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Sale 864 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2003

Category — Essays and Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 1, Essays and Proofs1c Black, Die Essay on India, "Six Cents" (5-E2), 1c Black, Die Essay on India, "Six Cents" (5-E2)1c Black, Die Essay on India, "Six Cents" (5-E2). Cut to shape as always and mounted on card, crisp impression

VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "SIX CENTS" ESSAY.

According to an essay published in Ashbrook's One-Cent book, a 6c stamp was contemplated to pay the single-letter rate for distances over 3,000 miles. According to Brazer, it appears that the 6c was changed to 1c because of the need for this value.

Ex Tiffany.

1,750
2,500
2
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 2, Essays and ProofsRawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, 3c Blue, Die Essay on India (11-E1), Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, 3c Blue, Die Essay on India (11-E1)Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, 3c Blue, Die Essay on India (11-E1). Full margins except small nick just in at top, detailed impression and color, small nick at bottom right

VERY FINE. THE ONLY REPORTED EXAMPLE OF THIS RAWDON, WRIGHT, HATCH AND EDSON ESSAY IN BLUE.

Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, the firm that printed the 1847 Issue, competed for and lost the contract for the new series to Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. There are several similarities between this design and the 1847 Issue, the most obvious being the "Post Office" label at top.

2,500
10,000
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3
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 3, Essays and ProofsGavit & Co., 3c Cool Black, Die Essay on Proof Paper (11-E4e), Gavit & Co., 3c Cool Black, Die Essay on Proof Paper (11-E4e)Gavit & Co., 3c Cool Black, Die Essay on Proof Paper (11-E4e). 23 x 27mm, crisp impression, Very Fine and choice, scarce

450
450
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4
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 4, Essays and ProofsDraper, Welsh & Co., 3c Cool Black, Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (11-E7c), Draper, Welsh & Co., 3c Cool Black, Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (11-E7c)Draper, Welsh & Co., 3c Cool Black, Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (11-E7c). Detailed impression, Very Fine and choice

150
500
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5
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 5, Essays and ProofsDraper, Welsh & Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India (11-E8a), Draper, Welsh & Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India (11-E8a)Draper, Welsh & Co., 3c Black, Die Essay on India (11-E8a). 23 x 27mm, bright shade, trivial paper imperfections as usually found on this fragile paper, otherwise Very Fine

250
280
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6
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 6, Essays and Proofs12c Brown Violet, Die Essay on Wove (17-E2 var), 12c Brown Violet, Die Essay on Wove (17-E2 var)12c Brown Violet, Die Essay on Wove (17-E2 var). Stamp size, differs from issued design in absence of tiny crosses in center rows of diamonds at top, sides and bottom, Very Fine, rare, Scott Catalogue only lists this essay on India, and undercatalogues it at $750.00

E. 1,000-1,500
575
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7
S
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 7, Essays and Proofs30c Orange, Plate Proof on Card, Specimen Ovpt. (38P4S), 30c Orange, Plate Proof on Card, Specimen Ovpt. (38P4S)30c Orange, Plate Proof on Card, Specimen Ovpt. (38P4S). Large margins to clear, brilliant color, Very Fine, a rare Specimen overprint on card proof

E. 300-400
475
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8
S
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 8, Essays and Proofs1c Blue, Reprint, Plate Proof on Card, Blue Handstamped Specimen Ovpt. (40P3S), 1c Blue, Reprint, Plate Proof on Card, Blue Handstamped Specimen Ovpt. (40P3S)1c Blue, Reprint, Plate Proof on Card, Blue Handstamped Specimen Ovpt. (40P3S). Large margins, clear overprint reading up along left, fresh color, Very Fine and rare, little is known about this handstamped Specimen, which is found only on the 1875 Reprints and Re-Issues (stamps and proofs)

E. 300-400
800
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9
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 9, Essays and Proofs10c, 24c-90c 1857 Reprint, Small Die Proofs (43P2, 45P2-47P2), 10c, 24c-90c 1857 Reprint, Small Die Proofs (43P2, 45P2-47P2)10c, 24c-90c 1857 Reprint, Small Die Proofs (43P2, 45P2-47P2). Large even margins on bright paper, 30c oxidized, others with rich colors, Extremely Fine

1,400
850
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10
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 10, Essays and Proofs12c Greenish Black, Small Die Proof on Wove (44P2), 12c Greenish Black, Small Die Proof on Wove (44P2)12c Greenish Black, Small Die Proof on Wove (44P2). Detailed impression, removed from original gray card backing, Very Fine

