Sale 840 — The Hall Collection of Confederate States
Sale Date — Monday, 17 December, 2001
Category — General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY SURVIVING PANE OF 100 OF CONFEDERATE STATES "NUMBER ONE". UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS IN ALL OF UNITED STATES AND CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.
The 1929 edition of August Dietz's The Postal Service of The Confederate States of America (pp. 102-103) contains individual photographs of the left and right panes of the full sheet of 200 that at one time belonged to Sen. Ernest Ackerman. The Ackerman sheet was divided into two panes of 100, and the right pane was further divided into two blocks of 50 (5 vertical x 10 horizontal), each block representing the group of 50 subjects on the lithographic transfer stone that was repeated four times on the printing stone of 200 (the block from the lower right pane is offered in lot ???). There is no record of another pane of 100 or larger multiple of the 1861 5c Green from Stones A-B, 1 or 2.
Bertram Poole used the Ackerman sheet as the basis for identifying characteristics of each of the 50 positions on the lithographic transfer stone (published in the Philatelic Gazette, October 1915). Included with this lot is a copy of a manuscript supplementing Poole's descriptions and containing the following statement: "Poole's descriptions were taken from a full sheet of four panes ["pane" as used here refers to the transfer blocks of 50], (the only one known) which was then the property of Mr. Klemann, and which Mr. Ackerman purchased, and in whose collection it now is. Hence I call stamps from this stone 'ACKERMANS.'" The Halls acquired the pane of 100 as lot 211 in the Robert Laurence May 23, 1935, sale of Confederate material from the George Walcott collection (it realized $600 in the sale).
Ex Ackerman and Walcott.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LAST SURVIVING BLOCKS OF 50 OF CONFEDERATE STATES "NUMBER ONE". A MAGNIFICENT EXHIBITION ITEM.
As noted in the description of the unique pane of 100 (lot ???), the complete sheet of 200 that belonged to Sen. Ernest Ackerman was divided into left and right panes, and the right pane was further divided into two blocks of 50, each representing the 50-subject lithographic transfer stone that was repeated four times on the printing stone of 200. We are not currently certain of the survival of the upper half that adjoined this block of 50.
Ex Ackerman and Knapp. Scott value for blocks and pairs is $18,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB AND VERY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM MULTIPLE FROM STONE 2.
Ex Knapp with his note "Stamps unused from this stone are very rare. 21 & 25 are well known varieties. An exceptional piece." Scott value as pairs and single.
VERY FINE. RARE PARTIAL PLATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE LEFT PANE OF STONE 2, WHICH WAS USED BY HOYER & LUDWIG TO PRINT BOTH THE 5-CENT GREEN AND THE 5-CENT BLUE.
Please refer to the description of lot XXX for a detailed explanation of the printing methods used for the lithographed general issues. Scott Retail as 50 used singles.