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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 8-10)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
249
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 249, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Black, With Framelines, Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1), 2c Black, With Framelines, Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1)2c Black, With Framelines, Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1). Large margins showing four full framelines around the design, intense shade and impression, small thin spots

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE ARCHER & DALY 2-CENT JACKSON TRIAL COLOR PROOF AND EXPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH LARGE MARGINS SHOWING THE FRAMELINES.

The various catalogue listings for the 2c Archer & Daly trial color proofs with framelines are somewhat confusing and not altogether complete. All of the known examples of the 2c Engraved essay/proof have framelines, unlike the issued stamp. For this reason they could technically be classified as essays. However, the Scott, Dietz and C.S.A. catalogues list them as trial color proofs, and we have maintained that tradition here to avoid adding to the confusion.

The Black proof offered here is now listed in the Scott Catalogue, which also lists the Blue (offered in lot 250) and mentions the framelines (at our suggestion). The 1986 Dietz Catalog listed this frameline proof in Black, but not Blue. The 2012 C.S.A. Catalog expanded the listings to include the Blue trial color proof with framelines, but it erroneously eliminated this Black proof with framelines and describes the Black proof as “cut close no outer framelines showing.”

Ex Dr. Burrows, Liberman and Pegram (featured along with the Blue offered in lot 250 on the front cover of Sale 1043). C.S.A. Catalog value for an example with "no outer framelines showing" is $4,000.00. Scott value

3,000
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250
TC
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 250, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Blue, With Framelines, Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1), 2c Blue, With Framelines, Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1)2c Blue, With Framelines, Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (8TC1). Two large margins, others ample to clear, showing framelines on all four sides, rich color, slight thin at center

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE ARCHER & DALY 2-CENT JACKSON TRIAL COLOR PROOF IN BLUE WITH FRAMELINES.

The various catalogue listings for the 2c Archer & Daly trial color proofs with framelines are somewhat confusing and not altogether complete. All of the known examples of the 2c Engraved essay/proof have framelines, unlike the issued stamp. For this reason they could technically be classified as essays. However, the Scott, Dietz and C.S.A. catalogues list them as trial color proofs, and we have maintained that tradition here to avoid adding to the confusion.

The Scott Catalogue now lists the proofs in Blue and Black (offered in lot 249) and mentions the framelines (at our suggestion). The 1986 Dietz Catalog listed the frameline proof in Black, but not Blue. The 2012 C.S.A. Catalog expanded the listings to include the Blue trial color proof with framelines.

Ex Hall (acquired by the family from the New England Stamp Co. in 1934) and Hastings (featured along with the Black offered in lot 249 on the front cover of Sale 1043). Pictured in C.S.A. Catalog on page 357. With 2002 P.F. certificate. C.S.A. Catalog value $5,000.00. Scott value

3,750
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251
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 251, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Block of four and pair, block with large margins to touched at top right, with portions of adjoining stamps at bottom, top left stamp with unusual printer's thumbprint (from handling the wet sheet), pair with ample margins to touched, small scissors-cut in bottom stamp, tied by dark blue "Charlottesville Va. May 25, 1863" double-circle datestamps on back of small overpaid cover to Forest Depot Va.

EXTREMELY FINE. PROBABLY THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN COVERS BEARING A BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT "RED JACK" ISSUE.

Ex Pratt, Brooks and Kilbourne. Accompanied by a 1949 letter from Stanley B. Ashbrook stating that Brooks paid $700 for the cover in the 1920s. Illustrated in 1986 Dietz catalog (p. 136)

E. 3,000-4,000
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252
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 252, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Horizontal strip of five, large margins at right and at top where roughly separated far from design, just in at bottom right, tied by three strikes of "Richmond Va. Jan. 29" circular datestamp on cover to Lynchburg Va., backflap tear barely extends to front but does not affect strip

VERY FINE COVER FROM RICHMOND WITH A STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT ENGRAVED "RED JACK", PAYING THE 10-CENT RATE.

