Lot# 60 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 60 Confederate States Postmasters Provisionals

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    Macon, Georgia, 53X4, 5c Black on yellow, Plain frame, right margin single (ample to huge margins the other sides) tied by double circle "Macon Ga. Jun 7" town marking on blue all over "H. N. Ells & Co. Groceries, Provisions" ad cover addressed to Milledgeville, Georgia, the stamp with a couple of trivial margin creases, the cover some light soiling, very slightly reduced at the right and with a trivial corner extension at the lower right, Very Fine and rare; 1979 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $7,500)

    Provenance: "Tara" Collection (Christie's Robson Lowe, 1986)

    Morris Everett (R.A. Siegel, Sale 754, 1993)

    Dr. Karl Agre (R.A. Siegel, Sale 850, 2002)

    1982 Crown Survey of Confederate Postmaster Provisionals notes the existence of 14 total covers with this stamp; of that number 12 are single frankings and only two covers exist with all-over advertising. A 2012 Siegel census shows a total of four advertising covers (two with 53X3 and two with 53X4). The plain-bordered 5c stamp (53X4) seems to have been issued prior to the floral-bordered 5c stamp (53X3) based on covers with legibile dates, although the Scott catalogue listings for Macon provisional stamps are in the wrong order.

    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,300 USD