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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 (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
242
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 242, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue entire (45XU2). Marvelously well-defined strike of the provisional handstamp on buff cover to Cumberland Gap P.O. Tenn., missing top flap and part of left flap

EXTREMELY FINE STRIKE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE RARE JONESBORO HANDSTAMPED PROVISIONALS. ONLY TEN EXAMPLES ARE RECORDED IN BLUE.

Jonesboro (also spelled Jonesborough) is Tennessee’s oldest town and was originally part of North Carolina. It was one of the towns in eastern Tennessee that joined to form the State of Franklin, which never received congressional approval. Jonesboro was the source of abolitionist activity before the war, and many residents remained pro-Union even after Tennessee joined the Confederate States.

The Crown survey counts fifteen examples of the Jonesboro provisional entire, including five struck in Black (45XU1) and ten in Dark Blue (45XU2). Some of these, such as the example offered here, do not have any town datestamp.

Ex Hart and Boshwit

5,000
2,600
243
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 243, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue, Cut Square (45XU2), Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue, Cut Square (45XU2)Jonesboro Tenn., 5c Dark Blue, Cut Square (45XU2). 41 x 25mm with small portion of address, just into the handstamp at top, paper crease thru handstamp and thinning at left not affecting design (which could be trimmed), Fine and scarce, only ten full entires are recorded, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate, Scott Retail $5,000.00 as full entire

E. 500-750
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244
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 244, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)La Grange Tex., 10c Black entire (48XU2), La Grange Tex., 10c Black entire (48XU2)La Grange Tex., 10c Black entire (48XU2). Mostly complete strike of provisional handstamp, "La Grange Tex. Apr. 5" circular datestamp on buff cover to San Antonio Tex., slightly reduced at right, still Fine and extremely rare, only three or four examples of this entire are known, ex Seybold, Walcott, Moody, Telep and Everett

3,250
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245
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 245, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Margins to just in at left, small neat "X" cancel, thin spot and small corner crease

FINE APPEARING USED EXAMPLE OF THE BI-COLORED PROVISIONAL STAMP OF LENOIR, NORTH CAROLINA.

James Harper (1799-1879) served as postmaster of Lenoir from 1841 until sometime in 1862 or 1863. His son, George Washington Finley (G. W. F.) Harper (1834-1921), was the assistant postmaster and, according to the written affidavits, was responsible for carving the woodcut die used to make the provisional stamps and envelopes (see Crown book, pp. 172-178, 651-652). In 1862, G. W. F. Harper enlisted as a private in Co. H, 8th Regiment, N.C. Infantry, and eventually earned the rank of major.

The Lenoir adhesive stamp is one of three bi-colored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Baton Rouge La. and Greenville Ala.). Approximately 29 covers bearing the Lenoir adhesive stamp are known. The same woodcut device was applied directly to envelopes, as evidenced by the one recorded cut square with the single 5c impression (Scott 49XU1) and the unique 5c plus 5c entire (Scott 49XU2).

Ex Weill Brothers' Stock. With 1990 C.S.A. certificate stating "with added rebacking"

6,750
1,700
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246
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 246, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue on Wove with Blue Vertical Lines (49X1 var), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue on Wove with Blue Vertical Lines (49X1 var)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue on Wove with Blue Vertical Lines (49X1 var). Printed on wove paper with closely spaced blue vertical lines -- distinctly different from the listed Lenoir adhesive -- which was printed on paper with more widely spaced cross-ruled orange lines, margins showing the framelines all around, usual manuscript "X" cancel, thins and repaired tear

FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE -- PERHAPS UNIQUE -- VARIETY OF THE 5-CENT LENOIR, NORTH CAROLINA, PROVISIONAL STAMP, PRINTED ON BLUE-LINED PAPER.

The Scott and C.S.A. Catalog listed 5c adhesive from Lenoir is printed on white wove paper with cross-ruled orange lines. The vertical lines number 20-21 per stamp and the horizontal lines number 3-4, depending on where the stamp originated on the sheet. The example offered here has blue vertical lines only, and they are spaced much closer together (we count more than 50 lines). Other defining characteristics of the design are the same as the listed stamp.

