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The William S. Langs Stock & Private Holdings, Part 3:
U.S. & Poss., Essays, Trial Colors and Proofs incl Revenues


Postal Stationery




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Lot 1290
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Envelope, 186? Nesbitt Bulls-Eye envelope essays, group of 13 cut squares (Undersander 29D, 30B, 31B, 33B), nine different, all on dark buff, one each 24¢ & 40¢ blue with incorrect Washington portraits from stamp essays pasted in., Very Fine.
Undersander $325+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1291
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Envelope, 1863-65, Nesbitt, 1¢ Franklin wrapper essay on laid paper, watermark 1 (Undersander E37Gi), 151 x 226 mm with intact gum, Very Fine.
Undersander $300.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $100.
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Lot 1292
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Envelope, 1864, Nesbitt 4th Issue, 6¢ Washington, three different trial color proofs (Undersander E27Cb, h, n), buff size 7 entires: vermilion, green & yellow brown, remarkably fresh, Very Fine, Ex-Barkhausen.
Scott U62TC.
Undersander $525.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $400.
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Lot 1293
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Envelope, 1867, N.B.N.C. 3¢ Liberty essay, embossed albino impression (Undersander E37A var.), on thick white wove , head only partially impressed, Very Fine. Quite likely a unique stamped envelope essay similar to Undersander E37Bc.
Scott 79-E30 var.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1294
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Envelope, ca. 1868, U.S. Grant Presidential Campaign seal embossed in red on thick wove, 68 x 112 mm; light oily stains at the top & bottom well clear of the impression, otherwise Very Fine. An interesting A.B.N.Co. collectible.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Unsold
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Lot 1295
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Envelope, 1869, N.B.N.C. 2¢ Numeral essay, lilac on white, vignette embossed (Undersander E36Aa), a size 7 entire with Pirie & Son watermark; minor toning from corner mounts, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott 79-E27 var.
Undersander $700.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $180.
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Lot 1296
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Envelope, 1869, N.B.N.C. 2¢ Numeral essay, black on white, not embossed (Undersander E36Ab), a size 7 entire with Pirie & Son watermark; bit of minor toning, mostly on the reverse, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott 79-E27 var.
Undersander $700.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1297
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Envelope, 1869, N.B.N.C. 3¢ Numeral essay, red (deep pink) on white (Undersander E37Ba), trimmed die, on full end of a size 7 envelope, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine.
Scott 79-E28 var.
Undersander $700 full envelope.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $160.
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Lot 1298
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Envelope, 1869, 30¢ Burgoyne essay, in carmine on canary envelope, laid paper, 223 x 100 mm, an eye-catcher, the color strong against the bright paper, [Thorpe] "56d" noted in pencil on reverse; evidence of prior hinge, Very Fine.
Undersander E43Am; $1,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $550.
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Lot 1299
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Envelope, 1869, 30¢ Burgoyne essay, in orange on canary envelope, laid paper, 223 x 100 mm, bright and clear, cleanly printed; light edge toning; hingeing and pencil notations (including "Thorpe #56e") on reverse, still Very Fine.
Undersander E43An; $1,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $550.
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Lot 1300
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Envelope, 1869, N.B.N.C., 30¢ Pictorial essay, brown on canary laid (Undersander E43Ao), 223 x 100 mm entire, Very Fine.
Undersander $1,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $650.
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Lot 1301
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Envelope, 1869, 30¢ Burgoyne essay, in purple (violet) on canary envelope, laid paper, 224 x 100 mm, fresh with bright color and square corners; hingeing and pencil notations on reverse mentioned for accuracy, Very Fine, an attractive item.
