EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF TEN OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH ISSUE -- THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.
The rarity of this block of ten cannot be overstated. There exists a block of eight, without gum, and with large portions of two additional adjoining stamps (ex Murphy). It has faults which are more severe than on the block offered here. We sold a different block of eight in our 1982 Rarities sale, with original gum and two stamps cut-in at the right. This block of ten is the largest recorded multiple and has no equals.
Ex Weatherly (acquired by the Kilbournes privately in 1963). Illustrated in 1986 Dietz catalog (p. 152). Scott Retail $24,000.00 as two blocks of four
VERY FINE APPEARANCE AND AN IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE STATES RARITY. THIS IS ONE OF FIVE OR FEWER RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH SHOWING THE COMPLETE IMPRINT -- AND THE LARGEST EXTANT.
There are at least two unused pairs of the 10c Rose showing the imprint with a portion of "Richmond" missing -- one lacks the "M" and "N", while the other lacks most of the lettering after "RI" and is also partially severed and rejoined (ex Walcott, Caspary and Murphy, Siegel Sale 795, lot 745). We sold a strip of three in the Dr. Brandon collection with the full imprint and complete "Richmond" (Siegel Sale 1087, lot 249). This strip of four is the largest imprint multiple we record and is particularly desirable as it shows completely each letter of the entire imprint.
Ex Hastings. C.S.A. Catalog value for imprint pair $8,500.00
THE UNIQUE GUTTER-MARGIN MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH. ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF ALL CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUES.
Ex Dr. Graves, Murphy and from our 1982 and 1986 Rarities sales. With 1984 P.F. certificate. The gutter pair is listed but unpriced in Scott.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS REMARKABLE VARIETY -- ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE WITH A SHIFTED TRANSFER.
The C.S.A. Catalog discusses the 10c Rose Replaced or Shifted Transfers (p. 332) and states that there is only one multiple recorded containing a shift. They are constant varieties (not transient), and are rare with between one and six recorded from seven positions on the printing stone. Opinions differ on how and why they were created. The lack of large multiples and general scarcity of the 10c Rose has hampered their study.
Ex Knapp and Hall
EXTREMELY FINE. POSSIBLY THE ONLY SOUND AND SUPERB MINT NEVER-HINGED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE "ZEN" PLATE VARIETY.
With 1999 P.S.E. certificate for block of four. Scott Retail as hinged
VERY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH IN A BRIGHT SHADE.
Offered as Rose with corresponding Scott Retail value
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A BEAUTIFUL AND VERY RARE ORIGINAL-GUM BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH IN AN EXCEPTIONALLY RICH SHADE.
Acquired by the Kilbournes in 1965 (Siegel Sale 288, lot 674). Scott Retail $12,000.00 as normal Rose block of four
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH ISSUE IN THE DEEP ROSE COLOR..
Ex Birkinbine and "Scarsdale". With 1982 and 1999 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH COVERS ORIGINATING IN TEXAS, OF WHICH FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN ARE KNOWN.
Our Levi records contain five 10c Rose (any shade) covers from Texas, of which only one is in condition anywhere near comparable to the cover offered here. This cover to Jose San Roman, a well-known blockade-runner and supplier to the Confederate government, was postmarked at Victoria on March 22, 1863, just eight days before one of the two known Victoria postmaster's provisional covers was mailed, to Jose San Roman (ex Kilbourne and "D.K." collections, last offered in Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1123).
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE ON AN ADVERTISING COVER.
Ex Walcott and Hall
EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH IN THE DEEP ROSE SHADE, USED ON A TURNED COVER WITH A PAIR OF 5-CENT TYPOGRAPHS, AND SENT BACK TO ITS ORIGIN IN TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA.
Ex Caspary, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1957 sale of his Confederate material
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMPS ON A PRISTINE COVER. EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST 10-CENT JEFFERSON LITHOGRAPH COVERS IN ANY OF THE ROSE OR CARMINE SHADES. THIS DEEP ROSE TRIPLE-RATE COVER IS SUPERB AND STRIKING.
