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Schernikow 1861 Die Essays,
Great Central Fair Essays & Proofs
& 1877 Essays for the
Philadelphia Bank Note Company

 

                                                Page last updated 8-15-2018

Early in the 20th Century there occurred a bankruptcy sale of the effects of the Philadelphia Bank Note Company which had inherited from the Toppan, Carpenter Company the duplicate dies of the 1851 issue, to which numerals had been added to all the values except the 10c and 30c, for submission as essays with their proposal for the 1861 contract.

The buyer of the dies was Ernest Schernikow, an officer of the Hamilton Bank Note Company. In 1903 they made reprints from the dies in as many as fifteen colors. It is believed that this was done to help recoup the $10,000.00 Schernikow paid for the effects of the Philadelphia Bank Note Company. For years they were peddled along Nassau Street in New York.

There is a separate page for the Schernikow reprints of the Philadelphia Bank Note Co. 1877 essays
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Great Central Fair Essays and Proofs

WV11-13 – The actual stamps
A set of the three values of the Great Central Fair stamps without gum. Sound and very well centered for these. $125.00

WV11 & 13P1
10c & 30c Violet combination die proof on proof paper. 1903 Schernikow reprint. $350.00

WV12TC5
20c Trial color plate proofs on wove paper. Order by position. $40.00 each
 

 

Shernikow Die Essays -
Toppan, Carpenter & Co.
1861 contract submissions

Image 11-E17c
3c Complete design on proof paper (1903) Row 1: Black, Dull scarlet, & Deep green $125.00 each. Row 2: Full size Dull violet & Deep blue $175.00 each. Row 3: Black $95.00, Dull red-violet $125.00, & Black $125.00.

Image 11-E17d
3c Complete design on colored card. Dark blue on pale green card, full size for this. $300.00 Deep orange on ivory card, somewhat reduced in size. $195.00

Image 63-E1b
1c Vignette die pulled on colored card (1903). Dull violet on blue card. $150.00 Orange on pale pink card. $125.00

Image 63-E9c
1c Fourth stage, full design pulled on proof paper (1903). Black blue full size $100.00. Orange cut down. $75.00

Three-cent Issue (65-E)

65-E1a
3c vignette die pulled on proof paper (1903). Examples shown have been trimmed to inside the die sinkage.. Please order by position. $30.00 each

Image 65-E2b
3c Second stage in Black pulled on proof paper (1903) $85.00

Image 65-E3c
3c Final stage (3) pulled on proof paper (1903). Scarlet $90.00 Red-violet $90.00

65-E2d
3c second die stage pulled on dull pale gray-blue thin wove paper (1903). First examples shown exhibits full die sinkage. $300.00 Second example is cut down. $100.00

65-E2e
3c second die stage pulled on colored card (1903). First examples shown exhibits full die sinkage, rare thus. $200.00 Balance please order by row and position. $150.00 each

65-E3e
3c third die stage pulled on colored card and printed through a matte (1903). The first two examples shown exhibit nearly full die sinkage. Please order by position. $150.00 each The third example is cut down. $75.00

Five-cent Issue (67-E)

67-E1d
5c vignette die pulled on green bond paper (1903). $150.00 The two cut down examples are $100.00 each (Second and third one sold)

Image 67-E2a
5c Second stage pulled on proof paper (1903). Black $95.00 Dark blue (color unlisted in Scott) $95.00

Image 67-E1b, 67-E2a, 67-E3a & 67-E4f – The complete set 9153
5c All four stages of the die pulled on proof paper in Red brown (1903). Beautiful full-size set, very minor gum soak from hinges. $325.00

67-E2b
5c second die stage pulled on colored card (1903). Examples exhibit full die sinkage. $175.00 each

67-E2c
5c second die stage pulled on green bond paper (1903). $160.00

67-E3f
5c third die stage pulled on green bond paper (1903). $160.00


Twelve-cent Issue (69-E)

69-E1c &69-E1d
12c vignette die pulled on green bond paper (1903). $150.00 12c vignette die pulled on colored card (1903). $150.00

