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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Category — Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
59
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 59, Essays and Proofs: Plate ProofsNational Bank Note Co., 1c-90c 1861 First Designs and Colors, Plate Proofs on India (62BP3/72-E7e), National Bank Note Co., 1c-90c 1861 First Designs and Colors, Plate Proofs on India (62BP3/72-E7e)National Bank Note Co., 1c-90c 1861 First Designs and Colors, Plate Proofs on India (62BP3/72-E7e). Complete set of eight values in blocks of four (2c and 15c were issued later so they don't exist as First Designs), brilliant colors, several showing plate layout lines, 1c in Indigo with some India paper thinning at top, 30c with small scissors-cut between two proofs

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1861 FIRST DESIGNS AND COLORS PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA, IN BLOCKS OF FOUR. NO MORE THAN TWO CAN EXIST.

According to essay-proof specialist James Lee, only two complete sets of these India paper proofs are possible. The set possibilities are limited by the extreme rarity of the 1c, 24c, 30c and 90c values in blocks of four.

Scott Retail as singles, counting the 24c as the regularly issued No. 78P3 (though its color differs significantly from the 78P3 in lot 62)

10,700
7,500
60
Ebl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 60, Essays and Proofs: Plate ProofsNational Bank Note Co., 1c Ultramarine, First Design, Plate Essay on India (63-E11c), National Bank Note Co., 1c Ultramarine, First Design, Plate Essay on India (63-E11c)National Bank Note Co., 1c Ultramarine, First Design, Plate Essay on India (63-E11c). Bottom imprint and plate no. 1 block of eight on card backing, brilliant color, full margins, couple tiny toned specks are of no consequence but mentioned for accuracy

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED PLATE BLOCK OF THE ONE-CENT 1861 FIRST DESIGN PLATE ESSAY ON INDIA.

To the best of our knowledge, there is only one other example of the 1c First Design with the plate number, a bottom strip of four in Ultramarine shade.

Ex Evans and illustrated in his book on p. 14

E. 3,000-4,000
6,250
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61
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 61, Essays and Proofs: Plate ProofsNational Bank Note Co., 1c Ultramarine, First Design, Plate Essay on India (63-E11c), National Bank Note Co., 1c Ultramarine, First Design, Plate Essay on India (63-E11c)National Bank Note Co., 1c Ultramarine, First Design, Plate Essay on India (63-E11c). Block of four, full to large margins, faint thins at top from mount removal, appears Very Fine, ex Finkelburg, Scott Retail as singles

1,200
350
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62
Pbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 62, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (63P3/78P3), 1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (63P3/78P3)1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (63P3/78P3). Complete set of 12 in blocks of four, 3c represented by all three of the listed shades, including Rose (65P3), Lake (66P3) and Scarlet (74P3), 24c and 30c with sheet margins, brilliant colors throughout, 3c Scarlet and 30c with minor India paper translucencies

VERY FINE. A CHOICE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1861 ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA IN BLOCKS OF FOUR, INCLUDING ALL THREE OF THE 3-CENT COLORS.

A very fresh set of blocks

5,075
4,250
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63
P
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 63, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4/78P4), 1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4/78P4)1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4/78P4). 61 proofs, comprising five singles from each from the five different card proof printings, each printing shows subtle differences in shade (as identified by Falk Finkelburg), including both colors of the 3c (Rose and Scarlet) and both colors of the 24c (Red Lilac and Lilac), also an extra 5c which is much lighter in color, approaching Buff, all have ample to large margins, fresh and bright throughout

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY DIFFICULT TO DUPLICATE COMPLETE SET OF 1861 ISSUE CARD PROOFS FROM EACH OF THE FIVE DIFFERENT PRINTINGS.

Ex Finkelburg. Scott Retail does not take into account the difficulty of assembling the different printings

5,700
4,000
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64
Pbl
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 64, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4-78P4), 1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4-78P4)1c-90c 1861-66 Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (63P4-78P4). Complete set of blocks of four, the 3c in the Scarlet color (74P4), the 24c block in Lilac and also including a single of the scarce Red Lilac (70P4, 1879 printing) which is not recorded in block form, large margins, bright colors, 1c with part imprint sheet margin, 30c with sheet margin, 2c with some very minor soiling

VERY FINE. A SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 1861-66 ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON CARD.

This is the first complete set of blocks we have offered since keeping computerized records

3,125
2,300
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65
P
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 65, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs3c Rose, Plate Proof on Card (65P4), 3c Rose, Plate Proof on Card (65P4)3c Rose, Plate Proof on Card (65P4). Block of four, large margins all around, wonderful depth of color, Extremely Fine, this is the only recorded block of four of the 3c 1861 Issue plate proof on card, a great rarity, it was originally a block of six, when it was submitted to The Philatelic Foundation in 1982, two stamps were removed and deconstructed to confirm that this is not India paper on card, with 1982 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,500
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66
P
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 66, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs24c Red Lilac, Plate Proof on India (70P3), 24c Red Lilac, Plate Proof on India (70P3)24c Red Lilac, Plate Proof on India (70P3). Brilliant color, choice large margins, bottom margin with tiny pinhole and tiny specks of red ink, Extremely Fine appearance, the discovery example of this plate proof on India paper, as collectors of this issue are aware, the 24c Red Lilac shade plate proof on card (70P4) is the premium value of the set and is much scarcer than the Lilac shade on card (78P4), this is the discovery example on India paper and we are aware of no others, with 2002 P.F. and 2012 A.P.S. certificates, the latter stating unique as of certificate date, unlisted in Scott, which prices the proof on card at $500.00

E. 750-1,000
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67
TC
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 67, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs2c Black Jack, Die I, Trial Color Plate Proofs on India (73TC3), 2c Black Jack, Die I, Trial Color Plate Proofs on India (73TC3)2c Black Jack, Die I, Trial Color Plate Proofs on India (73TC3). Six, each in a different color, including Gray Black with geometric trial cancel, Dull Chalky Blue, Vermilion, Scarlet, Blue Green and Olive Green, last with minor translucency but overall better condition than often encountered with this fragile paper, Very Fine, the trial cancel is found on covers from Washington D.C. and was probably obtained to test the trial color proofs, Scott Retail without premium for the trial cancel which is unlisted

1,900
850
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68
TC
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 68, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs15c Deep Blue, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (77TC3), 15c Deep Blue, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (77TC3)15c Deep Blue, Trial Color Plate Proof on India (77TC3). Two singles, first showing forehead plate flaw, second with black trial cancel, Fine-Very Fine, unusual varieties, Scott Retail as two normal singles

670
225
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69
TC
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 69, Essays and Proofs: Plate Proofs1c-90c 1861-66 Designs, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (102TC4-111TC4), 1c-90c 1861-66 Designs, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (102TC4-111TC4)1c-90c 1861-66 Designs, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (102TC4-111TC4). Complete set of 50 in all five colors, mounted on exhibit pages, ample to large margins, deep rich colors

VERY FINE-EXTREMELY FINE. A MAGNIFICENT COMPLETE SET OF ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PROOFS FOR THE 1861-66 ISSUE DESIGNS. THIS IS ONLY THE THIRD COMPLETE SET OF ALL 50 PROOFS WE HAVE OFFERED IN DECADES.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 50 in each color was printed. The sheets were somehow acquired by James A. Petrie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, at the close of the exposition (along with the 1869 invert card proof sheets). Petrie claimed that he rescued the proofs just before they were to be burned. They were cut up into one set of blocks of eight, two sets of blocks of four, pairs and singles. These are often offered either by denomination or in other smaller groupings. It is difficult to assemble the complete set.

5,015
6,500
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