Lot# 56 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 56 Confederate States Postmasters Provisionals

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    Gonzales, Texas, 30X2, (10c) Gold on garnet, four margined single tied by two pen strokes on folded letter datelined "Gonzalez July 14th 1864," addressed to "Elder G. H. Thurmond, San Antonio, Texas," lightly struck straight line "Paid" to left of the stamp and double circle "Gonzales Tex" town marking at upper left, small sealed break at bottom, a Very Fine and attractive use; 1981 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $25,000)

    Provenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 989, 1956)

    Josiah K. Lilly (R.A. Siegel Sale 317, 1967)

    A. Earl Weatherly (R.A. Siegel Sale 420, 1972)

    Charles Deaton in his 2012 book, The Great Texas Stamp Collection, notes the existence of only three covers bearing this stamp and one additional example off cover. The stamp on all three of the covers is pen cancelled. Gonzales, Texas used advertising labels from the firm of Coleman & Law as provisional stamps twice during the Civil War (first in 1861 and later in 1864-65). John V. Law, co-owner of the firm, also served as the town's postmaster. As these labels were also attached to the insides of books (and perhaps medicine bottles) there have been numerous counterfeits produced over the years, and genuine uses on cover remain exceedingly scarce. The cover offered here was known as early as 1903, when it was used as the frontispiece of an issue of Mekeel's Stamp Collector describing various Confederate Provisionals.

    Start Price : 5,000 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000 USD
    Hammer price : 70,000 USD