VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST EXAMPLE OF A BALTIMORE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMPED ENVELOPE. A RARE COLOR COMBINATION WITH THE "JAMES M. BUCHANAN" SIGNATURE HANDSTAMP STRUCK IN BLACK.
The Baltimore provisional envelopes with the signature handstamp in black and other markings in blue were evidently the earliest of Postmaster Buchanan's issues. This September 7, 1845, envelope is addressed to Miss Delia M. Black, who married Gilbert Roger Jr. on October 6, 1845, after which point letters were addressed to her married name. Both the Hayes published census and the Shearer unpublished census list this envelope as number 1 in the handstamped envelope section. Twelve examples of the 5c Blue/Black combination envelope were recorded by Shearer as of June 1996 (plus the unlisted 5c envelope and two 10c Blue/Black envelopes offered in the Frelinghuysen Sale).
No. 1 in Hayes census. Small "W.H.C." (Warren H. Colson) handstamp at lower right. Ex Col. Green and Frelinghuysen. The Scott U.S. Specialized mentions that entires with the black signature handstamp were issued first and "sell for more," but this handstamp color combination is not given its own major listing. Scott value for blue signature handstamp is $6,500.00.
EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE BALTIMORE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL 5-CENT BLUE ON BUFF ENTIRE.
No. 23 in Hayes census. With 1997 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH ORIGINAL GUM. FEW EXIST IN THIS CONDITION.
Examples of the New York Postmaster's Provisional with any part of their original gum are scarce. This lightly hinged stamp with large even margins is a true condition rarity.
With 2006 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail as unused without gum.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT NEW YORK POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE WITHOUT SIGNATURE AND WITH A STITCH WATERMARK. THIS IS THE FINEST WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.
While stitch watermarks are occasionally seen on the U.S. 1847 Issue, they are extremely rare on the New York Postmaster's Provisional. Philip T. Wall discussed stitch watermarks on the New York provisionals in Chronicle 112 (p. 227), citing Philip H. Ward's 1926 article in Mekeel's Stamp News about a stitch watermark example that was the first Ward had ever encountered. Wall stated that this is the only reference he had ever read about the variety and had never encountered one himself.
With 2012 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; unpriced in SMQ). While P.S.E. does not publish a Population Report for Postmasters' Provisionals, their records show that this is the highest grade awarded for a normal 9X1e and the only example to achieve a 95 grade.
A VERY FINE COMPLETE SHEET OF THE PROVIDENCE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
Ex Hansen. With 1980 P.F. certificate