VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED IMPRINT EXAMPLES OF THIS 1861 ISSUE SHIELD ESSAY PRINTED BY NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY.
This essay depicts the 3c 1861 Issue frame design surrounding a shield with a central "3". The inside designs progressively diminish from left to right on all examples, but they are far more visible on the engraved examples. In addition, there is extra lathework around the shield on the right two essays. This lathework is not visible on any of the typographed examples we have encountered. This is one of two examples recorded with the bottom imprints. The other is printed in Brown.
Ex "Lake Shore". Unlisted in Scott with the imprint or in this color. Scott Retail as normal
VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS 2-CENT-3-CENT DUAL ESSAY.
Edward Oldham was a prominent bank note engraver from Ireland. After emigrating to New York he worked at National Bank Note Co. from 1863 until his death in 1894 (see A History of Long Island by Peter Ross, 1902, at Google Books).
Ex "Lake Shore". Scott Retail has long remained at $1,000.00 for this, despite its $2,900 hammer realization in our 2007 "Lake Shore" sale