350
170
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11
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 11, Essays and Proofs3c Deep Orange, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E7), 3c Deep Orange, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E7)3c Deep Orange, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E7). 36 x 40mm with mirror "80" at top, mounted on card, fresh and bright color, card with small thin at top, Very Fine appearance, very rare

1,250
2,400
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12
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 12, Essays and Proofs3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E8), 3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E8)3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E8). Hinged on 22 x 27mm card, engraved portrait and lettered numerals and tablets mounted on frame, tiny corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE MODEL SUBMITTED BY THE AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY SHOWING THE WORK OF BALD, COUSLAND AND COMPANY.

The lathework frame made by American Bank Note Co. was used with the paste-on cutout of a portrait originally prepared by Bald, Cousland & Co. in competition for the 1851 Issue contract. Bald, Cousland & Co. became part of American Bank Note Company in 1858. The work on this was designed by J. P. Major.

2,500
10,000
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13
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 13, Essays and Proofs3c Dark Green, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9), 3c Dark Green, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9)3c Dark Green, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9). 28 x 33mm with mirror "81" at top, mounted on card, deep rich color, faint stain spot at far right, otherwise Very Fine, scarce essay

1,250
2,600
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14
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 14, Essays and Proofs3c Brown Yellow, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9), 3c Brown Yellow, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9)3c Brown Yellow, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9). 33 x 37mm with mirror "81" at top, mounted on card, Very Fine and choice, scarce essay

1,250
2,600
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15
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 15, Essays and Proofs3c Orange Red, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9), 3c Orange Red, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9)3c Orange Red, Frame Only Die Essay on India (65-E9). 26 x 35mm with mirror "81" at top, mounted on card, brilliant color, Very Fine and choice

1,250
2,600
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16
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 16, Essays and Proofs3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E10), 3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E10)3c Black, Die Essay on India (65-E10). On 28 x 35mm card, separately mounted vignette, denominations and tablets, intense shade, missing "3" at bottom right (as illustrated in Scott Catalogue), tiny corner crease at bottom left

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE PASTE-UP ESSAY OF THIS DESIGN, COMBINING LATEWORK BY AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY AND VIGNETTE BY BALD, COUSLAND & CO.

For background information, please see lot 12

2,500
6,250
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17
TC
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 17, Essays and Proofs3c Scarlet, First Design, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (56TC3), 3c Scarlet, First Design, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (56TC3)3c Scarlet, First Design, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (56TC3). Bottom imprint and plate no. 2 strip of four, large margins all around, bright color, two small tears at top, small thin spot at bottom of sheet margin, otherwise Very Fine, scarce position piece

1,400
800
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18
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 18, Essays and Proofs5c Black, Die Essay on India (67-E7), 5c Black, Die Essay on India (67-E7)5c Black, Die Essay on India (67-E7). Mounted on 22 x 27mm card, separately mounted vignette, denominations and tablets, intense shade

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE ESSAY FOR THE 5-CENT DESIGN WITH FRAME PREPARED BY AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. AND VIGNETTE PREPARED BY BALD, COUSLAND AND CO.

This essay for the 5c denomination combines elements from two printers. Bald, Cousland merged with American Bank Note Co. in 1858, and A.B.N. submitted several paste-up designs as models for the 1861 Series contract (see lots 12 and 16). The "12 & -1/2 Cents" label at bottom was probably taken from previous work for the Canadian government.

2,500
6,250
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19
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 19, Essays and Proofs(Unstated Value) Dull Violet, Die Essay on White Paper (79-E12a), (Unstated Value) Dull Violet, Die Essay on White Paper (79-E12a)(Unstated Value) Dull Violet, Die Essay on White Paper (79-E12a). 23 x 28mm, fresh and bright color, few adherences on back, Very Fine and rare essay, its producer is unknown

1,000
2,600
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20
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 20, Essays and Proofs(Unstated Value) Blue, Die Essay on Bluish Paper (79-E12b), (Unstated Value) Blue, Die Essay on Bluish Paper (79-E12b)(Unstated Value) Blue, Die Essay on Bluish Paper (79-E12b). 23 x 28mm, deep rich color, faint toning at bottom left, few adherences on back, otherwise Very Fine, rare essay, its producer is unknown

1,000
2,600
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21
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 21, Essays and Proofs3c Blue & Black, Die Essay on White Wove (79-E32), 3c Blue & Black, Die Essay on White Wove (79-E32)3c Blue & Black, Die Essay on White Wove (79-E32). 34 x 40mm, perforated vignette removed and frame mounted over 18 x 23mm Washington vignette, frame original gum, h.r., fresh colors, small gum toned spot in portrait

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPOSITE ESSAY SUBSTITUTING WASHINGTON'S PORTRAIT FOR THE NORMAL LIBERTY HEAD VIGNETTE.

