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Sale 1117 — U.S. & Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 December, 2015

Category — Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 1

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4512
ogbl
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4512, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1 (1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Complete left pane of 100 from the "Ackerman" sheet of 200, huge sheet margins all around, approximately 35 stamps with no gum or traces of gum, others have original gum, some stamps throughout the pane have minor thin spots, small sealed tears, small scuffs, horizontal creases or wrinkling, there are also a few nicks in sheet margin -- these are inconsequential flaws in a relic of this kind

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY SURVIVING PANE OF 100 OF CONFEDERATE STATES "NUMBER ONE". UNQUESTIONABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS IN ALL OF UNITED STATES AND CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.

The 1929 edition of August Dietz's The Postal Service of The Confederate States of America (pp. 102-103) contains individual photographs of the left and right panes of the full sheet of 200 that at one time belonged to Sen. Ernest Ackerman. The Ackerman sheet was divided into two panes of 100, and the right pane was further divided into two blocks of 50 (5 vertical x 10 horizontal), each block representing the group of 50 subjects on the lithographic transfer stone that was repeated four times on the printing stone of 200. There is no record of another pane of 100 or larger multiple of the 1861 5c Green from Stones A-B, 1 or 2.

Bertram Poole used the Ackerman sheet as the basis for identifying characteristics of each of the 50 positions on the lithographic transfer stone (published in the Philatelic Gazette, October 1915). Contained in a manuscript supplementing Poole's descriptions is the following statement: "Poole's descriptions were taken from a full sheet of four panes ["pane" as used here refers to the transfer blocks of 50], (the only one known) which was then the property of Mr. Klemann, and which Mr. Ackerman purchased, and in whose collection it now is. Hence I call stamps from this stone 'ACKERMANS.'" The previous owners, the Hall family, acquired the pane of 100 as lot 211 in the Robert Laurence May 23, 1935, sale of Confederate material from the George Walcott collection (it realized $600 in the sale).

Ex Ackerman, Walcott and Hall.

E. 30,000-40,000
50,000
4513
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4513, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large margins to in at top, tied by "Memphis Ten. Jan. 12, 1862" circular datestamp on red and blue 12-Star Confederate Flag and Verse with "M" Patriotic to Nashville Ark., stamp lifted and hinged in place, edge tears, few repaired edge faults, missing part of top flap

VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE PATRIOTIC DESIGN AND DESIRABLE WITH THE GENERAL ISSUE.

Ex Boshwit

E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
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4514
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4514, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large margins to clear, tied by Richmond Va. circular datestamp on blue Harvey, Armistead & Williams grocer all-over advertising cover to Massie's Mills Va., 1862 docketing at top, stamp with small tear at bottom left, Very Fine appearance

E. 300-400
1,100
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4515
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4515, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large margins to clear, tied by "Charleston S.C. Jan. 21" circular datestamp on orange cover to Cleveland Tenn., Very Fine

E. 200-300
110
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4516
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4516, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Large margins to clear, used with 5c Blue, De La Rue (6), large margins to in, tied by blue "Lynchburg Va. Jan. 15" circular datestamp on buff cover to Faber's Mills Va., slightly reduced at right, No. 6 with with some soiling and small corner flaws, Very Fine and unusual combination cover, ex Matz

E. 200-300
160
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4517
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4517, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Three huge margins incl. part of adjoining stamp at bottom, clear at left, tied by light strike of Leesburg Va. circular datestamp on 11-Star Confederate Flag and Verse Patriotic cover to Richmond Va., missing small part of top flap, some cover wrinkling also affects stamp, otherwise Very Fine and attractive

E. 500-750
350
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4518
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4518, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Horizontal pair, large margins to full, tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 24" circular datestamp on "Confederate States of America, Treasury Department" corner card cover to Nashville Tenn., some slight toning also affects stamps, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
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4519
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4519, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c 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). Vertical pair, large margins to just in, tied by light red "Ponchatoula La. Oct. 1" (1862) circular datestamp on cover to Tangipaho La., stamps with light crease, top stamp with toning removed, some toning at left, small cover repairs at top corners

FINE. ONE OF FIVE UNSEVERED PAIRS OF THE 5-CENT BATON ROUGE ROULETTE KNOWN ON COVER. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE GENERAL ISSUE COVER.

