Sale 840 — The Hall Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Monday, 17 December, 2001

Category — Misplaced Transfers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
222
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Sale 840, Lot 222, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, "Twin Scrolls" Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Position 1 entered over 10, original gum, full to large margins with vestiges of the previous entry fully visible in lower left margin, rich color, trivial small thin speck, Extremely Fine appearance, an extremely rare plate variety, listed but unpriced in Scott, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
1,600
223
c
Sale 840, Lot 223, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, "Twin Scrolls" Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Position 1 entered over 10, in vertical pair with Position 11 below, sheet margin at top, huge left margin showing the "twin" scrolls to the left of top stamp, slightly in at right, tied by "Fredericksburg Va. Mar. 27" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Cedar Branch Ga., Very Fine, this remarkable plate variety is listed but unpriced in Scott, only a few exist on or off cover, ex Knapp

E. 500-750
1,200
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224
c
Sale 840, Lot 224, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Horizontal pair, Positions 3-3, large margins to just touched, tied by indistinct circular datestamp on part of cover to Natchitoches La., reduced and torn, the pair is Fine-Very Fine -- accompanied by a block of ten of 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4) showing positions in normal arrangement -- ex Knapp (with album page)

E. 750-1,000
950
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225
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Sale 840, Lot 225, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Two Misplaced Transfer varieties contained in a block of four comprising Positions 7-2/17-12, three full margins, just slightly in at top, tied by two strikes of "Warrington Fla. Feb. 4" circular datestamp on front only addressed to Vice President Stephens in Richmond

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL BLOCK, CONTAINING THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THESE MISPLACED TRANSFERS.

We are unable to determine which of these positions are the Misplaced Transfers. However, it is probable that a vertical pair of transfers from Positions 7/17 were used to replace Positions 1/11 entries at the corner of the printing stone, where damage was more likely to occur.

Accompanied by an unused block of ten of the 5c Blue, Stone (2), showing the normal positions of 7/17. Both ex Knapp (album page included).

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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226
c
Sale 840, Lot 226, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Horizontal pair, Positions 9-35, enormous margins all around including top sheet margin, tied by blue "Norfolk Va. Jan. 7, 1862" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, one of which passes thru pair, yellow cover slightly bleached

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING EXAMPLES OF ANY MISPLACED TRANSFER VARIETY. THIS COVER WAS HIGHLY REGARDED BY THE LATE EDWARD S. KNAPP AND HAS NOT BEEN AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS SINCE 1928.

The two stamps in this pair come from the 9th and 10th positions of the top row of Stone 2. However, the right impression (in Position 10) comes from the transfer copied from Position 35, which was used to replace the original entry on the printing stone after it was damaged during production. The space on the stone was not thoroughly cleaned, leaving vestiges of the original Position 10 entry in the bottom left margin, which are visible in this pair. For comparison, the cover is accompanied by a 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4) strip of three showing the normal Positions 8-9-10 and a single from the normal Position 35. Also included in the lot is a 5c Olive Green from Position 20 that shows the traces of the removed transfer in the top margin, indicating it comes from a sheet containing the Position 35 misplaced transfer.

Ex Knapp (with his original album page)

Sale 840, Lot 226, Misplaced Transfers
Image 2
E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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227
c
Sale 840, Lot 227, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Position 35 in place of Position 10, right sheet margin (not possible on normal Position 35), large margins at left and bottom showing traces of removed transfer, slightly in at top, cancelled by Tuscaloosa Star fancy cancel, "Tuscaloosa Al. May 10" (1862) circular datestamp on University of Alabama green lithographed cover to Demopolis where forwarded to Greenville Ala. (addressed in red) with 5c Green (1), top sheet margin (small tears), large at sides, touched at bottom, tied by "Demopolis Ala. May 14" circular datestamp, forwarded again to Columbus Miss. but no additional postage paid

VERY FINE. THIS REMARKABLE COVER IS NOT ONLY AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF FORWARDING, A COLLEGE DESIGN AND FANCY CANCEL, BUT IT BEARS ONE OF THE FEW EXISTING EXAMPLES OF THE 5-CENT LITHOGRAPH MISPLACED-TRANSFER VARIETY.

Position 35 was copied and used to replace the damaged transfer occupying Position 10 on the printing stone. The right sheet margin, which only occurs along the right column of positions, and the traces of the old transfer in the bottom margin are characteristics identifying this as the Misplaced Transfer variety (Position 35 over 10).

Ex Knapp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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228
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Sale 840, Lot 228, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, "Shadow Line" Misplaced Transfer Variety (1 var). Knapp plating Position 50, traces of removed transfer below design, original gum, full margins, thin spots, crease and faint stains, still a presentable example of this rare transfer variety, ex Knapp

E. 300-400
375
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229
c
Sale 840, Lot 229, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, "Shadow Line" Misplaced Transfer (1 var). Knapp plating Position 50, traces of removed transfer below design, three huge margins, touched at top, tied by grid cancel, "Fayetteville N.C. Apr. 15, 1863" (year in error) circular datestamp on brown cover to Oxford N.C., backflap removed, crease away from stamp, Fine and rare, ex Knapp (with album page)

E. 400-500
550
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230
 
Sale 840, Lot 230, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfers (1 var). Three different: Positions 19-41 in horizontal pair tied by blue "Petersburg Va." circular datestamp on piece of advertising cover, margins cut in and sealed tear; Positions 13/30 in an unused vertical pair, no gum and faults; Positions 9-25 in horizontal pair tied by green "Monticello Ga. Dec. 31" circular datestamp on piece, margins mostly clear to ample, faint stain and small faults; accompanied by a 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4) unused vertical block of six with Positions 9-10/19-20/29-30 for comparison -- all mounted on an album page from the Knapp collection -- each of these items is extremely rare

