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Sale 1208 — The Clovis Collection of Confederate States Illustrated Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2019

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Category — Postmasters’ Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
101
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 101, 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. 1861, Dec. 26" circular datestamp on cover to Blountville Tenn., year in datestamp is inverted and positioned above month, minor soiling, Very Fine, with 1991 C.S.A. certificate, Scott Retail $1,750.00

E. 500-750
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102
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 102, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsAtlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2), Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2)Atlanta Ga., 5c Black entire (6XU2). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, neat "Atlanta Ga. Oct. 3, 1861" circular datestamp on light gray "A.W. Hammond & Son Attorneys at Law" overall lithographed advertising cover to Savannah Geo., some slight soiling, Very Fine, scarce advertising use, only six or seven advertising covers are known with the Atlanta 5c provisional handstamp

E. 750-1,000
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103
 
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 103, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type I, three enormous margins, right margin full, deep rich color, light grid cancel, "Athens Ga. Jun. 24" circular datestamp on University of Georgia blue embossed cameo corner card cover to Milledgeville Ga.

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE ATHENS 5-CENT PURPLE PROVISIONAL ISSUE.

Another nearly identical cover from the same correspondence was offered in our sale of the Wishnietsky collection (Sale 1064, lot 35). It also has an untied Athens provisional stamp. Neither of the two stamps can be located in the Levi off-cover listings. It is possible that they originated on the two covers, but we are offering this item as an off-cover stamp. As such it is superb and of a very deep shade (as is the other from this correspondence).

P.F. certificate 204217 declining opinion on origination no longer accompanies

E. 2,000-3,000
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104
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 104, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2). Position 3, margins to just in, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Aug. 15, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to military address on Ship Island Miss., stamp with pinhole at upper right, still Fine, ex Felton, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate, Scott Retail $5,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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105
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 105, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Calhoun Type E, large to ample margins showing outer framelines on three sides, just into frameline at left, tied by partly clear "Charleston S.C. Oct. 18, 1861" double-circle datestamp on "Charleston Hotel, D. Mixer, Charleston S.C." overall lithographed advertising cover to Col. Montgomery Moses in Sumter S.C., W. Eaves N.Y. imprint at bottom and on backflap, sealed tear at top and on backflap from opening, tiny gum spot on stamp

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A BEAUTIFUL OVERALL ADVERTISING COVER.

The Calhoun census lists approximately fourteen examples on corner card covers -- some embossed without color. This is the only example identified in the census with an overall advertising design

Ex Knapp and Dr. Brandon

E. 2,000-3,000
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106
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 106, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins top and bottom, just clear at sides, tied by one of two complete strikes of "Charleston S.C. Oct. 6, 1861" double-circle datestamp on buff J. N. Robson commission merchant's corner card cover to Concord N.C., minor edge flaws and soiling, Very Fine appearance, the Calhoun census lists approximately fourteen examples on corner card covers, however, many are embossed and do not clearly show the design, with clear 1997 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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107
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 107, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsFredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1), Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1)Fredericksburg Va., 5c Blue on Thin Bluish (26X1). Position 7, three huge margins showing tips of adjoining ornaments at left, just touched at right, deep shade, tied by partly clear "Fredericksburg Va. Paid Oct. 23" (1861) circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Hazen Va., neat docketing, some scattered spots not affecting stamp, cover slightly reduced at left with small sealed tear

VERY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST ON-COVER EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.

Reuben Triplett Thom (1782-1868) was 78 when he was appointed to be Confederate postmaster of Fredericksburg on July 20, 1861. Thom had been postmaster since 1840, when he received his first appointment from President Martin Van Buren. Fredericksburg, a Virginia town with an 1860 population of 4,000, was situated on the Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad between the capital cities of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The town changed hands eleven times and was essentially destroyed during the Civil War, but Postmaster Thom performed his postal duties throughout the conflict.

The Fredericksburg stamps on covers are more often seen with brown gum toning and deeply cut into the design. This example ranks among the best recorded examples.

