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Sale 1230 — U.S. and Hawaii Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Friday, 15-18 December, 2020

Category — Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1482
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1482, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsAlbany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1), Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1)Albany Ga., 5c Greenish Blue entire (3XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp at top left of cover to Macon Ga., beautifully bold strike of blue "Albany Ga. Dec. 29, 1861" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at right and with small mended nick at lower right, the markings are Very Fine-Extremely Fine, approximately 18 are known, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value $1,000.00

E. 500-750
1,200
1483
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1483, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type I, large margins to just in at right, tied by grid cancel with "Athens Ga. Paid Nov. 5" (1861) circular datestamp on small cover to Savannah Ga., slight soiling, Very Fine and desirable tied example (many of the Athens 5c adhesives are not tied to their covers), with 1986 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $2,250.00

E. 750-1,000
700
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1484
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1484, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2), Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2)Baton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine (11X2). Position 3 (Calhoun Type A), margins all around, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Sep. 26, 1861" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Capt. H. M. Favrot, Delta Rifles, Ocean Springs Miss., cover very slightly reduced at top

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COVER WITH A FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE BATON ROUGE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL WITH MALTESE CROSS BORDER.

The addressee, Capt. Henry M. Favrot, was born in West Baton Rouge parish in 1826 and died there in 1887. He served as a member of the Louisiana legislature in the 1850's and was opposed to secession. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate Army and became captain of the "Delta Rifles," 4th Louisiana Infantry, and served throughout the entire war. Capt. Favrot participated in the Battle of Shiloh, was stricken with typhoid fever at Corinth and later returned to New Orleans. After his recovery he was sent to northern Virginia with rank of colonel to gather all the records of the Army of Northern Virginia. He remained on active duty until the close of the war, when he returned home on mule-back, bringing with him the army records he was sent to compile.

Ex Watt White. With 1996 P.F. certificate. Scott value $5,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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1485
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1485, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsCanton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1), Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1)Canton Miss., 5c Black entire (14XU1). Perfect strike of provisional handstamp on grayish-blue cover to Jackson Miss., "Canton Miss. Sep. 13, 1861" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, a superb strike of this fancy provisional handstamp, the "P" in center of the star is the initial of Postmaster William Priestly, with 1982 P.F. and 2001 C.S.A. certificates, Scott value $4,000.00

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1486
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1486, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on Orange entire (16XU3), Charleston S.C., 5c Blue on Orange entire (16XU3)Charleston S.C., 5c Blue on Orange entire (16XU3). Boldly-struck "Charleston S.C. Sep. 13, 1861" circular datestamp, addressed to Darlington C.H. S.C., minor erosions spot at bottom left, Extremely Fine, ex Kilbourne, with 2001 C.S.A. certificate as 16XU4 (Buff), this is nothing like the usual light shade of Buff and we feel this is clearly the darker paper listed in Scott as Orange, in either case this is a choice example, Scott value $2,250.00

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1487
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1487, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsColumbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1), Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1)Columbia S.C., 5c Blue entire (18XU1). Remarkably clear strike of provisional handstamp with partly clear blue "Columbia S.C. 5cts. Sep. 20" (1861) pre-war integral-rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Longmires Store S.C., Very Fine, Scott value $900.00

E. 500-750
475
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1488
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1488, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsGalveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entire (98XU2). Clear strike of provisional handstamp on adversity cover made from a ship's bill of lading to Anderson Tex., small edge nicks and tears, Very Fine strike, a desirable and unusual adversity use of this scarce provisional, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $2,000.00

E. 750-1,000
850
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1489
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1489, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsGalveston Tex., 10c Black entires (98XU2, 98XU3), Galveston Tex., 10c Black entires (98XU2, 98XU3)Galveston Tex., 10c Black entires (98XU2, 98XU3). One of each style on folded adversity covers, the fancy bordered type (98XU1) with blurry but identifiable strike of provisional handstamp with partial Galveston double-circle datestamp on turned printed document to Anderson Tex., the second type (98XU2) partly struck but again identifiable, on bill of lading addressed to Anderson Tex., minor edgewear and staining, still a Fine pair of these scarce Texas provisionals, first with clear 1997 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $4,750.00

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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1490
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1490, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsGeorgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1), Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1)Georgetown S.C., 5c Black entire (28XU1). Light but clear strike with control mark on back, "Georgetown S.C. Nov. 28, 1861" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Dunns Rock S.C., Very Fine, only approximately a dozen are known, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value $1,000.00

