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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

Category — Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
224
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 224, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Positions 45-47, horizontal strip of three with complete "LITH. OF HOYER & LUDWIG RICHMOND VA." Type 1 imprint at bottom, original gum, few h.r. and few adherences, radiant color, few flaws including thin spots, creases and small edge tears

VERY FINE APPEARANCE AND AN IMPORTANT CONFEDERATE STATES RARITY. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY APPROXIMATELY FIVE RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH SHOWING THE COMPLETE IMPRINT. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH ORIGINAL GUM.

There are at least two unused pairs of the 10c Rose showing the imprint with a portion of "Richmond" missing -- one lacks the "M" and "N", while the other lacks most of the lettering after "RI" and is also partially severed and rejoined (ex Walcott, Caspary and Murphy, Sale 795, lot 745). A vertical strip of three is also known without gum, but it only shows part of the imprint (Sale 1182, lot 310). A strip of four without gum is the largest imprint multiple we record (ex Hastings and Kilbourne, Sale 1186, lot 677).

Ex Dr. Brandon

E. 3,000-4,000
1,900
225
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 225, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Carmine Rose, "Cammann" Imprint (5 var), 10c Carmine Rose, "Cammann" Imprint (5 var)10c Carmine Rose, "Cammann" Imprint (5 var). Position 41 with top of "C" of "Cammann" in left sheet margin (listed in C.S.A. Catalogue as i3 imprint variety), beautiful rich color which we feel is the Carmine shade (5a), but accompanying certificate states Carmine Rose, large to huge margins, manuscript cancel, tiny coal speck inclusion with nearly microscopic pinhole in it, faint short internal creases shows in fluid

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FIVE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE "CAMMANN" IMPRINT ON THE 10-CENT ROSE OR CARMINE LITHOGRAPH. A FASCINATING GENERAL ISSUE VARIETY.

Research by Everett Cooper (published in the Confederate Philatelist, Jan.-Feb. 1985) established that Cammann was indeed a lithographic worker, but Cooper connected the "Cammann" imprint to work performed for J. T. Paterson (two Confederate banknotes printed by J. T. Paterson and bearing the Cammann imprint were offered in Sale 1071, lot 4518). It is known that the Paterson firm acquired some of Hoyer & Ludwig's equipment and employed a number of lithographers who had previously worked for Hoyer & Ludwig. The 5c Blue and 10c Rose lithographed stamps, which have always been attributed exclusively to Hoyer & Ludwig, could well have been printed by both Hoyer & Ludwig and J. T. Paterson, with the Hoyer & Ludwig imprint on the 10c stone left unchanged during the later Paterson printings. The addition of the "Cammann" imprint on 5c Blue and 10c Rose stamps tends to support Cooper's theory that a portion of the printing took place at the Paterson firm.

This stamp is the basis of the illustration in the 1929 Dietz book (p. 119). Ex Knapp, Hall and Freeman. With 2014 P.F. certificate as "Carmine Rose"

E. 4,000-5,000
3,000
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226
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 226, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Deep Rose (5 var), 10c Deep Rose (5 var)10c Deep Rose (5 var). Horizontal pair, original gum, enormous margins all around including sheet margin at bottom, radiant color, left stamp trivial natural inclusion not mentioned on either accompanying certificate

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB ORIGINAL-GUM PAIR OF THE 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH ISSUE IN THE DEEP ROSE COLOR..

Ex Birkinbine, "Scarsdale" and Kilbourne. With 1982 and 1999 P.F. certificates

4,900
5,000
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227
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 227, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose, "Big Shift" Replaced Transfer (5 var), 10c Rose, "Big Shift" Replaced Transfer (5 var)10c Rose, "Big Shift" Replaced Transfer (5 var). Positions 14-15, horizontal pair, left stamp (Position 14) shows re-entry with significant doubling of large part of design, original gum, large margins, fresh and bright color, small thin visible beneath hinge remnant

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THIS REMARKABLE VARIETY -- ALSO THE ONLY RECORDED MULTIPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE WITH A SHIFTED TRANSFER.

The C.S.A. Catalog discusses the 10c Rose Replaced or Shifted Transfers (p. 332) and states that there is only one multiple recorded containing a shift. They are constant varieties (not transient), and are rare with between one and six recorded from seven positions on the printing stone. Opinions differ on how and why they were created. The lack of large multiples and general scarcity of the 10c Rose has hampered their study.

Ex Knapp, Hall and Kilbourne

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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228
ngbl
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 228, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Block of four, unused (no gum), large margins to barely in at top left, bright color, few tiny thin spots, three are Fine-Very Fine appearance, the bottom right stamp appears Extremely Fine, ex Freeman, Scott value as original-gum block $12,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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229
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 229, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Huge even margins all around, vivid color, light cancel

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. A SUPERB USED EXAMPLE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE, GRADED SUPERB 98 BY P.S.E.

