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The Set of Public Auction Catalogs from
Siegel's Fabulous Lakeshore Sales!

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The Lake Shore Essay & Proof Collection –
A series of three sales

Between February 5th, 2005 and April 30th, 2006, the firm of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. sold over six million dollars of stamps, covers, essays and proofs on behalf of a late client of mine. These three sales contained just essays and proofs and it was far and away the largest assemblage ever offered outside of the 1940s Crawford sales. The three catalogs are in full color and come with prices realized. $50.00 + $5.00 shipping via media mail   Click to order.


Chicago Red Cameo cover

Hand carried – Red lithographed Cameo:
Daily & weekly Tribune – “Gem of the Prairie”

Hand carried to Rushville, Ill and docketed in pencil on the face: June 3, 1852 John leaves the Tribune today his letter enclosed.” The paper was published by Stewart, Waite, & Co. located at 173 Lake Street in Chicago (1848-1858). A focus of the paper was temperance issues. Over the years several prominent print journalists served as editor. This paper was not the Chicago Tribune. $125.00 Click to order.

Beautiful Examples of No. 190P4 Plate
Proofs...Single & Corner Block of 4

30cent Plate Proof single30-cent plate proof corner block of four
Excellent 30-cent Banknote Plate Proofs

30c Black American card proof printing. Only 100 copies of this proof exist. We broke up the only sheet twelve years ago. Less than 12 copies remain unsold. Each copy is signed on the back and is identified by its position on the sheet. This sheet went from the Earl of Crawford to Ackerman and was acquired by Max Ohlman at the Harmer sale of the Ackerman collection in 1950. Falk Finkelburg acquired it from Ohlman. Singles $400.00, Sheet margin block $2,000.00  Click to order.

An exquisite President John Tyler
Autograph on pristine Stampless Usage

Tyler Stampless cover

Ex. President Tyler
Outer leaf of FLS sent to former President Tyler in 1845. Originally rated “10” in purple ink. This was crossed out and marked “Free”. Red New York Feb 26 CDS. Letters to Tyler are scarce! $200.00   Click to order

Ten Cent Overland Rate to California
with Red Boston CDS

To California

63+68 – Carrier fee plus 10c rate to California
1c Blue + 10c Green, tied by boxed “PAID”, one-cent carrier fee to the mails, ten-cent overland rate to California. Red Boston Sep 12 CDS.
Ex-Morris Everett $500.00 Click to order



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James E. Lee
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    View all twenty pages of the 90th edition of our Newsletter released on May 17, 2019---which includes scores of one-of-a-kind stamps and postal history---plus books, too!
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Section 2 (pp. 5-8)
Section 3 (pp. 9-12)
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A Unique "Victory" Die Essay...
A Major 20th Century Rarity

Victory die essay

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 Click to order.

Crystal Clear Essay for One-Cent 1961


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

U.S. Grant 1869 Issue Essay
U.S. Grant essay


George T. Jones Grant essay (no value) on India paper in black with light violet overprint. The overprint is missing from the top two-thirds of the essay. Full margins to just touching, rich color, and light creases. Essay depicts Ulysses S. Grant, who was a living presidential candidate at the time of the bidding process for the 1869 contract. Ex-Heimburger $3,250.00

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Very striking cover to Canada
with excellent 6-pt Star Cancels!

63 – To Quebec & Montreal Ocean Steam Ship Co.
1c Blue, Three singles, left stamp s.e. at right, bright color, tied by Dot in Hollow 6-Point Star fancy cancel (Skinner-Eno no. ST-6P 26), "New-York Mar. 11, 1863" double-circle date stamp on folded letter to Portland Me., light vertical file folds incl. one affecting right stamp, with PF certificate. Ex-Dr. John Robertson $950.00 Click to order

Wonderful 11-Page Letter Enclosed

in this Civil War cover to a soldier
Civil War Letter

75+63 – Double rate domestic use
A very scarce use of a 5c Red-brown used in combination with a 1c Blue to pay the double rate. Marvelous 11-page letter written by the wife of Reverend H. Wheeler, the chaplain to the 17th Pennsylvania cavalry stationed at Camp McClellan at Harrisburg, PA. Datelined: Waymart, PA Nov. 29th, 1862. Ex-Len Diamond $750.00 Click to order

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