69-E1d
12c vignette die pulled on colored card (1903). $150.00 each

69-E2e
12c second die stage pulled on colored card. $150.00 each
 

Twenty-four-cent Issue (70-E)

Image 70-E1a
24c Vignette die pilled on proof paper in Red-violet (1903) $60.00

70-E1b
24c vignette die pulled on proof paper (1903). Example exhibits full die sinkage. $125.00

70-E1c
24c vignette die pulled on colored card (1903). Full size example exhibits full die sinkage. $150.00

Image 70-E2a
24c Second stage pulled on proof paper (1903). Green & Yellow-brown
$60.00 each

70-E3a
24c third die stage pulled on proof paper (1903). $100.00 each (Second one sold)
 

Ninety-cent Issue (72-E)

72-E1a
90c vignette die pulled on proof paper (1903). Examples exhibit full die sinkage. $100.00 each The cut down example is $60.00

72-E2a
90c second die stage pulled on proof paper (1903). Examples exhibit full die sinkage. $100.00 each

Image 72-E3a
90c Stage three pulled on proof paper (1903). Dark blue, Yellow-brown, & Green. $100.00 each

72-E5d
90c final die stage pulled on proof paper and printed through a matte, full size (1903). $175.00 each (Only the scarlet remains)


1903 Schernikow reprints of the
1877 Essays for the
Philadelphia Bank Note Company

Die Essays

182-E2d
1c + 2c Die essay pulled on proof paper and printed through mattes.
(Please order by row and position) $100.00 each

184-E1b
3c Die essay pulled on proof paper.
(Please order by row and position) $100.00 each

184-E5e
3c Washington, Dim orange & Dark red-violet sheets of 25 on proof paper. Produced from Philadelphia Bank Note company plate by Ernest Schernikow in 1903. $350.00 each

186-E1a
7c + 6c Die essay pulled on proof paper and printed through mattes.
(Please order by row and position) $100.00 each

188a-E1b
24c + 12c Die essay pulled on proof paper and printed through mattes.
(Please order by row and position) $100.00 each

190-E1c
30c + 90c Die essay pulled on proof paper and printed through mattes.
(Please order by row and position) $100.00 each

184—E5b
3c Black die essay pulled on proof paper, somewhat cut down. $75.00

184-E5c
3c Dull violet on buff colored card. $150.00

184-E5c
3c Complete set of the three shades printed on colored cards. $450.00



Plate Essays

184-E5d 237
3c Deep ultramarine and carmine plate essays on India paper. These are from the sheets of 25 pulled on India paper and they are still affixed to the original card blotter. Very scarce. $50.00 each

184-E5e
3c Plate essays printed on proof paper.
(Please order by row and position.) $15.00 each

184-E5e
3c Plate essays, sheet margin singles, printed on proof paper.
(Please order by row and position.) $20.00 each

184-E5e
3c Plate essays, blocks of four, printed on proof paper.
(Please order by row and position.) $60.00 each

184-E5f
3c Plate essays printed on proof paper, perforated 12, lithographed.
(Please order by position.) $100.00 each

184-E5e Variety
3c Plate essays printed on proof paper and gummed.
(Please order by position.) $30.00 each

184-E5g
3c Plate essays printed on green bond “Crane & C0. 1887).
(Please order by row and position.) $25.00 each

184-E5h
3c Plate essays printed on semi glazed yellowish wove paper.
(Please order by row and position.) $25.00 each

184-E5h
3c Plate essays, blocks of four, printed on semi glazed yellowish wove paper.
(Please order by row and position.) $100.00 each

184-E5i
3c Plate essays printed on semi glazed yellowish chemically prepared wove paper, lithographed from a plate of 100.
(Please order by row and position.) $30.00 each

184-E5i
3c Plate essays, blocks of four, printed on semi glazed yellowish chemically prepared wove paper, lithographed from a plate of 100.
(Please order by row and position.) $120.00 each

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