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20th Century Essays and Proofs

                                   Page last updated: 6-16-2016

 

  
The 1925 Lexington-Concord Collection
This is only time that all of these die essays and proofs have been offered as a single unit.
They were purchased one lot at a time in the Shreve auction of the W. Curtis Livingston Collection of 20th Century
Die Essays and Proofs held just after Washington 2006 last June. This is the largest accumulation of
Lexington-Concord essay and proof material offered as a single unit. A great foundation for a traditional
type exhibit on this issue. A once in a lift time opportunity.

The Lexington-Concord Collection is now complete with the recent addition of the
Altman set of small die proofs. Everything that is known to exist is presented here.

$40,000.00

617-E1

Unfinished die essay on india paper and die sunk on card. Lacks the strong
shading in the foreground. (EP46-10)

618-E3

Die essay on india paper and die sunk on card. The adopted frame design
for the issued stamp. (EP46-13)
 

618-E1

Die essay on india paper and die sunk on card. This state is very close to the finished design
but lacking some shading. (EP46-15) 

618-E2

Unfinished die essay on india paper and affixed to card blotter. (EP46-11) 

618TC

Finished Black trial color die proof on india paper and die sunk on card. (EP46-14) 

617P1 – 619P1

Complete set of die proofs on india paper die sunk on card. Each proof is signed by PMG Harry S. New.
This set was presented by New to President Calvin Coolidge. Unique thus. (EP46-16)
 

617P1 – 619P1 Southgate Die Proofs

Complete set of die proofs on wove paper with each proof having the
Bureau proving room control number at the bottom.
This special set was produced for Hugh M. Southgate and is unique. (EP46-12)

617 - 619P2

This and one other small die proof set were produced at the same time as the "Southgate" die proofs. One set went to FDR and the other went to an "anonymous" individual. The "anonymous" set wound up in the hands of Sol Altman. His set set along with the rest of P2 collection was auctioned for the benefit of The Philatelic foundation in I believe the late 1970's. This is the Altman set.

 



 

TEST STAMPS

TD10 - Blank design type of 1907
Blank stamp paper the size of a First Bureau stamp, brownish original gum, NH block of four with double line “USPS” watermark. Unpriced in Scott. $200.00 each

Test Stamps TD18 & TD23
These were the first test stamps used by the BEP in their efforts to develop rotary press printing of postage stamps. An irregular block of 13 of TD13 was discovered and represents all of the available copies in collections today. The block was broken into a block of nine a pair and two singles. This single is the only copy currently on the market. This copy has a mild horizontal crease which is true of the surviving pair and remaining single. The TD23 is without gum. The two are available as a group for $3,000.00

TD51
Photo-etching tested by the firm of Bruckmann A.G. of Munich Germany in 1912. Photographic negative used to etch image onto an intaglio metal plate. Defaced design of the then-current U.S. 5c Washington was used. This block of 12 shows the full width of the web. $1,200.00

 

Essays & Die Proofs

 

294-E3
1c Second state of the ink drawing for the frame design reduced to stamp size by the BEP so as to guide the engraver and allowing him to work on a ratio of 1 to 1. Ex-Silverberg $750.00

294-E4
1c Third state of the ink drawing for the frame design with additional details drawn in and then reduced to stamp size by the BEP so as to guide the engraver and allowing him to work on a ratio of 1 to 1. Ex-Silverberg $750.00

296-E2 Variety
4c Third state of the ink drawing for the frame design and then reduced to stamp size by the BEP so as to guide the engraver and allowing him to work on a ratio of 1 to 1. Ex-Silverberg $750.00

295-E5
2c Completed engraving of the frame as it was adopted, carmine, die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. $3,000.00

297-E2
5c Incomplete preliminary pencil drawing of the frame design on tracing paper as adopted. Design executed and signed by R. Ostrander Smith. Ex-Rosenthal $2,000.00

