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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 — Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
202
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 202, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c 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, which is the finer of the two blocks of 24, was off the market for more than 50 years before it was sold in Siegel's 2018 Kilbourne auction (Sale 1186, lot 661).

Ex Kilbourne. Scott value as six blocks of four

36,000
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203
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 203, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Positions 21-22/31-32, block of four, bottom left stamp Left Top Knot variety, large margins to barely in at upper right, two light strikes of "Richmond Va. Jan. 24, 1863" circular datestamp, small thin spot at bottom left, few creases affect top stamps

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USED BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT LITHOGRAPH AND UNDOUBTEDLY UNIQUE SHOWING THE TOP KNOT VARIETY. CERTAINLY AMONG THE FINEST OF THE FEW USED BLOCKS KNOWN.

We have offered no other used blocks of this issue since 1997. A Power Search review found only one other used block, ex Nunnelley (Sale 795, lot 684 and 1981 Rarities sale).

From our 1987 Rarities sale and ex Hastings. Signed by George B. Sloane

5,000
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204
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 204, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Three large margins, touched at top, tied by bold "Charleston S.C. Feb. 7, 186-" circular datestamp on semi-official cover with manuscript endorsement "Medical Purveyors Bureau, Charleston S.C. Official", to Bee's Cross Roads S.C., with original 1863 enclosure from Francis Lee to Asst. Surgeon James Morrow, some slight edgewear and minor toning spots, Very Fine, a scarce and interesting semi-official use of the 2c Lithograph -- the envelope is unsealed, but the letter (referring to enclosed invoices) should not have qualified for circular rate, Warren census no. SC-009 and illustrated in his 2011 Congress Book article, ex Keeling, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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205
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 205, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Vertical pair, tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 22, 1863" circular datestamp on manila legal-size cover with manuscript "C.S. Patent Office, Official Business" at upper right and used within Richmond, vertical file fold at right, Very Fine, an extremely rare double drop-rate use, Warren census no. VA-051, ex Dr. Brandon, signed Dietz, Scott value for a pair on cover is $5,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
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206
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 206, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Horizontal pair, huge margins to just in at bottom, portions of adjoining stamps at top, tied by two strikes of blue "Raleigh N.C." double-circle datestamp on oversized newspaper wrapper to Haywood N.C., the wrapper is unsurprisingly creased and wrinkled, right stamp with vertical crease, edgewear, refolded at one edge (fits on an album page), otherwise Fine, a rare use of the 2c Lithograph pair on a newspaper wrapper, these were rarely saved, Warren census no. NC-19, ex Handy, Scott value for a pair on cover is $5,000.00

E. 500-750
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207
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 207, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Horizontal strip of five, Positions 42-46, large margins to just touched, tied by three neat strikes of "Atlanta Ga. Jan. 11" circular datestamps on cover to Talladega Ala., cover barely reduced at top with top flap replaced, small cover repair at top also slightly affects left stamp and is not mentioned on accompanying certificates

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A SCARCE AND ATTRACTIVE STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN ON COVER.

The addressee, "Col." Lewis E. Parsons was not a military colonel -- the title was honorary. After the war he was appointed provisional governor of Alabama and served as the state's 19th governor until December 1865. While in office he tried to purchase Florida's panhandle. After his service as governor he was elected by the legislature to the U.S. Senate, but was refused his seat.

Ex Hessel, Beals and Felton. Warren census no. GEO-013. Pictured in 2011 Congress Book on p. 36. With 1976 P.F. and 1999 C.S.A. certificates

13,500
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208
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 208, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Horizontal strip of five, ample to large margins all around, rich color, tied by three strikes of "Fayetteville N.C. Apr. 11, 1863" circular datestamp on cover to Good Springs N.C., position 1 in strip small corner margin thin, position 4 faint diagonal wrinkle, cover toning spots mostly confined to back

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH, PAYING THE 10-CENT RATE.

The Warren census records five 2c Green covers from Fayetteville, but only one with a strip of five (no. NC-007). Ex Wishnietsky. With 2014 P.F. certificate

13,500
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209
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 209, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Dark Green (3 var), 2c Dark Green (3 var)2c Dark Green (3 var). Horizontal strip of five, gorgeous deep rich color which we believe is Emerald Green, but called Dark Green on accompanying certificate, large margins to just in at top right corner, tied by "Danville Va. Mar. 24" circular datestamps on manila cover to Lynchburg Va., some waterstaining, few toned spots affect strip (mostly from gum)

VERY FINE. A SCARCE AND BEAUTIFUL STRIP OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH IN AN UNUSUAL DEEP SHADE PAYING THE 10-CENT RATE.