Ex Gimelson. With 2003 C.S.A. certificate. Scott value for strip of five on cover $4,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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253
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 253, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Horizontal strip of five, slightly irregular margins, mostly large except in at bottom of lefthand pair and touched at top, rich color, tied by "Pittsylvania C.H. Nov. 17" circular datestamp on cover to George Wise in Charleston N.C., turned use with inside bearing defective 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Richmond Va., Nov. 1?" circular datestamp, some minor wear

AN UNUSUAL TURNED COVER WITH AN EXTREMELY RARE COMBINATION FRANKING.

Ex Keeling and from our 2005 and 2013 Rarities sales. Scott value for the strip of five on cover $4,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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254
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 254, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Block of four and single, block with large margins to clear at bottom, single with large margins to just in at right, tied by "Charlottesville Va. Mar. 8, 1864" double-circle datestamps on brown legal-size cover neatly addressed to the Secretary of the Staunton Lodge in Staunton Va., charge box notation at left, block with slight climatic toning at bottom

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW KNOWN COVERS BEARING A BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT "RED JACK" ISSUE.

We have offered only five covers bearing a block of the 2c "Red Jack" since keeping computerized records.

E. 1,500-2,000
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255
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 255, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Horizontal strip of five, mostly large margins to in at left, tied by five strikes of Army of Northern Virginia 10-Bar Open Grid cancel on back of oatmeal cover to Pittsylvania C.H. Va., opened for display, strip with toning between positions 3-4

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USE OF THE 2-CENT 1863 "RED JACK" GENERAL ISSUE FOR THE 10-CENT RATE AND TIED BY THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA GRID.

Ex Corwin and Walske. With 2009 P.F. certificate. Scott value for the strip of five on cover $4,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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256
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 256, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Strip of five, full margins to just in including at right, tied by three strikes of "Atlanta Ga. May 26" circular datestamp on adversity cover made from printed form to Anthony Shoals Ga., cover repair at right and slightly reduced, right stamp with small thin spot and light crease, Fine appearance, a rare use of a strip of five on an adversity cover, with 2008 C.S.A. certificate, Scott value for strip of five on cover $4,500.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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257
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 257, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Large even margins, small nick and tear at bottom, tied by manuscript "X" cancel on complete Mar. 21, 1864 edition of Daily Chronicle & Sentinel, Augusta Ga., addressed in pencil to Savannah, overall toning, still in excellent condition, a remarkable newspaper use from the last year of the war, the newspaper itself contains several interesting articles, including commentary on Lincoln's forthcoming presidential campaign, reports of "negro" troops and Federal army movements, ex Keeling and Dr. Brandon

E. 750-1,000
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258
TC
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 258, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Black, "TEN", Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (9TC1e), 10c Black, "TEN", Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (9TC1e)10c Black, "TEN", Archer & Daly, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (9TC1e). 53 x 50 mm, intense shade, light creases and slight toning

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT "TEN" DIE PROOF IN BLACK. AN IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE PROOF RARITY.

Ex Hall (acquired by the family prior to World War II) and Hastings. This unique proof is illustrated in the C.S.A. Catalog on p. 357 with a value of $6,000.00. The Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue lists this as 9TC1e (Black) with an inexplicable $1,500.00 value -- this proof realized $2,600 hammer in 2001 (Sale 840, lot 139) and $3,250 hammer in 2013 (Sale 1043, lot 2321), but Scott never changed the value to reflect either of those realizations.

E. 3,000-4,000
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259
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 259, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Horizontal block of ten, major double transfer in top left position (evident in denomination label), original gum, two small h.r., one or two stamps at bottom possibly Mint N.H., huge margins to just barely in at upper left, brilliant color and fresh paper

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A PHENOMENAL LARGE MULTIPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 1863 "TEN" ISSUE. THIS IS THE FINEST BLOCK IN EXISTENCE.

The 1863 "TEN" design with the denomination spelled out was the first Archer & Daly 10c issue. Both the "Ten" and Frameline (Scott 10) were printed from copper plates. In manufacturing the "TEN" plate, Archer & Daly's siderographer attempted to enter the 200 subjects from a single-relief transfer roll, but utterly failed to achieve uniform spacing and alignment, probably because there were no transfer guide dots. This plate is truly fascinating from a philatelist's perspective, with grossly misaligned subjects, short transfers, double transfers and plate flaws that rival the pre-war 1c 1851-57 plates. To remedy the alignment problem, the subsequent copper plate was etched with lines to facilitate transfer alignment. The so-called Frameline issue was followed by production from the steel plates used to print 10c stamps from Dies A and B (Scott 11 and 12), which do not have framelines and are much more uniformly aligned.

