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United States Regular Issue Essays and Proofs continued...

1954 LIBERTY ISSUE
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1421 P 1032P1a image#1032P1a, 1 1/2c Brown carmine, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on three-hole punched full size card measuring 152x202mm, from the Brooks collection though his name is not written on this proof, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reading "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, "C" security punch taped back in place (a normal practice), fresh and crisp with excellent color and impression, choice very fine; listed by Scott only on India though this proof is probably the basis for the listing and it is highly probable that die proofs do not exist on India in this period, certainly a very rare proof and quite likely the only known example of this die proof in public hands; W.K. Schrage, designer; C.A. Brooks, vignette engraver; control number 180020B (1956; in mid-1955 the color of the control number changed from blue to black and remained that way thereafter); ex-Brooks. (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
1422 P 1033P1a image#1033P1a, 2c Carmine rose, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on full size card measuring 202x151mm, a beautiful engraver signed proof, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reading "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, pulled for the letter engraver, George A. Payne, with his name written on the reverse and signed by him at the bottom of the proof paper, "C" security punch taped back into place (a normal practice), exceptionally clean with intense radiant color, extremely fine in every regard; this letter and frame engraver was not a prominent engraver on philatelic dies, but he often signs his proof and gives us some of the very few signed die proofs; Scott lists this proof on both India and wove with neither priced, regardless of whether there are one or two proofs of this value, they are probably all on wove; an extremely rare signed proof, which are seldom encountered; C.R. Chickering, designer; C.A. Brooks, vignette engraver; control number 147079B (1954). (Image) Est. 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1423 P 1039P1a image#1039P1a, 6c Carmine rose, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on full size card measuring 202x151mm, a beautiful engraver signed proof, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reading "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, pulled for the letter engraver, George A. Payne, with his name written on the reverse and signed by him at the bottom of the proof paper, "C" security punch taped back in place (a normal practice), exceptionally clean and attractive, extremely fine; proofs pulled for engravers other than the vignette engraver are few and far between, it opens the door for more than one proof to reach the public, in fact our records indicate that on this issue one was pulled for M.D. Fenton, so at least two examples of this die proof are known to collectors; Scott lists this proof on both India and wove with neither priced, even though it is theoretically possible that the Fenton proof is on India it is highly unlikely because all the die proofs from this period that we have recorded are on wove paper; an extremely rare signed proof, which are seldom encountered; C.R. Chickering & McCloskey, designers; M.D. Fenton, vignette engraver; control number 165792B (1955). (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1424 P 1044P1a image#1044P1a, 10c Rose lake, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on three-hole punched full size card measuring 153x203mm, from the Brooks collection, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reading "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, "C. Brooks" penciled at bottom, "C" security punch taped back in place (a normal practice), a beautiful proof with excellent color and impression, choice very fine; listed by Scott only on India and unpriced, it is quite probable that die proofs do not exist on India in this period, certainly a very rare proof and very likely the only known example of this die proof in public hands; C.R. Chickering, designer; C.A. Brooks, vignette engraver; control number 185353B (1956); ex-Brooks. (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
1425 P 1047P1a image#1047P1a, 20c Ultramarine, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on three-hole punched full size card measuring 152x202mm, from the Brooks collection, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reading "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, with "Brooks", the vignette engraver, penciled at bottom, "C" security punch taped back in place (a normal practice), preserved in pristine condition with intense deep color, choice very fine; listed by Scott only on India though this proof is probably the basis for the listing and it is probable that die proofs do not exist on India in this period, certainly a very rare proof and quite likely the only known example of this die proof in public hands; W.K. Schrage, designer; C.A. Brooks, vignette engraver; control number 182273B (1956); ex-Brooks. (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1426 P 1051P1a image#1051P1a, 50c Bright purple, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on three-hole punched full size card measuring 150x200mm, from the Brooks collection, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reading "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, with "C. Brooks", the vignette engraver, penciled at bottom, "C" security punch taped back in place (a normal practice), an amazingly pretty proof with unusually intense rich color, excellent condition, very fine and choice; listed by Scott only on India though this proof is probably the basis for the listing and it is quite likely that die proofs do not exist on India in this period, probably the only known example of this die proof in public hands; C.R. Chickering, designer; C.A. Brooks, vignette engraver; control number 171120B (1955); ex-Brooks. (Image) Est. 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,400.00
Will close during Public Auction

