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Sale 1221 — United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 27-28 May, 2020

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Category — Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1001
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Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1001, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Large Die Proofs on Bond, India (1P1, 2P1), 5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Large Die Proofs on Bond, India (1P1, 2P1)5c Red Brown, 10c Black, Large Die Proofs on Bond, India (1P1, 2P1). 5c 32 x 33mm on Bond, 10c 31 x 39mm on India, both showing good portion of cross-hatching, fresh and Very Fine pair of die proofs for the 1847 Issue, ex Fekete

1,600
700
1002
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1002, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues5c and 10c Blue Green, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on Bond (1TC1b, 2TC1b), 5c and 10c Blue Green, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on Bond (1TC1b, 2TC1b)5c and 10c Blue Green, Large Die Trial Color Proofs on Bond (1TC1b, 2TC1b). Both approximately 30 x 35mm, showing cross-hatching all around, deep rich colors, Very Fine, a beautiful matched pair, ex Fekete

1,600
700
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1003
P
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1003, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1), 5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1)5c Red Brown, Large Die Proof on India (1P1). 51 x 61mm with full die sinkage and cross-hatching, deep rich color, Extremely Fine

800
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1004
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1004, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues1c-90c 1857-60 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (40TC4-47TC4), 1c-90c 1857-60 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (40TC4-47TC4)1c-90c 1857-60 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (40TC4-47TC4). Complete set of all five colors, 40 proofs in total, large margins to clear, fresh and Fine-Very Fine, a scarce complete set

4,160
3,750
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1005
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1005, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues5c 1856 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (42TC4), 5c 1856 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (42TC4)5c 1856 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (42TC4). Blocks of four in all five issued colors, large to huge margins all around, the Black with small purple mark on back only, Extremely Fine, it is believed that only two or three sets of blocks of four exist, ex Finkelburg

2,080
2,900
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1006
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1006, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues12c 1851 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (44TC4), 12c 1851 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (44TC4)12c 1851 Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs (44TC4). Blocks of four in all five issued colors, large to huge margins all around, Extremely Fine, it is believed that only two or three sets of blocks of four exist, ex Finkelburg

2,080
2,300
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1007
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1007, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesToppan, Carpenter & Co., 1861 1c Die Essays (63-E9a, 63-E9b, 63-E9d), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 1861 1c Die Essays (63-E9a, 63-E9b, 63-E9d)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 1861 1c Die Essays (63-E9a, 63-E9b, 63-E9d). Four items, No. 63-E9a in both Black and Blue, cut to shape as always, No. 63-E9b on India in Blue, 36 x 42mm, tear thru top of design, finally No. 63-E9d in Black, cut to stamp size, overall Very Fine group, these 1861 essays are much rarer than the 1903 Schernikow emissions

5,600
800
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1008
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1008, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thick Glazed Card (65TC1af), 3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thick Glazed Card (65TC1af)3c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on Thick Glazed Card (65TC1af). 55 x 73mm with albino die no. 441 and imprint at bottom, exceptional impression pops off this type of shiny card

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 1861 3-CENT BLACK LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF ON GLAZED CARD.

There are a variety of trial colors for the 3c 1861 issued design listed in Scott. All but this single example are printed on India paper. Despite that fact, Scott prices this the same as the India paper proofs.

Ex "Lake Shore" and Drews

2,500
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1009
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1009, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 5c Jefferson, Die Essay on India, Trial Color Die Proofs on India (67-E9a, 67TC1a), National Bank Note Co., 5c Jefferson, Die Essay on India, Trial Color Die Proofs on India (67-E9a, 67TC1a)National Bank Note Co., 5c Jefferson, Die Essay on India, Trial Color Die Proofs on India (67-E9a, 67TC1a). Four India proofs cut down to stamp size, the first in Black is the First Design (67-E9a, formerly 57TC1), small nick in top margin, the other three are the issued design in Dark Orange, Ultramarine and Green, some typical India paper translucencies, overall Very Fine appearing and rare group, ex Drews, three issued designs with 1984 P.F. certificates, total Scott Retail $10,0000.00 as full size

