Confederate States Postmasters' Provisionals
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  • Lot# : 63 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    5X1a, Athens, GA, 5c Purple, Tete beche pair, huge margins and wonderfully rich color, comprising both types, with "Athens Ga Paid Jan 6" 1862 cds alongside, on cover addressed to "Hon'l A. H. Stephens, Vice President, Confederate States, Richmond, Va," missing backflap, toning only evident on reverse and light crease at left far away from stamp, pinhole in margin between stamps, Extremely Fine and attractive, only four covers are recorded bearing a tete beche pair of the Athens provisional, this being the latest known and the only one addressed to the Vice President of the Confederate States of America, with Ferrari's trefoil on the front and "R.H.W. Co." (Raymond Weill) handstamp on reverse (Scott $20,000)rnA note on the reverse in an unknown hand reads:rn"A.P. Dearing. Athens Geo. 4th, Jan. 1862. In relation to his brother St. Clair Dearing. He was recommended by the Geo. Delegation in Congress for a commission in the Army and was not appointed owing to certain charges brought against him which have been proven fake. See the President about this."rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale 7, 1923)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 989, 1956)rnJosiah K. Lilly (R.A. Siegel Sale 317, 1967)
    Start Price : 7,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 7,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 50,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 64 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    9XU1, Austin, TX 10c Black entire, mostly-complete strike of provisional handstamp with matching "Austin Tex Jul 18 1862" double circle datestamp alongside, on cover to Bishop, Texas, manuscript "Official Business" at top, Very Fine, only about 10 examples of this provisional are known, most of which are official business covers (Scott $2,500)rnProvenance: Charles and Lucy Kilbourne (R.A. Siegel Sale 815, 1999)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,200.00 USD

    Lot# : 65 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    11X3, Baton Rouge, LA, 5c Green & Carmine, Lattice border, margins full to touching, tied by mostly complete strike of "Baton Rouge La. Nov 28 1861" cds to cover addressed to Miss Kittie Mort in Vernon, Mississippi, docketing at left indicates December 3 receipt, cover without backflap, Very Fine and most attractive, the Crown census records only 11 covers with the lattice Baton Rouge 5c stamp with this being the earliest known example, a wonderful cover (Scott $10,000)rnProvenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 267, 1964)
    Start Price : 1,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,100.00 USD

    Lot# : 66 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    16X1, Charleston, SC, 5c Blue, single with margins all around, tied by "Tudor Hall Va. Nov 9 1861" cds to cover to Kingstree, South Carolina, sent by a member of the 9th Regt. SCV, provisional stamp not accepted as postage so black "Due 10" handstamp alongside, barely reduced at left, still Very Fine and extremely rare, only two attempted uses of this stamp from Tudor Hall are recorded (both from the same correspondence), a wonderful cover in every respectrnProvenance: John F. Seybold (Purple handstamp on reverse)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 989, 1956)rnCharles and Lucy Kilbourne (R.A. Siegel Sale 815, 1999)
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,700.00 USD

    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

    Lot# : 68 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    47X3, Knoxville, TN, 10c Green, full margins and fresh color, tied by two light strikes of Knoxville cds to bluish green cover addressed to Ashland, Virginia, cover with left backflap removed and slightly reduced at right, stamp lifted to check laid lines of paper and hinged back into place, Extremely Fine, this is the only example of this stamp on or off cover, thereby making it one of the greatest icons of Confederate philately, featured in Life Magazine in 1954 and with an impeccable provenance, 1993 Philatelic Foundation certificate does not accompany (Scott $57,750 based on 1997 auction realization)rnAccording to Charles J. Phillips, this unique cover was obtained by O.D. Walbridge of Marseilles, Illinois in about 1886. Walbridge sold the cover to J.S. Smith of Oak Park in September of 1892, who sold it to F.T. Hoyt in October of the same year. From there the cover has graced the most important collections of the 20th Century, including Count Philipp von Ferrary, Alfred H. Caspary, Josiah K. Lilly, and now Erivan Haub. This cover last appeared in the 1997 R.A. Siegel Rarities of the World sale, making this its first appearance on the market in 24 years. rnThe designs of both the 5c and 10c Knoxville provisionals were engraved on wood and reproduced as stereotypes or electrotypes, although beyond this very little is known about the production of the stamps (including the sheet layout and size). While both shades of the 5c Knoxville adhesive are scarce on cover, the fact that a second example of the 10c Green has not revealed itself in the 135 years this stamp has been known to collectors speaks to its rarity and fame.rnProvenance: Count Philipp von Ferrary (Gilbert Sale, 1922)rnAlfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 990, 1956)rnJosiah K. Lilly (R.A. Siegel Sale 317, 1967)rnRarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 778, 1997)
    Start Price : 25,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 25,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 60,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 69 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    51X1, Livingston, AL, 5c Blue, margins full to just in at two places, tied by crisp and bold strike of "Livingston Ala. Nov 15" cds, on orange cover addressed to Marion, Alabama, cover roughly opened at left , original contents included (datelined Sumpter City, Alabama November 15), Very Fine, in the 1975 Hessel catalogue we called this a "pleasing example of a great rarity," and we believe this stamp's stature as the most attractive of all Confederate provisionals has only grown in the intervening decades (Scott $75,000)rnThe Livingston provisional stands apart from all other Confederate provisionals in their beauty. Whereas many Confederate provisionals were produced quickly and inexpensively from whatever materials were on hand (for extreme examples of improvisation see the stamps of Limestone Springs, SC or Plum Creek, TX), the Livingston adhesives were printed by lithography. The only other two municipalities to produce stamps by this method were Charleston, SC and Mobile, AL—whose printer, W.R. Robertson, is believed to have also produced the Livingston stamps due to similarities in design.rnIt is believed that only 11 genuine examples exist, including the pair on cover offered by our firm last December, which realized $125,000 hammer. There are six single-franked covers and three off-cover used stamps (including two which originated as a pair on cover). Although there are Confederate provisionals which are decidedly rarer, the unique combination of beauty and scarcity elevates Livingston above all other issues. This cover is the earliest known use, a distinction it shares with one other cover.rnProvenance: Sidney A. Hessel (H.R. Harmer Sale 2291, 1975)
    Start Price : 10,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 10,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 27,500.00 USD

