1887 2 1/2d Purple on Blue Hand Painted Essays

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The following seven designs have the corner letters HB incorporated in the design. these essays were the only designs submitted to the Committee incorporating corner letters in the design. The use of corner letters was abandoned at the first meeting.


History: Ex Chartwell lot 926, realised £2’500

History: Ex Chartwell lot 927, realised £2’500


The following six lots are G. R. Smith’s designs showing the Queen’s head off-centre on a solid ground and the value quite large.

History: Ex Lady Mairi Bury, Sotheby’s, lot 1736; David Feldman Dec 2020 lot 80214

History: Eex Chartwell lot 928, realised £2’500


Series of designs


Final designs
History: Ex Chartwell