VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES "TEN" ISSUE.
This is the second largest multiple we have offered in one of our auctions since the 1990s and in all our Rarities sales since 1964. The block of 22 offered in Kilbourne Part One (Sale 1186, lot 761) is the largest we have offered. The C.S.A. Catalog states that an unused block of 30 is known, but we believe that block has been cut into smaller units.
Ex Souren. From our 1966 and 1970 Rarities sales. With 1970 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $25,000.00 as blocks of four and pairs
VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE "TEN" STAMP.
Blocks of this issue in any condition are rare, and this choice block is particularly desirable. Scott Retail $5,250.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT "TEN" ISSUE ON A FRESH COVER. SUPERB IN EVERY RESPECT.
With 2017 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $1,500.00
VERY FINE. A RARE "TEN" MULTIPLE ON COVER AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.
Ex Caspary, Muzzy and Everett. Scott Retail $3,000.00
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE "TEN" PATRIOTIC USAGE.
Ex Everett. Signed Ashbrook. With 1977 C.S.A. and 2002 P.F. certificates. Scott Retail $3,500.00
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST USED MULTIPLE OF THE RARE 10-CENT "TEN" ISSUE ON OR OFF COVER -- NO OTHER COMES CLOSE TO THIS STRIP'S SIZE OR QUALITY. IN OUR OPINION, THIS COVER IS ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING ITEMS IN CONFEDERATE PHILATELY.
A photograph of this extraordinary cover appears in the 1929 Dietz book (page 275), and its existence is noted among the listings for the 10c "TEN" issue. However, the cover was previously owned by Edward S. Knapp and was sold to John H. Hall after Knapp's Confederate collection was dispersed privately -- where it remained for more than 50 years until sold by Siegel in 2000 (Sale 823, lot 501).
The strip shows the erratic alignment of the entries on the "TEN" plate, with the center stamp significantly higher than the others in the row. The difficulty Archer & Daly experienced laying out the "TEN" plate is probably why they etched lines into the Frameline plate, which was supposed to help guide each transfer. This problem-and-solution chronology and the use of "TEN" without numerals is why we believe the "TEN" was the first die and the first plate made.
Ex Knapp and Hall