298-E4
8c Preliminary pencil drawing of the frame design on tracing paper as adopted. Design executed and signed by R. Ostrander Smith. Ex-Rosenthal $2,000.00

299-E3
10c Preliminary pencil drawing of the frame design on tracing paper as adopted. Design executed and signed by R. Ostrander Smith. Ex-Rosenthal $2,000.00

294P1 – 299P1 – Complete set on exhibition pages
1c-10c, Pan-American, a complete set of large die proofs pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotters. Beautiful colors, razor sharp die impressions, and each with a proving room control numbers on the back in blue (Which are shown on each page). A superb full size set. $3,500.00

294P2 – 299P2 – Roosevelt small die proofs
1c-10c, Pan-American, a complete set of Roosevelt small die proofs pulled on wove paper and still affixed to the gray card backing. Fresh bright original colors, razor sharp die impressions. $3,500.00


298P1 – Pan American
8c Brown-violet & black, large die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. Proving room blue control number, 17026, on back. $575.00

300P2 – Franklin
1c Green, Roosevelt small die proof on wove and successfully removed from the gray card backing. Sound. $300.00

302SE
3c Purple, no gum with black type E “Specimen” $75.00

302SE
3c Purple, no gum with black type E “Specimen” $75.00

307SE
10c Pale red-brown, no gum with black type E “Specimen” $50.00

307SE
10c Pale red-brown, no gum with black type E “Specimen” $50.00

309SE
15c Olive green, OG, NH with black type E “Specimen” and extremely well centered. $300.00

304P1 – 5c Lincoln
5c Blue, large die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter which has been reduced. Ex-Ainsworth. $1,500.00

309SE
15c Olive green, OG, NH with black type E “Specimen” and extremely well centered. $300.00

1907 Jamestown Exposition Bureau Engravings
These four engravings were printed in the government building at the exposition as part of the Bureau’s demonstration on printing money. $500.00\

367P2 - Lincoln
2c Carmine, small die proof pulled on wove paper. $2,000.00 

398-E1 - 2c Panama-Pacific
Government reproduction of the photo model. Tipped to the back of the card is a printed explanation of this essay. Underneath the tipped sheet is is a CDS in black, which reads: "Stamp Division, P.O. Dept,, Feb 21, 1912" (EP34-80) $150.00

400PE
10c Pan-Pacific Exposition photo essay. Ex-Johl $200.00

414P1 to 423P1 - Large die proofs “The Lilly Set”
8c-$1.00 Franklin, Large Die Proofs on India (414P1-416P1, 434P1, 417P1, 513P1, 418P1-421P1, 423P1). Complete set of eleven denominations bearing Franklin's portrait, pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotters.

“Starting in 1912, Franklin's portrait was used for five denominations, 8c and above. These new designs had denomination labels that differed from the earlier series. Franklin's portrait was eventually expanded to other denominations as the need arose, such as the 11c, which was introduced with the Perf 10 series (Scott 434).”

A unique set! Ex Lilly & Benjamin Franklin Bailer. $15,600.00

417P1 (729)
12c Claret brown, die proof pulled on India paper with the proving room control number on the face. Very similar to the “Southgate” die proofs except that this in on India paper and not bond. The only other value from this series that exists the 30c. Very rare proof. Ex-Livingston. $2,500.00

537-E4 – Victory
3c black, die essay pulled on india paper and die sunk on card blotter. The incomplete engraving lacks shading in the border and the flags are unfinished. It contains the  Bureau proving room number 936356 on the back. It is also is stamped: “Jun 25 1919”. Probably a duplicate die based on the date and no doubt unique. $3,000.00

537P1 - Victory
3c Purple, untrimmed die proof pulled on india paper and die sunk on card blotter. It contains the Bureau proving room number 937446 on the back. It is also is stamped: “Jan 211919”. No doubt unique in this format. $1,500.00

537P1 – Victory
3c Violet, die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. It contains the Bureau proving room number 937430 on the back. It is also stamped: “Jan 21 1919”. $1,500.00

