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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: Safety Paper Overprints

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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 280, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Rose Pink on India, "ONE" Overprint in Deep Orange Yellow (79-E26a), National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Rose Pink on India, "ONE" Overprint in Deep Orange Yellow (79-E26a)National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Rose Pink on India, "ONE" Overprint in Deep Orange Yellow (79-E26a). Vertical pair with underinked portions of four other stamps, on 58 x 78mm India paper, overprint die measures 53 x 67mm with small "ONE" repeated in 41 vertical lines per 40mm, vivid stamp color, the overprint a lovely Deep Orange Yellow, light horizontal crease near bottom

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. ESSAY OF THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH A "ONE" NETWORK OVERPRINT. THIS REPRESENTS HALF OF THE ONLY RECORDED SHEET.

The safety network overprint essays listed in Scott as 79-E26 are discussed in two important articles by James Lee, Richard Drews and Jan Hofmeyr in the 2016 and 2017 Chronicle (no. 251, pp. 260-274 and no. 253, pp. 64-72). Both Abram Gibson and Emanuel Harmon received patents for re-use prevention ideas based on overprinting intaglio engraved stamps with surface printed networks of light wavy lines in various colors. Either the intaglio ink or network ink would be fugitive and wiped away if an attempt was made to re-use the stamp. The essay offered here conforms to the Gibson patent and is so attributed in the second Chronicle article. This is the bottom half of the unique sheet. The top half was offered in Siegel Sale 1113 (lot 2195). It is clear that the plate used to test this safety overprint was only four stamps high. Using what we can observe from this sheet and the unique "VEINTE" sheet of 12 offered in lot 281, it is evident that all the safety network essays were printed from miniature sheets of 12.

Illustrated in Chronicle no. 253 on p. 65

2,000
1,600
281
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 281, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Black, Miniature Sheet of Twelve, "VEINTE" Overprint in Orange (79-E26c), National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Black, Miniature Sheet of Twelve, "VEINTE" Overprint in Orange (79-E26c)National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Black, Miniature Sheet of Twelve, "VEINTE" Overprint in Orange (79-E26c). Complete sheet with selvage all around, intense shade, part original gum

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COMPLETE SHEET OF TWELVE OF THE 3-CENT 1867 ESSAY WITH THE "VEINTE" SAFETY OVERPRINT, ATTRIBUTED TO THE ABRAM GIBSON PATENT.

The safety network overprint essays listed in Scott as 79-E26 are discussed in two important articles by James Lee, Richard Drews and Jan Hofmeyr in the 2016 and 2017 Chronicle (no. 251, pp. 260-274 and no. 253, pp. 64-72). Both Abram Gibson and Emanuel Harmon received patents for re-use prevention ideas based on overprinting intaglio engraved stamps with surface printed networks of light wavy lines in various colors. Either the intaglio ink or network ink would be fugitive and wiped away if an attempt was made to re-use the stamp. The essay offered here conforms to the Gibson patent and is so attributed in the second Chronicle article. This is the unique full sheet of 12 and serves as strong evidence that all the safety network essays were printed from miniature sheets of 12.

Ex "Lake Shore". Illustrated in Chronicle no. 253 on p. 67

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282
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 282, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Washington, Plate Essays from Sheets of 12, Safety Network Ovpts. Ty. 1-3 (79-E26d-g), National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Washington, Plate Essays from Sheets of 12, Safety Network Ovpts. Ty. 1-3 (79-E26d-g)National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Washington, Plate Essays from Sheets of 12, Safety Network Ovpts. Ty. 1-3 (79-E26d-g). Group of 12 singles, four each with the Lee/Drews/Hofmeyr Types 1-3 safety network overprints (see below for listing explanation), including large wave (Ty. 1), medium wave (Ty. 2) and mesh wave (Ty. 3), mix of imperforate and perforated, wonderful range of stamp and overprint colors identified on exhibit page, a few with some minor ink disturbance or area of color changeling (probably from being exposed to moisture and representative of the fugitive ink), nine have sheet margin or selvage which better shows the wave type (these come from miniature sheets of 12 with selvage all around so most show selvage)

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND DESIRABLE GROUP OF THESE SCARCE NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY SAFETY NETWORK OVERPRINTS, REPRESENTING EACH OF THE THREE TYPES THAT ACTUALLY EXIST.

