VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE ESSAY FOR THE 10-CENT ARCHER & DALY DIE B ISSUE.
This is one of two known die essays for this issue. Ex Murphy. With 2009 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT DIE A PERFORATED ISSUE. THIS IS MOST LIKELY THE SECOND LARGEST BLOCK EXTANT.
A small quantity of Confederate 10c Engraved stamps (11-12) was perforated using a British De La Rue & Co. perforating machine brought through the blockade, sometime between early 1862 and the spring of 1863. The experiment was quickly abandoned, likely because the time it took to perforate the stamps rendered the idea impractical. The experimental perforated stamps were then distributed to various post offices and used. The largest multiple we record is an irregular block of 40 offered in our Sale 1104 (originally a block of 98).
Ex Robert S. Nelson and Kilbourne. Illustrated in the 1929 Dietz book on p. 263 (as an irregular block of 45, the 10 outer stamps removed). Scott value $13,300.00 as blocks of four and singles
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE DIE PROOF OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.
We have offered only one other example of a 20c die proof, in our Sale 795. Ex Hastings and from our 1986 Rarities sale. With 1982 P.F. Certificate as "13P1a, Genuine Essay Die Proof". C.S.A. Catalog calls this a progressive die proof, with a price of $4,500.00. Scott value
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 20-CENT GREEN CANCELED IN RED. THIS EXCEPTIONAL STAMP IS GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E. -- THE HIGHEST GRADE AWARDED.
Used examples of this issue are considerably more difficult to obtain in such superb condition. Multiples of the unused stamp from remainders exist and can be cut down. Used examples are scarce, and were often hurriedly cut apart. To find one with this size margins and cancelled in red is truly remarkable.
With 2002 and 2009 P.F. certificates. With 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $2,500.00). P.S.E. does not publish Population Reports for Confederate States but they inform us that this is the only stamp graded 98, with the next highest a single example at 95. We are unsure why the SMQ value is so low, since this brought $4,250 hammer in our 2017 Rarities sale
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE USED STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE.
This is the largest used multiple of the 20c Green listed in Power Search. Ex Hall and Dr. Brandon. With 2014 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE USED BLOCK OF THE 20-CENT GREEN.
A review using Power Search produced only one other used block of the 20c General Issue in our sales since 1992 and all our Rarities sales since 1964 (on a large piece of wrapper, ex Dr. Brandon, Sale 1087, lot 391).
Ex Boshwit and from our 1983 Rarities sale
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE TURNED COVER BEARING 20-CENT AND 10-CENT ENGRAVED ISSUE STAMPS.
Apparently the first use of this cover exceeded the half-ounce weight limit, while the second use did not.
Ex Muzzey and Hastings.
VERY FINE. A REMARKABLE CONFEDERATE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER SENT BY AN OFFICER IN THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE, USING A CAPTURED UNION PATRIOTIC ENVELOPE.
The 6th Texas Infantry, known as the "Matagorda Coast Guards," was mustered into service in 1861 and served throughout the entire war. In January 1863 the 6th Texas fought in the battle of Arkansas Post (or Fort Hindman), where a large number of its members were captured, including Lieut. Holt (he was exchanged six months later). The 6th Texas was reorganized in July 1863 and transferred to the Army of Tennessee.
Another cover from Lieut. Holt -- an identical Liberty and Flag captured envelope, prepaid 40c for Trans-Mississippi Express service -- was mailed by him at the time of the Battle of Chickamauga, in November 1863, to his mother in Matagorda (ex Everett, Siegel Sale 754, lot 450). After the battle most of the troops involved retreated to the area around Dalton, Georgia, and spent the winter there. This cover was sent from Georgia by Lieut. Holt in early March 1864. The pair of 20c stamps is the only indication of postage on the cover, but because the datestamp does not tie the stamps and appears to be a Charlotte N.C. marking, we must offer this "as is". Nevertheless, the Philatelic Foundation opinion states that the pair's use on this cover is "Genuine", while declining opinion as to the identity of the originating postmark.
Krieger census no. E21. Ex Weatherly, Antrim and Dr. Brandon. With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE PIECE. AN EXTRAORDINARY CONFEDERATE FRANKING WITH FOUR HALVES OF TWO BISECTED 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE STAMPS, PAYING THE 40-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS RATE.
The writing of the sender's route directive very closely matches the writing on a cover from the Dr. Starr correspondence, which was sent from Tyler, Texas (Siegel Sale 1016, lot 579). The logical explanation for this cover is that the sender prepared bisects for the prevailing 10c rate, but used four of them to pay the 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate on this piece of mail.
Ex Haas and Dr. Brandon. With 1980 and 2014 P.F. certificates