Ex Caspary. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail $5,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
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108
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 108, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Full to large margins all around including trace of adjoining stamp at left, pretty pastel shade, neatly tied by "Lynchburg Va. Sep. 18" (1861) circular datestamp on light buff cover to Diana Mills Va., overall even toning

VERY FINE. A RARE FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE LYNCHBURG PROVISIONAL ON COVER.

Of the 25 single Lynchburg provisional stamps recorded on cover in the Calhoun census, about one-third have stamps with four full margins, while the majority is cut into on one side. The few known pairs demonstrate the extremely narrow spacing between stamps.

Ex Emerson, Brooks, MacBride, Jennings and Birkinbine. With 1957 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $6,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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109
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 109, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMacon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma after Office (53X1), Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma after Office (53X1)Macon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Wove, Comma after Office (53X1). Large to ample margins all around, light pre-use vertical crease, tied by "Macon Ga. Dec. 23" (1861) double-circle datestamp on green cover to Jeffersonville Ga. with "Wesleyan Female College Macon Ga." in ornate frame printed corner card, slightly reduced at bottom where flap missing, small repair at upper left with portion of corner card frame drawn in

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT LIGHT BLUE GREEN MACON POSTMASTER’S PROVISIONAL ON A GREEN WESLEYAN FEMALE COLLEGE CORNER CARD COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS CORNER CARD DESIGN USED WITH A MACON PROVISIONAL CONTAINED IN OUR EXTENSIVE RECORDS.

Wesleyan Female College was founded in 1836 as the Georgia Female College with “an expressed aim of granting the power to confer all such honors, degrees, and licenses as are usually conferred in colleges or universities.” The name was changed in 1843 by an act of the state legislature. In 1917 the word “female” was dropped, and it continues to operate today. Wikipedia notes it is the birthplace of the first sororities in the United States.

The Macon provisional with “Post Office, Macon, Ga.” added to the setting is very rare on cover. Three other Wesleyan Female College covers are known with a cameo at left (one is reduced into the design).

Ex Meroni. From our 1965 Rarities sale. With 1991 P.F. and 2003 C.S.A. certificates

E. 3,000-4,000
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110
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 110, 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, large margins to just into floral ornaments at bottom and left, tied by double-struck "Macon Ga. Aug. 7" (1861) double-circle datestamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F7-12) to Prince Edward C.H. Va., pair with some very trivial gum soaks along bottom margin

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MACON FLORAL-BORDER POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL USED ON A PATRIOTIC COVER -- ALSO ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED 53X3 PAIRS ON COVER. A SPECTACULAR CONFEDERATE PROVISIONAL RARITY.

The person most likely to be the Macon postmaster who issued the provisional stamps is Dr. Edward L. Strohecker, a graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina, who was elected three times as Macon's mayor. He helped to organize the Georgia Medical Association, and travelled to visit and treat Confederate troops during the war. Another postmaster and possible stamp issuer is Washington Poe, a relative of the poet, who also served a term as mayor and was elected as a Union delegate to the Georgia Secession Convention in Milledgeville.

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.

Our Levi records contain two floral-border 53X3 Patriotic covers, both franked with a pair and from the same correspondence to Prince Edward Courthouse Va. The other Patriotic cover is ex Caspary and Weatherly. This correspondence also yielded a 53X4 pair on a Patriotic cover.

Ex Ballard. Scott Retail $25,000.00

E. 20,000-30,000
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111
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 111, 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). Large margins to clear at left, repaired bottom right corner, tied by light strike of "Macon Geo. Jul. 5" (1861) double-circle datestamp on light gray lithographed "Greer & Lake, Wholesale and Retail Grocer's, Stone Front Store" illustrated overall advertising cover to A. H. Greer at Oglethorpe Ga., cover with some cosmetic improvements

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MACON FLORAL-BORDER PROVISIONAL USED ON AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING COVER.

