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Sale 1113 — United States Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Category — 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2368
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2368, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Black, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E1), 1c Black, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E1)1c Black, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E1). On 72 x 72mm card with full die sinkage, die imprint at bottom, with triangle drawn in pencil at upper left and thicker horizontal ink line at top right, trivial flaws outside of India well away from design

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE ESSAY OF THE ONE-CENT BUREAU ISSUE, SHOWING WHAT MAY BE THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT SKETCHING OUT THE CORNER TRIANGLE, THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC OF THE ISSUE.

We have no way of knowing for sure, but this pencil sketch of a corner triangle, which is 3.5mm high, may be one of the first attempts to add a design element that would distinguish the 1894 Bureau Issue from the earlier 1890 Issue. Other essays show the design in varying sizes in ink, but this is the only one drawn in the less permanent medium of pencil.

Ex Brazer and Whitpain

3,000
2,200
2369
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2369, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Blue, Progressive Die Proof on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a), 1c Blue, Progressive Die Proof on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a)1c Blue, Progressive Die Proof on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a). 50 x 60mm, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, ms. "No. 1" at top which was originally No. 9 but with the "9" crossed out, additional ms. at bottom "From die before being worked over", also with albino impression at bottom of portion of another design with no triangles on left impression and with both triangles on right impression in unadopted smaller size, light horizontal crease at top does not affect any designs and tiny pinhole probably from production, Very Fine, a stunning essay, ex Morris and Whitpain

1,850
1,000
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2370
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2370, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Ultramarine, Progressive Die Proof on White Card (247-E2b), 1c Ultramarine, Progressive Die Proof on White Card (247-E2b)1c Ultramarine, Progressive Die Proof on White Card (247-E2b). 52 x 78mm, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, ms. "No. 5" at bottom also with albino impression at bottom of portion of another design with no triangles on left impression and with both triangles on right impression in unadopted smaller size, slightly broken horizontal crease thru the designs, otherwise Very Fine

1,850
650
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2371
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2371, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E3), 1c Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E3)1c Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E3). 50 x 52mm, rich color, with no triangle at top left and with smaller triangle at top right than that adopted for the issued design, small thin spot at left well away from design, Very Fine appearance, a rare essay, ex Brazer and Whitpain

2,500
1,100
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2372
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2372, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E5), 1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E5)1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E5). On 72 x 72mm card with full die sinkage, rich color, with triangle at top left but not at top right and with lines of triangle significantly thicker than the adopted design, die imprint at bottom, small toned spot well away from the design, Very Fine, a beautiful essay, ex Brazer and Whitpain

1,500
750
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2373
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2373, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E6), 1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E6)1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E6). On 72 x 70mm card with full die sinkage, rich color, with triangle at top left but not at top right and with lines of triangle thinner than the previous essay, die imprint at bottom, small toned spot well away from the design, Very Fine, a beautiful essay, ex Brazer and Whitpain

1,500
900
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2374
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2374, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E7), 1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E7)1c Dusky Blue Green, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E7). On 71 x 70mm card with full die sinkage, rich color, with triangle at top left but not at top right and with lines of triangle thicker than the previous essay and same as on adopted design, die imprint at bottom, India torn prior to being affixed to card, otherwise Fine, a scarce essay, ex Brazer and Whitpain

1,250
400
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2375
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2375, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c Ultramarine, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E8), 1c Ultramarine, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E8)1c Ultramarine, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (247-E8). On 65 x 67mm card with full die sinkage, die imprint at bottom, with both triangles engraved, pencil "Cobalt 2 Indigo 4" at top, also with lightened pencil "X" thru design, card with sealed tear affecting design, still Very Fine, a rare and possibly unique essay, ex Brazer and Whitpain

1,000
500
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2376
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2376, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing2c Bright Red, Ty. I, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (250-E4), 2c Bright Red, Ty. I, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (250-E4)2c Bright Red, Ty. I, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (250-E4). On 75 x 75mm card with full die sinkage, incomplete engraving, ms. notation "O.K. to harden" and also "T.F.M." initials on card, fresh and Very Fine, probably unique, ex Brazer and Whitpain

1,250
1,000
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2377
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2377, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing2c Medium Deep Red, Ty. I, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (250-E7), 2c Medium Deep Red, Ty. I, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (250-E7)2c Medium Deep Red, Ty. I, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (250-E7). On 80 x 99mm card with full die sinkage, with die imprint at bottom and with ms. "28th", and "1" at bottom, with slightly more completion than 250-E6, fresh and Very Fine, probably unique, ex Morris and Whitpain

