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Sale 1214 — Worldwide Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 10-12 December, 2019

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Category — Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury Competition

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1005
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1005, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, Ebenezer Bacon & Co. London Essay Sheet, GREAT BRITAIN, Ebenezer Bacon & Co. London Essay SheetGREAT BRITAIN, Ebenezer Bacon & Co. London Essay Sheet. Beautifully engraved sheet with eight designs die sunk and measuring 153 x 226mm, half inscribed "Prepared Charcoal" and other half "Fine Tooth Powder", with "Ebenezer Bacon & Co. London, Machinagraphists, (Registered)" imprint at bottom and manuscript plate no. at top, violet company handstamp on reverse, Very Fine, an intriguing essay

E. 300-400
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1006
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1006, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Bogardus and Francis Coffin 1929 Essay Reprints, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Bogardus and Francis Coffin 1929 Essay ReprintsGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Bogardus and Francis Coffin 1929 Essay Reprints. Three examples printed in Red, Brown and Black (creased), large margins, Very Fine, the original die was found in 1929 to make reprints before being presented to King George V for the Royal Collection

E. 300-400
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1007
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1007, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1838 James Chalmers "Slip" Essays, GREAT BRITAIN, 1838 James Chalmers "Slip" EssaysGREAT BRITAIN, 1838 James Chalmers "Slip" Essays. Horizontal se-tenant pair, left stamp "Twopence" and right stamp "One Penny", original gum, large margins all around, couple shallow thins, crease between stamps and minor adhesions on gum, otherwise Fine and scarce, these were created by James Chalmers of Dundee and intended to be used as seals for letter sheets indicating postage, ex Beresford

E. 300-400
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1008
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1008, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Chalmers 1p "Slip" Essay in Black, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Chalmers 1p "Slip" Essay in BlackGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Chalmers 1p "Slip" Essay in Black. Printed on thin laid watermarked paper with large sheet margin at top and affixed in margin by seal, tied on mock-up folded letter by "Dundee Sept. 30, 39" two-line handstamp, manuscript endorsement at bottom, stamp with slightest trace of wrinkling

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE JAMES CHALMERS ONE-PENNY BLACK TREASURY COMPETITION ESSAY. AN EXCEPTIONAL ESSAY RARITY OF GREAT BRITAIN'S PRE-STAMP ERA WITH ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES IN PRIVATE HANDS.

James Chalmers was an established bookseller, printer and newspaper publisher located in Dundee. He was also one of the pioneers of postal reform, and arguably the true "inventor" of the adhesive postage stamp. By 1825, he campaigned to speed up mail delivery between Edinburgh and London. In 1838, he went as far as submitting an essay for a "slip". This was intended as a stamp to seal a folded letter and acted as pre-payment of mail fees rather than having to use an envelope which resulted in an extra charge for an additional sheet of paper. Therefore, many argue he was the true inventor of postage stamps rather than his counterpart Rowland Hill.

There are six "covers" plus an additional unused example recorded in private hands. An additional three covers are in the Royal Collection and one in the Phillips Collection (British Postal Museum)

E. 10,000-15,000
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1009
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1009, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1837 John Dickinson London District Post Lettersheets, GREAT BRITAIN, 1837 John Dickinson London District Post LettersheetsGREAT BRITAIN, 1837 John Dickinson London District Post Lettersheets. Two examples printed on silk threaded paper, "One Penny" design in Yellow-Buff, "Two Pence" design in Green, 2p with reinforced splitting on folds, Very Fine, SG Specialised £2,550

E. 500-750
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1010
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1010, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Robert W. Sievier Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Robert W. Sievier EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Robert W. Sievier Essay. Printed in Red & Blue with embossed center, cut down from printed sheet, Very Fine and rare, Robert Sievier was a notable English engraver and sculptor, SG Specialised £3,000

E. 500-750
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1011
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1011, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Two different examples printed in Red & Black, first with five small designs and "Post Paid" and "Beaufort House", large margins, second cut to size and mounted on page with seven designs "CW" initialing, latter with minor thins, otherwise Very Fine, ex Wills

E. 750-1,000
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1012
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1012, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Composite sheet of three essays printed in Red & Blue measuring 126 x 159mm, sheet with couple trivial minor toned spots and two corner thin spots, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, these essays emanated from a page in the Arts Journal

