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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

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Category — Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
287
E
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 287, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Die B, Archer & Daly Die Essay on Wove (12E5), 10c Blue, Die B, Archer & Daly Die Essay on Wove (12E5)10c Blue, Die B, Archer & Daly Die Essay on Wove (12E5). 25 x 31mm, trivial natural inclusion

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

E. 2,000-3,000
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288
og
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 288, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Dies A, B, Shade Study (11-12), 10c Blue, Dies A, B, Shade Study (11-12)10c Blue, Dies A, B, Shade Study (11-12). More than 165 stamps neatly laid out on stock cards with owner's pencil notes identifying shades, wonderful range and variety with many Keatinge & Ball printings, much original gum, generally large margins, a few faults no doubt can be found but overall a most attractive group which would not be easy to duplicate, Scott value more than $3,300.00, see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 750-1,000
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289
ogbl
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 289, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Die A, Perforated (11e), 10c Blue, Die A, Perforated (11e)10c Blue, Die A, Perforated (11e). Block of 35 in 7 x 5 format, original gum, h.r., bright color, separations and typical gum creases, one stamp in second to bottom row with some stray printer's ink

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

E. 4,000-5,000
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290
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 290, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins to touched at left, bright color, some minor toning specks in margins not mentioned on accompanying certificate, tied by "Pittsboro N.C. Sep. 30" (1863) circular datestamp on blue and brown (with a bit of green) wallpaper cover to Chapel Hill N.C., receipt docketing at top, Very Fine, a lovely and fresh wallpaper cover, ex Kilbourne, with 2018 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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291
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 291, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins to clear, tied by "Washington Ark. Feb. 19" circular datestamp on red and aquamarine wallpaper cover to San Antonio Tex., some wrinkling and light crease, edgewear, Very Fine appearance, scarce wallpaper use from Arkansas, ex Matz and Dr. Brandon

E. 750-1,000
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292
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 292, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Dies A, B (11-12), 10c Blue, Dies A, B (11-12)10c Blue, Dies A, B (11-12). Two wallpaper adversity covers, one each with Nos. 11 and 12, No. 11 tied by indistinct circular datestamp with brown and tan wallpaper pattern to Richmond Va., Very Fine, No. 12 tied by "Pocotaligo S.C. Sep. 14" circular datestamp with blue and white floral wallpaper pattern to Bennettsville S.C., stamp with some edge toning, otherwise Very Fine

E. 300-400
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293
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 293, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a), 10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a)10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a). Incredible depth of color in a brilliant shade of Milky Blue, huge to full margins including portion of adjoining stamp at bottom, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jul. 30" circular datestamp on green homemade cover to Chesterfield Co. Va., small gum soak in left margin of stamp, still Extremely Fine and a wonderful combination of cover, cancel and stamp colors

E. 200-300
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294
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 294, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Margins to just in at bottom, tied by "Wilmington N.C. Dec. 16" circular datestamp on adversity cover made from a shipping form with illustration of three-masted ship, addressed to Wanesboro Ga., opened for display, Very Fine, a beautiful illustrated adversity use

E. 300-400
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295
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 295, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Large to huge margins, tied by blue "Columbia S.C. Oct. 31" circular datestamp on cover to Greenville S.C. with "Headquarters Conscript Department, Columbia S.C. Official Business" imprint (WD-CN-12), forwarded to Williamston S.C. with "Greenville S.C. Nov. 2" circular datestamp, manuscript "forwd 10", Very Fine, a lovely forwarded example of this scarce semi-official imprint, ex Finney, Rosenberg and Powell

E. 400-500
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296
P
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 296, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Deep Green, Archer & Daly Die Proof on Wove (13P5a), 20c Deep Green, Archer & Daly Die Proof on Wove (13P5a)20c Deep Green, Archer & Daly Die Proof on Wove (13P5a). Stamp size, deep dark color similar to the issued No. 13b, shows clear diagonal crosshatching throughout background and complete outer line, these features are only partially evident or more often not at all evident on the issued stamps, small area of soiling and light corner crease

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

4,000
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297
nh
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 297, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green, "20 Kiss Print" (13 var.), 20c Green, "20 Kiss Print" (13 var.)20c Green, "20 Kiss Print" (13 var.). Mint N.H. horizontal strip of three, Positions 8R-10R, Positions 9 and 10 the varieties, normal Position 8 cut in at left and with small surface scrape (not counted in our estimate), otherwise large to huge margins including top right sheet corner, lovely color, with 1981 P.F. certificate which incorrectly identifies Positions 9 and 10 as double transfer double "20", with 2013 P.F. certificate which correctly identifies the variety as a "Kiss Print", both certificates also mention selvage faults which can be easily trimmed, along with the essentially worthless Position 8, leaving a magnificent Extremely Fine pair of Kiss Print 20s

