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

Sale Date — Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Category — Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and Others

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
256
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 256, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Grilled (79-E18a), National Bank Note Co., 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Grilled (79-E18a)National Bank Note Co., 3c Deep Pink, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Grilled (79-E18a). 30 x 38mm, original gum, grill points down, bright color, Very Fine and scarce, others we have encountered in this color or the other listed Black color have faults, this example is particularly fresh

1,000
475
257
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 257, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Grilled, Washington, D.C. Feb. 21 Postmark (79-E18b), National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Grilled, Washington, D.C. Feb. 21 Postmark (79-E18b)National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Thick White Paper, Grilled, Washington, D.C. Feb. 21 Postmark (79-E18b). 75 x 60mm, original gum, h.r., grill points down, few creases outside the design, strongly struck cancel creates tiny thins, Very Fine appearance, this is the only example of this color listed in Power Search, ex Finkelburg

1,750
700
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258
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 258, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove, Grilled (79-E18e), National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove, Grilled (79-E18e)National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Yellow Wove, Grilled (79-E18e). 50 x 57mm, original gum, h.r., grill points down, intense shade which pops off the bright yellow paper, Very Fine

1,000
600
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259
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 259, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Carmine, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove, Grilled (79-E18f), National Bank Note Co., 3c Carmine, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove, Grilled (79-E18f)National Bank Note Co., 3c Carmine, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Orange Wove, Grilled (79-E18f). 49 x 56mm, original gum, grill points down, vivid color on bright orange paper, couple small translucencies outside the design are natural as there is no paper or gum disturbance, Very Fine

1,000
600
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260
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 260, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Pale Orange Brown, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Grayish Wove (79-E18i), National Bank Note Co., 3c Pale Orange Brown, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Grayish Wove (79-E18i)National Bank Note Co., 3c Pale Orange Brown, Shield-Shaped Die Essay on Grayish Wove (79-E18i). Lithograph design on 43 x 38mm paper without grill, pencil manuscript "McDonald P.O. Dept. Steel Nature" written along sides, pencil crossed-lines also drawn into shield, a few small thin spots, Very Fine appearance, the only recorded example of this grill essay

1,500
1,100
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261
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 261, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Shield Essays (79-E18j, k), National Bank Note Co., 3c Shield Essays (79-E18j, k)National Bank Note Co., 3c Shield Essays (79-E18j, k). Three of the shield essays, showing wide spaced bars, medium spaced bars (unlisted) and narrow spaced bars, also single 3c grilled circle essay (79-E13e), three with original gum, the narrow spaced shield with strong impression causing small holes (like the other example we have seen), first with light horizontal crease, Very Fine appearing group, rare with only a few known of each, Scott Retail counting the unlisted variety at $450.00

1,450
500
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262
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 262, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Engraved Shield Die Essay on India (79-E19a var), National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Engraved Shield Die Essay on India (79-E19a var)National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Engraved Shield Die Essay on India (79-E19a var). 117 x 47mm, with "One Thousand Dollars" and "1570" imprints at bottom, mounted on thin card with partial National Bank Note Company label from Fidelity Insurance, Trust and Safe Deposit Co. on back

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

3,000
1,900
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263
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 263, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Blue Green, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Thick Paper (79-E19c), National Bank Note Co., 3c Blue Green, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Thick Paper (79-E19c)National Bank Note Co., 3c Blue Green, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Thick Paper (79-E19c). 3c 1861 Issue frame design surrounding shield with central "3", the inside designs progressively diminish from left to right, and in this case the green background as well, Very Fine

2,750
550
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264
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 264, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Dark Red Brown, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Thick Paper (79-E19c), National Bank Note Co., 3c Dark Red Brown, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Thick Paper (79-E19c)National Bank Note Co., 3c Dark Red Brown, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Thick Paper (79-E19c). 3c 1861 Issue frame design surrounding shield with central "3", the inside designs progressively diminish from left to right, couple minor translucencies, Very Fine

