DescriptionGroup of Die Proof Vignettes depicting Agricultural Scenes Fifteen Items.
Agriculture was one of the basic requirements for bank note design and the Smillie archives had numerous examples. This group contains fifteen die proofs printed on India paper, mounted on die-sunk card stock, in nice original condition unless otherwise noted.
Die proof designated THE PIONEER / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / 518 depicts a man with a dog, ax and gun. An annotation on the card indicates that Smillie was the engraver and the figure done by ?.
Die proof designated FARMER / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / 294 depicting a farmer standing in a field leaning on a scythe.
An untitled vignette depicting a farmer carrying a sack of grain out of a door (known as The Mill Door). An annotation on the card indicates the proof was finished on Feb. 22, 1857. Verified usage includes the $5 note from The Bank of Weston (Weston, VA) and the $1 note from the Lawrence Bank (KS). Interestingly, there is a SALE sign on the door jam and in the text is Smillie's name.
A die proof designated FEEDING THE COLT / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / No. 110 depicts a young boy and his two sisters feeding a colt. Verified usage includes the $2 note from the Mahaiwe Bank (Marion, IL).
A die proof designated MY FRIEND & PITCHER / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / 127 depicts a maiden carrying a rake and a pitcher after delivering water to two men loading grain on a cart. An annotation on the upper right of the card indicates that James D. Smillie was the engraver. Verified usage includes the $2 note from the York County Bank (PA).
A die proof cut down to design size designated AUNTY in the design by BALDWIN, BALD & COUSLAND, N. YORK depicts an African American female with ears of corn in her apron and holding a young boy on her left shoulder. Verified usage includes the $50 note from the Bank of the Commonwealth (Richmond, VA).
An untitled die proof of wagons, carts and livestock being driven to a town along a road. An annotation on the card indicates Robert Hinshelwood was the engraver. The card has been cut down on all four sides to about 1/2" larger than the design.
A die proof on india paper, but not mounted on a card of men moving goods on a wharf (known as On the Levee). Verified usage includes the $10 note from the Merchants Bank of St. Louis (MO).
An untitled die proof of a two oxen team pulling a wagon loaded with hay out of a town. Annotations on the card indicate that Smillie was the engraver and that the proof was completed about 1840. The card has been cut down to about 1/2-3/4" from the design.
Die proof designated FARMER / NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. depicts a farmer sitting on a two rail fence with a scythe beside him. Verified usage includes the $2 note from the Alleghany Bank (Pittsburgh, PA).
An untitled die proof (known as Agriculture) depicts farming implements and shocks of grain. Annotations on the card indicate that the proof was drawn by Felix Darley, etched by Beckwith and finished by Smillie.
A die proof designated PICKING / NATIONAL BANK NOTE CO. N.Y. depicts a man carrying a basket of cotton on his back while two other pick more cotton. An annotation indicates that Charles Smith was the engraver.
A die proof designated SUGAR PLANTATION / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / 212 depicts loading sugar cane onto a mule driven wagon. An annotation on the card indicates this is a duplicate proof. Verified usage includes the $1 note from the Deposit Savings Association of Mobile (AL).
A large (7.5" X 3.5") untitled die proof of three men on a wharf (known as Southern River Scene). Verified usage includes the $5 note from the Central Bank of AL. The card is trimmed to less than 1/2" outside the design.
An untitled die proof of a corner decoration of cotton on one side and wheat on the other side. An annotation on the card indicates Smillie is both the artist and engraver. Verified usage includes the $20 Revenue Bond Scrip of 1872 and $20 Certificate of Indebtedness of 1873 from Charleston SC.
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