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20th Century Essays and Proofs

                                   Page last updated: 10-21-2019

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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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

 

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

300-PE, & 307-PE
Group of two different, please order by position. The first four have been sold. 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

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

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: 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

725 PE
3c Daniel Webster photo 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


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-E3 Submission No. 352

804-E5 Submission No. 351

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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