The person most likely to be the Macon postmaster who issued the provisional stamps is Dr. Edward L. Strohecker, a graduate of the Medical College of South Carolina, who was elected three times as Macon's mayor. He helped to organize the Georgia Medical Association, and travelled to visit and treat Confederate troops during the war. Another postmaster and possible stamp issuer is Washington Poe, a relative of the poet, who also served a term as mayor and was elected as a Union delegate to the Georgia Secession Convention in Milledgeville.

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.

Our records contain four Greer & Lake advertising covers with Macon provisionals, including two with 53X4 (line border) stamps and two with 53X3 (floral border) stamps. This cover, the 53X3 cover offered in our sale of the "D.K." collection (Sale 1022, lot 1039) and the 53X4 cover offered in the "D.K." sale (lot 1038) are illustrated designs.

Ex Hughes

E. 2,000-3,000
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112
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 112, 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). Huge margins including top sheet margin, tied by "Macon Ga. Jun. 29" (1861) double-circle datestamp on cover to Mrs. Howell Cobb, Athens Ga., some insignificant cover staining at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE MACON 5-CENT FLORAL BORDER POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.

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 MacBride and Kilbourne. With 1999 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
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113
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 113, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Ample margins on two sides, touching at top and right where slightly irregular, tied by "Memphis Ten." circular datestamp on buff cover to Paris Tenn. with "John W. Chrisp & Co. Dealers in Slaves, Memphis Tenn." advertising corner card, slightly reduced at right

FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY USE OF THE MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A SLAVE DEALER'S ADVERTISING COVER.

Printed corner cards and advertising envelopes rarely mentioned the slave trade, although the institution was obviously an integral part of the Southern culture and economy. Examples of slave trade corner cards are very scarce, and this example with the Memphis Postmaster's Provisional is incalculably rare.

The John W. Chrisp & Co. firm is identified in the advertisement as "Successors to Forrest, Jones & Co." The Forrest is Nathan Bedford Forrest, the Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

Signed Dietz. Ex Mueller, Matz, Dr. Green and Boshwit

E. 7,500-10,000
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114
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 114, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to in on two sides, tied by well-struck "Memphis Ten. Aug. 9, 1861" circular datestamp on light gray "J. D. Morton & Co. Commissions and Forwarders" overall lithographed advertising cover with illustration of "City Wharf Boat", addressed to Natchez Miss., Fine, scarce and attractive Memphis Postmaster's Provisional cover advertising one of the forwarding agents for Quachita River steamboats, ex Boshwit

E. 2,000-3,000
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115
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 115, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to touched at right, tied by Memphis Tenn. circular datestamp with unclear date on Mason & Co. commission merchants corner card cover to New Orleans, Carroll Hoy correspondence, cover with some cosmetic improvements and overall dampstaining, part of backflap replaced, Very Fine appearance, with clear 1996 C.S.A. certificate, Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 500-750
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116
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 116, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Huge margins including portions of adjoining stamps at top and left, just clear at right, small repair at bottom left barely touches the design, tied by "Memphis Ten. Jul. 31, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue Jefferson Davis Medallion, 11-Star Flags, Sunburst and Verse Patriotic cover (JD-1C, Verse 53) to Miss., Jul. 28, 1861 docketing on back, small mend at top left of cover and missing part of backflap

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A RED AND BLUE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.

The Memphis 5c provisional is known on Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotic covers in single-color Blue, Black and dual-color Red and Blue. All are rare and we believe the Red and Blue is the most visually striking.

Ex Dr. Brandon

E. 10,000-15,000
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117
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 117, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Positions 29/37, vertical pair, full margins to slightly in at bottom, tied by partly clear strike of "Memphis Ten. Aug.? 8" (1861) circular datestamp on 7-Star Confederate Flag overall Patriotic cover (F7-2B) to Raleigh N.C., Saunders, Clark & Jones imprint, some edgewear and erosion at top left corner, barely reduced at left

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF A PAIR OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON A COVER WITH A CONFEDERATE 7-STAR FLAG OVERALL PATRIOTIC DESIGN.

