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

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — 20c Green Engraved

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
829
TC
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 829, 20c Green Engraved20c Red Brown, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (13TC1e), 20c Red Brown, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (13TC1e)20c Red Brown, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (13TC1e). Huge margins all around, lightly soiled at top right, tiny pinhole at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TRIAL COLOR DIE PROOF OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE. THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND EXAMPLE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.

This trial color proof shows clear cross-hatching in the background and an outer line.

With 1972 and 1994 P.F. certificates. C.S.A. Catalog value $4,500.00

4,000
2,100
830
nhbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 830, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Right pane of 100, original gum, nearly all Mint N.H. with a couple h.r., rich color, one stamp at right with crease and small thin spots in top margin and in two stamps at bottom, mention of these minor flaws only serves to emphasize the outstanding condition of this pane

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A SUPERB COMPLETE PANE OF 100 OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.

The right pane on this plate did not have an imprint. Scott Retail $5,000.00 as hinged blocks of four

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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831
ogbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 831, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Bottom margin block of 30 with "Archer & Daly. Richmond, Va." full imprint, comprising the bottom three rows of the pane, large margins to full other sides, usual dry original gum, worm holes at bottom to left of imprint and in "Y" of "Daly", few other small flaws and light climatic toning, otherwise Very Fine, Scott Retail $2,040.00

E. 500-750
750
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832
nhbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 832, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Block of 40 in 8 x 5 format, most stamps Mint N.H., fresh color, horizontal crease from prior folding, Very Fine, Scott Retail $2,000.00 as hinged blocks of four and pairs

E. 750-1,000
900
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833
nhbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 833, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Block of 40 in 8 x 5 format, most stamps Mint N.H., fresh color, horizontal crease from prior folding, one stamp at top thin spots from hinge removal, overall Very Fine, Scott Retail $2,000.00 as hinged blocks of four and pairs

E. 500-750
850
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834
ogbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 834, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Group of different format multiples, including bottom margin block of eight with "Archer & Daly. Richmond, Va." full imprint, usual dry original gum, h.r., nicked at bottom not affecting the imprint, second stamp in bottom row surface scuff, otherwise Very Fine, also a Mint N.H. top left corner margin block of 12 (short gum on a couple), blocks of eight (small toned spot) and four (two), a pair with double transfer, finally a cross-gutter block of eight (slightly toned), overall Very Fine or appear so

E. 750-1,000
900
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835
og
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 835, 20c Green Engraved20c Green, "20" on Forehead (13 var), 20c Green, "20" on Forehead (13 var)20c Green, "20" on Forehead (13 var). Vertical pair, top stamp shows the variety, original gum, three large margins, just in at top, tiny surface scuff and slight staining

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO KNOWN VERTICAL PAIRS CONTAINING THE VARIETY. THIS IS THE ONLY MAJOR PRINTING VARIETY ON THE 20-CENT GREEN.

We are aware of two vertical pairs containing one variety each, a horizontal pair (both the variety) and two singles, for a total of six examples. All six stamps originated from the same part of the sheet, which received a second lighter impression known as a "kiss print".

With 1979 P.F. certificate

3,000
2,100
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836
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 836, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Vertical strip of five with huge right sheet margin and enormous margins except at top where touching, intense shade and bright fresh paper, tied by light strikes of "Montgomery Ala." circular datestamp on legal-size cover to Dadeville Ala., reduced at left to fit album page, minor edgewear

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE ON COVER. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND SPECTACULAR CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE COVERS IN EXISTENCE.

Ex Knapp and Hall (acquired privately by the Halls in April 1928). Unlisted in Scott

E. 10,000-15,000
27,000
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837
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 837, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Used with U.S. 3c Rose (65) on prisoner-of-war cover from Elmira Prison in New York, addressed to Fork Union Va., both stamps tied by "Elmira N.Y. Oct. 21" (1864) double-circle datestamp and Richmond Va. circular datestamp with unclear date, 20c apparently overpaying 10c rate (assuming 3c indicates single rate), "Prisoner's Letter Examined Elmira N.Y." oval censor handstamp, manuscript "By Flag Truce" and soldier's endorsement from the 44th Va. Regt., original letter from the correspondence enclosed though it likely came from another cover (dated later than the cover), some edgewear and stamps with small margin faults

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE MIXED-FRANKING PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER WITH THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE -- ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH BOTH STAMPS CANCELLED BY BOTH UNION AND CONFEDERATE DATESTAMPS. ONLY THREE OR FOUR PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH THE 20-CENT STAMP.

We record three prisoner-of-war covers with a 20c General Issue. One other is known used from Elmira Prison, which offers further evidence that there may have been a supply of 20c stamps there (ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1087, lot 615). The third is from Fort Delaware (ex Walske, Siegel Sale 988, lot 178, realized $23,000 hammer).

