VERY FINE AND VERY UNUSUAL. THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE OF THIS ESSAY WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LOCATE THAT SHOWS A PORTION OF THE FRAME DESIGN PRINTED IN THE VIGNETTE COLOR. AN IMPORTANT PIECE THAT ADVANCES THE THEORY THAT AT ONE POINT A SINGLE DIE WAS CREATED FOR BOTH THE FRAME AND VIGNETTE DESIGN.
Our examination of other vignettes which were mounted in place failed to find another showing any of the frame design. The example offered here goes a long way towards validating the theory that at some point both the frame and vignette of this bicolored stamp existed as a single die, probably in an early state. A new die was likely made of the frame only, and the original die with both frame and vignette was used for the vignette impression, with the frame cut out, so they could see what the bicolored design would look like prior to finalizing the dies.
Ex Liberman. With 1992 P.F. certificate stating "small tear in margin below design" which is caused by the embossed seal
VERY FINE. A FASCINATING PROGRESSIVE DIE ESSAY FOR THE FRAME OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE. THIS IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER FRAME ONLY DIE ESSAYS WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED.
On the issued stamp only two border lines are present between the vignette and the frame. The essay offered here shows three at left and at right shows one in parts and two in other parts. There is also an area at bottom above the "CE" of "CENTS" where all three lines are clearly visible. At one point a die existed with both the frame and vignette (see previous lot). There must have been a piece of paper inserted into the vignette area to obtain this frame-only essay, to simulate how two lines would have looked prior to altering the die. This theory is further reinforced by unevenness in other parts of the design -- the paper must have become skewed because the bottom left shows more of the design and the top right shows less. The unevenness led us to think that this could be a hybrid, but it clearly is not.
Scott Retail as normal Scott 120-E3b
VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FRAME ONLY ESSAY OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.
Ex Finkelburg and Dr. Heimburger