VERY FINE SET OF CARD PROOFS AND VERY RARE WITH ALL OF THE ORIGINAL ENVELOPES.
This collection is accompanied by an 1889 letter from the original owner stating in part, "U.S. Postage Stamps to 1883, order from Post Master General to have printed from the engraved plates the stamps used in America from the first stamps issued from 1847 to 1883 for gifts...I received a set of 174 stamps as I was in the Stamp Agency". Letter is partially stuck to photo album page.
Scott Retail for just the proofs more than $6,000.00
VERY FINE. THESE ARE THE ORIGINAL DIE PROOFS LENT BY DEALER GEORGE B. SLOANE TO THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING FOR USE AS MODELS IN DESIGNING THE 1947 CIPEX SOUVENIR SHEETS -- WHICH CELEBRATED THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1847 ISSUE.
When the Bureau of Engraving and Printing went about designing the 1947 CIPEX sheets, they did not have original dies of the 1847 Issue on hand. Famed dealer George B. Sloane lent his pair of 1847 large die trial color proofs to the Bureau to serve as models for their design. Before returning them to Sloane, the engravers and officials of the Bureau signed the cards. This is an historic set of die proofs and was a featured item in the famous Katharine Matthies collection.
Ex Sloane and Matthies. Accompanied by an article from Stamp Collector magazine by Wayne Youngblood and a 1947 CIPEX souvenir sheet
VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE 90-CENT TOPPAN, CARPENTER 1861 ISSUE ESSAY DIE SUNK ON CARD KNOWN TO US. A RARE AND DESIRABLE CLASSIC ESSAY.
This essay is from the original Toppan, Carpenter & Co. submission as part of the 1861 contract competition. These were re-printed in 1903 in various formats and papers by Ernest Schernikow, but this original is extremely rare. We consulted essay and proof specialist James Lee, who states that there are two examples recorded die sunk on card -- the other ex Finkelbeg, "Lake Shore" and Hansen
EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE BLOCK OF THE BOTTOM TWO ROWS OF THE PLATE OF THE 30-CENT BURGOYNE PLATE ESSAY. PROBABLY UNIQUE.
Ex "Lake Shore"". Scott Retail as singles without premium for the position