James Harper (1799-1879) served as postmaster of Lenoir from 1841 until sometime in 1862 or 1863. His son, George Washington Finley (G. W. F.) Harper (1834-1921), was the assistant postmaster and, according to the written affidavits, was responsible for carving the woodcut die used to make the provisional stamps and envelopes (see Crown book, pp. 172-178, 651-652). The stamp offered here demonstrates that more than one type of paper was used by Harper to print the stamps. Perhaps he used whatever was on hand and others on this paper have simply been lost to philately.

The normal Lenoir adhesive stamp is one of three bi-colored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Baton Rouge La. and Greenville Ala.). Approximately 29 covers bearing the Lenoir adhesive stamp are known. The same woodcut device was applied directly to envelopes, as evidenced by the one recorded cut square with the single 5c impression (Scott 49XU1) and the unique 5c plus 5c entire (Scott 49XU2).

With 1956 P.F. certificate issued to Laurence & Stryker stating "without the usual cross lines" but failing to mention the closer spaced blue lines rather than orange lines. With 2017 C.S.A. certificate stating "genuine on variant vertical lined paper".

Illustrated and discussed in an article in the Confederate Philatelist (Vol. 63, No. 1). Scott Retail as normal 49X1

6,750
3,250
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247
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 247, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Margins showing two full framelines and traces of a third at right, manuscript "X" cancel, blurry blue "Lenoir N.C." circular datestamp on blue folded letter datelined "Palmyra Jan. 17th '62" to R. L. Patterson, Salem N.C., routed thru the Lenoir post office

FRESH AND FINE. ONE OF THE MORE COLORFUL AND ATTRACTIVE OF THE APPROXIMATELY 29 LENOIR PROVISIONAL COVERS EXTANT.

James Harper (1799-1879) served as postmaster of Lenoir from 1841 until sometime in 1862 or 1863. His son, George Washington Finley (G. W. F.) Harper (1834-1921), was the assistant postmaster and, according to the written affidavits, was responsible for carving the woodcut die used to make the provisional stamps and envelopes (see Crown book, pp. 172-178, 651-652). In 1862, G. W. F. Harper enlisted as a private in Co. H, 8th Regiment, N.C. Infantry, and eventually earned the rank of major.

The Lenoir adhesive stamp is one of three bi-colored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Baton Rouge La. and Greenvile Ala.). Approximately 29 covers bearing the Lenoir adhesive stamp are known. The same woodcut device was applied directly to envelopes, as evidenced by the one recorded cut square with the single 5c impression (Scott 49XU1) and the unique 5c plus 5c entire (Scott 49XU2).

Ex MacBride and Kilbourne

15,000
5,250
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248
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 248, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Marietta Ga., 5c Black entire (54XU1), Marietta Ga., 5c Black entire (54XU1)Marietta Ga., 5c Black entire (54XU1). Perfectly struck provisional handstamp on cover to Savannah Ga., neat "Marietta Geo. Sep. 9" circular datestamp, 1861 docketing at left, faint waterstain at center, Extremely Fine strike of this provisional handstamp

500
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249
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 249, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Top sheet margin with large to ample margins on other sides, tied by bold strike of "Memphis Ten. Sep. 3, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Monticello Ark, Very Fine, ex Matz and Gimelson

2,000
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250
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 250, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two, large margins to in, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 28, 1861" circular datestamp on Meacham & Calbreath Wholesale Grocer's blue cameo corner card cover to Lynchburg Va., missing top and most of right flaps, repaired cover tear at right, stamps with few flaws, otherwise Fine, scarce, ex Pope and Boshwit

E. 1,000-1,500
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251
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 251, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Vertical pair, large margins to in at left, rich color, tied by two strikes of "Mobile Ala. Jul. 31, 1861" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Lookout Mountain P.O. Tenn., manuscript "Missent & Forwarded" at top, with "Tenesaw Ala. Aug. 6" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at left, minor edgewear, Fine, this is the only reported missent and forwarded example of this provisional, ex Powell, with 1983 C.S.A. certificate

2,000
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252
og
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 252, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1), Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1)Nashville Tenn., 3c Carmine (4AX1). Horizontal strip of five, complete setting showing all five varieties, unused (without gum as issued), bright color, ample to large margins, light horizontal crease, appears Very Fine, ex Boshwit, printed by Postmaster McNish using the old 3c U.S. rate, but never issued

2,250
1,200
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253
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 253, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2), Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2)Nashville Tenn., 5c Carmine (61X2). Large margins to just touched at bottom, unusually deep shade, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 26, 1861" circular datestamp on light yellow cover to Shelbyville Tenn., expertly sealed cover tear at top

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL 5-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL IN THE CARMINE SHADE, AND THE LATEST RECORDED USE ON COVER.

