THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED TETE-BECHE BLOCKS OF 12 OF THE NASHVILLE 5-CENT VIOLET BROWN PROVISIONAL. A SPECTACULAR CONFEDERATE STATES RARITY AND THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF ANY NASHVILLE PROVISIONAL.
Peter Powell's study of the 5c Nashville (“Plating the Nashville Provisional”, Confederate Philatelist, January-March 2008) sought to correct the long-held belief that the Nashville Provisionals were printed from plates of ten. Powell concluded that stereotype groups of six units, three wide by two tall, were used to build up the Nashville printing plates. Based on plate flaws unique to specific positions, Powell also concluded that the plate size was no less than 18 subjects, made from at least three six-unit stereotype groups, and that more than one plate was made. The tete-beche arrangement in printed sheets occurred when one impression of six was made, then the sheet was turned 180 degrees ("work and turn"), and a second impression was made.
This block of twelve of the Nashville 5c Violet Brown Provisional, which is the finer of only two recorded, contains two stereotype groups of six printed foot-to-foot, yielding three tete-beche pairs. The legendary Caspary collection contained both of the recorded blocks of twelve (lots 313-314). The other block is described as being defective and with a corner repair.
Ex Caspary, Boker and Haub. With 2016 P.F. certificate. Scott value as three tete-beche pairs and six singles