Lot 1727 E1898, 1¢-$2 Trans-Miss, bicolor large die essays, on India (285-E8, 286-E8, 287-E9, 288-E5, 289-E4, 290-E4, 291-E8, 292-E6, 293-E7), All hybrids except 4¢, 5¢, 50¢ and $1, "normal" colors, die sunk on card (200x150mm), very slight toning overall, $1 with water staining in the card area, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott No. 285-E8-293-E7 $5,800.
Lot 17281898, 1¢-$2 Trans-Miss, Bicolor Large Die Essays, on India (285-E8, 286-E8, 287-E9, 288-E5, 289-E4, 290-E4, 291-E8, 292-E6, 293-E7), 2¢ and $2 hybrids, others not, "normal" colors, die sunk on card (200x150mm), toning spots mostly limited to the backs and card surrounds, 8¢ with few spots in the die area, $2.00 with slight toning and spotting overall, still a Fine set.
Scott No. 285-E8-293E7 $5,800.
Lot 1729 E1898, 1¢//$1 Trans-Miss., Bicolor Large Die Essays on India, group of 6 different, each die sunk on approx. 77x65mm card, bright colors, comprising 1¢ dark yellow green & black (285-E9), 4¢ red orange & black (287-E9), 8¢ dusky red & black (289-E4), 10¢ dull dusky violet blue & black (290-E4), 50¢ dull dusky blue green & black (291-E8) and $1 dark violet & black (292-E6), fresh and Extremely Fine group.
Scott No. 285-E9//292-E6 $4,300.
Lot 1730 E1898 (1¢) Trans-Miss., Vignette Large Die Essay, in black, initial state showing no lines in sky and water, on India die sunk on card (150x98mm), India corner tear at bottom left and light card toning at top, still Very Fine.
Scott No. 285-E1 $2,500.
Lot 17311898, Trans-Miss., 1¢ Vignette Only Large Die Essay on India, State IV, on 92x84mm card showing full die sinkage, sharp impression, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. 285-E4 $2,500.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THIS 1¢ TRANS-MISS. VIGNETTE-ONLY STATE IV DIE ESSAY.
Incomplete vignette only die with further engraving of entire left side, Marquette's hair is significantly larger and reshaped, Indian at right darker and robe shadow etched.
Lot 1732 E1898, 1¢ Trans-Miss., Dark Yellow Green Bicolor Large Die Essay on India, die sunk on full 201x152mm card, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine and choice full size example.
Scott No. 285-E8 $750.
Lot 1733 E1898, 2¢ Trans-Miss., Dark Bone Brown & Black Bicolor Large Die Essay on India, die sunk on 201x152mm full size card, Ridgeway dismal dusky orange-yellow orange (13m/3), Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. 286-E8 $2,000.
A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2¢ TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DARK BONE BROWN & BLACK BICOLOR LARGE DIE ESSAY.
The 2¢ Trans-Mississippi Bicolor essays come in 13 Scott-listed colors, with approximately twelve that are unique. These unique colors should not be confused with the one "normal" dark red bicolor essay that is considerably more common.
Lot 1734 P1898, 2¢ Trans-Miss, trial color proofs on card, three singles in Purple (very light impression), Blue, and Deep Carmine Rose, large margins, fresh and Very Fine.
Scott No. 286TC a, c, e $7,500.
Lot 1735 P1898, 2¢ Trans-Miss, trial color proofs on card, in the five listed shades of Purple, Black, Blue, Brown, and Deep Carmine Rose, each with large margins, fresh, a Very Fine and rare set.
Scott No. 286TC a-e $12,500.
AN EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE 2¢ TRANS-MISSISSIPPI TRIAL COLOR CARD PROOFS.
Lot 1736 E1898, 4¢ Trans-Miss., Orange Brown & Black Bicolor Large Die Essay on India, die sunk on full size 201x151mm card, bright and fresh, Extremely Fine and choice.
Scott No. 287-E8 $2,000.
A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 4¢ TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ORANGE BROWN & BLACK BICOLOR LARGE DIE ESSAY.
The 4¢ Trans-Mississippi Bicolor E8 Essays come in eleven Scott listed colors, all of which are unique. These unique colors should not be confused with the two 287-E9 bicolor essays that are considerably more common.