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    Possibly Unique "Wallpaper" 50¢ Experimental

    Milton 2E50FR.8 50¢ Second Issue Experimental Lavender "Wallpaper" About New. This important and highly intriguing piece was previously lot 1067 of our Friedberg Collection Sale. It was described there, "Apparently lot 971 from the S.H.&H. Chapman February 15, 1904 sale of the Wilcox Collection. The piece was described there, '50¢ reverse as regular issue but without gilt 50, etc. reverse shows an elaborate series of designs in lavender - thick fiber paper.' This About New piece matches that description exactly, the only exception being that the Chapman sale makes no mention of contemporary writing on the 'wallpaper' side, 'W.P. 1863 Nov 13, 1863.' This lavender design was seen on a larger sheet of paper by Milt Friedberg at one point. He believes it to be a border design that surrounds an engraving of the Treasury Department building. If this is the Chapman example, the note is likely unique; if it's a different example, then two are now known. As an uncancelled, unstamped 50¢ back Experimental, it would be of major importance even without its intriguing 'face.'" Denly's of Boston to Milt on April 1, 1985; MRF CAA 1/97 Lot 1067.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2005
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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