United States Back-of-the-Book Essays and Proofs

AIR POSTS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
1427 P C4P1-6P1 image#C4P1-6P1, 8c-24c 1923 Air Posts, large die proofs on India cplt. except for the 8c which is on wove paper, a beautifully approval set, die sunk on full size cards measuring approximately 201x151mm, both cards and proofs are fresh and clean, typed approval dates and signed by Postmaster General Harry S. New, luxuriant fresh colors, extremely fine; the reason for the difference in paper on the 8c value is that Harry New presented sets of proofs of this period, including the 1922-25 Regular issue, to various people in 1928-29 before he left office, for the most part he used proofs in the files of the Bureau, but if enough proofs were not available for his projects, he ordered additional values or sets pulled, by this time the Bureau was using wove paper instead of India, because they visually were very similar, they were often combined indiscriminately, as far back as our records show these three proofs have always been together, a lovely and popular set of this air mail issue; C.A. Huston, designer; H. Dawson, E.M. Hall & J. Eissler, vignette engravers; control numbers in order of denomination 154047 (1929), 1233085, 1233348 (1923). (Image) $14,250.00

SOLD for $8,000.00
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1428 P C4P1-4P1 var. image#C4P1-6P1 var., 8c-24c 1923 Air Posts, large die proofs on wove paper cplt., die sunk on full size cards measuring 202x153mm, the gorgeous specially prepared set of proofs for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, all are exceptionally clean and attractive with only a small spot of toning at the edge of the 16c card, extremely fine; "From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection/ Auctioned Feb., April, 1945 by H.R. Harmer Inc., N.Y." handstamp on the reverse; our records show that the proofs of this issue printed on wove paper are about twice as scarce as those on India, but this special set prepared for President Roosevelt is unique; C.A. Huston, designer; H. Dawson, E.M. Hall & J. Eissler, vignette engravers; control numbers in order of denomination 332716, 332302, 332821 (1933); ex-Roosevelt. (Image) Est. 15,000-20,000

SOLD for $13,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1429 P C4P1 image#C4P1, 8c Dark green, large die proof on India, die sunk on card measuring 126x87mm showing the full die sinkage, clean and attractive, very fine; C.A. Huston, designer; H. Dawson, vignette engraver; control number 1232290 (1923). (Image) $4,750.00

SOLD for $1,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1430 P C6P1 image#C6P1, 24c Carmine, large die proof on India, die sunk on card measuring 111x101mm showing full die sinkage, a proof from the Eissler collection that are characterized by having the original blue control number removed and a black five-digit number applied, quite fresh and attractive with deep color, very fine; C.A. Huston, designer; John Eissler, vignette engraver; control number 70113. ex-Eissler. (Image) $4,750.00

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
1431 P C4P2-6P2 image#C4P2-6P2, 8c-24c 1923 Air Posts, small die proofs on yellowish bond cplt., measuring 26x22mm, the marvelous set of small die proofs which are reported to be the only known examples in private hands, the 8c and 16c values have trivial thin spots which are of little importance considering this set's one-of-a-kind status, very fine; the accompanying certificates call the paper "wove paper", but this is clearly a stiff fibrous paper without mesh, in our opinion this is significant not only for their small die status because normal wove paper small die proofs could be simulated from large die proofs cut down, but also because similar small die proofs of other issues do very rarely appear and they are almost always recognized for their unique status, perhaps being made for some special exhibition; this unique status also makes them far rarer than their large die counterparts; a highly important and essential set of proofs for either the air post or proof specialist; C.A. Huston, designer; H. Dawson, E.M. Hall & J. Eissler, vignette engravers; each proof accompanied by a 1990 PF certificate. (imagea) (imageb) (Image) $19,500.00

