BRITISH HONDURAS 1938 SG150/61 Essay Hand Painted Tender Essays
Stock Code: P190007391
c.1927 group of four stamp-sized preliminary tender essays for the 1938-47 definitive issue, each hand painted by Waterlow staff artist L. P. Fryer. The first denominated 2c., executed in indigo, brown and Chinese white depicting the Court House and closely resembling the issued $2. The second denominated 50c. in indigo, lilac and Chinese white, depicting the Dory boat and closely resembling the issued 25c. The third denominated $2, executed in brown and green, similar to the issued 1c., though features a different Mayan statue, (which interestingly must have been included in the brief from the British Honduras Stamp office as a Bradbury Essay featuring the same Mayan relic is present in the Royal Philatelic Collection.) The final essay, denominated $5, executed in black green and Chinese white shows Sergeants Cay, and (aside from colour), only lacks the aeroplane from the adopted 15c design. The postal authorities awarded the contract to Bradbury Wilkinson which meant only aspects of these designs were ever adopted. A wonderful and beautifully executed group from the early stages of the tender and design process.
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