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Sale 1165 — Classic Bureau Issues featuring The Dr. Irvin Heimburger and Roger Brody Collections

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Category — 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
104
E
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 104, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens2c 1902-03 Issue, Preliminary Pencil Drawing of Frame as Adopted on Tracing Paper (301-E1B), 2c 1902-03 Issue, Preliminary Pencil Drawing of Frame as Adopted on Tracing Paper (301-E1B)2c 1902-03 Issue, Preliminary Pencil Drawing of Frame as Adopted on Tracing Paper (301-E1B). 145 x 168mm design size on slightly larger tracing paper, signed "R. Ostrander Smith 1-9-0-2", frame is essentially as adopted for the final stamp design, small flaws and corner creasing due to the fragile nature of the paper

THIS IS THE UNIQUE HAND-DRAWN FRAME ESSAY OF THE ADOPTED DESIGN BY R. OSTRANDER SMITH FOR THE TWO-CENT 1902 ISSUE. A WONDERFUL RARITY.

There are a few other frame sketches known for the 2c 1902 Flags Issue, but they differ significantly from the final design. This is the preliminary sketch of what would become the actual adopted frame design.

Ex "Lake Shore"

3,500
2,600
105
E
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 105, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Raymond Ostrander Smith Hand-Drawn Essays (300-E-313-E var), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Raymond Ostrander Smith Hand-Drawn Essays (300-E-313-E var)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Raymond Ostrander Smith Hand-Drawn Essays (300-E-313-E var). 17 hand-drawn pencil drawings of the issued stamps plus unissued $3.00 and $4.00 denominations, each approximately 120 x 120mm with block letters at bottom margin "R. Ostrander Smith", mounted on exhibit pages with descriptions throughout, some faint paper toning

VERY FINE. A FASCINATING GROUP OF PENCIL DRAWINGS OF THE 1902 ISSUE, BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CREATED BY RAYMOND OSTRANDER SMITH.

This set was the subject of a series of articles in the U.S. Specialist in 2003 by Roger Brody (nos. 881-883, copies included). While there has been considerable debate about the origin of the drawings and whether Smith was in fact responsible for their creation, they form an outstanding set and are perfect for display

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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106
E
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 106, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1902-03 Issue, Photographic Essays of Unaccepted Designs, 1902-03 Issue, Photographic Essays of Unaccepted Designs1902-03 Issue, Photographic Essays of Unaccepted Designs. Two different groups of photo essays, first includes 4c, 8c (with Sherman portrait) and 13c, stamp-size on photo-sensitive paper, significant differences in the design and obviously in the case of the 8c, the subject of the portrait, second group contains six photo essays in larger size (approximately 50 x 55mm) with four different 2c, a 1c and a 10c, Very Fine group, two of first with P.F. certificates

E. 750-1,000
850
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107
E
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 107, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens2c Black, Large Die Essay on India (301-E3), 2c Black, Large Die Essay on India (301-E3)2c Black, Large Die Essay on India (301-E3). Die sunk on 92 x 105mm card, incomplete design with head unfinished, missing horizontal background lines, unfinished frame and lettering

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT FLAGS DIE ESSAY. AN OUTSTANDING RARITY.

Ex "Cheshire"

4,000
2,700
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108
E
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 108, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens$5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Essay on India (313-E1), $5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Essay on India (313-E1)$5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Essay on India (313-E1). Die sunk on 94 x 105mm card, significantly incomplete engraving with blank ovals at top, many shading lines absent in frame and vignette in the eyes, cheek, hair and neckpiece

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE PROGRESSIVE DIE ESSAY FOR THE $5.00 1902 ISSUE AND ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE BUREAU ISSUE ESSAYS EXTANT.

This state of the die is among the least complete of all 1902 Issue essays. There are no other known progressive die impressions for the $5.00 value.

Ex "Cheshire".

12,000
4,750
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109
P
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 109, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (300P1-313P1), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (300P1-313P1)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Large Die Proofs on India (300P1-313P1). Complete set, die sunk on cards measuring approximately 148 x 198mm, exceptional rich colors throughout, bright and fresh

EXTREMELY FINE. THIS COMPLETE SET OF 1902 ISSUE LARGE DIE PROOFS IS ONE OF ONLY THREE OR FOUR KNOWN. A GREAT RARITY OF EARLY BUREAU AND ESSAY-PROOF COLLECTING.

The Shreves catalog of the first Brody collection in 2002 stated that three complete sets of large die proofs are known, as well as one part set, which was divided up and offered individually in that sale. The $2.00 and $5.00 offered individually in this sale (lots 113-114) are from that part set.

26,500
14,500
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110
P
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 110, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2). Complete set, rich colors, each on original gray card backing

EXTREMELY FINE. A FRESH AND BEAUTIFUL COMPLETE SET OF 1902 ISSUE SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

Only 85 presentation albums were prepared.

4,275
3,750
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111
P
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 111, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2). Complete set, rich colors, each on original gray card backing

EXTREMELY FINE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF 1902 ISSUE SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

Only 85 presentation albums were prepared.

4,275
3,500
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112
P
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 112, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (300P2a-313P2a), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (300P2a-313P2a)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (300P2a-313P2a). Rich colors throughout with only the 50c slightly oxidized, a few with the typical minor mounting translucencies, characteristic light toning

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1915 PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS FOR THE 1902 ISSUE. ONLY THREE TO FIVE EXAMPLES OF EACH WERE CREATED.