The F7-2B design contains a prominent flagstaff, in contrast to F7-2A which lacks the flagstaff. As an overall design covering the entire envelope it is visually striking, and it's use with the Memphis Postmaster's provisional is very rare.

Ex Matz and Dr. Brandon

E. 7,500-10,000
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118
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 118, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins to just in, tied by "Memphis Ten. (Oct?) 31, 1861" circular datestamp on red and blue 12-Star Confederate Flag with Tassels and Verse Patriotic cover (F12-4, Verse 54), significant misregistration of the blue color makes each star appear double, addressed to Osceola Ark., stamp with light crease, cover slightly reduced at left

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A COLORFUL PATRIOTIC COVER.

This 12-Star design is the same as F8-12, but with stars added to the four corners.

Ex Hind, Pope and Boshwit

E. 2,000-3,000
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119
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 119, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMilledgeville Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (57XU1b), Milledgeville Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (57XU1b)Milledgeville Ga., 10c on 5c Black entire (57XU1b). Clear strike of "Paid 5c" provisional marking at right overstruck twice with "10", one darker and slightly displaced from the other, light "Milledgeville Ga." handstamp at left and "Milledgeville Ga. Dec.? 5" circular datestamp on "Grieve & Clark Booksellers & Stationers, Druggists and Pharmacists" overall lithographed advertising cover to C.S.A. Vice President Alexander Stephens in Richmond, usual docketing on back related to an application for a quartermaster position, retains the backflap which is unusual for a Stephens cover, Very Fine and scarce, ex MacBride, Hart and Felton, listed in Crown census on p. 624, accompanied by 1945 letter to MacBride from August Dietz about the cover

E. 1,000-1,500
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120
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 120, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Large margins except at bottom left corner where barely touched, faint gum toning, small sealed tears at top right and bottom, tied by "Mobile Ala. Feb. 26, 1862" double-circle datestamp on tiny cover with local address, top edge trimmed slightly and flap reaffixed

VERY FINE APPEARING STAMP AND AN ATTRACTIVE SMALL COVER. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE PROVISIONAL USED ON A DROP LETTER.

The Crown census records just 23 covers with the 2c Mobile. With 2002 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 121, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Clear to large margins, tiny margin tear at bottom right, tied by well-struck "Mobile Ala. May 5, 1862" double-circle datestamp on fresh oatmeal cover addressed to Mobile, favor endorsement crossed out (sender might have decided to place letter into mails rather than send it by hand, or it was carried from another place into Mobile and put into mails), cover refolded at top

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT MOBILE PROVISIONAL USED ON COVER.

The Crown census records just 23 covers with the 2c Mobile. Ex Antrim, Everett and Dr. Graves ("Argentum"). With 2002 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail $6,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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122
c
Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 122, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Full to large margins, tied by bold "Mobile Ala. Nov. 18. 1861" double-circle datestamp on light gray "Patrick Irwin & Co. Commission Merchants" overall lithographed advertising cover to Bridgeville Ala., narrow opening nick at top edge, flap reattached and small part replaced, still Very Fine, a choice stamp on an attractive advertising cover, with 2015 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 123, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2), Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2)Mobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins to just in at upper left, rich color, tied by Mobile Ala. double-circle datestamp with unclear date on U.S. 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Demopolis Ala., manuscript directive "Pr Steamer Demopolis", slight wrinkling and scattered toned spots, appears Very Fine, rare provisional use on a steamboat cover, ex Emerson and Myerson, Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 124, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1), Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1)Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of provisional marking, "Montgomery Ala. Aug. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on "Hutchings & Williams, Wholesale & Retail Druggists" overall lithographed advertising cover with illustration of a slave compounding medicines, addressed to New Orleans, with original enclosure, minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE ILLUSTRATED COVER WITH THE MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, 5-CENT POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL AND A REMARKABLE DEPICTION OF A SLAVE AT WORK WITH A DRUGGIST'S MORTAR AND PESTLE.