E. 500-750
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1013
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1013, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Red & Black on wove paper measuring 85 x 75mm, fresh colors, Very Fine, ex Wills

E. 500-750
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1014
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1014, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Two similar essays, first in Red & Blue, other in Blue, cut down to size with large margins and printed on thick card with Red and Green "For Protection Against Forgery" design on reverse, Very Fine

E. 400-500
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1015
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1015, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Blue & Red, ample margins all around, bold colors, Fine

E. 300-400
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1016
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1016, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Red & Green on wove paper measuring 35 x 37mm, large margins, Very Fine, an attractive essay, ex Wills

E. 400-500
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1017
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1017, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Two similar essays, first in Black & Red, other in Blue, cut down to size with margins close to touching, Fine

E. 400-500
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1018
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1018, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1838-39 Charles Whiting Mercantile Committee Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1838-39 Charles Whiting Mercantile Committee EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1838-39 Charles Whiting Mercantile Committee Essay. Two items, first with "Post Office", "Permit" and "Matter not to Exceed in Weight" with values at bottom corner, measuring 117 x 75mm, margins all around, second item an oval design with central "1d" measuring 58 x 48mm, margins to just touching, Fine and scarce essay duo

E. 400-500
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1019
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1019, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s, Charles Whiting Essays, GREAT BRITAIN, 1840s, Charles Whiting EssaysGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s, Charles Whiting Essays. Reproduction sheet of six essays measuring 136 x 217mm, with "No. 1" printed at top, couple minor pinholes and creases in margin not affecting designs, Very Fine, likely to have originated in a pamphlet or periodical

E. 400-500
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1020
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1020, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Essay. Two examples, composite essay of four designs with ornately designed embossing surrounding, first measuring 220 x 280mm, second with outer border cut away, each with "Printed by Charles Whiting for Protection Against Forgery" imprint in Red & Green on reverse, minor toned spots, slightly more so on the cut down example, otherwise Fine and attractive, these examples emanate from the 1848 Arts Journal

E. 400-500
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1021
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1021, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Blue with embossing measuring 49 x 48mm, Very Fine, ex Wills

E. 400-500
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1022
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1022, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Blue with central embossing and affixed to card measuring 51 x 50mm, Very Fine, ex Wills

E. 400-500
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1023
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1023, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1840 Charles Whiting Embossed Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1840 Charles Whiting Embossed EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1840 Charles Whiting Embossed Essay. Printed in Black and measuring 36 x 51mm, showing the defaced "Paid" at top, large margins to clear at sides, Fine and scarce, SG Specialised £2,000

E. 400-500
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1024
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1024, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Embossed Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Embossed EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Embossed Essay. Full right portion of entire in Pink and measuring 70 x 78mm, with "Paid" at top, minor peripheral toned spots of no consequence, Very Fine and rare

E. 750-1,000
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1025
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1025, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Embossed Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Embossed EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1848 Charles Whiting Embossed Essay. Two cut squares, one in Blue and other in Red, fresh colors, Blue example with couple light toned spots, otherwise Very Fine and scarce essays

E. 500-750
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1026
 
Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1026, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1837, William Wyon City Medal, GREAT BRITAIN, 1837, William Wyon City MedalGREAT BRITAIN, 1837, William Wyon City Medal. Bronze medal showing diadem bust of Queen Victoria facing left with "Victoria" and "Regina", reverse side with Guildhall Library, also accompanied by embossed albino proof of Queen's bust supposedly by Wyon as well, Very Fine and scarce, only 350 were struck in bronze, this medal shows the engraving which was ultimately used on all Great Britain stamps of Victoria's reign

E. 400-500
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1027
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1027, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s William Wyon Embossed Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1840s William Wyon Embossed EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s William Wyon Embossed Essay. Printed in Bright Green and measuring 61 x 38mm, bold color, small toned spot on Victoria's cheek, otherwise Fine and scarce

E. 400-500
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1028
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Sale Number 1214, Lot Number 1028, Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury CompetitionGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s William Wyon Embossed Essay, GREAT BRITAIN, 1840s William Wyon Embossed EssayGREAT BRITAIN, 1840s William Wyon Embossed Essay. Two examples cut round and mounted on card, one in Pale Blue-Green and other Black, fresh colors, Fine and scarce essays, ex Beresford

E. 400-500
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