This is the only cover from Danville in the Warren 2c Green census (no. VA-010). Ex Dr. Brandon

13,500
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210
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 210, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Block of five, large margins to just in, affixed to back of adversity cover made from printed form and cancelled by “Anderson Tex. May 28” circular datestamp, used to Galveston Tex., second strike of circular datestamp on front of cover addressed to John N. Scott with soldier’s endorsement from member of Capt. Stevenson’s Co. I, Col. Elmore’s Regiment, some edgewear and soiling also affects stamps, horizontal crease affects two stamps (end in tear)

A FINE APPEARING AND SPECTACULAR COVER, COMBINING AN EXTREMELY RARE BLOCK OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH AND ADVERSITY USE WITHIN TEXAS. ONLY FOUR COVERS ARE RECORDED WITH A BLOCK OF ANY SIZE, AND THIS IS ONE OF THREE FROM TEXAS.

The census of 2c Green Lithograph covers by Dr. Daniel C. Warren, published in the 2011 Congress Book, lists 11 covers from Texas, including one with a block of five (not this cover) and another with a block of ten folded around the edge. This cover is not listed in the census. Adding it to the Warren tally, it becomes cover number 12 from Texas (including three with blocks), and one of four 2c Green blocks of any size known on cover.

Ex Dr. Brandon. Scott value as off-cover block of five $5,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
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211
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 211, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)2c Green (3), 2c Green (3)2c Green (3). Horizontal strip of five, large margins, tied by "Marshall Tex. Jun. 15, 1863" double-circle datestamp on rebacked cover front to Little Rock Ark., addressed to Lieutenant in Capt. Binon's Co., Col. Randall's Regiment, strip and cover expertly restored and cleaned

FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE USE OF A STRIP OF FIVE OF THE 2-CENT GREEN LITHOGRAPH FROM TEXAS TO ARKANSAS.

The census of 2c Green Lithograph covers by Dr. Daniel C. Warren, published in the 2011 Congress Book, lists 11 covers from Texas, to which one additional cover (offered in lot 210) must be added.

Ex Everett, Hill and Freeman. With 1977 and 2010 C.S.A. certificates. With 2014 P.F. certificate. Scott value as full cover $13,500.00

E. 3,000-4,000
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212
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 212, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Pane of 200 (less three stamps) with vertical gutter between, Positions 3-5 removed from left pane, over 160 stamps Mint N.H., original gum applied by brush, heavy brown gum toning on left pane, thins in top left corner block of four, two stamps with small holes, two vertical creases thru one row in each pane, many stamps with small stains

FINE-VERY FINE. THIS REMARKABLE SHEET IS THE LARGEST KNOWN MULTIPLE OF THE 1862 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH AND, IN FACT, STANDS AS THE LARGEST SURVIVING MULTIPLE OF ANY CONFEDERATE LITHOGRAPHED GENERAL ISSUE.

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. This unique artifact of Confederate philately wonderfully demonstrates the layout of the printing stone. This sheet was purchased by John R. Hill Jr. from Raymond and Roger Weill in 1987. The Weill's had purchased it from Philip Ward in 1963. It is also ex Walcott (lot 321).

Scott value as gutter pairs, blocks of four, pairs and one single

69,675
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213
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 213, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Block of 40 crossing two transfers of the transfer stone, top five rows are Positions 1-5/41-45, sequence repeated for bottom three rows, recognized plate varieties are Pos. 1 smeared "E" of "Postage", Pos. 5 scarred "E" of "Postage", Pos. 13 closed curl lower right, Pos. 21 spur upper left and Pos. 25 Goose Neck, deep rich color, large margins, original gum, usual brown gum toning and slight creasing caused by gum -- considered to be normal condition for large General Issue blocks and not even noted on accompanying certificate

A VERY FINE AND IMPRESSIVE MULTIPLE. ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN BLOCKS OF THE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH.

