Lot 1853 EPostage Due, 1879, 1¢ A.B.N.C. "Unpaid Postage" essay on India, in dark red violet, untrimmed India die sunk on 79x97mm card showing full die sinkage; small stain spot top right, otherwise Very Fine and scarce.
Scott No. J1-E1a $850.
Lot 1854 EPostage Due, 1879, 1¢-5¢ A.B.N.C. "Unpaid Postage" die essays on white ivory paper, in black, each showing full die sinkage except 5¢ slightly trimmed inside die, 3¢ with surface abrasion bottom edge, otherwise Very Fine and scarce set.
Scott No. J1-E1d/J4-E1d $2,800.
Lot 1855 PPostage Dues, 1879, 1¢-50¢ complete, large die proofs on India, complete set die sunk on approx. 107x144m card, each signed by designer "James Dunn" and engraver "D.S. Ronaldson", Very Fine and unique signed presentation set.
Scott No. J1P1-J7P1 $1,750.
Lot 1856 PPostage Dues, 1879, 1¢-50¢ complete, Hybrid Large Die Proof in "H" Pattern, the seven values on India paper cut close and pressed on die sunk 76x92mm card, Very Fine.
Scott No. J1P1-J7P1 $1,000.
This is the so-called "H" proof because of the manner in which the proofs are arranged on the card and the proofs used to make this presentation item are the only ones available that are brown (like the four lower values) as opposed to the dark brown India plate proofs of the 10¢-50¢ from full sheets. Written up in the 1968 Essay-Proof Journal article by Warren R. Bower.
Lot 1857 PPostage Due, 1879, 3¢ yellow green Large Die Trial Color proof on India in Yellow Green, die sunk on 57x66mm card showing full die sinkage; tiny tone speck at top left, Very Fine and rare unlisted color.
Scott No. J3TC1a $500.
Lot 1858Postage Due, 1884, 10¢ red brown, o.g., never hinged, rich bright color, fresh and Fine.
Scott No. J19 $1,300.
Lot 1859 PPostage Dues, 1891, 1¢-50¢ complete, small die proofs, set on original gray card backing, bright and fresh, a Very Fine set.
Scott No. J22P2-J28P2 $875.
Lot 1860Postage Due, 1897, 30¢ deep claret, o.g., very lightly hinged, near perfect centering amid wide margins, deep bold color and particularly fresh, Extremely Fine to Superb, one of three examples to obtain this grade with none grading higher; with 2019 P.S.E. certificate Graded (XF-Sup 95, SMQ $1,300).
Scott No. J43 $600.
AN EXCEPTIONAL MINT EXAMPLE OF THE 1897 30¢ POSTAGE DUE ISSUE.