Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
229
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 229, Confederate StatesNew Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3), New Orleans La., 5c Brown on White (62X3)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

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
230
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 230, Confederate StatesPetersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1), Petersburg Va., 5c Red (65X1)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

E. 2,000-2,500
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231
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 231, Confederate StatesSan Antonio Tex. 10c Paid, San Antonio Tex. 10c PaidSan 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

E. 1,000-1,500
4,000
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232
 
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 232, Confederate States10c Blue, Paterson, Printed on Both Sides (2d), 10c Blue, Paterson, Printed on Both Sides (2d)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

E. 3,000-4,000
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233
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 233, Confederate States10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)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

E. 3,000-4,000
6,500
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234
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 234, Confederate States10 Blue, Die B (12), 10 Blue, Die B (12)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

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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235
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 235, Confederate States20c Green, Diagonal Halves Used as 10c (13c). The upper left and lower right halves of the same stamp, 20c Green, Diagonal Halves Used as 10c (13c). The upper left and lower right halves of the same stamp20c 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

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