Sale 840 — The Hall Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Monday, 17 December, 2001

Category — General Issues On-Cover (No. 3)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
401
c
Sale 840, Lot 401, General Issues On-Cover (No. 3)2c Green (3). Two horizontal strips of five from the same row, Positions 11-15 and 16-20, lefthand strip uncancelled and affixed to back (torn upon opening and resealed), righthand strip tied by three bold strikes of "Mobile Ala. Jul. 27, 1863" double-circle datestamp on face of U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire addressed to "Cmr. Catesby ap R. Jones, C.S.N., Naval Gun Foundy and Ord. Works, Selma, Ala.", both strips have large margins to just touching design in places, rich color, strip on face creased between two stamps and in right pair, couple toned spots

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE USE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN ON A COVER TO FAMED CONFEDERATE NAVAL OFFICER CATESBY JONES. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED FRANKING WITH THE 2-CENT LITHOGRAPH.

The absence of a cancellation on the second strip on back indicates that the Mobile post office either weighed the letter and determined that it was under the half-ounce limit (for the 10c rate) or that the postal clerk never looked for additional stamps on back. The two strips definitely join together to form a complete row from the original sheet.

Illustrated in 1929 Dietz book (p. 125). Ex Knapp.

E. 5,000-7,500
9,500
402
c
Sale 840, Lot 402, General Issues On-Cover (No. 3)2c Green (3). Vertical strip of three and pair (originally a block of five, Position 8/18/28 and 29-30), large margins to touched, bright shade, tied by two clear strikes of "Society Hill S.C. Jul. 18" circular datestamp on back of cover to Columbia S.C., opened up and a portion of outer edge cut away, still Very Fine and highly exhibitable, Scott value for a strip of five on cover is $13,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
1,600
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403
c
Sale 840, Lot 403, General Issues On-Cover (No. 3)2c Green (3). Three huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at left, clear to full at top, rich color, tied by "Montgomery Ala. Sep. 11, 1863" circular datestamp on brown turned cover to local addressee, inside with pair of 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), large margins to touched at top, tied by "Montgomery Ala. Sep. 13, 1863" circular datestamp, addressed to Columbia S.C., light diagonal bend barely affects 2c, Very Fine, a very rare and unusual usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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