Large blocks of the "TEN" issue are rare, and almost all of the known blocks have faults. This sound block of ten with original gum, large margins, brilliant color and fresh paper, is without question the finest extant. We are confident in our opinion after compiling a census of multiples for the ultimate purpose of plating the "Ten" issue, which is a work in progress.

Ex Dr. Brandon. Scott value $12,500.00 as two blocks of four and a pair does not accurately speak to the high quality of this multiple

E. 15,000-20,000
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260
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 260, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Vertical block of 22 from the left pane with huge left sheet margin, original gum, creases (a bit heavy between left two vertical rows), scattered toned spots, bottom stamp at right clipped corner, couple pinholes, manuscript "Confederate Stamps" in margin probably written during or after the war when the stamps were found

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 1990s and in all our Rarities sales since 1964. An unused block of 30 with the plate bruise showing is illustrated in the original Dietz catalogue, but we cannot trace its history since 1929, and it is possible that it was cut into smaller blocks.

Ex Kilbourne. Scott value $25,650.00 as blocks of four, pairs and singles

E. 10,000-15,000
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261
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 261, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Block of four, original gum, h.r. along left edge, large margins to just touched at top right, slightly oxidized, few faint toned spots

VERY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE "TEN" STAMP.

Blocks of this issue in any condition are rare, and this choice block is particularly desirable. Ex Kilbourne.

E. 2,000-3,000
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262
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 262, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Deep Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Deep Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Deep Blue, "TEN" (9). Block of four, unused (no gum), huge bottom margin, full at sides to clear at top, beautiful vibrant color, top pair with light horizontal crease and thin in position 1, tiny thin speck at extreme edge of margin at upper right of position 4

AN ATTRACTIVE AND SCARCE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE "TEN" ISSUE. THE BOTTOM PAIR IS EXTREMELY FINE.

Ex Birkinbine and Hastings. Wtih 2013 P.F. certificate. Scott value as original-gum block $5,250.00.

E. 1,500-2,000
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263
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 263, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Block of four, original gum, shows dramatically misaligned entries, large margins to just in at bottom left due to the misalignment of transfer subjects, classic "TEN" Milky Blue shade, top left stamp two toned spots, one over a small repaired hole, vertical creases right stamps, Fine-Very Fine appearance and a scarce original-gum block, ex Fekete

E. 1,500-2,000
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264
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 264, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a), 10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a)10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a). Huge margins to full, wonderful color, face-free strike of circular datestamp cancel, Extremely Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate (VF-XF 85)

550
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265
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 265, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Horizontal strip of seven, large margins all around, tied by five strikes of "Darlington C.H. S.C. Jun. 2" (ca. 1863) circular datestamp on large blue courthouse cover to Marianna Fla., court docketing at left also ties end stamp in strip, light bend thru center stamp, couple tiny scrapes in margins, cover has typical edgewear and faint stains, but this artifact is in its original condition as discovered

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 to Lincoln Kilbourne (Sale 823, lot 501).

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 due to the absence of transfer guide dots. The subsequent Frameline plate was etched with lines to facilitate uniform spacing and alignment.

Ex Knapp, Hall and Kilbourne

E. 15,000-20,000
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266
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 266, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Full margins, lightly creased and slight edge toning, tied by "Richmond Va. Jun. 30" (1863) circular datestamp on yellow cover to Hanover C.H. Va. with Mounted Dragoon and Verse Patriotic design (SM-1, Verse 13), few toning specks

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 and Kilbourne. With 1966 P.F. certificate. Scott value $3,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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267
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 267, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large margins to clear at top right, slight oxidation, tied by 4-ring target cancel and "Augusta Ga. Feb. (?)" double-circle datestamp on yellow cover with 11-Star Confederate Flag and Verse Patriotic design (F11-16, Verse 13), to Zain Manor N.C., the presence of an additional "Tawboro N.C. Aug. 17" manuscript postmark and waterstains indicating an earlier stamp was removed suggest that the cover was re-used in correspondence between the same parties (such forms of adversity usage are known)

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE "TEN" PATRIOTIC USE.