Undersander E43Ap; $1,400.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $600.
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Lot 1302
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Envelope, 1870, National Bank Note Co., 3¢ Washington envelope essays, eight different, cut to shape (Undersander E37K), five on white wove, two on orange wove and one on white laid; one with a tiny abrasion, otherwise Very Fine. Entires catalog $400 each.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1303
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Envelope, 1870, N.B.N.C. 3¢ Washington essay in orange on white (Undersander E37Kc), 120 x 660 mm entire, otherwise Very Fine.
Undersander $400.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $180.
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Lot 1304
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Envelope, 1870, N.B.N.C. 3¢ Washington essay in green on white (Undersander E37Kd), 120 x 660 mm entire, bright and fresh; flap tear, otherwise Very Fine.
Undersander $400.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $200.
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Lot 1305
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Envelope, 1870, N.B.N.C. 3¢ Washington essay in lilac on white (Undersander E37Ke), 120 x 660 mm entire, bright and fresh, otherwise Very Fine.
Undersander $400.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $190.
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Lot 1306
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Envelope, 1870, 12¢ Clay essay, purple on canary laid (Undersander E40Ap), 223 x 100 mm entire; few tiny tone spots, still Very Fine.
Scott U93E.
Undersander $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $425.
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Lot 1307
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Envelope, 1870, 12¢ Clay essay, orange on amber wove (Undersander E40Ap), 223 x 100 mm entire; small faults, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott U93E.
Undersander $1,000.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $450.
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Lot 1308
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Envelope, 1873, N.B.N.C. 1¢ Liberty envelope essay, brown on white (Undersander E35Db), 153 x 89 mm entire; light wrinkle at the top, otherwise Very Fine.
Undersander $200.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 1309
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Envelope, 1874 Plimpton, 12¢ Clay, brown-red on white watermarked paper (Undersander E66Af var.), watermarked "…A Pr…" in double-lined letters; diagonal crease, otherwise Very Fine.
Undersander $150+.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Realized $275.
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Lot 1310
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Envelope, 1876, 3¢ Centennial, single line under "POSTAGE", trial color in vermilion (Scott U218TC), size 7 entire, Very Fine. The size 7 envelope was never produced for distribution.
UPSS 643A. Undersander E71Ja; $450.
UPSS $750.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1311
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Envelope, 1876, 3¢ Centennial, trial color proof in purple (Scott U218TC), size 7 entire, Fine to Very Fine.
Undersander E72Ai.
Undersander $350.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1312
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Envelope, 1882, Garfield essay? without value, embossed in red on thick wove (Scott U222E?), 48 x 60 mm, Very Fine. An interesting collateral item.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $100.
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Lot 1313
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Envelope, 1886, 2¢ Grant lettersheet, large die proof on cream wove (Scott U293), cut square, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the postal stationer, the original die oversigned by F. Knowland "Approved./May 22nd 1886"; on album page with enlarged photo and detailed analysis of changes made to earlier plates, Very Fine, unique.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
Realized $1,300.
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Lot 1314
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Envelope, 1887, Plimpton & Morgan Issue, 1¢ green trial color proof (Scott U294TC), die 85, size 10 entire with Purcell Envelope Co. return address, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

