GB 1885 SG197/211 Essay

GB 1885 SG197/211 Essay
1885 1/2d, 11/2d, 2d, 21/2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 9d and 1s series of hand painted "Jubilee" essays for the original set of 10 values in the issued designs and colours, each on a small pieceof card and mounted along with 1881 1d issued stamp on a single piece of card (191 x 160mm). Annotated at foot "THE DESIGNS ARE SIMPLY DRAWN BY HAND AND DO NOT SHOW THE FINISHED EFFECT WHICH WILL BE OBTAINED BY ENGRAVING", subsequently endorsed in manuscript by W.H. Cousins (Secretary, Inland Revenue) at upper left "This is the Scheme of Stamps approved by the P.M.G. W.H.C. 11 June 85". A magnificent and unique exhibition showpiece and an important frontispiece for any "Jubilee" collection.

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