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Sale 90: Gems of Philately

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Postmaster's Provisionals

Lots 302-311 Lots 312-318

Lot 302    

Confederacy, Atlanta, Ga., 1861, 10¢ black, strong strike of provisional handstamp on yellow cover with "Atlanta Ga. Jul 18, 1861" cds to Vice President A.H. Stephens in Richmond Va., notes on reverse states "Jas. S. Martin, Atlanta Ga July 18/61, Wishes to receive the appointment to 'enter as spy the Federal Camp' and encloses a letter of recommendation from J.M. Calhoun also written at Atlanta", Very Fine and choice; with 2008 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 6XU6    Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THIS ATLANTA GA. 10¢ BLACK PROVISIONAL HANDSTAMP.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,000

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Lot 303    

Confederacy, Charleston, S.C., 1861, 5¢ blue, woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of envelope cancelled by bold strike of "Charleston S.C. Aug 22, 1861" double-circle datestamp to Hon. R. F. W. Allston, Georgetown S.C.; backflap tear not mentioned on certificate, ex-Walcott, Hall, Sharrer; with 2000 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 16XU1    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE CHARLESTON 5¢ PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE.

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Current Opening Bid: $2,900

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Lot 304    

Confederacy, Charleston, S.C., 1861, 5¢ blue on orange, woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of envelope, clear strike of "Charleston S.C. Oct. 27, 1861" double-circle datestamp addressed to Dr. T. G. Croft at Aiken S.C. single pinhole at bottom, fresh and pristine condition, Extremely Fine, ex-Caspary, Lilly and "D.K." Collection., Weill backstamp; with 2012 P.F. certificate as 16XU4.
Scott No. 16XU3    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLES OF THE CHARLESTON S.C. 5¢ BLUE ON BUFF PROVISIONAL ENVELOPE.

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Lot 305    

Confederacy, Charleston, S.C., 1861, 5¢ blue on orange, press-printed provisional entire cancelled by "Charleston S.C. Sep 23, 1861" cds addressed to Bryce Smith Esq. at Greenville, South Carolina; minor erosion spot, still Extremely Fine, ex-"Beverly Hills" collection.
Scott No. 16XU3    $2,250.

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Current Opening Bid: $1,450

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Lot 306    

Confederacy, Columbia, S.C., 1861, 10¢ blue, entire with clear strike of blue oval control seal on left flap, matching blue "Columbia S.C. Aug 27" cds with "Paid" and "10" rating handstamps (Dietz type IG), addressed to C. F. Vance at Memphis Tenn., Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Ferrary, Warren; with 2013 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 18XU5    Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

THE FINEST OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 10¢ COLUMBIA PROVISIONAL ENTIRE, THIS IS THE ONLY TYPE IG EXAMPLE.

The six recorded 10¢ entires are as follows:
1. July 12, type IIH, addressed to Capt. Allen J. Green at Fairfax C.H., Va., ex-Emerson
2. July 15, type IIH, addressed to Capt. Allen J. Green at Fairfax C.H., Va., ex-Walcott, Matz, Weatherly
3. July 16, type IIH, addressed to Capt. Allen J. Green at Fairfax C.H., Va., ex-Caspary, Kohn
4. July 24, type H, addressed to James M. Reid at Mayesville S.C.
5. Aug. 27, type IG, addressed to C.F. Vance at Memphis Tenn., ex-Ferrary, Warren, offered here.
6. Undated, type IIH, addressed to Capt. Allen J. Green near Manassas Junction, Va., ex-Walcott.

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Lot 307 ()   

Confederacy, Greenville, Ala., 1861, 5¢ red & blue, unused, ample margins to touched, rich colors and strong impressions of the blue ornamental border and red town name and denomination, without gum as usual, trivial small corner creases at top and bottom left, Very Fine, ex-Brandon; with 1952 and 2006 P.F. certificates.
Scott No. 33X1    $28,000.

ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 5¢ GREENVILLE PROVISIONAL. ONE OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED POSTAGE STAMPS TO APPEAR IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.

There are only four off-cover stamps and two covers recorded. None of the stamps are cancelled, including the two covers that bear uncancelled singles.

The Greenville adhesive stamp is one of only three bicolored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Lenoir N.C. and Baton Rouge La.).

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Current Opening Bid: $17,000

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Lot 308    

Confederacy, Lenoir, N.C., 1861, 5¢ blue & orange, margins showing large framelines on all four sides, manuscript cancelled, blue "Lenoir N.C. Jan 17" cds on circa 1862 homemade buff cover to Oaks Post Office N.C., Extremely Fine; with 2017 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 49X1    $15,000.

ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE APPROXIMATELY 29 LENOIR PROVISIONAL COVERS EXTANT.

ONE OF THE FIRST BI-COLORED POSTAGE STAMPS TO APPEAR IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.

The Lenoir adhesive stamp is one of only three bicolored provisionals issued by Southern postmasters (the others were issued at Baton Rouge La. and Greenville Ala.). Approximately 29 covers bearing the Lenoir adhesive stamp are known. The same woodcut device was applied directly to envelopes with one recorded cut square with a 5¢ impression (Scott 49XU1) and the unique 5¢ plus 5¢ entire (Scott 49XU2).

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Current Opening Bid: $7,500

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Lot 309    

Confederacy, Memphis, Tenn., 1861, 2¢ blue, large margins to touched, tied by bold four-ring target cancel on light buff cover addressed locally to G. C. Graham, P.O. Box 313, Memphis; cover lightly creased, few erosion spots in handsome calligraphic address, bit of flap removed, Very Fine and choice, ex-Caspary, Muzzy, Pope, Tara, Everett and D.K. Collection; with 1956, 2002 and 2012 P.F. certificates, and 1983 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 56X1    $12,500.

THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED COVERS WITH THE MEMPHIS 2¢ PROVISIONAL STAMP CANCELLED BY A TARGET.

Matthew Campbell Gallaway (1820-1898) was the Memphis Confederate postmaster who issued adhesive stamps and press-printed envelopes until Memphis fell to Federal forces in June 1862. There are 13 covers of the Memphis 2¢ Provisional stamp listed in the Hart survey in the Crown book. The target cancellation was used infrequently on Memphis provisionals. It is found on two of the 2¢ covers and on an off-cover block of six of the 5¢ provisional.

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Current Opening Bid: $6,250

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Lot 310 o   

Confederacy, Mobile, Ala., 1861, 5¢ blue, horizontal strip of three, large margins to just touched at side, gorgeous rich color and completely sound, cancelled by bold "Mobile Ala. Dec 23, 1861" double-circle datestamp, Very Fine, ex-Sharrer; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 58X2    Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.

ONE OF FIVE RECORDED STRIPS OF THE MOBILE 5¢ PROVISIONAL STAMP, A REMARKABLE CONFEDERATE RARITY IN OUTSTANDING CONDITION.

The five recorded strips:
1. Strip of Three, Horizontal, on Aug. 9, 1861 Walker Mead & Co. belt shaped corner card cover to Choctaw Agency, Miss.; ex-Wulfekuhler, Hill, D.K.
2. Strip of Three, Horizontal, on Nov. 23, 1861 Piece with 5¢ single; ex-Caspary, currently Koppersmith collection
3. Strip of Three, Horizontal, ex-Sharrer, offered here
4. Strip of Four, Horizontal, on Aug. 30, 1861 cover to Choctaw Agency, Miss.
5. Strip of Four, Vertical, on Jul. 20, 1861 cover to Greensborough Ala., Koppersmith collection.

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Current Opening Bid: $3,750

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Lot 311    

Confederacy, Mobile, Ala., 1861, 5¢ blue, four clear to large margins, tied by "Mobile Ala. Aug. 21, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans La., Extremely Fine, ex-Bogg, Hill; with 2006 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 58X2    $2,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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