This is the highest graded example we have offered of the 10c Rose, which many regard as the most beautiful Confederate States General Issue.

With 1999 P.F., 1990 and 2019 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $3,000.00). We are unsure why SMQ is so low, since this stamp brought $4,500 hammer in our 2019 Rarities sale

400
3,250
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230
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 230, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Positions 36-38, horizontal strip of three, three large margins, clear to just in at left, bright color, neat "Houston Miss. Jun. 26" circular datestamps, left stamp light horizontal crease at top which is inconsequential as this stamp has the smallest margins of the three, Fine-Very Fine appearing and scarce used strip of three, ex Powell and Fekete, with 2014 P.F. certificate

3,000
1,100
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231
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 231, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). A phenomenal stamp with full corner sheet margins and huge margins all around, small sealed margin tear, faint pre-use crease and minor gum soaks, paying new 10c rate and tied by "Salisbury N.C. Jul. 10, 1861 [sic]" circular datestamp -- used in 1862, but the old year date left in place -- on small prisoner's cover to Elias Dill in Gray, Maine, endorsed "From a prisoner of war", manuscript "ExNK" and "W B Haslett" examiners' marks, manuscript "Due 3" for unpaid U.S. postage

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING AND SPECTACULAR STAMP. ONE OF THREE RECORDED PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH. ONE OF THE OTHERS, KNOWN TO ANTRIM AND PICTURED IN HIS BOOK, WAS DESCRIBED AS "PERHAPS THE MOST DESIRABLE OF ALL THE CONFEDERATE PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS", AN OPINION THAT CERTAINLY APPLIES TO THIS COVER.

This cover is offered with original letter enclosure, datelined "Salisbury N.C. June 20, '62", written by Major Daniel M. Dill to his father. Military service records sourced from the internet report: Major Dill entered service as private; promoted to Corporal, Dec. 26, 1861; taken prisoner at Fair Oaks Va., May 31, 1862; confined in Libby Prison, Salisbury, N.C, and Belle Isle in the James River opposite Richmond; exchanged Sep. 15, 1862. He was promoted to Captain in the 6th Regiment, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 1, 1863; to Major of U. S. Volunteers by brevet, Mar. 13, 1865; mustered out at Wilmington, N. C, Sep. 20, 1865.

Major Dill's letter notes that living conditions in Salisbury prison were acceptable. At this point Salisbury held no more than 600 prisoners, who were well-fed and housed in decent quarters. Two years later, 10,000 prisoners arrived and turned Salisbury into the "Most lothsome dunguns in Rebeldom". Major Dill informs his father to leave envelopes unsealed for censoring by U.S. authorities.

We record only three 10c Rose lithographs on prisoner-of-war covers (not counting civilian flag-of-truce covers or a single turned cover re-mailed with a 10c Rose). Each of the three was sent from Salisbury Prison (see Sales 1208, lot 296 and 1087, lot 581). Ex Freeman

E. 7,500-10,000
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232
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 232, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Enormous margins all around, just the bottom right corner slightly cut in, small margin scuff at bottom left, tied by blue "Greenwood Miss. Dec. 10" circular datestamp with date in manuscript on Jefferson Davis Medallion and 7 Stars Patriotic cover (JD-1A) to Fort Gibson Miss., cover with couple small holes and minor edge flaws

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH ON A JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC COVER.

Patriotic covers bearing the 10c Rose are rare and desirable, and they are extremely rare used on Jefferson Davis Medallion Patriotics. A Power Search review failed to find another example.

Ex Dr. Brandon. With 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 4,000-5,000
2,100
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233
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 233, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Deep Rose (5 var), 10c Deep Rose (5 var)10c Deep Rose (5 var). Large margins all around, brilliant color, tied by "Victoria Tex. Mar. 22" (1863) circular datestamp on folded letter from cotton exporters in Victoria to Jose San Roman in Brownsville Texas, letter discusses cotton shipment, faint dampstains

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH COVERS ORIGINATING IN TEXAS, OF WHICH FEWER THAN A HALF-DOZEN ARE KNOWN.