The safety network overprint essays listed in Scott as 79-E26 are discussed in two important articles by James Lee, Richard Drews and Jan Hofmeyr in the 2016 and 2017 Chronicle (no. 251, pp. 260-274 and no. 253, pp. 64-72). Both Abram Gibson and Emanuel Harmon received patents for re-use prevention ideas based on overprinting intaglio engraved stamps with surface printed networks of light wavy lines in various colors. Either the intaglio ink or network ink would be fugitive and wiped away if an attempt was made to re-use the stamp. The essays offered here conform to the Gibson patent and are so attributed in the second Chronicle article.

The wavy-line examples of the safety network overprints (79-E26d thru 79-E26g) are misdescribed in Scott. The second Chronicle article clears up the listing confusion and confirms that there are only three wave varieties, not four as listed in Scott, which also pictures two of the same types under different numbers. We will use the Lee/Drews/Hofmeyr types until the Scott listings are fixed

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283
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 283, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Dull Violet, Plate Essay from Sheets of 12, Pale Green Safety Network Overprint Ty. 2 (79-E26g), National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Dull Violet, Plate Essay from Sheets of 12, Pale Green Safety Network Overprint Ty. 2 (79-E26g)National Bank Note Co., Gibson Patent, 3c Dull Violet, Plate Essay from Sheets of 12, Pale Green Safety Network Overprint Ty. 2 (79-E26g). Horizontal pair and single, which when put together represent a complete row from the miniature sheet of 12, Lee/Drews/Hofmeyr Type 2 safety network overprint with medium wave, fresh and Extremely Fine, pairs of these essays are particularly scarce, see lot 282 for a full explanation of the safety network overprints and the issues with the Scott listings, Scott Retail as singles of 79-E26g

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284
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 284, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., Harmon Patent, 1c Blue, Red "Bedspring" Safety Network Overprint (79-E26 var, unlisted in Scott), National Bank Note Co., Harmon Patent, 1c Blue, Red "Bedspring" Safety Network Overprint (79-E26 var, unlisted in Scott)National Bank Note Co., Harmon Patent, 1c Blue, Red "Bedspring" Safety Network Overprint (79-E26 var, unlisted in Scott). Brownish original gum, deep rich color, clear rows of red overlapping rings, the so-called "Bedspring" safety network overprint, few perfs with faint gum soaks

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "BEDSPRING" SAFETY NETWORK OVERPRINT ON THE ONE-CENT 1861 ISSUE, ATTRIBUTED TO EMANUEL HARMON.

The safety network overprint essays listed in Scott as 79-E26 are discussed in two important articles by James Lee, Richard Drews and Jan Hofmeyr in the 2016 and 2017 Chronicle (no. 251, pp. 260-274 and no. 253, pp. 64-72). Both Abram Gibson and Emanuel Harmon received patents for re-use prevention ideas based on overprinting intaglio engraved stamps with surface printed networks of light wavy lines in various colors. Either the intaglio ink or network ink would be fugitive and wiped away if an attempt was made to re-use the stamp. The essay offered here conforms to the Harmon patent and is so attributed in the first Chronicle article. Harmon was from Washington D.C. and there is an example of the 3c 1861 Issue known with the Bedspring overprint tied to a piece by a Washington D.C. cancel (see Siegel Sale 890, lot 263).

Unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
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285
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 285, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., Harmon Patent, 3c Rose, Black "Bedspring" Safety Network Overprint (79-E26 var, unlisted in Scott), National Bank Note Co., Harmon Patent, 3c Rose, Black "Bedspring" Safety Network Overprint (79-E26 var, unlisted in Scott)National Bank Note Co., Harmon Patent, 3c Rose, Black "Bedspring" Safety Network Overprint (79-E26 var, unlisted in Scott). Affixed to small piece and cancelled by Buffalo N.Y. patent killer, clear rows of overlapping rings, the so-called "Bedspring" safety network overprint, horizontal crease slightly breaks the paper

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE "BEDSPRING" SAFETY NETWORK OVERPRINT, ATTRIBUTED TO EMANUEL HARMON, ON THE 3-CENT 1861 ISSUE WITH BUFFALO NEW YORK PATENT CANCEL.

