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Sale 1104 — Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2121
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2121, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Gainsville Ala., 5c Black entire (27XU1), Gainsville Ala., 5c Black entire (27XU1)Gainsville Ala., 5c Black entire (27XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking with "Gainsville Ala. Mar. 16" circular datestamp on expertly restored cover to Eutaw Ala., Very Fine appearance, extremely rare, less than five are known, ex Knapp

4,500
1,200
2122
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2122, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2). Clear strike of provisional marking on yellow cover to Harrisburg Tex., Very Fine, unusual without the town postmark

2,000
1,200
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2123
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2123, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1), Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1)Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1). Clear strike with control mark on back, neat "Georgetown S.C. Dec. 5, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Dunn's Rock P.O. N.C., missing part of top flap and piece out at top left repaired (does not affect any markings), Very Fine appearance, approximately a dozen are known

3,400
1,000
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2124
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2124, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Goliad Tex., 10c Black on Rose (29X5), Goliad Tex., 10c Black on Rose (29X5)Goliad Tex., 10c Black on Rose (29X5). Type I, three large margins, just touched at bottom, faintly signed "Clark P.M." in red, lightly cancelled, small thins and professionally restored along right edge ("repaired" backstamp)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT GOLIAD PROVISIONAL ON ROSE PAPER. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ON ROSE PAPER.

The Confederate postmaster of Goliad was John (Jno.) A. Clarke, whose name was signed by hand on stamps of the first provisional issue and set in type as part of the setting for the second issue. Clarke also served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Paine Female Institute, which later became Goliad College. Clarke signed an oath of allegiance after the war on January 9, 1866 (an image of the document is available at www.fold3.com ).

August Dietz reported that the Goliad provisional stamps and the similar stamps of Helena, Texas, were printed at the offices of the Goliad Messenger. The editor of this newspaper was Reverend Alexander F. Cox (his middle initial was incorrectly stated as "M." by Dietz). The publisher was R. W. Peirce.

The Goliad provisionals were printed from typeset forms in denominations of 5c and 10c. The Type I setting, without Clarke's name, was used to print stamps issued prior to the Type II setting, probably in 1861 and 1862. 10c stamps are much scarcer from this earlier period, since the rate was still 5c for distances under 500 miles. The Type II setting was probably made in 1863.

Our census of Goliad provisionals, available at our website at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/GoliadTX.pdf , records two examples of the Goliad on Rose paper. The other, ex Ferrary, Hind, Caspary and Lilly, is on a patriotic cover (may not originate). Two other 10c Type I are known, on Gray paper (Scott 29X4).

With 1990 C.S.A. certificate. Ex Weill Stock and our 1991 Rarities sale.

History of the Goliad provisionals: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/GoliadTX.pdf

12,000
8,500
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2125
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2125, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Greensboro N.C., 10c Red entire (32XU1), Greensboro N.C., 10c Red entire (32XU1)Greensboro N.C., 10c Red entire (32XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking, light strike of red "Greensboro N.C. ? 6" circular datestamp on cover to Fayetteville N.C., some minor wear and soiling, still Very Fine, scarce, only nine are recorded, this is the first we have offered since 2003

1,250
450
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2126
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2126, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1), Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1)Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1). Bold strike of provisional marking, "Houston Tex. Jul. 17" circular datestamp on yellow 1861 cover to Bellville Tex., with original enclosure from a bank with small red and blue 7-Star Flag Patriotic design, Very Fine

750
2,300
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2127
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2127, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1), Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1)Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1). Bold strike of provisional marking, "Houston Tex. Aug. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Eutaw P.O. Tex., slightly reduced at left and some slight edgewear, still Very Fine

750
600
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2128
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2128, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2), Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2)Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2). Clear strike of provisional marking, "Houston Tex. Oct. 5" circular datestamp on blue "Ballinger & Jack, Attorneys at Law, Galveston, Texas" cameo corner card cover addressed to "M. Austin Bryan Esq., Capt. Dallas' Company, State Troops from Washington Co., Liberty Texas", slightly reduced at top where missing top flap, lightly cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT HOUSTON TEXAS PROVISIONAL ON A CAMEO CORNER CARD COVER. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.

Less than a dozen covers are recorded.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,600
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2129
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2129, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2), Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2)Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2). Provisional handstamp struck at left on cover to Brazos Tex., bold "Houston Tex. Jul. 29" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at sides and minor edge repairs, still Very Fine and scarce, less than a dozen are known

2,000
425
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2130
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2130, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Iuka Miss., 5c Black entire (42XU1), Iuka Miss., 5c Black entire (42XU1)Iuka Miss., 5c Black entire (42XU1). Bold two-line provisional handstamp, "Iuka Miss. Nov. 16, 1861" circular datestamp on green cover with blue Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic, four-line verse below scene, to Northport Ala., expertly restored along edges where some staining removed, two backflaps replaced

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE IUKA PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC. ONLY ONE OTHER RECORDED IN CROWN.

Ex Everett.

4,000
2,000
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2131
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2131, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1), Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1)Jackson Miss., 5c Black entire (43XU1). Clear provisional marking, neat "Jackson Miss. Oct. 10" circular datestamp on cover to "Gen'l. C. G. Dahlgren, Army of the Sea Coast, Shieldsboro Miss.", minor edgewear and age spots, otherwise Very Fine

750
300
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2132
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2132, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Jackson Miss., 10c Black entire (43XU2), Jackson Miss., 10c Black entire (43XU2)Jackson Miss., 10c Black entire (43XU2). Clear strike of provisional marking with "Jackson Miss. Sep. 12" circular datestamp on yellow legal-size cover to military address at "Miss. Army, Pass Christian Miss.", 1861 docketing at left indicates sender is Chief of Ordnance, few edge faults, light creases and age spots, still Very Fine and rare, only three are recorded, this example unlisted in Crown census but from same correspondence as one other, ex Dr. Agre, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
200
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2133
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2133, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Unusually clear strike of provisional handstamp on cover to Dandridge Tenn., provisional marking struck almost completely inverted in relation to others contained in our records, expertly repaired at top edge

FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES OF THE JONESBORO PROVISIONAL ARE RECORDED IN BLUE.

The Crown survey counts fifteen examples of the Jonesboro provisional entire, including five struck in Black and ten in Dark Blue. Some of these, such as the example offered here, do not have any town datestamp.

7,000
1,700
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2134
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2134, Postmasters Provisionals: Gainsville Ala. Thru Jonesboro Tenn.Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Cut square, 28 x 29mm, detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, scarce, only ten entires are known, Scott Retail $5,000.00 as full entire

E. 500-750
850
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