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Sale 85: The Westpex Sale

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Postmasters' Provisional Issues

Lot 2002    

Confederacy, Charleston, S.C., 1861, 5¢ blue on amber, entire postmarked "Charleston S.C., Nov 25, 1861" sent to Jacksonville Fla., reduced at left, Very Fine, ex-Ferrary, Calhoun.
Scott No. 16XU2    $2,250.

When the Confederacy took control of the mail system on 1 June 1861, there were no stamps available. To meet the demand for this convenience, some postmasters prepared substitutes in the form of stamps, printed envelopes, and handstamped envelopes.

The Charleston, S.C. typographed entires were printed by Evans & Cogswell Company of Charleston on envelopes of various colors and placed on sale 15 August 1861.

Realized: $475

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