FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE DANVILLE CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. ONLY NINE ARE KNOWN.
Our records of the rare Danville provisional stamp include nine examples, as follows.
1) On piece dated Oct. 3, ex Ferrary, Caspary
2) Laid paper (Scott 21X2), off-cover with bottom right corner clipped, ex Hind (Siegel Sale 954, lot 3199)
3) Dated Oct. 4, affixed to a cover on which it may not have originated, ex Hessel, Kilbourne, Dr. Agre (Siegel Sale 933, lot 919)
4) Tied on cover, Oct. 9, ex Caspary, Lilly
Octagonal margins or cut to shape:
5) Off cover, dated Oct. 3, ex Caspary
6) Tied on cover, Oct. 29, ex Emerson, Weatherly and Dr. Brandon (Siegel Sale 1073, lot 230, realized $28,000 hammer)
7) Tied on cover, Oct. 30, ex Kimmel
8) Cut to small oval shape, dated Oct. 11, ex Deats, the example offered here
9) Cut to shape, December Danville postmark (Siegel Sale 1002, lot 4111, realized $1,500 hammer)
Ex Deats. With 2005 P.S.E. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT DANVILLE PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
One of the few recorded Danville provisional entires used to prepay postage -- others have stamps or stamp remnants. Ex Walcott and Wiseman. With 1997 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE PROVISIONAL STAMP MADE FROM THE SELVAGE OF UNITED STATES POSTAGE. ONLY NINE EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED, AND ALL ARE ON COVERS. THIS IS THE ONLY FORWARDED USE.
Thanks to research by Richard L. Calhoun, the unusual Emory provisional stamp made from the selvage of United States 1c 1857 sheets can be properly attributed to Professor Edmund Longley, rather than his successor, Isaac C. Fowler (Richard L. Calhoun, "Emory, Virginia, Postmasters and Provisionals," Confederate Philatelist, October-December 2011, and The Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia).
Longley, a professor at Emory & Henry College, served as U.S. postmaster of Emory (appointed January 12, 1847) and as C.S.A. postmaster from July 27 to August 30, 1861, when Fowler was appointed to replace Longley. The Emory provisional adhesives were issued during Longley's term.
Postmaster Longley created his provisional issue by stamping the office "Paid" and "5" rate markings on the blank selvage of United States 1c 1857 Issue sheets. This method is unique among Confederate provisionals and, in all of philately, there are only a few issues created from the sheet selvage of other stamps. The Philadelphia carrier stamps made from the selvage of imperforate 1c 1851 sheets are similar in concept to the Emory provisionals.
The Calhoun census and our own records are in accord with nine covers bearing the Emory provisional (we know of no off-cover stamps), ranging in dates from June 24, 1861, to February 11, 1862. There are three known stamp formats: Paid over 5; Paid under 5; and 5 with Paid at top and side (narrow selvage). Two of the nine recorded covers have manuscript town postmarks, and four have stamps left uncancelled. This is the only forwarded cover; forwarding postage should not have been charged since this was sent to a military address -- a Captain in the 45th Regiment Virginia Volunteers.
With 1990 C.S.A. certificate. Accompanied by unused bottom selvage pair of No. 24, which is what was used to make this provisional issue.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE MULTIPLE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG 5-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL.
Ex Wickersham and Hall
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A PHENOMENAL USE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL AS FORWARDING POSTAGE ON A 10-CENT MONTGOMERY POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE, WITH ORIGINAL CONTENTS FROM A SLAVE DEALER. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH A CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE STAMP USED IN COMBINATION WITH ANOTHER POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL OF ANY KIND.
This cover was illustrated and described as a new discovery in an article by Van Dyk MacBride in the Jan. 1961 issue of Confederate Philatelist (copy accompanies). We record only one other cover with a Confederate postmaster's adhesive provisional stamp used with another postmaster's provisional (Charleston S.C. 5c adhesive with Hamburgh S.C. handstamp, Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1018, realized $20,000 hammer). The presence of two different rates on this cover is an added element of interest.
Ex Solomon (1981 Kaufman sale). With 1985 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE STAMP AND AN ATTRACTIVE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER.
Ex Hart, Brooks and Emerson. Signed Ashbrook. 1989 P.F. certificate no longer accompanies