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Sale 1158 — The Vaquero Collection of U.S. Essays and Proofs

Sale Date — Friday, 12 May, 2017

Category — 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4001
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4001, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)Unknown Author, 2c-5c Indian and Liberty Designs, 1861-66 Essays (73-E3, 73-E4, 73-E5), Unknown Author, 2c-5c Indian and Liberty Designs, 1861-66 Essays (73-E3, 73-E4, 73-E5)Unknown Author, 2c-5c Indian and Liberty Designs, 1861-66 Essays (73-E3, 73-E4, 73-E5). Three vertical strips of three, including Green on white wove, Red on yellow wove and Black on yellow wove, large margins, second with tiny thin speck, still Very Fine group, Scott Retail as singles

390
150
4002
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4002, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)Unknown Author, (Unstated Value) Green, Columbia Portrait, Unknown Author, (Unstated Value) Green, Columbia PortraitUnknown Author, (Unstated Value) Green, Columbia Portrait. 111 x 80mm, printed on thin glazed card and showing die sinkage area at right, trace of "42" imprint at bottom, fresh and Very Fine, a very unusual essay, the portrait reminds us of some essays printed by National Bank Note Company for re-use prevention but the Scott-listed designs have different portraits and "Liberty" in the headband instead of "Columbia" on the example offered here

E. 300-400
160
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4003
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4003, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)American Bank Note Co., 3c and 2c Black, Columbia Portrait Die Essay on Thick Yellowish Wove (79-E11b), American Bank Note Co., 3c and 2c Black, Columbia Portrait Die Essay on Thick Yellowish Wove (79-E11b)American Bank Note Co., 3c and 2c Black, Columbia Portrait Die Essay on Thick Yellowish Wove (79-E11b). 26 x 31mm and showing the complete design, Very Fine and striking essay, illustrated in Scott Catalogue on p. 827, this is much scarcer than the perforated plate essays of the same design, listed but unpriced in Scott

E. 500-750
275
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4004
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4004, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)Unknown Author, (Unstated Value) Dull Violet on White, Blue on Bluish, Die Essays (79-E12a, 79-E12b), Unknown Author, (Unstated Value) Dull Violet on White, Blue on Bluish, Die Essays (79-E12a, 79-E12b)Unknown Author, (Unstated Value) Dull Violet on White, Blue on Bluish, Die Essays (79-E12a, 79-E12b). Both 23 x 28mm, fresh and bright colors, few adherences on back, second faint toning spots at bottom left

VERY FINE EXAMPLES OF THESE RARE LIBERTY HEAD ESSAYS, WHICH MAY BE UNIQUE.

The creator of this essay is unknown. They bear some similarity to Liberty Head coins of the period engraved by James B. Longacre. These represent both of the listed colors, and as far as we know are unique. An excellent opportunity for additional research.

Ex Finkelburg and "Lake Shore"

5,500
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4005
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4005, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black, Bright Blue, Vignette Only, Die Essays on Stiff Yellowish Wove and Proof Papers (79-E30a, 79-E30c), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black, Bright Blue, Vignette Only, Die Essays on Stiff Yellowish Wove and Proof Papers (79-E30a, 79-E30c)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black, Bright Blue, Vignette Only, Die Essays on Stiff Yellowish Wove and Proof Papers (79-E30a, 79-E30c). First 36 x 44mm, intense color, Very Fine, second 34 x 41mm, in Bright Blue, Very Fine, attractive and scarce essays, first ex "Lake Shore"

1,450
425
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4006
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4006, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Spencer Patent, Die Essay on Stiff Yellowish Wove (79-E30d), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Spencer Patent, Die Essay on Stiff Yellowish Wove (79-E30d)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Spencer Patent, Die Essay on Stiff Yellowish Wove (79-E30d). 50 x 57mm with uncleared surrounds, struck in Black, fresh and Very Fine, a striking essay

750
225
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4007
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4007, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Die Essay on Wove Stamp Paper, Gummed (79-E30l), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Die Essay on Wove Stamp Paper, Gummed (79-E30l)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Die Essay on Wove Stamp Paper, Gummed (79-E30l). 19, each with imprint at bottom, apparently complete for all Scott-listed colors plus a few more (Scott lists 15 colors), a few minor flaws including four with nicks at bottom, Very Fine or appear so, a scarce large group of these die essays, rarely seen in this depth and an excellent opportunity to acquire the complete set

3,325
0
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4008
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4008, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Die Essay on Wove Stamp Paper, Gummed, Perforated Oval (79-E30n), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Die Essay on Wove Stamp Paper, Gummed, Perforated Oval (79-E30n)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Die Essay on Wove Stamp Paper, Gummed, Perforated Oval (79-E30n). Eleven, virtually all a different color, all but one with imprint at bottom, some faults, overall appear Fine-Very Fine, a scarce group

1,650
400
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4009°
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4009, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Spencer Patent, Rainbow Plate Essay on Wove, Perf 12 (79-E30r), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Spencer Patent, Rainbow Plate Essay on Wove, Perf 12 (79-E30r)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Spencer Patent, Rainbow Plate Essay on Wove, Perf 12 (79-E30r). Four vertical pairs and two singles which originally formed a vertical pair, each a different color, original gum, h.r., few small faults

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE GROUP OF THE SPENCER PATENT RAINBOW ESSAYS. THIS GROUP IS COMPLETE FOR ALL SCOTT-LISTED COLORS.

Ex Finkelburg and accompanied by his original page. Scott Retail as singles

E. 4,000-5,000
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4010°
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4010, 1861-68 Issues Essays (Scott 73-E thru 79-E)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Safety Paper Essays (79-E31a, b, d, e, f, g, h), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Safety Paper Essays (79-E31a, b, d, e, f, g, h)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Safety Paper Essays (79-E31a, b, d, e, f, g, h). Seven different safety paper essays, representing what we believe is the complete set of all designs, all have large margins, only one is merely ample on one side, deep rich colors

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A SPECTACULAR SET OF NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. 3-CENT LIBERTY SAFETY PAPER DESIGNS.

The Scott Catalogue began listing essays in its 1992 U.S. Specialized, and since then has listed one additional design of the 3c safety papers -- 79-E31c with "2" in red circles. However we have never encountered this variety and it is the only type that has never been illustrated in Scott. In addition, the Finkelburg collection had a set of seven, without the extra essay, which he regarded as complete. While this additional variety may exist, we would like to see an example for confirmation.

These beautiful essays are similar to the subsequent 1869 safety paper essays (see lots 4124-4148 of this sale). Scott 79-E31a is the only one that shares the same safety paper underprint with the 1869 Pictorials (see lot 4137 in this sale). Both of these sets are among the most beautiful and unique of all United States essays and proofs

9,800
4,500
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