Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016
Category — Civil War: Confederate Postmasters Provisionals, cont.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE PROVISIONAL PAYING THE DROP RATE.
The Crown census records only 23 covers with the 2c Mobile provisional.
Pencil note on back "12/27/88 Durbin & Hanes" (sold in 1888 by this old Philadelphia stamp firm). Ex Dr. Simon and D.K. Collection
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE PROVISIONAL ON A CIRCULAR-RATE COVER.
The Crown census records only 23 covers with the 2c Mobile provisional. Ex Felton and Warren
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING PAIR OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT CARMINE PROVISIONAL ON COVER.
Probably no more than twelve pairs of the 5c Nashville provisional are known on covers, including all shade varieties and in all grades of condition. This pair is one of the finest on-cover multiples of the Carmine (two or three known) and ranks among the top three pairs for any of the Scott-listed colors.
Ex Brooks, Emerson, Dr. Simon and D.K. Collection. With 2012 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL COVER ADDRESSED IN CARE OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL GIDEON J. PILLOW.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Logwood commanded "Logwood's Battalion" (6th Tennessee Cavalry), and operated in Kentucky and near the state line during the fall of 1861.
Ex Walske. With 1986 C.S.A. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH-QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL ON A CIRCULAR-RATE COVER.
Approximately 30 covers are known with the 2c Blue (27 in Crown census), including circular rates and drop rates. More than half of the covers have stamps without four margins or faults in the stamp or cover.
Ex Grant, Meroni, Dr. Simon and D.K. Collection. With 2016 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE RINGGOLD CONFEDERATE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
The Crown survey and our own records of the Ringgold provisional contain five full entires, one of which is a late use with 5c Local Prints paying postage. A piece is also recorded and there may be a sixth entire.
Ex Emerson, Baldwin (H.R. Harmer Feb. 18, 1963 auction) and Powell.
VERY FINE AND RARE. ONE OF ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES OF THE SELMA, ALABAMA, PROVISIONAL ON A CORNER CARD COVER RECORDED IN CROWN.
The Crown Survey contains only fifteen examples in total, four of which are on corner card covers (this example illustrated on p. 324).
Ex Hessel, Buchanan and Dr. Brandon
VERY FINE ON-COVER EXAMPLE OF THE SCARCE SPARTANBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON RULED WHITE PAPER. APPROXIMATELY TWENTY COVERS ARE KNOWN .
John A. Lee was a prominent merchant who served as postmaster of Spartanburg from 1850 through the end of the war. Residents of Spartanburg remembered him as the "Wartime Postmaster" (John B. O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, available at Google Books -- thanks to Vince King for this citation).
Postmaster Lee created his provisional stamps by applying the "5" numeral rate marking inside the "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp on a sheet of paper. The stamps are known cut square and cut to shape. As one might imagine, the stamps come on a variety of papers. Two types of "5" markings were used, and one example is known with the denomination omitted. Most of the paper and numeral varieties are listed separately in the C.S.A. and Scott catalogues. However, the ruled paper variety is not listed in Scott (although it was in 1967 when this cover was last certified). It is mentioned in the C.S.A. Catalog as "unconfirmed with conflicting auction descriptions."
Spartanburg S.C. takes its name from the "Spartan Rifles," a group of militia soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The name was adopted by Confederate soldiers from Spartanburg during the Civil War.
Corporal Edward J. Dean and the Dean correspondence were the subjects of an article by the late Daniel M. Gilbert, published in the Confederate Philatelist.
Joseph Walker was enrolled as captain of the Spartan Rifles on April 13, 1861. Micah Jenkins, a resident of Yorkville, South Carolina, was mustered into service as colonel of the 5th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861. He was elected colonel of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, on April 13, 1862, and promoted to brigadier general in July 1862.
Ex Meroni, Lilly and Dr. Brandon. Raymond H. Weill backstamp. With 1967 P.F. certificate as Scott 78X1a, which at the time was the Scott listing for "with blue ruled lines"
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE COBBS CORRESPONDENCE. ONLY 13 ON-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE UNIONTOWN POSTMASTER’S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL ON GRAY BLUE PAPER ARE RECORDED BY CROWN.
The Cobbs correspondence was found by R. S. Nelson of Birmingham, Alabama. According to reports at the time of the discovery, Mrs. Cobbs had been ill in a Montgomery hospital, and her husband wrote to her from Uniontown “daily, and sometimes twice a day, for some three weeks” (Crown book, page 344).
Ex Caspary, Hart, Telep, Dr. Maffeo and Sharrer. With 1990 P.F. certificate.
A VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE COBBS CORRESPONDENCE. ONLY 13 COVERS WITH THE UNIONTOWN 5-CENT GREEN ON GRAY BLUE PAPER ARE RECORDED IN THE CROWN CENSUS.
Although the Scott Catalogue does not distinguish between types, the distinctive typography of Position 2 should qualify it as a major variety of Uniontown provisionals.
Ex Ferrary, Hind, Hall, Gross, Felton and Warren.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE WALTERBOROUGH HANDSTAMP. PERHAPS A HALF-DOZEN ARE RECORDED.
Although the Scott Catalogue lists the 10c handstamp in both Black and Carmine, neither Crown nor our own records confirm the existence of a Black entire. Of the Carmine we record six entires, all 1864 dates as follows: Jan. 15, Mar. 18, Apr. 15 (on a printed form), May 16 (offered here), Aug. 31 (turned use and charge box notation) and Nov. 9 (turned use). A cut square on a U.S. 3c Star Die entire is also known.