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The Peter Sharrer Collection of Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals continued...

Lynchburg Va. To Montgomery Ala. continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
47   ImageMobile Ala., 2c Black (58X1). Five, two righthand stamps a pair with nearly-complete separation cut between stamps, margins large to just in, a few minor creases or tiny tears, tied by four strikes of "Mobile Ala. Aug. 26, 1861” double-circle datestamp on yellow cover to Mrs. John J. Walker, Choctaw Agency Miss., rated 10c for distance, vertical fold at left, opening tears in flap and top of cover have been sealed with archival tissue

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED QUINTUPLE FRANKING OF THE MOBILE 2-CENT PROVISIONAL -- THE LARGEST NUMBER OF THIS RARE STAMP KNOWN ON A SINGLE COVER. DESCRIBED IN THE 1956 CASPARY SALE AS THE MOST OUTSTANDING MOBILE ITEM KNOWN” -- AN OPINION STILL WIDELY ACCEPTED.

This cover comes from the wartime correspondence between Major John J. Walker of the 20th Division Headquarters Staff, Army of Tennessee, and his wife Maria Walker. The original letters are located in the archives of Mississippi State University Libraries. Major Walker and his wife lived in Choctaw Agency, located in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Oktibbeha is a Native American word meaning either bloody water (because of a battle fought on the banks) or possibly icy creek (http://library.msstate.edu/specialcollections/manuscripts/civilwar.asp ).

The Mobile 2c Black is an extremely rare stamp in any form. The Crown book records 23 covers, and Van Koppersmith estimates the total number of covers to be between 30 and 35. Of these, all but a few are single frankings for the 2c drop-letter or circular rates. One pair on cover is recorded, as well as a cover with three singles and this cover with five 2c provisionals for the 10c rate.

Illustrated in Crown book (page 218). Ex Seybold, Caspary, Meroni, Weatherly and Kilbourne. (Image)

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20,000.00

SOLD for $21,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
48   ImageMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Enormous margins including large part of adjoining stamp at top, bright color, cancelled by Mobile Ala. Aug. 21, 1861” double-circle datestamp, faint horizontal crease at bottom, otherwise Extremely Fine, rarely seen with such large margins, with 1999 P.F. certificate (Image)

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400.00

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
49   ImageMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Horizontal strip of three, large margins to clear orjust touched at sides, gorgeous rich color, cancelled by bold Mobile Ala. Dec. 23, 1861” double-circle datestamp, completely sound

VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED STRIPS OF THREE OR FOUR OF THE MOBILE POSTMASTER’S 5-CENT PROVISIONAL. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE RARITY.

The Crown book lists two strips of four and two strips of three. The two strips of four exist in vertical and horizontal form, each on cover -- the horizontal strip was sold in our auction of the D.K. collection. There is one strip of three on cover, which was also in our sale of the D.K. collection. A strip of three on piece was in the Caspary collection. The off-cover strip of three offered here is the fifth and most recently recorded Mobile 5c provisional multiple larger than a pair.

With 2004 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
50 c ImageMobile Ala., 5c Blue (58X2). Large margins on three sides, ample to just touching at right, clear strike of Mobile Ala. Aug. ?, 1861” double-circle datestamp on yellow cover with Walker, Mead & Co.’s blue belt-shaped corner card, addressed to Mrs. John J. Walker, Choctaw Agency, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY ATTRACTIVE MOBILE PROVISIONAL COVER FROM THE WELL-KNOWN WALKER CORRESPONDENCE.

This cover comes from the wartime correspondence between Major John J. Walker of the 20th Division Headquarters Staff, Army of Tennessee, and his wife Maria Walker. The original letters are located in the archives of Mississippi State University Libraries. Major Walker and his wife lived in Choctaw Agency, located in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. Oktibbeha is a Native American word meaning either bloody water (because of a battle fought on the banks) or possibly icy creek (http://library.msstate.edu/specialcollections/manuscripts/civilwar.asp ).

Ex Hart, Weill Brothers’ Stock and Koppersmith. With 2004 P.F. certificate. (Image)

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E. 2,000-2,500

SOLD for $6,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
51 c ImageMontgomery Ala., 5c Red entire (59XU1). Unusually clear strike of red provisional handstamp, Montgomery Ala. Jul. 24, 1861” circular datestamp on small cover to Mrs. P. Thomas, in care of Mr. H. Hull in Athens Ga., Extremely Fine, signed Ashbrook, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image)

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1,100.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
52 c ImageMontgomery Ala., 5c Blue entire (59XU2). Mostly clear strike of blue provisional handstamp, Montgomery Ala. Oct. 1 1861” circular datestamp on small cover to Bryan or George Whitfield in Demopolis Ala. -- Luke Whitfield was the agent for the Pioneer Express Co. in Mobile, and his family operated a large cotton factor business in Alabama -- Extremely Fine, ex Needham, with 2002 P.F. certificate (Image)

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900.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction

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