Lot# 55 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 55 Confederate States Postmasters Provisionals

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    Emory, Virginia, 24X1, 1861 5c Blue on selvage of 1c US stamp, Type I, Handstamped “Paid” above Handstamped “5” in Circle, uncancelled single on cover addressed to "Mr. Ambrose W. Winston, Castle-Craig, Campbell Co. Va.," blue "Emory Jul 1 Va." town marking at center of the cover, "June 8 1861" docketing at left, Very Fine and rare (Scott $27,500)

    Provenance: Sidney A. Hessel (H.R. Harmer Sale 2291, 1975)

    Richard L. Calhoun in his 2012 work on Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia notes the existence of a total of nine covers with the Emory provisional stamp. Six of those covers bear the Type I stamp ("5" below "Paid") and three bear the Type II stamp ("5" above "Paid"). Of those nine covers, four bear uncancelled stamps as does this cover.

    It is interesting how history repeats itself. The Emory Provisional was made by applying a handstamp to the selvage of the US 1857 1c stamp, perforated on three sides. The only other similar occurrence in the history of this nation was the production of the Philadelphia Carriers stamps (7LB16 and 7LB18, the former of which is being offered in this sale as Lot 31), which used the selvage of the US 1851 1c issue.

    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 19,000 USD