Contact Siegel
6 West 48th Street
9th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Contact by phone:
New York: (212) 753-6421
Dallas: (214) 754-5991

Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — 1922 and Later Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2410
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2410, 1922 and Later Issues-1/2c-$5.00 1922-26 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-573P1, 622P1, 623P1), -1/2c-$5.00 1922-26 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-573P1, 622P1, 623P1)-1/2c-$5.00 1922-26 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-573P1, 622P1, 623P1). Complete set, $5.00 hybrid as always, all except 623P1 with typed "Approved" and dates and signed by either postmaster general or acting postmaster general, signatures including Harry S. New, John H. Bartlett, Hubert Work, on approximately 150 x 200mm or 200 x 150mm cards with full die sinkage, few higher denominations with toned spots

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF THE 1922-25 ISSUE LARGE DIE PROOFS, WITH TYPED APPROVAL DATES AND SIGNED BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL.

A similar set was offered in our 1986 Rarities sale. We have not offered any others since keeping computerized records.

E. 5,000-7,500
11,000
2411
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2411, 1922 and Later Issues2c-25c 1922-23 Large Die Proofs (558P1, 561P1, 568P1, 610P1), 2c-25c 1922-23 Large Die Proofs (558P1, 561P1, 568P1, 610P1)2c-25c 1922-23 Large Die Proofs (558P1, 561P1, 568P1, 610P1). First three on approximately 150 x 195mm (or 195 x 150mm) cards, last on 118 x 153mm card, all show full die sinkage, 25c with trace of binding from presentation album at bottom, 2c few toned spots, otherwise Very Fine and scarce group

4,400
2,200
Back to Top
2412
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2412, 1922 and Later Issues1c-5c Huguenot-Walloon, Large Die Proofs on India (614P1-616P1), 1c-5c Huguenot-Walloon, Large Die Proofs on India (614P1-616P1)1c-5c Huguenot-Walloon, Large Die Proofs on India (614P1-616P1). On approximately 202 x 153 mm cards, each singed by Postmaster General Harry S. New, with printed "Approved April 14 1924", control numbers on back, rich colors

VERY FINE COMPLETE SET OF THE HUGUENOT-WALLOON ISSUE LARGE DIE PROOFS, SIGNED BY POSTMASTER GENERAL HARRY S. NEW.

Scott Retail as die proofs without the signatures

2,250
5,500
Back to Top
2413
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2413, 1922 and Later Issues1c-5c Huguenot-Walloon, Small Die Proofs on Wove (614P2-616P2), 1c-5c Huguenot-Walloon, Small Die Proofs on Wove (614P2-616P2)1c-5c Huguenot-Walloon, Small Die Proofs on Wove (614P2-616P2). Brilliant color, large margins

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED SETS OF THE HUGUENOT-WALLOON TERCENTENARY SMALL DIE PROOFS ON WOVE.

Two sets are known. This set was owned by President Roosevelt, Lilly and Livingston and was offered in our 1984 Rarities sale. The other was offered in our 2009 Rarities sale.

Ex President Roosevelt, Lilly, 1984 Rarities sale and Livingston.

2,100
2,500
Back to Top
2414
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2414, 1922 and Later Issues1c-5c Lexington-Concord, Large Die Proofs on India (617P1-619P1), 1c-5c Lexington-Concord, Large Die Proofs on India (617P1-619P1)1c-5c Lexington-Concord, Large Die Proofs on India (617P1-619P1). On approximately 136 x 122mm cards with full die sinkage, bright colors, 2c few small toned spots, otherwise Very Fine and scarce set

2,750
1,600
Back to Top
2415
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2415, 1922 and Later Issues1c-5c 1923-44 Commemorative Issues, Small Die Proofs on Wove (620P2/908P2), 1c-5c 1923-44 Commemorative Issues, Small Die Proofs on Wove (620P2/908P2)1c-5c 1923-44 Commemorative Issues, Small Die Proofs on Wove (620P2/908P2). 54, including Nos. 620P2-621P2, 627P2-629P2, 643P2-645P2, 649P2-650P2, 654P2, 680P2-683P2, 688P2-690P2, 717P2, 725P2-729P2, 732P2, 734P2, 736P2-737P2, 739P2, 773P2, 775P2, 777P2-778P2, 782P2-784P2, 795P2, 798P2, 801P2-802P2, 857P2-858P2, 895P2-901P2, 903P2, 904P2, 907P2-908P2, also three photo essays for different designs of 3c Oglethorpe (726), bright colors, few small flaws to be expected

VERY FINE. AN IMPORTANT AND DESIRABLE GROUP OF SMALL DIE PROOFS OF MORE THAN 50 DIFFERENT 1923-44 COMMEMORATIVE ISSUES. THE NUCLEUS OF A COMPREHENSIVE 20TH CENTURY PROOF COLLECTION.

Several of these have between one and three examples recorded. A spreadsheet with Scott numbers and catalogue values accompanies.

37,850
35,000
Back to Top
2416
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2416, 1922 and Later Issues-1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial, Small Die Proofs on Wove (704P2-715P2), -1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial, Small Die Proofs on Wove (704P2-715P2)-1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial, Small Die Proofs on Wove (704P2-715P2). Complete set of twelve, bright colors

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL COMPLETE SET OF SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1932 WASHINGTON BICENTENNIAL ISSUE.

This is the first set we have offered

9,000
5,250
Back to Top
2417
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2417, 1922 and Later Issues4c-10c National Parks, Small Die Proofs on White Wove (743P2-749P2), 4c-10c National Parks, Small Die Proofs on White Wove (743P2-749P2)4c-10c National Parks, Small Die Proofs on White Wove (743P2-749P2). Seven of the ten values of the series, 28 x 43mm or 43 x 28mm, bright colors and clear impressions

VERY FINE GROUP OF THE 1934 NATIONAL PARKS ISSUE SMALL DIE PROOFS.