Our Levi records contain five 10c Rose (any shade) covers from Texas, of which only one is in condition anywhere near comparable to the cover offered here. This cover to Jose San Roman, a well-known blockade-runner and supplier to the Confederate government, was postmarked at Victoria on March 22, 1863, just eight days before one of the two known Victoria postmaster's provisional covers was mailed, to Jose San Roman (ex Kilbourne and "D.K." collections, last offered in Siegel Sale 1022, lot 1123). Ex Kilbourne

E. 3,000-4,000
4,000
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234
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 234, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Large margins to full, brilliant color, tied by neat "Chattanooga Ten. Aug. 10, 1862" circular datestamp on orange-buff cover to Crawford Station Miss., sender's directive "Via Mobile", opening tear at top barely extends to front, Very Fine and choice stamp on a beautiful cover, with an illustrious chain of owners, ex Emerson, Knapp, Dukeshire, Myerson, Boshwit and Sharrer, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
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235
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 235, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Deep Rose (5), 10c Deep Rose (5)10c Deep Rose (5). Spectacular color which we feel is close to, if not Carmine, huge margins to full at left, tied by partly clear strike of "Unionville S.C. May 6" circular datestamp on narrow blue cover to military address in Richmond Va., Extremely Fine, a pretty cover, with 2000 C.S.A. and P.S.E. certificates, the latter as Dark Rose, with 2013 P.F. certificate as Deep Rose, whatever the correct shade identification (Dark Rose, Deep Rose or Carmine) this is a vivid and wonderful color

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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236
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 236, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Large to ample margins, tied by bold strike of "Richmond Va. Jul. 1, 1862" First Day of Universal 10c Rate circular datestamp on buff cover to Laurens C.H. S.C., endorsed at top "Private J.F. Denton, Chat Georgia", slightly reduced at left and faint waterstain at right, small nick at bottom, still Very Fine and rare First Day of 10c rate use of the 10c Rose Lithograph, the only other listed in Power Search is the Southern Express cover dated Jul. 1, 1862, ex Fisher

E. 500-750
750
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237
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 237, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Large margins to in, tied by "Mobile Ala. Jul. 22" double-circle datestamp and used as forwarding postage on yellow cover to Louisburg N.C., first used with horizontal pair of 5c Green, Stone 2 (1), large margins to just in, tied by Montgomery Ala. circular datestamp, to Mobile, red "Central Bank of Alabama" return card on flap, some edge tears, otherwise Fine, scarce and attractive use, ex Dr. Brandon

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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238
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 238, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Vertical strip of three, tied by two strikes of "Atlanta Ga. Aug. 22, 1862" circular datestamp on courthouse cover "To the Clerk of the Superior Court of Green County, Greensboro, Geo.", with manuscript "Rec'd this package from John Collison, one of the Commissioners to be forwarded by mail this 22nd August 1862 T.C. Howard P.M. Per R.M. Wall Ast P.M.", reverse signed across the seal and with manuscript at top "Recd on usual Oath of the Post Master clear to open Sept. 9th, 1862 Isaac R. Hall, Clerk", reduced at sides and repaired at right, top stamp with piece out and bottom stamp with small diagonal crease, Fine appearing and very rare strip on cover, ex Dr. Brandon, with 2005 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
600
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239
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 239, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Deep Carmine (5a var), 10c Deep Carmine (5a var)10c Deep Carmine (5a var). Huge to large margins all around, intense color in the deep end of the Carmine shade spectrum, tied by light strike of "Knoxville Ten. Jul. 16" circular datestamp on oatmeal cover to Kingston Tenn., 1862 docketing at left, barely reduced at top where opened

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST EXAMPLES OF THE 10-CENT CARMINE ON COVER. A MAGNIFICENT CONDITION RARITY.

The spectrum of Carmine shades, ranging from bright to deep, ends with this intense shade. Its existence has caused the current generation of certificate issuers to fumble the correct classification of Carmine versus Rose shades.

Ex Antrim, Weatherly, our 1983 and 1984 Rarities sales and Kilbourne. With note on back which reads "Carmine, Deepest color I ever saw, Finest copy known - 1951" and initialed "L.L.S." (Shenfield).

E. 4,000-5,000
4,000
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240
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 240, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Carmine (5a), 10c Carmine (5a)10c Carmine (5a). Huge margins including right sheet margin, intense shade and impression, tied by blue "Lynchburg Va. Aug. 1" (1862) circular datestamp on brown cover to Mocksville Va.

EXTREMELY FINE GEM 10-CENT LITHOGRAPH IN THE RARE CARMINE SHADE, TIED BY A BEAUTIFUL CONTRASTING BLUE TOWN DATESTAMP.

Ex Birkinbine and Kilbourne. With 2001 C.S.A. certificate as "Deep Rose", which the late Jack Molesworth crossed out and changed to "Carmine" -- we agree with his expert judgment that the color is Carmine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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241
c
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 241, Lithographed Issues (Scott 5)10c Carmine (5a), 10c Carmine (5a)10c Carmine (5a). Ample to large margins, tied by indistinct town cancel on orange cover to Conwayboro S.C., vertical file fold affects stamp which has small repair including painting in of portions of design at top left and bottom right, missing side flap at right, appears Very Fine, a scarce shade on cover, ex Murphy and Hastings, with 1998 P.F. certificate, Scott value $5,000.00

E. 500-750
375
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