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Worldwide Stamps and Postal History continued...

Great Britain - Pre-Stamp Essays and Treasury Competition
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
1005 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, Ebenezer Bacon & Co. London Essay Sheet. Beautifully engraved sheet with eight designs die sunk and measuring 153 x 226mm, half inscribed "Prepared Charcoal" and other half "Fine Tooth Powder", with "Ebenezer Bacon & Co. London, Machinagraphists, (Registered)" imprint at bottom and manuscript plate no. at top, violet company handstamp on reverse, Very Fine, an intriguing essay (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $950.00
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1006 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Bogardus and Francis Coffin 1929 Essay Reprints. Three examples printed in Red, Brown and Black (creased), large margins, Very Fine, the original die was found in 1929 to make reprints before being presented to King George V for the Royal Collection (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $450.00
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1007 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1838 James Chalmers "Slip" Essays. Horizontal se-tenant pair, left stamp "Twopence" and right stamp "One Penny", original gum, large margins all around, couple shallow thins, crease between stamps and minor adhesions on gum, otherwise Fine and scarce, these were created by James Chalmers of Dundee and intended to be used as seals for letter sheets indicating postage, ex Beresford (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $700.00
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1008 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, James Chalmers 1p "Slip" Essay in Black. Printed on thin laid watermarked paper with large sheet margin at top and affixed in margin by seal, tied on mock-up folded letter by "Dundee Sept. 30, 39" two-line handstamp, manuscript endorsement at bottom, stamp with slightest trace of wrinkling

VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THE JAMES CHALMERS ONE-PENNY BLACK TREASURY COMPETITION ESSAY. AN EXCEPTIONAL ESSAY RARITY OF GREAT BRITAIN'S PRE-STAMP ERA WITH ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES IN PRIVATE HANDS.

James Chalmers was an established bookseller, printer and newspaper publisher located in Dundee. He was also one of the pioneers of postal reform, and arguably the true "inventor" of the adhesive postage stamp. By 1825, he campaigned to speed up mail delivery between Edinburgh and London. In 1838, he went as far as submitting an essay for a "slip". This was intended as a stamp to seal a folded letter and acted as pre-payment of mail fees rather than having to use an envelope which resulted in an extra charge for an additional sheet of paper. Therefore, many argue he was the true inventor of postage stamps rather than his counterpart Rowland Hill.

There are six "covers" plus an additional unused example recorded in private hands. An additional three covers are in the Royal Collection and one in the Phillips Collection (British Postal Museum) (Image)

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E. $ 10,000-15,000

SOLD for $15,000.00
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1009 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1837 John Dickinson London District Post Lettersheets. Two examples printed on silk threaded paper, "One Penny" design in Yellow-Buff, "Two Pence" design in Green, 2p with reinforced splitting on folds, Very Fine, SG Specialised £2,550 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $160.00
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1010 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Robert W. Sievier Essay. Printed in Red & Blue with embossed center, cut down from printed sheet, Very Fine and rare, Robert Sievier was a notable English engraver and sculptor, SG Specialised £3,000 (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $950.00
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1011 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Two different examples printed in Red & Black, first with five small designs and "Post Paid" and "Beaufort House", large margins, second cut to size and mounted on page with seven designs "CW" initialing, latter with minor thins, otherwise Very Fine, ex Wills (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
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1012 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Composite sheet of three essays printed in Red & Blue measuring 126 x 159mm, sheet with couple trivial minor toned spots and two corner thin spots, otherwise Very Fine and scarce, these essays emanated from a page in the Arts Journal (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $800.00
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1013 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Red & Black on wove paper measuring 85 x 75mm, fresh colors, Very Fine, ex Wills (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $950.00
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1014 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Two similar essays, first in Red & Blue, other in Blue, cut down to size with large margins and printed on thick card with Red and Green "For Protection Against Forgery" design on reverse, Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $700.00
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1015 E ImageGREAT BRITAIN, 1839 Treasury Competition, Charles Whiting Essay. Printed in Blue & Red, ample margins all around, bold colors, Fine (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $850.00
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