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Sale 1104 — Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2232
og
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2232, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Positions 27/35, vertical pair, large margins with traces of adjoining stamps at left and part three-line imprint at bottom, just clear at top right, original gum, tiny h.r., horizontal creases thru top stamp, between stamps and in margin where it ends in small paper breaks

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 2-CENT BLUE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL WITH BOTTOM IMPRINT AND THE ONLY PAIR.

This and an unused single are the only two recorded examples of the 2c Blue with bottom imprint.

Ex Caspary, Dr. Skinner, D.K. Collection and Pegram. With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
2233
ng
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2233, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue, 2c Red (62X1, 62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Blue, 2c Red (62X1, 62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Blue, 2c Red (62X1, 62X2). Two of each, unused (no gum), one Blue with trace of imprint at bottom, other on pelure paper, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine group

830
250
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2234
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2234, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Clear margins, rich color, cancelled by "PD 2CTS/N.O.P.O." handstamp, Very Fine, scarce marking, no 2c stamps are known on cover with this handstamp, perhaps a half-dozen are known off cover, with 2011 C.S.A. certificate

550
700
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2235
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2235, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large margins, tied by neat strike of "New Orleans La. 2 Mar." circular datestamp on 1862 folded letter from Citizen's Bank of Louisiana to Carroll Hoy & Co., faint vertical file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE. A CHOICE FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT BLUE NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A DROP-RATE COVER. THIS IS REPORTED TO BE THE LATEST KNOWN USE OF THIS ISSUE.

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.

Ex Brown

5,000
6,750
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2236
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2236, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large margins incl. part of adjoining stamps at top and left, tied by "New Orleans La. 31 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Columbia Tenn., vertical file fold well away from stamp

VERY FINE. A CHOICE FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL ON A CIRCULAR-RATE COVER.

Signed Dietz

5,000
2,000
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2237
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2237, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Three large to huge margins, just barely in at right, tied by "New Orleans La. 7 Mar." (1862) circular datestamp on cover to local address, left side of cover has long repaired opening tears

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE DROP-RATE USE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT RED PROVISIONAL. ONLY TEN COVERS ARE RECORDED.

New Orleans postmaster, J. L. Riddell, prepared provisional stamps in June 1861 and advertised them for sale on June 12th. The 2c Red stamps were printed without the marginal inscription "Usable exclusively in the New Orleans Post Office". The 5c and subsequent 2c Blue printings all have the imprint. It is the accepted theory that the 2c Red stamps were printed first, before Riddell added the imprint, and were withheld from use until January 1862 when the supply of 2c Blue stamps was exhausted. The Crown book lists six 2c Red covers, while Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (Congress Book, 1978) recorded eight covers. We have located ten covers.

Ex Zimmerman.

25,000
5,250
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2238
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2238, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2), New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2)New Orleans La., 2c Red (62X2). Ample margins to just barely in, neat strike of Feb. 17, 1862 circular datestamp, few faults incl. large sealed tear at top, otherwise Fine and scarce

1,000
200
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2239
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2239, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Margins to in, cancelled by red New Orleans River Mail double-circle datestamp, thinned at top, Fine appearance, rare cancel, with 2002 A.P.S. certificate

E. 200-300
600
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2240
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2240, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Three, two with large margins to full, other margins to just in, range of cancels incl. two with "Paid" and one with circular datestamp, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine

600
180
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2241
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2241, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New 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 clear, tied by well-struck "New Orleans La. 12 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Woodville Miss., some overall wear, Very Fine

450
250
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2242
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2242, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New 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 incl. left sheet margin, tied by "New Orleans La. Jul. 30" (1861) double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Pass Christian Miss., forwarded before it got to Pass Christian to Jackson Miss. bold "New Orleans La. 1 Aug." circular datestamp, "Forwarded" and "5" handstamps, restored along edges and slightly reduced at bottom, still Very Fine and very unusual, the New Orleans wharf office marking cancels the stamp and all forwarding markings were struck in New Orleans so it never even went to Pass Christian before being rerouted to the recipient

E. 500-750
900
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2243
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2243, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two, large margins to in, tied by "New Orleans La. 16 Jun." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Port Gibson, significantly reduced at bottom where refolded, some toned spots also affect stamps, small piece added to cover at bottom right, still Fine and early use (earliest recorded use is June 12)

