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 essays 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.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, ONLY ONE OTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE AND BEAUTIFUL ESSAY EXISTS.
The other example of this essay has the same full perforations on three sides and is s.e. at right. Therefore, it is likely that this was printed from a plate of two designs, which were then scissors-separated.
VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE SEVEN OF THE EIGHT SAFETY PAPER DESIGNS FOR THE 3-CENT THORP PATENT ESSAY.
We considered offering these as individual lots, but the opportunity to acquire such a significant group of this rare essay at once is more compelling.