VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE BATON ROUGE PROVISIONAL CANCELLED AT NEW ORLEANS.
This cover traveled 129 miles down river from Baton Rouge and entered the mails at the New Orleans wharf office where the double-circle datestamp was used. Based on surviving covers, it is evident that the postmasters in New Orleans and Baton Rouge would accept stamps on letters coming off river boats.
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 1850s 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.
There are two recorded covers with a Baton Rouge provisional postmarked at New Orleans. This cover realized $18,500 hammer in our Sale 810 on Apr. 27, 1999 (lot 1845) and $13,000 hammer in our "D.K." auction (Sale 1022, lot 1014). A second example of the Baton Rouge provisional cancelled at New Orleans (Dec. 15, 1861, to Carroll Hoy & Co.), ex Steven Brown, realized $13,000 hammer in our sale of the Hall collection (Siegel Sale 823, lot 396) and $12,000 in the Spink/Shreves sale of the William H. Gross collection. The Scott Value of $15,000.00 is based on the 2012 realization.
Ex Caspary, Dr. Graves and "D.K." Collection
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 20-CENT BISECT USED ON A COLORFUL WALLPAPER COVER.
Power Search contains only three other examples of this bisect used on wallpaper covers. Two of these were also used from Savannah. The example offered here is especially attractive.
Ex Handy, Everett and Myerson. With 1977 C.S.A. certificate. Scott value $11,500.00
VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION OF ADVERSITY USE AND THE 20-CENT BISECT.
Ex Weatherly and Hastings. Scott value for bisect on normal cover $1,400.00