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The Civil War, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection continued...

Postmasters' Provisionals (Anderson C.H. thru Charleston) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
69 c ImageBaton Rouge La., 5c Green & Carmine, Maltese Cross Border (11X2). Position 6 (Calhoun Type B), full to large margins all around, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Sep. 16, 1861" circular datestamp, second strike to right on oatmeal cover to Capt. H. M. Favrot, Delta Rifles, Ocean Springs Miss., some edgewear and sealed backflap tear, the stamp is very fresh

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE COVER WITH A FOUR-MARGIN EXAMPLE OF THE BATON ROUGE 5-CENT PROVISIONAL WITH MALTESE CROSS BORDER.

The addressee, Capt. Henry M. Favrot, was born in West Baton Rouge parish in 1826 and died there in 1887. He served as a member of the Louisiana legislature in the 1850's and was opposed to secession. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate Army and became captain of the "Delta Rifles," 4th Louisiana Infantry, and served throughout the entire war. Capt. Favrot participated in the Battle of Shiloh, was stricken with typhoid fever at Corinth and later returned to New Orleans. After his recovery he was sent to northern Virginia with rank of colonel to gather all the records of the Army of Northern Virginia. He remained on active duty until the close of the war, when he returned home on mule-back, bringing with him the army records he was sent to compile.

Ex Dr. Brandon (Image)

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$ 5,000.00

SOLD for $1,800.00
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70 c ImageBeaumont Tex., 10c Black on Pink (12X2). Position 4, from the bottom right corner with "Beaumont" showing broken "T", light pink paper, enormous margins including part of frameline of adjoining stamp above, cleanly-cut margins at bottom and right and rough separation at left, tied by pen stroke with matching "June 18" (1864) manuscript date on buff cover to Mrs. S. L. Lloyd, Houston Tex., small piece of backflap torn away, tiny edge tear at top, stamp has light wrinkling in right margin but is sound and very choice

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE TWO OR THREE FINEST OF THE TWELVE RECORDED BEAUMONT 10-CENT PINK PROVISIONAL COVERS -- AND ONE OF ONLY FOUR TIED EXAMPLES OF ANY BEAUMONT PROVISIONAL.

According to Jim Wheat's Postmasters & Post Offices of Texas, 1846-1930, the following men served as postmaster of Beaumont, Texas, from 1860 to 1866: John J. Herring, appointed Aug. 17, 1860 (resigned); Wilson A. Junker, Aug 5., 1861 (CSA) (resigned); P. H. Glaze, Nov. 12, 1861 (CSA); Rev. Alexander Hinkle, Dec. 5, 1863 (CSA); Thomas Snow, Feb. 22, 1865 (CSA); John J. Herring, Apr. 6, 1866; and George L. Ewing, Jul. 19, 1866.

Since all recorded examples of the Beaumont provisional stamps are dated in 1864, they were probably issued by Reverend Alexander Hinkle, a Methodist pastor who settled in Beaumont around this time and was appointed postmaster on December 5, 1863.

The stamps were typeset and printed from three different settings: one printed on Pink paper (Scott 12X2), and two on Yellow paper (12X1 and 12X3). A setting of four subjects (two by two) has been reconstructed from the Pink singles (there are no recorded multiples). Each subject has a different arrangement of long and short frame pieces. The printings on Yellow paper were made from two entirely different settings: one slightly smaller than the Pink stamps, and the other much taller with the words "Texas" and "Postage" added to the design.

Only 21 of any kind are recorded, including the unique Large 10c on Yellow (on cover), five of the Small 10c on Yellow (each on cover), and 15 of the Small 10c on Pink (12 covers, 3 off cover). Most of the recorded covers are faulty, and only four have postmarks of any kind tying the stamps.

Of the Pink paper stamps on cover, perhaps two others may be considered on a par with this cover -- the July 16 use with a corner-margin stamp, cover restored around edges, ex Hill (2005 Rarities Sale 896, lot 738) and the October 25 cover bearing a stamp with smaller margins and not tied but fresh and sound condition, ex "Camina" (Sale 757, lot 610). By virtue of this stamp's margins, the tying cancel and sound condition, this cover is easily one of the finest extant. The condition of the other nine 10c Pink covers is generally quite poor, with stamps repaired or torn into the design, and several with stamps cut out and reattached to the envelope.

Ex Hind, Caspary, Hill, Kilbourne and Gross (Image)

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$ 27,500.00

SOLD for $32,500.00
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71 E ImageCharleston S.C., 2c Brown, 10c Green, Postmaster's Provisional Designs (Dietz E-11 and E-12). Each with large margins and so possibly die proofs, rich colors, on watermarked wove paper, 2c similar to design used for the entires and issued stamp, 10c also similar but with Palmetto tree at center as on the 1862 10c provisional entire, small thin spots, 2c small toned spot at bottom center

VERY FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT AND 10-CENT CHARLESTON S.C. PROVISIONAL DESIGNS.

Little is known about these designs, except that they are printed on the same paper as the issued 5c stamps. The Calhoun book notes it seems likely the postmaster originally considered the idea of 2c, 5c and 10c stamps and that the 2c and 10c were likely discarded due to the cost of printing. Other experts have classified these as fantasy products created years after the 1861 provisionals.