Ex Caspary, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1957 sale of his Confederate material. Illustrated in color in 1986 Dietz catalog (p. 151)
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SPECTACULAR 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH IN AN INTENSE CARMINE SHADE ON AN 11-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG PATRIOTIC COVER. A GREAT RARITY.
Accompanied by copy of Confederate Philatelist article classifying the shade as Carmine.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ALMOST CERTAINLY UNIQUE USE OF THE 10-CENT IN ANY SHADE OF ROSE OR CARMINE, COMBINING ARKANSAS ORIGIN AND WALLPAPER ADVERSITY USAGE.
Scott value for 10c Rose wallpaper cover is $2,000.00, while the Arkansas usage (only two recorded) is listed but unpriced.
EXTREMELY FINE GEM 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH IN THE RARE CARMINE SHADE, TIED BY A BEAUTIFUL CONTRASTING BLUE TOWN DATESTAMP.
Ex Birkinbine. With 2001 C.S.A. certificate as "Deep Rose", which the late Jack Molesworth crossed out and changed to "Carmine" -- we agree with his expert judgment that the color is Carmine
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT CARMINE TIED BY A DARK BLUE TOWN DATESTAMP.
Ex Caspary, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1957 sale of his Confederate material
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE ELUSIVE 10-CENT CARMINE TIED BY A BLUE TOWN DATESTAMP ON COVER.
Ex Caspary and Wishnietsky
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL COVER WITH A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT CARMINE.
Ex Duckworth. Signed Dietz
VERY FINE AND ATTRACTIVE COVER BEARING THE RARE 10-CENT CARMINE.
Ex Finney and Dr. Agre. With 1997 P.F. and 2008 C.S.A. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT CARMINE ON COVER. A MAGNIFICENT CONDITION RARITY.
The spectrum of Carmine shades, ranging from bright to deep, ends with this intense shade. Its existence has caused the current generation of certificate issuers to fumble the correct classification of Carmine versus Rose shades.
Ex Antrim, Weatherly and from our 1983 and 1984 Rarities sales. With note on back which reads "Carmine, Deepest color I ever saw, Finest copy known - 1951" and initialed "L.L.S." (Shenfield).
VERY FINE AND FRESH COVER. IMPRINT COPIES OF ANY HOYER & LUDWIG STAMP ARE RARE AND SELDOM FOUND ON COVER. THIS 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH STAMP SHOWING THE IMPRINT AND USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER IS, IN OUR OPINION, ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING GENERAL ISSUE COVERS.
The forwarding postage on this letter was charged to a post office box account. The combination of a 10c Rose and handstamped "Paid" is also very rare.
Ex Murphy and Powell
VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE WITH IMPRINT ON AN ADVERSITY COVER MADE FROM A COTTON SHIPMENT FORM.
This is a particularly desirable example as an adversity cover
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH IN THE ROSE AND DARK BLUE COLORS ON AN OVERALL DESIGN ADVERTISING COVER.
The 10c Rose is rare used with any other Confederate or U.S. stamps. This is the only example of its use in combination with a Scott No. 2 that we have encountered.
Ex Weatherly and offered in the April 1929 W. T. Pollitz sale of the Robert D. Stone collection (realized $400)
EXTREMELY FINE. A MARVELOUS CONFEDERATE ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING COVER BEARING THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH, TURNED AND RE-MAILED WITH A PAIR OF THE 5-CENT DE LA RUE TYPOGRAPH.
We can unequivocally state that this is one of the finest Confederate advertising covers extant. Any use of the 10c Rose on an illustrated cover is rare, and this is one of the choicest of that small population. Interestingly, the finest 10c Rose illustrated college cover is also postmarked Tuscaloosa (ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1087, lot 420, realized $17,500 hammer).
Ex Cole (Siegel Sale 693, lot 709)
A RARE CONFEDERATE ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING COVER BEARING THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.
Any use of the 10c Rose on an illustrated cover is rare. We have offered only a handful in our auctions since 1993 and our Rarities sales since 1964.
