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

Postmasters' Provisionals (Anderson C.H. thru Charleston) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
80 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Large margins with three outer framelines and right sheet margin, tied by "Charleston S.C. Nov. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on buff cover to the Palmetto Guards at Coosawhatchie S.C., expert repair at top of cover, Very Fine appearance, a scarce sheet-margin example on cover, ex Calhoun (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $350.00
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81 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Nearly three and one-half complete frame lines, ever so slightly in at right, boldly tied by "Charleston S. C. Sep 12 1861" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Laurens C.H. S.C., without flap and small cover mend top center, otherwise Fine (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $325.00
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82 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Horizontal pair, large margins showing largely complete outer framelines and part of adjoining stamp at left, tied by "Charleston S.C. Nov. 2, 1861" circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Columbia S.C., docketed at far left, missing part of top flap, few cover tears at left next to vertical file fold

VERY FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER. ONLY FOUR PAIRS ON COVER ARE RECORDED IN THE CALHOUN CENSUS.

The census of Charleston provisional covers includes one vertical and three horizontal pairs. Three covers are also known with two singles.

Ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 106. (Image)

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$ 5,000.00

CLOSED
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83 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Vertical pair from upper right corner of the sheet (Types E and K), three large margins with complete framelines, just in along left, rich color, tied by neat strike of "Charleston S.C. Sep. 21, 1861" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Huntsville Ala., reduced at left

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST REPORTED USE OF A MULTIPLE OF THE 5-CENT ADHESIVE CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL, AND THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VERTICAL PAIR.

The Calhoun census contains one vertical pair (offered here) and three horizontal pairs. Three covers are also known bearing two singles to make up the 10c rate.

Ex Calhoun (Image)

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$ 5,000.00

SOLD for $800.00
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84 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on Buff entire (16XU4). Woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of light buff envelope, "Charleston S.C. Nov. 12, 1861" double-circle datestamp and used to Darlington S.C., few small opening tears at top and missing part of top flap

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE LATEST REPORTED USE OF THE 5-CENT TYPOGRAPHED PROVISIONAL ENVELOPES.

The earliest reported use of the 5c provisional envelopes is August 16, 1861; an estimated 5,000 were prepared. By November 1861 the supply was exhausted. No more were printed because the government-issued stamps were expected shortly and the adhesive provisionals were still available. This is the latest reported use.

Ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 48. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

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85 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on Buff entire plus "Paid 5" Handstamp for 10c Rate (16XU4 var). Woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of light buff envelope (closer to manila), "Charleston S.C. Aug. 26, 1861" double-circle datestamp, addressed to Savannah Ga. (partly scratched out), bold strike of "Paid 5" in circle handstamp used to make a 10c entire, slightly reduced at left

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL WITH A "PAID 5" MARKING USED TO CREATE A 10-CENT ENTIRE. THIS IS THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES.

The 10c Palmetto Tree Charleston Provisional (Scott 16XU6) is unique, and was used in July 1862 during a shortage of General Issues. The press-printed typographic provisional envelopes were issued in the summer of 1861, probably close to the earliest known date of August 16 (Calhoun census). The lithographed adhesive provisional stamp followed in early September 1861. During the period when this was used there were no adhesive stamps available to make up the 10c double rate, so the "Paid 5" handstamp was used. The other recorded example is seriously defective. None of the regular 5c entires or adhesive provisional covers have the "Paid 5" in circle; therefore, it is certain that it was used on this entire as a means of uprating the postage.

Ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 121. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
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86 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on Buff entire (16XU4). Woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of bright yellowish buff envelope, bold strike of Charleston S.C. Aug. 18, 1861” double-circle datestamp, addressed to Laurens S.C., small nick at upper right, few expertly mended edge flaws, Very Fine appearance and a very early use (EDU is August 16), ex Matz and Calhoun (Image)

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$ 1,500.00

SOLD for $600.00
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87 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on Buff entire (16XU4). Woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of envelope, cancelled by "Charleston S.C. Aug. 30, 1861" circular datestamp and used to Anderson S.C., some edgewear including repaired tear at top, still Very Fine early use, the earliest reported use is August 16, ex Calhoun (Image)

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$ 1,500.00

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88 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on Blue entire (16XU5). Uncancelled, addressed to Abbeville C.H. S.C., slightly reduced at left and minor edgewear, Very Fine, apparently this was carried outside of the mails, only two such uses are reported (the other offered in Sale 1065, lot 671), ex Lilly and Calhoun (Image)

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$ 1,250.00

SOLD for $225.00
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89 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue (16X1). Mostly large margins showing outer framelines, just in at left, cancelled by manuscript "#", matching "Wideman's S.C. Nov. 19th" manuscript postmark on cover to Scuppernong N.C., some edge flaws at top and with cover refolded along top edge, Fine, a scarce use of the 5c Charleston provisional at a post office other than Charleston, this was accepted as fully paid, perhaps eight or nine such uses are known, Wideman's is approximately 170 miles from Charleston, ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 81, Scott value as normal use (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $450.00
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90 c ImageCharleston S.C., 5c Blue on White entire (16XU1). Woodcut press-printed provisional at upper right corner of envelope, cancelled by "Walterborough S.C. Sep. 19" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "5" handstamps and addressed to Charleston S.C., barely reduced at right where small nick, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE CHARLESTON POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ENTIRE ORIGINATING OUTSIDE OF CHARLESTON, AND THE ONLY EXAMPLE ADDRESSED TO CHARLESTON.

The Postmasters' Provisionals were intended for use at the issuing post office. The "Paid 5" marking on this entire can be interpreted either as indicating the Walterborough postmaster accepted the prepaid envelope, or that he did not recognize it and collected postage at the time of mailing. Only two such stationery uses are recorded -- the example offered here and one used from Adams Run S.C. to Aiken S.C. (offered in Sale 1065, lot 669). The recipient, Dr. Maynard E. Carrere, was a volunteer at the Confederate hospital in Charleston.

Ex Calhoun and illustrated in his Charleston book on p. 49. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $800.00
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