VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF AN 1860 BRECKINRIDGE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COVER WITH A PAIR OF THE FIRST CONFEDERATE STATES STAMP.
Breckinridge was a Kentucky lawyer and politician who served as Vice President of the U.S. from 1857-61. He came in third in the popular vote and second in the electoral vote, ahead of Bell and Douglas. He instead became a senator, until he was expelled for joining the Confederate army. The sender leaves no doubt as to his sentiments, going so far as to cross out the "New York" of the imprint.
Ex Caspary and Haas.
A VERY FINE AND REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE RARE DANVILLE TYPOGRAPHED PROVISIONAL.
The Danville press-printed envelopes are among the most unusual of all Postmasters' Provisionals. A stock typographic engraving was used with loose type set inside the blank oval. The illustration depicts a shoe fitting for an Antebellum lady. She is seated, while another woman kneels before her with shoe in hand, and a gentleman stands over her, also holding a shoe. It is reported that this engraving was used in advertisements for ladies' shoes and boots. Another unusual feature of this provisional is the use of the slogan "Southern Confederacy" in addition to the post office and postmaster names, and the denomination. The word "Southern" is set in either a nearly straight line or slightly curved line.
The Calhoun census lists 24 envelopes, but nearly half are not proper provisional uses (either lacking a Danville postmark or used with adhesive postage). This cover from the Manguin correspondence is a late use (Jan. 1862) of the provisional entire with the 5c General Issue added to prepay the 5c rate from Danville to Flat River -- the distance between offices being well under 100 miles.
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE RECENTLY LISTED MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE ON CREAM PAPER. THIS ENVELOPE WAS USED AS STATIONERY AFTER THE FALL OF MEMPHIS.
This is an August 1863 use from Chattanooga just before Confederate forces evacuated the city in September 1863. Memphis had fallen in June 1862, and this envelope was probably carried out by a civilian fleeing the city.
Ex Boshwit and "D.K.". With 2002 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE EMORY, VIRGINIA, 10-CENT PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. A REMARKABLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN CONFEDERATE BROTHERS -- ONE A PRISONER OF WAR AT JOHNSON'S ISLAND AND THE OTHER ATTEMPTING TO SEND A LETTER IN THE MIDST OF POST-WAR TURMOIL.
Blue Spring Grove, Kentucky, where this cover entered the mails, is located in Barren County northwest of Knoxville and south of Louisville, near the turnpike and Louisville & Nashville Railroad line.
The Davis correspondence yielded this cover as well as four covers with the Emory adhesive provisional (used in 1861). This provisional envelope did not pay any postage, but it is definite proof that the markings were applied by the post office prior to sale. No other example is known.
Ex Ferrary, Gallagher, Dr. Agre and Dr. Brandon. Illustrated in Crown book on p. 101. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate. Scott value $5,000.00
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS FORSYTHE, GEORGIA, POSTMASTERS' PROVISIONAL, USED WITH A ROULETTED GENERAL ISSUE.
With 2011 C.S.A. certificate
AN EXTREMELY FINE AND OUTSTANDING COVER, SHOWING USE OF THE RARE 20-CENT OXFORD ROULETTE ON AN UNUSED POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE. ONE OF FINEST OF ALL CONFEDERATE 20-CENT COVERS.
The Oxford N.C. provisional is not listed in Scott, but the existence of unused entires used as regular envelopes at a later date is indisputable evidence of their provisional status. In this case, the Oxford postmaster probably affixed the stamp over the handstamp. Another similar cover realized $4,000 hammer in our Sale 795 (lot 1195).
Ex Dietz (signed by him), Hill and Hulme. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,750.00 on normal cover