Dies from the 1934 National Parks Issue were used to pull both large and small die proofs. However, only four of the values are known as large die proofs so a complete set cannot be achieved. Noted essay and proof student and dealer James Lee records only one complete set of the small die proofs, offered by us in 2013 in our Sale 1044.

4,550
4,000
Back to Top
2418
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2418, 1922 and Later Issues4c Dark Brown, Army, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (788TC1a), 4c Dark Brown, Army, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (788TC1a)4c Dark Brown, Army, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (788TC1a). On 202 x 152mm card with full die sinkage, black control no. 70109 on back, minor corner dents at right, Very Fine, a rare trial color proof, this is the only color listed in Scott and it was not used for any stamps of the series

1,000
900
Back to Top
2419
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2419, 1922 and Later Issues5c West Point, Large Die Proof on India (789P1), 5c West Point, Large Die Proof on India (789P1)5c West Point, Large Die Proof on India (789P1). On 199 x 131mm card with full die sinkage, blue control no. 510615 on back, few small toned spots on card, otherwise Very Fine and very rare

1,350
500
Back to Top
2420
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2420, 1922 and Later Issues1c-5c Navy Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (790P2-794P2), 1c-5c Navy Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (790P2-794P2)1c-5c Navy Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (790P2-794P2). Bright colors, 5c trivial wrinkle at top

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE SET OF SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1936-37 NAVY ISSUE.

From our 1984 Rarities sale.

4,000
2,100
Back to Top
2421
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2421, 1922 and Later Issues1-1/2c-$5.00 Presidential, Small Die Proofs on Wove (805P2, 808P2-818P2, 820P2, 822P2-834P2), 1-1/2c-$5.00 Presidential, Small Die Proofs on Wove (805P2, 808P2-818P2, 820P2, 822P2-834P2)1-1/2c-$5.00 Presidential, Small Die Proofs on Wove (805P2, 808P2-818P2, 820P2, 822P2-834P2). 26 total, bright colors, even margins, 30c and $1.00 small thins

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE GROUP OF SMALL DIE PROOFS OF THE 1938 PRESIDENTIAL ISSUE. A DIFFICULT GROUP TO ASSEMBLE.

Each of these small die proofs on wove paper is the only known example in private hands. This part set was assembled by the consignor from individual proofs acquired at different times, including the dollar values from our 2006 Rarities sale (hammer $5,000 for only those three). This offering will bring the buyer to within striking distance of assembling the complete set.

17,200
11,500
Back to Top
2422
E
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2422, 1922 and Later Issues5c Overrun Country, Large Die Frame Essay in Black (909E1 var.), 5c Overrun Country, Large Die Frame Essay in Black (909E1 var.)5c Overrun Country, Large Die Frame Essay in Black (909E1 var.). On 226 x 151mm card with full die sinkage, this is the engraved frame only without a flag or country name, in production the flags and names were printed by rubber rotary process, the frame design by A. E. Foringer, engraved by Arthur C. Vogel, few staple holes well away from design, Extremely Fine, very rare with only two believed known to exist, this was featured in an Essay-Proof Journal article (Vol. 5, No. 2, April 1948) and given, at the time, a Brazer listing of 909E-C, the other was offered in our Sale 1061

4,000
2,100
Back to Top
2423
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2423, 1922 and Later Issues5c Overrun Countries, Small Die Proofs on Wove (909P2-921P2), 5c Overrun Countries, Small Die Proofs on Wove (909P2-921P2)5c Overrun Countries, Small Die Proofs on Wove (909P2-921P2). Complete set of 13, rich colors on course wove paper similar to the large die proof paper, five with small thin spots

VERY FINE. AN INCREDIBLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF SMALL DIE PROOFS OF THE OVERRUN COUNTRIES ISSUE. THIS IS THE ONLY SET WE HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. A RARITY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER, AND UNLISTED IN SCOTT.

In an article in the United States Specialist (Sep. 1994, pp. 410-417), Ronald A. Burns traces the history of small die proof production from the 1903 Roosevelt Albums through the 1950's. The printings after the 1914-15 Panama-Pacific sets are not well documented. This is the only set we have encountered. We have been informed that the set of Large Die Proofs has been donated to the National Postal Museum.

Ex Livingston. Unlisted in Scott.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,250
Back to Top
2424
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2424, 1922 and Later Issues20th Century Large Die Proofs (622P1/1017P1), 20th Century Large Die Proofs (622P1/1017P1)20th Century Large Die Proofs (622P1/1017P1). 15 items, including 622TC1 in Black and 622P1 (both cut down), 628P1, 643P1, 644P1, 645P1, 649P1, 688P1, 626P1, 726P1 check proof with blue control no. on front, 899P1, 903P1, 1009P1, 1011P1 and 1017P1, all except first two and check proof with full die sinkage, Nos. 628P1, 643P1 and 645P1 with typed approval and signed by Postmaster General Harry New, No. 1011P1 signed in pencil on India, most with control nos. on back

VERY FINE. AN IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF 20TH CENTURY LARGE DIE PROOFS, INCLUDING THREE SIGNED APPROVALS.

Large die proofs from this period are rare. The 903P1 is unlisted in Scott (counted at $700.00, which is the average for those from this time period).

12,050
6,000
Back to Top
Copyright 2019. All rights reserved by Siegel Auction Galleries Inc. Information and images may be used with credit to Siegel Auction Galleries or siegelauctions.com subject to guidelines and restrictions.
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy