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8109

CSA Catalog U-T-1, Trial Die Impression from the original Archer & Daly steel plate. The cracked steel plate was in the possession of August Dietz and this impression was included as the centerpiece of the deluxe version of his 1929 opus, The Postal Service of The Confederate States of America.  The soft piece of steel shows an intaglio of Archer & Daly’s 10¢ and appears to have served as a matrix for trial impressions of the 20¢ transfer roll as well as parts of a 20¢ note of the Planters Insurance Trust and Loan Company. Archer & Daly produced a number of Southern banknotes. There is a faint bend at one end of the impression. A wonderfully collectible showpiece. CCV $175. $180.

$180
 
Columbus Section
 

Baltimore Section
8108

CSA Catalog U-2-3b, Baltimore Section and Columbus Section of Ten Cent Altered plate – proof of each on opposite sides of paper. The altered plates, the 2¢ and the 10¢, were shipped through the blockade to Richmond. De La Rue did not print any stamps from these plates. When the plates arrived in the Confederacy, they were never used by the Confederacy. The subsequent history is speculation. One theory is that they were were captured by the North during battle. Supposedly, a federal soldier took the 10¢ altered plate and cut it into sections to give as Rebel souvenirs to friends. According to August Dietz. Frank Baptist - who printed the 5-cent stamps for Archer & Daly in 1863 - positively identified the plates. He superintended the souvenir printings of the Altered Plate. The "Columbus Section" was so called because it was moved to the Ohio State Museum in Columbus. Through the years, there have been many printings from various sections of the original plate. The Columbus Section is one of the most well known and common, the Baltimore section much more scarce. You will immediately note the differences in the two sections / sides - see the "notches" at left on the Columbus section. CCV $125. $125.

 

$125
 

9383

CSA Catalog 6-TCDf (SC 6TC1), 1862 5¢ black trial color die proof in black on glazed card, cut to stamp size, bit of edge soiling as usual for the 1862 proof, still Very Fine and Scarce, CCV $850, SCV $900. $550.

$550
 

11142

CSA Catalog 14-PP (SC 14TC5), 1¢ orange De La Rue Plate Proof on stamp paper, bottom sheet margin copy. (Scott calls this 14TC5, De La Rue Trial Color Die Proof on Wove paper but De La Rue itself considers it a plate proof, never gummed – very similar to the issued color, if not identical). Found framed at a De La Rue office in 1976 by Robson Lowe, it is accompanied by a new copy of 1976 PF certificate 057582-01 as “#14, 1¢ orange plate proof in sheet of two panes.” Light pencil marking (?) on face at right otherwise Extremely Fine. SCV $800.  $400.

$400
 

12145

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (SC#6P5), gutter pair 5¢ blue plate proof from the only known sheet (since broken up), signed PAK, slight crease in gutter as to be expected, a copy of the 1976 PF Certificate for the discovery sheet (Robson Lowe) at the time. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is most difficult to determine without a reference copy. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET A GUTTER PAIR OF THE TYPOGRAPHED ISSUE, AS THE ISSUED STAMPS WERE CUT INTO PANES OF 100 before being shipped by blockade runner from England. CCV $1,200.  $750.

$750


10679d

CSA U1a, 2¢ deep green on ivory vellum, Altered Plate printed by August Dietz, LR corner block, Superb. $25

 

Listed in both Proofs and CSA 14 Sections

$25


16803b

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black Ward (Philadelphia) private printing gutter strip of 4, slightly stained at top, ungummed, as printed. $25.

 

Philadelphia or Ward Private Printing: Printed in blue and black from a complete plate of 400 that was on board the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

$25


16803d

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black pair Ward (Philadelphia) private printing, ungummed, as printed, slight toning. $10

 

Philadelphia or Ward Private Printing: Printed in blue and black from a complete plate of 400 that was on board the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

$10


16803f

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black Ward (Philadelphia) private printing, ungummed, as printed, slight toning. $4.

 

Philadelphia or Ward Private Printing: Printed in blue and black from a complete plate of 400 that was on board the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

$4


16803g

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black Ward (Philadelphia) private printing, ungummed, as printed, slight toning. $4.

Philadelphia or Ward Private Printing: Printed in blue and black from a complete plate of 400 that was on board the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

$4


17530

CSA 6P5, Plate Proof, position D53, signed on verso in pencil by Robson Lowe, copy of 1976 PF certificate for full sheet (only recorded/found by Robson Lowe), CCV $150. $190.

$190


17532

CSA 6P5, Plate Proof, position D44, signed on verso in pencil by Robson Lowe, copy of 1976 PF certificate for full sheet (only recorded/found by Robson Lowe), CCV $150. $170.

$170


17551

Dietz Essay, autographed card. Designed but never submitted, Prexie era. An identical one offered on eBay January 2016 as #200818665995 and described as “unique” with “Buy it Now” price of “only” $2,500. These are indeed scarce but hardly unique. My price “slightly” more reasonable at $150.

Listed in both Miscellaneous-2 and Proofs

$150
 
17461

CSA catalog 6-TCDc (Scott 6TC1de) 1862 5¢ black trial color die proof on card, pristine both back and front, 94 mm x 109 mm, no imprint, 2017 PF Certificate, CCV $1,500.  $1,600.

$1,600

WARD

CSA Catalog 6-U1-a, Ward (or Philadelphia) Private Printing made from authentic De La Rue printing plate captured from blockade runner Bermuda and now on display in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Printed in both black and a deceptive blue and sheets were ungummed. The stamp has a dull flat appearance. The outer frame line is slighter thicker than the genuine and the letters are not as thick. On most examples, Davis’ hair blends into the background. $5.