The safety network overprint essays listed in Scott as 79-E26 are discussed in two important articles by James Lee, Richard Drews and Jan Hofmeyr in the 2016 and 2017 Chronicle (no. 251, pp. 260-274 and no. 253, pp. 64-72). Both Abram Gibson and Emanuel Harmon received patents for re-use prevention ideas based on overprinting intaglio engraved stamps with surface printed networks of light wavy lines in various colors. Either the intaglio ink or network ink would be fugitive and wiped away if an attempt was made to re-use the stamp. The essay offered here conforms to the Harmon patent and is so attributed in the first Chronicle article. We are aware of only one other example with this Buffalo patent cancel. An example with a Washington D.C. cancel is also known (see Siegel Sale 890, lot 263).

Unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
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286
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 286, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., 1c Black, Die Essay of Frame on Thin Crisp Paper, Dull Olive Green Safety Underprint (79-E29a), National Bank Note Co., 1c Black, Die Essay of Frame on Thin Crisp Paper, Dull Olive Green Safety Underprint (79-E29a)National Bank Note Co., 1c Black, Die Essay of Frame on Thin Crisp Paper, Dull Olive Green Safety Underprint (79-E29a). 40 x 58mm, fresh color, manuscript "+1" and "Carbon-" in left margin, outside the safety underprint

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ONE-CENT ESSAY WITH SAFETY UNDERPRINT.

It has been reported that only two examples exist. We have not encountered the other.

Ex Finkelburg. Illustrated in Evans on p. 53

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287
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 287, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay on Thick Yellow Wove Paper, Grilled (79-E29f var), National Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay on Thick Yellow Wove Paper, Grilled (79-E29f var)National Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay on Thick Yellow Wove Paper, Grilled (79-E29f var). 25 x 31mm, original gum, clear 14 x 16 points E Grill at center, vivid color which is striking on this deep yellow paper, Very Fine and rare, we have offered several of these essays with grill on thin white paper (79-E29h), but this is the first we have offered on this yellow wove paper, this ties to the Macdonough signed E Grill essay offered in lot 255, ex Finkelburg, unlisted in Scott on this paper with grill, Scott Retail as normal 79-E29f without grill

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288
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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 288, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay on Pink Laid Paper, Grilled (79-E29c), National Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay on Pink Laid Paper, Grilled (79-E29c)National Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay on Pink Laid Paper, Grilled (79-E29c). 25 x 31mm, original gum, h.r., clear 14 x 16 points E Grill at center, clear horizontal laid lines on light pinkish paper, Very Fine and rare, this is the first of these essays with grill on laid paper we have encountered and one of the few E Grill essays extant, ex Finkelburg

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Sale Number 1195, Lot Number 289, Essays for Re-Use Prevention: Safety Paper OverprintsNational Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay of Frame on Stamp Paper, Monogram in Vignette, Grilled, Perforated 12 (79-E29i), National Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay of Frame on Stamp Paper, Monogram in Vignette, Grilled, Perforated 12 (79-E29i)National Bank Note Co., 1c Red Brown, Die Essay of Frame on Stamp Paper, Monogram in Vignette, Grilled, Perforated 12 (79-E29i). Full perforations with sheet margin on three sides, natural s.e. at right, original gum, h.r., clearly-defined 14 x 16 points E Grill, bright color, few minor perf separations, tiny corner crease in selvage at top left

VERY FINE. TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, ONLY ONE OTHER EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE AND BEAUTIFUL E GRILL ESSAY EXISTS.

The other example of this essay has the same full perforations on three sides and has a straight edge at left (ex Thomas Morris Sr., Finkelburg, Geisler and "Lake Shore"). Therefore, it is likely that this was printed from a plate of two designs, which were then scissors-separated.

Ex Finkelburg. Illustrated in Evans book on p. 53

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