E. 200-300
200
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2244
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2244, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, tied by two strikes of "Paid", "New Orleans La. 23 Jul." (1861) circular datestamp on bright white cover to Port Royal Va., pair has small faint corner crease at upper left, Extremely Fine, a fresh and superb cover, ex Caspary and Kilbourne

850
700
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2245
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2245, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Large margins to full, pretty color, neat strike of "Paid" cancel, light horizontal crease at top, some slight toning at top left, otherwise Very Fine

625
425
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2246
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2246, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Full margins to just in at right, tied by "New Orleans La. 8 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Laurel Hill La., stamp slightly affected from placement at edge of cover, Fine appearance, scarce use of the Ocher shade on cover

2,750
425
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2247
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2247, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Huge margins to full, rich color, bold strike of "Southern E(xpress Co.) New (Orleans) Oct. 3" (1861) double-circle datestamp, also trace of blue cancel, Very Fine and choice, scarce cancel, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate

E. 200-300
250
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2248
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2248, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Unused single, used single and horizontal pair, the used single affixed over piece of U.S. 3c entire, pair with left sheet margin, few faults, appear Fine-Very Fine

1,100
180
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2249
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2249, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Full margins, tied by "New Orleans La. Oct. 9, 1861" double-circle datestamp on folded letter datelined "Natchez Octr. 7th 1861" to New Orleans, stamp affixed over "Steamer Genl. Quitman" handstamp, vertical file fold well away from markings and stamp

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A COVER WITH A CONFEDERATE PACKET BOAT MARKING.

According to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, the General Quitman is believed to have been built at New Albany, Indiana, in 1859 for a New Orleans ship owner. It was "one of the best and most powerful boats on the river" in 1862 and one of the last to escape from the city on April 24, evacuating upriver "a good many ladies, some officers, and some ordnance stores." The General Quitman continued to serve the Confederate Army as a troop and supply ship on the western rivers until war's end. It passed to private ownership and sank at New Texas Landing, near Morganza La., on October 23, 1868.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700
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2250
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2250, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Large margins to barely touched, tied by "New Orleans La. 6 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on all-over "Goodrich & Co., Wholesale Grocers & Commission Merchants" advertising cover to Dadeville Ala., missing top flap where slightly reduced, minor edgewear, Fine and scarce use on an advertising cover

E. 750-1,000
850
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2251
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2251, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Position 36, large margins incl. part imprint at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 4 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Vaughans Station Miss., reduced at left, Very Fine, scarce with the imprint and with such nice margins

E. 300-400
200
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2252
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2252, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Large margins to in at bottom left, rich color, tied by "New Orleans La. 14 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Terry Depot and forwarded twice, first to Utica Miss. and then to Burtonton Miss., red "Terry Miss. Nov. 18" circular datestamp with day in manuscript, manuscript "Mail Ford from Terry Due 5" and signed, some edgewear, red notation at top may not be contemporary, still Fine and unusual, forwarded twice but only charged once for forwarding postage

E. 400-500
225
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2253
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2253, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, tied by "New Orleans La. 26 Sep." circular datestamp on cover to Morales de la Vacca Tex., missent and with bold strike of "Port Lavaca, Tex. Oct. 12, 1861" circular datestamp and "Missent" handstamp, missing top flap, some toning, cover reduced and repaired, still Very Fine and very unusual use, this is reported to be the only known use of a "Missent" marking at a Confederate Texas post office, with 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
2,700
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2254
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2254, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.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). Horizontal pair, large to huge margins, rich color, tied by two "Paid" handstamps, "New Orleans La. 31 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Lebanon Tenn., red and blue 11-Star Confederate Flag cut out and glued to upper left corner -- we cannot be certain if this is contemporary to mailing or a later addition (therefore, "as is") -- cover has tear at right, missing most of top flap, pair is Extremely Fine, ex Hall, a similar cover is illustrated in the Wishnietsky book (Fig. 113), Scott value for pair on cover is $700.00

E. 750-1,000
550
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2255
 
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2255, Postmasters Provisionals: New Orleans La.New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Four singles, incl. one with imprint at bottom, few small faults, Fine-Very Fine appearance

820
225
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