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
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
VERY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED "TEN" COVER WITH THE "JACKSON" MISSISSIPPI STRAIGHTLINE.
Savadge Census No. 5. Ex Brown, Haas and Murphy
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)
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
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
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
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