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Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — 1902-20 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2395
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2395, 1902-20 Issues2c 1902 Issue, Preliminary Pencil Sketch for Frame Design on Tracing Paper (301-E1), 2c 1902 Issue, Preliminary Pencil Sketch for Frame Design on Tracing Paper (301-E1)2c 1902 Issue, Preliminary Pencil Sketch for Frame Design on Tracing Paper (301-E1). On 169 x 214mm tracing paper, showing preliminary pencil drawing by Raymond Ostrander Smith, differs significantly from adopted design with shield at top center, scrolls at sides, lettering at top and bottom and other differing prominent features, light file folds

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE FIRST UNADOPTED DESIGN FOR THE 2-CENT 1902 ISSUE. A WONDERFUL EXHIBITION ITEM.

Similar unadopted sketches are listed for other denominations in Scott Catalogue, with values from $2,000.00 to $4,500.00. In our opinion this is undercatalogued.

1,500
600
2396
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2396, 1902-20 Issues1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2). Complete set, on original gray card backing which is trimmed to proof size, brilliant colors, 50c barest trace of oxidation, cards with slight thinning not affecting wove paper, Very Fine, approximately 85 sets were produced

4,275
1,000
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2397
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2397, 1902-20 Issues2c Carmine, Ty. I, Large Die Proof on India (319P1), 2c Carmine, Ty. I, Large Die Proof on India (319P1)2c Carmine, Ty. I, Large Die Proof on India (319P1). On 85 x 93mm card with full die sinkage, intense color and impression, Very Fine, Clarence Brazer was only aware of the existence of four examples of this rare proof

1,500
400
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2398
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2398, 1902-20 Issues1c-10c Louisiana Purchase, Large Die Proofs on India (323P1-327P1), 1c-10c Louisiana Purchase, Large Die Proofs on India (323P1-327P1)1c-10c Louisiana Purchase, Large Die Proofs on India (323P1-327P1). Complete set, on approximately 100 x 90mm cards with full die sinkage, brilliant colors

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1904 LOUISIANA PURCHASE ISSUE.

Very few sets are known -- we have offered only one other since our 1982 Rarities sale.

7,000
5,250
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2399
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2399, 1902-20 Issues2c-5c Louisiana Purchase, Small Die Proofs on Wove (324P2-326P2), 2c-5c Louisiana Purchase, Small Die Proofs on Wove (324P2-326P2)2c-5c Louisiana Purchase, Small Die Proofs on Wove (324P2-326P2). Bright colors, 3c slight thinning at top, Very Fine, small die proofs after the 1902 Issue are rare and elusive

2,250
2,400
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2400
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2400, 1902-20 Issues1c-5c Jamestown, Small Die Proofs on Wove (328P2-330P2), 1c-5c Jamestown, Small Die Proofs on Wove (328P2-330P2)1c-5c Jamestown, Small Die Proofs on Wove (328P2-330P2). Radiant colors, fresh and Very Fine, small die proofs after the 1902 Issue are rare and elusive

2,700
5,000
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2401
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2401, 1902-20 Issues1c-$1.00 1908-09 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (331P2a-342P2a), 1c-$1.00 1908-09 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (331P2a-342P2a)1c-$1.00 1908-09 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (331P2a-342P2a). Complete set of twelve values, intense colors, large margins, usual slight toning that is a hallmark of genuine Panama-Pacific proofs, few with trivial tiny thin spots or translucencies

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1908-09 WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN ISSUE. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE OFFERED THESE AS A COMPLETE SET.

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 this issue.

14,400
18,500
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2402
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2402, 1902-20 Issues2c Alaska-Yukon, Small Die Proof on Wove (370P2), 2c Alaska-Yukon, Small Die Proof on Wove (370P2)2c Alaska-Yukon, Small Die Proof on Wove (370P2). Rich color on crisp paper, Extremely Fine, very scarce

1,000
1,100
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2403
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2403, 1902-20 Issues2c Hudson-Fulton, Small Die Proof on Wove (372P2), 2c Hudson-Fulton, Small Die Proof on Wove (372P2)2c Hudson-Fulton, Small Die Proof on Wove (372P2). Intense shade and impression, Very Fine and rare, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records

1,000
1,100
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2404
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2404, 1902-20 Issues1c-10c Panama-Pacific, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (397P2a-400AP2a), 1c-10c Panama-Pacific, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (397P2a-400AP2a)1c-10c Panama-Pacific, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (397P2a-400AP2a). Large margins, rich colors, a bit of the toning that is a hallmark of genuine Panama Pacific proofs, few translucencies or small thin spots

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS OF THE PANAMA-PACIFIC ISSUE. A RARITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

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.

