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20th Century Essays and Proofs

                                   Page last updated: 7-15-2018

Type 4 specimen overprints from
the 1976 Dispersal by Robson Lowe

These overprints originally came from the postal archives of the Bechuanaland postal administration which was responsible for applying the type 4 overprints. They were removed from their U.P.U. sample books and were acquired by Robson Lowe. Therefore, most are without gum having been "sweated" off the pages and some have small faults resulting from their removal. Most have British Philatelic Association certificates. This particular lot surfaced in a 1978 in Robert a. Siegel Auctions sale no. 530. For the past 38 years they reposed in the inventory of the late Irwin Weinberg. The overprints are now available on an individual bases.

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644S – 2c Burgoyne Campaign

No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-03) $400.00

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645S – 2c Valley Forge
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-04) $400.00

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567S – 2c Sullivan Expedition
No gum, without B.P.A. certificate. (S80-06) $400.00

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643S – 2c Vermont Sesquicentennial
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-010) $400.00

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680S – 2c Battle of Fallen Timbers
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-11) $400.00

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688S – 2c Braddock’s Field

No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-12) $400.00

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690S – 2c Pulaski
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-13) $400.00

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689S – 2c Von Steuben
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-14) $400.00

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717S – 2c Arbor Day
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-08) $500.00

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774S – 3c Boulder Dam
No gum, without B.P.A. certificate. (S80-21) $400.00

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777S – 3c Rhode Island Tercentenary
No gum, without B.P.A. certificate. (S80-22) $400.00

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776S – 3c Texas Centennial
No gum, without B.P.A. certificate. (S80-23) $400.00

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773S – 3c California Pacific Exposition
Sweated gum, without B.P.A. certificate. (S80-25) $400.00

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E2S – 10c Special Delivery
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-28) $400.00

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E6S – 10c Special Delivery
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-29) $400.00

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E12S – 10c Special Delivery
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-30) $400.00

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E13S – 15c Special Delivery
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-31) $400.00

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E14S – 20c Special Delivery
No gum, with B.P.A. certificate. (S80-32) $400.00


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

  294P1 – 299P1 – Large die proofs
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 (1c – 15758, 2c – 16255, 4c – 16480, 5c – 16791, 8c – 17031, and 10c - 17096). A superb full size set. $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

294SE – 299SE
Complete set of six values all containing a “Type F” specimen overprint in purple. Wonderful left sheet margin set, OG, most LH. Ex-Heimburger $1,250.00

301-PE (x4), 300-PE, & 307-PE
Group of six different, please order by position. Ex-Brody $275.00 each

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

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

306-PE & 303-PE
8c Photo essay of William T. Sherman proposed design for the value. With PF certificate. Ex-Brody $300.00
4c Photo essay of Ulysses S. Grant proposed design for the value. Ex-Brody $275.00

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

Image 313S-E Bottom sheet margin copy from the first sheet and signed
$5.00 Green, OG, with purple “Specimen “overprint, bottom sheet margin single signed: “First sheet, 3-18-1903 Wm. M. Meredith Director”. He was director of the B.E.P. With PF certificate. Ex-Brody $1,500.00

326P2 – Small die proof
5c McKinley, small die proof pulled on wove paper. Similar in all respects to Roosevelt small ide proof. The Bureau kept 10 of the 85 albums produced, with the intent to update with future issues, which may explain this proof. Very rare as only a few are known. The Scott Catalog is irrelevant when it comes to this set. $975.00

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\

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

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

565P1 – Die proof
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
$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
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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Image Image Image 1193 – Project Mercury
4c Dark blue & yellow photograph of rejected design model for the 4c Project Mercury stamp, mounted on thick card, with Bureau of engraving & Printing overleaf calling attention to the “Special Project”. With PF 2016 certificate. Unique. See the article that I wrote about this piece for Linn’s Weekly Stamp News. $3,000.00

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