Lot# 67 - Erivan Sale 5

  • Lot# : 67 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    41X1, Independence, TX, 10c Black on buff, Large "10," cut to shape with large margins all around, uncancelled as always on July 29, 1862 folded letter to T.W. House in Houston, Texas, "Independance Tex Jul 31" cds alongside, pinhole through stamp and lettersheet, horizontal crease through stamp has been pressed out (small resulting repaired tear), still Very Fine, the unique example of the "Large 10" Independence provisional, one of the greatest of all Confederate States rarities which has been off the market for two decades(Scott $20,000)rnThe unique Independence, Texas "Large 10" cover was discovered by Ernest Dean Dorchester amongst the papers of his grandfather-in-law, Thomas William House, in 1898. This remained the only provisional stamp known from Independence for about 20 years, when four covers were discovered by August H. Schumaher of Houston. As always, we encourage anyone interested to read Charles W. Deaton's The Great Texas Stamp Collection for more information about the discovery and provenance of these fascinating covers. The "Large 10" cover was then sold to Count Philipp von Ferrary for a reported price of $1,000; when Ferrary's collection was sold, this cover realized only $314. The cover then went on to grace the Hind, Moody, and Hall collections before finding its way into the Erivan Haub collection.rnA notarized statement, typed in purple, on the reverse of this letter sheet reads:rnThe State of Texas, County of Harris: Before me, the undersigned authority, on this day personally appeared T.W. House and Wm. Christian, both of the firm T.W. House & Co. and both to me well known, who, after having been by me duly sworn, on oath severally depose and say that this letter was received by the firm of T.W. House & Co., in due course of business, through the regular official mails of the Confederate States of America, that the stamp and marks thereon as they now appear were upon said letter when so received, that said stamp was the only postage stamp upon said letter, that neither stamp nor letter has been tampered with, and that the document as it now appears was in the files of said firm from its receipt until about Jan., 1898, when it was given by T.W. House to E.D. Dorchester of Velasco, Texas.rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale, 1922)rnArthur Hind (Charles J. Phillips Sale 1, 1933)rnWilliam L. Moody (H.R. Harmer Sale 621, 1950)rnHall Collection (R.A. Siegel Sale 840, 2001)
    Start Price : 10,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 60,000.00 USD