Ex Everett and Kilbourne. Signed Ashbrook. With 1977 C.S.A. and 2002 P.F. certificates. Scott value $3,500.00

E. 1,500-2,000
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268
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 268, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a), 10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a)10c Milky Blue, "TEN" (9a). Ample to large margins, tied by "Charleston S.C. Feb. 28, 1864" circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Vances Ferry S.C., missing part of backflap, Very Fine, ex Hessel and Gimelson

1,500
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269
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 269, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Huge margins including sheet margin at right, tied by "Culpeper C.H. Va Oct.?." circular datestamp on light yellow cover to Charlottesville Va., some minor edgewear and small hole on back, stamp oxidized, lightly toned spot upper left margin and small tear, otherwise Extremely Fine, ex DuPuy, with 2011 P.F. certificate

1,500
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270
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 270, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Gray Blue, "TEN" (9b), 10c Gray Blue, "TEN" (9b)10c Gray Blue, "TEN" (9b). Large margins to touched at right, dark shade, tied by Chattanooga Ten. circular datestamp with indistinct date on oatmeal cover to Griffin Ga., slightly reduced at right, Fine

1,500
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271
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 271, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Ample margins, tied by "Winchester Va. Jul. 11" circular datestamp on buff cover to Talladega Ala., part of letter enclosure accompanies, some slight cover wear and small hole at top, stamp has a small scrape at bottom, appears Very Fine

1,500
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272
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 272, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Large margins, light pre-use vertical crease, tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 13" circular datestamp on prisoner-of-war buff cover to Fancy Grove Va. endorsed "By Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe, care Maj. Jno. E. Mulford", clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter Examined. Fort Delaware Del." (Ty. I) oval handstamp, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65), couple tiny edge flaws, tied by target cancel, "Delaware City Del. Aug. 29" circular datestamp, some staining near bottom and slight overall soiling

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT "TEN" GENERAL ISSUE STAMP ON A MIXED-FRANKING PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER. THIS IS THE FINEST OF ONLY THREE FULL COVER USES KNOWN TO US.

We record only three "TEN" general issue stamps on prisoner-of-war covers plus a front only (used from Point Lookout). Of the other full covers, one is faulty with tears, stains, and a replaced backflap (used from Johnson's Island). The other has a "TEN" stamp that has been trimmed to shape (used from Fort Delaware). This cover, with only slight cosmetic issues, is the finest of the three.

Ex Dr. Brandon

E. 2,000-3,000
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273
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 273, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, "TEN" (9), 10c Blue, "TEN" (9)10c Blue, "TEN" (9). Horizontal pair, full to huge margins, tied by "Adams Run S.C. Sep. 14" (1863) circular datestamp on cover to Spartanburg C.H. S.C., cover repair at top and stain removed

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 10-CENT "TEN" ISSUE ON COVER.

Ex Gibson, Gallagher and Hastings. With 2013 P.F. certificate

3,000
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274
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 274, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Positions 53-59, horizontal strip of seven, showing full framelines at top and left, original gum, wonderful richness of color and depth of impression -- a classic early copper plate printing -- Positions 54-55 and 58 with vertical creases, Position 56 small thin spot and tiny tear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE FAMOUS LILLY STRIP OF SEVEN OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE -- THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE.

The 10c Frameline (Scott 10) is the rarest Confederate States General Issue design type in unused condition, particularly with original gum. Singles with original gum are very elusive, and multiples are of another order of rarity. There are perhaps four or five strips of four known, with or without gum. This strip of seven is the largest recorded unused multiple. We offered a different strip of seven in our 1980 Rarities sale, which had black marks on four stamps (ex Ferrary, pictured in Dietz). There also exists a single block of four without gum (ex Kilbourne, Siegel Sale 1190, lot 1389). The strip offered here was acquired by the Kilbournes in the April 1967 sale of the Josiah K. Lilly collection, where it realized $3,400 hammer.

