Sale 857 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 February, 2003

Category — Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1001
E
Sale 857, Lot 1001, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)Washington Vignette, Black Die Essay on India (Unlisted). Die sunk on 95 x 153mm card with full die sinkage, fresh and Very Fine, we cannot attribute this vignette to any stamp issue

E. 100-150
280
1002
E
Sale 857, Lot 1002, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)New York N.Y., 5c Black, Large Die Essay on India (9X1-E1a). Die sunk on 60 x 114mm card with full die sinkage, Very Fine and choice

450
900
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1003
TC
Sale 857, Lot 1003, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)New York N.Y., 5c Black on Yellow Bond, Reprint Plate Proof (9X1RP var). Position 9 from sheet of nine, bright color, Very Fine and choice, unlisted

E. 300-400
160
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1004
P
Sale 857, Lot 1004, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)Providence R.I., 5c Gray Black, Plate Proof on Thick Card (10X1P4). Large margins, bright shade, scuff at left and tear at top, otherwise Very Fine

300
230
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1005
TC
Sale 857, Lot 1005, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)Providence R.I., 5c Brown Carmine, Trial Color Plate Proof on Card (10X1TC). Brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine

250
180
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1006
P
Sale 857, Lot 1006, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Reproduction, Plate Proofs on Card (3P4-4P4). Full to large margins, intense colors, Extremely Fine

400
220
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1007
E
Sale 857, Lot 1007, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)Danforth, Bald & Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India, Double Line Frame (11-E10a). Die sunk on 149 x 225mm card with full die sinkage, pencil "No dot in T of Three" at bottom right, trivial edgewear, Very Fine

750
800
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1008
E
Sale 857, Lot 1008, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)3c Black, Vignette Proof on Thick Old Ivory Paper (11-E23b). Block of four, crisp impressions, small thin spot and trivial edgewear, Very Fine and choice, an exceedingly rare essay, none was offered in the Brazer sale

3,000
2,600
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1009
TC
Sale 857, Lot 1009, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)5c Deep Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (12TC5). Large margins, some oxidation, Very Fine

300
100
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1010
E
Sale 857, Lot 1010, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)3c Rose, Bedspring Essay (65-E). Stamp with unusual bedspring overprinting, tied by neat "Washington D.C. Mar. 14, 1863" circular datestamp on top right corner of cover, fresh and Very Fine, unusual and extremely rare essay, this trial cancellation piece is probably unique, unlisted in Scott or Brazer

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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1011
E
Sale 857, Lot 1011, Essays, Proofs and Specimens (Scott 9X1 thru 65)3c 1861 Issue, Numeral "3" Essays (65-E var). Four items, each with large "3" of slightly different design, including bottom margin horizontal pair of No. 65 with large "3" in purple and red, right margin copy of No. 65 with large "3" in blue with "0" and "100", bottom margin copy of No. 65 with imprint and faint large black "3", last is top margin perforated and gummed essay with partly hand-drawn large "3" with "1" and "100", fresh and bright colors

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXTREMELY RARE GROUP OF NUMERAL ESSAYS FOR THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE. WE ARE UNAWARE OF THE EXISTENCE OF ANY OTHERS.

Each of the esssays offered here shows a slightly different "3". The lines are thicker on some, there are double-lines on one, and one has the hollowed "3" partly filled with hand-drawn lines. These are unlisted in either Scott or Brazer, and we have been unable to find any reference to them in Essay-Proof literature. Their origin and maker remain a mystery, although they were clearly part of the many experiments to prevent cancellation removal in the 1860's.

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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