Lot# 57 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 57 Confederate States Postmasters Provisionals

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    Greenwood Depot Va., 35X1, 10c Black on gray blue, uncancelled stamp made from laid letter paper with manuscript "Ten Cents" at top, hand stamped "Paid" at center, and manuscript "J. Bruce" (the postmaster) at bottom affixed, but not tied, on small envelope addressed (as are all known covers franked with this issue) to "Rev Paul Whitehead, Macfarlands P.O., Lunenburg Co., Va.," strong strike of "Greenwood Depot Va. Sep 21" town marking, envelope missing backflap and with numerous hinge remainders on back, also some tiny tears into the postmark, Very Fine and choice, 1975 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $22,500)

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

    Richard L. Calhoun in his 2012 work Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Virginia notes the existence of a total of six covers with this stamp and of that number, only five are available to collectors as one cover is part of the Tapling Collection in the British Museum. The October 1887 issue of the American Philatelist reported that "Gilbert M. Bastable, of Catlett, Va.,...writes that he found five of these local stamps—all that are known to exist—in the correspondence of the Rev. Paul Whitehead, who sent him several thousand envelopes to examine." This particuar cover offered here was the first illustration to ever appear in the American Philatelist.

    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : 37,500 USD