Ex Lilly and Kilbourne. Scott value $47,500.00

E. 30,000-40,000
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 275, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Positions 43-46, horizontal strip of four, large margins showing portions or traces of framelines on all sides, unused (no gum), left stamp with small piece added to bottom left corner far from design and small thin spot, couple light creases and faint toning

FINE-VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE -- ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING UNUSED MULTIPLES OF FOUR.

Scott 10 is the rarest Confederate States General Issue stamp in unused condition. There are perhaps four or five strips of four known, as well as the strip of seven offered in this sale as lot 274 (ex Lilly and Kilbourne), plus another strip of seven (with black marks) from our 1980 Rarities sale and the block of four (without gum) offered in the Kilbourne collection (Sale 1190, lot 1389).

From our 1983 Rarities Sale and ex Everett, Bush and Kilbourne. Scott value $30,000.00 as original-gum strip of four

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 276, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Horizontal strip of six, two large margins at left and bottom with framelines complete, clear at right and slightly in at top, cancelled by four strikes of "Mobile Ala. Jun. 18, 1863" double-circle datestamp, a few negligible short creases around the perimeter

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS IS THE FINER OF ONLY TWO RECORDED USED STRIPS OF SIX OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE -- THE LARGEST RECORDED USED MULTIPLES.

Multiples of the 10c Frameline Issue larger than a pair are very rare in either used or unused condition. In unused condition there are perhaps four or five strips of four known, as well as two strips of seven and the unique block of four. Used multiples are also extremely rare. There are two recorded strips of six -- the strip offered here and one on piece with an additional single, which is ex Knapp and Hall. The strip on piece is Extremely Fine but has razor cuts between each stamp about three-quarters up from bottom, along with other small faults (see Sale 823, lot 457). Apart from the two strips of seven, there are a handful of strips of four or three.

21,500
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277
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 277, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Horizontal pair, large to full margins showing bits of three surrounding framelines, "Mobile Ala. Jun. 9" double-circle datestamp cancels, inconsequential thin speck in left margin mentioned for accuracy

VERY FINE AND CHOICE USED PAIR OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE.

Ex Moody, Nunnelley and Hastings. With 2013 P.F. certificate

6,250
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278
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 278, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Large to huge margins with three complete framelines and almost half of frameline at top, showing top curved line recut, light strike of town circular datestamp cancel leaves entire design clearly visible, a few minor scattered toned spots have been carefully removed and is not noted on accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A STUNNING USED EXAMPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE.

The framelines between the stamps define Scott 10. The lines were engraved on the copper plate and served as a guide for the siderographer when aligning the transfers to make the plate. Each stamp shares framelines with the adjoining positions, so four-frameline copies are exceedingly rare.

With 2014 P.F. certificate (XF-Superb 95). This was offered in our Sale 1064 described with "scattered toned spots", which were carefully removed prior to the certificate being issued

2,100
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279
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 279, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Complete framelines at sides, all but 1mm complete at bottom and part frameline at top, beautiful bright color, tied by "Richmond Va. Apr. 23, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Brownsburgh Va., barely reduced at left

EXTREMELY FINE. A GORGEOUS 10-CENT FRAMELINE ON COVER. RARELY FOUND WITH SUCH A LARGE PORTION OF THE FRAMELINES.

The most important characteristic of Scott 10 is the frameline around each stamp. The lines were engraved on the plate and served as a guide for the siderographer when aligning the transfer roll to make the plate. Each stamp shares framelines with the adjoining positions, which means most stamps show only a portion of the four framelines. A stamp that captures most or all of the framelines does so at the expense of its neighboring positions, and is very rare.

For many years this April 23 cover was the earliest known use of the 10c Frameline. The EDU is now April 19.

Ex Brown, Shenfield and Kilbourne. With 1981 P.F. certificate. C.S.A. Catalog value for April 1863 date on cover is $10,500.00

E. 2,000-3,000
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 280, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Showing full framelines at top and right, nearly complete at left and bottom, tied by "Richmond Va. May 13, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to a Dr. Austin at Greenville C.H. S.C., minor cosmetic enhancements and flap reattached

EXTREMELY FINE 10-CENT FRAMELINE STAMP ON A BEAUTIFUL COVER.

