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Toppan Carpenter submitted designs
for the 1861 contract


 

One-Cent

63-E9a
1c Blue die essay on India paper and cut to shape. Ex-Pacetti $600.00 each

63-E9a
1c Blue die essay on India paper and cut to shape and mounted on card. $600.00 each

63-E9a
1c Black die essay on brown toned paper and cut to shape. Ex-Pacetti $1,000.00 each

63-E9b
1c Blue die essay pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Very rare. Ex-Finkelburg, Pacetti $2,000.00

63-E9d
1c Black die essay pulled directly onto old ivory paper, full size. Very rare. Ex-Pacetti $2,000.00
 

Five-Cent

67-E2d
5c Black, die I, pulled directly onto old proof paper. Very rare. Ex-Finkelburg $2,000.00

67-E4b
5c Brown, die II, die essay on toned paper and cut to shape. Rare. $1,000.00

 

Twelve-Cent

The Twelve-cent original 1861 die essays

The balance of the twelve-cent material shown here originally appeared in the 1941 edition of Clarence Brazer’s opus on essays. They were buried in the collection of Falk Finkelburg until the sale of his collection in 1999. Each example offered here is unique. While Brazer and Finkelburg believed that they were pulled in 1861 their exact origin still remains a mystery today.

69-E3g
12c die on old proof paper. 1851 die with border lines complete, upper right rosette blank. Colors available: Ultramarine and Dark green Ex-Finkelburg $800.00 each

69-E3k
12c Ultramarine Die 1 on old proof paper both lower and upper left rosettes blank, corner borders removed around blank rosettes. (1861). Ex-Finkelburg $1,000.00

69-E3l
12c Die 1 on old proof paper with all rosettes blank, border lines complete. (1861). All five colors: Dim scarlet, Orange, Green, Ultramarine and Violet. Ex-Finkelburg $3,750.00

69-E3n
12c Die 1 on old proof paper, complete design.(1861) All four colors: Orange, Dark red, Orange-red and Ultramarine. Ex-Finkelburg $1,000.00

69-E4a
12c Black, die essay pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. $600.00

69-E4b  
12c Black, die essay on India paper and cut to shape. $500.00

 

Twenty-four-Cent

70-E4a
24c Lilac, die essay on old proof paper and cut to shape. $400.00
 

Ninety- Cent

72-E5a
90c Dark blue, die essay on India paper and cut to shape. $350.00

72-E5a
90c Black, die essay on India paper and cut to shape. $350.00

72-E5a
90c Dark blue, die essay on India paper and cut to shape and mounted on white paper. $350.00

72-E5b
90c Dark blue, die essay pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Only one other copy known this size. Ex-Finkelburg, Lake Shore & Hansen. $2,500.00

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