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Sale 1064 — The Benjamin Wishnietsky Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

Category — Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
82
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 82, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Dark Carmine (61X2). Deep dark shade which we call "Claret", margins to touched but all four framelines present, light blue cancel, tiny sealed tear at top, appears Fine

600
400
83
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 83, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Light and bright shade, margins completely clear, blue town cancel, faint diagonal crease, Very Fine appearance

600
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84
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 84, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Large margins to just in at bottom, pretty shade, blue town cancel, Fine

1,000
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85
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 85, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Beautiful Orange Red shade, large margins to just clear, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Jul. 30, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Murfreesboro Tenn., manuscript "care of Capt. Peebles", stamp has faint gum toning, cover slightly reduced at right and light soiling, Very Fine, ex Seybold with his backstamps, with 1972 A.P.S. certificate

3,500
1,300
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86
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 86, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Deep purplish shade, ample to clear margins, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Eagleville Tenn., stamp has faint gum toning, cover slightly reduced at left, some minor edgewear and archival tape on back

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN ON COVER.

Ex Kimmel

4,250
1,800
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87
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 87, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Ample margins to touched at lower left, deep dark grayish shade, light blue cancel, Fine

750
500
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88
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 88, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Three ample to full margins, just into frameline at bottom, rich color, cancelled by Adams Express Company blue oval datestamp, tiny margin thin at top

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL WITH AN EXPRESS COMPANY CANCEL.

Only approximately 25 are known with any cancel, most of which are faulty. This stamp likely 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.

7,500
3,500
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89
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 89, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1), Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1)Nashville Tenn., 5c Blue entire (61XU1). Bold strike of provisional handstamp with light blue "Nashville Ten. Jul. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Marion Ala., original enclosure a form letter dated Jul. 3, 1861 (day after Tennessee admitted to Confederacy) announcing the opening of an import business and stating that notes of any reputable Confederate States bank would be accepted at par, fresh and Very Fine, one of the finest strikes of this scarce provisional extant

900
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90
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 90, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Margins all around, deep rich color, tied by "New Orleans La. 1 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Orange Court House Va., slight cover wrinkling

VERY FINE. A CHOICE FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLUE NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A CIRCULAR TO VIRGINIA.

Approximately 30 covers are known with the 2c Blue (27 in Crown census), including circular and drop rates. More than half of the covers have stamps without four margins or faults in the stamp or cover. This is a particularly nice example

4,250
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91
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 91, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.New Orleans La., 2c Blue, 2c Red, 5c Brown thru Yellow Brown (62X1-62X5), New Orleans La., 2c Blue, 2c Red, 5c Brown thru Yellow Brown (62X1-62X5)New Orleans La., 2c Blue, 2c Red, 5c Brown thru Yellow Brown (62X1-62X5). Complete set of the New Orleans Provisionals less the extremely rare 5c Red, the two 2c stamps unused (no gum), Nos. 62X3-62X4 used incl. second 62X4 with part strike of "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O" handstamp, three unused examples of 62X5 incl. one on very thin paper, mostly large margins with just a few sides close, a tiny flaw or two but overall chosen for soundness and choice appearance, Fine-Very Fine, a nice group

1,495
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92
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 92, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Sheet margin at right, other sides to touching at bottom, tied by "Paid" straightline handstamp with clear "New Orleans La. 29 Jul." circular datestamp on cover to Terry's Depot Miss., missing top flap and couple small cover tears at top, otherwise Very Fine

450
275
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93
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 93, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Ample margins to clear at bottom right corner, distinctive Ocher shade, unobtrusive cancel, Very Fine

625
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94
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 94, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.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). Vertical pair, large margins on deeply blued paper, two neat strikes of "Paid" straightline handstamp and tied by "New Orleans La. 21 Sep." circular datestamp on small cover to Lynchburg Va., missing top flap, light soiling, still Very Fine

700
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95
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 95, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.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 large to huge margins with trace of adjoining stamp at bottom, just in at top, rich color, tied by "Paid" straightline handstamp, "New Orleans La. 1 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Plaquemine La., with red and blue 11-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic design (F11-11), "R. Coburn, Bookseller, N.O." imprint, light soiling and edge wear

VERY FINE COVER. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON A CONFEDERATE 11-STAR FLAG PATRIOTIC COVER.

We are aware of eight patriotic covers with the 5c New Orleans provisional stamp, including red and blue Flag and Cannon designs and the unique "Soldier" design in black. The 11-Star Flag on this cover is a modification of an earlier 10-star flag, with center star added. The predecessor 10-star design of this flag is also known used with a New Orleans 5c Provisional from the same writer (ex D.K. collection, Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1091).

Illustrated in Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages (p. 69).

10,000
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96
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 96, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1), New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1)New Orleans La., 5c Black entire (62XU1). Bold strikes of "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." and "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line handstamps, "New Orleans La. Nov. 27, 1861" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Natchez Miss., two strikes of "Steam" handstamp applied on arrival, small part of backflap missing, small tear at top not affecting any markings

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP.