The most important characteristic of Scott 10 is the frameline around each stamp. The lines were engraved on the plate and served as a guide for the siderographer when aligning the transfer roll to make the plate. Each stamp shares framelines with the adjoining positions, which means most stamps show only a portion of the four framelines. A stamp that captures most or all of the framelines does so at the expense of its neighboring positions, and is very rare.

Ex Dietz and Kilbourne and from our 1995 Rarities sale.

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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 281, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Position 47 noted on back, complete or large portions of all four framelines, full margins all around, tied by "Mobile Ala. Jun. ?9" (1863) double-circle datestamp on red and blue 8-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover (F8-4) to Greensboro Ala., couple trivial tiny nicks at top of cover not mentioned on accompanying certificate, outstanding condition

EXTREMELY FINE AND SPECTACULAR COVER. THE FRAMELINE STAMP IS EXTREMELY RARE ON A PATRIOTIC COVER OF ANY DESIGN -- THIS 8-STAR DESIGN IS A RARITY IN ITS OWN RIGHT. ARGUABLY THE MOST OUTSTANDING FRAMELINE PATRIOTIC COVER KNOWN.

Ex Brooks, Duckworth and Kilbourne (acquired by the Kilbournes privately in 1965 -- for the princely sum of $1,275). With 2018 P.F. certificate. Scott value $10,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 282, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Position 10, three complete framelines including intersection of lines at bottom right and top right sheet margins, partial frameline at left, pen-cancelled with manuscript "Jefferson (N.C.) Jun. 21" postmark on buff cover to military address at Kinston N.C., light file folds do not affect stamp

EXTREMELY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT FROM A CORNER POSITION WITH REMARKABLY COMPLETE FRAMELINES.

Ex Kilbourne. With 2018 P.F. certificate

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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 283, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Complete framelines at top and left, portion at bottom, tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 23" (1865) circular datestamp on inner unsealed flag-of-truce cover sent from the North to a Union prisoner in the South, addressed to 1st Lieut. Provine of the 84th Illinois Voluntary Infantry Regiment at Charleston S.C., but docketing at top indicates receipt in Columbia S.C. (Jan. 20), stamp with small inconsequential toned spot, bottom left corner of cover nicked

VERY FINE. A RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ON A FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER TO A UNION PRISONER IN THE SOUTH. VERY FEW FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVERS ARE KNOWN WITH THE FRAMELINE ISSUE.

The outer cover with U.S. postage and the datestamp of the originating town was discarded at the exchange point. During this period, northern prisoners were often shifted from place to place depending on the whereabouts of Union troops, which explains the address to Charleston and the receipt at Columbia. According to Brian Green, this is the latest known use of a Frameline stamp on cover.

Discussed in the Confederate Philatelist (Jan.-Feb. 1978, pp. 6-7, article accompanies)

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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 284, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Virtually complete framelines on three sides, slightly cut in at right, tied by blue "Glade Spring Va. May 20" circular datestamp on brown homemade cover to Wytheville Va., Fine, with 2013 P.F. certificate

3,250
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 285, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Position 90, dramatic pre-print paper fold near top, portions of framelines on three sides, small repair at top right of recent vintage (adds paper to an irregular corner and could be removed), tied by neat strike of "Milledgeville Ga. Jun. 13" circular datestamp on cover to Atlanta, pencil "Due 10" at top, reduced at left and refolded, Fine appearance, ex Wiseman and Pegram, signed and plated by Ashbrook

3,250
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 286, Engraved Issues (Scott 8-10)10c Blue, Frameline (10), 10c Blue, Frameline (10)10c Blue, Frameline (10). Positions 15-16, horizontal pair, full margins to clear, tied by "Mobile Ala. Sept? 21, 1863" double-circle datestamp on blue folded letter to Demopolis Ala., small indentation in left stamp is inconsequential

FRESH AND VERY FINE. A SCARCE PAIR OF THE 10-CENT FRAMELINE ISSUE, PAYING THE DOUBLE RATE ON A FRESH COVER.

Ex Matz. Signed Ashbrook and with his plate position notes

7,250
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