This is the only illustrated advertising cover with this provisional we have offered since keeping computerized records. The image of a slave performing work is extremely rare and unusual.

Ex Caspary and Powell

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 125, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3), Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3)Nashville Tenn., 5c Brick Red (61X3). Large margins to touched at bottom and right, vivid Brick Red color on blue-gray paper, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 23, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" straightline handstamp on gray "State of Tennessee Executive Department" overall lithographed cover to Clarksville Tenn., with illustrations of agriculture and commerce, W. T. Berry & Co. imprint on flap, a few minor toned spots are inconsequential, mounting remnants on back

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR STATE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT COVER BEARING THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT BRICK RED PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Other examples of this Executive department cover we have offered show varying levels of intensity of the lithographed design, ranging from light to medium. This is the clearest and boldest example of this design we have seen, beautifully showing the agriculture and commerce illustrations. Our records of Nashville provisionals contain only four advertising covers bearing singles, and two with pairs.

Ex Gallagher and Rudy

E. 5,000-7,500
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 126, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Grayish Brown (61X5 var), Nashville Tenn., 5c Grayish Brown (61X5 var)Nashville Tenn., 5c Grayish Brown (61X5 var). Large margins to barely in at upper left, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 12, 1861" circular datestamp and matching "PAID" handstamp on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F7-19), Gow imprint, addressed to Shelbyville Tenn., few small filing holes, minor wear

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A PATRIOTIC COVER. A PHENOMENAL EXHIBITION ITEM.

We have used the term "Grayish Brown" to describe the shade of this stamp, based on our experience with expertizing groups. The Gray 61X4 shade is often called "Violet Brown" 61X5 when it has a slight brownish hue. This stamp is not the normal Violet Brown, and it is used in October 1861 when the Gray stamps were generally used, but rather than risk a return over subjective differences of opinion among experts, we will call this stamp "Grayish Brown" and offer it as 61X5.

Ex Rudy and Powell. With 2015 C.S.A. certificate (as Grayish Brown)

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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 127, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large to ample margins top and bottom, just into outer framelines at sides, rich color, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Nov. 1, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" straightline on obsolete U.S. 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10) with printed address to David Cleage, Athens Tenn., Planter's Bank embossing on flap, Very Fine, attractive and scarce use of the Nashville Postmaster's Provisional on a demonetized U.S. entire, with 1997 C.S.A. certificate misidentifying the stamp as 61X3, Scott Retail $4,250.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 128, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Large margins including part of adjoining stamp at left, in at right and bottom, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Sep. 22, 1861" circular datestamp on "Morgan & Co.'s Importers and Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods" illustrated building corner card cover to Shelbyville Tenn., a large and detailed depiction of 49 Public Square with horses and wagons on street, stamp has tiny sealed pre-use tear at lower right, cover has small stain at bottom

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE ILLUSTRATED BUILDING ADVERTISING COVER.

Our records of Nashville provisionals contain only four advertising covers bearing singles, and two with pairs.

Ex Boshwit and "D.K." collection. With 2012 C.S.A. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 129, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Margins well clear of framelines on all sides, large at top, deep rich color, tied by blue numeral "10" rate handstamp, matching "Paid" and "Nashville Ten. Sep. 18, 1861" circular datestamp on "Morgan & Co.'s Importers and Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods" illustrated building corner card cover to Shelbyville Tenn., a large and detailed depiction of 49 Public Square with horses and wagons on street, cover has lightened stain spots at bottom, stamp has faint creases and tiny expert repair at bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE 10-CENT NASHVILLE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. THIS IS THE ONLY ADVERTISING COVER AMONG THE SIX KNOWN.

Our records contain six genuine covers with the 10c Green provisional issued by the Nashville postmaster:

1) Tied by Aug. 1 (1861) Adams Express oval, to Hardy & Bros., Norfolk Va.