E. 750-1,000
400
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1010
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1010, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues5c Dark Orange, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (67TC1af var), 5c Dark Orange, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (67TC1af var)5c Dark Orange, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (67TC1af var). Die sunk on 120 x 156mm card with full die sinkage, brilliant color which is darker than that of the cut down Dark Orange proof from our Drews sale (Sale 1195, lot 24), die no. 442 and albino imprint at bottom of India paper, some minor scattered toned spots almost entirely confined to card

VERY FINE. A RARE LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 5-CENT 1861 ISSUE.

Only one true Buff large die proof is known (67P1). While this does not match the Buff color, it is deeper than the Scott-listed Dark Orange. Richard Drews regarded it as a transitional color between Buff and Red Brown.

Ex Drews.

2,500
800
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1011
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1011, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues10c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (68TC1a), 10c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (68TC1a)10c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (68TC1a). 41 x 49mm, on original card with die no. 443 at bottom, strong die layout lines, this die state shows the Type II characteristics of Scott 68, Very Fine, a very scarce trial color proof, we have not encountered a full-size example in Black, ex Drews

2,500
400
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1012
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1012, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesToppan, Carpenter & Co., 12c Black, Die Essay on Old Proof paper, Corners Drawn in Pencil (69-E4d), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 12c Black, Die Essay on Old Proof paper, Corners Drawn in Pencil (69-E4d)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 12c Black, Die Essay on Old Proof paper, Corners Drawn in Pencil (69-E4d). 58 x 68mm, crisp impression, part of paper symmetrically cut away at corners, small thin spots at top and bottom well outside the design

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS TOPPAN, CARPENTER & CO. 12-CENT DIE ESSAY, PRODUCED FOR THE 1861 CONTRACT COMPETITION.

This essay and one which is similar but has several differences (offered in our Sale 890, lot 103), both with pencil-drawn numerals, are the only recorded examples.

Ex "Lake Shore" and Drews

2,750
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1013
P
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1013, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues12c Black, Large Die Proof on India, Manuscript "Specimen" Overprint (69SP1), 12c Black, Large Die Proof on India, Manuscript "Specimen" Overprint (69SP1)12c Black, Large Die Proof on India, Manuscript "Specimen" Overprint (69SP1). Die sunk on 104 x 138mm card with full die sinkage, matching impressions of die no. 444 and imprint at bottom, "Specimen" written in fancy magenta script diagonally across design, India is also tied to card by "National Bank Note Co. N.Y." embossed seal

VERY FINE. ONLY ONE SET OF THESE "SPECIMEN" DIE PROOFS WAS PRODUCED FOR THE 1861 ISSUE. THIS 12-CENT PROOF IS THEREFORE UNIQUE.

A similar set of die proofs is known for the 1870 National Bank Note Co. Issue. That set is also unique.

Ex "Belmont" (Siegel Sale 581) and Drews. Unlisted in Scott

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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1014
TC
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1014, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues12c Scarlet Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (69TC1a), 12c Scarlet Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (69TC1a)12c Scarlet Vermilion, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (69TC1a). Die sunk on 70 x 66mm card with full die sinkage, faint or albino impressions of die no. 444 and imprint at bottom, vivid color, fresh and Very Fine, a very rare trial color proof, this is the only example of the 12c in any color we have offered since our 1999 sale of the Finkelburg collection, ex Finkelburg and Drews

2,500
550
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1015
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1015, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 30c Dull Gray Blue, First Design, Large Die Essay on India (71-E2a), National Bank Note Co., 30c Dull Gray Blue, First Design, Large Die Essay on India (71-E2a)National Bank Note Co., 30c Dull Gray Blue, First Design, Large Die Essay on India (71-E2a). Die sunk on 61 x 73mm card with full die sinkage, few trivial toned spots, small mounting thin bottom right corner on card only, appears Very Fine, ex DuPuy and Drews