1,000
850
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2378
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2378, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing3c Red Violet and Violet, Ty. II, Progressive Large Die Proofs (253-E1a, b), 3c Red Violet and Violet, Ty. II, Progressive Large Die Proofs (253-E1a, b)3c Red Violet and Violet, Ty. II, Progressive Large Die Proofs (253-E1a, b). First on India affixed to card, 60 x 63mm, second printed directly on 146 x 193mm card with full die sinkage, beautiful colors, Very Fine, latter is ex Lynn Warm-Griffiths and Whitpain, the Ty. II triangles make these progressive die proofs or essays

2,250
750
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2379
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2379, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing4c Dark Brown, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (254-E3), 4c Dark Brown, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (254-E3)4c Dark Brown, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (254-E3). On 76 x 78mm card with full die sinkage, signed in pencil "James Kennedy" at lower right, few light toned spots well away from design, Very Fine, a beautiful proof of the nearly completed design, ex Whitpain

1,500
850
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2380
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2380, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing5c Orange Brown, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (255-E4), 5c Orange Brown, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (255-E4)5c Orange Brown, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (255-E4). Die sunk on 113 x 130mm card, Very Fine, a beautiful proof of this scarce nearly completed design

1,000
325
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2381
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2381, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing6c Dim Dusky Red, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (256-E2), 6c Dim Dusky Red, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (256-E2)6c Dim Dusky Red, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (256-E2). On 72 x 77mm card with full die sinkage, faint impression of American die imprint and with pencil "Amer. imprint on Bureau proof" and also with ms. "X", small toned spot to left of design, Very Fine appearance, ex Whitpain

1,000
225
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2382
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2382, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing8c Dusky Red Violet, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (257-E1), 8c Dusky Red Violet, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (257-E1)8c Dusky Red Violet, Progressive Large Die Proof on India (257-E1). On 65 x 82mm card with full die sinkage and American die imprint, pencil "Before eng." and also signed by James Kennedy and with "1894", Very Fine, ex Brazer and Whitpain

1,000
800
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2383
TC
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2383, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing10c Red Brown, Large Die Trial Proof on India (258TC1a), 10c Red Brown, Large Die Trial Proof on India (258TC1a)10c Red Brown, Large Die Trial Proof on India (258TC1a). On 83 x 92mm card with full die sinkage, deep rich color, Very Fine, this was mounted in the consignor's collection as 258-E1, a progressive die proof (or essay) in Brown, however, it is not apparent to us that any design elements are missing as described in Scott, a trial color proof is listed only in Olive, so in either case this is a rare item, Scott Retail as an essay $1,500.00, as trial color proof in Olive

1,250
400
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2384
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2384, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing50c Orange, Large Die Proof on India (260P1), 50c Orange, Large Die Proof on India (260P1)50c Orange, Large Die Proof on India (260P1). On 155 x 200mm card with full die sinkage, India slightly smaller than die sinkage area, brilliant color, Very Fine, this was mounted in the consignor's collection as an unlisted progressive die proof (or essay) of the incomplete design, we have examined it and cannot see any missing design elements so offered as a die proof, worth further study

450
200
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2385
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2385, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c-$5.00 1894-98 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (246P1, 250P1, 253P1, 254P1-263P1), 1c-$5.00 1894-98 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (246P1, 250P1, 253P1, 254P1-263P1)1c-$5.00 1894-98 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (246P1, 250P1, 253P1, 254P1-263P1). 17, most approximately 152 x 200mm with two smaller (all show full die sinkage), including two each of Nos. 253P1 and 261AP1, both 1c are Blue but with slight differences in shade, Very Fine and desirable group

7,175
2,200
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2386
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2386, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c-$5.00 1894 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (247P2-263P2, 279P2-284P2), 1c-$5.00 1894 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (247P2-263P2, 279P2-284P2)1c-$5.00 1894 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (247P2-263P2, 279P2-284P2). Complete sets of 17 proofs, on original gray cards, bright colors

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1894-97 BUREAU ISSUES SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

Only 85 albums were produced.

5,035
1,900
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2387
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2387, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c-$5.00 1894 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (247P4, 248P4, 262P4, 263P4), 1c-$5.00 1894 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (247P4, 248P4, 262P4, 263P4)1c-$5.00 1894 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (247P4, 248P4, 262P4, 263P4). Blocks of four of 1c and 2c (latter with left sheet margin), large margins, rich colors, Very Fine

1,825
600
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2388
P
Sale Number 1113, Lot Number 2388, 1894-98 Issues: Bureau of Engraving & Printing1c-15c 1898 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (279P2a-284P2a), 1c-15c 1898 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (279P2a-284P2a)1c-15c 1898 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs on Wove (279P2a-284P2a). The seven values, bright colors, slight toning which is lighter than usually found

VERY FINE. A RARE SET OF PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE BUREAU ISSUE CHANGE OF COLORS. VERY FEW WERE PRINTED AND EVEN FEWER ARE KNOWN.

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 considered extremely scarce. It is believed that no more than five examples of each stamp were produced, and in the past 60 years only two complete sets have been recorded.

7,750
21,000
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