Ex Bilden and Hill. With 2011 C.S.A. certificate

3,500
3,250
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254
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 254, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to just touched, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 13, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" straightline on gray overall lithographed State of Tennessee Executive Department cover to Chatanooga Tenn., docketed at left, stamp nicked at top right corner and repaired with tiny portion added, cover barely reduced at top and some slight wear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR STATE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT COVER BEARING THE RARE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Ex Seybold and Boshwit. With 2008 P.F. certificate

4,250
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255
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 255, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins to just touched in bottom corners, light pre-use vertical bend/crease, rich color, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Nov (?)6, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" straightline on bright buff cover to Memphis Tenn., cover tears at top not affecting stamp, minor soiling, Fine, ex Seybold

4,250
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256
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 256, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown, Tete-Beche Pair (61X5a). Vertical foot to foot pair -- Positions 4 over 6 in adjacent stereotype impressions, clear margins, repairs with small portions of design replaced, broken horizontal crease near center of pair is separated and repaired

FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED USED TETE-BECHE PAIRS OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL.

Peter Powell's study of the 5c Nashville (“Plating the Nashville Provisional”, Confederate Philatelist, January- March 2008) concluded that stereotype groups of six units, three wide by two tall, were used to build up the printing plates. Based on plate flaws unique to specific positions, Powell also concluded that the plate size was no less than 18 subjects, made from at least three six-unit stereotype groups, and that more than one plate was made. The tete-beche arrangement in printed sheets occurred when one impression was made, then the sheet was turned 180 degrees, and a second impression was made

7,500
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257
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 257, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 5c Gray (61X4), Nashville Tenn., 5c Gray (61X4)Nashville Tenn., 5c Gray (61X4). Large margins to just in, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 22" (1861) circular datestamp with day slug inverted on buff cover to New Market Tenn., slightly reduced -- although the accompanying 2006 C.S.A. certificate identifies this as Violet Brown (61X5), it is most definitely the much scarcer Gray (61X4) and we stand by our color classification despite the certificate -- stamp with small corner repair at top right called "retouched scuff" on accompanying certificate, appears Fine, with 2006 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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258
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 258, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). "TENM" plate variety, cancelled by blue Adams Express oval handstamp showing clear "ESS CO.", margins to touched at bottom, small repair at top and small thin at right

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL SHOWING CLEAR LETTERS OF THE ADAMS EXPRESS NASHVILLE OVAL.

Only approximately 25 are known with any cancel, most of which are faulty. This stamp paid the Confederate postage on a cover carried across the lines by Adams Express Company. Only three full express covers are recorded with the Nashville 10c adhesive provisional, all dated at Nashville on August 1.

With 1996 P.F. (not mentioning the Adams marking) and 2011 C.S.A. certificates.

7,500
1,500
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259
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 259, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Full to large margins, bright "grassy" green shade, cancelled by bold blue Nashville circular datestamp, creases and sealed tears, otherwise Very Fine, approximately 25 examples known, almost all of which have faults, with 1972 P.F. and 2011 C.S.A. certificates

7,500
1,600
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260
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 260, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Jonesboro Tenn. thru Nashville Tenn.)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M, Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.MNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Comma after "P" of "P.M." plate variety, light soiling which could also be interpreted as a cancel but C.S.A. certificate calls it unused, large margins all around, repaired, Very Fine appearance and scarce in any condition, approximately 25 are known and most have faults, ex Boshwit, with 2010 C.S.A. certificate as "unused, lightly soiled with extensive professional repairs," Scott lists but does not price this issue unused, Scott Retail as used

7,500
1,200
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