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Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
223
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 223, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1), Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1)Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1). Clear strike on cover to Savannah Ga., "Albany Ga. Sep. 7, 1861" circular datestamp at right, some small edge improvements and lightly cleaned, attractive and Very Fine, approximately 18 are known, ex Green, with 2001 C.S.A. certificate

1,000
600
224°
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 224, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2), Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2)Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2). Type II recut, large even margins all around, beautiful rich color and fine impression, lightly tied by grid cancel, "Athens Ga. Paid Mar. 31" (1862) circular datestamp on fresh white envelope (Washington D.C. stationer's embossing on back) to Mrs. Howell Cobb, in care of Col. John B. Lamar, Macon Ga., stamp slightly roughened at upper right corner, lifted to apply tiny reinforcement in margin, corner of envelope neatly mended (prior to Caspary sale and noted in that auction description)

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE ATHENS 5-CENT RED PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Our census contains one half-cover and seven genuine covers with the 5c Red (a suspect ninth cover has since been certified as having the stamp added). This count accords with the Crown census. All genuine examples are dated in March or April 1862. In addition, we record fewer than six off-cover examples of the 5c Red. Based on margins and overall condition, this cover ranks among the three or four finest.

Pencil note on back "May 6, 1896" (prior sale date). Ex Caspary, Kilbourne and Gross

17,500
8,000
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225
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 225, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Bold strike of provisional handstamp with "Atlanta Ga. Sep. 13, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to member of Cobb's Legion at Richmond Va., manuscript "Due 5", original contents with some good war references, Very Fine, ex Gimelson

1,000
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226
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 226, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6), Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6)Atlanta Ga., 10c Black entire (6XU6). Incredibly bold strikes of provisional handstamp and "Atlanta Ga. Dec. 8, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Vice President Stephens in Richmond Va., notes on back state that the father of P.B. Simms, of the 7th Georgia Regiment, has died and his mother wants him discharged to return home, flap removed as usual for this correspondence, Extremely Fine, the 10c provisional is rarely struck so well, ex Birkinbine, Hill and Gimelson

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227
E
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 227, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11, E-12), Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11, E-12)Charleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Blue Green, Essays on Wove (Dietz E-11, E-12). Large even margins, fresh colors, 2c similar to design used for the entires and issued stamp, 10c also similar but with Palmetto tree at center as on the 1862 10c provisional entire, both with trivial thin spots

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT AND 10-CENT CHARLESTON S.C. 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 may have been discarded due to the cost of printing.

Ex Krieger and Felton. With 1988 P.F. certificates

E. 2,000-3,000
1,100
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228
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 228, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Huge margins including left sheet margin and two outer framelines, other sides clear, tied by "Charleston S.C. Sep. 24, 1861" double-circle datestamp on buff J.N. Robson commission merchant's corner card cover to Concord N.C., minor edge flaws expertly restored

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE SHEET-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CHARLESTON PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE ON AN ADVERTISING COVER.

The Calhoun census lists approximately fourteen examples on corner card covers. However, many are embossed and do not clearly show the design. The example offered here, with sheet margin and clear corner card, is especially desirable.

Ex Calhoun (illustrated in his book on p. 74) and Gimelson

E. 2,000-3,000
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229
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 229, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Full margins, tied by bold "Charleston S.C. Sep. 18, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to Athens Tenn., fresh and Very Fine, ex Gimelson

2,500
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230
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 230, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Clear margins to just touched, rich color, tied by "Charleston S.C. Nov. 28, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover with embossed Commission Merchants design at left, to Walkins P.O. S.C., slightly reduced at left, gently cleaned and few sealed tears, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hill

2,500
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231
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 231, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1). Bold "Charleston S.C. Sep. 28, 1861" double-circle datestamp and addressed to Mt. Holly S.C., docketing at top, Very Fine, ex Caspary, Kohn, Dr. Agre and Gimelson

1,750
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232
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 232, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1). Bold "Charleston S.C. Oct. 7, 1861" circular datestamp, addressed to Pendleton S.C., reduced at left, faint soiling and light horizontal crease near bottom, Fine and scarce

1,750
700
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233
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 233, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue on Blue entire (16XU5), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue on Blue entire (16XU5)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue on Blue entire (16XU5). Woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of envelope, clear "Charleston S.C. Oct. 8 1861" double-circle datestamp and addressed to Sumter S.C., pencil "Due 5", magenta docketing at top left

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE CHARLESTON S.C. 5-CENT BLUE ON BLUE PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE. ONLY TWELVE COMPLETE ENVELOPES ARE RECORDED.

