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United States Stamps continued...

Essays and Proofs, 1847 thru 1868 Issues continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1023 Pbl Image90c Blue, Plate Proof on India (72P3). Bottom right corner margin block of four, beautiful color, Extremely Fine block from the Lilly sheets, ex Gilbart (Image)

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$ 250.00

SOLD for $225.00
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1024 E ImageUnknown 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 (Image)

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$ 5,000.00

SOLD for $550.00
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1025 E ImageCharles 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 (Image)

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$ 9,000.00

SOLD for $3,750.00
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1026 E ImageNational 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. (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,100.00
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1027 E ImageNational 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 (Image)

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$ 1,250.00

SOLD for $700.00
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1028 E ImageNational 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 (Image)

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$ 1,750.00

SOLD for $1,000.00
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1029 E ImageNational 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 (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,300.00
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1030 E ImageNational 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 (Image)

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$ 2,000.00

SOLD for $850.00
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