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Sale 1063 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 19-20 December, 2013

Category — Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2138
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2138, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters Provisionals5c Brown, Ty. II, 30c Orange (30A, 38), 5c Brown, Ty. II, 30c Orange (30A, 38)5c Brown, Ty. II, 30c Orange (30A, 38). Vertical strip of three of 5c, tied by "New Orleans La. 19 Mar." (1861) circular datestamp on 1861 tissue-paper cover from Confederate New Orleans to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, magenta "40" credit, red London transit, fancy framed forwarder's handstamp at left of Geo. J. Esling, some ink erosion affects cover, stamps defective from horizontal paperfold

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT AND 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE ON A COVER FROM CONFEDERATE NEW ORLEANS TO BRAZIL.

Ex Kapiloff and Myers.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,800
2139
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2139, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsCharleston S.C. May 16, 1861, Charleston S.C. May 16, 1861Charleston S.C. May 16, 1861. Clearly struck circular datestamp ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on small cover to Marion S.C., stamp has bent perfs and tiny corner crease from placement near edge of cover, Very Fine, immaculate condition

E. 150-200
140
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2140
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2140, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsHelena Ark. Mar. 24, 1861, Helena Ark. Mar. 24, 1861Helena Ark. Mar. 24, 1861. Bold double-circle datestamp with matching "Paid" and "3" U.S.-rated handstamps on buff cover to New Orleans, fresh and Very Fine, Arkansas passed the ordinance of secession on May 6, 1861, very few examples of U.S.-rated stampless covers from this transitional period are known

E. 400-500
325
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2141
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2141, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsAtlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6), Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6)Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6). Clear strike with "Atlanta Ga. Oct. 11, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Floyd's Brigade in Lewisburg Va., missing small part of top flap, Very Fine, ex Hart

950
700
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2142
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2142, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Huge margins to barely in incl. sheet margin at top, tied by light strike of "Baton Rouge La. Oct. 22, 1861" circular datestamp, second strike at right, on folded letter to New Orleans, few cover age spots, Very Fine, ex Antrim and "J & J"

5,000
2,800
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2143
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2143, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Black entire (18XU2), Columbia S.C., 5c Black entire (18XU2)Columbia S.C., 5c Black entire (18XU2). Clear strike on homemade cover to military address in Knoxville Tenn., some age spots, top left corner clipped and repaired (stamps probably clipped off), accompanied by a cover with No. 12 used from Morgantown N.C. to same recipient, the black Columbia S.C. provisional is very scarce

1,250
170
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2144
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2144, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsDanville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff entire (21XU3), Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff entire (21XU3)Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff entire (21XU3). Style with "SOUTHERN" curved, press-printed illustrated design on dark buff cover to Halifax C.H. Va., "Danville Va. Sep. 1" (1861) circular datestamp and second Sep. 2 strike, small stain spot at bottom left, light wrinkles and small piece of flap missing

VERY FINE. CONSIDERED TO BE ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN DANVILLE PROVISIONAL ENTIRES.

Fewer than 20 examples are recorded, of which a number are late invalid uses with General Issue stamps.

Ex MacBride, Wiseman and Kilbourne

9,000
2,600
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2145
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2145, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Margins to cut in at bottom, significant portion of adjoining stamp at top, tied by "Memphis Ten. Dec. 14, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Hindman's Brigade at Bowling Green Ky., slightly reduced at right where small repair (not affecting stamp), Fine

2,000
170
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2146
 
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2146, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to full, faults, tied by "Memphis Ten. Sep. 14, 1861" circular datestamp on cover front only to Macon Tenn., sender's military docketing from General Pillow's Brigade, slightly reduced and some wear, still scarce use, ex Matz, Scott Retail as on cover

2,000
325
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2147
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2147, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margins to touching at bottom, bottom right corner torn before use and vertical crease at top, tied by "Memphis Ten. Aug. 1?, 1861" circular datestamp on 5c Red on Amber entire (56XU2) to Dr. James M. Brewer in Yorkville Tenn., two mended nicks at top of entire (clear of stamps)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. MEMPHIS IS THE ONLY POST OFFICE REPRESENTED BY COVERS COMBINING THE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE AND PRINTED ENTIRE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST OF THREE OR FOUR COMBINATION COVERS KNOWN TO US.

Three Confederate post offices issued provisional adhesive stamps and printed entires concurrently: Charleston S.C., Lynchburg Va. and Memphis Tenn. Of the three, only a few Memphis entires are known with an additional 5c provisional stamp for the 10c rate. In this case, the distance between Memphis and Yorktown -- just over 100 miles -- was well under the 500-mile limit for 5c. Therefore, the weight must have exceeded one-half ounce.

Ex Dr. Green and D.K. Collection. With 2000 P.F. certificate

7,500
5,000
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2148
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2148, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Full to large margins including part of adjoining stamp below, tied by "Mobile Ala. Aug. 31, 1861" double-circle datestamp on small cover to Marion Ala.

