EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY BEAUTIFUL AND INCREDIBLY RARE DIE ESSAY FOR THE 5-CENT TAYLOR ISSUE.
This essay also exists in Black. Both should be considered extremely rare -- a note in Brazer catalogue states "(Not seen by C.W.B.)". We have sold only other other example in Blue.
EXTREMELY FINE. THE UNIQUE COMPOSITE HAND-DRAWN ESSAY FOR THE NEW 5-CENT DESIGN, WHICH WAS ISSUED IN A MODIFIED FORM IN 1875.
The new 5c stamp was created in 1875 to pay the basic 5c rate for international mail which was established by the General Postal Union.