VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT BLUE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL WITH BOTTOM IMPRINT AND THE ONLY PAIR.
This and the unused single offered in the previous lot are the only two recorded examples of the 2c Blue with bottom imprint. Ex Caspary, Dr. Skinner and D.K. Collection. With 2001 P.F. certificate
FINE STAMP AND VERY FINE COVER. ONE OF TWO RECORDED USED IMPRINT COPIES OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL -- THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED IMPRINT STAMP ON COVER.
Ex Knapp, Kilbourne, Dr. Skinner and Felton. Notation on back in Knapp's hand "From the Ashbrook collection 1920". Scott Retail as normal 62X1 on cover
VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL WITH THE BRITISH PAPERMAKER'S EMBOSSED SEAL.
Ex Knapp, Brown and D.K. Collection
EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE IMPRINT EXAMPLE OF THE OCHER SHADE ON COVER.
Ex Seybold and Hall. With 2000 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE RARE PRINTED-ON-BOTH-SIDES VARIETY CANCELLED WITH THE PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP APPLIED AT THE WHARFSIDE POST OFFICE.
Probably fewer than a dozen examples of the printed on both sides variety exist on either White or Bluish paper. In addition, only 12-15 examples of the 5c adhesive are known cancelled with the provisional handstamp. The combination of the two makes this an important Confederate States and New Orleans rarity.
Ex Dr. Graves and D.K. Collection
VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE DESPITE REPAIRS. THIS IS THE DISCOVERY COPY OF THE HYBRID RED AND BROWN ERROR, WHICH PROVES THAT THE 5-CENT RED COLOR ERRORS RESULTED FROM COMPLICATIONS IN MIXING INKS.
There is only one true color error among all Southern Postmasters' Provisionals: the New Orleans 5c Red, which is found on both White and Bluish papers.
In his 1978 Congress Book article, Dr. Hubert C. Skinner theorized that either "too much red ink was introduced onto the platen in blending the brown ink or the components of the ink separated while the press was idle for a time." This, he speculated, "produced a mottled impression on a very few sheets" and "would have been corrected as soon as the rollers passed across the platen a few times re-mixing or blending the ink." The discovery of the hybrid Red-and-Brown stamp (the stamp offered here) confirmed Dr. Skinner's theory. The ink mixture error had to have occurred more than once, because the stamps on White paper were printed in June, and the stamps on Blue paper were printed in August.
Our records contain the following examples of the 5c Red error: White Paper (62X6): 1) Unused with traces of gum, ex Ferrary, Hind, Brooks (not seen publicly since 1943); 2) "DUE (3cts)" straightline, partly rebacked over thins, ex Caspary, Lilly, Kilbourne and D.K.; 3) Cut in at bottom, tied by "Paid" straightline on part of cover to Mrs. Wm. Reynaud, Baton Rouge, photo by Hiram Deats in P.F. files; 4) Mixture of Red and Brown, corner strike of circular datestamp, partly rebacked over thins and tear, ex D.K., the stamp offered here; Blue Paper (62X7): 5) Dec. 4 circular datestamp, thin spots and small repair, ex Crocker, Felton and D.K.; 6) Sep. 17 circular datestamp, small faults, ex Ferrary, Hind, Lilly and D.K.; 7) Position 1, "Paid" and part datestamp, thinned with small nicks at left, ex Caspary, Dr. Skinner and D.K.
Ex D.K. Collection. Scott value as the normal 62X6