SOLD for $15,000.00
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1432 P C7P1-9P1 image#C7P1-9P1, 10c-20c Maps, large die proofs on wove paper cplt., die sunk on full size cards measuring approximately 202x152mm, a lovely approval set, both cards and proofs are fresh and clean, typed approval dates and signed by Postmaster General Harry S. New, all possessing bright colors and detailed impressions, extremely fine; noteworthy is that the wove proof paper covers the entire die sinkage area which is an unusually large, particularly on the 15c; it is our opinion that at this period all of the large die proofs of this series are on wove paper even though they frequently are described as India, a lovely and rare set of this popular air mail issue; C.A. Huston, designer; L.S. Schofield, vignette engraver; control numbers in order of denomination 1369980, 5787 (1926), 31553 (1927). (Image) $9,000.00

SOLD for $4,750.00
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1433 P C7P1-9P1 image#C7P1-9P1, 10c-20c Maps, large die proofs on wove paper cplt., die sunk on full size card measuring 202x152mm, the specially prepared set of proofs for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, an attractive and clean set as typically found with these Roosevelt proofs, only a couple of most trivial card wrinkles to the 10c value, extremely fine; "From the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection/ Auctioned Feb., April, 1945 by H.R. Harmer Inc., N.Y." handstamp on the reverse; the proof paper on the Roosevelt proofs is usually smaller than the die area and often significantly so, however the 15c value shows something that we have never seen before on these proofs, the proof paper is only the size of the design, perhaps this was done to use a smaller die to mount the proof so the set would look more uniform (the 15c had an extraordinarily large die) nevertheless this is exactly as it was made by the proof maker and this special set prepared for President Roosevelt is unique; C.A. Huston, designer; L.S. Schofield, vignette engraver; control numbers in order of denomination 332944, 333296, 333048 (1933). (Image) $9,000.00

SOLD for $6,000.00
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1434 P C10P1 image#C10P1,10c Lindbergh, large die proof on wove paper, die sunk on full size card measuring 202x152mm, this being from the set presented to President Calvin Coolidge, an extraordinarily choice and attractive approved proof with typed date June 7,1927 and signed by Harry S. New, Postmaster General, in excellent condition, extremely fine; Harry New presented to President Coolidge a set of die proofs for all the stamps that were issued during the Harding-Coolidge presidencies; a rare proof that quite likely only exists on wove paper and is especially rare in this superlative condition; C.H. Hall & A.R. Meissner, designers; John Eissler, vignette engraver; control number 66866 (1927); ex-Coolidge. (Image) $6,000.00

SOLD for $5,250.00
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1435 P C10P2 image#C10P2, 10c Lindbergh, small die proof on wove paper, a pristine proof, possessing bright color on white paper, plus wide even margins, measuring 63x25mm, lovely immaculate condition, extremely fine; a very rare proof that is considerably rarer than the large die proofs; C.H. Hall & A.R. Meissner, designers; John Eissler, vignette engraver. (Image) $6,000.00

SOLD for $3,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1436 P C11P1 image#C11P1, 5c Carmine and blue, large die proof on wove paper, an absolutely pristine approved large die proof, die sunk on full size card measuring 204x152mm, dated June 18, 1928 and signed by Harry S. New, Postmaster General, this lovely proof possesses remarkable freshness with brilliant colors, extremely fine in all respects; a rare large die proof that is doubtful it could be improved upon; A.R. Miessner, designer; A.S. Schofield, vignette engraver; control numbers 123474, 123475 (1928). (Image) $6,000.00

