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Sale 930 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 February, 2007

Category — Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1245
P
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1245, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues10c Orange, Special Delivery, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (E3P2a), 10c Orange, Special Delivery, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (E3P2a)10c Orange, Special Delivery, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (E3P2a). Large margins, vibrant color, Very Fine and choice, scarce as only 3-5 were produced

2,250
1,900
1246
Pbl
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1246, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues1c-50c Brown, Postage Due, Plate Proofs on India (J1P3-J7P3), 1c-50c Brown, Postage Due, Plate Proofs on India (J1P3-J7P3)1c-50c Brown, Postage Due, Plate Proofs on India (J1P3-J7P3). Matched set of bottom left corner margin blocks of four, each on card and so free from the usual defects which can plague this paper, Very Fine and choice, scarce and desirable set

810
650
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1247
Pbl
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1247, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues2c Claret, Postage Due, Plate Proof on Card (J32P4), 2c Claret, Postage Due, Plate Proof on Card (J32P4)2c Claret, Postage Due, Plate Proof on Card (J32P4). Block of four, large margins, intense shade and impression, Very Fine

475
700
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1248
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Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1248, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues1c-$20.00 Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O93P3), 1c-$20.00 Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O93P3)1c-$20.00 Officials, Plate Proofs on India (O1P3-O93P3). Complete set, incl. few pairs (several with imprint) and also 90c Post Office block of four, few small faults as usually found on this fragile paper, Fine-Very Fine, scarce set

2,000
1,200
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1249
TC
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1249, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues$2.00 Green & Brown, State, Atlanta Trial Color Proof (O71TC), $2.00 Green & Brown, State, Atlanta Trial Color Proof (O71TC)$2.00 Green & Brown, State, Atlanta Trial Color Proof (O71TC). Large margins, bright colors, Very Fine and choice

1,000
0
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1250
TC
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1250, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues$2.00 Scarlet & Blue, State, Atlanta Trial Color Proof (O71TC), $2.00 Scarlet & Blue, State, Atlanta Trial Color Proof (O71TC)$2.00 Scarlet & Blue, State, Atlanta Trial Color Proof (O71TC). Large margins, bright colors, small pinhole, thin spot at top, otherwise Very Fine

1,000
450
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1251
E
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1251, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues1c Black, Newspaper, Large Die Essay on India (PR81-E1a), 1c Black, Newspaper, Large Die Essay on India (PR81-E1a)1c Black, Newspaper, Large Die Essay on India (PR81-E1a). On 64 x 74mm card, fresh and Very Fine, scarce essay

1,350
475
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1252
TC
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1252, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues1c Newspaper, Trial Color Plate Proofs on India (PR81TC3), 1c Newspaper, Trial Color Plate Proofs on India (PR81TC3)1c Newspaper, Trial Color Plate Proofs on India (PR81TC3). Six of the seven Scott-listed colors, large margins, bright colors, usual small defects as found on this fragile paper, Very Fine appearance

720
1,000
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1253
P
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1253, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues2c-$100.00 1895 Newspaper, Large Die Proofs on India (PR102P1-PR113P2), 2c-$100.00 1895 Newspaper, Large Die Proofs on India (PR102P1-PR113P2)2c-$100.00 1895 Newspaper, Large Die Proofs on India (PR102P1-PR113P2). On approximately 151 x 198mm cards with full die sinkage, few with some toned spots, otherwise Very Fine set

1,500
750
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1254
E
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1254, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues(1c) Black, Large Die Essay on Old Ivory Paper, Franklin Carrier (LO1E-E1 -- listed in Scott on white bond paper), (1c) Black, Large Die Essay on Old Ivory Paper, Franklin Carrier (LO1E-E1 -- listed in Scott on white bond paper)(1c) Black, Large Die Essay on Old Ivory Paper, Franklin Carrier (LO1E-E1 -- listed in Scott on white bond paper). Approximately 60 x 50mm with 57 x 50mm die sinkage, unfinished die with lathework impinging on white oval and framelines complete at top and bottom, vertical and horizontal layout lines especially distinct at right, rosettes at lower right, diagonal crease and tiny thin spot

