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Sale 869 — Fall 2003 U.S. Rarities: United States, Confederate States, Historic Flights and Hawaii

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 November, 2003

Category — Confederate States General Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3351
ogbl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3351, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 1 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1 (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. 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). Contained in a manuscript supplementing Poole's descriptions is 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 previous owners, the Hall family, 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, Walcott and Hall.

E. 30,000-40,000
29,000
3352
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3352, Confederate States General Issues5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c), 5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c)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) -- ex Hall

E. 3,000-4,000
5,000
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3353
og
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3353, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 2, "Twin Scrolls" Misplaced Transfer (1 var), 5c Green, Stone 2, "Twin Scrolls" Misplaced Transfer (1 var)5c 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 and Hall

E. 1,500-2,000
3,250
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3354
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3354, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 2, "Twin Scrolls" Misplaced Transfer (1 var), 5c Green, Stone 2, "Twin Scrolls" Misplaced Transfer (1 var)5c 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 and Hall

E. 1,000-1,500
1,700
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3355
 
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3355, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 2, Side Margin with Initials (1 var), 5c Green, Stone 2, Side Margin with Initials (1 var)5c 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 and Hall

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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3356
 
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.

Ex Hall. Scott Retail as 50 used singles.

7,500
2,500
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3357
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3357, Confederate States General Issues5c Deep Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Deep Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Deep Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Ample margins to slightly in at left, affixed across backflap as seal and torn in half upon opening (repaired), tied by perfect bold "Accokeek Va. Mar. 17, 1862" circular datestamp on illustrated Temperance propaganda cover to Greensboro N.C., imprint of Wm. C. Hale, Hartford Conn., ms. "Missent to Chapel Hill N.C.", overall Very Fine (despite damage to stamp from opening), all edges intact, but could be opened for display -- a great rarity, as most Temperance Movement envelopes were used in the North prior to 1861, ex Hall

E. 1,000-1,500
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3358
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3358, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 1 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1 (1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Large even margins, cancelled by 8-Point Star cancel, "Tuscaloosa Al. May 13" circular datestamp on University of Alabama college cover to Montgomery Ala., missing topflap, Very Fine, beautiful cover, ex Emerson and Knapp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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3359
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3359, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 1, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var), 5c Green, Stone 1, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var)5c Green, Stone 1, Baton Rouge Roulette (1 var). Horizontal pair, full clear roulettes on three sides (trimmed at top), bright color, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Apr. 15" (1862) circular datestamp on small cover to Richmond, backflap removed and slightly reduced at top

FINE. ONE OF FIVE UNSEVERED PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT BATON ROUGE ROULETTE KNOWN ON COVER. AN OUTSTANDING GENERAL ISSUE RARITY.

This cover dates from the first Confederate occupation period, prior to evacuation on May 7, 1862, and re-occupation by Confederates on August 21, 1862.

Scott Retail for pair on cover $2,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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3360
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3360, Confederate States General Issues5c Green, Stone 1, 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (1, 2b), 5c Green, Stone 1, 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (1, 2b)5c Green, Stone 1, 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (1, 2b). Large margins to just in, each stamp has small fault and repair, tied by "Milledgeville Ga. Jan. 24" circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Gibson Ga., cover with some wear incl. vertical file fold at left, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare franking for unusual 15c rate, ex MacBride, with 2000 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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3361
ogbl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3361, Confederate States General Issues10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Block of 50 from the bottom half of left pane with full "Lith. of Hoyer & Ludwig, Richmond, Va." imprint, original gum, huge sheet margins at left and bottom, full to large margins on other sides, small scuffs and several creases, margin nicks and tears, one stamp has small thin

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTRAORDINARY MULTIPLE OF THE FIRST CONFEDERATE 10-CENT STAMP.

The 1929 Dietz book (p. 118) pictures a complete right pane of 100 with Hoyer & Ludwig imprint, but we are unable to determine if this pane has survived intact. The block of 50 offered here comes from a different sheet. The enigma of the imprints on Hoyer & Ludwig's 10c printing stones was recently discussed in an article by Leonard Hartmann (Chronicle, August 2003).

Ex Walcott and Hall. Scott value as blocks and pairs (without premium for imprint) is $33,375.00

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000
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3362
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3362, Confederate States General Issues10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Horizontal strip of six, ample margins to slightly in, ms. cancel, used on legal-size buff cover to public auditor of Jackson Miss., docketed at left "Volunteers Carroll Co. 1862", pencil note on back indicates Tennessee origin, repaired tear at right, file folds mostly clear of strip, one passes between second and third stamp, otherwise Fine, an extraordinarily rare multiple on cover

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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3363
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3363, Confederate States General Issues10c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Large even margins, tied by bold "Little Rock Ark. Jun. 16" double-circle datestamp on orange cover to McKinney Tex., ms. "Approved Sebe Hatley Maj. Gen. Commanding nr. Sorel Horse (?)" indicating censorship by Confederate officer, cover tear affects address and ms. marking, otherwise Very Fine, this is the only recorded Confederate censor's cover from Arkansas, Alf Johnson's Spy Company was the only reinforcement to reach Arkansas Post when the fort was under attack and were forced to surrender, they were released in May 1863

E. 1,000-1,500
4,250
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3364
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3364, Confederate States General Issues2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Three large margins with part of adjoining stamps on two sides, in at left and small bit overlapping edge, tied by ms. cancel (cracked in places) on narrow wrapper band around original August 26, 1863, edition of the The Tri-Weekly Telegraph newspaper, "Houston Tex. Aug. 26" (slug below date) circular datestamp in margin of newspaper

A VERY FINE AND REMARKABLE USAGE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH ON A TEXAS NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY E. H. CUSHING OF TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS FAME.

The Houston Telegraph was published by E. H. Cushing, who also operated an express mail service between Texas and river offices along the Mississippi. Cushing's express started as early as 1862 and operated until it was banned by the Confederate P.O. Dept. in 1864. Postmaster General Reagan was unwilling to tolerate the loss of revenue to the department -- Cushing required only a 10c stamp per letter, while the post office charged 40c for their Trans-Mississippi Express.

This edition of the Telegraph contains several fascinating news accounts -- for example, headlines include "List of Casualties in the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. -- Fourth Texas Regiment", "By Pony Express -- Our Special Dispatches -- Telegraphed from Beaumont", reports from "Headquarters, District of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona", and "Ladies' Fashions". Advertisements include rewards for return of runaway slaves and a notice from a man whose wife left him that he will not honor her debts.

The condition of the newspaper is excellent. A small acidified spot has been reinforced with archival tape, and there are typical minor edge tears and nicks.

Our Levi records contain only six Texas usages of the 2c Lithograph, of which this is the only newspaper.

E. 4,000-5,000
0
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3365
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3365, Confederate States General Issues2c Bright Yellow Green (3a), 2c Bright Yellow Green (3a)2c Bright Yellow Green (3a). The so-called "Emerald Green" shade, vertical strip of five, huge margins to slightly in at upper right and touched at bottom, incredible color on bright fresh paper, tied by "Richmond Va. Jul. 5, 1862" circular datestamps on back of cover to Dover N.C., fifth day of new 10c rate, envelope slit open at side, leaving strip in perfectly sound condition

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE AND CELEBRATED 2-CENT LITHOGRAPH STRIP IN THE BRILLIANT "EMERALD GREEN" SHADE. THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THIS COLOR VARIETY.

Although the 10c Carmine has earned a more widespread reputation for rarity and desirability, specialists are acutely aware of the existence of the 2c Bright Yellow Green, or "Emerald Green" shade, and it is regarded as one of the rarest stamps of the Confederate States. The shade is listed in Scott and Dietz, but priced only as an unused stamp at $1,750.00.

Illustrated in Dietz (p. 136).

E. 7,500-10,000
6,250
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3366
ogbl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3366, Confederate States General Issues5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Bottom margin block of 80, Positions 21-100 including complete transfer stone of 50 at bottom, assortment of plate varieties, original gum, more than 50 stamps Mint N.H., others h.r., some stamps throughout the pane have faults incl. creases, tears, stains and thins

VERY FINE APPEARING BLOCK OF 80 OF THE 1862 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH FROM THE SECOND PRINTING STONE USING THE STONE 2 TRANSFER BLOCK. THIS IS THE SECOND OR THIRD LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE ISSUE.

Comparing this multiple with the ex Walcott sheet from Stone 2, there is an obvious difference in alignment between the 50 transfer-stone positions at bottom and the row above in any of the four quadrants of Stone 2. Therefore, this block of 80 must come from the second printing stone that was made from the Stone 2 transfer stone.

Scott Retail for Stone 2 blocks of four is $20,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
6,250
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3367
ngbl
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3367, Confederate States General Issues10c Pale Rose (5), 10c Pale Rose (5)10c Pale Rose (5). Unused (no gum) block of eight with half of two adjoining stamps at left, other margins full to large, heavy partly broken vertical crease thru one pair has been reinforced, a few other more minor faults

FINE AND SPECTACULAR MULTIPLE. THE SECOND-LARGEST RECORDED BLOCK OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.

Ex Murphy. Scott Retail as two unused blocks of four is $22,000.00

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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3368
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3368, Confederate States General Issues10c Carmine (5a), 10c Carmine (5a)10c Carmine (5a). Bright color, large to huge margins, tied by neat "Mobile Ala. Aug. 2, 1862" double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to Selma Ala., light file folds do not affect stamp, Very Fine and choice, a beautiful example of the Carmine shade on cover