SOLD for $4,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
1437 P C13P1-15P1 var. image#C13P1-15P1 var., 65c-$2.60 Graf Zeppelins, large die proofs on bond cplt., the spectacular and unique set presented to Dr. Hugo Eckener, Commander of the "Graf" Zeppelin, a specially prepared presentation book, string bound in a full padded leather folder, the format is totally unlike any other set of large die proofs consisting of two sheets folded in the center for binding to produce four two-sided pages, each page measuring 191x245mm, if disassembled one leaf would show a printed presentation page dated "Washington, D.C., April 16, 1930" and signed by Walter F. Brown, Postmaster General, on the facing page is the die proof of the $2.60 Blue, the other leaf has the die proof of the 65c Green proof on one page and the $1.30 proof on the reverse of the other side of the leaf, assembled the presentation page starts on the left side facing the 65c on the right, and the $1.30 and $2.65 proofs are on the following right side pages, the paper is a light cream bond, the proof images are centered within each page, not being die sunk, nor were any control numbers applied, the book has been preserved in excellent condition with only a tiny mended tear to the bottom of the presentation page, the barest trace of edge toning is present, being unavoidable because of the spider web glassine interleaving pages, very fine with both the proofs and the book in its totality being magnificent.The "Graf" Zeppelin made its first flight to the United States in the fall of 1928. In 1929 it made an historic Round-the-World flight crossing the United States, stopping at Los Angeles and Lakehurst. When a Pan-American flight was planned in 1930 the United States, as gesture of goodwill towards Germany, decided to issue the first set of Zeppelin air mail stamps. During the course of this flight, when the Zeppelin was in Lakehurst, the Post Office Department presented this set of die proofs to Dr. Hugo Eckener, the Commander of the airship. Second Assistant Postmaster General, Irving W. Glover, made the presentation to Dr. Eckener before a huge crowd of spectators. It was immediately recognized that the proofs were of considerable value to collectors and apparently it was only a short time later when this book was transferred in ownership to Dr. Phillip G. Cole. In presenting it to Dr. Cole, Dr. Eckener inscribed and signed in his own hand at the bottom of each proof, "This die proof, which was presented to me by the Post Office Department of the United States, is in turn presented by me to my friend, Dr. Philip G. Cole, in recognition and appreciation of his accomplishments as the world's foremost airmail collector."This book, and the proofs that are in it, are unique in so may ways. The large die proofs are totally unlike any die proof issued by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The paper on which they were pulled, the way in which they were printed, and the format in which they are made are entirely unique from all other die proofs and from the three or four sets of large die proofs that are known of the Graf Zeppelin issue. But historically they are also of extraordinary significance, relating not just to this popular issue of stamps but to the whole area of aero philately that was ushered in by these huge and fascinating airships of Germany. This presentation book has been the centerpiece of many important collections. For the Zeppelin collector, the air post collector or the proof collector, this Eckener set of the 1930 Graf Zeppelin large die proofs is undoubtedly the most important twentieth century proof set of the United States. C.A. Hall & A.R. Meissner, designers; J.C. Benzing, vignette engraver; ex-Cole, Harris and Dale. (imagea) (imageb) (imagec) (Image) Est. 40,000-50,000

SOLD for $47,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
1438 E C18/ image#C18/36 1933-47 Air Posts, original photographs of wash models, featuring seven stamp size photos of the 50c Graf Zeppelin, one being the accepted design, the others unaccepted designs, mostly variations on same theme but a couple with drastically different designs, also eight large format photos, three unaccepted designs of #C20 and five photos of #C33-36, all the adopted designs, fine-very fine. (Image) Est. 200-300

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
1439 P C24P2 image#C24P2, 30c Dull blue, small die proof on wove paper, measuring 51x24mm, bright color on white paper, faint thinning, extremely fine appearance and handsome, an extraordinarily rare proof of which only two or three are known; A.R. Miessner, designer; F. Pauling, vignette engraver. (Image) $2,750.00

SOLD for $1,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
1440 E C25-31-E image#C25-31-E, 6c-50c Transports, large master die essay on wove paper in black, the completed die as issued without denomination, die sunk on full size card measuring 201x150mm, Bureau handstamp on the reverse reads "Engravers Stock Proof/Authorized by" and initialed, with "Lowe", the vignette engraver, penciled at bottom, "C" punch on the space where the denomination would eventually go, exceptionally clean and attractive, extremely fine; unlisted in Scott, in fact the only essays of air post stamps are for the #C3; this immensely important air mail essay shows the process by which they developed a design that would be used for several values, this has been made available to collectors because it was an engraver's proof given to J.R. Lowe, a vignette engraver, who was responsible for several other important and rare proofs and essays, undoubtedly the only essay of its kind in public hands; W.A. Roach, designer; J.R. Lowe, vignette engraver; control number 722657A (1942). (Image) Est. 7,500-10,000

SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction

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