A series of commemorative stamps were created to promote the exposition, depicting Balboa (1c), the locks at the Panama Canal (2c), the Golden Gate (5c) and Discovery of San Francisco Bay (10c). These were released in 1913 as Perf 12, and again in 1914-15 as Perf 10 stamps.

Separately, 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.

As part of the special proof set, the Post Office Dept. included the new Panama-Pacific designs, which had just been issued. We are aware of one other set, which we recently sold in our 2015 Rarities sale for $35,000 hammer. We have not seen any other individual values offered.

6,250
26,000
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2405
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2405, 1902-20 Issues1c-$1.00 1912-14 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (405P2a-407P2a, 414P2a-421P2a, 423P2a), 1c-$1.00 1912-14 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (405P2a-407P2a, 414P2a-421P2a, 423P2a)1c-$1.00 1912-14 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (405P2a-407P2a, 414P2a-421P2a, 423P2a). Complete set of twelve values, large margins, rich colors, generally free from the light toning that is endemic to these issues

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1912-14 WASHINGTON-FRANKLIN ISSUE. THIS IS THE FIRST INTACT SET WE HAVE EVER OFFERED.

When the Washington-Franklin issue was first produced in 1908 (Scott 331-342), the 1c was the only denomination to show Franklin's portrait. Starting in 1912, Washington's head appeared on the first six denominations and Franklin's appeared on the next five.

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 this issue.

14,400
18,500
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2406
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2406, 1902-20 Issues8c-$1.00 1912-14 Issue, Die Proofs (414P1-415P1, 416P2, 417P1, 418P2, 421P2, 423P2, 513P1), 8c-$1.00 1912-14 Issue, Die Proofs (414P1-415P1, 416P2, 417P1, 418P2, 421P2, 423P2, 513P1)8c-$1.00 1912-14 Issue, Die Proofs (414P1-415P1, 416P2, 417P1, 418P2, 421P2, 423P2, 513P1). The large die proofs cut down to small die proof size, rich colors, few faults including thin spots, Fine-Very Fine and scarce group, Scott Retail with the large die proofs as full size

7,550
4,500
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2407
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2407, 1902-20 Issues13c Franklin, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on India (513TC1), 13c Franklin, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on India (513TC1)13c Franklin, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on India (513TC1). Ten, on approximately 85 x 95mm cards with full die sinkage, range of colors including Salmon Red, Ultramarine, Black, Black Brown, Violet, Lilac, Olive Green, Green, Orange Yellow and Red Orange, also large die proof in issued color which is 152 x 200mm with full die sinkage, bright colors

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE GROUP OF LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOFS FOR THE 1919 13-CENT FRANKLIN ISSUE.

The 13c denomination was first created as part of the 1902 Issue, and was intended to pay the registry fee plus 5c international postage. On November 1, 1909 the registry fee was increased to 10c and there was no longer any need for the 13c stamp, so it was discontinued. In 1917 the standard letter rate was increased to 3c and the registry fee was left at 10c, so there was once again a need for 13 stamps.

Most of these colors were used for other denominations of the series.

8,000
6,500
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2408
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2408, 1902-20 Issues3c Victory, Small Die Proof on Wove (537P2), 3c Victory, Small Die Proof on Wove (537P2)3c Victory, Small Die Proof on Wove (537P2). Bright color, some toning on back, Very Fine appearance, very scarce, this is the first we have offered since keeping computerized records

1,500
1,100
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2409
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2409, 1902-20 Issues1c-5c Pilgrim Tercentenary, Small Die Proofs on Wove (548P2-550P2), 1c-5c Pilgrim Tercentenary, Small Die Proofs on Wove (548P2-550P2)1c-5c Pilgrim Tercentenary, Small Die Proofs on Wove (548P2-550P2). Radiant colors, 1c small thin spot

VERY FINE AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF PILGRIM TERCENTENARY SMALL DIE PROOFS.

This is the first intact set we have offered since keeping computerized records.

3,600
3,750
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