Authentication Service History

The Confederate Stamp Alliance has operated an authentication service since it was formally orThe Confederate Stamp Alliance Authentication Service was organized on October 1, 1945, as the Authentication Committee. In 2006 the name was changed to the Authentication Service.
The purpose of the Authentication Service is to determine the authenticity of Confederate stamps and covers, as well as the validity of other items that entered the Confederate mail system or were to or from Confederate prisoners. Forgeries of Confederate stamps and covers date back to the 1860s and can be quite deceptive.

The Authentication Service is composed of up to ten members. Items submitted for authentication are circulated among three or more members in addition to the Chairman. Collectors with detailed knowledge of specific areas are also consulted. A consensus must be reached by the members who examine each item as to its authenticity. If a consensus cannot be reached by the members, a certificate of “No Opinion” is issued. The turnaround time from submission to the issuance of a certificate can be 60 to 90 days.

The Authentication Service maintains a reference collection of fake and genuine material. The purpose is twofold: It gets dangerous material off the market and it aids in the examination of items. A donation to the Authentication Service Reference Collection is tax deductable. Any item submitted for authentication which is subsequently donated to the Reference Collection within 6 months of a certificate being issued will have the authentication fee waived or refunded.

If you wish to donate material to the Reference Collection contact the Chairman, Francis Crown. The Service seeks genuine, as well as fraudulent material - particularly scare postmarks, unusual shades or anything that may be used for comparison with submitted items. The Authentication Service Reference Collection is a good home for faulty but scarce stamps and covers.

The Authentication Service Application form contains the conditions and fees for items submitted for authentication. Applications can be downloaded from the Authentication Service link on the CSA website. Applications are also available from the Francis Crown at P.O. Box 278, Capshaw, AL 35742 or by email from fcrown@knology.net

COMMITTEE/SERVICE MEMBERS
Chairman Emeritus
1950                          August Dietz, Sr.
1998                          Charles E. Kilbourne
2003                          Billy Matz
2009                          Jerry S. Palazolo
Chairman
1945 - 1948 Lawrence L. Shenfield
1949                          August Dietz, Sr.
1950                          Lawrence L. Shenfield
1951                          Sylvester Colby
1952 - 1968 Lawrence L. Shenfield
1968 - 1993  Morris Everett
1993 - 1996    Warren H. Sanders
1997 - 1998 Peter W. W. Powell
1998 - 2008
Jerry S. Palazolo
2009 - 2016
Francis J. Crown, Jr.
2016 -
John L. Kimbrough, MD
Recording Secretary
1968 - 1980 Billy Matz
1981 - 1986 
Sherrell Nunnelley
1987 - 1996 Warren H. Sanders
1996 - 2007 Patricia A. Kaufmann
2007 - 2009 Francis J. Crown, Jr.
2009 - 2010   
James L. D. Monroe
2011 -                      Stefan T. Jaronski
Committee Members
1945 - 1950 August Dietz, Sr.
1945 - 1968 Lawrence L. Shenfield
1945 - 1957   
Stanley B. Ashbrook
1949 - 1950 Ezra D. Cole
1949 - 1950 
John H. Hall
1950 - 1961 Van Dyk McBride
1950 - 1951 Stephen C. Lyon
1950 - 1951 
Haydn Myer
1957 - 1968 
A. Earl Weatherly
1962 - 1999 
Robert W. Wiseman
1968 - 1999 
Charles E. Kilbourne
1968 - 2003 Billy Matz
1968 - 1993 Morris Everett
1968 - 1970 Leonard H. Hartmann
1970 - 1987 M. Clinton McGee
1981 - 1986 
Sherrell Nunnelley
1986 - 2006 
Warren H. Sanders
1987 - 2006    
Erin R. Gunter
1983 - 2013 Peter W. W. Powell
1993 - 2008,
2016 -
Jerry S. Palazolo
1996 - 2014 Patricia A. Kaufmann
1997 - 2007    
Richard L. Calhoun
1999 - 2007 
James W. Bowman
2004 - 2016            Francis J. Crown, Jr.
2006 -                      John L. Kimbrough
2007 -                      A. Eugene Lightfoot
2008 -                      Steven M. Roth
2009 - 2010  
James L. D. Monroe
2009 -                      Richard F. Murphy
2010 -                      Kevin P. Andersen
2015 -                      Wayne Farley
2015 -                      Randolph P. Smith
2016 -
Tony Crumbley
Members Emeritus
2013 -                      Peter W. W. Powell
2014 -                      Patricia A. Kaufmann
2016 -
Francis J. Crown, Jr.

 

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