From February 20 to December 4, 1915, the Panama-Pacific Exposition was held in San Francisco, to commemorate Balboa's discovery of the Pacific Ocean and to celebrate the opening of one of mankind's greatest engineering achievements, the Panama Canal.

The Post Office Department decided to prepare a limited number of proof sets showing every United States stamp printed up to the time of the exposition. A total of 413 different designs were made. Only two sets were officially prepared, but it is widely recognized that between three and five of each were made. These included Officials, Newspapers and Periodicals, Philippines and other special use stamps.

The Shreves catalog of the first Brody collection in 2002 stated that only this complete set of 1902 Issue Panama-Pacific proofs exists in private hands. However, we believe there is at least one additional complete set in private hands. A master set of all 413 proofs resides in the Smithsonian collection.

Each with 1985 P.F. certificate

35,000
30,000
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113
P
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 113, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens$2.00 Dark Blue, Large Die Proof on India (312P1), $2.00 Dark Blue, Large Die Proof on India (312P1)$2.00 Dark Blue, Large Die Proof on India (312P1). On 92 x 105mm card with full die sinkage, intense shade, tiny inconsequential toned speck near top, Very Fine and extremely rare large die proof of the 1902 Issue, only four of the $2.00 are believed to exist

2,500
1,100
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114
P
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 114, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens$5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Proof on India (313P1), $5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Proof on India (313P1)$5.00 Dark Green, Large Die Proof on India (313P1). On 92 x 105mm card with full die sinkage, beautiful rich color, Very Fine and extremely rare large die proof of the 1902 Issue, only four of the $5.00 are believed to exist, ex Lilly

2,500
1,100
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115
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 115, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (300S-E-313S-E), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (300S-E-313S-E)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (300S-E-313S-E). Complete set plus extra $1.00-$5.00, overprints in various places including at top, bottom, left or right reading up, original gum with h.r. or disturbed, some flaws including one $2.00 thinned, generally Fine, a scarce set especially with duplication of the high values

4,360
850
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116
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 116, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (300S-E-313S-E), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (300S-E-313S-E)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (300S-E-313S-E). Complete set, overprints in various places including at top, bottom, left or right reading up, original gum with h.r., a couple minor flaws but overall better condition than normally seen, Fine-Very Fine and scarce set

2,950
550
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117
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 117, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens$5.00 Dark Green, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (313S-E), $5.00 Dark Green, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (313S-E)$5.00 Dark Green, "Specimen" Ovpt. Ty. E (313S-E). Original gum, blurry strike of Specimen ovpt., wide selvage with manuscript "First Sheet 3-18-1903 Wm Meredith Director", well-centered, Extremely Fine, a striking first sheet specimen signed by the Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

E. 750-1,000
800
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118
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 118, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens1c-$5, 1c-$51c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, "SPECIMEN" Diagonal Ovpt. in Capital Letters (300S-var-313S var). Complete set, each with large capital letter "SPECIMEN" ovpt. reading down diagonally, slightly disturbed original gum, six with natural s.e. on one side, a few trivial flaws

FINE-VERY FINE AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1902 ISSUE WITH "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINT APPLIED BY BRITISH POSTAL AUTHORITIES.

Similar to the "Ultramar" ovpts., these were applied to U.S. stamps provided to postal authorities as examples of what would appear on mail coming from the United States. While individual values of these Specimen overprints are sometimes found, a complete set is extremely rare.

Ex Ainsworth

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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119
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 119, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens$5.00 Dark Green, "Specimen" Diagonal Ovpt. (313S var), $5.00 Dark Green, "Specimen" Diagonal Ovpt. (313S var)$5.00 Dark Green, "Specimen" Diagonal Ovpt. (313S var). Black overprint applied diagonally reading up, unused (no gum), gum soaks and some toning, otherwise Fine and rare, this reportedly comes from the Natal U.P.U. book, ex Koller

E. 300-400
275
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120
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 120, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens, 2c, 3c 1902-03 Issue, "ULTRAMAR" Ovpt. (302S var, 319S var). Violet "ULTRAMAR" handstamp, unused (no gum), 3c with faults, otherwise Fine and scarce, the Portuguese Ministry for the Colonies applied the "Ultramar" overprint ("overseas") upon receipt of the stamps from U.P.U. headquarters in Berne, between 1900 and 1910 the stamps were distributed to the various colonies, with a few exceptions this was replaced with "Colonias" in 1911, there is only one recorded complete set.

E. 300-400
400
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121
S
Sale Number 1165, Lot Number 121, 1902-08 Issue: Essays, Proofs, Specimens$5, $5$5.00 Dark Green, "ULTRAMAR" Ovpt. (313S var). Violet "ULTRAMAR" handstamp, original gum, small h.r., Fine and rare, the Portuguese Ministry for the Colonies applied the "Ultramar" overprint ("overseas") upon receipt of the stamps from U.P.U. headquarters in Berne, between 1900 and 1910 the stamps were distributed to the various colonies, with a few exceptions this was replaced with "Colonias" in 1911, there is only one recorded complete set.

E. 500-750
400
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