What makes this use even scarcer is the fact that it was not mailed out of Baton Rouge but rather nearby Ponchatoula - a scarce datestamp in its own right. With 2015 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail for pair on cover

3,750
1,300
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4520
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4520, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 110c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b)10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Irregular margins touching frameline, tied by "Jefferson Tex. Apr. 6" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, red and blue "Our Flag S.C." 7-Star Confederate Flag patriotic sticker affixed at upper left, not tied as often, stamp with small tear at top, neat mended opening tear along top edge, usual pinholes, Very Fine appearance, ex Packard and Everett, with 2015 P.F. certificate declining opinion as to when the label was affixed

E. 300-400
425
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4521
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4521, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 110c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Margins to touched, light pre-use crease, tied by "Wartrace N. & C.R.R. May 29, 1863" oval route agent's datestamp on small blue cover to Laurensville S.C., part of backflap removed, Fine appearance, ex Rudy

E. 400-500
750
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4522
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4522, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 110c Dark Blue, Paterson (2b), 10c Dark Blue, Paterson (2b)10c Dark Blue, Paterson (2b). Four margins, faint manuscript cancel and "Freemansville Ga. Sept. 24" postmark on brown homemade cover to Greysville Ga., "Care of Capt. A. Howell Bridge Guards", Very Fine, a scarce town and a striking stamp shade, with background on Capt. Howell

325
120
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4523
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4523, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 12c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Large margins all around, some gum staining, tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 26, 1862" circular datestamp on legal-size yellow "Confederate States of America Adjutant and Inspector General's Office" semi-official imprint drop cover, addressed to William H. Hidell who was private secretary to Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens, docketing on reverse "Gen. S. Cooper Adjt. & Insp. Gen. Dec. 26, 1862", missing backflap as usual for Stephens covers, some wear and staining, still a very presentable and extremely rare combination of 2c Green on cover with the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office imprint

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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4524
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4524, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Ample margins but touching at bottom right, with manuscript "5" on buff turned cover to High Point N.C., with manuscript "Smith Grove NC June 20" at top left, inside bears "High Point Jun. 13" circular datestamp and "Paid", addressed to sender at Smith Grove, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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4525
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4525, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Six singles (Positions 23, 43, 4, 47, 48 and 46), slightly overlapping, tied by four strikes of "New Orleans La. Apr. 21" (1862) circular datestamp on legal-size cover to White County, Arkansas, with notary public's blue embossed corner card, court docketing, reduced slightly at left and top edge restored not affecting stamps which appear fresh, Fine appearance, an exceedingly rare use of six 5c Blue Lithographed stamps to pay the three-times 10c rate, in addition Confederate stamped covers from New Orleans are desirable as the city was taken by Federal troops a few days after this cover was mailed

E. 1,500-2,000
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4526
 
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4526, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Three horizontal pairs, middle Positions 5-6, right Positions 8-9, left pair unplated, tied by four strikes of "Mobile Ala. Jul. 26, 1862" double-circle datestamp on buff cover front with part of one flap to Montgomery Ala., stamp and cover faults incl. repaired at right, a war-worn cover front but an exceedingly rare use of three pairs of the 5c Blue Lithograph paying triple 10c rate

E. 1,000-1,500
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4527
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4527, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b), 5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b). Horizontal pair, full margins to barely touched at top center, tied by light strike of Tyro Ga. circular datestamp on yellow cover with Farm Machinery corner card to Eagle Mills N.C., Very Fine

E. 300-400
450
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4528
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4528, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Full margins to just in at left, tied by "Kinston N.C. Mar. 6" circular datestamp and affixed over Confederate Flag and Verse Patriotic cover to Granite Hills P.O. N.C., some slight wear and soiling, still Very Fine, unusual with Davis's portrait on stamp "replacing" the stars of the flag

E. 500-750
300
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4529
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4529, Confederate States: General Issues, Scott 1-4 incl. Sheet of No. 15c Blue, Stone 3 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 3 (4)5c Blue, Stone 3 (4). Two singles, large margins, tied by "Greenville S.C. Sep. 3" circular datestamp on light green Greenville Baptist Female College all-over illustrated cover to Cedar Bluffs Ala., docketed at left, missing small part of top flap, Very Fine and attractive

E. 400-500
400
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