1,750
600
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1016
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1016, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 30c Black, First Design, Large Die Essay on India (71-E2a), National Bank Note Co., 30c Black, First Design, Large Die Essay on India (71-E2a)National Bank Note Co., 30c Black, First Design, Large Die Essay on India (71-E2a). 45 x 59mm off card, intense shade, Very Fine, ex Drews

1,750
350
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1017
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1017, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 30c First Design, Die and Plate Essays (71-E2a, 71-E2b, 71-E2c), National Bank Note Co., 30c First Design, Die and Plate Essays (71-E2a, 71-E2b, 71-E2c)National Bank Note Co., 30c First Design, Die and Plate Essays (71-E2a, 71-E2b, 71-E2c). First in Dull Rose, 44 x 57mm on original card backing, one of 71-E2b, two of 71-E2c in Black, the stamp-size items with varying degrees of thins, the large die proof is fresh and Very Fine

2,250
500
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1018
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1018, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Company, 30c Blue, First Design, Plate Essay on Split Card (71-E2c), National Bank Note Company, 30c Blue, First Design, Plate Essay on Split Card (71-E2c)National Bank Note Company, 30c Blue, First Design, Plate Essay on Split Card (71-E2c). Radiant color, large margins, slight thinning on back of card, appears Very Fine, we have only offered one other in Blue since keeping computerized records, ex "Lake Shore" and Drews

750
350
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1019
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1019, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 30c First Design, Plate Essay on Semi-Transparent Stamp Paper (71-E2e), National Bank Note Co., 30c First Design, Plate Essay on Semi-Transparent Stamp Paper (71-E2e)National Bank Note Co., 30c First Design, Plate Essay on Semi-Transparent Stamp Paper (71-E2e). Two, first in Lemon Yellow, full margins to clear, second in Deep Red Orange, large margins, Very Fine and scarce, ex Drews

2,500
325
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1020
P
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1020, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues30c Orange, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (71P2a), 30c Orange, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (71P2a)30c Orange, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proof on Wove (71P2a). Brilliant color, hint of toning as always found on genuine Panama-Pacific proofs

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE 30-CENT 1861 ISSUE PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOF ON WOVE.

Panama-Pacific proofs were found in envelopes with several of each denomination contained in each envelope. The characteristic toning comes from long-term storage. Only three to five of each example were printed. We have not offered another of the 30c 1861 since our 1999 sale of the Falk Finkelburg collection.

Ex Gilbart

2,750
1,600
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1021
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1021, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesToppan, Carpenter & Co., 90c Blue, Die Essays on India (72-E5a, 72-E5b), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 90c Blue, Die Essays on India (72-E5a, 72-E5b)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 90c Blue, Die Essays on India (72-E5a, 72-E5b). Three of first in Blue, cut to shape as listed, second 34 x 39mm off-card, intense colors, Very Fine

3,550
700
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1022
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1022, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 90c Blue, First Design, Progressive Large Die Essay on India (72-E7b), National Bank Note Co., 90c Blue, First Design, Progressive Large Die Essay on India (72-E7b)National Bank Note Co., 90c Blue, First Design, Progressive Large Die Essay on India (72-E7b). India paper mounted on 68 x 77mm card, layout lines around the design -- early state of Die 447 without the leaf to the left of lower left "U" -- Very Fine, a rare First Design die essay, ex Drews

1,350
500
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1023
Pbl
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1023, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues90c Blue, Plate Proof on India (72P3), 90c Blue, Plate Proof on India (72P3)90c Blue, Plate Proof on India (72P3). Bottom right corner margin block of four, beautiful color, Extremely Fine block from the Lilly sheets, ex Gilbart