E. 400-500
400
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1491
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1491, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsHouston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2), Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2)Houston Tex., 10c Red entire (40XU2). Full and unusually well-struck provisional handstamp, equally clear "Houston Tex. Jul. 28, 1862" circular datestamp on small white cover to Columbia Tex., from the Adriance correspondence, missing part of backflap, Extremely Fine, an outstanding quality example of the Houston 10c provisional entire, of which fewer than a dozen are known, a Power Search review shows that most of the examples we have offered are in far inferior condition to this example, ex Birkinbine and Myerson, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value $2,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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1492
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1492, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsHouston Tex., 5c + 10c Red entire (40XU4), Houston Tex., 5c + 10c Red entire (40XU4)Houston Tex., 5c + 10c Red entire (40XU4). Clear strikes of provisional handstamps on buff turned cover to military address at Galveston Tex., second inside use with Galveston double-circle datestamp and "Paid" and "10" handstamps, addressed to Anderson Tex., light waterstains at edges not affecting markings, Fine and extremely rare, only two examples of this re-valued postmaster's provisional are known to us, the Crown survey lists only one (not this example), it is particularly desirable as a turned cover, with 1997 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $2,500.00

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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1493
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1493, Confederate 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.

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.

Ex Hughes. Scott value on normal cover $6,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,000
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1494
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1494, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsMilledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5), Milledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5)Milledgeville Ga., 10c Black entire (57XU5). Type II provisional handstamp with short and fat "10", boldly struck with "Milledgeville Ga. Nov. 18" circular datestamp on adversity cover made from a printed legal form, addressed to Madison Ga., cut and folded over for display, small edge tear at top, still Very Fine, extremely scarce and handsome use, ex Murphy, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $1,500.00

E. 500-750
900
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1495
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1495, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1), Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1)Mobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Large margins to clear, tied by bold "Mobile Ala. Aug. 13, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Demopolis Ala., stamp with small toned spot, cover with few scattered toned spots, small mended corner nick at bottom right and slightly reduced at right, narrow part of edge refolded at left, still Fine and scarce, ex Brooks and Anderson, signed Dietz, with 2002 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $6,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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1496
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1496, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1), Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1)Montgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Clear strike of provisional handstamp with "Montgomery Ala. Jun. 4, 1861" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Fort Morgan Ala., fresh and Very Fine, mailed only three days after the start of the Confederate postal system and believed to be the earliest known use of the 5c provisional, ex Anderson, with 2002 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $1,100.00

E. 500-750
600
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1497
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1497, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsMontgomery Ala., 10c Blue entire (59XU4), Montgomery Ala., 10c Blue entire (59XU4)Montgomery Ala., 10c Blue entire (59XU4). Clear strike, we described this in Sale 834 as "few letters strengthened", on cover to Howell Cobb at Yorktown Va., "Montgomery Ala. Oct. 24, 1861" circular datestamp, reduced at top, appears Very Fine, scarce with perhaps a half-dozen known, Scott value $1,250.00

E. 400-500
550
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1498
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1498, Confederate 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). Scott value on patriotic cover $35,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
9,500
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1499
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1499, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5), Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5)Nashville Tenn., 5c Violet Brown (61X5). Three clear to ample margins, touched at bottom, brownish gum toning, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Oct. 9, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp on small narrow cover to Plaquemine La., Fine, ex Murphy, Dietz backstamp, with 1987 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $4,250.00

E. 750-1,000
1,700
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1500
 
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1500, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsNashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6), Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6)Nashville Tenn., 10c Green (61X6). Three ample to full margins, just into frameline at bottom, rich color, cancelled by Adams Express Company blue oval datestamp, couple tiny margin thins at top

FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL WITH AN EXPRESS COMPANY CANCEL.

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.

