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
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE COLORFUL LENOIR POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.
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.
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.
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.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE USE OF THE NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL ON A DEMONETIZED U.S. ENTIRE.
Ex Knapp, Kilbourne and Gross
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
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.
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.