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

 

                                                Page last updated 5-9-2017

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
 

The Casilear Die

This die was supposedly proposed for the 1851 issue. Thses are the most elusive of all of the Schernikow 1903 reprints.

11-E17c
3c die pulled on proof paper and printed through mat. (1903)
Both scans show examples that exhibit full die sinkage. Oder by row and position. $175.00 each

11-E17c
3c die pulled on proof paper and printed through mat. (1903)
This scan shows examples that have been trimmed to inside the die sinkage. Oder by row and position. $100.00 each

11-E17d
3c die pulled on colored card. These examples are as large as I have ever seen. $300.00 each

 

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

One-cent Issue (63-E)

c63-E1b 242
1c vignette, Violet pulled on pale green card, full size. $150.00

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

65-E1c
3c vignette die pulled on colored card (1903). Examples shown have been trimmed to inside the die sinkage.. Please order by position. $50.00 each

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

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

Image  67-E2b 243+243A
5c second die stage pulled on colored card (1903). Examples exhibit full die sinkage. First Violet-brown on buff colored card, unlisted. Second Yellow-brown on pale green card, unlisted. $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

Image 67-E3h – “Walls of Troy” watermark
5c Ultramarine (unlisted color), 1903 Schernikow reprint, third state of the die, on white bond paper with “Walls of Try” watermark. Rare and woefully under cataloged. $450.00

67-E4i
5c final die stage pulled on “Walls of Troy” watermarked bond paper, cut down (1903). $150.00


Twelve-cent Issue (69-E)

Image 69-E1b 244
12c Black, vignette die pulled on proof paper, cut down (1903). $30.00

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)

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

70-E3a
24c third die stage pulled on proof paper (1903). $100.00 eachh
 

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-E1b
90c vignette pulled on colored card (1903). $150.00

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

72-E3a
90c third die stage pulled on proof paper (1903). Examples exhibit full die sinkage. $125.00 each The two cut down examples at the end are $75.00 each

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


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

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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