2) Tied by Sep. 15, 1861, Nashville datestamp, to Shelbyville Tenn., ex Caspary

3) 5c & 10c used together, tied by Aug. 21, 1861, Nashville datestamp, to D. Cleage, Athens Tenn., ex Caspary

4) Tied by Aug. 1 (1861) Adams Express oval, used on 3c Star Die entire to Rev. Leavenworth, Petersburg Va., ex Kilbourne

5) Tied by Aug. 1 (1861) Adams Express oval, used on 3c Star Die with additional 3c 1857, to Albert F. Ryan, Norfolk Va., ex Gallagher

6) Tied by "10" rate handstamp, Sep. 18, 1861, Nashville datestamp, on building corner card cover to Thos. H. Caldwell, Shelbyville Tenn., ex Needham, Kimmel, Haas, Rudy and Powell, the cover offered here.

Ex Needham, Kimmel, Haas, Rudy and Powell. With 1976 and 2015 P.F. certificates

E. 10,000-15,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 130, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Huge margins all around, rich color on fresh paper, tied by "New Orleans La. 19 Jun." (1862) circular datestamp on gray American Tract Society overall lithographed illustrated advertising cover to Jackson Miss., design advertises "Beautiful and Useful Books", docketing at left

EXTREMELY FINE GEM 5-CENT NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL ON A BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATED AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY COVER.

Ex Myerson. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 131, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Top sheet margin showing "ble exclusi" portion of imprint at top, large at sides, barely touching at bottom left corner, rich color, tied by full clear strike of "PD. 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp, equally clear strikes of "J. L. RIDDELL, P.M." straightline and "New Orleans Nov. 7, 1861" river-mail double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Providence La., very minor reduction at left

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP USED TO CANCEL AN ADHESIVE PROVISIONAL. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THIS USE.

Ex Mason, Shenfield and Weatherly. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 132, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown on Bluish (62X4). Large to huge margins all around, tied by "New Orleans La. 15 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on printed notarized statement of a default, addressed to Altalaville Miss., Extremely Fine, with 1996 C.S.A. certificate, Scott Retail $425.00

E. 400-500
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 133, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Yellow Brown on Off-White (62X5). Huge margins all around including "ffice." portion of imprint at bottom, tied by "New Orleans La. 11 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on light gray lithographed "Goodrich & Co. Wholesale Grocers and Commission Merchants" overall advertising cover to Memphis Tenn., stamp with faint small corner crease at top left which is utterly inconsequential but mentioned on accompanying certificate, Extremely Fine, remarkably choice and attractive example of the Third Printing, which is quite scarce on cover, ex Kilbourne and Felton, with 2012 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 134, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 9, large margins to clear, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Oct. ?" circular datestamp on blue "Smyth, Stone & Banks, Grocers & Commission Merchants" overall lithographed advertising cover to Marion Va., F. Rogers Philadelphia imprint on flap, stamp with lightened gum soaks and some slight cover soiling, still Very Fine, a beautiful advertising cover with the Petersburg Postmaster's Provisional

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 135, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsRaleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1), Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1)Raleigh N.C., 5c Red entire (68XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp, blue "Raleigh N.C. Nov. 26, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Richmond Va., missing bottom flap and minor edge toning, appears Very Fine, Scott Retail $600.00

E. 200-300
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Sale Number 1208, Lot Number 136, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsUniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3), Uniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3)Uniontown Ala., 5c Green on Gray Blue (86X3). Position 2 -- the only one of four positions with Lobe ornaments at top and Loop ornaments at bottom -- large margins all around, tied by usual lightly-struck "Uniontown Ala. 6 Sep." (1861) circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Mardon Ala., very slight wear, slight diagonal wrinkle in stamp

EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND ATTRACTIVE COVER. ONLY 13 COVERS WITH THE UNIONTOWN 5-CENT ON GRAY BLUE PAPER ARE RECORDED IN THE CROWN CENSUS.

Although the Scott Catalogue does not distinguish between types, the distinctive typography of Position 2 should qualify it as a major variety of Uniontown provisionals.

Ex Brown, Brooks, Grant and Kilbourne. With 2007 C.S.A. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
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