The Crown survey records only six examples of the New Orleans 5c entire. While there exist more than six it remains an elusive Confederate Provisional

4,500
2,900
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97
 
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 97, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 7, margins to touching at top, tied to small piece by blue "Petersburg Va. 5cts. Nov. 3" integral-rate circular datestamp showing the "dropped 5 cts." variety, Very Fine

750
600
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98
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 98, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 2, sheet margin at top, full margins other sides to touched at upper right, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Feb. 13" circular datestamp on brown homemade cover to Lynchburg Va., box notation at top, stamp with light crease and cover barely reduced at sides, Very Fine appearance

2,500
1,100
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99
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 99, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Clear strike on folded letter datelined "Asylum, October 21st, 1861", blue "Raleigh N.C. Oct. 2?" double-circle datestamp, addressed to Oaks N.C., minor wear on top fold, Very Fine, extremely unusual to find this provisional on a folded letter

600
275
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100
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 100, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Clear strike of this often faintly struck provisional handstamp, blue "Raleigh N.C. Aug. 10" double-circle datestamp on orange-buff cover to Cleveland N.C., missing top flap, small tape stain at left, still Very Fine

650
200
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101
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 101, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1), Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1)Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU1). Perfect strike of “Post Office, Salem, N.C. O.A. Keehln, P.M.” circular handstamp with manuscript “Paid 5” C.S.A. rate on yellow cover to "Hon. R. Puryear Richmond Va.", full clear strike of “Salem N.C. Jan. 18” (1862) circular datestamp, original letter enclosed datelined Jan. 18, 1862, missing part of backflap from opening, front is immaculate

EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF THE SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA, POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL.

Richard Clauselle Puryear (1801-67) served as a Whig and then as a "Know Nothing" member of the United States House of Representatives in the 1850's, before serving in the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861.

We sold an example of the Salem Provisional from the Peter Sharrer collection that we described as the finest example extant (Siegel Sale 1035, lot 85, realized $5,000 hammer). This example, on the same type of envelope, has equally clear strikes.

1,750
7,500
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102
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 102, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU3), Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU3)Salem N.C., 5c Black entire (73XU3). Bold strike of “Post Office, Salem, N.C. O.A. Keehln, P.M. Paid 5” circular handstamp, "Salem N.C. Dec. ?" circular datestamp on cover to Gen. S. F. Patterson at Patterson N.C., light soiling

VERY FINE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE SALEM N.C. POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE WITH "PAID" AND "5" HANDSTAMPS.

Fewer than ten examples of the "Paid" and "5" handstamped entire are known. This is the first we have offered since 2002.

Ex Caspary

2,250
5,250
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103
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 103, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Savannah Ga., 5c Black entire (101XU1), Savannah Ga., 5c Black entire (101XU1)Savannah Ga., 5c Black entire (101XU1). "Paid 5" handstamp with control mark at left, "Savannah Ga. Paid Sep. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Hamburg S.C., Very Fine, ex MacBride

400
225
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104
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 104, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Savannah Ga., 10c Black entire (101XU3), Savannah Ga., 10c Black entire (101XU3)Savannah Ga., 10c Black entire (101XU3). "Paid 10" handstamp with clear strike of control mark at left, "Savannah Ga. Paid Jan. 14" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Hickory Fork Va., backflap tear nicks cover at top, Very Fine

750
700
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105
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 105, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Statesville N.C., 5c Black entire (79XU1), Statesville N.C., 5c Black entire (79XU1)Statesville N.C., 5c Black entire (79XU1). Bold "Paid 5" provisional handstamp, "Statesville N.C. Oct. 23" circular datestamp on cover to Eagle Mills S.C., small spot of cover thinning at right, Very Fine and scarce, only 19 are recorded in the Crown survey, we offered another example from this correspondence in our 2002 Dr. Agre sale which lacked the datestamp

900
800
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106
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 106, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Talbotton Ga., 5c Black entire (94XU1), Talbotton Ga., 5c Black entire (94XU1)Talbotton Ga., 5c Black entire (94XU1). Provisional handstamp at left with "Talbotton Ga. Oct. 7, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Thomaston Ga., slightly reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, only eight are recorded in Crown survey

1,000
750
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107
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 107, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2), Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2)Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2). Clear bold strike at top right, "Thomasville Ga. Oct. 26" circular datestamp on cover to Savannah Ga., slightly reduced at left just touching the rim of the datestamp, Very Fine

900
475
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108
c
Sale Number 1064, Lot Number 108, Postmasters` Provisionals: Nashville Ten. thru Tuscumbia Ala.Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1), Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1)Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1). Clear strike with "Tuscumbia Ala. Oct. 1" circular datestamp on buff cover to Yellow Creek Ala., reduced at left, still Very Fine and rare, only eight are recorded in the Crown survey

4,000
1,900
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