VERY FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT AND 10-CENT CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA PROVISIONAL ESSAYS.
Little is known about these designs, except that they are printed on the same paper as the issued 5c stamps. The Calhoun book notes it seems likely the postmaster originally considered the idea of 2c, 5c and 10c stamps and that the 2c and 10c were likely discarded due to the cost of printing.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. APART FROM THE UNIQUE BLOCK OF FIFTEEN, THIS IS THE ONLY REPORTED UNUSED MULTIPLE OF THE CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
Prior to the discovery of the block of fifteen in 1979 (see lot 541 in our Sale 1065), this was the only recorded unused multiple.
Two backstamps (one just shows thru at center). Ex Caspary and Calhoun. Illustrated in the Calhoun book on p. 60.