1892 4 1/2d Hand Painted Essays

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Ten handpainted essays were presented on 1st February 1892, each on a separate dated piece of paper lettered A to J. Those from the De La Rue archive are defaced with a pen cross, but those from official sources are undefaced. Five were intended to have green headplates and five purple, usually described as lilac.

In the event, design F, the issued stamp, was chosen on 20th February.

Design A (no image) Design B (no image)
Design C (no image) Design D (no image)
Design E (no image) Design F (issued design).

Phillips collection in the British Museum

Design G

2010: Ex Lady Mary Buiry lot 1769 sold for £6’600 incl. commission

Design H
Design I (no image)  Design J

 

De La Rue Archive Essays (auctioned by Robson Lowe, December 1976)

Design A

2018: Stanley Gibbons (for sale at £9’500)

 Design B (no image)
Design C (no image)

1976: Bought by the Post Office Heritage Services

Design D (no image)

1976: Bought by the Post Office Heritage Services

Design E Design F (issued design)

2003: Grosvenor lot 2113 (realised £2’500 + commission)
2016: Ex “Aureum” (for sale by SG for £9’500)

Design G

2017: Stanley Gibbons (for sale at £8’500)

Design H (no image)
Design I (no image)

1976: Bought by the Post Office Heritage Services

Design J
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