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Displaying 15 Lots in Category - Essays
C of A - Other Pre-Decimals
1946 Stamp Design Competition stamp-size photographic essay taken from a pen & ink drawing of an unaccepted design for a 2d inscribed 'UPPER MURRAY RIVER, CORRYONG, VICTORIA', evidence on the reverse of having previously been affixed in some type of record book. The only example we have seen.
NEW SOUTH WALES
1850-51 Sydney Views 1d lithographed essay by Robert Clayton in dull scarlet-vermilion on ungummed unwatermarked pelure paper, horizontal strip of 3 [13-15], margins just clear to good, minor blemishes. Ex "Manwood". [Believed to be the equal record multiple. The other strip of 3 - Ex Slade-Slade - sold for $3910 at our auction of 4/3/2006]
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1888-89 Centennial 4d Queen Victoria & Sydney Heads essay roughly perforated corner blocks of 4 in brown or orange-red on thick ungummed unwatermarked paper, the first with the left-hand margin rejoined, the second imperforate at top. An unadopted design. Ex Jim Johnstone. [Rivett-Carnac's horizontal pairs sold for £977 at auction in 2004]
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal Stationery
WRAPPERS: 1896 Post Office Design Competition entry by "Kangaroo" of a ½d Coin design with very elaborate (& consequently unsuitable) header incorporating numerous design elements including a train & a spear-toting aborigine, expertly executed in reddish purple & China white on thin card (315x246mm) with a number of marginal endorsements including "Prize divided" & an apparent voting analysis showing this as the most popular entry. Also endorsed "take out newspaper only", suggesting the design might have been considered for a Postal Card, for which it was clearly more suitable. Apart from bumped corners (well away from the design), the appearance is exceptional. A stunning exhibition item that was absent from the Walker/Eustis Collection. [This item was offered in our 2008 Rarities Auction with an estimate of $7500. The vendor says he is now serious about selling it. Thanks very much for last time!]
1879-96 Stamp Duty £5 hand-drawn stamp-size essay in pencil & watercolour wash on thin card, very similar to the approved version in which a number of design elements - lettering, numeral, corner & side ornaments - were changed. Ex Purves. A unique and delightful example of "art in miniature". [Illustrated by Kellow at page 234 where he states "A beautiful pencil-drawn design as adopted [sic] has survived"]
c.1890 5/- perforated essay for a proposed definitive issue being a keyplate design in green with blank tablets and hand-painted 'FIJI' in violet & '5s' in Chinese white on violet. A beautiful item. Ex Gordon Rodger & Don Welsh.
MALAYA - Straits Settlements
c.1936 Survey Department essays 15c Sailing Vessel on ungummed unwatermarked paper highly surfaced on both sides comprising singles with four different KGV portraits (plus one extra) in black, se-tenant strip of the four designs in carmine & a similar strip in black & dull rose. Very attractive group. [All have neat pencil notations on the back indicating they were from Lot 635 in Robson Lowe's auction of November 1950] (Qty 13)
1958 Trans-Tasman Flight original handpainted horizontal essay (205x128mm) of a Biggles-like "Smithy" - apparently based on a photo of Jim Nabours - & the "Southern Cross" in shades of blue highlighted with China white on artboard (310x257mm), labelled "Comprehensive 'Rough' for Finished Line Original". Ex Reg Ferguson & Derrick Ray. [Because this was a joint issue with Australia, the preliminary designs are relevant to the Australian issue even though they are all inscribed 'NEW ZEALAND'. Richard Breckon has confirmed that there is no preliminary artwork for the Joint Issue in the Australia Post Archives. However, several die proofs inscribed New Zealand are held by Australia Post. This supports our vendor's contention - with which we agree - that all preliminary designs can properly be treated - and exhibited - as Australian material.
1958 Trans-Tasman Flight a similar horizontal essay of a more believable "Smithy", the "Southern Cross" & a modern airliner in shades of blue & highlighted with China white on artboard (310x257mm), labelled "Comprehensive 'Rough' for Finished Line Original". Ex Reg Ferguson & Derrick Ray.
1958 Trans-Tasman Flight a similar vertical essay of "Smithy" in RAAF cap & the "Southern Cross" in shades of blue & highlighted with China white on artboard (257x310mm), labelled "Comprehensive 'Rough' for Finished Line Original". Ex Reg Ferguson & Derrick Ray. A beautiful piece. [This was the approved concept, with the portrait replaced by a version with the Biggles helmet]
1958 Trans-Tasman Flight James Lyle's original handdrawn portrait for the final design in India ink highlighted with China white on artboard (237x296mm). Ex Reg Ferguson & Derrick Ray. [Ideal for framing]
1958 Trans-Tasman Flight James Lyle's original handdrawn artwork for the "Southern Cross" for the final design in India ink highlighted with China white on artboard (300x245mm), minor blemishes. Ex Reg Ferguson & Derrick Ray. [Ideal for framing]
1908-09 Sultan Ali bin Hamoud stamp-size essay for a 2a value comprising the printed frame in bright blue - highlighted with Chinese white - superimposed over photographic vignette of the Sultan affixed to thin card (90x114mm), endorsed "C" & dated "July 18th 97" at upper-right, further endorsed "approved for the anna stamps down to 3:", initialled & with date h/s '25JUL197' [sic] at lower-right, some very minor/insignificant soiling that does not affect the stamp. A stunning essay! Ex De La Rue Archives and Ian Borrie. De La Rue prepared three essays, this being the approved version. However, the Zanzibar currency changed from annas to cents in early-1898, requiring amended designs.
1936 New Currency 50/- Dhow imperforate die proof in dull orange with margins 3-5mm, affixed to a small piece from the De La Rue day book which is endorsed "26 Oct 1935" & in pencil "Approved" but also with "This value was never issued". A beautiful item & a "must" for the serious KGV collector.