GIBRALTAR 1886 SG8/14 Essay

Stock Code: P14516171

1886 (7 Jan) original stamp-size artist's essays for the four designs adopted for the 1886 (Nov) -87 definitive issue, comprising ½d (type 2), 1d (type 3), 2½d (type 5) respectively in green, rose and ultramarine, and the undenominated keyplate (type 4) in blue, entirely handpainted on individual pieces of tracing paper (63-68 x 84-88mm) in watercolour, with details in Chinese white and simulated 'perforations' in pencil. The keyplate with handpainted duties 'TWO PENCE' in blue, 'FOUR PENCE' in brown, 'SIX PENCE' in orange and 'ONE SHILLING' in mauve (each outlined in pencil), arranged in a column below. A unique and wonderful quartet of essays, of high artistic quality and great historic importance, as the basis of all Gibraltar stamps (and also Morocco Agencies) until 1903. Each with (erroneous !) pencil date 'DEC 7 86' at upper right, documented in Easton's De La Rue History' p. 439 as sent on Jan 7th and approved on Jan 18th, and illustrated on pl. 28. 1-4 of that work. Ex De La Rue archives RL Basle 30 Oct 1976, lots 3434-5.

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