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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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