Sale Number: 777
Sale Date: Tuesday, May 21, 1996
1996 Rarities of the World

Confederate States
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
229 c New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3). Two, margins to touching, tied together by "New Orleans, La. Jun. 12, 1861" double-circle ds on folded letter to Holly Springs, Miss., First Day of Issue, content is part-printed notice dated June 11, 1861, protesting non-payment of a $10,000 note drawn by The Mississippi Central Railway Co., Very Fine

THE ONLY KNOWN FIRST DAY COVER OF THE NEW ORLEANS PROVISIONAL.

On June 6, 1861, Postmaster J.L. Riddle called on John V. Childs, a local engraver and printer, to make up the first 5c stamps. Six days later they were placed on sale at the post office. With accompanying articles and photocopy of 1960 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 2,000
230 c Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1). Margins to slightly in, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. 5c cts Oct. 19" cds on light buff cover with indigo corner card for general commission merchants, opened at top (normal tear at T.R.) and faint waterstain in corner, Very Fine and attractive (Image Magnifier)

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E. 2,000-2,500 0
231 c San Antonio Tex. 10c Paid. Provisional handstamp in red, originally struck on yellow amber envelope, cut-to-shape and apparently accepted as prepayment of postage on buff cover to Alleyton Tex., from a member of Sibley's Brigade (2nd Regiment), green "San Antonio Tex. Oct. 28" cds, no indication of prepayment other than the red on yellow adhesive, edge faults including minor repairs, still Fine and exhibitable, unique, with 1995 P.F. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 4,000
232   10c Blue, Paterson, Printed on Both Sides (2d). Used on face, virtually four margins, reverse with two impressions, one inverted, faults, but a great rarity, accompanied by an interesting 1941 letter from the late August Dietz to Raymond H. Weill. He writes (in part): "The paper for the stamp printing was counted when issued to the printers, and if a sheet was `spoilt,' either by inaccurate feeding, too little or too much inking, tears or badly soiled, it had to be accounted for to the Department. Mr. Baptist told me they would frequently just turn the spoilt sheet and print it on the back," etc. Believed to be the only known Paterson showing this variety, illustrated in New Dietz, p. 131 (Image Magnifier)

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E. 3,000-4,000 0
233 c 10c Blue, Die B (12). Large margins, tied by "Lombardy Grove Va. Augt. 20" manuscript postmark on unlisted Jefferson Davis patriotic in black on yellow with facsimile signature caption, creasing from contents, still fresh, Extremely Fine, a magnificent design - believed to be unique, ex Chase, with 1995 C.S.A. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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234 c 10 Blue, Die B (12). Large margins, tied by army grid on adversity cover to West Point, Ga., made from multicolor map of Michigan and Wisconsin, Extremely Fine, spectacular adversity usage - one of the choicest map covers we have seen (Image Magnifier)

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E. 1,000-1,500 2,100
235 c 20c Green, Diagonal Halves Used as 10c (13c). The upper left and lower right halves of the same stamp. Large to huge margins, tied by rimless "Brownsville Tex. Dec. 5" cds and "San Antonio Tex. Dec. 16" cds on unusually fresh 1864 folded letters from Matamoras, Mexico to New Braunfels, Texas, contents in German

EXTREMELY FINE. THE UNIQUE MATCHED PAIR OF CONFEDERATE BISECTS, FORMING ONE OF THE GREATEST ITEMS IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

Each with 1982 P.F. certificate and accompanied by a signed letter from Expert Committee Chairman Mortimer L. Neinken that "these bisects are both halves of the same stamp". The pair realized $24,200 in our 1982 Rarity sale (Image Magnifier)

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E. 30,000-40,000 25,000
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