From our 1984 Rarities sale. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 5,000-7,500
11,500
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838
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 838, 20c Green Engraved20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Margins to in at bottom left, tied by red "Petersburg Va. Dec. ?" (1864) circular datestamp on cover to Richmond Va., turned and mailed to Reseland Va. with second 20c Green (13), large margins to clear, tied by Richmond circular datestamp with unclear date, mended cover tears, Very Fine appearance, an extremely rare turned use with both sides bearing the 20c Green, ex Duckworth

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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839
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 839, 20c Green Engraved20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d). Lower left diagonal half, tied across the cut by bold strike of "Crockett Texas May 22" (1865) circular datestamp with first "2" in date written over "1", on folded letter datelined "Crockett, 20th May, 1865" and addressed "Jas. H. Starr, Agent P.O. Department" in Marshall Texas, file fold slightly creases corner of stamp at right

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND VERY CHOICE BISECTED USE OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE ON A COVER MAILED WITHIN TEXAS -- POSTMARKED ON MAY 22, 1865 -- ONE OF THE LATEST RECORDED USES OF A CONFEDERATE STATES STAMP.

This letter was sent on May 22, 1865, ten days after the last major battle of the Civil War, at Palmito Ranch, Texas. Four days after this was sent, the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi, under General E. Kirby Smith, surrendered -- the last major Confederate command to surrender. This is the second latest recorded use of a Confederate General Issue stamp (the latest is dated June 7, 1865, from Marshall Tex.) and possibly the latest use of any cover actually sent through the Confederate postal system. An article in the Confederate Philatelist (Jul-Aug 1998) illustrates a stampless cover dated May 19, 1865, and surmises that it is the latest Confederate cover. The cover offered here is mentioned in the article, but it was unknown to the author that the letter confirms the postmark as May 22, rather than May 12.

The writer of the letter, Thomas P. Collins, was the Confederate postmaster of Crockett, Texas. He is writing to James Harper Starr, Agent for the Trans-Mississippi Department and therefore Collins' superior. The letter discusses a complaint that whiskey was being sold in the post office at Crockett. Collins denies that accusation and states that it was merely being sold in the same building, and defends the individual suspected of doing the selling, including an assurance that he is a "strictly sober man." Prior to the Civil War, Starr served as a commissioner of the Texas General Land Office and Secretary of the Treasury of the Republic of Texas. During the war he was agent for the Trans-Mississippi Department. His home in Marshall, "Maplecroft," was designated a state historic site in the 1970s and is open to the public.

Ex Antrim

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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840
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 840, 20c Green Engraved20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d). Top right diagonal half, ample to large margins other sides, tied across the cut by "Houston Tex. May 13" (1864) circular datestamp on buff cover to Liberty Tex., sender's directive "Favor of Adjt. Johnson"

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB BISECT OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE USED ON A COVER MAILED WITHIN TEXAS.

Ex Gehrmann and Emerson. Acquired by the Kilbournes in 1951

E. 2,000-3,000
2,300
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841
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 841, 20c Green Engraved20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13e), 20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13e)20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13e). Top half, large margins all around, tied by Galveston Tex. double-circle datestamp with unclear date on diminutive cover to Bastrop Texas, soldier's endorsement at left from Terry's Texas Rangers, small corner nicks and some small toned spots along edges, missing backflap

VERY FINE. A RARE HORIZONTAL BISECT OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE ON A SOLDIER'S PETITE COVER MAILED WITHIN TEXAS.

From Wikipedia: "The 8th Texas Cavalry, popularly known as Terry's Texas Rangers, was a regiment of Texas volunteers for the Confederate States Army assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861...Terry's Rangers distinguished themselves at several battles during the Civil War. In four years of service, Terry's Texas Rangers fought in about 275 engagements in seven states. The regiment earned a reputation that ranked it among the most effective mounted regiments in the Western Theater of the American Civil War."

With 1989 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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842
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 842, 20c Green Engraved20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13e), 20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13e)20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13e). Bottom half, tied by "Shreveport La. Feb. 28" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to the "C.S. Depository" at Houston Texas, also includes normal 20c stamp on cover from the same correspondence, also tied by "Shreveport La. Mar. 3" double-circle datestamp, both covers with some edgewear

VERY FINE MATCHING PAIR OF 20-CENT COVERS FROM SHREVEPORT TO THE CONFEDERATE DEPOSITORY AT HOUSTON -- ONE WITH A HORIZONTAL BISECT AND ONE WITH A FULL STAMP.

Ex Weatherly and from our 1979 Rarities sale. Both with 1975 P.F. certificates issued to Raymond Weill and accompanied by copy of a 1951 letter of authenticity for the bisect from August Dietz

E. 3,000-4,000
2,300
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