VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE TUSCUMBIA 3-CENT PROVISIONAL, ISSUED PRIOR TO ADOPTION OF NEW CONFEDERATE RATES. A WONDERFUL POSTAL HISTORY RARITY FROM THE TIME OF TRANSITION FROM U.S. TO CONFEDERATE CONTROL OF SOUTHERN POST OFFICES.
The Tuscumbia Postmaster's Provisional is one of seven adhesive stamps or entires 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 federal government. In some cases, postmasters avoided 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 received (or had) a supply of U.S. stamps, as most of the few known examples bear the 3c 1857 Issue. The Crown Census on the Civil War Philatelic Society website records only for examples. This cover originates from a correspondence discovered in 1932 by William P. Snyder.
Ex Gross. With 1994 P.F. certificate as 12XU1, when the Tuscumbia 3c provisional was listed with other U.S. 1845 postmasters' provisionals. With 2019 P.F. certificate as Confederate No. 6AXU1
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL PAIR OF THE ATHENS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL PAYING THE OVER-500 MILES RATE TO YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA. THIS PAIR REFLECTS THE NORMAL CONFIGURATION OF TYPES I AND II.
Francis J. Crown Jr. reports 19 pairs of the Athens 5c Purple on separate covers. We have visually confirmed fourteen of the Crown-listed covers, and we located one additional cover with a pair that is so severely defective, it should be disqualified. The condition of the pair and cover offered here is far superior to the typical condition of the fourteen covers in our photographic records.
Ex Seybold and Wishnietsky. With 1977 P.F. certificate. Scott value $7,000.00.
History of the Athens provisional: http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/AthensGA.pdf
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE ATHENS 5-CENT PURPLE PROVISIONAL ISSUE.
Another nearly identical cover from the same correspondence is found in our Levi records and 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).
Ex Wishnietsky. Scott value as off-cover stamp is $1,400.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE BLOCK OF THE FREDERICKSBURG 5-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL, CROSSING TWO TRANSFERS OF THE TYPESET FORM.
The Fredericksburg Va. Postmaster's Provisional was issued by Postmaster Rueben Thom. A typeset form of ten subjects was produced -- each subject with unique characteristics in the lettering, border stars and horizontal lines. Sheets of 20 stamps were printed, using two impressions of the form arranged top-to-bottom. Blocks of this issue are rare and this one, cut from the bottom and top of the two panes, is a fascinating study in the stamp's production. In this case the two transfers were executed very close together, with the stars of the top and bottom stamps at left partly intersecting. A Power Search review found only one other block cut in this nature, plus the complete sheet offered in our 1999 sale of the Kilbourne Collection. At one time there were five complete sheets recorded but it is unlikely that all of them remain intact.
Scott value $4,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON A SMALL MOURNING COVER.
Richard Launcelot Maury (1840-1907) became the commander of the 24th Va. during the 1862 battle of Williamsburg when superior officers were wounded or killed. There are a number of General Issue covers as well as approximately ten Fredericksburg Provisional covers addressed to him, nearly all with mourning borders. Nine of the 26X1 Provisional covers were offered to the market in our 1966 Rarities of the World sale. For a biography of Maury see Confederate Philatelist (1971, pp. 70-73).
With 1990 P.S.E. certificate mentioning only the tiny corner creases. Scott value $5,500.00.
FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE ON COVER.
Ex Felton. With clear 1990 C.S.A certificate. Scott value $5,000.00.
VERY FINE AND STRIKING APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON AN EAVES-PRODUCED CAMEO CORNER CARD COVER.
Ex MacBride, Dr. Green, Boshwit and "D.K." Collection