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Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30-31 March, 2021

Category — Essays, Proofs and Specimens

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1001
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1001, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Black, 10c Deep Blue, Large Die Proofs on India and Wove (1TC1a, 2TC1c), 5c Black, 10c Deep Blue, Large Die Proofs on India and Wove (1TC1a, 2TC1c)5c Black, 10c Deep Blue, Large Die Proofs on India and Wove (1TC1a, 2TC1c). 5c 49 x 61mm showing the full die, 10c 35 x 45mm, fresh and Very Fine pair

1,800
1,000
1002
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1002, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensToppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., 3c 1851 Issue, Apprentice Model Essay, Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., 3c 1851 Issue, Apprentice Model EssayToppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., 3c 1851 Issue, Apprentice Model Essay. 57 x 73mm rectangular design in Black, on 105 x 111mm wove paper, with a central vignette of the 3c 1851 Washington in the same size as on the issued stamp, various ornate elements around the border, fresh and Very Fine, most unusual, while we cannot be certain of the origin, leading Essay-Proof expert James Lee surmises that this was a practice model for an engraving apprentice, using the 3c 1851 vignette and adding various stock elements for the borders, unlisted in Scott

E. 500-750
375
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1003
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1003, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensToppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co., (Unstated Value) Black Franklin and Washington Vignettes, Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (5-E1c), Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co., (Unstated Value) Black Franklin and Washington Vignettes, Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (5-E1c)Toppan, Carpenter, Casilier & Co., (Unstated Value) Black Franklin and Washington Vignettes, Die Essay on Old Proof Paper (5-E1c). Master die impressions of Franklin at left (as used for 1851 1c Issue with minor modifications) and Washington at right (Scott 11-E23), 41 x 25mm, Very Fine and rare, the only other example we have offered was a block of six (with two pairs) from our 2006 Lake Shore sale

2,000
1,000
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1004
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1004, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Deep Red Brown, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (12TC5c), 5c Deep Red Brown, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (12TC5c)5c Deep Red Brown, Trial Color Plate Proof on Wove (12TC5c). Full margins to touched at bottom, deep rich color, Fine, a scarce proof in the Red Brown shade, which is often mistaken (or misrepresented) as No. 12 unused, with 2021 P.F. certificate

1,500
275
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1005
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1005, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1857-60 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (24P3/39P3), 1c-90c 1857-60 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (24P3/39P3)1c-90c 1857-60 Issue, Plate Proofs on India (24P3/39P3). Complete set of eight, Large margins to clear except 1c and 3c barely in on one side, 1c repaired and closed tear, 3c thin spot and slight oxidation, 5c small tear, 24c small surface scrape from removal of an India fiber, 30c faint vertical crease and slightly oxidized

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE 1857-60 ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA PAPER.

Each with 1997 P.F. certificate

10,000
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1006
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1006, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensToppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., (24c) Black, Frame Only, Die Essay on India (37-E2), Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., (24c) Black, Frame Only, Die Essay on India (37-E2)Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co., (24c) Black, Frame Only, Die Essay on India (37-E2). On 39 x 44mm card, clear impression of the detailed lathework and with die layout lines, design does not have outer frame line, some speckled toning spots

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. THIS ESSAY OF AN EARLY STATE OF THE FRAME USED FOR THE 24-CENT DENOMINATION OF THE 1857 ISSUE IS EXCEEDINGLY RARE.

We have encountered only three other examples of the frame-only progressive die essay for the 24c 1857 Issue -- from our "Lake Shore" and Hulme sales and the unique combination essay with complete design at top (Sale 1113, lot 2103). Joseph E. Ralph of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is known to have distributed similar die proofs of varying denominations in 1910.

E. 1,500-2,000
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1007
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1007, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensToppan, Carpenter & Co., 1c Black, Die Essay on India (63-E8), Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 1c Black, Die Essay on India (63-E8)Toppan, Carpenter & Co., 1c Black, Die Essay on India (63-E8). 31 x 36mm on card, showing layout lines from the original 1c 1851 Issue die, altered with bottom corners cut out and numeral "1" etched in pencil, Very Fine and extremely rare essay, there are four varieties of the 1861 pencil-drawn numeral essays from Toppan, Carpenter & Co. recorded (Nos. 63-E5 to 63-E8), each is probably unique, illustrated in Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue

2,000
2,200
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1008
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1008, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensAmerican Bank Note Co., (3c) Brown Purple, Die Essay on India (65-E7Ab), American Bank Note Co., (3c) Brown Purple, Die Essay on India (65-E7Ab)American Bank Note Co., (3c) Brown Purple, Die Essay on India (65-E7Ab). India cut to full size margins and affixed to slightly larger card, blank labels and corner tablets, Very Fine and scarce

1,000
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1009
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1009, Essays, Proofs and Specimens3c Black, Plate Essay on Double Paper, Perf 12 (Brazer 65TC-Fb), 3c Black, Plate Essay on Double Paper, Perf 12 (Brazer 65TC-Fb)3c Black, Plate Essay on Double Paper, Perf 12 (Brazer 65TC-Fb). On tissue paper backed with white wove paper, large part original gum, 21mm circle of wedges cancel, Very Fine example of this scarce Charles F. Steel Essay from patent no. 86952 of Feb. 16, 1869, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
200
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1010
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1010, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensNational 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). 58 x 63mm, original gum, small h.r., bright color, wide natural gum skip towards edges, trivial natural inclusion, Very Fine and scarce essay, ex Geisler

1,000
325
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1011
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1011, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensNational 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, ex "Lake Shore" and Drews

500
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1012
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1012, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensNational 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, small h.r., 14 x 16 points E Grill at center, clear horizontal laid lines on light pinkish paper, Very Fine and rare, ex Finkelburg

1,750
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1013
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1013, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensNational Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Red "X" Repeated, Thorpe Safety Paper Essay (79-E31g), National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Red "X" Repeated, Thorpe Safety Paper Essay (79-E31g)National Bank Note Co., 3c Liberty, Black Green on White Wove, Red "X" Repeated, Thorpe Safety Paper Essay (79-E31g). 26 x 31mm, rich colors, Very Fine and scarce essay, this is the top underprint value from the set

1,400
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1014
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1014, Essays, Proofs and Specimens3c 1861-68 Issues, Essay-Proof Balance, 3c 1861-68 Issues, Essay-Proof Balance3c 1861-68 Issues, Essay-Proof Balance. Seven items representing a diverse range of experiments, including No. 79-E18a var, imperforate and grilled shield essay with manuscript "X" cancel (ex "Lake Shore", Scott value $1,000.00), 79-E15c with lightly impressed overall grill and pre-printing paper folds, 74P4 with "8/13/33 F.A.H." manuscript (of unknown origin), other four are perforated trial color proofs with different experimental geometric cancels (65-E), a few small faults but overall a Fine and colorful group of essays

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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1015
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1015, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (112P2-122P2), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (112P2-122P2)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (112P2-122P2). Complete set including both 15c types, on original gray card backing, each with large margins for the gray cards, deep rich colors

VERY FINE SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

It is believed that only 85 Roosevelt albums were produced.

4,575
2,900
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1016
TC
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4). Complete set (less the one recently-listed unique 90c color combination), large margins, deep rich colors

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF 1869 PICTORIAL ATLANTA TRIAL COLOR PLATE PROOFS.

The Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card were prepared for display at the 1881 International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta. Only one sheet of 100 of each value/color was printed. Very few have been kept together as intact sets.

Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1016, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Atlanta Trial Color Proofs on Card (123TC4-132TC4)
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24,400
14,500
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1017
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1017, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-117P4, 121P4-122P4, 129P4), 1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-117P4, 121P4-122P4, 129P4)1c-90c 1869 Pictorial Issue, Plate Proofs on Card (112P4-117P4, 121P4-122P4, 129P4). Complete set less the 24c, the 15c Ty. III, large margins, rich colors, Very Fine-Extremely Fine

735
300
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1018
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1018, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c Buff, Large Die Proof on India (112P1), 1c Buff, Large Die Proof on India (112P1)1c Buff, Large Die Proof on India (112P1). Die sunk on 153 x 249mm card with full die sinkage, National Bank Note Co. imprint at bottom of India paper, Very Fine and desirable in this full size

750
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1019
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1019, Essays, Proofs and Specimens3c Small Numeral, Plate Essay on Stamp Paper, Perforated 12, Grilled (114-E6d), 3c Small Numeral, Plate Essay on Stamp Paper, Perforated 12, Grilled (114-E6d)3c Small Numeral, Plate Essay on Stamp Paper, Perforated 12, Grilled (114-E6d). Two blocks of four and two singles, including block of four and single in Orange, single in Green and right selvage block of four in Black Brown, all Mint N.H., fresh and Very Fine