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE CONFEDERATE ILLUSTRATED COLLEGE COVER BEARING THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.
Any use of the 10c Rose on an illustrated cover is rare. We have offered only a handful in our auctions since 1993 and our Rarities sales since 1964, including college and other advertising designs.
VERY FINE. ONLY TWELVE EXAMPLES OF THE CELEBRATED HANGING LINCOLN ENVELOPE ARE RECORDED, OF WHICH ONLY TWO ARE STAMPED WITH THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH GENERAL ISSUE. ONE OF THE GREATEST CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE COVERS.
The Hanging Lincoln design is widely recognized as the most distinctive of all Civil War patriotics. In this extraordinary cartoon, President Lincoln is hanging upside down from a tree limb, with his symbolic axe and fence rail tied around his neck. The caption reads "Abe Lincoln the destroyer. He once split Rails. Now he has split the Union." To the left and right is the caption "The penalty of disregarding the constitution. Impeached, deposed, Tried and convicted" (there is a spelling correction from "diposed" to "deposed"). Standing beside Lincoln is a mustachioed Winfield Scott, labeled "Old Fuss n Feathers", dropping his sword and exclaiming "My glory is gone for ever." On the ground is the Union flag, captioned "The stars and stripes lie in the dust, Never to rise." A star at left has the caption "The southern star is rising" and the Confederate 11-star flag towers above with the caption "The stars and bars shall for ever wave triumphant." Along the bottom is the imprint "Copyright claimed. HM & WC Box 417 Nashville Tenn." Despite continuing investigation, we have been unable to uncover the identity of the publishers "HM & WC."
There are twelve genuine Hanging Lincoln patriotics (listed in date order): 1) Jul. 25, 1861, Marshall Tex. Paid 10, the offered as lot 558 in this sale; 2) Aug. 21, 1861, Nashville Ten., two 5c provisionals, ex Kimmel, Myers, Rudy, D.K. Collection (Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1066); 3) Aug. 30, 1861, Athens La. "Paid X", ex Hall (Siegel Sale 840, lot 27); 4) Nov. 2, 1861, Bowling Green Ky., ex Dr. Green, Schwartz (Siegel Sale 981, lot 4154); 5) Jan. 1, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green (Siegel Sale 933, lot 978); 6) Jan. 4, 1862, Nashville Ten., 5c Olive Green; 7) Feb. 20, 1862, Cumberland Gap Ten., manuscript Paid 5, ex Boshwit (Siegel Sale 940, lot 462); 8) Apr. 15, 1862, Cartersville Miss., manuscript Due 5, ex Dr. Brandon (Siegel Sale 1087, lot 10); 9) Apr. 15, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose, to Mrs. Mary Burns, Oso Tex., the cover offered here; 10) Jun. 24, 1862, Camden Miss., 10c Rose, to Mrs. Mary Burns, Oso Tex., same correspondence as No. 9 (Siegel Sale 1063, lot 2208); 11) date unknown to West Union S.C., manuscript Due 5; and 12) privately carried and not postally used. In addition, there is a genuine envelope with fake markings and a stamp added.
With 1971 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND CHOICE FLORIDA USE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.
The census compiled by Dr. Dean Briggs records only five examples of the 10c Rose on covers from Florida. This is one of two recorded from Welaka and was sent to Jacksonville during a period in between Union occupations.
Ex Dr. Briggs
FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE TWO COLOR-CHANGE LITHOGRAPHS IN EARLY 1862 TO PAY THE 15-CENT TRIPLE RATE FOR DISTANCE UNDER 500 MILES.
The 5c under-500 miles rate was in effect while General Issue stamps were available for only 8-1/2 months, from mid-October 1861 through June 30, 1862. Covers with a single 5c Green and single 10c Blue used together for the triple 5c under-500 miles rate are very rare. The 1862 color-change Lithographs -- 5c Blue and 10c Rose -- were issued in early 1862, leaving an even shorter period for the two to be used together. This cover with a single of each is extremely rare. The distance between Gainesville and Livingston is only 20 miles -- it once contained legal papers in a court case.