Ex Wishnietsky. Scott value as the most typical cancel is $7,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1501
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1501, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1), New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1)New Orleans La., 2c Blue (62X1). Large top margin, others touching to slightly in, rich color, tied by "New Orleans La. 29 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on corner embossed folded printed notice from Smith & Bro. to Woods Tex., fascinating content which discusses the great difficulty of making collections in the country, and includes an offer to accept Confederate notes and bonds at par for debts, as well as gold and silver for 15% and 10% debt discounts, fresh and Fine, very scarce with only about 30 covers known (including drop and circular uses), ex Howard Green, with 2001 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value $5,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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1502
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1502, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Provisional (62X3-62X5), New Orleans La., 5c Provisional (62X3-62X5)New Orleans La., 5c Provisional (62X3-62X5). Balance of four covers, No. 62X3 horizontal pair, others are singles (two of No. 62X4), all with four margins except the pair just touched at top, each tied by "PAID" handstamp or New Orleans circular datestamp on 1861 covers to Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, a couple minor envelope flaws including one missing backflap and another slightly reduced but each of the stamps are sound, Very Fine and attractive group offering three different paper varieties, No. 62X5 with 1999 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $2,550.00

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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1503
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1503, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsNew Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b), New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b)New Orleans La., 5c Ocher (62X3b). Horizontal pair, light shade, large to huge margins except just clipped top right corner, vertical tear in margin between stamps, tied by "New Orleans La. 11 Aug." (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Vaiden Miss., envelope slightly refolded and with corners at top and bottom right with small repairs, missing backflap, Very Fine appearance, scarce use of a pair of the New Orleans Ocher shade on cover, fewer than ten are recorded, with 2000 C.S.A. certificate mentioning the envelope repairs but not the tear in the pair, Scott value $3,500.00

E. 500-750
850
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1504
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1504, Confederate 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). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at bottom, slightly clipped top right corner but clear of design, rich color, tied by "New Orleans 12 Dec." (1861) circular datestamp on Levy & Dieter Commission Merchants corner card cover to Providence La., top of envelope restored where it was roughly opened but not affecting stamps, missing backflap, Very Fine appearance and a scarce corner card use of the New Orleans provisional, ex Felton, with 1996 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $1,200.00

E. 400-500
900
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1505
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1505, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Position 3, full margins to just touching ornament balls at right, tiny internal tear, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Nov. 19" (1861) circular datestamp on grocer and commission merchant's blue cameo corner card cover to Nutbush N.C., cover restored at top where it was roughly opened but not affecting stamp, which also has a bit of soiling at bottom, otherwise Fine, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate noting only the cover repair, Scott value $2,500.00 without premium for corner card

E. 500-750
800
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1506
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1506, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsStatesville N.C., 5c Black entire (79XU1), Statesville N.C., 5c Black entire (79XU1)Statesville N.C., 5c Black entire (79XU1). Bold "Paid 5" provisional handstamp, "Statesville N.C. Oct. 2?" circular datestamp with additional "Deep Well N.C. Oct. 21" manuscript postmark on orange-buff cover to Eagle Mills S.C., fresh and Very Fine, a scarce provisional with only 19 recorded in the Crown survey, also very unusual with the cover originating in another town and posted in Statesville -- Deep Well (post office ceased to exist in 1866), Statesville and Eagle Mills are all located in close proximity to each other in Iredell County N.C., Scott value $1,500.00

E. 750-1,000
475
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1507
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1507, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsThomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2), Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2)Thomasville Ga., 5c Black entire (82XU2). Bold strike of provisional handstamp, clear "Thomasville Ga. Dec. 19" circular datestamp on buff cover to Savannah Ga., slightly reduced at right with small mended nick along that edge, still Very Fine, ex Matz, with 1997 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $1,000.00

E. 400-500
450
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1508
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1508, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsTuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1), Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1)Tuscumbia Ala., 5c Black entire (84XU1). Lightly inked strike of provisional handstamp with "Tuscumbia Ala. Oct. 1" (1861) circular datestamp on orange-buff entire to Huntsville Ala., original letter enclosure shows dampstaining, cover slightly reduced at left and with small mended tear at lower left, Fine and rare, only eight are recorded in the Crown survey, ex MacBride, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $4,000.00

E. 500-750
900
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1509
c
Sale Number 1230, Lot Number 1509, Confederate Postmasters' ProvisionalsPostmasters' Provisionals Cover Balance, Postmasters' Provisionals Cover BalancePostmasters' Provisionals Cover Balance. 19 provisional covers, two bearing stamps including 5c Memphis Ten. (56X2) and 5c Mobile Ala. (58X2), others are all stampless, wonderful range of towns, some of the better include Abingdon Va., Atlanta Ga., Columbia S.C. Dalton Ga., Greensboro N.C., Selma Ala., Talbotton Ga. and many others, typical condition for these with some flaws to be found but overall an attractive, diverse and valuable group, Scott value $19,400.00, see website PDF for a list of covers and complete scan

E. 4,000-5,000
4,500
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