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