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

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — 2c Green Lithograph

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
661
ogbl
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 661, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Block of 24 in 6 x 4 format, original gum which is slightly unevenly applied as often seen, h.r. in corners and at center, a few stamps Mint N.H., ample to full margins, just a couple very minor flaws including top right and bottom left stamps tiny thin spots, second stamp from right in top row small scuff

THIS IS THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE RARE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH. IT IS THE FINER OF TWO KNOWN BLOCKS OF 24.

Noted Confederate Lithograph specialist Leonard Hartmann records the block of 24 from the Hall collection (Siegel Sale 840, lot 180) as the largest known multiple. It is also Extremely Fine appearing, with small faults. This block from the Kilbourne collection has been off the market for more than 50 years. This is the finer of the two blocks of 24.

Scott Retail $36,000.00 as six blocks of four

E. 10,000-15,000
24,000
662
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 662, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Ample margin at top to just in at bottom right, faint vertical scoring lines visible only with oblique light, tied by Augusta Ga. double-circle datestamp with unclear date (might be Aug. 18, 1862) on buff drop-rate cover with Luther Roll, Augusta Ga. Coach and Harness Manufacturer blue embossed cameo corner card with illustration of a coach, states the business is in the rear of the Augusta Hotel

VERY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH ON AN ILLUSTRATED ADVERTISING COVER.

A review of the Warren Census of the 2c Lithograph on cover (2011 Congress Book), our Levi records and Power Search found only two other 2c Lithographs on covers with an illustrated design; one a Masonic design on the back of a cover (ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1087, lot 400) and one with an overall design for stoves (ex Antrim, Brooks, Solomon and Hill).

Warren Census No. GEO-16. Ex Finney, Wiseman and Matthies, where acquired by the Kilbournes in the 1969 Siegel sale, which also contained the iconic Matthies "Angell" covers (Sale 353, lot 955).

E. 5,000-7,500
13,500
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663
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 663, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Large margins to just in at right, tied by blue Charlottesville Va. double-circle datestamp (possibly Jan. 9, 1863) on re-used U.S. 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26), manuscript "Paid 2" underneath stamp

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN JACKSON ISSUE ON AN OBSOLETE UNITED STATES ENTIRE, PAYING THE DROP RATE.

It is not unusual to find the more common Confederate General Issue stamps or semi-official imprints used on obsolete U.S. entires, since paper shortage was such an acute problem in the Confederacy. However, the use of the scarce 2c Jackson Lithograph on such an entire is remarkable. We could not locate another using Power Search.

Illustrated in Brian Green's Philatelic Foundation booklet on p. 6. Scott Retail for 2c used on normal cover $3,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
2,900
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664
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 664, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Large to huge margins all around, tied by bold strike of blue "Petersburg Va. Jul. 14" circular datestamp on narrow drop cover, two small toned spots do not affect the stamp or the town marking

EXTREMELY FINE GEM EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN JACKSON ISSUE ON A PETERSBURG VIRGINIA DROP-RATE COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN SINGLES ON COVER.

Unlisted in the Warren Census. Ex Richey, Hayden Meyer and Hart. Purchased by the Kilbournes from Jack Molesworth in 1954 for $300 with accompanying note stating the stamp is from Position 62L (though pencil note on the back indicates Position 60). Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
2,500
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665
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 665, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Vertical strip of five from the fourth row of the transfer stone of 50, ample margins to touched, fresh bright color, tied by three strikes of "Knoxville Tenn. Jul. 9, 1862" circular datestamp on cover to Jonesboro Tenn., strip with two light pre-use vertical creases

EXTREMELY FINE. AN UNUSUALLY CHOICE MULTIPLE AND ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH STRIPS ON COVER. VERTICAL STRIPS ARE ALSO MUCH RARER THAN HORIZONTAL MULTIPLES. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY SIX RECORDED 2-CENT GREEN JACKSON ISSUE COVERS FROM TENNESSEE.

This was used only eight days after the uniform 10c rate went into effect for all distances. Covers from Tennessee with the 2c Green Lithograph are rare, with only six listed in the census compiled by Dr. Daniel C. Warren in the 2011 Congress Book. This is the finest of the six. Vertical strips of five are also much rarer than horizontal strips. We record only one other cover with a vertical strip, used from Macon Ga. (Siegel Sale 787, lot 3610).

