Sale 840 — The Hall Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Monday, 17 December, 2001

Category — General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
140
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Sale 840, Lot 140, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c). Bottom sheet margin strip of four with "(H)oyer & Ludwig, Richmond, Va." imprint", original gum, large margins, beautiful deep rich color and fine impression, creases in all, otherwise Extremely Fine, an extremely rare imprint multiple from Stone A-B -- listed in Dietz but not in Scott (value as two pairs)

1,250
3,500
141
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Sale 840, Lot 141, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c). Original gum, large margins all around, rich color and proof-like impression, tiny tear and slight crease at left, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Walcott

290
325
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142
ogbl
Sale 840, Lot 142, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Complete left pane of 100 from the "Ackerman" sheet of 200, huge sheet margins all around, approximately 35 stamps with no gum or traces of gum, others have original gum, some stamps throughout the pane have minor thin spots, small sealed tears, small scuffs, horizontal creases or wrinkling, there are also a few nicks in sheet margin -- these are inconsequential flaws in a relic of this kind

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.

E. 30,000-40,000
29,000
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143
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Sale 840, Lot 143, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Block of 50 from the bottom half of right pane of the "Ackerman" sheet of 200, huge sheet margins at bottom and right, full to large at top and left, original gum with patches of ungummed areas on six stamps, rich color and bright paper, creases and small faults as is to be expected

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

E. 10,000-15,000
17,000
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144
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Sale 840, Lot 144, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Olive Green, Stone 1 (1c). Position 32-33/42-43, block of four, unused (no gum), large even margins, thin speck at bottom, vertical crease in left pair, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Knapp with his note "Rare"

1,500
550
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145
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Sale 840, Lot 145, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Deep Green, Stone 2 (1). Position 21-25, horizontal strip of five, original gum, huge margins all around, brilliant shade and impression on bright paper, Position 21 spur on upper left scroll, Position 25 "goose neck" at lower right

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.

1,450
2,900
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146
 
5c Green, Stone 2 (1). Reconstruction of 50 positions from the left pane of Plate 2, representing all 50 positions of the transfer stone, incl. five pairs (one with sheet margin at left), range of cancels and shades, margins are better than usually found on plate reconstructions though condition is typical with faults throughout

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.

7,500
4,250
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147
 
Sale 840, Lot 147, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Green, Stone 2 (1). Position 31, huge left sheet and enormous margins on three other sides incl. piece of adjoining stamp below, deep shade, tied by "Salisbury N.C. Aug. 7, 1861" circular datestamp (year date in error as usual for Salisbury) on piece, faint toned spot at right, still an Extremely Fine Gem

150
260
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148
 
Sale 840, Lot 148, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Olive Green, Stone 1 (1c). Top left corner sheet margins, others sides large, tied by "Mobile Ala. Feb. 8, 1862" double-circle datestamp on piece of lithographed cover, faint gum toned spots, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex Knapp

175
400
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149
 
Sale 840, Lot 149, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Bottom left corner sheet margins, other sides clear to large, Columbia Ten. circular datestamp, minute thin speck in left sheet margin, still Extremely Fine, ex Pratt

150
220
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150
 
Sale 840, Lot 150, General Issues Off-Cover (No. 1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Horizontal strip of three, large margins all around, tied by "New Orleans La. 4 Feb." (1862) circular datestamp on piece, Extremely Fine, ex Walcott, Scott value as pair and single

525
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