800
250
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1020
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1020, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1b), 5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1b)5c Washington, Large Lettering, Completed Die, Large Die Essay on India (115-E1b). Eight, ranging in size from approximately 28 x 34mm to 40 x 65mm, each a distinctly different color, two on card, few minor flaws often seen on this fragile paper, Fine-Very Fine and scarce group

7,200
1,500
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1021
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1021, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Orange, Large Lettering, Large Die Essay on Pale Olive Buff Bond (115-E1f), 5c Orange, Large Lettering, Large Die Essay on Pale Olive Buff Bond (115-E1f)5c Orange, Large Lettering, Large Die Essay on Pale Olive Buff Bond (115-E1f). Four of the five Scott-listed colors, including Black, Carmine, Orange and Red Orange, from 32 x 32mm to 55 x 55mm, rich colors, Carmine shows die sinkage area at sides, Very Fine and scarce group

2,400
375
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1022
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1022, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c Washington, Large Lettering, Scarlet Large Die Essay on Glazed Paper (115-E1k), 5c Washington, Large Lettering, Scarlet Large Die Essay on Glazed Paper (115-E1k)5c Washington, Large Lettering, Scarlet Large Die Essay on Glazed Paper (115-E1k). 40 x 40mm, radiant color on bright paper, Very Fine and choice, with 1998 P.F. certificate

550
140
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1023
TC
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1023, Essays, Proofs and Specimens6c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (115TC1), 6c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (115TC1)6c Black, Large Die Trial Color Proof on India (115TC1). On 40 x 40mm card, intense color, Very Fine and choice, this is the first example in black we have offered since keeping computerized records, we have only offered examples in the other listed color -- Deep Dull Blue -- which is not as dramatic as the example offered here, with 2005 P.S.E. certificate noting trimmed to size smaller than original die sinkage

2,500
325
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1024
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1024, Essays, Proofs and Specimens10c Black, Lincoln, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (116-E1e), 10c Black, Lincoln, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (116-E1e)10c Black, Lincoln, Die Essay on Ivory Paper (116-E1e). 64 x 77mm, with imprint at bottom, tiny thin spots at top corners from mount removal, Extremely Fine appearance

1,000
275
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1025
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1025, Essays, Proofs and Specimens10c Lincoln, Large Die Essay on Cloudy Creamy Bond (116-E1g), 10c Lincoln, Large Die Essay on Cloudy Creamy Bond (116-E1g)10c Lincoln, Large Die Essay on Cloudy Creamy Bond (116-E1g). Four, including Black, Red Orange and two different shades of Light Red Brown, lacking only Blue to be complete, from 37 x 41 to 31 x 31mm, fresh and Very Fine, a rare and desirable group

4,400
0
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1026
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1026, Essays, Proofs and Specimens[No denomination] Black, Lincoln Large Die Essay on India (116-E1D), [No denomination] Black, Lincoln Large Die Essay on India (116-E1D)[No denomination] Black, Lincoln Large Die Essay on India (116-E1D). 19 x 24mm, detailed impression, fresh and Very Fine and rare essay, it differs from 116-E1 in that the outer double frameline has been removed

1,150
225
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1027
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1027, Essays, Proofs and Specimens12c Green, Large Die Proof on India (117P1), 12c Green, Large Die Proof on India (117P1)12c Green, Large Die Proof on India (117P1). On 150 x 210mm heavy card with full die sinkage, brilliant color, minor card bend at right edge, Very Fine, accompanied by two other items, first is a 10c Peru Postage Due Orange large die proof depicting the Adriatic and a llama, on 90 x 114mm card with full die sinkage, National Bank Note Co. imprint at bottom, color has become slightly oxidized, still Very Fine, finally a half-tone engraving of the Adriatic by J. W. Orr, a prominent wood engraver of the mid-19th Century in New York, 180 x 100mm design taken from a contemporary magazine, beautiful and Very Fine, Scott value for the 117P1 alone is $900.00

E. 500-750
350
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1028
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1028, Essays, Proofs and Specimens30c Orange, Burgoyne Large Die Essay on India (121-E1a), 30c Orange, Burgoyne Large Die Essay on India (121-E1a)30c Orange, Burgoyne Large Die Essay on India (121-E1a). On 80 x 61mm card with full die sinkage, imprint at bottom, radiant color, Very Fine

