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The Whitpain Collection of United States 1894-98 Bureau Issues

Essays and Proofs - One Cent
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
101 E 1c Black, Large Die Essay on India (247-E1).> On 72 x 72mm card with full die sinkage, die imprint at bottom, with triangle drawn in pencil at upper left and thicker horizontal ink line at top right, trivial
flaws to outside of India well away from d1c Black, Large Die Essay on India (247-E1). On 72 x 72mm card with full die sinkage, die imprint at bottom, with triangle drawn in pencil at upper left and thicker horizontal ink line at top right, trivial flaws to outside of India well away from design

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE ESSAY OF THE ONE-CENT BUREAU ISSUE, SHOWING WHAT MAY BE THE FIRST ATTEMPT AT SKETCHING OUT THE CORNER TRIANGLE, THE DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC OF THE ISSUE.

We have no way of knowing for sure, but this pencil sketch of a corner triangle, which is 3.5mm high, may be one of the first attempts to add a design element that would distinguish the 1894 Bureau Issue from the earlier 1890 Issue. Other essays show the design in varying sizes in ink, but this is the only one drawn in the less permanent medium of pencil.

Ex Brazer. (Image)

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2,000.00

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102 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a).> 50 x 60mm, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right
only, ms. No. 1 at top which was origi1c Blue, Die Essay on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a). 50 x 60mm, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, ms. "No. 1" at top which was originally No. 9 but with the "9" crossed out, additional ms. at bottom "From die before being worked over", also with albino impression at bottom of portion of another design with no triangles on left impression and with both triangles on right impression in unadopted smaller size, light horizontal crease at top does not affect any designs and tiny pinhole probably from production, Very Fine, a stunning essay, ex Morris (Image)

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1,850.00

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103 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a).> 54 x 73mm, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right
only, ms. line thru designs also with pe1c Blue, Die Essay on Semi-glazed White Wove Paper (247-E2a). 54 x 73mm, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, ms. line thru designs also with pencil "3 Ul. Blue 1 Chinese ", 2. White" at bottom, also with albino impression at bottom of portion of another design with no triangles on left impression and with both triangles on right impression in unadopted smaller size, staple holes at top well away from design, minor paper wrinkling, Very Fine, an extremely rare essay, ex Brazer (Image)

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1,850.00

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104 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b).> 50 x 73mm, bright color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only,
pencil <<1 Antwerp Blue 1 Ultra>> at1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b). 50 x 73mm, bright color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, pencil "1 Antwerp Blue 1 Ultra" at top, without the usual paper crack, Very Fine, very scarce and possibly unique without the crack, ex Brazer (Image)

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1,750.00

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105 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b).> 47 x 71mm, rich color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only,
pencil <<2>>, also with faintly inked1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b). 47 x 71mm, rich color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, pencil "#2", also with faintly inked impression at bottom of two 2c in same color, right design with corner triangles, horizontal crease causing some cracking as seen on virtually all examples of this essay, some black ink at bottom, otherwise Fine, very scarce, ex Morris (Image)

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1,500.00

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106 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b).> 56 x 67mm at the narrowest part, rich color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle
printed at top right only, pencil <<No. 6 Wi1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b). 56 x 67mm at the narrowest part, rich color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, pencil "No. 6 With little Antwerp Blue" at bottom, also with faintly inked impression at bottom of two 2c in same color, right design with corner triangles, horizontal crease causing some cracking as seen on virtually all examples of this essay, otherwise Fine, very scarce, ex Brazer (Image)

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1,500.00

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107 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b).> 56 x 64mm, bright color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only,
pencil <<1 Antwerp 4 Ultra>> at top,1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b). 56 x 64mm, bright color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, pencil "1 Antwerp 4 Ultra" at top, horizontal crease causing some cracking as seen on virtually all examples of this essay, otherwise Fine, very scarce, ex Brazer (Image)

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1,500.00

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108 E 1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b).> 54 x 101mm, rich color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only,
pencil <<corner cut>> at top, faint i1c Blue, Die Essay on White Card (247-E2b). 54 x 101mm, rich color, showing two designs, one at left without corner triangles, design at right with experimental 15-line high triangle printed at top right only, pencil "corner cut" at top, faint impression of pencil "1 Antwerp, 2 Ultra" at top which has been erased, also with faintly inked impression at bottom of two 2c in same color, right design with corner triangles, vertical creases causing some cracking as seen on virtually all examples of this essay, otherwise Fine, very scarce, ex Earl of Crawford, this particular essay is unlisted in Scott (Image)

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1,500.00

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109 E 1c Green, Large Die Essay on India (247-E3).> 50 x 52mm, rich color, with no triangle at top left and with smaller triangle at top right than that adopted for the issued design, small thin spot at left well away
from design, Very Fine appearance, a r1c Green, Large Die Essay on India (247-E3). 50 x 52mm, rich color, with no triangle at top left and with smaller triangle at top right than that adopted for the issued design, small thin spot at left well away from design, Very Fine appearance, a rare essay, ex Brazer (Image)

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2,000.00

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110 E 1c + 2c Green, Composite Large Die Essays on India (247-E4).> On 37 x 81mm India which is mounted on 57 x 102mm card which is in turn mounted on 144 x 195mm card, India and first card with ms. <<Approved, Kerr
Craige, 3rd As PM Genl.>> at left whi1c + 2c Green, Composite Large Die Essays on India (247-E4). On 37 x 81mm India which is mounted on 57 x 102mm card which is in turn mounted on 144 x 195mm card, India and first card with ms. "Approved, Kerr Craige, 3rd As PM Gen'l." at left which is also repeated at center and right, corner triangles drawn in ink in the size as issued, outer card with few flaws

VERY FINE AND CHOICE. A REMARKABLE LARGE DIE ESSAY DEPICTING THE ONE-CENT AND TWO-CENT DENOMINATIONS PRINTED IN THE SAME COLOR, WITH HAND-DRAWN CORNER TRIANGLES AND WITH THE OFFICIAL APPROVAL OF THE THIRD ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL. THIS IS LIKELY UNIQUE.

Ex Brazer. Scott Catalogue also lists this essay in Dull Violet, but that does not have the corner triangles drawn in ink. (Image)

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2,500.00

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111 E 1c + 2c Dull Violet, Composite Large Die Essays on India (247-E4).> On 65 x 98mm card, without triangles added to any corners, pencil <<With white Ultramarine Blue Carmine>> at right, horizontal crease between
designs, Very Fine appearance, this co1c + 2c Dull Violet, Composite Large Die Essays on India (247-E4). On 65 x 98mm card, without triangles added to any corners, pencil "With white Ultramarine Blue Carmine" at right, horizontal crease between designs, Very Fine appearance, this composite essay is likely unique and is unlisted in Brazer despite the fact that this is ex Brazer, this and the previous lot comprise the two known examples of this essay (Image)

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2,400.00

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