Lot# 77 - Erivan Sale 5

  • Lot# : 77 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    63X1, New Smyrna, FL, 10c on 5c Black on white, handstamped "5" on white paper with black ruled lines, surcharge reads "01", small black "Paid" alongside with second strike just barely tying stamp at lower left, on waving seven-star flag patriotic cover (F7?12A) addressed to Castanea Grove, North Carolina, open circular "New Smyrna Fla 10 Feb" cds at left, cover has been professionally restored since its appearance in the Caspary catalogue, sealing a small edge break at top and pressing out a vertical fold, Extremely Fine and wholly unique on or off cover, made even more attractive by its use on a patriotic cover, with Ferrari's distinctive trefoil and M. Hubert Judd pencil notation on reverse, Philatelic Foundation certificate number 1939 does not accompany (Scott $50,000)rnWith so little having been written about the New Smyrna Provisional, we are left following a trail of breadcrumbs to try to trace its history. Charles J. Phillips notes that "many years ago the Nassau Stamp Co. had the original die of this stamp and have it to H.E. Deats." The introduction to the 1956 Caspary sale reads, "This town is represented by but one stamp - but a great rarity - the 10c on 5c black with its reversed value '01,' a real curiosity," while M. Hubert Judd's pencil notation on reverse reads, "Excellent example of this great rarity, especially when used on patriotic cover. A showpiece + only known copy." rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 4, 1922)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 991, 1956)
    Start Price : 10,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 65,000.00 USD