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Lot No. 2163

Auction No. 26
Category Commonwealth & Foreign
Est. $500
Status SOLD $500



Ireland Forerunners; 1865/67 Fenian Essays prepared in USA but never put into use because of the failure of the Fenian Uprising of 1867. Each was typographed from a single wood block. Written up on 3 pages with the first showing 1¢ black on pale blue (Hiberian L3, Cat. €2000), 3¢ green (L4, Cat. €1200), 24¢ deep green (LG, Cat. €1500) & 24¢ mauve-purple (L6, Cat. €2500). Second page with 24¢ black/pale buff & 24¢ black/buff produced from a different block plus "essays" recorded in the "American Stamp Collectors Magazine" as early as 1868 differing from original colours & possibly produced to satisfy some collector demand. Final page shows 4 forgeries differing in size & colour from the original 24¢ "essays". The paper is more modern & the plates lacked the depth & detail of the 1865 printing. Whilst offered "as is" at a low estimate, the catalogued items total €7200 & were considered genuine by the original philatelist, Derek Dewhurst, who assembled this collection. (10)


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