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Sale 80: The Bradley Horton Collection of United States Postal Cards

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1876-77 Plimpton Envelope Co. Essays

Lots 4105-4114 Lots 4115-4123

Lot 4105 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1876 Centennial Essay Drawing, lead pencil and India ink wash drawing on 133 x 79mm thick white wove paper, 131 x 77mm lead pencil border; some glue residue on reverse, Very Fine.
USPCC No. S4aE-A    $6,000.

The Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876 occurred during the term of the Morgan Envelope Co. postal card contract. A beautiful essay drawing for a 1776-1876 postal card was made by Henry Mitchell of Plimpton Envelope Co. but not approved. Centennial envelopes that Mitchell also designed were issued but no postal cards.

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Lot 4106 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Black on White Card, Drawing Essay, Drawing in black ink and wash with Liberty head and part of border of stamp in lead pencil, 131 x 78mm border line, on 158 x 95mm horizontally laid cardstock watermarked "Centennial" in an arc 95 x 11 mm in Roman capital double and single line letters with crossed spears tied with ribbons and "1776 Centennial 1876" in similar letters repeated in an arc through the center, signed ink "Chapman and Bloomer, N.Y." at lower left, F.-V.F. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-A    $4,000.

A UNIQUE PLIMPTON ENVELOPE CO. DRAWING ESSAY FOR THE 1877 POSTAL CARD CONTRACT.

This essay was produced May 16, 1877 by W. L. Chapman of Plimpton Envelope Co. at Hartford, Conn.

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Lot 4107 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Black on White Card, Drawing Essay, black ink and wash drawing on 158 x 94mm vertically laid cardstock with Liberty head and part of border of stamp in lead pencil, 131 x 78mm border line, vignette of Liberty is a separate drawing that is pasted on, F.-V.F. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-AA    $4,000.

A UNIQUE PLIMPTON ENVELOPE CO. DRAWING ESSAY FOR THE 1877 POSTAL CARD CONTRACT.

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Lot 4108 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Black on White Card, Drawing Essay, black ink and wash drawing on 146 x 93mm white cardstock, 130 x 76mm border line, 22 x 27mm stamp design, signed on back in script lettering "Henry Mitchell, Sc., Boston" and small pencil "1" in upper right corner, Very Fine. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-AB    $4,000.

A UNIQUE PLIMPTON ENVELOPE CO. DRAWING ESSAY FOR THE 1877 POSTAL CARD CONTRACT.

Designed by Henry Mitchell, Sc. 5 Tremont St., Boston, Mass.

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Lot 4109 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Black on White Card, Drawing Essay, drawing in black ink and wash, On white 0.19" card stock with design border line 130 x 76 mm, size of stamp design 20 x 24 mm, signed in manuscript by the designer on reverse "Henry Mitchell, Sc., 5 Tremont St., Boston", pencil "Essay" and "2" on reverse, Very Fine. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-AC    $4,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS PLIMPTON POSTAL CARD ESSAY.

Reference: Listing example in A Historical Catalog of Essay and Proofs on page 89.

From 1874 to after 1904. Henry Mitchell of Boston, Mass. designed and cameo engraved U. S. envelope stamps for the Plimpton Envelope Company of Hartford, Connecticut. These two drawing essays probably preceded S4E-B to S4E-F, which he also designed and engraved. S4E-B exists in a dark red wax die essay on stiff white wove paper as do similar red wax die impressions of 1874 Plimpton envelope stamps which he engraved. It is also possible that the pencil and wash drawing essay S4aE-A for a proposed 1876 Centennial postal card was by Henry Mitchell. He is known to have drawn essays and the adopted design for the 1876 3¢ Centennial stamped envelope.

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Lot 4110 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Dark Red on White Wove, Negative Wax Die Essay, 23.5 x 27mm embossed stamp in wax color on 48 x 68mm stiff white wove paper, otherwise Very Fine. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-B    $3,000.

THE ONLY RECORDED PLIMPTON ENVELOPE CO. NEGATIVE WAX DIE ESSAY FOR THE 1877 POSTAL CARD CONTRACT.

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Lot 4111 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Deep Violet Red on Yellow Green, Embossed Essay, 24 x 28mm embossed stamp on 130 x 76mm yellow green opaque card, without "U.S. Postal Card", Very Fine. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-C    $1,500.

THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS EMBOSSED PLIMPTON ENVELOPE CO. ESSAY FOR THE 1877 POSTAL CARD CONTRACT.

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Lot 4112 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Blue on Off-White Card, Embossed Essay, embossed stamp on 130 x 76mm dull v. faint o-y-yellow clear card, typographed "U.S. Postal Card." at top, Very Fine, The only recorded example of this essay., ex-Linz, Barkhaussen, G.C. Slawson. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-Dd    $300.

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Lot 4113 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Dark Blue on Off-White Card, Embossed Essay, embossed stamp on 130 x 76mm dull v. faint o-y-yellow clear card, typographed "U.S. Postal Card." at top and additional girls head with old English "United States Postal Card" adjacent, Very Fine, The only recorded example of this essay., ex-Linz, Barkhaussen, G.C. Slawson. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-Dd    $300.

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Lot 4114 E   

Plimpton Envelope Co., 1877, 1¢ Dull Red on Buff Card, Essay, typographed "United States, Postal Card" in black on 130 x 76mm light buff card, Very Fine, The only recorded example. Scott No. UX5E.
USPCC No. S4E-Ea    $300.

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