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL COVER BEARING THE 5-CENT MOBILE, ALABAMA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Ex Emerson, Dr. Graves and D.K. Collection

2,000
1,500
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2149
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2149, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins to just touched, tied by bold "Mobile Ala. Dec. 12, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to member of Davis's Rifles at Corinth Miss., stained spots affect stamp and cover, otherwise Very Fine

2,000
250
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2150
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2150, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Margins to in, few flaws, tied by indistinct blue Nashville circular datestamp on cover to member of Capt. Rutledge's Artillery in Knoxville Tenn., slightly reduced at right, some cover wear, top flap added, otherwise Fine

3,500
950
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2151
 
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2151, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2). Two singles, distinctive shade which we call “Claret”, right stamp with large to full margins, left stamp small margin flaw from placement over edge of cover, tied by blue Nashville Tenn. circular datestamp on cover to Monticello Va., envelope faulty at edges, overall Fine appearance, the right stamp Very Fine, Scott Retail for single on cover (pair catalogues $6,000.00)

2,000
750
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2152
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2152, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Horizontal pair -- Positions 1 and 2 with additional plating marks -- large margins all around including left sheet margin, distinctive reddish shade on deeply blued paper, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, neat arithmetic notes at left, usual pinholes

EXTREMELY FINE GEM PAIR AND COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SIX RECORDED NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PAIRS ON COVER.

Probably no more than twelve pairs of the 5c Nashville provisional are known on covers, including all shade varieties and in all grades of condition. This pair is one of the finest on-cover multiples of the Violet Brown (six known) and ranks among the top three pairs for any of the Scott-listed colors.

Ex Lichtenstein, Brown, Klep, Dr. Graves, Hill and D.K. Collection. With 1998 P.F. certificate

6,000
4,000
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2153
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2153, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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, cancelled by "Paid" handstamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag with "C.C." Patriotic cover to Baton Rouge La., A. Dapremont imprint, carried by steamboat with "Pr Str. Mary" directive at lower left, slightly reduced at top and right, right edge of cover and stamp restored, cover with few age spots, otherwise Fine, a rare patriotic design with initials "C.C." for Crescent City Rifles, ex Kohn

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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2154
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2154, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Horizontal pair, huge margins to clear at top of left stamp, tied by "New Orleans La. 13 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Capt. Victor Maurin, Donaldson Artillery, at Richmond Va., with A. J. Powell "Plantation Broker" illustrated overall lithographed advertising design in gray, sender's route directive "Via Augusta", reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, advertising covers with reference to plantations or cotton are quite desirable, ex D.K. Collection

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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2155
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2155, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsNew 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). Oct. 4, 1861 folded letter -- part-printed legal notice -- originally franked with four 5c provisional stamps (one cut out from upper right and replaced with another stamp) -- used in combination with pair of United States 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), all original stamps tied together by three strikes of "Paid" cancel, "New Orleans La. 6 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp also ties two 5c stamps, manuscript "Due 6 cts." for U.S. postage -- demonetized 3c 1857 pair not recognized -- with significant note written on inside panel, which reads: "Notices of Protest similar to the within to [list of names] by me received this 12 April 1862 and placed in the Post Office at Georgetown Ky. Postage paid & in time for next mail. Noah Spears NPLC.", files folds, minor stamp faults

A REMARKABLE ACROSS-THE-LINES USE FROM NEW ORLEANS TO GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, CARRIED WELL AFTER MAIL EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE NORTH AND SOUTH WAS TERMINATED.

With the suspension of government mail exchange between Louisville and Nashville in June 1861, the express companies assumed the primary role in carrying letters across the lines. Such service was outlawed with the Federal ban on all commerce and exchange on August 26. This letter and other similar notices -- as described in the contemporary endorsement -- were sent from New Orleans to Georgetown, Kentucky, on October 4, 1861, weeks after express companies were banned from carrying such mail. The sender apparently expected that the double Confederate postage and double United States postage would assure its delivery. However, not only were the U.S. stamps invalid, the express companies were no longer carrying mail across the lines.

It is unclear how the letter reached Noah Spears (1793-1868), nor do we know his function. Some genealogical information about Spears can be found on the internet:

"...in 1853, he again established himself in business, opening a store in Georgetown, for the sale of dry goods, boots and shoes, etc., which he carried on successfully for some time. In 1860 he was appointed clerk in the Framer's Bank, at Georgetown, and in 1868, he was elected cashier; which position he still fills. During the war he felt that it was his duty to support the Union, but, nevertheless, his sympathies were strongly Southern. Being unable to resist the natural current of events, however, he took no active part in the struggle, but was afterward arrested, owing to an overstrained interpretation of a Federal order, and lodged in prison; but after a short time, was released upon the interference and solicitations of friends, who were both numerous and warm."

Ex Brown, Knapp, Brooks, Haas, Dr. Skinner and D.K. Collection. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
3,500
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2156
c
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 2156, Confederate Use of U.S. Stamps and Confederate Postmasters ProvisionalsSpartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1), Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1)Spartanburg 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, Birkinbine and D.K. Collection

22,500
12,500
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