    Lot# : 70 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    53X1, Macon, GA, 5c Black on light blue green, Type I, comma after "Office" variety, stamp with large irregular margins including portions of adjacent stamps on three sides, tied by "Macon GA Dec 30" double circle datestamp to 1861 cover to "McMillan + Roberts, Griffin, Ga," a superb stamp on a lovely cover, Very Fine in every respect, particularly with the stamp exhibiting the comma variety (Scott $7,500)rnProvenance: Stephen D. Brown (Harmer, Rooke & Co, London, 1939)rnCornelius W. Wickersham (Robert Laurence Sale 47, 1940)rnCharles and Lucy Kilbourne (R.A. Siegel Sale 815, 1999)
    Start Price : 2,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 2,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 17,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 71 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    53X5, Macon, GA, 2c Black on gray green, margins on all sides, tied by black straightline "Paid" to buff cover, locally-addressed to "Col. Jno. B. Lamar," light vertical fold mentioned for strict accuracy only as it does not detract from the marvelous cover, Extremely Fine, the 2c Macon is one of the rarest of all Confederate provisionals with only four examples known (three covers and a piece), described in both the Caspary and Lilly catalogues as "by far the finest known" example of this stamp although the ex-Kilbourne cover is equally-attractive, a world-class rarity and certainly one of the highlights of the entire "ERIVAN" Collection (Scott $50,000)rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 990, 1956)rnJosiah K. Lilly (R.A. Siegel Sale 317, 1967)
    Start Price : 25,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 25,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : 50,000.00 USD

    Lot# : 72 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    56X2, Memphis, TN, 5c Red, vertical pair, margins clear to huge at left (with portions of both adjoining stamps), top stamp with minor scuff, tied by indistinct October Memphis cds, on red and blue Jefferson Davis Medallion patriotic cover (G-A-1p, Verse 13) to Mill Landing, North Carolina, soldier's return address on reverse, cover with vertical crease away from stamps and professionally restored, Very Fine, while there are a number of patriotic covers with the 5c Memphis provisional, the combination of the multi-colored design and pair of adhesives make this a superlative cover (Scott $12,500)rnProvenance: Rarities of the World (R.A. Siegel Sale 618, 1983)
    Start Price : 5,000.00 USD
    Current Opening : 5,000.00 USD
    Hammer price : unsold

    Lot# : 73 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    58X1, Mobile, AL, 2c Black, margins large (portion of adjacent stamp at bottom) to just touching at left, tied by crisp "Mobile Ala. Apr 2 1862" cds to ornamental embossed ladies cover, addressed to "Miss Lillie Marshall, Care Mr. Wm. T. Marshall, Mobile, Ala," stamp with tiny corner crease bottom left, some edgewear where opened at left, still a Very Fine and pretty little cover (Scott $6,000)rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 990, 1956)rnJohn R. Hill, Jr. (H.R. Harmer Sale 1555, 1964)
    Start Price : 750.00 USD
    Current Opening : 750.00 USD
    Hammer price : 1,900.00 USD

    Lot# : 74 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    58X2, Mobile, AL, 5c Blue, horizontal pair with margins large to just touching at lower left, tied by crisp "Mobile Ala Oct 4 1861" cds to cover to Camden, South Carolina, note written on reverse in same hand as address, Very Fine and attractive use (Scott $2,750)
    Start Price : 300.00 USD
    Current Opening : 425.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,300.00 USD

    Lot# : 75 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    61X4, Nashville, TN, 5c Gray, horizontal pair with partial frameline most of the way around, right stamp just cut in at a few places, cancelled by neat blue "10" handstamp with matching "Nashville Ten. Oct 23 1861" cds and straightline "Paid," addressed to "Major Wm. Preston Johnston, 1st Ky. Regiment, Genrl. S. Jones Brigade, Army of the Potomac, Virginia," backflap torn, still Very Fine and attractive, only two covers recorded with a pair of the Nashville provisional in gray (both to the same addressee), a wonderfully rare cover (Scott $7,500)rnWilliam Preston Johnston, a Kentucky native, served as aide-de-camp to Jefferson Davis, whom he was captured alongside in 1865. Johnston was imprisoned at Fort Delaware for several months after the Civil War. He later went on to serve as the president of Louisiana State University and the first president of Tulane University, as well as writing several books of poetry. rnProvenance: John F. Seybold (Purple handstamp on reverse)
    Start Price : 1,500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 1,500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,200.00 USD

    Lot# : 76 Confederate Postmasters Provisionals

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    62X1, New Orleans, LA, 2c Blue, single with large margins except barely grazing at bottom right, tied by "New Orleans La. Jul 26" cds to folded circular advertising winter clothing for slaves, addressed to Natchez, Mississippi, Very Fine and choice, a wonderful example of the New Orleans 2c provisional (Scott $5,000)rnProvenance: Alfred H. Caspary (H.R. Harmer Sale 991, 1956)
    Start Price : 500.00 USD
    Current Opening : 500.00 USD
    Hammer price : 2,400.00 USD

    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
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