Lot 1033 ESpecial Delivery, 1888, 10¢ A.B.N.C. Essay, in Black, model with die of E1 in black on India paper, mounted on card, with "AT ANY OFFICE" drawn in wash on small piece of thin paper and mounted over "AT A SPECIAL DELIVERY OFFICE", with pencil "any post office" below and manuscript "At once O.K., J.C.M. 14 Aug. 86" approval notation.
Scott No. E2-E1 $2,500.
THE ONLY RECORDED ESSAY FOR THE 1888 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP.
The design of the Special Delivery stamp was revised to indicate the expansion of the service to more than 4,000 post offices. The tablet text was changed from "At a Special Delivery Office" to "At Any Office". This 1888 model has not been offered in over 40 years and the Scott value is outdated.
Lot 1034 PSpecial Delivery, 1888, 10¢ Green, Trial Color Large Die Proof, die sunk on 80x72mm card showing full die sinkage and untrimmed India, deep rich color, fresh and Extremely Fine.
Scott No. E2TC1af $3,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF IN GREEN FOR THE 1888 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP.
Lot 1035 PSpecial Delivery, 1888, 10¢ Black, Trial Color Large Die Proof on India, die sunk on 80x74mm card showing full die sinkage, Extremely Fine and choice.
Scott No. E2TC1ae $3,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED LARGE DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF IN BLACK FOR THE 1888 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP.
Lot 1036 PSpecial Delivery, 1888, 10¢ Olive Yellow, Trial Color Small Die Proof, stamp size with large margins all around; typical India paper flaws, Very Fine appearance.
Scott No. E2TC2b $2,000.
THE ONLY RECORDED SMALL DIE TRIAL COLOR PROOF FOR THE 1888 10¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY STAMP.
Lot 1037 PSpecial Delivery, 1888, 10¢ Blue, Die and Plate Proofs, small group of three items comprising E2P1 large die proof on 90x74mm card, E2P2 Roosevelt small die proof on gray card, and E2P3 bottom plate no. 552 and imprint block of 8, large margins all around, some typical India flaws, fresh and Very Fine group.
Scott No. E2P1, E2P2, E2P3 $1,525.
Lot 1038 PSpecial Delivery, 1888, 10¢ Blue, Small Die Proof ("Panama-Pacific"), tiny thin speck, otherwise Very Fine, very rare Small Die Proof issued for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, only 3-5 are believed to have been made.
Scott No. E2P2a $2,500.