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

Sale Date — Friday, 12 May, 2017

Category — 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4083
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4083, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)[24c] Declaration of Independence, Large Die Proof on Thin Card (120-E), [24c] Declaration of Independence, Large Die Proof on Thin Card (120-E)[24c] Declaration of Independence, Large Die Proof on Thin Card (120-E). 210 x 140mm, with ornate border showing patriotic themes and "Engraved by American Bank Note Co." at bottom, intense shade, fresh and Very Fine, this design was also used for some currency, it is based on a famous painting by John Trumbull that hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, this large-size engraving is an excellent way to see all 42 people shown on the stamp and makes a nice frontispiece

E. 500-750
550
4084
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4084, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)24c Black on Tinted Paper, Small Numeral Plate Essays on India (120-E2c thru 120-E2f, 120-E2h, 120-E2j), 24c Black on Tinted Paper, Small Numeral Plate Essays on India (120-E2c thru 120-E2f, 120-E2h, 120-E2j)24c Black on Tinted Paper, Small Numeral Plate Essays on India (120-E2c thru 120-E2f, 120-E2h, 120-E2j). Large margins, rich colors, 120-E2e with two tiny pinholes, 120-E2j with tiny thin spot, Very Fine appearance, scarce and desirable group of these different paper types, ex Laehder, each with 1996 or 1997 P.F. certificate

1,500
275
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4085
Ebl
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4085, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)24c Black on Dull Yellow Tinted, Small Numeral Plate Essay on India (120-E2e), 24c Black on Dull Yellow Tinted, Small Numeral Plate Essay on India (120-E2e)24c Black on Dull Yellow Tinted, Small Numeral Plate Essay on India (120-E2e). Block of four, large margins, intense shade and impression, Very Fine and choice, ex Hansen, Scott Retail as singles

1,000
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4086
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4086, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)24c Violet & Green, Large Die Essay on India, Vignette Mounted in Place (120-E3a), 24c Violet & Green, Large Die Essay on India, Vignette Mounted in Place (120-E3a)24c Violet & Green, Large Die Essay on India, Vignette Mounted in Place (120-E3a). On 76 x 51mm India which is hinged onto 180 x 147mm card, "tied" on card by "National Bank Note Co. N.Y." embossed seal at bottom of India which breaks the paper, showing part of frame design printed in vignette color at bottom left

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

4,500
1,500
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4087°
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4087, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Progressive Die Essay on India (120-E3b var), 24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Progressive Die Essay on India (120-E3b var)24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Progressive Die Essay on India (120-E3b var). 74 x 40mm, three border lines clearly visible at left and trimmed close at right so only two and in some spots only one are visible, small area at bottom right shows three which leads us to believe a piece of paper or something else was inserted into the vignette area prior to printing, rich color, minor India paper translucency at right

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

5,000
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4088°
E
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4088, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Die Essay on India (120-E3b), 24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Die Essay on India (120-E3b)24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Die Essay on India (120-E3b). With three border lines around the blank center area (as opposed to two on the issued stamp), on 93 x 70mm card, deep rich color, small scuff mark (paste-up of vignette may have been present at one time)

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FRAME ONLY ESSAY OF THE 24-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL ISSUE.

Ex Finkelburg and Dr. Heimburger

5,000
1,500
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4089
P
Sale Number 1158, Lot Number 4089, 1869 Issue, 24c Declaration of Independence Essays (Scott 120-E)24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Progressive Die Proof on Thick Wove, Perforated (120-E3c var), 24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Progressive Die Proof on Thick Wove, Perforated (120-E3c var)24c Dark Green, Frame Only, Progressive Die Proof on Thick Wove, Perforated (120-E3c var). Two border lines around the blank portrait as on the issued stamp, perforated 12 (possibly privately) and without gum, bright color, two small translucencies in blank portrait, Very Fine and most unusual, ex Juhring, unlisted in Scott, Scott Retail as normal No. 120-E3c

5,000
800
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