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Sale 1132 — The Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 22 June, 2016

Category — Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3079
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3079, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Danville Va., 5c Black entire (21XU1), Danville Va., 5c Black entire (21XU1)Danville Va., 5c Black entire (21XU1). Style with "Southern" curved, press-printed illustrated design on cover with "Danville Ins. Co., Danville Va." blue embossed design on top flap, to Lynchburg Va., neat "Danville Va. Aug. 28" circular datestamp, some docketing, some soiling, cover with repaired tear affecting design and top flap expertly reattached, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Wiseman

9,000
1,300
3080
 
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3080, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff, Cut Square (21XU3), Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff, Cut Square (21XU3)Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff, Cut Square (21XU3). Press-printed illustrated design on octagonally cut square, Danville Va. circular datestamp struck over design, Very Fine, while a cut square this is a very unusual example of the Danville press-printed provisional with the datestamp "cancelling" the design, a Power Search review failed to find a similar example -- either cut down or full size apart from the two offered in this sale, with 1993 P.S.E. certificate as 21XU2 (the Scott classification of envelope colors, including Dark Buff versus Amber, is questionable), Scott Retail as full entire $9,000.00

E. 500-750
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3081
 
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3081, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff, Cut Square (21XU3), Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff, Cut Square (21XU3)Danville Va., 5c Black on Dark Buff, Cut Square (21XU3). Press-printed illustrated design on cut square, different shade of paper than the example offered in prior lot, Danville Va. circular datestamp struck over design, Very Fine, while a cut square this is a very unusual example of the Danville press-printed provisional with the datestamp "cancelling" the design, a Power Search review failed to find a similar example -- either cut down or full size apart from the two offered in this sale, with 1962 P.F. certificate as "Hard Buff"

E. 500-750
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3082
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3082, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Danville Va., 10c Red entire (21XU1 var), Danville Va., 10c Red entire (21XU1 var)Danville Va., 10c Red entire (21XU1 var). On bright buff cover addressed to Pamplin's Depot Va., General Issue stamp missing from top right corner, Very Fine, one of finest of approximately 15 recorded examples, footnoted in Scott under the regular 21XU listings, "Unissued...all recorded examples are envelopes on which added stamps paid the postage", an attractive and affordable substitute for the rare issued 5c Danville Black entires, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
550
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3083
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3083, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Danville Va., 5c Black entire (21XU3A), Danville Va., 5c Black entire (21XU3A)Danville Va., 5c Black entire (21XU3A). Bold "Paid" and "5" provisional handstamps with manuscript "WBP" initials for Postmaster William B. Payne, part strike of "Danville Va. Jul. 15" (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Booville N.C., small ink spot at left, Very Fine, an extremely rare provisional with only four examples recorded in the Calhoun census, the "Paid 5" has a very strong offset on back, while there is no trace of offset from the town marking, together with the "WBP" initials, there is no doubt that this entire was prepared and sold in advance of use and is now listed as such in Scott

1,000
800
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3084
og
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3084, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 3, original gum, margins all around, light vertical crease as normally seen on this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance

900
400
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3085
og
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3085, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 6, original gum, small h.r., large to full margins, small thin spot, Very Fine appearance

900
350
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3086
ng
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3086, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 1, unused (no gum), huge margins all around, bright and fresh without the normal creasing (due to the absence of gum), Extremely Fine Gem, a superb unused example of the 5c Blue Fredericksburg Provisional, Scott Retail as original gum

900
750
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3087
og
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3087, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Positions 9-10, horizontal pair, original gum, large margins, usual slight creasing as normally seen on this very fragile paper, Very Fine and choice pair, Scott Retail as singles

1,800
800
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3088
ogbl
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3088, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Positions 3-4/8-9, block of four, original gum, ample to large margins, usual slight creasing as normally seen on this very fragile paper, tiny tear at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND CHOICE BLOCK OF THE FREDERICKSBURG 5-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL.

This block was featured on the front cover of the Confederate Philatelist No. 296 (Mar.-April 1997)

4,000
1,900
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3089
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3089, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Large margins to clear, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid ? 12" circular datestamp on buff cover to Richmond Va., stamp and cover with some creasing, cover with tear at bottom left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.

Reuben Triplett Thom (1782-1868) was 78 when he was appointed to be Confederate postmaster of Fredericksburg on July 20, 1861. Thom had been postmaster since 1840, when he received his first appointment from President Martin Van Buren. Fredericksburg, a Virginia town with an 1860 population of 4,000, was situated on the Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad between the capital cities of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The town changed hands eleven times and was essentially destroyed during the Civil War, but Postmaster Thom performed his postal duties throughout the conflict

5,000
1,600
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3090
og
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3090, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2), Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2)Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2). Original gum, ample margins to clear at top, rich color, couple light bends or creases, Very Fine appearance, only approximately 35 copies are known and most have serious faults including thins and tears (plus the usual creasing), given the nature of the paper this stamp should be considered essentially sound, with 1973 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,300
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3091
og
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3091, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2), Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2)Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2). Unused (no gum), large to full margins all around, slight wrinkling and tiny translucency as usual for this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance, only approximately 35 copies are known and most have faults, none are known genuinely used, ex Dr. Agre

2,250
900
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3092
 
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3092, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Gainesville Ala., 5c Black, Full Corner (27XU1), Gainesville Ala., 5c Black, Full Corner (27XU1)Gainesville Ala., 5c Black, Full Corner (27XU1). Unusually bold and clear strike of provisional handstamp on full right third of cover addressed to Bowling Green Ky., small tear at left, overall soiling, still Extremely Fine strike of this rare provisional, this is the strongest strike of any listed in Power Search, Scott Retail for full entire $4,500.00

E. 750-1,000
550
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3093
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3093, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2). Blurry but identifiable strike of provisional marking on adversity cover made of ship's bill of lading to Anderson Tex., Very Fine cover and unusual adversity use of this scarce provisional, with 1994 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
400
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3094
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3094, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3). Provisional marking at top right, partly clear "Galveston Tex." double-circle datestamp on cover to Mrs. J. Adriance at Columbia Tex., Fine and rare, only two are recorded in Crown survey and less than ten are believed to exist, ex Dr. Agre, with 2002 C.S.A. certificate

2,750
700
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3095
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3095, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU3). Clear strike of provisional handstamp and partly readable "Galveston Tex. Jul. 14" double-circle datestamp on cover to Chappell Hill Tex., likely 1861 use, repaired at top and bottom where pieces missing, otherwise Fine, rare with probably fewer than ten extant, accompanied by a letter from Galveston to the same addressee which did not originate with the cover (dated Jan. 22, 1865), with 1990 C.S.A. certificate

2,750
275
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3096
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3096, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1), Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1)Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1). Clear strike at right with control mark on back, "Georgetown S.C. Oct. 22, 1861" circular datestamp on small neat cover to Flat Rock N.C., missing backflap, Extremely Fine example of this scarce provisional, only approximately a dozen are known, ex Matz

3,500
800
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3097
c
Sale Number 1132, Lot Number 3097, Postmasters Provisionals: Danville Va. thru Georgetown S.C.Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1), Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1)Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1). Clear strike with control mark on back, "Georgetown S.C. Nov. 26, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Flat Rock N.C., small repair at right just misses the "Paid 5" marking, tear on back thru control marking and missing flap, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail on this was $800.00 for a number of years but is now $3,500.00 based on a choice example from our sale of the Wishnietsky collection (Siegel Sale 1064, lot 58), C.S.A. Catalog value $750.00

E. 300-400
225
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