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

Postmasters' Provisionals (Chattanooga thru Memphis) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
102   ImageMacon Ga., 5c Black on Light Blue Green Laid (53X8). Large to huge margins including part of two adjoining stamps, showing clear laid lines, unobtrusive strike of circular datestamp cancel, light vertical crease, Extremely Fine appearance, the laid paper stamp is far rarer than the wove, with 2018 P.S.E. certificate (Image)

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$ 2,250.00

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
103 c ImageMarion Va., 10c Black (55X2). Margins on three sides, frame and part of post office name cut away at right, tied by "Marion Va. Nov. 16" (1861) circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Emory Va.

FINE AND ATTRACTIVE. ONE OF SIX AVAILABLE COVERS BEARING THE MARION POSTMASTER'S 10-CENT PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Our records now contain seven covers with the Marion 10c provisional, plus a repaired stamp affixed to the back of a cover noted in the Crown book as part of the Worthington collection. The most recent discovery of a Marion provisional occurred in March 2000 when a nearly complete cover surfaced in an auction of the R. G. Hunter estate in Virginia (sold in our 2000 Rarities sale, Sale 824, lot 443). In addition to the seven stamps on covers, there are two unused singles and perhaps one or two off-cover singles. Of the seven known covers, one is part of the Tapling collection at the British Library (a sound example dated Oct. 15, 1861).

Signed Ashbrook. Ex Emerson, Brooks, Weatherly, Kilbourne and Gross. (Image)

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$ 35,000.00

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
104   ImageMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Huge margins including part of adjoining stamps on all four sides, rich color, neat strike of "Memphis Ten. Oct. 15, 1861" circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2018 P.F. certificate (Gem 100) (Image)

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$ 250.00

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
105 c ImageMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Large margins three sides, touching at top, tied by "Memphis Ten." (date unclear) circular datestamp on cover to Clarksville Tex. (approximately 300 miles distance) with blue 12-Star Confederate Flag, Cannon and Verse Patriotic design (CN-1C, Verse 39), most of top flap missing and tear at left edge, scattered toned spots

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE OF THE MEMPHIS POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON A FLAG-AND-CANNON PATRIOTIC COVER.

Ex Felton and Kilbourne. With 1989 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
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106 c ImageMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on 5c Red on Orange entire (56X2, 56XU3). Adhesive affixed next to press-printed stamp, both tied by "Memphis Ten. Jun. 20" (1861) circular datestamp on orange cover to Havana Ala., forwarded to Nicholson's Store, Choctaw Co. Ala. with blue "Havana Ala. Jul. 5" circular datestamp and matching "Paid" and "5" handstamps, manuscript "Via Mobile & Ohio R.R." matches the forwarding address, slightly reduced at right with tiny paper repair just to edge of but not touching the press-printed stamp

VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR COVER COMBINING MULTIPLE DESIRABLE ELEMENTS. MEMPHIS IS THE ONLY POST OFFICE REPRESENTED BY COVERS COMBINING THE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE AND PRINTED ENTIRE. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE FOR BOTH THE 5-CENT ADHESIVE AND THE PRESS-PRINTED ENTIRE, AND A FORWARDED USE WITH THE FIRST POSTAGE PAID BY STAMPS AND THE SECOND POSTAGE PAID BY CASH.

Three Confederate post offices issued provisional adhesive stamps and printed entires concurrently: Charleston S.C., Lynchburg Va. and Memphis Tenn. Of the three, only a few Memphis entires are known with an additional 5c provisional stamp for the 10c rate. In this case, the distance between Memphis and Havana is approximately 250 miles, well under the 500-mile limit for 5c. Therefore, the weight must have exceeded one-half ounce. The forwarding postage was paid in cash as a single rate.

The C.S.A. Catalog lists this cover as the earliest known use of both provisionals -- by a wide margin. July 8 for 56X2 and July 4 for 56XU1-56XU4 are the next earliest recorded dates of use. It is believed that the Memphis provisionals were printed on June 19, 1861, making it unlikely that this earliest known use will be eclipsed by another.

Ex Emerson, Weatherly, Matz and Dr. Brandon. Accompanied by a 1975 letter from Billy Matz to Ralph Brandon attesting to the authenticity of the cover and expressing his strong desire to purchase it back. Dr. Brandon purchased it as lot 1479 in Siegel Sale 472, which contained the extensive Matz collection of Memphis Provisionals. With 2014 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $8,500.00
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107 c ImageMemphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Two singles, faults from being affixed slightly over top of cover, tied by "Memphis Ten. Nov. 12, 1861" circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Circuit Court of Franklin Tenn., edgewear and reduced at left, otherwise Fine, ex Pegram, with 2004 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value as single on cover $2,000.00 (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $350.00
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108 c ImageMemphis Tenn., 5c Red on Orange entire (56XU3). Cancelled by "Memphis Ten. Jul. ?, 1861" circular datestamp and addressed to Tate's Station Tenn., endorsed "Via Clarksville" at left, slightly reduced at right and with some edge flaws at right

FINE AND SCARCE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT MEMPHIS PROVISIONAL ON ORANGE ENTIRE.

Ex Seybold, Dukeshire, Golden, Myerson and Pegram (Image)

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$ 2,500.00

SOLD for $800.00
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