VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 1851 "SIX CENTS" FRANKLIN ESSAY PRODUCED BY TOPPAN, CARPENTER & COMPANY.
According to 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 greater need for this value.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ESSAY FOR THE 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE, PRODUCED BY RAWDON, WRIGHT, HATCH & EDSON. ONLY TWO ARE REPORTED TO EXIST.
Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, printers of the 1847 Issue, lost the 1851 contract to Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Company. RWH&E produced this essay for the 3c value to submit with their proposal. The Brazer book states that this is probably unique, but a second copy, cut to stamp size, was offered in the Brazer sale. This example is by far the finer of the two.
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS ESSAY OF AN EARLY STATE OF THE FRAME USED FOR THE 24-CENT DENOMINATION OF THE 1857 ISSUE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE. WE ARE ONLY AWARE OF ONE OTHER.
This essay is unlisted in the Brazer catalogue. The other example of this essay was offered in our Lake Shore sale, and it had pencil notation on back. Unpriced in Scott