VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL GENERAL ISSUE PROOFS WITH ONLY THREE EXAMPLES RECORDED. A KEY TO A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION.
Ex Murphy. With 1972 P.F. certificate. 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue value $5,500.00. Scott Retail is the same as it was when we last sold an example, which was this item in 1997
A SPECTACULAR RARITY OF CONFEDERATE ESSAYS AND PROOFS. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS COMPOSITE DIE PROOF, PRESENTED BY DE LA RUE TO NOTED PHILATELIST, MAJOR E.B. EVANS.
Edward Benjamin Evans (1846-1922), known as "Major", was one of 19th and early 20th Century England's most distinguished philatelists, and a prolific philatelic writer. He was noted for his collections of Confederate States, as well as Mauritius (including his 1878 acquisition of the One Penny "Post Office" Mauritius cover addressed to Alcide Marquay, now in the British Library's Tapling Collection). His Confederate collection was purchased by Nassau Stamp Company's John Klemann about 1914. This composite proof was presented to him by De La Rue, printer of the C.S.A. typographed 6c and 1c stamps.
Ex Murphy and from our 1983 Rarities sale. 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue value $8,500.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT ENGRAVED PROOF IN BLUE WITH FRAMELINES.
The various catalogue listings for the 2c trial color proofs with framelines are somewhat confusing and not altogether complete. All of the known examples of the 2c Engraved essay/proof have framelines, unlike the issued stamp. For this reason they should be classified as essays. However, the Scott, Dietz and C.S.A. Catalogues list them as trial color proofs, and we have maintained that tradition here to avoid adding to the confusion. The Blue offered here is unlisted in Scott Catalogue, which does list the Black but makes no mention of framelines. The 1986 Dietz Catalogue listed this frameline proof in Black, but not Blue. The 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue expanded on Dietz and lists this Blue trial color proof with framelines, but it eliminated the Black with framelines, which also exists and is offered in this sale as lot 2209 (another Black showing two framelines is offered in lot 2320).
Ex Hall and acquired by the family from the New England Stamp Co. in 1934. Offered to the market for only the second time in more than 75 years. Pictured in C.S.A. Catalogue on page 357. Unlisted in Scott. C.S.A. Catalogue value
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE "TEN" DIE PROOF IN BLACK. AN IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE PROOF RARITY.
Ex Hall (acquired by the family prior to World War II) and offered for only the second time in more than 75 years. This unique proof is listed in Scott, but the value of $1,500.00 is long outdated. Pictured in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue and priced at $6,000.00
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE ESSAY FOR THE 10-CENT ARCHER & DALY DIE B ISSUE, ENGRAVED BY FREDERICK HALPIN.
The Die B or Type II design was a completely new engraving executed by Halpin in 1863. It is considered to be a superior work to the engraving of the Die A or Type I design by John Archer, and close examination reveals numerous differences between the two engravings. Dietz recorded only two examples of the Type II die essay. We have offered one other example, ex Murphy (Siegel Sale 795, lot 529).
Ex Bogg. With 1976 C.S.A. certificate stating "CSA 12E, Halpin die essay on wove, considered to be genuine." Mentioned in Scott but not formally listed or priced, with the statement "proofs made as essays from the dies...deeply engraved and printed in deep shades of the issued colors, but show only small differences from the stamps as finally issued. All are very rare."
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE PROOF ON WOVE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.
We have offered only one other example of a 20c die proof, in our Sale 795 -- this item is from our 1986 Rarities sale.
With 1982 P.F. Certificate as "13P1a, Genuine Essay Die Proof". C.S.A. Catalogue lists calls this a progressive die proof, with a price of $4,500.00.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULARLY RARE TRIAL COLOR DIE PROOF OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
Like the die proof offered in the previous lot, this trial color proof shows clear cross-hatching in the background and an outer line.
Ex Murphy. C.S.A. Catalogue value $4,500.00
VERY FINE. A RARE AND CHOICE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE ONE-CENT DE LA RUE ISSUE, INITIALED BY THE ENGRAVER.
Ex Murphy. C.S.A. Catalogue value $4,500.00
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE ONE-CENT DE LA RUE ISSUE. THIS ITEM IS BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE WITH THE SOURCE NOTATIONS.
Ex Murphy. Pictured and described in 2012 C.S.A. Catalogue with a price of $4,500.00. For some reason Scott prices the regular die proof of this issue at $2,000.00, versus $2,500.00 for the more available trial color proof in black