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Trials & Essays

An essay is an artist's drawing (or similar) that does not result in the issue of a stamp, at least without modification in some respect. It may refer to a design in the same format as a stamp, or an enlarged artist's impression of what an issued stamp might look like. Sometimes an essay may be very close to an issued design, or it may be totally unrelated. The term 'trial' means any experiment designed to show how an issued stamp might look, usually (but not necessarily) with reference to colour - or it may be an experiment in separation method, ink or paper surfacing. Both produce many valuable and rare opportunities for collectors.

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INDIA 1900 SGT55 Telegraph

Stock Code: P212019999

CEYLON 1884 SG188 Essay

Stock Code: P212014420

GIBRALTAR 1886 SG8/14 Essay

Stock Code: P14516171

MALTA 1922 SG124 Proof

Stock Code: P167010996

NEW SOUTH WALES 1897 SG292 Essay

Stock Code: P16703768