Illustrated in Brazer (where described as "very rare") and Scott Catalogue. Undercatalogued in Scott at $1,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
7,500
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22
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 22, Essays and Proofs1c Gray, Die Essay on Stamp Paper, Perf 12, Gummed (112-E5a), 1c Gray, Die Essay on Stamp Paper, Perf 12, Gummed (112-E5a)1c Gray, Die Essay on Stamp Paper, Perf 12, Gummed (112-E5a). Original gum, h.r., Jumbo margins, bright color, natural pre-printing paperfold at top, Very Fine and very rare, illustrated in Brazer

2,250
2,800
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23
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 23, Essays and Proofs1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-122P4). Large margins, fresh and bright colors, Very Fine and choice

905
625
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24
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 24, Essays and Proofs1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (145P2a), 1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (145P2a)1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (145P2a). Large margins, bright color, Very Fine and choice, scarce as very few were printed

1,200
1,800
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25
TC
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 25, Essays and Proofs1c-90c 1873 Designs, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (156TC-166TC), 1c-90c 1873 Designs, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (156TC-166TC)1c-90c 1873 Designs, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (156TC-166TC). Complete set in brown, 1c close at right, otherwise full to large margins, deep shade on bright white paper, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

645
450
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26
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 26, Essays and Proofs7c Orange Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (160P2a), 7c Orange Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (160P2a)7c Orange Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (160P2a). Fresh and bright color, Very Fine and choice, scarce proof

1,200
1,800
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27
Ebl
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 27, Essays and Proofs2c Vermilion, Francis Patent Paper (178-E), 2c Vermilion, Francis Patent Paper (178-E)2c Vermilion, Francis Patent Paper (178-E). Block of four with sheet margin at right, large margins, hinged on paper which states "Unsized Paper - showing effects of gumming. Continental - Plate - 161 Experimental", pencil "Francis Patent" and "as Rare as 178a", few creases, scissors-separation at left between stamps, otherwise Very Fine, rare and unusual item, ex Steinmetz, unlisted in Scott or Brazer

E. 400-500
1,050
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28
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 28, Essays and Proofs2c Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (183P2a), 2c Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (183P2a)2c Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (183P2a). Deep rich color (slightly oxidized), tiny thin spot, otherwise Very Fine, rare

1,200
950
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29
og
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 29, Essays and Proofs1c Gray Blue, Douglas Patent Punch (206 var), 1c Gray Blue, Douglas Patent Punch (206 var)1c Gray Blue, Douglas Patent Punch (206 var). Sheet margin at top, original gum, lightly hinged, fresh color, showing the eight patent punches in a circle, faint toning, light horizontal crease in selvage only, otherwise Very Fine, the Douglas Patent was designed to prevent the re-use of stamps through printing on two thin layers of paper, which would break apart when removed from a cover -- it is reported that some were sold at the Washington D.C. post office

190
260
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30
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 30, Essays and Proofs3c Blue Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (207P2a), 3c Blue Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (207P2a)3c Blue Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (207P2a). Rich color and detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, rare

1,200
1,800
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31
og
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 31, Essays and Proofs3c Blue Green, Douglas Patent Punch (207 var), 3c Blue Green, Douglas Patent Punch (207 var)3c Blue Green, Douglas Patent Punch (207 var). Original gum, small h.r., deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, please refer to lot 29 for an explanation of this variety

210
170
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32
TC
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 32, Essays and Proofs2c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove Paper, Imperforate Horizontally (210TC var), 2c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove Paper, Imperforate Horizontally (210TC var)2c Orange, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove Paper, Imperforate Horizontally (210TC var). Original gum, lightly hinged, choice centering with wide margins, fresh and bright color, tiny thin spot in selvage only, otherwise Extremely Fine, a rare and unusual item, unlisted in Scott

E. 300-400
525
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33
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 33, Essays and Proofs4c Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (211P2a), 4c Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (211P2a)4c Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (211P2a). Incredibly deep rich color and detailed impression, small printer's ink mark at top left, Very Fine, very rare

