EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A FRESH COVER. A RARE USE OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP TO CANCEL THE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP. ONLY 12 TO 15 EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN AND THIS MAY BE THE FINEST.
Rodney was a city in southwest Mississippi approximately 32 miles from Natchez. An important city in the 19th century, its population dwindled to nearly zero after the Mississippi River changed course.
Ex Emerson, Brown, Knapp and Moody. Acquired by the Kilbournes privately in 1959 from Robert A. Siegel
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE. ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL COVERS WITH A NAME-OF-BOAT MISSISSIPPI RIVER PACKET MARKING AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE U.S. HALF-DIME OUTLINE, WHICH THE SENDER AFFIXED TO PAY THE POSTAGE.
While Confederate riverboat mail was prolific prior to Federal control of the Mississippi River, examples of New Orleans provisionals with name-of-boat markings are extremely rare. We are aware of three different: the "Packet Mary E. Keene" offered here, "Steamer Genl. Quitman" and the "Sallie Robinson". Glue outlines of Half Dimes are rarely encountered on Civil War covers, and when present they are normally on flag-of-truce covers in an attempt to pay U.S. postage. This use to pay Confederate postage in September 1861 is remarkable.
The Postmaster's Provisional cover ex Weatherly (acquired by the Kilbournes privately from Earl Weatherly in 1963). The 5c Lithograph cover ex Caspary.
FRESH AND VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF A CONFEDERATE PACKET ON THE JAMES RIVER. AN OUTSTANDING EXHIBITION ITEM.
Examples of Mississippi and Alabama River Confederate packet covers are rare, but a fair number survived in the Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans correspondence. The activity on the James River was never nearly as extensive, and no large correspondences containing James River packet covers have been found.
Ex Dr. Simon