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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — Confederate States: Postmasters' Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2544
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2544, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsAbingdon Va., 5c Black entire (2XU2), Abingdon Va., 5c Black entire (2XU2)Abingdon Va., 5c Black entire (2XU2). Bold strike of provisional handstamp with equally bold "Abingdon Va. Sep. 30, 1861" circular datestamp on cover to Lewisburg Va., missing top flap, trivial soiling, Very Fine, Scott Retail $1,750.00

E. 500-750
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2545
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2545, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at upper and lower right and showing most of framelines, tied by "Charleston S.C. Oct. 4, 1861" double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to Petersburg Va., right stamp with some toning and tiny tears at top, otherwise Fine, a rare pair, the Calhoun census contains one vertical pair and three horizontal pairs, three covers are also known bearing two singles to make up the 10c rate

5,000
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2546
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2546, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue entire (16XU1). Mostly clear "Charleston S.C. Sep. 2, 1861" circular datestamp, to Greenville S.C., neatly docketed, Extremely Fine, rare in such pristine condition, ex Caspary, Kilbourne and Gross

1,750
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2547
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2547, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsCharleston 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). Bold "Charleston S.C. Sep. 19, 1861" circular datestamp on entire to Abbeville C.H. S.C., some lightened toning and small mended edge tears at top, still Very Fine, the Blue entire is extremely rare and relatively undervalued in Scott -- our Levi records contain only eight genuine examples, ex Kilbourne and Gross

2,250
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2548
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2548, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsLenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Clear impression, ample margins to just touching frameline, tied by circular "Paid 2" rate handstamp, matching "Lenoir N.C. Apr. 12" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Salem N.C., small insignificant restored spot in address at center far from stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED LENOIR PROVISIONAL TIED BY THE "PAID 2" RATE HANDSTAMP. AN IMPORTANT RARITY IN SUPERB CONDITION.

Of the approximately 29 known Lenoir provisional covers, perhaps four or five have the stamp tied by the town datestamp. This is the only known Lenoir provisional cover on which the rate marking was used as a canceller. The remaining Lenoir covers in our records are cancelled by pen markings (some tied). Accompanied by a second cover bearing four-margin example of Scott No. 4 with similar cancels (color slightly oxidized).

Ex Emerson, Caspary, Haas and Gross. Scott Retail $22,500.00

E. 10,000-15,000
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2549
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Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2549, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsLenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1), Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1)Lenoir N.C., 5c Blue & Orange (49X1). Full margins to just in at bottom left, cancelled by manuscript "X", blue "Lenoir N.C. Feb. 22" circular datestamp on blue cover to Salisbury N.C., cover expertly restored

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE COLORFUL LENOIR POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.

Ex Hill.

15,000
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2550
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2550, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Yellow Wove (53X3). Horizontal pair with bottom right corner sheet margin, large to huge margins on other sides, dark shade on bright paper, tied by large "Macon Geo." circular datestamp on small cover to Richmond Va., from the Cobb correspondence, backflap removed and reduced at top, lightened stain at upper left corner and tiny edge tear, none of these minor flaws affects the provisional pair

EXTREMELY FINE PAIR AND ATTRACTIVE SMALL COVER. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED COVERS WITH A PAIR OF THE MACON 5-CENT FLORAL-BORDER PROVISIONAL.

All of the Macon provisional stamps were printed from typeset forms. The 2c and two of the three 5c settings simply state the denomination and nothing else, and they were the first stamps printed. These were followed by the four-line "square" stamp, which includes the words "Post Office" and "Macon, Ga." The order of issue is confused by the Scott Catalogue listings.

Ex Caspary, Meroni, Kilbourne and Gross.

11,000
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2551
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2551, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsMarion Va., 5c Black (55X1), Marion Va., 5c Black (55X1)Marion Va., 5c Black (55X1). Huge margins all around, tied by bold "Marion Va. Jun. 7" (1861 but not year-dated) circular datestamp on restored blue cover to Rural Retreat Va., front and backflaps separated and affixed to another envelope, some concealed edge faults in cover, tiny tear in extreme top margin of stamp (could be trimmed and still leave a huge margin)

VERY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONE OF THREE MARION 5-CENT PROVISIONAL COVERS IN PRIVATE HANDS. THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE MARION PROVISIONAL AND AN OUTSTANDING RARITY -- THIS IS THE FIRST WE HAVE OFFERED ON COVER SINCE OUR 1999 KILBOURNE SALE.

