VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE, NEARLY COMPLETE GROUP OF THE 24-CENT BURGOYNE LARGE DIE ESSAYS, WITH THE VAST MAJORITY FULLY DIE SUNK ON CARD. HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE.
Among the most beautiful 1869 Pictorial essays are those depicting the original design of the 30c stamp, the Surrender of Burgoyne painting by John Trumbull. Various explanations have been given for why the design was switched to the Eagle and Flags, including fear of offending British sensibilities, Trumbull overkill (as another of his paintings is depicted on the 24c stamp), and an easier production process. What is certain is that the decision was made late. Of the 95 different collectible 30c essays, only four of them depict the issued eagle and flags design.
VERY FINE. A RARE ASSEMBLAGE OF 1869 30-CENT BURGOYNE LARGE DIE ESSAYS ON THE VARIOUS BOND PAPERS. ALMOST NEVER SEEN IN THIS DEPTH.
Scott Retail at $600.00 each
VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO COLOR COMBINATIONS LISTED OF THIS ESSAY ON VEINED IVORY CARD, AND THIS IS THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED IN THESE COLORS -- WITH MUCH MORE PROMINENT VEINING.
The other listed color combination, in Black on Green veined ivory card, was offered in our Finkelburg sale. Our 2008 Rarities sale had one in this color combination but the veining is faint on that example. The Carmine on red violet veined card offered in the following lot is unlisted.
VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE 30-CENT BURGOYNE ESSAY. THIS COLOR IS UNLISTED IN SCOTT.
Scott lists only Black on Green or Red Violet veined card, the latter offered in the previous lot
VERY FINE ASSEMBLAGE OF 1869 30-CENT BURGOYNE PLATE ESSAYS. RARELY FOUND IN THIS DEPTH.
While the plate essays are the most common of the Surrender of Burgoyne designs, they are seldom encountered with this level of completion, including seven blocks of four