4,500
2,000
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3369
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3369, Confederate States General Issues5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6)5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6). Two in slightly different shades, one with large margins, other with full margins to slightly in, tied by bold "Richmond Va. Jul. 7, 1862" circular datestamp on red and blue captured Union Flag patriotic cover to Lynchburg Va., Very Fine, the use of a captured Union patriotic and two different shades one week after the rate change suggests that the sender was a soldier who applied one stamp first, followed by the second later (at the post office) after learning of the rate increase, with 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
525
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3370
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3370, Confederate States General Issues10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a), 10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a)10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a). Huge margins, very pale pastel shade, tied by neat "Richmond Va. Apr. 28, 1863" circular datestamp on cover addressed and signed by James A. Seddon, Secretary of War under President Jefferson Davis, to Charleston S.C., slightly reduced at right, light gum toning, still Extremely Fine, very rare use of the "TEN" on a cover signed by Seddon (there was no free franking privilege), ex Knapp and Hall, with 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
0
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3371
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3371, Confederate States General Issues10c Greenish Blue, Frameline (10b), 10c Greenish Blue, Frameline (10b)10c Greenish Blue, Frameline (10b). Full even margins with complete frameline at top and nearly complete at left, Position 69 with short transfer and prominent recuts at bottom and base of neck, tied by lightly struck "Charleston S.C." circular datestamp on buff cover to Limestone Springs S.C., slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, ex Judd, with 1997 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
1,150
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3372
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3372, Confederate States General Issues10c Greenish Blue, Frameline (10b), 10c Greenish Blue, Frameline (10b)10c Greenish Blue, Frameline (10b). Position 30 with huge right sheet margin and full frameline, other margins large with traces of frameline at left, tied by "Mobile Ala. Jun. 12, 1863" double-circle datestamp on cover to Bowling Green Va., faint gum toning, Very Fine, with 1995 C.S.A. certificate

2,500
1,150
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3373
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10c Blue, Die A (11). Sheet of 200 from Plate No. 1 with Archer only imprints at bottom, dry original gum, few faults incl. folded between panes, toned spots and edge faults, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

2,840
1,050
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3374
ogbl
10c Blue, Die A (11). Sheet of 200 from Plate No. 1 with Archer only of imprint at bottom, dry original gum, few faults incl. small hole in one stamp of right pane and folded between panes, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

2,840
1,050
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3375
ogbl
10c Blue, Die A (11). Sheet of 200 from Plate No. 2 with A & D imprints at bottom, dry original gum, bright color with few dry prints at bottom, few faults incl. folded vertically between panes and few toned spots, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

3,040
1,300
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3376
ngbl
10c Blue, Die A (11). Pane of 100 from Plate No. 2 with A & D imprint ("& Daly" crossed out) at bottom right, unused (no gum), few faults incl. few light creases and edge tears, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,420
500
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3377
ogbl
10c Blue, Die A (11). Sheet of 200 from Plate No. 2, K & B imprints at bottom, dry original gum, some faults incl. creases and tears, otherwise Fine

2,790
1,050
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3378
ogbl
10c Blue, Die A (11). Pane of 100 from Plate No. 2 with K & B imprint at bottom left, original gum, some Mint N.H., few small faults incl. light creases and some toning, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,395
525
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3379
ogbl
10c Blue, Die B (12). Pane of 100 from Plate No. 4 with K & B imprint at bottom left, original gum, few faults incl. wrinkles and toned spots, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,670
675
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3380
ogbl
20c Green (13). Pane of 100 from right side of plate, Position 35 with "20" doubled, original gum, many h.r., few faults incl. hinge reinforced separation at center, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

4,750
2,600
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3381
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3381, Confederate States General Issues20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c). Large margins to clear, tied by neat "Charleston S.C. Sep. 16" double-circle datestamp on blue cover to Camden S.C., with original contents of Confederate tax receipts, two small cover scuffs not affecting stamp, Very Fine, attractive bisect usage, with 1988 P.F. certificate

2,000
1,100
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3382
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3382, Confederate States General Issues20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c). Large margins to clear, tied by neat "Charleston S.C. Oct. 25" circular datestamp on turned orange cover to Blue House S.C., inside with "Blue House Nov. 10" ms. pmk. and matching "Paid 10" to Gadsden P.O. S.C., opened for display (missing backflap), slight edgewear incl. small staining at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce turned usage with a bisected 20c Green stamp, with 1988 P.F. certificate, ex Nielsen

2,000
900
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3383
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3383, Confederate States General Issues20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13c). Margins to in, tied by neat "Charleston S.C. Sep. 10, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Newberry C.H. S.C., fresh and Fine

2,000
1,150
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3384
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3384, Confederate States General Issues20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Two diagonal halves positioned to appear as one stamp, distinctly different shades, tied by "Fayetteville S.C.16 Jul." circular datestamp on cover to Greenville S.C., 1864 docketing at left

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED COVER BEARING TWO 20-CENT BISECTS AFFIXED TO APPEAR AS ONE WHOLE STAMPS.

This cover comes from the well-known Boyce correspondence. The bisects pay the double 10c rate and were cleverly affixed to appear as one stamp. Another Boyce cover bearing pair of No. 7 with the same circular datestamp is included for reference.

Ex Brown

E. 3,000-4,000
1,700
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3385
c
Sale Number 869, Lot Number 3385, Confederate States General Issues10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Horizontal strip of three and single, large margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Nov. 5" (1864) circular datestamp on 40c Rate Trans-Mississippi Express cover to Collinsburgh La., some edgewear, stamps slightly gum stained but very bright colors nonetheless

A FINE AND RARE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS RATE COVER FROM VIRGINIA TO LOUISIANA.

Signed Brian M. Green

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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