James Purcell produced the 1894-98 Plimpton & Morgan Issues.

Realized $140.
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Lot 1315
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Envelope, 1899, Plimpton & Morgan Issue, 2¢ essay (Scott U358E), seven of eight listed colors colors, all with "Essay" printed in the center of the envelope, Very Fine.
Undersander E99Xa, b, d-h.
Undersander $875.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $500.
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Lot 1316
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Envelope, 1907, Mercantile Corp., 2¢ brown red Washington essay (Undersander E115Ca), size 13 entire, Extremely Fine.
Scott U406E.
Undersander $175.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Realized $60.
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Lot 1317
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Postal Card, American Bank Note Co. private postcard or business mailing label with Specimen overprint, on creamy bond, 6¾" x 4", gummed (never hinged) and with two security punches, Very Fine. An interesting A.B.N.C. collectible.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $325.
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Lot 1318
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Postal Card, 1871, American Post Card Co. essay in green (UPSS S1E-Ea), three examples, including one that is either under-inked or in a slightly lighter shade, all three folded but unsealed, one with reinforcement along bottom edge, Very Fine.
UPSS $630.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $250.
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Lot 1319
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Postal Card, 1872, Lees & Skeen, 1¢ Franklin essay, dark blue & deep red (UPSS S1E-Ga), bright and fresh color, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $550.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $500.
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Lot 1320
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Postal Card, 1872, Lees & Skeen, 1¢ Franklin essay, dark green & deep red on thin card (UPSS S1E-Gb), Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $550.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $550.
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Lot 1321
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Postal Card, 1872, Lees & Skeen, 1¢ Franklin essay, dark green & deep green on thin card (UPSS S1E-Gb); extraneous ink on the reverse, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $550.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $350.
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Lot 1322
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Postal Card, 1873, N.B.N.C. 1¢ Liberty unadopted design essay, black on thick wove (UPSS S1E-Y), typographed impression from an engraved steel die, reduced to an overall 30 x 35 mm, Very Fine.
UPSS $750 for full size.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1323
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Postal Card, 1873, N.B.N.C. 1¢ Liberty, colorless embossed head essay, purple on thick wove (UPSS S1E-Za), reduced slightly to 47 x 57 mm; light diagonal crease, Very Fine appearance, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $675.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $400.
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Lot 1324
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Postal Card, 1873, N.B.N.C. 1¢ Liberty essays, five different (UPSS S1E-Zc,d), gray green and dark blue green cards with one side rough, and deep orange-red, light yellow and violet with both sides smooth; first two toned, otherwise Very Fine.
UPSS $1,000.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $325.
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Lot 1325
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Postal Card, 1875, Morgan Envelope Co., 1¢ Liberty essay (UPSS S3E-Ea//h), ornate "U", open background behind head, six different cards in various combinations of ink and and card stock including Ea (2), Ed, Ef, Eg, and Eh; few minor flaws, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $900.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $400.
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Lot 1326
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Postal Card, 1875, Morgan Envelope Co., 1¢ Liberty essay (UPSS S3E-Ga//j), plain "U", indicia at right, six cards, all in black, on various cars stocks (five different); few minor flaws, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $900.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $375.
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Lot 1327
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Postal Card, 1875, Morgan Envelope Co., 1¢ Liberty essay (UPSS S3E-Ha//j), plain "U", indicia at left, 14 cards in various combinations of ink and card stock, at least 11 different; few minor flaws, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $2,100.
Estimate $800 - 1,200.
Realized $800.
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Lot 1328
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Postal Card, 1875, Morgan Envelope Co., 1¢ Liberty essay (UPSS S3E-Ig//j), fancy "U", indicia at right, eight cards (seven different) in various colors on four different card stocks; few minor flaws, mostly on the reverse, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $1,200.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $475.
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Lot 1329
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Postal Card, 1875, Morgan Envelope Co., 1¢ Liberty essay (UPSS S3E-Jd//h), italic "United States", indicia at right, eight cards (six different) in blue, black, and violet on four different card stocks few minor faults to be expected but still Very Fine, an attractive group, ex-Horton (Scott UX4E; USPCC S3E-Jd/h, $1,200); couple very minor flaws, Very Fine, Ex-Horton.
UPSS $1,200.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Realized $475.
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Lot 1330
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Postal Card, 1877, 1¢ Liberty, trial color proofs, collection of 24 single color cards (UPSS S4TC), nearly all different in black and shades of blue on at least 11 different card stocks, many identified on by Ridgway color on the reverse, few minor faults but generally Very Fine, a rare group that would be difficult to duplicate.
Scott UX4TC.
UPSS $4,800.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $2,200.
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Lot 1331
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Postal Card, 1877, Plimpton Envelope Co., 1¢ Franklin essay, typographed & embossed, in dim orange red (UPSS S34E-Ef), thin "United States", period after "CARD"; minor mounting damage at the left, Very Fine.
UPSS $300.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 1332
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Postal Card, 1877, Plimpton Envelope Co. 1¢ Franklin essay, typographed & embossed, dim orange red (UPSS S34E-Fe), thick, shaded "United States", on dismal v. pale y-g-yellow" card (pink on greenish) vertical horizontal crease at right (into indicia), still Very Fine, unique (Scott UX5E; USPCC S4E-Fe, $300); light vertical crease at the right, Fine to Very Fine.
UPSS $300.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 1333
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Postal Card, 1902, 1¢ black on buff, the "full-face McKinley", die proof (Scott UX17P), a choice mint card imprinted "Die Proof of McKinley Postal Card, Issue of 1901" at the bottom, Extremely Fine. A choice example of this rare proof.
Undersander UX17Paa.
Undersander $3,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

A great opportunity to fill your space for this iconic postal card, which is missing from all but the most advanced collections.