Sale 840, Lot 230, Misplaced Transfers
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Sale 840, Lot 230, Misplaced Transfers
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E. 1,000-1,500
750
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231
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Sale 840, Lot 231, Misplaced Transfers5c Blue, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (4 var). Unused block of 13, top row Positions 3-4-5-6-7-8-9-40 and bottom row Positions 46-47-48-49-50 -- all boldfaced positions are Misplaced Transfers -- huge sheet margins, mostly large margins all around, heavy creasing causing slight breaks in paper (reinforced with hinges), a few scuffs in bottom row

THIS BLOCK IS THE UNIQUE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH MULTIPLE CONTAINING SIX MISPLACED TRANSFERS.

This block of 13 and the block of 8 in lot 232 were the subject of Leonard H. Hartmann's article in The Chronicle (Feb. 2000). At that time, Mr. Hartmann was working from a 1925 photograph and did not know the whereabouts of these multiples or if they still existed. Both were acquired by the Halls privately from the Knapp collection in April 1928.

This block is presented on the Knapp album page, along with a used 5c Blue single, tied on piece, from Misplaced Transfer Position 40 with top sheet margin (only possible on the Misplaced Transfer). An unused strip of three and block of four are mounted to show the normal arrangement of positions.

Ex Knapp

Sale 840, Lot 231, Misplaced Transfers
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E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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232
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Sale 840, Lot 232, Misplaced Transfers5c Blue, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (4 var). Block of eight, top row Positions 2-3-4-5, bottom row Positions 42-43-44-45, -- four Misplaced Transfer positions shown in boldface -- original gum, large margins to slightly in, numerous creases, small faults

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THESE MISPLACED TRANSFERS.

As noted in lot 231, this block of 8 and the block of 13 were part of the Knapp collection acquired by the Halls in April 1928. They are unique examples of Misplaced Transfer positions.

Ex Knapp (with album page)

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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233
c
Sale 840, Lot 233, Misplaced Transfers5c Blue, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (4 var). Position 37 with right sheet margin (impossible in its normal position), huge margins all around, tied by "New Orleans 26 Apr." (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Alexandria La. -- the day before New Orleans surrendered to Union forces -- stamp has diagonal pre-use crease and scissors-cut into design at lower left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE COVER, BEARING THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS MISPLACED TRANSFER POSITION, USED IN NEW ORLEANS ONE DAY PRIOR TO THE CITY'S CAPTURE BY UNION FORCES.

Ex Knapp and mounted on his album page with an unused block of six of the 5c Blue showing normal Position 37 arrangement.

E. 1,500-2,000
3,000
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234
c
Sale 840, Lot 234, Misplaced Transfers5c Blue, Stone 2, Misplaced Transfer (4 var). Horizontal pair, Positions 9-2, large margins to slightly in, gum stans, tied by "Richmond Va. Jun. 6, 1862?" circular datestamp on buff cover to Griffin Ga., cover stained and worn at edges, still presentable and a unique example of this Misplaced Transfer, ex Knapp

E. 750-1,000
250
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235
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Sale 840, Lot 235, Misplaced Transfers10c Rose, "Big Shift" Replaced Transfer (5 var). Horizontal pair, Positions 14-15, left stamp (Position 14) shows re-entry with significant doubling of large part of design, original gum, large margins, fresh and bright color, small thin visible beneath hinge remnant

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS REMARKABLE PLATE VARIETY.

The Dietz catalogue lists the "Big Shift (pos. 14)" variety under the 10c Rose, but does not price it in any condition. The Scott Catalogue does not list this variety.

Ex Knapp (with album page).

E. 3,000-4,000
3,250
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236
 
Sale 840, Lot 236, Misplaced Transfers10c Rose, Replaced Transfers (5). The Knapp study collection of 10c Rose Replaced Transfer stamps on and off cover, comprising 1 unused, 6 used and 6 on separate covers (incl. one patriotic) -- all from Replaced Transfer positions on the printing stone -- identified by position, including 11 from the fourth vertical row (Positions 4, 14, 24, 34, 44) and 2 from Positions 42 and 12, Knapp's write-up includes census figures for number of copies known from each position (in pencil and updated until 1924), some faults to be expected, but overall the condition is very presentable

A FASCINATING STUDY COLLECTION METICULOUSLY ASSEMBLED BY THE RENOWNED EDWARD S. KNAPP BETWEEN 1914 AND 1924, CONTAINING SEVERAL UNIQUE ITEMS.

Excluding any premium for the rare variety, the total Scott value for the stamps and covers is $11,250.00

E. 7,500-10,000
4,250
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237
 
Sale 840, Lot 237, Misplaced Transfers5c Green, Stone 2, Side Margin with Initials (1 var). Position 41, left sheet margin with "SA" (of "CSA"), three huge margins, in at bottom, tied by "Madison Ga. Feb. 22" circular datestamp on small piece, the adjoining Position 51 stamp tied on another piece is matched with its mate, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, very few examples of the 5c Green exist with vestiges of the "CSA" initials, ex Knapp

E. 750-1,000
1,150
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238
 
Sale 840, Lot 238, Misplaced Transfers10c Rose, Side Margin with Initials (5 var). Position 41, trace of "C" of "CSA" in left sheet margin, large to huge margins, ms. cancel (on piece), Extremely Fine, a great rarity, this stamp is the basis of the illustration in 1929 Dietz (p. 119), ex Knapp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,250
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