VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE FOUR-LINE 5-CENT MACON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.
FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE MACON FOUR-LINE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A FORWARDED COVER.
The Macon provisional with "Post Office, Macon, Ga." added to the setting is very rare on cover (Peter W. W. Powell reported 24 on cover in the Confederate Philatelist, Sep.-Oct. 2000). We have only been able to locate one other which was forwarded (ex Kilbourne)
EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE MACON 5-CENT FLORAL BORDER PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES KNOWN ON COVER.
The person most likely to be the Macon postmaster who issued the provisional stamps is Dr. Edward L. Strohecker, a graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina, who was elected three times as Macon's mayor. He helped to organize the Georgia Medical Association, and travelled to visit and treat Confederate troops during the war. Another postmaster and possible stamp issuer is Washington Poe, a relative of the poet, who also served a term as mayor and was elected as a Union delegate to the Georgia Secession Convention in Milledgeville.
All of the Macon provisional stamps were printed from typeset forms. The 2c and two of the three 5c settings simply state the denomination and nothing else, and they were the first stamps printed. These were followed by the four-line "square" stamp, which includes the words "Post Office" and "Macon, Ga." The order of issue is confused by the Scott Catalogue listings.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT MARION, VIRGINIA POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. A PHENOMENAL RARITY.
James H. Francis was appointed U.S. postmaster of Marion on December 31, 1859, and he was reappointed as Confederate postmaster on July 16, 1861 (Richard L. Calhoun, The Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia).
Our records now contain seven covers with the Marion 10c provisional, plus a repaired stamp affixed to the back of a cover noted in the Crown book as part of the Worthington collection. The most recent discovery of a Marion provisional occurred in March 2000 when a nearly complete cover surfaced in an auction of the R. G. Hunter estate in Virginia (sold in our 2000 Rarities sale, Sale 824, lot 443). In addition to the seven stamps on covers, there are two unused singles (the one offered here and the other ex Ferrary) and perhaps one or two off-cover singles.
With 1997 C.S.A. certificate
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL IN A DISTINCTIVE DARK SHADE AND NICELY TIED ON A LOCALLY-ADDRESSED PIECE. ONLY FIFTEEN COVERS RECORDED BY CROWN.
This is the most intense shade we recall seeing on this issue. Ex Boshwit. Scott Retail $12,500.00 as full cover.
FINE APPEARANCE AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A 12-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC COVER.
Ex Walcott, Antrim and Pope. Illustrated in 1959 and 1986 editions of the Dietz book. With 1986 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COVER BEARING FOUR SINGLES OF THE 5-CENT RED MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL, APPARENTLY FROM FOUR DIFFERENT SHEETS.
20c frankings such as this are rare. Ex Caspary and Matz.
EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENTIRE.
Ex Hind, Emerson and Brooks. With 2000 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE AND SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON ORANGE ENTIRE.