2,750
650
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265
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 265, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 2c Black, Typographed Untrimmed Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E27b var), National Bank Note Co., 2c Black, Typographed Untrimmed Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E27b var)National Bank Note Co., 2c Black, Typographed Untrimmed Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E27b var). 64 x 76mm, intense color, negative "2" and "S" printed at far left, portion of frame of another design (3c 79-E28) 20mm to right, slight thinning in white areas at top and bottom, Very Fine and rare, we are aware of only two other examples, neither of those shows the portion of the 3c design at right or the white areas at top and bottom

600
350
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266
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 266, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 2c Albino on Blue Paper, Die Essay (79-E27d var), National Bank Note Co., 2c Albino on Blue Paper, Die Essay (79-E27d var)National Bank Note Co., 2c Albino on Blue Paper, Die Essay (79-E27d var). Original gum, h.r., embossed design cut to shape with central "2" die cut, Very Fine and most unusual, this matches the design listed in Scott as 79-E27 but does not match any of the specific listings, Scott Catalogue hints that it may have been produced for an envelope design, but the fact that it is gummed calls that into question, Scott Retail as 79-E27d

450
550
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267
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 267, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Shield Die Essays (79-E28), National Bank Note Co., 3c Shield Die Essays (79-E28)National Bank Note Co., 3c Shield Die Essays (79-E28). Five items covering several of the listings for this essay, one with untrimmed die in blue (25 x 39mm with right margin just in), the others include two perforated on heavily laid paper with "US" monogram, two embossed on white wove paper, nice range of colors, couple small flaws, overall Fine and very scarce group

2,200
750
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268
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 268, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Typographed Untrimmed Shield Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E28a), National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Typographed Untrimmed Shield Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E28a)National Bank Note Co., 3c Black, Typographed Untrimmed Shield Die Essay on Stiff Glazed Paper (79-E28a). 64 x 76mm, intense color, portion of frame of another design (2c 79-E27) 20mm to left, small thin spot in white area at top right, Very Fine and rare, we are aware of only two other examples, neither of those shows the portion of the 2c design at left or the white areas at top and bottom

700
400
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269
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 269, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 2c-3c Yellow Orange, Untrimmed Shield Die Essay on India (79-E28b), National Bank Note Co., 2c-3c Yellow Orange, Untrimmed Shield Die Essay on India (79-E28b)National Bank Note Co., 2c-3c Yellow Orange, Untrimmed Shield Die Essay on India (79-E28b). 95 x 51mm with embossed design, signed in pencil "Edmund Oldham" at bottom, translucency at right from hinge

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

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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270
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 270, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Brown, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Greenish Wove, Grilled (79-E28e), National Bank Note Co., 3c Brown, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Greenish Wove, Grilled (79-E28e)National Bank Note Co., 3c Brown, Typographed Shield Die Essay on Greenish Wove, Grilled (79-E28e). 31 x 39mm with uncleared surrounds, original gum, h.r., points down grill with pyramidal bosses measuring 10 x 12mm (13 points x 14 points), intense color, Very Fine, believed to be unique despite the very modest Scott Retail value

250
225
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271
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 271, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Light Blue, Albino, "US" Underprinted Design Only on Thin White Wove (79-E28g), National Bank Note Co., 3c Light Blue, Albino, "US" Underprinted Design Only on Thin White Wove (79-E28g)National Bank Note Co., 3c Light Blue, Albino, "US" Underprinted Design Only on Thin White Wove (79-E28g). Both Scott-listed colors, approximately 37 x 40mm, original gum, h.r., Very Fine, these are the only examples we have encountered and may well be unique, ex "Lake Shore", Scott Retail value of $700.00 has never been updated despite this pair realizing $2,000 in our 2007 "Lake Shore" sale

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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272
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 272, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., Diagonal Grill Die Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c), National Bank Note Co., Diagonal Grill Die Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c)National Bank Note Co., Diagonal Grill Die Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c). 21 x 41mm, original gum, with black "X" trial cancel (no doubt to test ink penetration), deep rich color, cancel causes some slight ink erosion in shield, appears Very Fine, scarce with the trail cancel

