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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

Category — Postmasters' Provisionals (Mt. Lebanon thru New Orleans)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
125
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 125, Postmasters' Provisionals (Mt. Lebanon thru New Orleans)Steamer Empire Parish 5cts. Paid, Steamer Empire Parish 5cts. PaidSteamer Empire Parish 5cts. Paid. Bold strike of oval name-of-boat handstamp with rate in manuscript over place where U.S. half-dime was affixed and removed by steamboat operator, clear "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." two-line provisional handstamp with "New Orleans La. 19 Nov." (1861) circular datestamp on buff cover to Kirkwood Miss., few inconsequential edge tears at bottom

VERY FINE. A RARE AND OUTSTANDING COMBINATION OF THE EMPIRE PARISH MISSISSIPPI RIVER PACKET BOAT HANDSTAMP AND THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP.

This cover was posted on the Steamer Empire Parish with a U.S. half-dime attached with a red wax seal. The boat captain or purser removed the coin and struck the "STEAMER EMPIRE PARISH" oval and wrote "5 cts. paid" over the spot where the coin had been attached. On arrival at New Orleans it was handstamped with the "PD 5 CTS/N.O.P.O." marking over the same spot.

Accompanied by 1860 half-dime to represent what may have been included with the cover to pay postage in New Orleans. Ex Dr. Brandon. With 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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