800
300
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1029
E
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1029, Essays, Proofs and Specimens30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper (121-E1p), 30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper (121-E1p)30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper (121-E1p). 16, large margins, wide range of paper colors, Very Fine, a desirable group, ten and ex Hansen, six are ex Liberman

4,200
1,600
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1030
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1030, Essays, Proofs and Specimens30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper, Plate Essay on Bond with Red Bands (121-E1p, 121-E1s), 30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper, Plate Essay on Bond with Red Bands (121-E1p, 121-E1s)30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper, Plate Essay on Bond with Red Bands (121-E1p, 121-E1s). First in Salmon Red, large margins, Very Fine

Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1030, Essays, Proofs and Specimens30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper, Plate Essay on Bond with Red Bands (121-E1p, 121-E1s), 30c Burgoyne, Plate Essay on Thin Surface-Tinted Paper, Plate Essay on Bond with Red Bands (121-E1p, 121-E1s)
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525
130
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1031
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1031, Essays, Proofs and Specimens90c Deep Blue Green & Black, Lincoln Die Essay on India (122-E4a), 90c Deep Blue Green & Black, Lincoln Die Essay on India (122-E4a)90c Deep Blue Green & Black, Lincoln Die Essay on India (122-E4a). Vignette mounted in place as always, large margins, rich colors

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE 90-CENT SMALL NUMERAL ESSAY WITH LINCOLN'S VIGNETTE MOUNTED IN PLACE.

Ex Finkelburg and Ainsworth.

3,000
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1032
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1032, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1870-71 National Bank Note Co., Large Die Proofs on Card (145P1-155P1), 1c-90c 1870-71 National Bank Note Co., Large Die Proofs on Card (145P1-155P1)1c-90c 1870-71 National Bank Note Co., Large Die Proofs on Card (145P1-155P1). On approximately 72 x 84mm cards with full die sinkage, few light toned specks, still Very Fine and desirable set

4,800
1,200
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1033
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1033, Essays, Proofs and Specimens7c Stanton, Large Die Essay on India (149-E6), 7c Stanton, Large Die Essay on India (149-E6)7c Stanton, Large Die Essay on India (149-E6). Nine of the fifteen different Scott-listed colors, eight on card showing full die sinkage area, ranging from 69 x 78mm to 150 x 225mm, one off card, one slight oxidation, several minor age toning, few minor corner dings on larger cards, otherwise Very Fine, a rare and desirable group

4,500
1,300
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1034
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1034, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensNational Bank Note Co., (12c) Washington, Vignette Die Essay Mounted in Pencil Drawn Frame on India (151-E1), National Bank Note Co., (12c) Washington, Vignette Die Essay Mounted in Pencil Drawn Frame on India (151-E1)National Bank Note Co., (12c) Washington, Vignette Die Essay Mounted in Pencil Drawn Frame on India (151-E1). Black Washington vignette cut out from No. 79-E37b, affixed inside incomplete pencil drawn frame on 38 x 47mm India affixed to card, pencil layout lines extend from top and bottom, "U.S. Po(st)" at bottom but no denomination, adherences at left of frame of unknown origin, tiny pinholes at top outside of design possibly from tacking onto a production board

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A UNIQUE ESSAY FOR THE 12-CENT 1870 NATIONAL BANK NOTE COMPANY ISSUE.

Illustrated in Scott Specialized Catalogue

2,500
1,100
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1035
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1035, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-90c 1873 Bank Note Issue, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (156P1-166P1), 1c-90c 1873 Bank Note Issue, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (156P1-166P1)1c-90c 1873 Bank Note Issue, Hybrid Large Die Proofs on India (156P1-166P1). Full set of all values, cut to shape, mounted on India and die sunk on approximately 143 x 216mm cards, each with part of binding at left from presentation album, 6c some slight toning on card, otherwise Very Fine and unusual, Scott Retail as non-hybrids $5,650.00

E. 500-750
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1036, Essays, Proofs and Specimens3c Green, Double Paper, Imperforate, Massey Patent Hole Punch (158 var), 3c Green, Double Paper, Imperforate, Massey Patent Hole Punch (158 var)3c Green, Double Paper, Imperforate, Massey Patent Hole Punch (158 var). Two blocks of four and a single, clearly showing the nine holes in a circle on each, bold manuscript "X" control cancels which have eroded the paper and caused splits in left pair of one block, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, the Gideon B. Massey Patent was for an experimental printing, with the thin surface layer taking the plate impression and then being laminated to a sheet of stamp paper, we have not encountered this in imperforate form before

