Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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  • Lot# : 79 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    18XU1 variety, 1861 5c Blue (inverted indicia) Columbia SC handstamped Postmaster's Provisional on buff entire addressed to Fulton SC, proper blue Columbia SC town marking at upper left; Sep. 1861 docketing at left; Extremely Fine and extremely scarce;The inverted indicia is a highly interesting variety as a quick check of auction records does not show another example and neither the Scott Catalogue nor the 2012 CSA Handbook notes the existence of this variety; 2010 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott as normal entire $900 and 2012 CSA Handbook price as normal variety $1,250)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 80 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    55X2, 1861 10c Black on white Marion, Va Postmaster's Provisional, single with large margins at left and bottom, clear to ample at top and right, tied to brown homemade cover addressed to Kingston, Tenn by "Marion Va Mar 2" (1862) town marking; stamp with sealed tear at right center; Extremely rare as there are only 9 examples of this provisional stamp recorded by Calhoun (2 off cover and 7 on cover), one cover is in the Tapling collection, of the six available covers this cover is thought to be one of the nicest, if not the nicest example; this cover is the second latest recorded usage; ex-Rev. Freeland and John R. Hill, Jr. collections (both privately sold); 1998 and 2013 Philatelic Foundation certificates (Scott $35,000)
    Start Price : 15,000 USD
    Current Opening : 15,000 USD
    Hammer price : 50,000 USD

    Lot# : 81 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    56XU2, 1861 5c Red on amber entire, Memphis Postmaster's Provisional, addressed to Gaines Landing Arkansas; indicia printed at the extreme upper right of the entire, properly cancelled with "Memphis Sep 4 1861 Ten" town marking, two line "DUE 5" handstamp at center (similar to the one used at Memphis); as Gaines Landing is less than 500 miles from Memphis it is possible that it weighed in excess of ½ ounce and was marked due for that reason; Very Fine and highly unusual;ex-Elizabeth Pope (1983), Buck Boshwit (2007) and D. K. Collection (2012); 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $3,000)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,400 USD

    Lot# : 82 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    61X4, 1861 5c Gray brown on gray blue ribbed paper, Nashville Tenn Postmaster's Provisional, large margins at top and left, ample to touching at right and bottom, tied by blue "Nashville Nov 11 1861 Ten" on buff cover addressed to Jackson Miss; matching additional town marking at lower left over manuscript "Direct to Nashville, Tenn"; cover with minor edge wear at the edges and without backflap, otherwise Fine; 2012 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $5,750)
    Start Price : 1,500 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 83 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X1a, 1861 2c Blue, Printed on both sides, New Orleans La Postmaster's Provisional, single stamp which has been removed from cover bearing a normal 2¢ blue New Orleans Postmaster's Provisional stamp (Scott 62X1); the error stamp with two large margins and in on two sides; both stamps were originally tied a by large sans-serif "New Orleans La. Sep" (1861) town marking on unsealed cover addressed to Burtonton Miss; the stamps paying the double 2¢ circular rate; the error stamp has now been removed for display purposes; This is the only recorded example of this rarity and it is not noted in Hubert Skinner's exceptional article on the stamps of the New Orleans Postmaster's Provisionals published in 1978; ex- Morris Everett (1993), Dr. Hubert C. Skinner (2000) and D. K. Collection (2012); 2001 and 2013 Philatelic Foundation certificates (Scott $10,000)
    Start Price : 7,500 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 84 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X3, 1861 5c Brown on white, New Orleans La. Postmaster's Provisional, lower right corner margin block of six with large to very large margins, positions 30-32 and 38-40; top center, lower left and lower right stamps never hinged, balance o.g., top right stamp and lower left horizontal pair with gum stains; Very Fine appearing; 2009 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott does not price a block of six, but a block of four and a pair would catalogue $2,600)
    Start Price : 1,000 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000 USD
    Hammer price : 1,000 USD

    Lot# : 85 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X3a, 1861 5c Brown on white, Printed on both sides, New Orleans Postmaster's Provisional, used with partial strike of double circle New Orleans town marking, face of the stamp appears to be from position 4 of the plate with large margins on three sides and ample to just into at bottom right. reverse side show portions of positions 3 and 4 split and printed inverted; Exceptionally rare and thought to be unique on white paper; ex- Stephen D. Brown (1939) and Hall Collection (2001); 2009 Philatelic Foundation certificate (Scott $3,750, Scott mistakenly prices this stamp as also existing on cover, but all known examples on cover are Scott 62X4)
    Start Price : 2,000 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000 USD
    Hammer price : 2,000 USD

    Lot# : 86 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62XU1,1861 3 line black "PD 5 CTS N.O.P.O. J. L. RIDDELL, P.M" New Orleans La. handstamp provisional marking on "E. J. Hart & Co." oval merchant corner card cover addressed to Atlanta GA., double circle New Orleans La Sep 1861 town marking at upper left, entire with minor creases and light age spotting, Fine and rare provisional; this handstamp provisional was only used on mail that was to travel via the Mississippi River and is extremely scarce; 2007 CSA certificate which states that the envelope has been lightly cleaned and pressed (Scott $4,500)
    Start Price : 3,000 USD
    Current Opening : 3,000 USD
    Hammer price : 3,000 USD

    Lot# : 87 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62XU3,1861 two line 2c Black "PD 2 CTS N.O.P.O." New Orleans La. Postmaster Provisional handstamp at lower left of cover made from a freight bill, addressed to San Antonio TX, double circle New Orleans La. Apr 7, 1862 town marking, light vertical crease through markings from contents; Fine and extremely scarce; Provisional pays the unsealed circular rate; Only 6 examples of this handstamp provisional are thought to exist and of those 6 only two are Trans-Mississippi usages; 2003 Confederate Stamp Alliance certificate which states "It is a GENUINE Scott #62XU3 marking" (Scott $9,500)
    Start Price : 4,000 USD
    Current Opening : 4,000 USD
    Hammer price : unsold
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