick Red with blue Nashville town cancels, used Violet Brown close to the scarcer Gray shade, margins ample to touching, faults throughout incl. thins and a margin nick in the unused stamp, couple small repairs, Fine appearance, the Carmine is scarce with original gum, one stamp accompanied by P.S.E. certificate

3,150
800
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2035
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2035, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Deep Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Deep Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Deep Carmine (61X2). Beautiful dark shade, large margins three sides incl. traces of adjoining stamps at bottom and left, clear to touched at right, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 27, 1861" circular datestamp on United States 3c Red Nesbitt cut square, Very Fine, a striking combination, with 2007 C.S.A. certificate as Carmine, Scott Retail as used off-cover

600
650
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2036
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2036, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Margins touching but framelines complete, lightly struck blue Adams Express Co. oval datestamp, minor faults, Fine appearance, a rare express company marking on a provisional, this stamp paid Confederate postage on an express cover carried across the lines, ex Birkinbine, with 1977 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
500
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2037
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2037, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins, rich color, light strike of blue town cancel, tiny thin spot, Extremely Fine appearance

750
450
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2038
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2038, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to clear, cancelled by blue "5" numeral, second strike at left, matching "Paid" handstamp and "Nashville Ten. Jul. 28, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Paris Tenn., some edgewear repaired at top, otherwise Very Fine and rare, our review of the Levi records found only one off-cover and this on-cover example cancelled in this manner, with 2010 C.S.A. certificate as Brick Red (it is Violet Brown)

4,250
1,400
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2039
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2039, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tête-Bêche Pair (61X5a), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tête-Bêche Pair (61X5a)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tête-Bêche Pair (61X5a). Vertical foot to foot pair -- Positions 4 over 6 in adjacent stereotype impressions, clear margins, repairs with small portions of design replaced, broken horizontal crease near center of pair is separated and repaired

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED USED TETE-BECHE PAIRS OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL.

Peter Powell’s study of the 5c Nashville (“Plating the Nashville Provisional”, Confederate Philatelist, January- March 2008) concluded that stereotype groups of six units, three wide by two tall, were used to build up the printing plates. Based on plate flaws unique to specific positions, Powell also concluded that the plate size was no less than 18 subjects, made from at least three six-unit stereotype groups, and that more than one plate was made. The tete-beche arrangement in printed sheets occurred when one impression was made, then the sheet was turned 180 degrees, and a second impression was made.

7,500
3,000
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2040°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2040, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Ample margins to just touching, deep shade, cancelled by blue "The Southern Express Co. Nashville" oval datestamp, deep rich color, tiny tear at top right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 10-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL CANCELLED BY THE "SOUTHERN EXPRESS CO. NASHVILLE" OVAL DATESTAMP. A GREAT RARITY.

While the strike of the handstamp is fairly light, the letters "SOUT" are clearly visible below the rim of the cancel. The recently discovered 5c Carmine (61X2) on cover with "The Southern Express Co. Nashville" oval, which was sold in 2010 by Schuyler Rumsey Auctions, is proof that this marking existed and was used on Nashville adhesive provisionals.

Ex Argentum. With 2004 P.F. certificate declining opinion on the cancellation (issued prior to the discovery of the full cancel on the 61X2 cover). With 2010 C.S.A. certificate confirming the Southern Express Co. marking

5,500
0
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2041°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2041, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Three different plate varieties present in this stamp, including "TENM", white spot at lower right and comma after "P" of "P.M.", neat blue Nashville town datestamp, clear margins to touched at lower left, affixed to small piece cut down from a larger piece which accompanying certificate states did not originate with the stamp, small sealed tear at lower right and faint thin

FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL SHOWING ALL THREE OF THE PLATE VARIETIES.

Approximately 25 examples of the Nashville 10c Green are known, most of which are faulty.

With 2007 P.S.E. certificate not noting any flaws.

5,500
3,500
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2042°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2042, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). "TENM" plate variety, cancelled by blue Adams Express oval handstamp showing clear "ESS CO.", margins to touched at bottom, small repair at top left and small thin at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL SHOWING CLEAR LETTERS OF THE ADAMS EXPRESS NASHVILLE OVAL.

Only approximately 25 are known with any cancel, most of which are faulty. This stamp paid the Confederate postage on a cover carried across the lines by Adams Express Company. Only three full express covers are recorded with the Nashville 10c adhesive provisional, all dated at Nashville on August 1.

With 1996 P.F. (not mentioning the Adams marking) and 2011 C.S.A. certificates.

5,500
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2043°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2043, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). "TENM" and white spot at lower right plate varieties, light blue Nashville town cancel, margins completely clear of design all around, upper right with broken diagonal crease which P.S.E. certificate calls "sharp" and C.S.A. certificate calls "repaired tear," still Very Fine appearing example of this rare used stamp, only approximately 25 are known, most of which are faulty, with 2005 P.S.E. and 2009 C.S.A. certificates.

5,500
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2044°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2044, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). "TENM" and white spot at lower right plate varieties, margins tight to just in, trace of blue at upper right could be cancelling ink but essentially uncancelled, tiny tear and couple tiny thins, Fine appearance, a rare stamp in any condition, approximately 25 are known and most have faults, Scott lists but does not price this issue unused, with 1952 P.F. certificate as "unused"

5,500
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2045°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2045, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M, Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.MNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M." plate variety, light soiling which could also be interpreted as a cancel but C.S.A. certificate calls it unused, large margins all around, repaired, Very Fine appearance and scarce in any condition, approximately 25 are known and most have faults, ex Boshwit, with 2010 C.S.A. certificate as "unused, lightly soiled with extensive professional repairs," Scott lists but does not price this issue unused, Scott Retail as used

5,500
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2046°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2046, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M, Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.MNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M." plate variety, two full margins, bottom touching and right just in near top, light blue Nashville town datestamp, affixed to small piece of cover cut to the size of the stamp, some edge thinning, appears Fine, scarce with only approximately 25 examples known, most of which are faulty, signed Dietz

5,500
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2047°
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2047, Postmasters` Provisionals, Nashville Tenn.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M, Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.MNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M." plate variety, cancelled by blue Adams Express oval handstamp, margins to touching at bottom, faults incl. repaired at top left and painted in, Fine appearance and desirable with the Adams marking, approximately 25 are known with any cancel, most of which are faulty, this stamp paid the Confederate postage on a cover carried across the lines by Adams Express Company, only three full express covers are recorded with the Nashville 10c adhesive provisional, all dated at Nashville on August 1, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate not mentioning the repair

5,500
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