250
225
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1024
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1024, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesUnknown Author, 2c Dull Black & Bronze, "U.S. Postage" Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E2b), Unknown Author, 2c Dull Black & Bronze, "U.S. Postage" Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E2b)Unknown Author, 2c Dull Black & Bronze, "U.S. Postage" Re-Use Prevention Essay (79-E2b). U.S. 10mm high, original gum, h.r., large margins to touched at top and upper left, just a small part of the "U" punched out, Very Fine and rare, unlike some other essays of this type which are folded designs, this re-use essay was pierced with "S"-shaped cuts, with the numeral cut out, this made the stamp fragile, preventing its reuse

5,000
550
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1025
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1025, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesCharles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a), Charles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a)Charles F. Steel, (Unstated Value) Experimental Grill Essays (79-E13a). 80 x 140mm wove paper bearing four different types of grill impressions, signed "First experiments of grill, Chas. F. Steel" at bottom, all four are unadopted grill designs, one very strong and breaking thru paper at bottom, light toning has been professionally removed, crease at bottom right, few minor thins

AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE ESSAY SHOWING THE FIRST EXPERIMENT OF THE GRILLING DEVICE INVENTED BY CHARLES F. STEEL AND SIGNED BY HIM. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GRILLED ISSUE ITEMS IN EXISTENCE.

On October 22, 1867, Patent No. 70,147 was issued to Charles F. Steel for a device specifically designed for applying a grill to postage stamps (see lot 224 for the patent card). As noted in our introduction to the grilled issues in the Siegel Encyclopedia, available at http://siegelauctions.com/enc/pdf/1867.pdf , correspondence is known from Steel as early as 1865 demonstrating his efforts to persuade officials to employ his invention. This essay, likely produced in 1865, is of great historical importance.

We are aware of only three examples of this rare essay. One of the others, ex Finkelburg, has the positions of the top and bottom grills reversed.

Ex "Lake Shore" and Drews. Illustrated in 2020 Scott Catalogue on p. 863

9,000
3,750
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1026
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1026, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational 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" and Drews.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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1027
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1027, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 3c Green, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H), National Bank Note Co., 3c Green, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H)National Bank Note Co., 3c Green, Untrimmed Die Essay on Wove Paper (79-E28H). 67 x 38mm, rich color, couple small thin spots, still Very Fine, rare

1,250
700
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1028
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1028, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational 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 our Drews sale (Sale 1195, lot 255), ex Finkelburg and Drews, unlisted in Scott on this paper with grill, Scott Retail as normal 79-E29f without grill

1,750
1,000
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1029
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1029, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 1c Carmine & Blue, Untrimmed Die Essay on Thin White Paper (79-E35a var), National Bank Note Co., 1c Carmine & Blue, Untrimmed Die Essay on Thin White Paper (79-E35a var)National Bank Note Co., 1c Carmine & Blue, Untrimmed Die Essay on Thin White Paper (79-E35a var). 42 x 59mm with uncleared surrounds and die cutouts at sides, usual small paper imperfections as seen on similar issues

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS ESSAY FOR THE ONE-CENT DENOMINATION IS NOT LISTED IN SCOTT OR BRAZER, AND MAY WELL BE UNIQUE. A GREAT 1861-68 ISSUE ESSAY RARITY.

The 5c essays listed as 79-E35a use elements of 1861 Issue designs. They were created in 1868 for experiments in bicolor printing, which would be employed for the 15c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue. We believe they are among the most beautiful of all essays and proofs. The 1c denomination in lieu of the 5c offered here is extraordinary and believed to be unique.

Ex Finkelburg and Drews. Scott prices the 5c essay trimmed to stamp size at $2,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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1030
E
Sale Number 1221, Lot Number 1030, Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 IssuesNational Bank Note Co., 5c Black, Untrimmed Die Essay of Frame Only on Ivory Paper (79-E35c), National Bank Note Co., 5c Black, Untrimmed Die Essay of Frame Only on Ivory Paper (79-E35c)National Bank Note Co., 5c Black, Untrimmed Die Essay of Frame Only on Ivory Paper (79-E35c). Large margins measuring 62 x 75mm, Very Fine and choice example of this rare essay, even rarer than the bicolor 5c essays which precede it, ex "Lake Shore" and Drews

2,000
850
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