VERY FINE. ONE OF THE RAREST COMBINATIONS OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUES AND A REMARKABLY CHOICE COVER.
The 10c Rose is rare used with any other stamps. This is the only non-forwarded use in combination with a Scott No. 1 that we have encountered.
Ex Knapp (with plating of 10c as Position 11 and 5c pair as Positions 4-5) and Hall
VERY FINE AND REMARKABLY CHOICE CONDITION. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION OF THE 10-CENT ROSE AND A PAIR OF THE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON COVER, PAYING DOUBLE THE 10-CENT RATE FOR DISTANCE GREATER THAN 500 MILES.
The 10c Rose is rare used with any other stamps, especially its color-change counterpart, the 5c Blue Lithograph. This very rare double-rate cover was sent over 500 miles, prior to the universal 10c rate on July 1, 1862. While the cover is slightly larger than normal, it is smaller than legal-size and will easily fit on an album or exhibit page.
Ex "Tara". With 1965 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH, WHICH FOLLOWED A RARE FLAG-OF-TRUCE EXCHANGE ROUTE VIA PETERSBURG AND OLD POINT COMFORT. THIS WAS DESCRIBED IN THE EARL ANTRIM BOOK AS "PERHAPS THE MOST DESIRABLE OF ALL THE CONFEDERATE PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS" -- AN OPINION WITH WHICH WE CERTAINLY AGREE.
When Federal troops occupied Norfolk on May 9, 1862, the C.S.A. flag-of-truce exchange point was moved up the James River to Aiken's Landing, Virginia, with the U.S. exchange point remaining across the Chesapeake Bay at Fortress Monroe. Aiken's Landing was used by the C.S.A. for only a short time, after which their exchange point was moved to City Point, Virginia. With the July 1862 implementation of the prisoner exchange cartel, prisoner populations were temporarily drastically reduced and flag-of-truce mail exchanges were virtually eliminated. Because of the very short period of time this route was in existence, mail via Petersburg is among the rarest of prisoners' flag-of-truce mail. These covers also represent the earliest possible mixed-franking covers with U.S. and Confederate stamps.
Joseph L. Parry was chief engineer on the U.S. transport steamer Union when it ran aground on November 3, 1861, on the North Carolina coast. Parry was held at Salisbury Prison until his exchange in September 1862. The Parry correspondence to and from the prison was described in two outstanding articles by Lawrence Lohr in the Confederate Philatelist in 1995 and 2008.
We record only three 10c Rose lithographs on prisoner-of-war covers (not counting civilian flag-of-truce covers). Each was sent from Salisbury Prison, and the other two (both to Maine) bear only the 10c Rose, without the U.S. 3c 1861 (see Siegel Sales 1071, lot 4678 and 1087, lot 581). A very similar cover from the Parry correspondence, but franked with a 10c Blue Hoyer & Ludwig issue, was in the Steven Walske collection (Siegel Sale 988, lot 107).
Illustrated in Antrim Civil War Prisons and Their Covers on p. 154
FINE AND EXCEPTIONALLY RARE NORTHBOUND CIVILIAN FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER WITH THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.
It is not clear to us how this flag-of-truce cover was handled. The regulations required the use of two envelopes for flag-of-truce mail. Ordinarily, on a South-to-North letter, the outer envelope would bear Confederate postage and an appropriately worded "Flag of Truce" address. At the exchange point the inner envelope bearing U.S. postage would be removed and put into the Federal mails. In this instance, it appears that the envelope bearing Confederate postage (the 10c Rose) was examined by the Confederate censor (manuscript "Exd") and placed into the mails, receiving a Federal "Due 3" handstamp. While the regulations were often breached by placing Confederate and U.S. stamps on one envelope, this cover -- without any Federal postmark other than the "Due 3" -- is enigmatic and obviously extremely rare, if not unique.
Ex Murphy and Walske. Illustrated in Antrim book on p. 195