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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — Postmasters’ Provisionals

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1423
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1423, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsTuscumbia, Alabama, United States 3c Rate, Red on Buff Confederate Provisional entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1), Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States 3c Rate, Red on Buff Confederate Provisional entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1)Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States 3c Rate, Red on Buff Confederate Provisional entire (6AXU1; formerly 12XU1). Handstamped provisional in upper right corner of buff envelope addressed to Knoxville, Tennessee, prepared by the Tuscumbia postmaster as a provisional but used while United States 3c 1857 Issue stamps were still valid and available, 3c Dull Red, Type III (26) originally tied over provisional by "Tuscumbia Ala. May 6" (1861) circular datestamp, stamp with edge nicks and lifted and moved to the left for display

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

Bid on this lot

E. 5,000-7,500
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1424
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1424, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Horizontal pair, left stamp Type I, right stamp Type II, huge margins all around, tied by grid cancel and "Athens Ga. Nov. 30? Paid" (1861) circular datestamp on small cover to Lt. John B. Cobb in Col. Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb's Georgia Legion at Yorktown Va.

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

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E. 3,000-4,000
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1425, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsAthens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1), Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1)Athens Ga., 5c Purple (5X1). Type II, huge margins all around, remarkably intense impression and deep rich color, light grid cancel at left edge, hinged on University of Georgia blue embossed cameo corner card cover to Milledgeville Ga., "Athens Ga. Apr. 11" circular datestamp, provisional is affixed in the position where a stamp was once present, but probably does not originate

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

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1426
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1426, 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). Block of four crossing top and bottom transfers of the typeset form, Positions 6-7 at top and 1-2 at bottom, from the sheet of 20, large part original gum, full margins to just touched in a couple places, usual light horizontal creasing as normally seen on this very fragile paper, including one crease between rows and another near top of bottom row

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

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1427
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1427, 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). Positions 8-9, horizontal pair, original gum, large margins to just touched at upper right star, usual slight creasing and small translucency as normally seen on this very fragile paper, small gum soak at top of right stamp, still Very Fine and choice pair -- the left stamp is Extremely Fine, with copy of 2001 C.S.A. certificate for a pane of ten, Scott value $1,800.00 as singles

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E. 750-1,000
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1428
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1428, 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 3, original gum, full margins all around, incredibly fresh without the creasing or translucency spots nearly always seen on this fragile paper, Extremely Fine sound example of the 5c Fredericksburg Postmaster's Provisional, with 2010 P.F. certificate

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900
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1429
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1429, 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 5, original gum, large to full margins which are well clear of the border stars all around, small translucency spot as normally seen and small gum soak at bottom, Extremely Fine in terms of centering and margins

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900
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1430
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1430, 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 4, original gum, full margins which are clear of the border stars all around, small translucency spot as normally seen on this fragile paper, Very Fine and choice, with 2010 P.F. certificate

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900
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1431
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1431, 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, large margins to touched at top left, tied by light strike of Fredericksburg Va. circular datestamp (date unclear but Calhoun book lists as Sep. 24, 1861) on mourning bordered cover addressed to Major Richard L. Maury of the 24th Va. Regt. in Jubal Early's Brigade at Manassas Junction, "X L I X" roman numeral docketing as usual for this correspondence, slightly reduced at right, stamp with tiny corner creases, manuscript "SE" was written on stamp to complete the "SEP" month at an unknown time and has been removed

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.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1432
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1432, 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 10, huge top margin showing nearly full bottom ornaments from stamp above, margins touching other sides to in at left, tied by light strike of "Fredericksburg Va. Paid" circular datestamp (date unclear but Calhoun book lists as Sep. 22, 1861) on buff cover to Pendleton's Battery at Fairfax C.H. Va., small piece of top flap removed and some small sealed tears at top

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.

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1433
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1433, 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 4, huge top margin, other sides full to ample, tied by partly clear strike of Fredericksburg Va. circular datestamp on buff rebacked cover front to Port Royal S.C., Very Fine stamp, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $1,250.00 as used (complete cover catalogues $5,500.00)

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E. 500-750
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1434
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1434, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsFredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2), Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2)Fredericksburg Va., 10c Red on Thin Bluish (26X2). Position 1, unused (no gum), ample to large margins all around, small faint thin spot at top right but free of the creasing that often affects this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance, scarce with approximately 35 copies known (none are known genuinely used), ex Dr. Brandon

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2,250
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1435
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1435, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsLynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1), Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1)Lynchburg Va., 5c Blue (52X1). Two covers with illustrated fire engine corner card designs, first with No. 52X1 tied by light strike of Lynchburg Va. circular datestamp on cover addressed to Danville Va., back with printed "Lynchburg Hose & Fire Insurance Co.", faulty stamp with corner repair painted in, cover faults including portion of address panel replaced, reduced and missing side flaps, small Dietz backstamp, with 1981 P.F. certificate, second cover franked with 5c Green (1) tied by Lynchburg Va. circular datestamp and addressed to Salem Va., faulty stamp with corner replaced and missing backflap, a rough condition pair of covers but also extremely rare, the Lynchburg provisional cover offered here is one of only two recorded with the fire engine illustrated design

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E. 500-750
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1436
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1436, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2), Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2)Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Full margins to just touched at bottom, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Nov. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Jackson Tenn. with Watt C. Bradford's foundry and machine shop blue illustrated cameo corner card, W. Eaves imprint, top left corner repaired outside of design, stamp has small tear and faint stains

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

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E. 2,000-3,000
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1437
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1437, 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 margins to huge at bottom with portion of imprint, light corner crease in margin, tied by "New Orleans La. 13 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on cover to Liberty Miss., with original dated invoice enclosure, cover reduced at right and extended, appears Very Fine

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E. 200-300
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1438
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1438, Postmasters’ ProvisionalsPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Huge margins to touched at left, including right sheet margin, tied by "Petersburg Va. 5cts. ? 13" (1861) integral-rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Clarksville Va., reduced at left slightly into address, still Very Fine, unusual with such a large sheet margin, Scott value $2,250.00

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E. 750-1,000
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