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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

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

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2048
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Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2048, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 35, large bottom sheet margin with part three-line imprint, clear margins other sides, unused (no gum), small thin spot near top, Very Fine appearance and extremely rare, this and the unused pair offered in the following lot are the only two recorded examples of the 2c Blue with bottom imprint, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
2049
og
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2049, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Vertical pair, Positions 27/35, large margins with traces of adjoining stamps at left and part three-line imprint at bottom, just clear at top right, original gum, tiny h.r., horizontal creases thru top stamp, between stamps and in margin where it ends in small paper breaks

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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2050
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Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2050, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 2, large to huge margins with "(USA)BLE EXC(LUSIVELY)" portion of imprint, unused (no gum), bright color, thin spots in margin and at center, Very Fine appearance, one of two recorded examples of the 2c Blue with top imprint and the only unused imprint example, ex Caspary and Dr. Skinner, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
1,100
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2051
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2051, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Position 5, top sheet margin with "NEW OR(LEANS)" part imprint and large margins at right and bottom, slightly in along left, light shade, tied by "New Orleans La. 31 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on unsealed cover to Memphis Tenn.

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

4,250
1,800
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2052
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2052, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Bright color, large margins three sides, frameline touched at left, neat New Orleans "Jan." circular datestamp cancel, fresh and Fine

550
250
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2053
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2053, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Ample margins to just touched, part strike of "PD 2 CTS./N.O.P.O." two-line handstamp (which was also used to make provisional envelopes), repaired tear at upper left, Fine appearance and rare, a Power Search review found no other examples of a 2c New Orleans adhesive provisional cancelled by the provisional handstamp, with 2009 C.S.A. certificate (stained), Scott Retail as normal cancel

550
350
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2054
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2054, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Positions 39-40, horizontal pair, large margins to just in at top left, tied by "New Orleans La. Jul. 26" circular datestamp on small piece of printed circular, light soiling at left, long scissors-cut between stamps (almost completely separated), otherwise Fine, ex Dr. Skinner

1,100
275
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2055
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Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2055, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Block of four, unused (no gum), clear to large margins all around, bright color, light vertical and horizontal creases, Very Fine appearance and scarce, with 2001 C.S.A. certificate as block of six

1,800
650
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2056
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2056, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Large margins to clear, brilliant color, well-struck "Paid" handstamp, tiny thin spot in top margin, appears Very Fine, with 2006 P.F. certificate

1,000
600
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2057
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2057, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Ample margins to just touching, bold "New Orleans La. 4 Apr." (1862) circular datestamp, vivid color, tiny thin spot, appears Very Fine, a rare stamp in used condition and the latest recorded use of any New Orleans provisional, the city was captured by U.S. forces at the end of April 1862, ex Dr. Skinner

1,000
400
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2058
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2058, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Full to large margins, red "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line handstamp, faulty with corner reattached, thinned and retouched, still an extremely rare red strike of this provisional handstamp, a review using Power Search and our Levi records failed to find another, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
300
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2059
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2059, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Full margins to just in at top, clear part strike of Adams Ex. Co. Louisville Ky. circular datestamp, small thin spot, Fine appearance and a rare marking on a New Orleans provisional, the only off-cover example we record, with 2007 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
250
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2060
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2060, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown, British Papermaker's Embossed Coat of Arms (62X3 var), New Orleans La., 5c Brown, British Papermaker's Embossed Coat of Arms (62X3 var)New Orleans La., 5c Brown, British Papermaker's Embossed Coat of Arms (62X3 var). Full even margins, cancelled by "Paid" and part of New Orleans circular datestamp

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

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
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2061
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2061, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Large margins to in at bottom, tied by "Paid" handstamp with matching "New Orleans La. 7 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Princeton Miss., forwarded to Castalian Springs Tenn. with "Princeton Mi. Aug. 22" circular datestamp (date in manuscript) which also ties the stamp, no indication of forwarding postage due, extensive restoration of top and side flap not affecting stamp, Fine appearance

450
170
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2062
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2062, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Ample margins except pieces out in bottom corners, tied by "Paid" handstamp, matching "New Orleans La. 31 Jul." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Carrollton Miss., with manuscript "N.O. & J. R.R." (New Orleans and Jackson R.R.) at top and printed advertisement for Copes and Phelps, Commission Merchants on reverse, cover with faint diagonal crease clear of stamp, otherwise Fine, ex Skinner

E. 200-300
130
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2063
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2063, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two, slightly overlapping, tied by two strikes of "Paid" straightline, "New Orleans La. 6 Aug." circular datestamp on 1861 cover to Richmond Va., unclaimed and struck with mostly clear "Advertised/2" handstamp and "Richmond Va. Aug. 16, 1861" circular datestamp with month inverted, mended edge erosion, most of bottom flap missing, Very Fine appearance and a scarce example of the Richmond "Advertised/2" marking, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate (before edge repair)

E. 300-400
275
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2064
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2064, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Three huge margins including part of imprint at top, just touched at bottom, incredibly rich color, tied by "Paid" straightline, "New Orleans La. 14 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on blue folded cover to Memphis Tenn., docketed on back

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE IMPRINT EXAMPLE OF THE OCHER SHADE ON COVER.

