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Sale 69: The Robert Markovits Collection of Special Delivery

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1885 10¢ Blue - Essays and Proofs

Lots 1012-1020

Lot 1012 E   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Dim Dusky Green-Blue Green, Essay, incomplete design, die on India on card 115mm x 103mm; some minor tone specks, Very Fine.
Scott No. E1-E1    $2,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED ESSAY FOR THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP.

This die state omitted ornaments on either side of the word "Special". It has a line in pencil added by hand under the Messenger tablet and is lacking shading in various areas.

Realized: $2,600

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Lot 1013 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Black, Trial Color Large Die Proof on India, die sunk on 85x65mm card showing full die sinkage, deep rich color, Very Fine.
Scott No. E1TC1ae    $3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF IN BLACK OF THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Realized: $1,600

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Lot 1014 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Dark Brown, Trial Color Large Die Proof on India, die sunk on 85x65mm card showing full die sinkage, deep rich color, Very Fine.
Scott No. E1TC1af    $3,000.

ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOFS IN DEEP BROWN OF THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IN PRIVATE HANDS.

Realized: $1,800

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Lot 1015 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Dark Brown, Trial Color Large Die Proof on India, die sunk on full size 203x148mm card showing full die sinkage, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice full size proof.
Scott No. E1TC1af    $3,000.

THE SECOND OF ONLY TWO RECORDED LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOFS OF THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE IN PRIVATE HANDS. THIS IS THE ONLY ONE ON FULL SIZE CARD.

Realized: $1,700

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Lot 1016 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Orange Yellow, Trial Color Small Die Proof on Yellowish Wove, deep color, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. E1TC2b    $2,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED SMALL DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF OF THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

This trial color small die proof was probably pulled at the time of the Panama-Pacific Exposition small die proof special printing since it is on similar soft yellowish wove paper and with the typical 2.5mm-3mm margins.

Realized: $1,500

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Lot 1017 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, Large Die Proof, die on India paper, die sunk on 99x149mm, signed in pencil "D.S. Ronaldson" and "Chas. Skinner" at bottom; some light tone spots, Fine.
Scott No. E1P1    Estimate $500 - 750.

THE ONLY RECORDED SIGNED LARGE DIE COLOR PROOF OF THE 1885 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.

Donald S. Ronaldson was the frame engraver and Charles Skinner was the vignette engraver.

Realized: $600

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Lot 1018 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, Die and Plate Proofs, group of 5 comprising E1P1 die on India paper sunk on full card, E1P1 var. hybrid die on India paper on manila card (not die sunk, only recorded example), E1P1 die on India on reduced card with "C-140, American Bank Note Co. N.Y." imprint below, E1P3 and E1P4 singles, a Very Fine group.
Scott No. E1P1, E1P3, E1P4    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

Complete Images.

Realized: $675

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Lot 1019 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, Small Die Proofs, on full 276 x 174mm gray card page from a Roosevelt presentation album, label below the 1888 Issue is missing as many are, accompanied by original 1903 presentation letter to Gov. B.B. Odell Jr. for the proof book from which this page was taken; light vertical crease at left, the proofs are fresh and Very Fine, only 85 sets prepared and few remain on their original pages.
Scott No. E1P2-E4P2, E6P2    $1,300.

Realized: $1,050

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Lot 1020 P   

Special Delivery, 1885, 10¢ Blue, Plate Proof on Card, bottom plate "No. 495" block of 8 with "American Bank Note Company." imprint, large margins all around, fresh and Very Fine, A very rare plate number block on card.
Scott No. E1P4    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

Realized: $1,150

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Lots 1012-1020

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