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Sale 1195 — The Richard Drews Collection of United States 1861-68 Issues

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Category — 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
9
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 9, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent National Bank Note Co., (3c) Black, Vignette Die Essay on White Glazed (65-E11b), National Bank Note Co., (3c) Black, Vignette Die Essay on White Glazed (65-E11b)National Bank Note Co., (3c) Black, Vignette Die Essay on White Glazed (65-E11b). 46 x 52mm with imprint at bottom, intense shade, thin spot at top not affecting design (nearly all the essays on white glazed paper we have encountered, across all issues, have a thin spot), Very Fine appearing example of this die essay, the only other example we have offered in Black was from our 2005 sale of the "Lake Shore" collection, these nearly always seem to come in Scarlet

750
325
10
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 10, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E12), National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E12)National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E12). Die sunk on 153 x 112mm card with full die sinkage, India paper trimmed to outside the die sinkage area -- first state of Die 441 (without number or imprint), no scrollwork around perimeter and no ornaments inside the numerals and "US" -- card with some very faint soiling, Very Fine and rare progressive die essay

1,000
1,100
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11
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 11, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent National Bank Note Co., 3c Scarlet, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E13), National Bank Note Co., 3c Scarlet, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E13)National Bank Note Co., 3c Scarlet, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E13). India paper affixed to 61 x 36mm card, with pencil arrows pointing out traces of scrollwork around perimeter -- this die state likely followed the finished First Design, which at this stage lacks the completed ornamentation around the perimeter (appears to have been removed from die) but has some of the ornaments inside the numerals and "US" that appear in later states -- Very Fine

1,000
850
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12
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 12, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent National Bank Note Co., 3c Deep Red Brown, First Design, Die Essay on India (65-E15c; formerly 56TC1), National Bank Note Co., 3c Deep Red Brown, First Design, Die Essay on India (65-E15c; formerly 56TC1)National Bank Note Co., 3c Deep Red Brown, First Design, Die Essay on India (65-E15c; formerly 56TC1). 42 x 52mm with die no. 441 and imprint at bottom -- this state of the die was used to produce Plate 2, from which First Design proofs and stamps were printed, the die shows ornamentation around perimeter and more elaborate ornamentation inside numerals and "US" than appears on the next state of the die or 3c Second Design stamps -- exceptional depth of color which we are calling Deep Red Brown (none of the listed colors describe this), incomplete light pencil notation at bottom, Very Fine

2,000
900
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13
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 13, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent National Bank Note Co., 3c Orange Red, Perforated First Design, 3c Pink, Deep Orange Red, Die Essay on Wove (56 var, 65-E14 var), National Bank Note Co., 3c Orange Red, Perforated First Design, 3c Pink, Deep Orange Red, Die Essay on Wove (56 var, 65-E14 var)National Bank Note Co., 3c Orange Red, Perforated First Design, 3c Pink, Deep Orange Red, Die Essay on Wove (56 var, 65-E14 var). First Design perforated stamp with original gum, single hinge mark, warm color, choice centering, Extremely Fine example of this shade, first of the imperforate essays cut to outside the design, latter with particularly large margins, brilliant colors, Very Fine, Scott Retail counting the imperforate essays as die sunk on card

2,000
325
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14
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 14, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent National Bank Note Co., 3c Rose, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E16, unlisted), National Bank Note Co., 3c Rose, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E16, unlisted)National Bank Note Co., 3c Rose, Progressive Die Essay on India (65-E16, unlisted). Showing the complete design as on the issued stamp except lacking the outer balls around the four corners (possibly other minor design differences as well), large margins to full at bottom, small "f" handstamp on back, Very Fine, this is the discovery example of this progressive die proof that represents an incomplete version of the 3c Second Design -- unlisted in Scott, though it would logically fall immediately after the finished First Design, and therefore we are calling it 65-E16

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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15
TC
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 15, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (65TC1ae), 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (65TC1ae)3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (65TC1ae). Die sunk on 62 x 59mm card which is cut close to the India paper but shows full die sinkage, albino die no. 441 and imprint at bottom, intense shade, Very Fine, lovely trial color proof

2,500
1,300
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16
TC
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 16, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (65TC1ae), 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (65TC1ae)3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (65TC1ae). On 45 x 43mm card, clearly showing die layout lines, manuscript at top right partly trimmed away, Very Fine, scarce and attractive trial color proof, ex "Lake Shore"

2,500
275
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17
TC
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 17, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thick Glazed Card (65TC1af), 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thick Glazed Card (65TC1af)3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thick Glazed Card (65TC1af). 55 x 73mm with albino die no. 441 and imprint at bottom, exceptional impression pops off this type of shiny card

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 1861 3-CENT BLACK LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF ON GLAZED CARD.

There are a variety of trial colors for the 3c 1861 issued design listed in Scott. All but this single example are printed on India paper. Despite that fact, Scott prices this the same as the India paper proofs.

Ex "Lake Shore"

2,500
1,000
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18
P
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 18, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent 3c Rose, Large Die Proof on India (65P1), 3c Rose, Large Die Proof on India (65P1)3c Rose, Large Die Proof on India (65P1). On 51 x 60mm card, showing die sinkage at top and bottom, albino die no. 441 and black imprint at bottom, brilliant color, Very Fine and surprisingly elusive, we have not sold another example outside of a set since 2012

1,000
325
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19
P
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 19, 1861 Contract Essays: 3-Cent 3c Scarlet, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (74TC1a), 3c Scarlet, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (74TC1a)3c Scarlet, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (74TC1a). Die sunk on 66 x 64mm card with full die sinkage, die no. 441 and albino imprint at bottom, beautiful bright color in this distinct shade

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 3-CENT SCARLET TRIAL COLOR IN LARGE DIE PROOF FORM.

We feel this is of greater importance than the other trial colors for the 3c design, as this color was also used to print the elusive Scott 74. This is one of only three recorded examples and the first we have encountered

2,250
1,500
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