Realized $1,200.
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Lot 1334
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Postal Card, 1902, 1¢ black on buff, the "full-face McKinley" with gray black "SPECIMEN - Not good for postage" handstamp (Scott UX17S), Additional two Line Imprint at Bottom "Die Proof of McKinley Postal Card. Issue of 1901.", clean and crisp card, more detailed impression and deeper color then the issued card, rare and desirable proof/specimen, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 1335
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Postal Card, 1902, 1¢ black on buff (Scott UX18P), with "Proof McKinley Postal Card." imprint at bottom, fresh and crisp with unmistakable vibrant proof impression, scarce and choice, Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
USPCC S22P.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $250.
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Lot 1336
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Postal Card, 1952, 2¢ Lincoln, large die essay in black on glazed card (UPSS S60E-A), manuscript "June 28 - 1918" at the lower left and penciled "ESSAY No. 2" at the lower right with blue B.E.P. control no. 902519 on the reverse; few small abrasions, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott UX43E.
UPSS $2,000.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

The only known example of this essay - illustrated in Falberg/U.P.S.S., page 255.

Realized $800.
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Lot 1337
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Money Order Message Card, 1883-84, Williamson 2¢ essay (UPSS MO2), black on thick white wove; light soiling around indicia, otherwise Very Fine.
UPSS $500.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1338
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Money Order Message Card, ca. 1878, Brooks message-reply card essay, second design, fourth type, on dull very faint yellow orange card with backing sheet, upper stamp in dim dark blue, lower in dim dusky orange (shading to brown), Very Fine, one of Brooks' many attractive creations, very scarce.
UPSS MR1E-O; $200.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $225.
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Lot 1339
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Postal Card, 1878, Brooks 2nd Patent Reply Card essay, 1¢ + 1¢ black (UPSS MR1E-Hb), intact double card, outer sheet separated on the back but tear-off strip not detached; soiled around the indicia, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
UPSS $750.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $160.
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Lot 1340
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Postal Card, 1878, Brooks 2nd Patent Reply Card essay, 1¢ + 1¢ black (UPSS MR1E-Hb), the card and outer sheet separated without the tear-off strip, fresh and clean, Very Fine.
UPSS $750.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $190.
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Lot 1341
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Postal Card, ca. 1879, group of five Brooks Message-Reply Card essays, on buff, with a variety of indicia color combinations; four "Patent Reply Postal Card" inscriptions, one inscribed "Write addressee…" and "Tear off communication…"; heavy toning, some corners rounded, Fine+, an attractive group despite the years.
UPSS MR1E-M, MR1E-N vars.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $190.
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Lot 1342
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Postal Card, 1879, Franklin Brooks, 1¢ + 1¢ Liberty essay, proof of finished legend (UPSS MR1E-KB), "United States/ RETURN/ Postal Card" in black on white wove, 43 x 30 mm, Very Fine and unique, ex-Horton (Scott UY1E; USPCC MR1E-KB, $300), Very Fine, Ex-Horton. The only recorded example.
UPSS $300.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $300.
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Lot 1343
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Paid Reply Postal Card, 1918, 2¢ Washington Message card, large die essay in black on glazed card (UPSS MR15mE-Ac), uninked label "CARD IS FOR ADDRESS" at the left with blue B.E.P. control no. 895920 on the reverse; two small abrasions above the indicia, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott UY8mE.
UPSS $1,000.
Estimate $500 - 750

The only known example of this essay - illustrated in Falberg/U.P.S.S., page 350.

Realized $600.
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