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The Civil War, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection continued...

Engraved Issues (Scott 11-13) continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
298   Image20c 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 (Image)

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600.00

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
299   Image20c 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 (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $2,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
300 bl Image20c 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 (Image)

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$ 3,500.00

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
301 c Image20c 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 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $600.00
Will close during Public Auction
302 c Image20c 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. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
303 c Image20c 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 (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
304 c Image20c 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 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
305 c Image20c 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 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,100.00
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306   Image20c 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 (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction

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