EXTREMELY FINE. ONLY FIVE SETS OF THE 1915 PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PRODUCED.
In 1915, for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a limited special printing of 413 different small die proofs was created. Printed on yellowish wove paper, they are extremely scarce. At most five sets were produced. This is the first set of the 1847 Issue proofs we have offered since our 1999 Finkelburg sale
With 1997 P.F. certificates
VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF THE ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PROOFS FOR THE 5-CENT AND 10-CENT 1847 REPRODUCTIONS.
The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 50 in each color was made available after 1881. They were cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, two sets of pairs and singles. Very few have been kept together as intact sets.
EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR AND RARE SET OF SHEETS OF 50 OF THE 5-CENT AND10-CENT 1875 REPRODUCTION PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA.
Clarence Brazer discussed the 1847 Issue essays and proofs in a 1947 Essay-Proof Journal article. The extensive plate scratches on the 10c India sheet are not found on the stamps printed in 1875 nor on the cardboard proofs produced between 1879 and 1893. Brazer opined that the India plate proofs were therefore produced about 1894 after the damage had occurred.
Brazer estimated in his 1947 article that "probably five or six sheets of each value exist on India paper." We do not know the basis for Brazer's estimate, but we believe this might be one of only two sets of sheets extant. Photographs of a set appear in the catalogues for the Jack Dick collection (ex Brazer), and Lilly collections which appear to slightly differ from this set, and in our 1976 Rarities sale and a 1993 Christie's sale which appear to match this set. We have been unable to identify any other sets of sheets on India. The India paper proofs are much scarcer than the card proofs, so it is unlikely that more than one or two sheets were cut up.
Ex "Bedford." Scott Retail as blocks and singles