1,200
1,500
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34
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 34, Essays and Proofs1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (212P2a), 1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (212P2a)1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (212P2a). Large margins, deep rich color, detailed impression, Very Fine and choice, rare

1,200
1,600
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35
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 35, Essays and Proofs1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (212P2a), 1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (212P2a)1c Ultramarine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (212P2a). Rich color, some slight toning, otherwise Very Fine, rare

1,200
950
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36
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 36, Essays and Proofs2c Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (213P2a), 2c Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (213P2a)2c Green, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (213P2a). Brilliant color, fresh and Very Fine, very rare

1,200
0
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37
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 37, Essays and Proofs3c Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (214P2a), 3c Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (214P2a)3c Vermilion, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (214P2a). Large margins, intense color (barely oxidized), Very Fine, rare

1,200
1,600
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38
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 38, Essays and Proofs4c Carmine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (215P2a), 4c Carmine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (215P2a)4c Carmine, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (215P2a). Brilliant color, Very Fine, rare

1,200
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39
Pbl
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 39, Essays and Proofs1c-$5.00 Columbians, Plate Proofs on India (230P3-245P3), 1c-$5.00 Columbians, Plate Proofs on India (230P3-245P3)1c-$5.00 Columbians, Plate Proofs on India (230P3-245P3). Blocks of four, 2c with sheet margin and letter "H" at bottom, large margins all around, rich colors, few small faults often associated with this fragile paper, otherwise Very Fine, scarce set of blocks

9,120
4,000
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40
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 40, Essays and Proofs1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Hybrid Bi-Color Essays on India (285E-293E), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Hybrid Bi-Color Essays on India (285E-293E)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Hybrid Bi-Color Essays on India (285E-293E). Die sunk on approx. 201 x 152mm cards with full die sinkage, deep rich colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY PRISTINE SET OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI BI-COLOR ESSAYS.

Of the 166 sets printed in these colors, many were hybrids such as the set offered here.

3,125
2,400
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41
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Sale Number 864, Lot Number 41, Essays and Proofs-1/2c Olive Brown, Large Die Proof on India (551P1), -1/2c Olive Brown, Large Die Proof on India (551P1)-1/2c Olive Brown, Large Die Proof on India (551P1). 25 x 32mm on card, rich color, Fine

1,500
325
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42
TC
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 42, Essays and Proofs1c-50c Postage Due, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (J1TC-J7TC), 1c-50c Postage Due, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (J1TC-J7TC)1c-50c Postage Due, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs (J1TC-J7TC). Complete set in black, 1c close at left, others large even margins, fresh and Very Fine-Extremely Fine

385
270
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43
TC
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 43, Essays and Proofs1c-90c Interior, Navy, War, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs, 1c-90c Interior, Navy, War, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs1c-90c Interior, Navy, War, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs. Complete sets, Interior in Scarlet, Navy in Green and War in Blue, large even margins, bright colors, Extremely Fine

1,277
800
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44
P
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 44, Essays and Proofs1c-90c Dull Gray Blue, War, Goodall Trial Color Proofs on India (O83TC-O93TC), 1c-90c Dull Gray Blue, War, Goodall Trial Color Proofs on India (O83TC-O93TC)1c-90c Dull Gray Blue, War, Goodall Trial Color Proofs on India (O83TC-O93TC). Large margins, fresh color, usual small faults often associated with this fragile paper, otherwise Fine-Very Fine

1,650
1,400
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45
E
Sale Number 864, Lot Number 45, Essays and Proofs3c 1861 Issue Essays and Proofs, 3c 1861 Issue Essays and Proofs3c 1861 Issue Essays and Proofs. Four items: No. 79-E15e (Music Box Grill Essay), 65E printed in water-soluble ink (block of four), 65E Sensitive Ink Essay in Pale Brown Red, also 65TC Brownish Lake (small part original gum), few small faults, Fine-Very Fine group, with 2002 P.F. certificates

E. 200-300
410
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46
P
Proof Balance. Nine items incl. Nos. 156TC4 (block of four in black), 166P2, 205P2, 206P2, 218P3, 234P3 (block of four), E2P3 (block of four with part imprint at bottom), O6P2 on gray backing from Roosevelt album, and R96P4, also incl. two 210P1's cut down to resemble P4's, Nos. 205P2 and 206P2 with faint soiling, otherwise Very Fine-Extremely Fine, Scott Retail approximately

1,350
425
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