E. 750-1,000
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298
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 298, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Huge even margins all around with traces of adjoining stamps at sides, deep rich color, neat strike of red Petersburg Va. circular datestamp

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

600
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299
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 299, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Horizontal strip of five, large margins all around, tied by three strikes of "Richmond Va. Sep. 23" (1864) circular datestamp on piece, left stamp small scuff at upper left, vertical crease in second stamp from left, insignificant tiny tear in right stamp

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

E. 2,000-3,000
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300
bl
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 300, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Block of four, huge margins to clear at lower right, bright shade, cancelled by central strike of "Chattanooga Ten. Jul. 19, 1863" circular datestamp, top stamps couple small thin spots, light horizontal crease between stamps

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

3,500
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301
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 301, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Ample to large margins, tied by "Milledgeville Ga. Sep. 6" circular datestamp on legal-size "Official Business. State of Georgia. Adjutant and Inspector General's Office. Ordnance Bureau" imprint cover (unlisted in C.S.A. Catalog) to Major Tate of Stovall's Brigade, Army of Tennessee, some slight wear and overall light toning, still Very Fine, a scarce use of the 20c Engraved on a state imprint cover, ex Hastings

E. 500-750
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302
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 302, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Large margins to touched at left, tied by bold "Richmond Va. Jul. 29" circular datestamp on turned cover to Mechum's River Va., second use inside with fresh large-margined 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Mechum's River Va. Aug.4" circular datestamp and addressed back to Richmond, cover opened to show 10c stamp

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.

E. 1,500-2,000
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303
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 303, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green (13), 20c Green (13)20c Green (13). Horizontal pair, large even margins, deep shade, faint diagonal crease in left stamp, thin diagonal scrape in right stamp, lightly cancelled by double-struck "Charlotte" (N.C.?) dateless circular handstamp (only the letters "CHARLOT" are discernible) on red and blue on yellow Standing Liberty and Flag Captured Union Patriotic cover with soldier's endorsement "From J. F. Holt, Co. D, 6th Tex. Smith's Brigade, Cleburn's Division, Army Tenn." and addressed to "Miss Nellie Wilkinson, Matagorda Co., Caney P.O., Texas" with route directive "Via Meridian & Brandon Miss.", 40c Trans-Mississippi Express Rate, either missent to Matagorda or possibly brought there first en route to the small town of Caney about 40 miles northeast, "Matagorda Txs. Apr. 6" (1864) circular datestamp ("6" in manuscript), backflap removed, small edge tears and a few erosion spots of little significance

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

E. 3,000-4,000
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304
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 304, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green, Oxford N.C. "Coil" Roulette (13 var), 20c Green, Oxford N.C. "Coil" Roulette (13 var)20c Green, Oxford N.C. "Coil" Roulette (13 var). Large margins showing complete Oxford N.C. roulettes at sides -- extra large margin at top left leads us to believe that this was part-perforate in vertical strips, the C.S.A. Catalog agrees and specifically mentions this -- well-tied by "Oxford N.C. Apr. 11" circular datestamp on legal-size cover to court clerk at Louisburg N.C., significantly reduced at left to fit on album page, nicked at top, flap tears and slight creasing, the stamp is Extremely Fine and the cover is attractive, a rare unofficial perforation and the only perforation applied to the 20c General Issue, ex Keeling and Murphy

E. 500-750
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305
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 305, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d), 20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d)20c Green, Diagonal Half Used as 10c (13d). Top left diagonal half, large margins other sides including portion of adjoining stamp at left, deep rich color, tied across the cut by "Augusta Ga. Oct. ?" (1864) circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Female Seminary at Thomasville N.C., slightly reduced at right, fresh and Extremely Fine, a beautiful 20c bisect cover, ex MacBride and Kilbourne, Scott value $2,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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306
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 306, Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13)20c Green, Diagonal Half (13d), 20c Green, Diagonal Half (13d)20c Green, Diagonal Half (13d). Four halves -- bisected from two 20c stamps (two at left from one, and two at right from the other) -- paying 40c Trans-Mississippi Express Rate on piece with manuscript route directive "Express via Shreveport La." at upper right, each pair of bisects tied by clear strike of "Tyler Tex. May 9" (1864) circular datestamp, "JUN/30" handstamp (probably applied on arrival east of the Mississippi River based on the date), affixed to a 3c Red Nesbitt entire that closely matches the laid lines and shade of piece, an address has been added to recreate cover

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

E. 4,000-5,000
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