Lot# 67 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 67 Confederate States Postmasters Provisionals

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    Uniontown, Alabama, 86X1, 2c Dark blue on gray blue, upper right corner margin single (position 2 of the setting of 4) with blue pen cancellation but not tied on small neat locally used turned envelope with a note under the backflap reading "Please excuse a turned envelope," the stamp with tiny scrapes and tiny marginal toning at right, the cover with trivial toning and some light aging, Very Fine and rare (Unpriced in Scott)

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

    In his 2016 monograph on the Uniontown Postmaster Provisionals, Francis J. Crown, Jr. notes the existence of only two examples of this stamp on cover with this being the unique example with a cancelled stamp. In addition to the two covers a sheet of four was discovered by the Weill Brothers in 1938; unlike the stamps on cover, the sheet is printed on white paper and is listed separately in Scott (86X2). Only six municipalities in the Confederacy issued provisional 2c postage stamps to pay the drop-letter rate: Baton Rouge, Macon, Memphis, Mobile, New Orleans, and Uniontown. Of these Macon and Uniontown are by far the scarcest. The second recorded cover, ex-Caspary, is from position 1 and is similarly a local drop-rate cover. With only two stamps recorded on or off cover the 2c Uniontown on gray blue ranks amongst the greatest rarities of American philately.

    Start Price : 2,500 USD
    Current Opening : 2,500 USD
    Hammer price : 55,000 USD