548-PE-1 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
Photo reduction of painting of the Mayflower used to model the one-cent Pilgrim Tercentenary Issue of 1920. Ex-Johl $300.00

548-PE-2 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
Photograph of a model of the Mayflower used in modeling the one-cent Pilgrim Tercentenary issue of 1920. Ex-Johl $300.00

549-E
2c Pilgrim die essay on india paper and die sunk on full size card. The crosshatching is missing from behind the numeral "2's" at the bottom of the design.  The control number on the back reads: 1064274.  Ex-Livingston $2,000.00

549-E
2c Pilgrim die essay on india paper and die sunk on full size card. The crosshatching is missing from behind the numeral "2's" at the bottom of the design.
 The control number on the back reads: 1064271.  Ex-Livingston $2,000.00

548P1 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
1c Green, large die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Pencil notation on back: “Ship engraved by Louis S. Schofield”. Blue proving room control number 1062830 on back. Ex-Livingston $1,250.00

548P2 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
1c Green, small Die Proof on thick wove paper. Rich color, faint corner crease in lower left corner. $1,200.00

549-E1 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
2c or 5c Green, Pilgrim Tercentenary incomplete die essay of the frame pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. This became the base frame for the both the two=cent and five-cent values. Blue proving room control number 1057395 on back. One other example is known and it was I the 2006 Livingston sale. $1,750.00

551-E1 – Hale essay
1/2c Carmine, untrimmed die essay pulled on India paper and die sunk on card. It is an incomplete engraving of entire design as adopted, label blank and vignette unfinished. Blue proving room number (1321664) stamped on the back. Pencil notation at bottom right, “20c” indicates the color to be used for the 20c value in the 1922-25 regular issue series. (EP76-25) $2,500.00

565P1 – Die proof (5137)
14c Dark blue pulled on India paper, off card, measuring 74x86mm, with minor India paper flaws and edge wrinkles which do not affect the design and not apparent when mounted on an exhibit page. Ex-Livingston where it realized $1,150.00 in 2006. Very scarce proof and popular topic. $1,250.00

572P1 – Die proof (5138)
$2.00 Deep blue die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Cut down to within ¾” and 1 ½” of the die sinkage area. There are a couple of faint toning spots well away from the design. Fourth bureau die proofs on India paper are very rare as most are on wove paper. $2,500.00

573P1 Variety - Hybrid die proof from a presentation album (5139)
This bi-color die proof was created by registered impressions of both a carmine and blue die. Each die contained registration marks to achieve a perfectly aligned impression. Once complete the impression was trimmed to stamp size to remove the registration marks. It was them mounted on a die sunk card blotter. The linen hinge, along the left edge of the card would indicate that this proof originated in a presentation album. This is the only presentation example that we have encountered. A very rare piece. $5,000.00

610P1
2c Black, die proof pulled on soft wove paper and affixed to card blotter. Very sharp incised die impression. A scarce proof. Catalog value: $1,400.00. Net $1,200.00

614P1-616P1 – Huguenot-Walloon Tercentenary
1c Dark green, 2c Carmine rose & 5c Dark blue, large die proofs pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotters. They contain the Bureau proving room numbers on the back: 1c – 1274800, 2c – 1273948 & 5c – 1274813. The two-cent has some wrinkling from mounting. All three signed by PMG New. $2,995.00

617P1-619P1 – Lexington-Concord
1c Deep green, 2c Carmine rose & 5c Dark blue, large die proofs pulled on India paper and die sunk on full size card blotters. They contain the Bureau proving room numbers on the back: 1c – 1318769, 2c – 1318806 & 5c – 1319025. The two-cent has some wrinkling from mounting. All three signed by PMG New. $2,995.00