$5

17666

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (SC#6P5), gutter pair 5¢ blue plate proof from the only known sheet (since broken up), one stamp signed Robson Lowe, the other by PA Kaufmann, slight crease in gutter as to be expected, copy of 1976
PF Certificate for the discovery sheet (Robson Lowe). Positions B95/D5. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is difficult to determine without a reference copy. CCV $1,200, SCV $375. $500.

 

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET A GUTTER PAIR OF THE TYPOGRAPHED ISSUE, AS THE ISSUED STAMPS WERE CUT INTO PANES OF 100 before being shipped by blockade runner from England.

$500

17666a

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (SC#6P5), 5¢ blue plate proof from the only known sheet (since broken up), signed Robson Lowe, copy of 1976 PF Certificate for the discovery sheet by Robson Lowe in the De La Rue offices. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is difficult to determine without a reference copy. Marked in pencil [Position] A27 by Lowe and handstamped with “Philatelic Foundation Cert. 57584 (signed) Robson Lowe Agent for De La Rue.” CCV and SCV both $150. $300.

$300

17666d

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (SC#6P5), 5¢ blue plate proof, marked in pencil Position D16. from the only known sheet (since broken up), signed by PA Kaufmann, copy of 1976 PF Certificate for the discovery sheet by Robson Lowe in the De La Rue offices. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is difficult to determine without a reference copy. CCV and SCV both $150. $150.

$150

17666f

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (SC#6P5), pair 5¢ blue plate proof, positions B85/B86 from the only known sheet (since broken up), 1 stamp signed Robson Lowe, the other PA Kaufmann, copy of 1976 PF Certificate for the discovery sheet (Robson Lowe). The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is difficult to determine without a reference copy. CCV and SCV $150 for a single. $325.

$325

17379

10¢ Black Altered Atlanta Plate section of 70, CSA Catalog #U-2-1d (CCV $150), circa 1920, printed on enameled card stock by August Dietz, Sr., proof quality, 10 ¾” x 9 3/8,” Superb. Does not fully fit on scanner bed, thus margins are not “true” in scan image. $150.

$150

17380

10¢ Black Altered Atlanta Plate section of 70, Atlanta Plate, CSA Catalog #U-2-1d (CCV $150), circa 1920, printed on enameled stock by August Dietz, Sr., proof quality, 13 ¼ ” x 9 ¾,” Superb. Does not fully fit on scanner bed, thus margins are not “true” in scan image. $150.

$150

17387

2¢ Green Altered Plate sheet of 100, CSA Catalog #U-1-b, ungummed as issued, with inscription at bottom, “Commemorating the 69th Annual Convention of the American Philatelic Society, Norfolk, Virginia, September 21, 22, 23 & 24, 1955.” Superb. CCV $50. $50.

$50

17805

5¢ Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Large Die Proof on Glazed Card (CSA Catalog 6-TCDc, Scott 6TC1), 92 x 60mm, some oxidation as often seen which assures it is an 1862 proof, appears Very Fine, CCV $1,500. $600.

 $600

17806

5¢ Black, De La Rue, Trial Color Large Die Proof on Glazed Card (CSA Catalog 6-TCDf, Scott 6TC1), cut to stamp size and mounted on small card, bit of toning around edges, CCV $850. $350.

 $350

17807

CSA 6P5, Plate Proof, position A36 (penciled in Robson Lowe handwriting), penciled RHW Co. on verso in pencil by Raymond H. Weill Co., Very Fine, from the discovery sheet found by Robson Lowe in the De La Rue offices. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is difficult to determine without a reference copy. CCV $150. $150.

 $150

17808

CSA 6P5, Plate Proof, block of 4, positions D45-46/D55-56 with positions and Robson Lowe signatures on back of each, Very Fine, from the discovery sheet found by Robson Lowe in the De La Rue offices. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is difficult to determine without a reference copy. CCV $600 as singles. $600.

 $600

17809

CSA 6P5, Plate Proof, cross-gutter pair, top single signed PA Kaufmann and bottom Robson Lowe, usual crease in gutter as with all. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is most difficult to determine without a reference copy. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GET A GUTTER PAIR OF THE De La Rue TYPOGRAPHED ISSUE, AS THE ISSUED STAMPS WERE CUT INTO PANES OF 100 before being shipped by blockade runner from England. CCV $1,200. $650.

$650

17810

2¢ black, with frame lines, Trial Color Die Proof on Wove (CSA Catalog 8-TCDb). Margins showing full frame lines at bottom and left, intense shade, couple small thin spots. Fine appearing example of the rare 2-cent Confederate “Black Jack” trial color proof. All the known examples of the 2¢ Engraved essay/proof have frame lines, unlike the issued stamp. For this reason, it is can be argued they should be classified as essays. The Scott listings for this and the even rarer example in blue were clarified in the 2014 Specialized Catalogue. However, they are still listed as trial color proofs, and thus so listed here. CCV $4,000 for an example cut close showing no frame lines. RARE! $2,600.

$2,600

17811

1¢ black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Glazed Card (CSA Catalog 14-TCDb). Cut to large-margined stamp size, oxidation around edges as usually encountered on CSA glazed card proofs, otherwise Very Fine, RARE! ex Fekete, Scott CV as full size $2,250, CCV $1,250. $900.

 $900
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