ONE OF FOUR ORIGINAL 1851 TOPPAN CARPENTER DIE PROOFS IN BLACK, OF WHICH THREE ARE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Students currently attribute the design of the Franklin Carrier to E. Pitcher. The vignette was engraved by Joseph Ives Pease after a marble bust by Caffieri. The frame is thought to have been the lathework of Asa Spencer, and the letter was by Henry Earle. At the time of production, Henry Saulnier was the siderographer.

The most recent article on Franklin Carrier die essays (Larry Lyons, Penny Post, Oct. 2003) describes three original large die essays in Black, including one in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library (ex Chase) and two in private hands (one ex Johnstone, sold in Siegel Sale 853, lot 2462, for $9,500 hammer). Based on the measurements of the three described by Lyons, it is apparent that this is the fourth recorded example. The paper is Old Ivory, not white bond. It was part of the Falk Finkelburg "reserve" collection, and this could be the first time it has ever been offered at auction.

Ex Slater (pencil note on back "A. B. Slater"). Scott value for LO1-E1 on white bond paper is $10,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
14,000
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1255
TC
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1255, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues(1c) Franklin Carrier, Green Trial Color Plate Proof on India (LO1TC3), (1c) Franklin Carrier, Green Trial Color Plate Proof on India (LO1TC3)(1c) Franklin Carrier, Green Trial Color Plate Proof on India (LO1TC3). Block of four, large margins to clear, radiant color, Very Fine, scarce block, Scott Retail as singles

1,250
600
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1256
TC
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1256, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues1c Eagle Carrier, Green Trial Color Plate Proof on India (LO2TC3), 1c Eagle Carrier, Green Trial Color Plate Proof on India (LO2TC3)1c Eagle Carrier, Green Trial Color Plate Proof on India (LO2TC3). Block of four, large margins to just in, rich color, Very Fine, scarce multiple, Scott Retail as singles

1,250
800
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1257
P
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1257, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book IssuesAmerican Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Large Die Proof on India (5L1P1), American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Large Die Proof on India (5L1P1)American Letter Mail Co., 5c Black, Large Die Proof on India (5L1P1). 47 x 67mm with full die sinkage, fresh and Very Fine, unlisted in Scott , the eagle die was originally engraved by Durand, Perkins & Co. and later incorporated by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson into the American Letter Mail Co. stamp of 1844 -- similar to an example offered in our 1997 Rarities sale (which showed the die number)

E. 2,000-3,000
0
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1258
TC
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1258, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues3c Red Centennial, Double Line Under "Postage", Trial Color Proof (Undersander E72Aa), 3c Red Centennial, Double Line Under "Postage", Trial Color Proof (Undersander E72Aa)3c Red Centennial, Double Line Under "Postage", Trial Color Proof (Undersander E72Aa). 43 x 43mm, rich color, Very Fine, a sensible space-filling alternative to the rare U220, with 2003 P.S.E. certificate, Undersander value as entire $350.00

E. 200-300
300
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1259
 
Proposal for Furnishing Postal Cards. Document dated Aug. 2, 1897, part-printed proposal form listing specifications for each type of card and with pencil notation of bidder's price, with note at bottom "Any or all of the above cards may be printed in two colors in the manner of the Honduras Postal card enclosed herewith at the same prices, at the option of the Post Office Department -- colors at selection of Postmaster General", inside also gives instructions on the specifications to be maintained, fresh and Very Fine, an outstanding collateral item

E. 200-300
70
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1260
E
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1260, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book IssuesPost Office Registry Seal, Deep Blue Trial Color Die Proof on Card With Colored Border (OXF1TC), Post Office Registry Seal, Deep Blue Trial Color Die Proof on Card With Colored Border (OXF1TC)Post Office Registry Seal, Deep Blue Trial Color Die Proof on Card With Colored Border (OXF1TC). 110 x 66mm, fresh, Very Fine and choice, surprisingly rare and seldom seen trial color proof