The Marion Va. 5c and 10c provisional stamps, with their distinctive "Check" label at top, were issued by Postmaster J. H. Francis in 1861. The stamps were printed in two steps: first, the typeset form containing the border and words "P. Office, Marion, Va., Check. Paid" were impressed; then the values, "5" or "10" were handstamped on the blank center. Postmaster Francis described his stamps in a January 1880 letter to August Dietz, and he offered to make more from the "die" which he still possessed. Various "reprints" made from the typeset form were made by John W. Scott, including 2c, 15c and 20c values that have never been seen genuinely used.

Genuine Marion provisional stamps are extremely rare. Our records contain a total of 10 examples of the 5c, including 4 covers (one of which is in the British Library's Tapling collection), 3 stamps remaining on pieces, 2 used off cover and an unused example on bluish paper (of uncertain status, but counted in our census). The four recorded covers are dated as follows: Jun. 7 (1861), the cover offered here; Jun. 11 (1861), ex Haas; Jan. 24 (1862), ex Hessel; and Mar. 31 (1862), British Library, Tapling Collection. Although the cover offered here could benefit from expert attention to properly restore edge faults in the envelope, the stamp itself is superb, and the cover is colorful and attractive. Stanley B. Ashbrook described this cover in his article on the Brooks collection in Stamp Specialist (Black Book, 1945) as follows: "quite a fine example of the 5c black on white on a cover showing an extremely early use, viz: 'June 7,' presumably 1861."

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Gross.

20,000
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2552
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2552, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsMarion Va., 10c Black (55X2), Marion Va., 10c Black (55X2)Marion Va., 10c Black (55X2). Margins on three sides, frame and part of post office name cut away at right, tied by "Marion Va. Nov. 16" (1861) circular datestamp on brown homemade cover to Emory Va.

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE. ONE OF SIX AVAILABLE COVERS BEARING THE MARION POSTMASTER'S 10-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Our records now contain seven covers with the Marion 10c provisional, plus a repaired stamp affixed to the back of a cover noted in the Crown book as part of the Worthington collection. The most recent discovery of a Marion provisional occurred in March 2000 when a nearly complete cover surfaced in an auction of the R. G. Hunter estate in Virginia (sold in our 2000 Rarities sale, Sale 824, lot 443). In addition to the seven stamps on covers, there are two unused singles and perhaps one or two off-cover singles. Of the seven known covers, one is part of the Tapling collection at the British Library (a sound example dated Oct. 15, 1861). One has the bottom right portion of the stamp repaired (dated Sep. 24, ex Caspary).

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Emerson, Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Gross.

35,000
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2553
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2553, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Intense shade on deeply blued paper, two huge margins showing part of adjoining stamp at left, other framelines slightly cut into, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Jul. 28, 1861" circular datestamp on United States 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) with printed address to David Cleage, Athens Ga., Planter's Bank embossing on flap

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE USE OF THE NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL ON A DEMONETIZED U.S. ENTIRE.

Ex Knapp, Kilbourne and Gross

3,500
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2554
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2554, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Full to huge margins showing bit of adjoining stamp's frameline at left, beautiful deep rich chocolate-brown shade on blued paper, tied by "Nashville Ten. Oct. 3, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" on bright buff cover to Athens Ga., stamp with small scuff, Extremely Fine appearing example of this provisional from the Cleage correspondence, ex Brooks, Kilbourne and Gross, with 2014 P.F. certificate

4,250
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2555
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2555, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Three singles, two have ample to large margins, third has two large margins, other sides touching to slightly in, remarkably deep shade, tied by "New Orleans La. 1 Dec." (1861) circular datestamps on bluish-gray folded printed prices-current with additional letter to Woodville Miss., 1c overpayment of 5c rate, small mended break in file fold at top center

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED COVERS WITH THREE OR MORE NEW ORLEANS 2-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL STAMPS -- IN TERMS OF CONDITION, ONE OF THE TWO FINEST MULTIPLE-RATE FRANKINGS.