622TC1ae - Harrison
13c Black, trial color die proof pulled on wove paper and removed from the card blotter and then reduced in size. Catalogs $2,250.00. The only other example known (full size) brought $1,800.00 plus the buyer’s premium in the Livingston sale. This example is priced at $1,250.00

622P1a - Harrison
13c Green, die proof pulled on India paper and still affixed to the card blotter but reduced in size. Catalogs $1,000.00. This example is priced at $500.00

627P2 – Sesquicentennial Exposition
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

629P2 – Battle of White Plains
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

643P2 – Vermont Sesquicentennial
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

643P1a – Vermont Sesquicentennial
2c Red, large die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. It contains the Bureau proving room number 69977, in blue, on the back. Initialed by Robert Regar (RSR) and Signed by PMG New. $1500.00

644P1a – Burgoyne
2c Red, large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card blotter. Not quite full size. The control number on the back, black, reads: 70057 $1,250.00

644P2 – Burgoyne Campaign
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

645P1a – Valley Forge
2c Red, large die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. It contains the Bureau proving room number 120010, in blue, on the back. Signed by PMG New. $1500.00
680P2 – Battle of Fallen Timbers
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

681P2 – Ohio River Canalization
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

682P2 – Massachusetts Bay Colony
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

683P2 – Carolina-Charleston
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

688P1a – Braddock’s Field
2c Red, large die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. It contains the Bureau proving
room number 70093, in black, on the back. $1500.00

688P2 – Braddock’s Field
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

689P2 – Von Steuben
2c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Far rarer than the large die proof, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

Washington Bi-Centennial Die Proofs
This is one of the most studied, collected and exhibited commemorative sets of the 20th century. I know of only one complete set of large die proofs and it last sold in the Livingston sale in 2006. In May of this year we were able to acquire large die proofs of six of the 10 issues.

704P2 - 1/2c Washington Bi-Centennial
1/2c Olive-brown, small die proof pulled on India paper. I think that this was originally produced in the large die proof format with the proof being removed and cut down. Very rare. $1,500.00
5c Blue, die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on card. Proving room number (70101) in black on back. At the most only three exist in this format. A very rare proof. $1,500.00

725 PE
3c Daniel Webster photo essays. $125.00 each

725P2 – Daniel Webster
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

726 PE
3c Georgia Bicentennial issue phot essays. $125.00 each


728-729P2 Century of Progress
1c Yellow-green & 3c Purple, small die proofs pulled on wove paper. This and two other set were produced at the same time as the “Southgate” die proofs (However, a third set is now known to exist). One set went to FDR and the other went to an “anonymous” individual. The “anonymous” examples would up in the hands of Sol Altman. This example along with the rest of his P2 collections were auctioned for the benefit of The Philatelic Foundation in the 1970’s by Greg Manning Auctions. $3,500.00

732P2 National Recovery Act issue
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Probably no more than three exist. $1,500.00

734P1 Var. - Kosciusko – “Southgate”
5v Blue, large die proof on wove paper. This is a special untrimmed proof prepared for Hugh M. Southgate as characterized by not being card mounted, and containing the Bureau control number on the front. Unique in this format. $2,000.00

734P1 - 5c Kosciusko
Off card example of this large die proof on wove paper. Very scarce. Ex-Livingston (EP47-12) $1,250.00 

734P2 – Kosciuszko
5c Blue, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

736P2 – Maryland Tercentenary
3c Red, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

737P2 – Mothers of America
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

739P2 – Wisconsin Tercentenary
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best three known in this format. $1,500.00

The Harry L. Peckmore National Parks Engravings prepared for H.L. Lindquist

742-E 3c National Parks issue
3c Black, large die essay of the vignette in reverse pulled on white card. The vignette was engraved by Joachim Benzing. Undoubtedly unique, with PF certificate. Ex-Livingston $2,500.00

749-PE 10c National Parks issue
A copy of the original photograph used as the model for the accepted design of the 10c value. Ex-Johl $150.00

773P2 California Pacific Exposition issue
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Extremely fine and rare proof. $1,500.00

