Blank design type of 1907
Blank stamp paper the size of a First Bureau stamp,
brownish original gum, NH block of four with double line “USPS”
watermark. Unpriced in Scott. $200.00 each
300-PE, & 307-PE
Group of two different, please order by position.
The first four have been sold.
3c Purple, no gum with black type E “Specimen” $75.00
306-PE & 303-PE
Photo essay of William T. Sherman proposed design for the value.
With PF certificate.
4c Photo essay of Ulysses S. Grant proposed design for the
10c Pale red-brown, no gum with black type E “Specimen”
15c Olive green, OG, NH with black type E “Specimen” and
extremely well centered. $300.00
313S-E Bottom sheet
margin copy from the first sheet and signed
$5.00 Green, OG, with purple
“Specimen “overprint, bottom sheet margin single signed: “First
sheet, 3-18-1903 Wm. M. Meredith Director”. He was director of the
B.E.P. With PF certificate.
323-E1 – Unlisted rejected vignette for the one-cent value
Black engraved vignette of Robert Livingston
with covered wagon to the right, pulled on India paper and die sunk
on card blotter. Pencil notation at the bottom reads: “Rob. R
Livingston Minister to France 1801 then Feb.4 – 1904”. Several
horizontal and vertical layout lines around the design. This attempt
was rejected. Bureau proving room control number on the back in
blue: 113630. Most likely unique!
323P1-327P1 – Louisiana Purchase large die proofs
A complete set on India paper, die sunk on
full size (6” by 8”) card blotters. Razor sharp impressions,
beautiful sound condition. Very light toning just on the face of the
blotter on the ten-cent value, very slight edge toning on the
one-cent and two-cent as well. None of which effects the great eye
appeal of this set. The toning is the result of the set being stored
in the original kraft envelope that
held the set. Each card has the Bureau proving room control number
in blue on the back: 1c – 132147, 2c – 132688, 3c – 133416, 5c –
134165, & 10c – 134623). This is the first set that we have offered
since the Livingston sale in June of 2006. Rare!
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.
548-PE-1 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
Photo reduction of painting of the Mayflower used to model the
one-cent Pilgrim Tercentenary Issue of 1920. Ex-Johl $300.00
548-PE-2 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
Photograph of a model of the Mayflower used in modeling the one-cent
Pilgrim Tercentenary issue of 1920. Ex-Johl $300.00
2c Pilgrim die essay on india paper and die sunk on full size
card. The crosshatching is missing from behind the numeral "2's" at the
bottom of the design.
The control number on the back reads: 1064271. Ex-Livingston
1c Green, large die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on
card blotter. Pencil notation on back: “Ship engraved by Louis S.
Schofield”. Blue proving room control number 1062830 on back.
549-E1 - Pilgrim Tercentenary
2c or 5c Green, Pilgrim Tercentenary incomplete die essay of the
frame pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. This
became the base frame for the both the two=cent and five-cent
values. Blue proving room control number 1057395 on back. One other
example is known and it was I the 2006 Livingston sale. $1,750.00
572P1 – Die proof
$2.00 Deep blue die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on
card blotter. Cut down to within ¾” and 1 ½” of the die sinkage
area. There are a couple of faint toning spots well away from the
design. Fourth bureau die proofs on India paper are very rare as
most are on wove paper. $2,500.00
621-E – Unlisted in Scott
5¢ Norse-American, blue die essay of the frame
only pulled on India paper and die-sunk on card (3¾" x 7¾"), Bureau
proving room blue control number 1316246 on reverse. One of just two
644P1a – Burgoyne
red, large die proof on wove paper and die sunk on card blotter. Not
quite full size. The Bureau control number is on the back in black:
One-Cent Prexie Artwork
804-E 1c Presidential Series design submissions
On June 22, 1937, the Treasury Department announced a
national design competition for a new series of regular postage
stamps, with a submission deadline of September 15, 1937, Cash
prizes would be given to the top three entrants. The Department
received over 1,100 entries.
here are four different designs, submitted by Robert L. Ulrich of
Cambridge City, IN. Each one is executed on a 10” x 12” heavy art
board, with an image size of 6” x 7”. The green appears to be thick
water color pigment and the white opaque pigment. Each has the
original envelope pasted to the back with the submission number
inscribed. Three contain Ulrich’s name written on a sheet of paper.
Submission No. 349
Submission No. 352
Submission No. 351
- 4c Franklin Credo
Hand drawn model for the four-cent Benjamin Franklin Credo series
stamp. Executed in red, blue and white ink on tracing paper by Frank V.
Conley and signed by him. This model differs slightly from the accepted
design. There is slight staining on the right half of the paper and some
minor paint chipping. An incredible modern era model and undoubtedly
unique. Ex-Livingston (EP47-14) $1,000.00
1178P1 Var. - 4c Fort Sumter
Large die proof on stiff yellowish bond and mounted on card.
On the back in pencil: “Approved Die Proof”, handstamped: “Stock”, and
the control number is written in ball-point pen. This was the second to
the last Bureau produced die proof to reach public hands. A wonderfully
unique item. Ex-Livingston (EP47-11) $1,750.00
4c Dark blue & yellow photograph of
rejected design model for the 4c Project Mercury stamp, mounted on
thick card, with Bureau of engraving & Printing overleaf calling
attention to the “Special Project”. With PF 2016 certificate.
Unique. See the article that I wrote about this piece for
Linn’s Weekly Stamp News.