Ex Caspary and Calhoun. Illustrated in the Calhoun book on p. 125. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
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72 og ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). 15 unused stamps, complete reconstruction of the 15-subject lithographic transfer group, two with original gum, one with traces of original gum, others unused (no gum), range of shades, mostly full margins to in, few faults to be expected but virtually all are far better quality than normally seen in reconstructions

FINE-VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FIFTEEN DIFFERENT TRANSFER TYPES IN THE ARRANGEMENT USED TO MAKE THE LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING STONE FOR THE CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE IN UNUSED CONDITION, CLEARLY SHOWING ALL OF THE TYPE CHARACTERISTICS.

Sheets of the Charleston provisional stamp were printed from a lithographic printing stone of 90 subjects, built up from six repetitions of a 15-subject transfer group. Due to a lack of multiples, the 90 subjects cannot be definitively identified by position. Only the arrangement of the transfer group is known.

Ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 66. Three with certificates. Scott value $21,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
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73 ogbl ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Irregular block of fifteen, Types G-H-J-K/M-N-P-R/B-C-D-E/F-G-H, toned original gum, expertly and sensibly reinforced with archival paper along creases, large margins to just in with part of lower left stamp missing, some faults including creases and toning

THE CELEBRATED AND UNIQUE BLOCK OF FIFTEEN OF THE 5-CENT CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ISSUE. DISCOVERED IN A SOUTHERN ESTATE IN 1979, THIS IS BY FAR THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS PROVISIONAL, AND ITS EXISTENCE CONFIRMS THE RELATIVE POSITIONS OF THE TRANSFER TYPES. A PHENOMENAL SHOWPIECE -- THE NEXT LARGEST MULTIPLE IS A PAIR. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PHILATELIC ITEMS IN CONFEDERATE STATES.

Rick Calhoun and others started plating this issue in 1976, and fifteen distinct types were identified. Plating was difficult due to the lack of multiples -- only one unused pair (previously the only recorded unused multiple, see Sale 1065, lot 542) and two used pairs were available to the students for their plating study.

The students determined the lithographic printing plate was made from a transfer group of fifteen types, five across and three high, repeated several times. However, the arrangement of the types in the transfer group could not be firmly established until this remarkable multiple was found in a Southern estate in 1979.

Based on copies examined by Rick Calhoun and taking into consideration the spacing between adjacent stamps, his theory is that the printing stone comprised 90 positions (six repetitions of the 15-subject transfer group). As this multiple clearly demonstrates, the spacing between positions varies widely, even within the transfer unit.

Ex Calhoun and illustrated and described in his Charleston book on pp. 63-65. (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

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74   ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins, deep rich color, neat strike of "Charleston S.C. Jan. 3, 1862" double-circle datestamp, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 2019 P.F. certificate (XF 90) (Image)

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$ 800.00

SOLD for $800.00
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75 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins showing complete outer framelines all around, tied by "Charleston S.C. Oct. 23, 1861" double-circle datestamp on folded part-printed bill of sale from Railroad Depository with illustration of train, Evans & Cogswell imprint (the printers of the Charleston provisional), to Marion C.H. S.C., Very Fine, a rare use of the Charleston provisional on a folded printed form, the illustration on the printed form was engraved by Evans and Cogswell, the firm that printed the Charleston provisional, ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 111, with 2003 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value $2,250.00 as normal use on cover (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $700.00
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76 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Mostly large margins showing outer framelines at sides, just touched at bottom right, tied by well-struck "Charleston S.C. Oct. 1, 1861" double-circle datestamp on buff Hayne & Yates wholesale grocer's corner card cover to Camden S.C., horizontal file crease does not affect stamp, barely reduced at top, Very Fine example of the Charleston provisional on an advertising cover, the Calhoun census lists approximately fourteen examples on corner card covers, but many are embossed and do not clearly show the design, ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 75, Scott value $2,250.00 as normal cover (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $800.00
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77 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Enormous margins showing compete outer framelines and huge sheet margin at right, tied by neat strike of "Charleston S.C. Nov. 8, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to Sumterville S.C., expertly cleaned with minor cosmetic improvements, Extremely Fine appearance, an impressive sheet-margin stamp on an attractive cover, ex Emerson, Hill and Calhoun (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $425.00
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78 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Huge margins with practically complete outer framelines and top sheet margin and part of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by neat "Charleston S.C. Nov. 2, 1861" double-circle datestamp on orange-buff cover to Black Oak S.C., red crayon "Due 5" at center for additional weight, faint crease in top sheet margin, barely reduced at right, minor reinforcing along pressed-out file folds (not affecting stamp), Very Fine, a rare underpaid use of the Charleston postmaster's provisional, ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 63 (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $350.00
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79 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Huge margins showing three complete outer framelines and significant portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, just touched at lower left, deep rich color, tied by "Charleston S.C. Nov. 19, 1861" circular datestamp on orange- buff cover to Greenville S.C., missing top flap, Very Fine, a pretty cover, ex Calhoun, with 2000 P.S.E. certificate (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $425.00
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