Only two or three larger blocks have been recorded. With 1992 C.S.A. certificate. Scott value for blocks of four and pairs (without premium for plate varieties)

12,900
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214
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 214, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Dark Blue, Stone 2 (4a), 5c Dark Blue, Stone 2 (4a)5c Dark Blue, Stone 2 (4a). Left margin block of four, unused (no gum), ample margins other sides, deep rich color, top left stamp light vertical crease, overall appears Very Fine, bottom left stamp is Extremely Fine, with 2014 P.F. certificate, Scott value as four singles with original gum

1,100
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215
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 215, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Large margins to clear, rich color, tied by "Glennville Ala. Jun. 26" circular datestamp on cover to Eufaula Ala. with "Ragland & Birch Wholesale & Retail Grocers & Commission Merchants" etc. red embossed cameo corner card, address crossed out and re-addressed to Glennville so the postage overpaid the drop letter fee, flap tears extend just into front at top of corner card, slight soiling, still Very Fine and attractive, ex Walcott and Hughes

E. 400-500
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216
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 216, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Large margins to clear, tied by neat "Charleston S.C. Jun. 25" (1862) circular datestamp on overpaid drop rate cover addressed to "Charleston P Office S.C. At the Charleston Hotel", some slight wear, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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217
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 217, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Light Milky Blue, Stone 3 (4, 4b), 5c Blue, Light Milky Blue, Stone 3 (4, 4b)5c Blue, Light Milky Blue, Stone 3 (4, 4b). Two very different shades, each with large margins to slightly in on one side, tied by two strikes of blue "Charlottesville Va. Jul. 2, 1862" double-circle datestamp on cover to Mary Spalding care of Col. Toney in Eufaula Ala., Milky Blue stamp has pre-use crease, minor edgewear, Fine and attractive use on the second day of the new 10c rate for all distances, ex Knapp and Hall

E. 300-400
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218
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 218, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Vertical pair, large margins to just in at left including bottom right corner sheet margins, tied by "Savannah Geo. May 12" circular datestamp on Screven House gray overall illustrated hotel advertising cover to Okolona Miss., Eaves N.Y. imprint, sender's route directive "Via Mobile Ala.", slightly reduced at left, some edge tears, pair with minor toning and small tear at upper right in sheet margin only

VERY FINE. A SCARCE CORNER SHEET-MARGIN PAIR OF THE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON AN OVERALL HOTEL ADVERTISING COVER.

Ex Dr. Brandon

E. 2,000-3,000
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219
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 219, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Horizontal pair, sheet margin at right, full at bottom and slightly in at top, affixed upside down and cancelled by light strike of New Orleans double-circle datestamp on 1862 gray and light violet wallpaper cover to Opelousas La., stamp with some edge toning and "surface scrapes" described on accompanying certificate, still Very Fine, a most unusual and desirable adversity cover with the wallpaper design on the outside rather than the inside of the envelope, ex Felton, with 1995 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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220
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 220, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Horizontal pair, stunning deep rich color, huge margins to touched with portions of adjoining stamps at bottom, tied by double-struck "Mobile Ala. Jun. 5, 1862" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Dr. George W. Bagby in Richmond Va., fresh, Very Fine and choice, Dr. Bagby was a prominent Virginia physician, lecturer, humorist and essayist, writing under the name "Mozis Addums", ex Gross

E. 500-750
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221
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 221, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4)5c Blue, Stone 2 (4). Used with 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), both with large margins to barely in at top, tied by bold "Charleston S.C. Aug. 23 186(?)" circular datestamp on "Dunham, Taft & Co. Manufacturers & Wholesale Dealers in Boots & Shoes, Charleston S.C." colorless embossed corner card cover to Columbia S.C., pinhole in cover not affecting stamps, Very Fine, a beautiful and very scarce combination of issues on an embossed corner card cover, ex Karrer and Gimelson, with 2015 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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222
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 222, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b), 5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b). Large margins to clear, bright shade, used with 5c Blue, De La Rue (6), tied by "Mobile Ala. Mar. 17, 1863" double-circle datestamp on oatmeal cover to Osyka Miss. and forwarded to Summit Miss., manuscript "Forwd. Due 10" at upper left, "Osyka Miss. Mar. 20" circular datestamp, stamps with light creases, Very Fine and scarce combination franking to pay the 10c rate, ex Dr. Brandon

E. 750-1,000
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223
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 223, Lithographed Issues (Scott 3-4)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b), 5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at left, tied by "Louisburgh C.H. N.C. Aug. 22" (1862) circular datestamp and used as forwarding postage on yellow cover to Petersburg Va., first used with 5c Blue, De La Rue (6), tied by "Mobile Ala. Apr. 14" double-circle datestamp, bold "5" in circle handstamp crossed out, to Louisburgh N.C., missing top flap, few edge tears, left stamp tear at top right, still Very Fine and attractive use, ex Dr. Brandon

E. 500-750
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