The central motif is a portrait of Jefferson Davis, designed and line engraved on steel by John Archer, and then transferred to steel printing plates. This is the same engraving as the “Frame-Line” issue but without the frame lines. The plates for the Archer & Daly stamps were transferred to Columbia, South Carolina, when Richmond's fall became inevitable in late 1864. The stamps were then printed by the company of Keatinge & Ball. There were approximately 7,500,000 stamps printed from two plates, each with two panes of one hundred. The imprint is “Keatinge & Ball, Bank Note Engravers, Columbia, S.C.”; Plates 1 and 2. Full sheets of two hundred are known. The earliest recorded date of use is October 4, 1864. Colors vary from blue to deep blue and dull blue. The most typical use was to pay the ten-cent letter rate.
See Archer & Daly for their printings of this same design.