VERY FINE APPEARANCE AND AN IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE STATES RARITY. THIS IS ONE OF FIVE OR FEWER RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH SHOWING THE COMPLETE IMPRINT -- AND THE LARGEST EXTANT.
There are at least two unused pairs of the 10c Rose showing the imprint. Both have a portion of "Richmond" missing -- one lacks the "M" and "N", while the other lacks most of the lettering after "RI" and is also partially severed and rejoined (ex Walcott, Caspary and Murphy, Siegel Sale 795, lot 745). Our review of old auction catalogues reveals that there may be another pair or another strip of four, but it is not clear if these entries duplicate one of the three examples described here. When the partially severed pair was sold in the Caspary sale it was described as "possibly unique." This strip is the largest imprint multiple we record and is particularly desirable as it shows completely each letter of the entire imprint. The second largest imprint multiple is the strip offered in the following lot.
C.S.A. Catalogue value for imprint pair $8,500.00
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A FRESH AND RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.
We have not offered an original-gum block of this issue in any condition since 2006.