1,000
950
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1261
ng
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1261, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues(no value) Deep Red, Test Stamps (TD19, TD23), (no value) Deep Red, Test Stamps (TD19, TD23)(no value) Deep Red, Test Stamps (TD19, TD23). Two blocks of four with right sheet margin of first, two pairs of second, few trivial imperfections, Fine-Very Fine

1,100
1,000
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1262
P
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1262, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues(no value) Deep Red, Die Essay on Thick Glazed Card (Brazer 385aE-Ab, Scott TD20P1), (no value) Deep Red, Die Essay on Thick Glazed Card (Brazer 385aE-Ab, Scott TD20P1)(no value) Deep Red, Die Essay on Thick Glazed Card (Brazer 385aE-Ab, Scott TD20P1). 73 x 83mm, ms. "Sample of surface printing from die: done by Bureau E & P 5/20/1910", also with blue "420270" on back, Very Fine, scarce essay

1,500
1,300
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1263
P
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1263, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues(no value) Deep Red, Test Stamp Proof on Thick Card (Brazer 385aE-Ac, Scott TD20P1), (no value) Deep Red, Test Stamp Proof on Thick Card (Brazer 385aE-Ac, Scott TD20P1)(no value) Deep Red, Test Stamp Proof on Thick Card (Brazer 385aE-Ac, Scott TD20P1). Stamp size and with printed "42039" in blue on back, Very Fine and choice, listed in Brazer as being unique

1,000
850
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1264
E
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1264, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book Issues3c Minerva, Harris Automatic Press Company Offset Essay on Hard White Wove Paper (Brazer 385a-E2a, 385-E2b, Scott TD28, TD29), 3c Minerva, Harris Automatic Press Company Offset Essay on Hard White Wove Paper (Brazer 385a-E2a, 385-E2b, Scott TD28, TD29)3c Minerva, Harris Automatic Press Company Offset Essay on Hard White Wove Paper (Brazer 385a-E2a, 385-E2b, Scott TD28, TD29). Horizontal pair of each, large margins, first with natural paper wrinkle, Very Fine, scarce, Harris installed one of their presses in the B.E.P. to demonstrate production of stamps by the offset method, the design was adopted from the 2c 1901 Issue, the presses were not adopted at that time but were used for printing some Revenue stamps, particularly Tax Paids

E. 750-1,000
750
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1265
E
Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 3c-90c Schernikow Essays. Twelve, incl. Nos. 11-E17c (6), 67-E4f (2) and 72-E5d (4), virtually all with full die sinkage, few small faults, appear Fine-Very Fine

2,000
750
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1266
E
Sale Number 930, Lot Number 1266, Essays, Proofs and Specimens: Back-of-Book IssuesToppan, Carpenter & Co., 90c Washington, Schernikow Die Essays (72-E1c/72-E5j), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 90c Washington, Schernikow Die Essays (72-E1c/72-E5j)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 90c Washington, Schernikow Die Essays (72-E1c/72-E5j). 25, incl. Nos. 72-E1c, 72-E2b, 72-E3b, 72-E5d (13 of the 15 listed colors), 72-E5e three, 72-E5g, 72-E5i, 72-E5j (4 of the 5 listed colors), fresh and Fine-Very Fine, desirable group

5,325
1,900
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1267
P
Plate Proofs and Essays. 21, incl. 5c 1847 Reproduction on card, 1c-90c 1857 Reprints on card (extra 5c), eleven different 1861-66 Issue on India incl. 3c Rose, Lake, 2c Black, several with huge margins, also No.63-13g Red Coupon plate essay and a block of four of the 3c 1861 Imperforate with green gum (Lowenberg Patent, not included in catalog value), few minor flaws or h.r., virtually all Very Fine-Extremely Fine

1,605
750
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