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Sale 890 — The Lake Shore Collection of U.S. Essays and Proofs (Part 1)

Sale Date — Wednesday, 2 February, 2005

Category — Trans-Mississippi Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
541
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 541, Trans-Mississippi Issue1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Bi-Color Essays on India (285E-293E), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Bi-Color Essays on India (285E-293E)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Bi-Color Essays on India (285E-293E). Die sunk on approximately 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. The set offered here is die sunk and in exceptionally fresh condition.

3,125
3,500
542
P
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 542, Trans-Mississippi Issue1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1). Die sunk on approximately 157 x 107mm cards with full die sinkage, deep rich colors, accompanied by letter from Third Assistant Postmaster General dated July 30, 1898 and addressed to "Mr. R.H. Russell, Publisher, New York N.Y.", contents reads "I take pleasure in sending you herewith a set of die-proofs of the Trans-Mississippi series of postage stamps. The thanks of the Department are again tendered for the kind permission given by you to use the two Remington pictures constituting part of the designs for this series of stamps" and signed by John Merritt, few with light toned spots

VERY FINE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WITH AN HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT LETTER RELATING TO THE SUBJECTS OF THEIR DESIGN.

Scott Retail with no premium for the important letter

6,050
7,500
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543
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 543, Trans-Mississippi Issue(1c) Black, Large Die Essay on India, Vignette Only (285-E4), (1c) Black, Large Die Essay on India, Vignette Only (285-E4)(1c) Black, Large Die Essay on India, Vignette Only (285-E4). Die sunk on 92 x 83mm card with full die sinkage, Very Fine and choice, scarce essay, only four are recorded

2,500
1,700
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544
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 544, Trans-Mississippi Issue2c Dark Bone Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8), 2c Dark Bone Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8)2c Dark Bone Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8). 59 x 47mm and mounted on 200 x 152mm card, rich colors, trivial toning not mentioned on accompanying certificate, appears Very Fine, Scott Catalogue prices the "normal" bicolor (black vignette with Dark Red frame) at $300.00 and the twelve other color combinations at $2,000.00, with 2001 P.F. certificate

300
1,050
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545
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 545, Trans-Mississippi Issue2c English Red & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8), 2c English Red & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8)2c English Red & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8). 60 x 47mm and mounted on 201 x 152mm card, bright colors, Very Fine, Scott Catalogue prices the "normal" bicolor (black vignette with Dark Red frame) at $300.00 and the twelve other color combinations at $2,000.00, with 2001 P.F. certificate

300
625
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546
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 546, Trans-Mississippi Issue2c Garnet Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8), 2c Garnet Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8)2c Garnet Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8). Die sunk on 206 x 157mm card with full die sinkage, rich colors, Very Fine, Scott Catalogue prices the "normal" bicolor (Black vignette with Dark Red frame) at $300.00 and the twelve other color combinations at $2,000.00, with 2001 P.F. certificate

300
1,050
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547
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 547, Trans-Mississippi Issue2c Claret Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8), 2c Claret Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8)2c Claret Brown & Black, Die Essay on India (286-E8). Die sunk on 76 x 66mm card with full die sinkage, rich colors, Very Fine, Scott Catalogue prices the "normal" bicolor (Black vignette with Dark Red frame) at $300.00 and the twelve other color combinations at $2,000.00, with 2001 P.F. certificate

300
850
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548
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 548, Trans-Mississippi Issue(50c) Black, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (291-E1), (50c) Black, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (291-E1)(50c) Black, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (291-E1). Die sunk on 90 x 82mm card with full die sinkage, crisp impression

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLE DIE ESSAY FOR THE VIGNETTE OF THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, FROM THE FIRST STATE OF THE DIE.

The essay offered here, from the earliest state of the die, does not show any of the mountains in the background or any sky.

3,750
2,400
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549
E
Sale Number 890, Lot Number 549, Trans-Mississippi Issue(50c) Black, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (291-E7), (50c) Black, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (291-E7)(50c) Black, Vignette Only, Die Essay on India (291-E7). Die sunk on 92 x 83mm card with full die sinkage, intense impression

VERY FINE.A BEAUTIFUL VIGNETTE-ONLY ESSAY FOR THE 50-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

Believed to be unique.

3,750
8,500
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