500
550
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273
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 273, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., Diagonal Grill Die Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c), National Bank Note Co., Diagonal Grill Die Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c)National Bank Note Co., Diagonal Grill Die Essay, Blue Lathework Frame (79-E21c). 61 x 34mm, showing two separate impressions of the grill, original gum, h.r, small faults including couple tears, one just into design at top, otherwise Fine, very scarce variety, Scott Retail as normal

500
350
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274
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 274, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Blue, Shield Die Essay on Pink Lilac (79-E22), National Bank Note Co., 3c Blue, Shield Die Essay on Pink Lilac (79-E22)National Bank Note Co., 3c Blue, Shield Die Essay on Pink Lilac (79-E22). 37 x 40mm, showing six horizontal embossed bars in shield, rich color, Extremely Fine, we have encountered only one other example of this rare essay with margins larger than stamp size, and that example (ex Finkelburg) had creases, ex Thomas Morris Sr.

3,000
1,600
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275
E
Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 275, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Orange, Die Essay on White Card (79-E23 var), National Bank Note Co., 3c Orange, Die Essay on White Card (79-E23 var)National Bank Note Co., 3c Orange, Die Essay on White Card (79-E23 var). Embossed design with albino frame die sunk directly onto 74 x 77mm card with full die sinkage, brilliant color, few small light toned spots outside the design, Very Fine and unusual, this fits elements of both 79-E23 and 79-E25 without exactly corresponding to either, as a large die essay it would more naturally fit under 79-E23 but it does not have the printed border around the design, undoubtedly rare

E. 300-400
160
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276
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 276, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Washington, Plate Essays on White Wove, Imperforate and Gummed (79-E23i), National Bank Note Co., 3c Washington, Plate Essays on White Wove, Imperforate and Gummed (79-E23i)National Bank Note Co., 3c Washington, Plate Essays on White Wove, Imperforate and Gummed (79-E23i). Six horizontal pairs with embossed design and surrounding frameline, including five of the six Scott-listed colors plus one color not listed, large margins, rich colors, also includes the same essay design on 30 x 34mm white paper in Black with uncleared surrounds, it has the frame around the design as 79-E23 but is not embossed (which is more like 79-E25), Very Fine group, Scott Retail counting the single as 79-E23a

1,000
275
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277
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 277, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Dotted, Lithographed Die Essay (79-E24a), National Bank Note Co., (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Dotted, Lithographed Die Essay (79-E24a)National Bank Note Co., (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Dotted, Lithographed Die Essay (79-E24a). 89 x 53mm with full die sinkage, struck in Red Violet, Very Fine and choice, rare with full die sinkage, a nearly identical example realized $1,200 in our 2007 "Lake Shore" sale, that essay and the example offered here are the only ones we have encountered with full die sinkage

750
500
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278
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 278, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Lined, Lithographed Die Essay (79-E24c), National Bank Note Co., (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Lined, Lithographed Die Essay (79-E24c)National Bank Note Co., (3c) Washington, Portrait Only, Face Lined, Lithographed Die Essay (79-E24c). 34 x 41mm, struck in black, fresh and Very Fine

750
250
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279
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 279, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Experimental Grills and OthersNational Bank Note Co., 3c Typographed Plate Essays (79-E25), National Bank Note Co., 3c Typographed Plate Essays (79-E25)National Bank Note Co., 3c Typographed Plate Essays (79-E25). Approximately 90 essays in singles, strips and two large blocks, showing a number of varieties of the 79-E25 sub-letter listings, including chemical paper, trial cancel on a block of four, ungrilled and essay C Grill with points up, also one with a wider grill resembling a B Grill, Gibson Patent fugitive inks, chemical paper, two strips of five and one of four with manuscript notations in bottom sheet margin commenting on the color and embossing, the two large blocks are imperforate and perforated blocks of 25, many are mounted on exhibit pages with descriptions, Very Fine, a wonderful array of these essays, several of these are rare and worth much more than catalogue value

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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