AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE "TEN" ISSUE. THE BOTTOM PAIR IS EXTREMELY FINE.
Ex Birkinbine. Scott Retail as original-gum block $5,250.00.
VERY FINE. A RARE UNUSED STRIP OF THREE OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE. THE PAIR AT LEFT IS EXTREMELY FINE.
Ex Murphy. Scott Retail for three no-gum singles
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. AN ASTONISHINGLY LARGE-MARGINED STAMP SHOWING FOUR COMPLETE FRAMELINES. THIS IS THE FINEST KNOWN OFF-COVER 10-CENT FRAMELINE STAMP EXTANT AND A HIGHLIGHT OF THE GENE HASTINGS COLLECTION.
As explained in the 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue, the lines on the Frameline issue were engraved on the copper printing plate as a means of aligning the die images as they were entered onto the plate. Because the framelines were shared by adjacent stamps, the norm is to find stamps with only a portion of some of the framelines. Stamps with parts of all four framelines are very scarce, while a stamp with four complete framelines which extend beyond the intersection of the lines is a rarity of the highest order. The Scott Gallagher collection contained a superb on-cover example with four complete framelines, though they do not extend as far as the example offered here. This stamp was described by Stanley B. Ashbrook in his review of the Newbury collection as "the finest used copy of the 1863 Confederate Frameline stamp in existence."
Ex Worthington and Newbury where it was described in the Siegel Nov. 1962 sale of his collection as having a "minute faint scuff, showing only in fluid", which the Philatelic Foundation and we do not detect. Accompanied by bill of sale to Mr. Hastings from 1963 for $775. With 1963 and 2013 P.F. certificates, the former as "sound", the latter noting light cleaning
VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED PAIR OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE.
Ex Moody and Nunnelley