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

Sale Date — Friday, 12 May, 2017

Category — 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)

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4067°
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4067, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10c Blue, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10c Blue, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10c Blue, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). On 115 x 77mm card with full die sinkage, couple faint toned spots

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE 10-CENT 1869 ESSAY WITH THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE VIGNETTE ENGRAVED BY JAMES SMILLIE, WHICH WAS ULTIMATELY USED FOR THE 24-CENT DENOMINATION. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE IN THIS COLOR WE HAVE OFFERED SINCE KEEPING COMPUTERIZED RECORDS.

This vignette is a miniature engraving by James Smillie, based on a painting by Trumbull which hangs in the Rotunda of the Capitol. Contrary to popular belief, the scene depicted by Trumbull is not the signing ceremony, but the presentation of the draft. It has been written that the 30c stamp was changed from the Surrender of Burgoyne to the Eagle, Shield and Flags design to avoid offending the British. If true, it seems odd that officials would choose to use the Declaration of Independence "1776" design for the 24c stamp, which was far more likely to adorn mail to England (the basic rate was 12c).

Ex Earl of Crawford, Finkelburg and Dr. Heimburger

4,250
3,000
4068°
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4068, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10c Dim Rose, Declaration of Independence Large Die Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10c Dim Rose, Declaration of Independence Large Die Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10c Dim Rose, Declaration of Independence Large Die Die Essay on India (116-E2a). On 114 x 76mm card with full die sinkage, bright color

VERY FINE. REPORTED TO BE THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE IN THIS COLOR. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE SHOWING THE FULL DIE SINKAGE AREA.

Ex "Lake Shore".

4,250
2,200
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4069
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4069, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10c Blackish Slate, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10c Blackish Slate, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10c Blackish Slate, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). On 115 x 177mm card with full die sinkage, immaculate condition

EXTREMELY FINE GEM. THIS IS REPORTED TO BE THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS ESSAY IN THE BLACKISH SLATE COLOR.

Ex Finkelburg and "Lake Shore". This color is unlisted in Scott. Scott Retail as listed color

4,250
2,000
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4070°
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4070, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10c Orange Yellow, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10c Orange Yellow, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10c Orange Yellow, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). On 113 x 75mm card with full die sinkage, brilliant color, trivial soiling at top left well away from design

VERY FINE. REPORTED TO BE THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE IN THIS COLOR. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE SHOWING THE FULL DIE SINKAGE AREA.

Ex Finkelburg and "Lake Shore"

4,250
2,200
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4071
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4071, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10 Red Brown, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a), 10 Red Brown, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a)10 Red Brown, Declaration of Independence Large Die Essay on India (116-E2a). Off card and cut down to 32 x 32mm, deep rich color, small thin spot of no consequence, Very Fine, a rare and desirable essay, Scott Retail as die sunk on card

4,250
550
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4072
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4072, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10c Black, Large Die Essay on India (116-E4), 10c Black, Large Die Essay on India (116-E4)10c Black, Large Die Essay on India (116-E4). On 151 x 221mm card with full die sinkage, imprint at bottom, trivial corner wear, Very Fine and choice example of this scarce essay, very few are known and this is the largest we have encountered, ex Kuphal, "Lake Shore" and Liberman

2,500
0
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4073°
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Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4073, 1869 Issue, 10c Declaration of Independence and Eagle Essays (Scott 116-E2)10c Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (116-E2b), 10c Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (116-E2b)10c Declaration of Independence, Large Die Essay on India, Stamp Size (116-E2b). Five, in Black, Red Orange, Blue Green, Brown and Buff, gorgeous colors, cut close as listed but with design elements intact, typical India paper translucencies or thins

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE GROUP OF 1869 10-CENT DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ESSAYS.

These are rarely seen at all, much less in a set. Only two Scott-listed colors are absent. Power Search located only one other example. Three are ex Brazer, which is the only sale where we were able to locate any others.

7,500
3,000
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