Sale Number: 837
Sale Date:
2001 Rarities of the World

1922-26 Issues
Lot Sym. Lot Description Est/Cat Realized
328 c 1c-5c Pilgrim Tercentenary (548-550). Complete set, tied by bold strikes of "Washington D.C. Dec. 21, 1920 2:30 PM" First Day duplex cancels on fresh cover to "Mr. Thomas Jones Jr., Post Office Service, Post Office Department, Washington D.C.", with "H. Hammelman" signature at left, Extremely Fine (Image Magnifier)

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3,000 3,750
329 P 5c Pilgrim, Large Die Proof (550P1). Die sunk on 153 x 121 mm card, margins slightly irregular, full die sinkage, India trimmed from die sinkage area, deep shade, pencil "Given to me by G.F.C. Smilie" on back at top left and "J.P.B." initials (Joachim P. Benzing, an A.B.N. and B.E.P. engraver from 1900-1943) on back at top right, some toning spots, otherwise Very Fine (Image Magnifier)

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1,250 650
330 P -1/2c-50c 1922-25 Issue, Large Die Proofs (551P1-570P1, 622P1). Each die sunk on individual 152 x 120 mm cards (except two on 152 x 114 mm cards) with full die sinkage, India slightly trimmed, many with small toning spots, few with small faults, most appear Very Fine (Image Magnifier)

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18,300 6,500
331 E 3c-$1.00 1922-26 Issue, Stevenson Unadopted Essays (555-E1 to 571-E1). Five pencil drawings, each on thin tissue-paper, including 2c of frame with additional photo of finished design with Harrison portrait; 5c with eagle frame partially completed and blank vignette; second 5c of completed frame and photo of finished design; 15c with cutout of frame and photo of finished design; last is $1.00 drawing of frame with photo of completed design, few faults to be expected

EXTREMELY FINE. A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF UNADOPTED FRAME ESSAYS FOR THE 1922-26 ISSUE.

According to Gary Griffith in United States Stamps 1922-26, 23 models were sent to the Post Office Department on June 2, 1922. One set was designed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's designer, Clair Aubrey Huston. Another set of eight denominations was also prepared by John Stevenson, an engraver at the B.E.P. None of the Stevenson designs were adopted.

Scott Retail of $2,500.00 is quite outdated. (Image Magnifier)

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E. 5,000-7,500 5,250
332   10c Orange, Perf 10 at Top (562c). Choice centering, vivid color, neat bold "Palmyra N.Y." precancel

EXTREMELY VERY FINE AND RARE. ONLY A FEW EXAMPLES OF THIS PERFORATION VARIETY ARE RECORDED.

Undercatalogued in Scott, as the last two examples we offered realized $4,500 and $3,250 hammer

With 1978 A.P.S. certificate (Image Magnifier)

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333 P $2.00 Capitol, Large Die Proof on India (572P1). Die sunk on 153 x 120 mm card with full die sinkage, India slightly trimmed, couple small faint toned spots, otherwise Very Fine and rare die proof (Image Magnifier)

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1,500 1,200
334 P $5.00 America, Large Die Proof on India (573P1). 74 x 74 mm, with small scissors cut-outs out at sides and rounded bottom right corner, taped with two small pieces of mounting tape at top corners on 166 x 122 mm card, Very Fine and scarce large die proof (Image Magnifier)

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2,000 1,700
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