Lot 1775 ESwaim, Jas., 6¢ Model Essay, on two attached pieces of card (174x61mm), of engraved central oval and dragons and inscriptions penciled in, manuscript "Approved, Dec 9, 1862, Geo. S. Bloutwell, Commissioner" approval signature and date at bottom left, accompanied by the original Jas. Swaim entry from Butler & Carpenter order book, Very Fine, ex-Joyce.
Scott No. RS231E Estimate $4,000 - 6,000.
A MAGNIFICENT APPROVAL MODEL ESSAY FOR THE JAMES SWAIM 6¢ MEDICINE ISSUE.
This model shows one type of siderographic shortcut utilized by Butler & Carpenter to save time when engraving the multitude of new dies required by the Revenue Act of 1862. The left-hand 40% of the frame was rotated 180% and mated to the original 60% of the design (and the reason for the break in the card). Thus every engraved line in the upper left dragons is identical to its corresponding line in the lower right dragons.
Lot 1776 PSwaim, Jas., 6¢ black, trial color large die proof, on India (177x43mm), deep color, pencil numbering at lower right, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. RS231TC1 $1,000.
Lot 1777 PSwaim, Jas., 6¢ green, trial color large die proof, on India (169x36mm), deep color, bright and fresh, Very Fine and rare.
Scott No. RS231TC1 $1,000.
Lot 1778 PSwaim, Jas., 6¢ orange, large die proof, on India (182x45mm), rich color, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. RS231P1 $750.
Lot 1779 ()Swaim, Jas., 6¢ orange, old paper, imperforate, without signature, large margins, rich brilliant color and sharp proof-like impression, Extremely Fine, the Finer of Two Known Examples of This Delisted Variety (unlisted in Scott after 1966), the other (faulty) example was part of the Joyce collection.
Scott No. RS231f Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Lot 1780 oSwaim, Jas., 6¢ orange, old paper, manuscript signature, strong bright color, usual flaws including creases and small tears, F.-V.F. appearance, a lovely example of the Jas. Swaim 6¢ Orange Die Cut With Manuscript Signature, A Great Rarity With Only 9 Examples Recorded in the Aldrich census of which 6 are reported to be faulty, ex-Cunliffe.
Scott No. RS231a $6,500.
Lot 1781 oSwaim, Jas., 8¢ orange, imperf, old paper, rich brilliant color, large margins, usual vertical creases, otherwise Extremely Fine, a very rare example of the Jas. Swain 8¢ Orange Imperforate on Old Paper, with only 14 examples recorded in the Aldrich census of which 7 are reported to be faulty, ex-Joyce.
Scott No. RS232a $3,000.
Lot 1782 oSwaim, Jas., 8¢ orange, die cut, old paper, rich color, usual flaws including tear at top, F.-V.F. appearance.
Scott No. RS233a $400.
Lot 1783 oSwaim, Jas., 8¢ orange, die cut, old paper, manuscript signature, strong color, flaws including small tears and some soiling, Fine appearance, a Great Medicine Issue Rarity With Only 9 Examples Recorded in the Aldrich census of which all are reported to be faulty, undervalued in Scott, ex-Cunliffe.
Scott No. RS233ah $4,500.