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Sale 1186 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
761
ogbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 761, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Vertical block of 22 with huge left sheet margin, original gum, creases (a bit heavy between left two vertical rows), scattered toned spots, bottom stamp at right clipped corner, couple pinholes, manuscript "Confederate Stamps" in margin probably written during or after the war when the stamps were found

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES "TEN" ISSUE. A MARVELOUS ARTIFACT OF THE EARLY 10-CENT ENGRAVED PRINTING FROM THE FIRST DIE AND COPPER PLATE.

This is the largest multiple we have offered in one of our auctions since the 1990's and in all our Rarities sales since 1964. The C.S.A. Catalog states that an unused block of 30 is recorded, which is presumably the block illustrated in the 1929 Dietz catalogue, the whereabouts of which is not known to us (some reports say it was cut apart).

Scott Retail $25,650.00 as blocks of four, pairs and singles

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000
762
ogbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 762, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Horizontal block of eight, original gum, h.r. at top, large to huge margins except along left vertical pair, bright shade and paper without any gum toning

EXTREMELY FINE BLOCK OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES "TEN" ISSUE -- ONE OF THE FINEST MULTIPLES IN EXISTENCE.

This block shows the misalignment of subjects (the lefthand vertical entries are significantly lower than the others) and the short transferring (second stamp from left in bottom row) that make the "TEN" plate such a fascinating subject for study.

Ex Hall. Scott Retail $10,500.00 for two blocks of four

E. 7,500-10,000
7,500
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763
og
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 763, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Original gum, large margins, bright color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2003 C.S.A. certificate

950
1,300
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764
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 764, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Bright color on fresh white paper, three large margins, just touched at bottom, tied by bold "JACKSON" straightline handstamp on fresh cover to Richmond Va., small piece of flap missing, tiny sealed tear at top

VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED "TEN" COVER WITH THE "JACKSON" MISSISSIPPI STRAIGHTLINE.

Savadge Census No. 5. Ex Brown, Haas and Murphy

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
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765
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 765, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large to huge margins including right sheet margin, vivid color, tied by beautifully clear strike of "Richmond Va. Apr. 24, 1863" circular datestamp on folded letter to Quincy Fla.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT "TEN" ON COVER, MAILED ONE DAY AFTER THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED DATE OF USE.

For many years this cover was the earliest known use of the 10c "TEN" issue. The C.S.A. and Scott catalogues now list April 23, 1863, as the earliest use. In any event, this is a superb cover.

Ex Wiseman and from our 1968 Rarities of the World sale where acquired by the Kilbournes. Raymond Weill backstamp. Scott Retail $1,500.00 as normal use (April 1863 uses are separately listed but unpriced)

E. 2,000-3,000
2,000
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766
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 766, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large even margins, deep rich color, tied by "Marietta Ga. Jun. 6" circular datestamp on homemade oatmeal cover to Charlottesville Va. addressed to Major William S. Dabney, charge box notation at top, small cover abrasion at upper left, Extremely Fine, with 1998 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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767
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 767, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Huge margins to ample at left including top sheet margin, beautiful color and impression, small toned spot in top sheet margin, tied by blue "Richmond Va. May 30, 1863" circular datestamp on buff cover to New Market S.C., Chiles correspondence, "Please forward by Mill Way Carrier" directive at lower left, backflap tears, appears Very Fine, this peculiar route endorsement appears on only a few covers addressed to New Market in this period, its relevance to contract mail routes was substantiated by the late Richard Krieger (Confederate Philatelist Nos. 243-244), this is a rare "TEN" use and made even more desirable by the blue Richmond datestamp

E. 1,000-1,500
1,200
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768
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 768, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9a), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9a)10c Blue, "TEN" (9a). Bright shade from first printing, left sheet margin, other sides ample to touching, tied by red "Petersburg Va. Jun. 7" (1863) circular datestamp on cover to Sandy Level Va., stamp faintly creased before use, cover lightly cleaned, Very Fine appearance, a colorful combination of the Blue "TEN" and red Petersburg datestamp

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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769
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 769, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a), 10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a)10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a). Large margins all around, beautiful bright shade, tied by "Shelbyville Te. May 10" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Rome Ga., a bit reduced at left, Extremely Fine, scarce cover from Tennessee with the "TEN"

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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770
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 770, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large to huge margins, tied by clear strike of "Richmond Va. May 8, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Southern Express Co. Office in Staunton, Va., light bend across stamp (from cover contents), cover slightly reduced at left and sealed tear, still Extremely Fine, signed Bartels

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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771
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 771, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Full to large margins, used as forwarding postage and tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 24" circular datestamp on incoming homemade oatmeal cover to "Howards grove 1st Division Tent 7 Richmond Va.", with pen-cancelled 10c Blue, Die A (11) applied at origin, readdressed to Rocky Mount with "TEN" stamp added at this point, minor gum toning, bottom flap added, Fine, very scarce combination of stamps

E. 750-1,000
700
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772
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 772, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Huge margins to just touched at right, tied by "Pollard Ala. Oct. 17, 1863" circular datestamp on reddish brown cover to Raleigh N.C. with blue 13-Star Second Confederate Flag Patriotic Design, "Our New Flag" Slogan and "No reconstruction with the vile North..." Verse (F13-5A variety, Verse 27), address and docketing crossed out, some very slight wrinkling and edgewear

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT "TEN" ON THE SECOND CONFEDERATE NATIONAL FLAG DESIGN WITH THE "OUR NEW FLAG" SLOGAN.

This design matches that illustrated as F13-5A in the C.S.A. Catalog. However the catalog lists only black and this design is in blue. Any use of the 10c "Ten" on a Patriotic cover is scarce, and this use on the extremely rare Second National Flag Patriotic design is in all likelihood unique. It was acquired by the Kilbournes in 1956 and this is its first auction appearance since then

E. 5,000-7,500
4,000
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773
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 773, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Full margins, lightly creased and slight edge toning, tied by "Richmond Va. Jun. 30" (1863) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Hanover C.H. Va. with Mounted Dragoon and Verse Patriotic design (SM-1, Verse 13), few toning specks

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE "TEN" USE ON A PATRIOTIC COVER.

The 10c "Ten" Issue is very rare on Patriotic covers. The few examples in Power Search are on the common 11-Star Flag design (F11-16). This use on the Mounted Dragoon design is much more desirable.

Ex Plass. With 1966 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
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774
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 774, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Vertical pair, large margins to clear at upper right, fresh color, tied by partly clear strike of Richmond Va. circular datestamp on homemade oatmeal cover to Coolwell Va., backflap tears

EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ON-COVER USE OF A PAIR OF THE ELUSIVE 10-CENT "TEN" ISSUE.

Ex Caspary, where acquired by the Kilbournes in 1957 at the sale of his Confederate material

E. 3,000-4,000
3,000
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775
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 775, 10c Blue 'TEN' Engraved10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Horizontal strip of seven, large margins all around, tied by five strikes of "Darlington C.H. S.C. Jun. 2" (ca. 1863) circular datestamp on large blue courthouse cover to Marianna Fla., court docketing at left also ties end stamp in strip, light bend thru center stamp, couple tiny scrapes in margins, cover has typical edgewear and faint stains, but this artifact is in its original condition as discovered

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). This is only the second offering of this cover at public auction.

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

E. 30,000-40,000
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