Warren Census No. TN-002 and illustrated on p. 51. Illustrated in Collector's Club Philatelist (1952, p. 9) and in Brian Green's Philatelic Foundation booklet on p. 10. Ex Sidney Hessel Sr., Sidney Hessel Jr. (1975 H.R. Harmer sale) and D. Scott Gallagher. With copy of 1976 P.F. certificate confirming our view of two pre-use vertical creases. With 1987 C.S.A. certificate stating all stamps with pre-use creases, which we believe is not only harsh, but incorrect. Scott Retail $13,500.00

E. 10,000-15,000
10,500
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666
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 666, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Positions 8-9-10-1-2, cross-gutter horizontal strip of five with top sheet margin, left three stamps from a left transfer of the stone, 4mm gutter between and right two stamps from a right transfer of the stone, deep rich color, tied by blue grid cancels with matching "Raleigh N.C. Oct. 21, 1862" double-circle datestamp on oatmeal cover to Hillsboro N.C., slightly reduced at left and stain in top left corner of cover where clipped, two stamps with minor margin stains

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER WITH A STRIP OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH CROSSING TWO TRANSFERS ON THE PRINTING STONE AND SHOWING A LARGE INTERPANE MARGIN.

The Confederate Lithograph Issues (Scott 1-5) were produced from printing stones of 200 subjects, arranged in side-by-side panes of 100, with a vertical gutter between. Each of the left and right panes of 100 consisted of two transfers of the 50-subject transfer stone. Multiples crossing the vertical gutter that separated the left and right transfer units are rare, as the sheet of 200 was typically separated into panes of 100 before individual stamps or blocks were cut out. A review of the census compiled by Dr. Daniel C. Warren in the 2011 Congress Book, as well as our own sale archives, found only one other cover bearing a strip of five with interpane margin (ex Dr. Brandon, Siegel Sale 1087, lot 310).

Warren Census No. NC-18. Illustrated in Collectors Club Philatelist (1953, p. 171) and in 1986 Dietz catalog (p. 132). From our 1984 Rarities of the World Sale. Scott Retail $13,500.00 as normal strip of five on cover

E. 7,500-10,000
5,000
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667
 
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 667, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Full even margins, used with horizontal strip of five, 10c Light Blue, Paterson (2a), tied by four strikes of "Richmond Va. Oct. 21, 1862" circular datestamp on large part of oatmeal newspaper wrapper to Madisonville Tenn., manuscript "26 oz" at bottom, strip with flaws including tears and creases, some ink erosion in address

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE COMBINATION FRANKING WITH THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH AND A STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 10-CENT LIGHT BLUE PATERSON PRINTING.

The notation "26 oz" and 52c postage indicate that the sender believed the rate for a newspaper was 2c per ounce. Until July 1, 1863, the rate for non-subscriber newspapers was 2c for the first three ounces plus 2c per additional ounce. Therefore, the correct postage was 48c, and the 52c franking was 4c overpaid.

Warren Census No. VA-075. Illustrated in Collectors Club Philatelist (1952, p. 8). Ex Antrim, MacBride and Gallagher

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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668
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 668, 2c Green Lithograph2c Green, Diagonal Bisect Used as 1c (3 var), 2c Green, Diagonal Bisect Used as 1c (3 var)2c Green, Diagonal Bisect Used as 1c (3 var). Horizontal strip with two normal stamps middle and right, the left stamp bisected diagonally, cancelled by and tied across the lower part of the bisect cut by "West Point Miss. Jun. 3" (1861) circular datestamp on yellow "P. B. Lawson, Attorney at Law, West Point, Lowndes County, Miss." corner card cover to Marion Ala., stamps affixed over fancy woodcut "Paid 5" with rays in circle handstamp, center stamp small bit of staining and vertical crease from prior folding over to reveal the marking beneath, missing most of backflap

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE BISECT OF THE 2-CENT GREEN JACKSON LITHOGRAPH. AN OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE POSTAL HISTORY RARITY.

The bisect on this cover made up 1c of the 5c under-500 miles rate effective until June 30, 1862. This is the only recorded bisect of the 2c Green Lithograph or of any 2c Confederate issue.

Warren Census No. MS-008. Illustrated in Collectors Club Philatelist (1952, p. 19) and in Brian Green's Philatelic Foundation booklet on p. 7. Accompanied by a separate Jul. 27, 1861 handstamped "Paid" cover with the same fancy marking as under the stamps. Ex Caspary and Weatherly. Acquired by the Kilbournes in a 1963 trade with Earl Weatherly. C.S.A. Catalog value $15,000.00

E. 10,000-15,000
12,500
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