777P2 – Rhode Island Tercentenary
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

782P2 – Arkansas Centennial
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

783P2 – Oregon Territory
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

784P2 – Susan B. Anthony
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

784TC1 – Susan B. Anthony - Unlisted trial color die proof
3c Deep lilac, trial color die proof pulled directly onto thin glazed card. Proving room no. (476778) in blue on the back. Also stamped: “Engraver’s stock proof authorized by” DKmh (in blue pen. The Scott specialized only lists a small die proof in the issued violet color. Undoubtedly unique!  $1,750.00

795-E1 – Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial
3c Black, die essay on glazed card (92 x 81mm). Early rejected design from which only the portraits of Cutler and Putman were carried forward to the approved design. Note the die layout lines which surround the image. This unlisted example comes from the estate of the engraver, Leo C. Kauffmann and is undoubtedly unique. $1,500.00

795-E1 – Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial
3c Purple, die essay on glazed card (49 x 33mm). Early rejected design from which only the portraits of Cutler and Putman were carried forward to the approved design. This unlisted example comes from the estate of the engraver, Leo C. Kauffmann and is undoubtedly unique. $1,500.00

795P1 – Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial
3c Rose-purple, small die proof on glazed card (49 x 34mm). This unlisted example comes from the estate of the engraver, Leo C. Kauffmann and is undoubtedly unique. $1,500.00

795P2 – Ordinance of 1787 Sesquicentennial
3c Rose-purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

798P2 – Constitution Sesquicentennial
3c Bright reddish purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

802P2 – Virgin Islands
3c Rose violet, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00


Original One-Cent Prexie Artwork

804-E 1c Presidential Series design submissions
On June 22, 1937, the Treasury Department announced a national design competition for a new series of regular postage stamps, with a submission deadline of September 15, 1937, Cash prizes would be given to the top three entrants. The Department received over 1,100 entries.

Offered here are four different designs, submitted by Robert L. Ulrich of Cambridge City, IN. Each one is executed on a 10” x 12” heavy art board, with an image size of 6” x 7”. The green appears to be thick water color pigment and the white opaque pigment. Each has the original envelope pasted to the back with the submission number inscribed. Three contain Ulrich’s name written on a sheet of paper. $500.00 each

804-E1 Submission No. 349

804-E2 Submission No. 348

804-E3 Submission No. 352

804-E4 Submission No. 350

804-E5 Submission No. 351

821 – 16c Lincoln
16c Black, die proof pulled on India like paper, reduced in size and mounted on card.
It is most likely unique in this format. Outside of the set of Prexie small die proofs offered in the 1970’s at auction, very few individual die proofs exist of any value in this series. Very rare Ex-Landau $2,500.00

The Unique 1938 Presidential Series Small Die Proofs
It has been 42 years since the entire set has been offered.
Back in the summer of 2012 we offered the 2c & 3c in the 64th edition of our newsletter, James E. Lee’s Philately.
They sold for $3,000.00 and $2,750.00 respectively (the 3c had a small thin).
Here is what we had to say about Prexie small die proofs then.

Unique Prexie Small Die Proofs"

         These two die proofs have not seen the light of day in 37 years. In 1973 they appeared in a Greg Manning auction. This sale was held for the benefit of the Philatelic Foundation. It contained only small die proofs starting with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition issue and ending with the 1945 Navy issue. It is said that these proofs had been donated to the PF by Stephen G. Rich sometime in the late 1940’s. Over half of the 263 lots went to dealers (Bob Siegel, Stampazine, Stanley Richmond, Richard Ellis and Scott). Another 14 lots went to agents, Ezra Cole and Lou Robbins, eight lots went to collectors on the floor, and 43 went to the book. These two proofs were purchased by Lou Robbins for an un-named collector. They were part of a complete set of Presidential issue small die proofs which wound up selling individually. Both proofs brought the highest prices of any of the issue, $1,000.00 each. 