E. 400-500
200
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1037
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1037, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensContinental Bank Note Co., 3c Indian Maiden, Large Die Essay on Proof Paper (184-E15b), Continental Bank Note Co., 3c Indian Maiden, Large Die Essay on Proof Paper (184-E15b)Continental Bank Note Co., 3c Indian Maiden, Large Die Essay on Proof Paper (184-E15b). Two, Dull Brown and Dull Green, approximately 32 x 37mm, both show cracked die at top, Very Fine and choice, ex Liberman

Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1037, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensContinental Bank Note Co., 3c Indian Maiden, Large Die Essay on Proof Paper (184-E15b), Continental Bank Note Co., 3c Indian Maiden, Large Die Essay on Proof Paper (184-E15b)
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1,000
375
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1038
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1038, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensAmerican Bank Note Co., (unstated Value) Black, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper (219-E1), American Bank Note Co., (unstated Value) Black, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper (219-E1)American Bank Note Co., (unstated Value) Black, Large Die Essay on Ivory Paper (219-E1). 37 x 41mm, intense shade and impression, Very Fine and rare essay for an unadopted frame design, the only other example we have offered was in our 2003 Burrows sale

1,750
1,100
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1039
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1039, Essays, Proofs and SpecimensColumbus in Sight of Land, Columbus in Sight of LandColumbus in Sight of Land. 73 x 123mm India paper die sunk on 134 x 166mm card, titled "First Land" with die no. 417 and American Bank Note Co. imprint, wonderfully detailed design which depicts the same scene and is similar to the 1c Columbian design, Very Fine, an actual listed essay of No. 230-E is extremely rare, this is far more affordable and a nice collateral item for a Columbian collection

E. 200-300
275
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1040
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1040, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$5.00 Columbian, Small Die Proofs on Wove (230P2-245P2), 1c-$5.00 Columbian, Small Die Proofs on Wove (230P2-245P2)1c-$5.00 Columbian, Small Die Proofs on Wove (230P2-245P2). Complete set of 16, removed from card backing which causes some slight thins which are not evident from the front on an album page (the adhesive used is very difficult to dissolve), deep rich colors

VERY FINE APPEARING COMPLETE SET OF THE COLUMBIAN ISSUE SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

It is believed that only 85 Roosevelt albums were produced.

5,850
1,800
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1041
 
Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1041, Essays, Proofs and Specimens"Western Cattle in Storm" Engraving, "Western Cattle in Storm" Engraving"Western Cattle in Storm" Engraving. 165 x 140mm, on heavy stock paper, showing die sinkage, depicting a herd of cattle seeking shelter from a storm, this depiction was based on the painting "The Vanguard" by Scotsman John A. MacWhirter and was used as the design for the $1.00 Trans-Mississippi -- postal officials had based the stamp engraving on an illustration from an advertising brochure and had failed to realize the cattle was not Western U.S., but from the Scottish Highlands -- Very Fine, an outstanding frontispiece to a Trans-Mississippi exhibit

E. 300-400
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1042
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1042, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Bi-Color Large Die Essays on India (285-E8a to 293-E7a), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Bi-Color Large Die Essays on India (285-E8a to 293-E7a)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Bi-Color Large Die Essays on India (285-E8a to 293-E7a). On approximately 201 x 153mm cards with full die sinkage, none are hybrids and all with brilliant colors, with original oversize envelope with purple "Trans-Mississippi 1898, One set Die Proofs" handstamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL SET OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI BI-COLOR LARGE DIE ESSAYS. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE ORIGINAL ENVELOPE.

Of the 166 sets printed in these colors, many were hybrids. This is the first with an original envelope we have encountered

6,550
3,500
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1043
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1043, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1). On approximately 190 x 125mm cards with full die sinkage, brilliant colors

VERY FINE. A CHOICE FULL-SIZE COMPLETE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS OF THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.

The single-color large die proofs are scarcer than the bi-colored set listed in the essay section.

Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1043, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proofs on India (285P1-293P1)
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12,200
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1044, Essays, Proofs and Specimens$1.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proof on India (292P1), $1.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proof on India (292P1)$1.00 Trans-Mississippi, Large Die Proof on India (292P1). On 97 x 80mm card with full die sinkage, detailed impression, Very Fine, an attractive large die proof of what has been called the most beautiful stamp in United States philately

1,000
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1045
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1045, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. E (285SE-293SE), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. E (285SE-293SE)1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. E (285SE-293SE). Original gum, few h.r., 5c with ovpt. horizontal at bottom, others vertical reading up at either left or right, 1c short perf at top left, 5c repair at top left, otherwise Fine and scarce complete set

Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1045, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. E (285SE-293SE), 1c-$2.00 Trans-Mississippi, Specimen Ovpt. Ty. E (285SE-293SE)
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3,800
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1046, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-10c Pan-American, Large Die Proofs on India (294P1-299P1), 1c-10c Pan-American, Large Die Proofs on India (294P1-299P1)1c-10c Pan-American, Large Die Proofs on India (294P1-299P1). On approximately 200 x 150mm cards with full die sinkage, blue control nos. on back (17724, 17871, 17886, 18034, 18061 and 18161), rich colors on bright cards

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND HIGHLY EXHIBITABLE SET OF LARGE DIE PROOFS FOR THE PAN-AMERICAN EXPOSITION ISSUE.

This set is especially desirable in this fresh condition and with the blue control numbers on back.

3,450
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1047, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-10c Pan-American, Small Die Proofs on Wove (294P2-299P2), 1c-10c Pan-American, Small Die Proofs on Wove (294P2-299P2)1c-10c Pan-American, Small Die Proofs on Wove (294P2-299P2). Complete set of six, off of gray card backing -- or more likely a set that was never mounted on the cards because there are no thin spots or faults (the adhesive used is difficult to dissolve and removal often causes severe faults), brilliant colors, Very Fine, only approximately 85 sets were produced

3,450
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1048, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c, 10c 1902-03 Issue, Ink Drawing Essays on Manila (300-E3, 307-E1), 1c, 10c 1902-03 Issue, Ink Drawing Essays on Manila (300-E3, 307-E1)1c, 10c 1902-03 Issue, Ink Drawing Essays on Manila (300-E3, 307-E1). Two-sided manila paper measuring 136 x 190mm, front depicts ink drawing in blue of frame for 5c design which was adopted for the 1c, back with drawing for 10c frame design, corner nicks do not affect any part of the design, Very Fine and unique, an outstanding double-sided hand-illustrated essay for the 1902-03 Bureau Issue, ex Curtis, illustrated in Scott and priced as the combination

2,000
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1049, Essays, Proofs and Specimens5c 1902-03 Issue, Pencil and Ink Drawing Essay on Onion Skin (304-E3), 5c 1902-03 Issue, Pencil and Ink Drawing Essay on Onion Skin (304-E3)5c 1902-03 Issue, Pencil and Ink Drawing Essay on Onion Skin (304-E3). 107 x 110mm design on 141 x 128mm paper, hand-illustration depicting frame with partly nude figures (which were draped in the adopted design), other design differences but similar to the issued 5c stamp, bends as normal for this fragile paper, Very Fine and unique, attributed to Bureau designer Raymond Ostrander Smith, ex Curtis, illustrated in Scott Specialized Catalogue

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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1051, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2), 1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2)1c-$5.00 1902-03 Issue, Small Die Proofs on Wove (300P2-313P2). Complete set, rich colors, each on original gray card backing, 50c trifle oxidized as often encountered

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND SCARCE COMPLETE SET OF 1902 ISSUE SMALL DIE PROOFS FROM A ROOSEVELT PRESENTATION ALBUM.

Only 85 presentation albums were prepared.

4,250
1,200
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1052, Essays, Proofs and Specimens1c-30c Agriculture, Small Die Proofs on Wove (O1P2-O9P2), 1c-30c Agriculture, Small Die Proofs on Wove (O1P2-O9P2)1c-30c Agriculture, Small Die Proofs on Wove (O1P2-O9P2). Complete set of nine on original cards from a Roosevelt presentation album, radiant colors, Very Fine, only approximately 85 sets were produced

900
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Sale Number 1232, Lot Number 1053, Essays, Proofs and Specimens(Unstated Value) Black, General Revenue Essay on White Wove (Turner 32-A), (Unstated Value) Black, General Revenue Essay on White Wove (Turner 32-A)(Unstated Value) Black, General Revenue Essay on White Wove (Turner 32-A). 42 x 50mm with uncleared surrounds and colorless registry crosses top and bottom, minor corner thinning from prior mounting, Very Fine and rare, this is a variation of Turner Essay No. 32, with the addition of the central oval of vertical lines

E. 300-400
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