The census published by Richard L. Calhoun (Confederate Philatelist, Jan.-Feb. 1989) lists twelve Blue on Blue envelopes, including one front only. Another envelope was offered in the sale of the James E. Hughes collection (Schuyler Rumsey, Apr. 22, 2010, lot 1393), bringing the total of complete Blue on Blue envelopes to twelve. The total number of provisional envelopes on any kind of paper is approximately 70.

Ex Weill Brothers, Carroll, Karrer and Gimelson. With 2015 P.F. certificate

2,250
1,700
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234
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 234, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, blue "Columbia S.C. 5 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp and "PAID" straightline on cover to Martins Depot S.C. with Muller & Senn, "Dealers in All Kinds of Choice Family Groceries & Provisions" overall advertising design in tan, W. Eaves N.Y. imprint on flap, slightly reduced at left not affecting the design, Very Fine, a wonderful Columbia S.C. provisional use on an overall advertising cover, Ex Ferrary and with his purple trefoil handstamp, Scott Retail for normal

900
650
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235
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 235, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Clear strike of the provisional marking, "Columbia S.C. 1 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp and "Paid" straightline on brown cover to Oak Forest N.C., slightly reduced at right and small repair at lower right, appears Very Fine

900
130
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236
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 236, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Provisional handstamp obliterated by other blue handstamps, on legal-size cover with "State of South Carolina, Adj't & Insp. Gen. Office. Official Business" imprint (unlisted in C.S.A. Catalog) to Lancaster C.H. S.C., blue "Columbia S.C. Jul. 18" circular datestamp, blue crayon "20" rate, tears around edges, otherwise Fine, unusual use

E. 200-300
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237
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 237, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU11), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU11)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire, Seal on Front (18XU11). Mostly clear strike of oval provisional seal, overstruck by blue "5" with "Paid" in circle and "Columbia S.C. Aug. 23 5 cts." (1861) pre-war integral rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Hopkins S.C., manuscript note "SCRR" (South Carolina Rail Road), minor repaired corner at upper left, Very Fine appearance and rare, one of only eight examples of the Columbia S.C. 5c Provisional entire with the oval seal struck on the front, ex Green

2,500
550
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238
og
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 238, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)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, ex Calhoun, Scott Retail as singles

1,800
750
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239
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 239, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2). Readable strike of the provisional handstamp, "Galveston Tex. Oct. 26" double-circle datestamp on turned cover to Anderson Tex., inside bears two 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c) tied by "Anderson Tex. Feb. 16" circular datestamp and addressed to Galveston, 1864 docketing at left, one stamp with a tear, still Fine and scarce turned use showing both provisional and regular postage, ex "Camina", with 2015 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail for the entire without premium for the turned use

2,000
1,500
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240
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 240, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1), Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1)Houston Tex., 5c Red entire (40XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, "Houston Tex. Sep. 18, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover addressed to "Genl. Sam Houston" in Galveston Tex., docketing at left, small edge nicks and missing most of backflap, appears Very Fine, desirable addressed to Sam Houston

800
850
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241
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 241, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Houston Tex., 5c + 10c Red entire (40XU4), Houston Tex., 5c + 10c Red entire (40XU4)Houston Tex., 5c + 10c Red entire (40XU4). Strikes at left of yellow cover addressed to "Chief Justice of Bexar County, San Antonio Texas", faint strike of "Houston Tex. Jul. 19, 1862" circular datestamp at top right, slightly reduced and some slight wear, Fine and very rare, only two examples of this re-valued postmaster's provisional are known to us and this is the only example listed in the Crown survey, ex "Camina" and Dr. Agre, with 1994 and 2009 C.S.A. certificates, the latter states the date is Oct. 19 but it looks more like July to us

2,500
1,500
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