         The Scott catalog has barely moved in all of the years that these proofs have been listed. We expect these to sell rather quickly.”

         Today we are offering the remaining values less the 1/2c, 1, 14c and 16c. The 1/2c surfaced in the Benjamin Franklin Bailar sale earlier this year. The other three have not been offered since 1973 and one can assume that they are tucked away in collections formed long ago.

811P2 – John Quincy Adams
6c Red-orange, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

812P2 – Andrew Jackson
7c Sepia, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

813P2 – Martin Van Buren
8c Olive-green, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

814P2 – William H. Harrison
9c Rose-pink, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

815P2 – John Tyler
10c Red-brown, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

817P2 – Zachary Taylor
12c Bright violet, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

822P2 – Andrew Johnson
17c Red-rose, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

823P2 – Ulysses S. Grant
18c Brown-carmine, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

825P2 – James A. Garfield
20c Bright blue-green, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

826P2 – Chester A. Arthur
21c Dull blue, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

827P2 – Grover Cleveland
22c Vermilion, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

828P2 – Benjamin Harrison
24c Gray-black, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

829P2 – William McKinley
25c Deep red-lilac, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

830P2 – Theodore Roosevelt
30c Deep ultramarine, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00

831P2 – William Howard Taft
50c Light red-violet, small die proof on white wove paper. $3,000.00
 


852P2 – Golden Gate International Exposition
3c Bright purple, small die proof on wove paper. Extremely fine and rare proof. $1,500.00

857P2 – Printing Tercentenary
3c Violet, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

858P2 – 50th Anniversary of Statehood
3c Rose purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

862TC1 -  5c Louisa May Alcott
5c Dull Blue, trial color large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card. This proof originally was pulled for the vignette engraver, John Eissler. This is the only die proof in this color. The control number in black on the back: 70039. Ex-Livingston $1,500.00

895P2 – Pan American Union
3c Bright rose purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

896P2 – Idaho Statehood 50th Anniversary
3c Bright mauve, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

897P2 Wyoming Statehood
3c Brown-violet small die proof on wove paper. Extremely fine and rare proof. $1,500.00

898P1 - Coronado Expedition
3c Bright violet, large die proof on india paper and die sunk on card. Stamped on back in purple:: "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and penciled "JCB" (Brooks, who was the vignette engraver). The "C" security punch has been taped back into place as is usually the case. The control number, in blue, on the back: 650505A and was pulled in 1940. This is the only example in public hands. Ex-Brooks, Livingston $1,500.00

898P2 – Coronado Exposition 400th Anniversary
3c Bright violet, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

904P2 – Kentucky Statehood 150th Anniversary
3c Purple, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

908P2 – Four Freedoms
1c Bright blue-green, small die proof on wove paper. Very rare, at best two or three known in this format. $1,500.00

924-E – Telegraph
3c Bright red-violet, die essay on wove paper and die sunk on card blotter. Lacking a few lines on the pole below the upper crossbar and in the bolts of the diagonal braces. With PF certificate. Proving room no. 70145, in black, appearws on the back. $1,500.00

928-E United Nations Conference
5c rejected design, engraved frame and type, wash palm sprig and pen and wash vignette of Roosevelt. This is photographic reduction of the model submitted for the stamp. Mounted behind gray matte board and flapped with tan Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving & Printing cover (which is not shown). Very rare. $750.00

928-E United Nations Conference
5c Unfinished design, engraved frame and type, wash palm sprig and missing the quotation marks and Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is photographic representation taken from of the model at this stage of the design. Mounted behind gray matte board and flapped with tan Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving & Printing cover (which is not shown). Very rare. $750.00

946P1a – Joseph Pulitzer
3c Violet, large die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. Stamped on back in purple: “Engraver’s Stock Proof. Authorized by” “JId” in blue pen. Blue proving room no. 917019A. Additional pencil notation in pencil: “Brooks”. “C” punched and taped back into position. Probably the only example in collector’s hands. With PF certificate. Ex-Livingston $1,500.00

