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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: Unsuccesful bidders

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 1, 1861 Contract Essays: Unsuccesful biddersRawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, Washington Vignette, Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, Washington VignetteRawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, Washington Vignette. Cut to approximately 23 x 32mm size with die no. 39931 and imprint at bottom, glued into full-size folder labeled with die number, manuscript "Rawdon -- 544" inside, folder with couple minor edge tears, still Very Fine and rare, from the American Bank Note Co. archives, this die design was originally used on obsolete bank notes printed by Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, it was later modified for use on the 90c 1860 and 1861 Issue stamps

E. 300-400
300
2
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 2, 1861 Contract Essays: Unsuccesful biddersToppan, Carpenter & Co, 1861 Issue Die Essays, Cut to Shape (63-E9a/72-E5b), Toppan, Carpenter & Co, 1861 Issue Die Essays, Cut to Shape (63-E9a/72-E5b)Toppan, Carpenter & Co, 1861 Issue Die Essays, Cut to Shape (63-E9a/72-E5b). Eight essays representing each of the 1861 Toppan, Carpenter & Co. complete design submissions, including Nos. 63-E9a (Black and Blue), 65-E4c, 67-E4b, 69-E4c, 70-E4b and 72-E5a (Black and Blue), each showing full designs all around, rich colors, a few small paper translucencies and flaws as usual for these

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE SET OF THE 1861 TOPPAN, CARPENTER & COMPANY FULL DESIGN ESSAYS. VERY RARELY OFFERED AS A SET.

The wide availability of the 1903 reprints produced by Ernest Schernikow sometimes lures collectors into the sense that these original 1861 Toppan, Carpenter essays are common. A footnote in Scott states "examples on 1861 paper and in 1861 colors are rare." This set represents the full group of complete designs submitted for the 1861 contract (Toppan, Carpenter did not produce a 10c or 30c design for the contract)

5,200
3,250
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3
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 3, 1861 Contract Essays: Unsuccesful biddersToppan, Carpenter & Co., 12c Black, Die Essay on Old Proof paper, Corners Drawn in Pencil (69-E4d), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 12c Black, Die Essay on Old Proof paper, Corners Drawn in Pencil (69-E4d)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 12c Black, Die Essay on Old Proof paper, Corners Drawn in Pencil (69-E4d). 58 x 68mm, crisp impression, part of paper symmetrically cut away at corners, small thin spots at top and bottom

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS TOPPAN, CARPENTER & CO. 12-CENT DIE ESSAY, PRODUCED FOR THE 1861 CONTRACT COMPETITION.

This essay and one which is similar but has several differences (offered in our Sale 890, lot 103), both with pencil-drawn numerals, are the only recorded examples.

Ex "Lake Shore"

2,750
1,200
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