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Sale 816 — The Falk Finkelburg Collection of U.S. Essays & Proofs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 29 September, 1999

Category — 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1091
P
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1091, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c10c Green, Ty. I., Large Die Proof on India (13P1), 10c Green, Ty. I., Large Die Proof on India (13P1)10c Green, Ty. I., Large Die Proof on India (13P1). Die sunk on 97 x 102mm card, sharp impression and deep rich color, clearly showing layout lines from the die, natural inclusions normally associated with India paper

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE ORIGINAL LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE TYPE I 10-CENT 1855 ISSUE.

Neinken notes in his book on the 10c stamp that it is likely that design and production of the 10c 1855 was rushed. The new 10c rate went into effect on April 1, 1855 and the new stamps were not placed into use until May. The die proof shows slips of the engraver's tool, and the overall layout is slightly skewed.

A highly exhibitable item

5,000
4,250
1092
TC
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1092, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1), 10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1)10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1). Die sunk on 62 x 77mm card, showing layout lines from the die, Very Fine and choice, rare

2,750
4,750
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1093
TC
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1093, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1), 10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1)10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (13TC1). 46 x 58mm, on card, showing layout lines from the die, fresh and Very Fine, rare

2,750
2,100
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1094
TC
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1094, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India, Cut to Shape (13TC1), 10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India, Cut to Shape (13TC1)10c Black, Ty. I, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India, Cut to Shape (13TC1). Two, both appear to have been either gummed or have some adhesive used on back, one with overall toning, some faults incl. thin spots, both appear Very Fine, also includes additional Large Die Proof (13P1) cut to size, these can be distinguished as die proofs by the presence of layout lines at top, Scott Retail as full large die proofs

10,500
1,000
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1095
P
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1095, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c12c Black, Large Die Proof on India (17P1), 12c Black, Large Die Proof on India (17P1)12c Black, Large Die Proof on India (17P1). 40 x 46mm, on card, bright shade and fine impression clearly showing the detailed background, prominent layout lines from the die, showing unusual recut or slip of the engraver's tool at bottom right

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ORIGINAL LARGE DIE PROOF OF THE 12-CENT 1851 ISSUE.

Brookman notes that the right inner frameline of the 12c die was weak at bottom right between the rosette and the bottom frameline. He also notes that 4 out of 5 positions on Plate 1 were subsequently recut in this problem area.

We are able to detect two thin lines in this part of the design. This indicates either that the engraver's tool slipped causing a weak area, or that the original engraving was extremely weak, and the engraver had to be retouch this area on the original die. If the latter explanation is true, then his efforts to strengthen the area apparently were not successful given the many recut positions.

Illustrated in Brookman

5,000
11,500
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1096
P
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1096, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c12c Black, Pl. III, Plate Proof on India (36P3), 12c Black, Pl. III, Plate Proof on India (36P3)12c Black, Pl. III, Plate Proof on India (36P3). Large margins all around, slightly mottled impression, faint horizontal crease at bottom, otherwise Very Fine

1,250
425
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1097
P
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1097, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c12c Black, Pl. III, Plate Proof on India (36P3), 12c Black, Pl. III, Plate Proof on India (36P3)12c Black, Pl. III, Plate Proof on India (36P3). Horizontal pair, large margins to just in at top left, intense shade and impression, tiny scrape at top right, otherwise Fine-Very Fine pair

2,500
2,400
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1098
P
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1098, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c24c Lilac, Plate Proof on India (37P3), 24c Lilac, Plate Proof on India (37P3)24c Lilac, Plate Proof on India (37P3). Horizontal pair and two singles, pair and one single ample to large margins, other single three ample to large margins incl. part imprint at right, just in at bottom, Fine-Very Fine group

5,000
2,400
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1099
P
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1099, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c24c Lilac, Imperforate (37a), 24c Lilac, Imperforate (37a)24c Lilac, Imperforate (37a). Huge margins all around incl. sheet margin at bottom, deep shade, Extremely Fine and choice

1,500
900
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1100
TC
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1100, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c24c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (37TC1), 24c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (37TC1)24c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (37TC1). 46 x 43mm, on card, showing layout lines from the die, fresh and Very Fine, very rare, unlisted as a large die in Black in Scott, even the plate proof on wove is unpriced

E. 2,000-3,000
6,500
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1101
TC
Sale Number 816, Lot Number 1101, 1851 Issue Proofs - 10c to 24c24c 1860 Issue, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (37TC5), 24c 1860 Issue, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (37TC5)24c 1860 Issue, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (37TC5). Eight different colors identified by Finkelburg as Orange, Light Orange, Red Brown, Claret Brown, Orange Yellow, Deep Blue, Black and Dull Gray Lilac, all have ample to large margins, few minor faults, all appear Very Fine, a rare and attractive group

2,400
2,400
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