Our records contain four covers franked with three or more 2c Blue New Orleans Provisional stamps -- two with five stamps, one with three stamps and a 5c Red Brown provisional, and one with three stamps, as follows:

1) Horizontal strip of five, tied by Oct. 12 (1861) New Orleans circular datestamp to Augusta Ga., paying over-500 miles 10c rate, ex Caspary and Meroni

2) Five singles, tied by "Paid" straightlines, Jul. 26 (1861) New Orleans circular datestamp, to Hartsville Tenn., paying over-500 miles 10c rate, ex Hessel, Dr. Brandon and our 2016 Rarities sale

3) Three singles and 5c Red Brown (62X4), tied by "Paid" straightlines, New Orleans Oct. 1 (1861) circular datestamp, to Orange C.H. Va., paying over-500 miles 10c rate (1c overpayment), ex Seybold, Needham, Grant, Dr. Skinner and D.K. collection (Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1078)

4) Three singles, tied by Dec. 1 (1861) New Orleans circular datestamp, to Woodville Miss., paying 5c under-500 miles rate (1c overpayment), ex Emerson, Caspary, Muzzy, Siegel 1970 Rarities, Kilbourne and Gross, the cover offered here

Ex Emerson, Caspary, Muzzy, Kilbourne and Gross. With 1967 P.F. certificate

20,000
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2556
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2556, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsSpartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1), Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1)Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black (78X1). Cut circular, clear or just touching outer circle, tied by "Paid" straightline, "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp with manuscript "June 22" (1861) date on orange-buff cover to Rev. A. Nettles, Summerville S.C.

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY TWENTY KNOWN COVERS BEARING THE SPARTANBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Most of the recorded Spartanburg Type I provisionals (thin numeral at center) are cut in a circular shape. Some varieties exist, including Scott 78X1a (value omitted). Only one pair is known, used on a cover from the Dean correspondence.

Ex Ferrary, Hind, Hall and Gross.

20,000
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2557
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2557, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsTuscumbia Ala., United States 3c Rate, Red on Manila entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1), Tuscumbia Ala., United States 3c Rate, Red on Manila entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1)Tuscumbia Ala., United States 3c Rate, Red on Manila entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1). Handstamped provisional in upper right corner of manila entire to Mr. C. H. Howland in St. Louis Mo., light strike of Tuscumbia circular datestamp at left, missing bottom flap, edgewear and nicks

ONE OF SEVEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE TUSCUMBIA 3-CENT PROVISIONAL, ISSUED PRIOR TO ADOPTION OF NEW CONFEDERATE RATES.

The Tuscumbia Postmaster's Provisional is one of seven adhesive stamps or entires that the Scott Catalogue now lists separately as "3c 1861 Postmasters' Provisionals". They are distinct from the 5c and 10c Confederate Provisionals in that the postmasters who issued the stamps were still technically under the control of the U.S. Post Office Department, and were remitting postal receipts to the Department (and in some cases were avoiding ordering new U.S. stamps in anticipation of a final change in administrative control of their offices). The 1861 Provisionals are all 3c adhesives or handstamped entires, reflecting the then-current U.S. letter rate. The Tuscumbia entires were handstamped as 3c provisionals but the postmaster evidently also had a supply of U.S. stamps, as most of the few known examples bear the 3c 1857 Issue.

With 1993 P.F. certificate as 12XU1.

17,500
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2558
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2558, Confederate States: Postmasters' ProvisionalsTuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1), Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1)Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1). Neat provisional marking with matching "Tuscumbia Ala. Feb. 23" (1862) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to New Orleans, light vertical file fold at center, minor edgewear, Very Fine, only eight are recorded in the Crown survey

4,000
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2559
 
Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals. Eight items, including 20XU2 (ex Gross), 56X2 on cover, 61X5 on cover, 62X2 unused, three unused 62X4 with part imprints, one used 62X4, higher catalogue value items with faults, most others Fine-Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
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