Items for Sale - Essays, Proofs and Private Printings
8109 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
8108 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 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
12145 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
17532 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
17461 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.

$1600
17666f 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
17809 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
14681 001 14681

CSA Catalog #6-TCDf, 5¢ black Trial Color Proof on glazed card, cut to stamp size, fresh, Very Fine, CSA Catalog Value $850, SCV $900, Scarce. $650.

$650
17248 001 17248

CSA 6TC1 5¢ black Trial Color Die Proof on glazed card, cut to shape, tiny surface scrapes, toning, 2006 PF certificate, SCV $900. $400.

$400
17666c 17666c

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (SC#6P5), gutter pair 5¢ blue plate proof, positions B95/D5 from the only known sheet (since broken up), 1 stamp signed Robson Lowe, the other PA Kaufmann, slight crease in gutter as to be expected, 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. 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, SCV $375. $500.

$500
ALP2 ALP2

ALP2 2¢ deep green vertical pair (CSA Catalog U-1-a) ALTERED PLATE unofficial printing. Printed by August Dietz. Extremely Fine. $10.

$10
Ward 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
WARD BK WARD-BK

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black Ward (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. 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. $5.

$5
WARD BK PR WARD-BK-PR

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black PAIR Ward (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. 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.

$10
WARD BK BLK WARD-BK-BLK

CSA Catalog 6-U-1b, 5¢ black BLOCK of 4 Ward (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. 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.

$25
WARD PR 1 WARD-PR

CSA Catalog 6-U-1a, 5¢ blue PAIR Ward (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. 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.

$10
WARD BLK 1 WARD-BLK

CSA Catalog 6-U-1a, 5¢ blue BLOCK of 4 Ward (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. 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.

$25
19806 19806

CSA Catalog 6-U-1a, 5¢ blue lower right corner blockunofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. Printed in black and a deceptive blue from a complete plate of 400 that was aboard the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. 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. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. $30.

$30
19807 19807

CSA Catalog 6-U-1a, 5¢ blue bottom sheet margin blockunofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. Printed in black and a deceptive blue from a complete plate of 400 that was aboard the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. 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. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. $30.

$30
19808 19808

CSA Catalog 6-U-1a, 5¢ blue vertical bottom sheet margin pairunofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. Printed in black and a deceptive blue from a complete plate of 400 that was aboard the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. 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. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. $15.

$15
19810 19810

CSA Catalog 6-U-1a, 5¢ blue right sheet margin single (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. Printed in black and a deceptive blue from a complete plate of 400 that was aboard the captured blockade runner Bermuda. Prints were made by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 1954 by Philip Ward. 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. The printing plate is now in the Gross Gallery of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. $5.

$5
20134 20134

CSA Catalog 6-PPa (Scott 6P5), 5¢ blue plate proof pairpositions B63-B64 from the only known sheet (since broken up), signed Robson Lowe, copy of 1976 PF Certificate for the discovery sheet by Robson Lowe. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is very difficult to determine without a reference copy. CCV and SCV $150 for a single. $325.

$325
20251 20251

CSA Catalog 6-TCDf (SC 6TC1), 1862 5¢ black trial color die proof in black on glazed card, cut to stamp size, with ample margins, nice shade and impression, Very Fine, CCV $850. N.B. Item scans with a moiré pattern not present on the actual proof which has the proper horizontal lines behind the portrait. $600.

$600
20595 20595

CSA 6P5, Plate Proof on wove, single signed Robson Lowe. The proof has a yellow cast compared to the regular issues, but is most difficult to determine without a reference copy. The only recorded sheet was found by Robson Lowe in October 1976 in the De La Rue & Co. archives in London. Lowe bought the sheet and submitted it to the Philatelic Foundation and received certificate 57 584. He signed the back of each block and they were cut into blocks and singles over the years. Some singles have signatures of Leonard H. Hartmann or PA Kaufmann, but only if they were part of a block with Lowe’s signature. CCV $150. Ex Ralph Swap. $170.

$170
21297

10¢ blue Altered Plate bottom sheet margin block of 4, Unofficial Printing. Although this printing plate for these stamps was ordered by the Confederate government, it was never put to use. It is so called because the 5¢ rate was altered to 10¢. Cut up for souvenirs, the plate sections are now in different private hands and have been used over the years to print souvenirs in many different shades. $10.

$10
21357

2¢ Altered Plate (CSA Catalog U-1-a) lower right corner block of 4, Unofficial Printing on watermarked vellum, printed by August Dietz Sr. in 1926, Showy. $25.

$25
21425
New 02-01-24

CSA Catalog 6-U1-a 5¢ blue and 6-U-1b, 5¢ black sheet margin blocks of 4 of Ward (Philadelphia) unofficial printing, ungummed as printed, Very Fine. 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. Accompanied by a Ward ad from Stamps Magazine offering the private prints for sale. Particularly nice because the black is signed on verso by Van Dyk MacBride, while the blue is signed by Peter W.W. Powell, a particularly nice collection page. $75.

$60
21428
New 02-01-24

Columbus Plate strike on special Dietz-produced page signed by Frank Baptist in his usual light ink. As noted on the print, Baptist superintended the printing as well as the original stamps produced during the war and was a valued source for August Dietz during the writing of his 1929 Confederate Postal Service opus. $90.

Francis “Frank” Baptist, Jr. (1844-1927) A member of Parker's Battery of Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia. A printer from an early age, pre-war he was employed by the Richmond Dispatch. During the war, he was detailed to assist in the printing of the Confederate 5¢ letterpress stamp (CSA 7). In 1864, he helped repulse the raid of Ulrich Dahlgren. Post-war, he continued in the printing business and was thereby personally acquainted with August Dietz, Sr.

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$90
21435
New 02-01-24

August Dietz Fac-Simile Die-Proofs. Painstakingly designed and re-drawn by Dietz in incredible detail. Sold in 1918 by Dietz in anticipation of his 1929 Confederate Postal Service opus as an enlarged set (19 cards measuring 3 ½” x 5 ½”) including all Confederate stamp designs, the so-called Liberty Head essay, an 1862 photo of Frank Baptist in uniform, the Frank Baptist-printed electrotype reprint of the Columbus Section of 9 Altered Plate, and the descriptive cover sheet. These are the copyrighted illustrations from which the Tasco forgeries were created by Howard MacIntosh (Tatham Stamp Co.) in the 1930s. The stamp designs all bear Dietz’s tiny secret marks, which made this violation easy to prove. Colors are a close approximation of the originals, but inks were mixed daily during the war, so there is no “exact” proper color. The CS 9 card has a light stain at the upper right edge, otherwise a clean set. A great study aid. $325.

$325