Ex Seybold and Hall. With 2000 P.F. certificate

2,750
1,600
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2065
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2065, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large margins to clear at bottom right corner, portion of adjoining stamp at top, bright shade, neat strike of "Paid" handstamp, fresh and Very Fine, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

625
450
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2066
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2066, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Position 10, ample to large margins, horizontally creased and folded over, then tied by "Paid" cancel and "New Orleans La. 3 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Gaines Landing Ark., cover with repaired opening tears clear of stamp and postmarks, stamp has sealed tear (not surprising considering half of it has been dangling off the cover for 152 years), still Very Fine and quite remarkable, ex Dr. Skinner, with 2012 P.S.A.G. certificate

2,750
225
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2067
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2067, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Three huge even margins, full at bottom, neat strike of "New Orleans La. 13 Nov." circular datestamp, Very Fine and choice, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

200
180
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2068
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2068, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Huge to full margins, unusual blurred impression variety, New Orleans datestamp, Very Fine and choice, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate which mentions the variety

200
140
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2069
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2069, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Four margins, perfect strike of "PD 5 CTS./N.O.P.O." two-line handstamp (which was also used to make provisional envelopes), two shallow thin spots, Very Fine appearance and perfect strike of the two-line handstamp, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
250
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2070
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2070, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Margins clear to just touching frame in two corners, clear strike of Baton Rouge "STEAM" straightline (4mm height), Fine and scarce

E. 300-400
275
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2071
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2071, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Position 37, full to huge margins incl. "(N)ew Orlean(s)" portion of imprint at bottom, cancelled by bold "Paid" handstamp and tied by "New Orleans La. 19 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Osyka Miss., some minor left side flap erosion from opening where barely reduced, Very Fine, scarce with the imprint on cover, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
275
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2072
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2072, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Two, large margins to just touched incl. one with "(usa)ble exclusive(ly)" portion of imprint at top, tied by bold "Paid" handstamps, "New Orleans La. 11 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Natchez Miss., some wear incl. ink erosion spot at bottom left, otherwise Fine, scarce with the imprint on cover, with 1997 P.S.E. certificate

E. 300-400
325
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2073
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2073, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Full to clear margins, tied by "New Orleans La. 23 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Terry Depot Miss., endorsed "Mail" at top, forwarded with red "Terry Miss. Nov. 25" circular datestamp (day in manuscript) and "Fwd Due 5cts" which also ties stamp, mended hole and tear on backflap, Very Fine

E. 300-400
250
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2074
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2074, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Full to clear margins, tied by "New Orleans La. 24 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Terry Depot Miss., endorsed "Mail" at top, forwarded with red "Terry Miss. Nov. 25" circular datestamp (day in manuscript) and "Fwd Due 5cts", cover faults incl. tears and part of backflap missing, flaw in top right corner of stamp, appears Fine

E. 200-300
190
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2075
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2075, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Two, both with full margins, tied together by clear strike of "New Orleans La. 13 Oct. (1861)" circular datestamp on yellow corner card cover to Abbeville C.H. S.C., slightly reduced at left, couple small tears on back, otherwise Very Fine, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

700
170
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2076
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2076, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large margins to cut in deeply at top, tied by partly clear strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and part strike of New Orleans river-mail double-circle datestamp on cover to Port Gibson Miss., clear "Grand Gulf Miss. Sep. 23" (1861) circular datestamp, manuscript "Lafourche" steamboat identification at lower left, cover stained and repaired, still presentable, rare use of provisional handstamp to cancel 5c adhesive, only 12-15 are known, of which four have the Grand Gulf datestamp, this cover was mailed at the New Orleans wharfside post office and was carried up river to Grand Gulf Miss., where it was postmarked again and carried inland to Port Gibson

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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2077
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2077, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish, Printed on Both Sides (62X4a). Full margins, reverse with split impression in same orientation as front, cancelled by "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line handstamp applied at wharf office, cancelled side with minor scuff at top

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

3,250
1,900
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2078
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2078, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Jumbo margins three sides with "ely in the" portion of imprint at bottom, ample at top, cancelled by bold "New Orleans La. 11 Dec." circular datestamp, tiny edge tears and couple shallow thins, Extremely Fine appearance, with 2009 C.S.A. certificate

250
225
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2079
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2079, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Large margins to ample at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 3 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Wilmington N.C., manuscript "due 5" and "5" handstamps for over-500 miles rate, Very Fine, Dec. 3 is the earliest recorded date of use of the Third Printing, ex Hall, with 2009 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
650
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2080
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2080, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Red-and-Brown on White (62X6), New Orleans La., 5c Red-and-Brown on White (62X6)New Orleans La., 5c Red-and-Brown on White (62X6). Large margins, mixture of Red and Brown inks, bold strike of New Orleans circular datestamp, torn in half and thinned (repaired)

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

14,000
0
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2081
 
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2081, Postmasters` Provisionals, New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c-5c Provisionals (62X1-62X3, 62X5), New Orleans La., 2c-5c Provisionals (62X1-62X3, 62X5)New Orleans La., 2c-5c Provisionals (62X1-62X3, 62X5). Two of 2c Blue, one original gum and one used with bold "Paid" cancel, 2c Red unused and used (latter faulty, 2009 C.S.A. certificate), used pair of 5c Brown with large margins, guidelines at top, New Orleans 7 Sep. town cancel (late use) and "Paid" handstamps (light creases and tiny tear, 2006 C.S.A. certificate), four examples of 5c Yellow Brown incl. two used singles with river mail double-circle datestamps, two unused singles with portion of imprint at bottom, one with original gum, faults to be found which are mostly minor except on 2c Red, Fine appearance

3,210
550
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