955P1a – Mississippi Territory
3c Brown-violet, large die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. Stamped on back in purple: “Engraver’s Stock Proof. Authorized by” “JId” in blue pen. Blue proving room no. 9489529A. Additional pencil notation in pencil: “Fenton”. “C” punched and taped back into position. Probably the only example in collector’s hands. With PF certificate. Ex-Livingston $1,500.00

959TC1ae 3c Progress of Women
Bright violet, trial color die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Proving room number (953131 A) in blue on the back. Also stamped in purple, “Engraver’s Stock Proof Authorized By”, “ANC” in blue pen. Light corner crease only on lower left edge of the blotter. Most likely unique. $1,500.00

975P1a - Will Rogers
3c Bright red-violet, large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on full size card. Signed by the vignette engraver on the face: Matthew D. Fenton. The control number on the back: 959030A and was pulled in 1948. Ex-Livingston $2,000.00

977P1a – Moina Michael
3c Rose-pink, large die proof pulled on wove paper and die sunk on full size card blotter. Stamped on back in purple: “Engraver’s Stock Proof. Authorized by” “JId” in blue pen. Blue proving room no. 961142wA. Additional pencil notation in pencil: “Brooks”. “C” punched and taped back into position. Probably the only example in collector’s hands. With PF certificate. Ex-Livingston $1,500.00

1011P 1 - Mt. Rushmore Memorial issue
3c Blue-green, large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card blotter. Signed by M.D, Fenton the vignette engraver. Stamped on back in purple: “Engraver’s Stock Proof. Authorized by” “AUC” in blue pen. Blue proving room no. 86175B. “C” punched and taped back into position. Probably the only signed example in collector’s hands. $1,500.00

1017P1a – National Guard
3c Bright blue large, die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card blotter which has been reduced. Stamped on back in purple: "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" “AUC" in blue pen. The "C" security punch has been taped back into place as is usually the case. Blue proving room no. 110520B. This is the only example in public hands. $1,000.00

1012P1a - Centennial of Engineering
3c Violet-blue, large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card blotter which has been reduced. Stamped on back in purple: "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" “AUC" in blue pen. The "C" security punch has been taped back into place as is usually the case. The control number on the back: 91625B and was pulled in 1952. This is the only example in public hands. Ex-Livingston $1,500.00

1051Pa – Unique large die proof (5136)
50c Bright purple die proof pulled on wove paper. Back stamped: “Engraver’s stock proof authorized by RKR (in pencil)” proving room number is black: 171120B. This proof came from the estate of C.A. Brooks the vignette engraver. Liberty series die proofs are rarely seen on the market. Ex-Livingston  $2,750.00

1067P1a - Armed Forces Reserves
3c Purple, large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card. Stamped on back in purple:: "Engraver's Stock Proof/Authorized by" and penciled "Brooks" (who was the vignette engraver). The "C" security punch has been taped back into place as is usually the case. The control number on the back: 165121B and was pulled in 1955. This is the only example in public hands. Ex-Livingston $1,500.00

1140-E - 4c Franklin Credo
Hand drawn model for the four-cent Benjamin Franklin Credo series stamp. Executed in red, blue and white ink on tracing paper by Frank V. Conley and signed by him. This model differs slightly from the accepted design. There is slight staining on the right half of the paper and some minor paint chipping. An incredible modern era model and undoubtedly unique. Ex-Livingston (EP47-14) $1,000.00

1178P1 Var. - 4c Fort Sumter
Large die proof on stiff yellowish bond and mounted on card. On the back in pencil: “Approved Die Proof”, handstamped: “Stock”, and the control number is written in ball-point pen. This was the second to the last Bureau produced die proof to reach public hands. A wonderfully unique item. Ex-Livingston (EP47-11) $1,750.00


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