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The Two Best Auction Catalogs for the Study of U.S. Essays & Proofs

For 19th Century

The Falk Finkelburg Collection of U.S. Essays and Proofs - Hard bound $35.00 RAS, Sale no. 816, Sept. 29, 1999. This full color catalog is proving to be an invaluable reference for collectors of essays and proofs. Hardbound copy with prices realized.
As Above, softbound edition with prices realized. $25.00
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For 20th Century
The W. Curtis Livingston Collection of United States 20th Century Essays and Proofs SPG, Sale June16, 2006, 507 lots in full color, includes prices realized. Well written lot descriptions, a great reference! $25.00  Click to order.

Centenary of the Telegraph
Telegraph proof

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, appears on the back. $1,500.00  Click to order.

Columbian India
and Card Blocks
1 cent
230P3 – Block of four  1c Blue plate proof on India paper, sound block of four. $300.00
30 cent

 239P3 – Block of four 30c Orange-brown plate proof on India paper, sound block of four. $850.00

241P3 – Imprint block  $1.00 Salmon, plate proof on India paper, block of four with the American imprint at the left. Sound rare position piece. $1,250.00
241P3 – Imprint block  $1.00 Salmon, plate proof on India paper, block of four with the American imprint at the left. Sound rare position piece. $1,250.00

245P4 – Block of four  $5.00 Black plate proof on card block of four

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Old point

65 - Old Point Comfort, VA fancy Slightly reduced cover, dated March 13th, going to the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. There is a circular Carrier Mar 14, 1 PM back stamp. Great cover! $150.00.  Click to order.

Atlanta Trial Color Plate Proofs - War Department in Scarlet



O83TC4 – O93TC4

1c – 90c Scarlet, War, Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card with nice margins throughout. $425.00  Click to order.

Covers from the Raymond Koch Masonic Cancel Collection

65 –  Cambridge, Mass. 3c Rose tied by Masonic “Mortar & Pestle” cancel to full cover. Fantastic strike! Ex-Koch $195.00  Click to order


65 – Foxborough, Mass. 3c Rose struck with Masonic “Three Squares” (lodge positions) cancel on full cover. Ex-Koch $125.00 
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Masonic Cancel on a
Pre-Printing Paper Fold!

Keystone Cancel

73 - Masonic "Keystone" Cancel. This stamp is unbelievably well centered for the issue. Strong strike of the cancel. Perforations trimmed as right. Ex-Koch. $175.0 Click to order

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