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.
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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
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
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.
A FINE AND RARE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS RATE COVER FROM VIRGINIA TO LOUISIANA.
Signed Brian M. Green