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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.