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Sale 878 — 2004 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 12 June, 2004

Category — Confederate States

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
587
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 587, Confederate States5c 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). Choice centering with clear roulettes all around, tied by "Baton Rouge La. Apr. 7, 1862" circular datestamp on brown cover to New Orleans, minor wear and slightly reduced at bottom, Extremely Fine, used during the first Confederate occupation period, prior to evacuation on May 7, 1862, and reoccupation on August 21, 1862

E. 1,000-1,500
0
588
og
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 588, Confederate States10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Original gum, large to huge margins, rich color

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH. SURPRISINGLY ELUSIVE IN SOUND ORIGINAL-GUM CONDITION.

With 2002 P.F. certificate

1,400
1,700
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589
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 589, Confederate States2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Large to huge margins incl. sheet margin at right, cancelled by May 20, 1866 ms. cancel and used as a revenue stamp on receipt, few light toned spots, Extremely Fine, a unique and remarkable post-war usage of the Confederate 2c Red

E. 1,000-1,500
950
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590
c
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 590, Confederate States10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Large margins incl. full framelines on three sides, cancelled by penstrokes, "Chula Depot Oct. 13th" ms. postmark on Richmond Female Institute illustrated cover to Richmond Va., minor edgewear

VERY FINE. A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL USAGE OF THE CONFEDERATE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ON AN ILLUSTRATED COLLEGE COVER.

From the Winston correspondence.

E. 3,000-4,000
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591
 
Sale Number 878, Lot Number 591, Confederate StatesUnissued 2c Calhoun Stamp, De La Rue Printing Plate, Unissued 2c Calhoun Stamp, De La Rue Printing PlateUnissued 2c Calhoun Stamp, De La Rue Printing Plate. A complete printing plate of four panes of 100 2-cent stamps exactly like the 1c Orange (No. 14) that was never placed into use (except for the change of denomination), neatly framed in wood for easy wall mounting

AN IMPRESSIVE PIECE OF CONFEDERATE PHILATELIC HISTORY. OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

August Dietz describes the plate and its discovery in his 1929 reference work The Postal Service fo the Confederate States of America (pp. 184-185). De La Rue's records indicate that on Nov. 7, 1862, a printing plate of 400 multiple of a 2c stamp was sent from London to the Confederate States. However, the plates were captured, and no stamps were ever printed from them. In the 1920's, in the garret of a farm-house in southern Louisiana, Dietz located and acquired this printing plate. In addition to providing the dimensions of the individual panes and plate, Dietz wrote, "It is a faultless piece of workmanship -- untouched since it left the electrotype foundry of the De La Rues. ... There is absolutely no doubt as to its authenticity. ... this Two Cent value was officially ordered and prepared by the De La Rues for the Post-Office Department of the Confederate States and intended to supply the need of a denomination which would cover the recently enacted 'drop-letter' rate."

Dietz took the printing plate back and printed complete panes of 400 in dark green, a color that was completely of his choosing. Bill Boggs acquired the plate from Dietz's heirs. The current owner obtained the plate from Boggs in a private transaction in 1988, and had it mounted as it is presently appears. This is the first time the printing plate has appeared at public auction.

E. 10,000-15,000
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