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Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2352
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2352, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., (unstated Value) Black, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper (219-E1), American Bank Note Co., (unstated Value) Black, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper (219-E1)American Bank Note Co., (unstated Value) Black, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper (219-E1). 37 x 41mm, intense shade and impression, Very Fine and rare essay for an unadopted frame design, the only other example we have offered was in our 2003 Burrows sale, Scott Retail then and now is the same despite that example realizing $1,900 hammer

700
1,300
2353
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2353, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 2c Black, Frame Only, Progressive Die Proof on India (220-E8b), American Bank Note Co., 2c Black, Frame Only, Progressive Die Proof on India (220-E8b)American Bank Note Co., 2c Black, Frame Only, Progressive Die Proof on India (220-E8b). 51 x 61mm, couple typical India paper translucencies, Very Fine, scarce with only one other example listed in Power Search, that example, with Scott Retail the same as now, realized $1,600.00 in 2007

700
1,200
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2354
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2354, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 3c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of James Madison (221-E1), American Bank Note Co., 3c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of James Madison (221-E1)American Bank Note Co., 3c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of James Madison (221-E1). Die proof of frame as adopted, cut close, central portrait of Andrew Jackson cut out and mounted over photo of James Madison, deep rich color

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY OF THE 3-CENT 1890 ISSUE, SUBSTITUTING JAMES MADISON FOR ANDREW JACKSON.

The image of James Madison did not appear on any stamp of the 1890 Issue or any earlier issue, but would make its debut on the $2.00 value of the subsequent Bureau series of 1894.

Ex Brazer

2,500
10,000
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2355
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2355, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant Facing Left, Die Essays on India (223-E2, 223-E6, 223-E7), American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant Facing Left, Die Essays on India (223-E2, 223-E6, 223-E7)American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant Facing Left, Die Essays on India (223-E2, 223-E6, 223-E7). Three different, each in the Brown family, showing progression of the engraving, first die sunk on 70 x 70mm card, other two slightly smaller, one on card, Very Fine and scarce

2,100
1,100
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2356
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2356, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant Facing Left, Die Essay on Glazed Paper (223-E7b), American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant Facing Left, Die Essay on Glazed Paper (223-E7b)American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant Facing Left, Die Essay on Glazed Paper (223-E7b). Each of the four Scott-listed colors, from 63 x 76mm to 61 x 61mm, two showing part of die sinkage, imprint reads "Essay - March 1890 American Bank Note Co. N.Y.", brilliant colors, couple small corner translucencies from prior mounting as usual for the glazed paper essays, Very Fine

3,000
750
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2357
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2357, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (223-E10b), American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (223-E10b)American Bank Note Co., 5c Grant, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (223-E10b). Three of the four Scott-listed colors, missing only Blue, from 64 x 77mm to 64 x 70mm, radiant colors, fresh and Very Fine, scarce with only six others found in Power Search in any color

2,250
1,500
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2358
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2358, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 10c Black, Unadopted Frame, Die Essay on White Glazed Paper (226-E2), American Bank Note Co., 10c Black, Unadopted Frame, Die Essay on White Glazed Paper (226-E2)American Bank Note Co., 10c Black, Unadopted Frame, Die Essay on White Glazed Paper (226-E2). 64 x 77mm showing full die sinkage area, intense shade, Extremely Fine and rare in any size, Power Search contains only one other and it was cut below the die sinkage area (ex Lake Shore), undercatalogued in Scott

1,000
1,700
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2359
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2359, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 10c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of John Adams (226-E3), American Bank Note Co., 10c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of John Adams (226-E3)American Bank Note Co., 10c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of John Adams (226-E3). Die proof of frame as adopted, cut close, central portrait of Daniel Webster cut out and mounted over photo of John Adams, deep rich color

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY OF THE 10-CENT 1890 ISSUE, SUBSTITUTING JOHN ADAMS FOR DANIEL WEBSTER.

Except for the lilliputian depiction of John Adams standing among a roomful of people in the vignette of the 24c 1869 Pictorial Issue, based on John Trumbull's iconic painting, the nation's second president and Founding Father was not honored with a postage stamp until 1938. Adams has appeared on only two design-different U.S. postage stamps: the 2c 1938 Presidential and the 1986 Ameripex souvenir sheet, both of which occurred by default as they depicted all the presidents.

Ex Brazer

2,500
11,000
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2360
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2360, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.American Bank Note Co., 10c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of William T. Sherman (226-E4), American Bank Note Co., 10c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of William T. Sherman (226-E4)American Bank Note Co., 10c Dark Green, Frame Mounted over Photo of William T. Sherman (226-E4). Die proof of frame as adopted, cut close, central portrait of Daniel Webster cut out and mounted over photo of William T. Sherman, deep rich color

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY OF THE 10-CENT 1890 ISSUE, SUBSTITUTING WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN FOR DANIEL WEBSTER.

Civil War Major General and U.S. Army Commanding General William Tecumseh Sherman's portrait was finally chosen on the 8c value of the 1890 Issue. His image was resented by Southerners, for whom Sherman's scorched-earth tactics were still a fresh memory.

Ex Brazer

2,500
11,000
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2361
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2361, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (219P1-229P1), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (219P1-229P1)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (219P1-229P1). On approximately 143 x 210mm cards with full die sinkage, including both shades of the 2c (Lake is cut down to 60 x 62mm), radiant colors

VERY FINE. A RARE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE 1890-93 AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

We have offered only one other set since keeping computerized records, which was in a presentation album.

4,175
2,400
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2362
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2362, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (219P2, 220P2-229P2), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (219P2, 220P2-229P2)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (219P2, 220P2-229P2). On original gray card backing which has been cut to proof size, bright colors, Very Fine set, approximately 85 were produced

2,200
500
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2363
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2363, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3-229P3, 219P4-229P4), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3-229P3, 219P4-229P4)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Plate Proofs on India, Card (219P3-229P3, 219P4-229P4). Complete set on India including 2c Lake, set on card is missing Lake, bright colors, large margins to full, Fine-Very Fine

1,400
600
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2364
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2364, 1890-93 Issue: American Bank Note Co.1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (219P2a-229P2a), 1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (219P2a-229P2a)1c-90c 1890-93 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (219P2a-229P2a). Complete set of eleven, bright colors, 1c slightly trimmed and with nick at right and thin spot, 3c small corner crease, 6c tiny pinhole, usual slight overall toning

VERY FINE APEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1890-93 ISSUE.

From February 20 to December 4, 1915, the Panama-Pacific Exposition was held in San Francisco, to commemorate Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean and to celebrate the opening of the mankind's greatest engineering achievement, the Panama Canal.

The Post Office Department decided to prepare a limited number of proof sets showing every United States stamp printed up to the time of the Exposition. A total of 413 different designs were made. Only two sets were officially prepared, but it is widely recognized that between 3 and 5 of each were made. These included Officials, Newspapers and Periodicals, Philippines and other special use stamps.

This is the first time we have offered a complete set of Panama-Pacific proofs for the 1890-93 Issue

12,100
26,000
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