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    Group of Die Proof Vignettes Engraved by William Rice and Robert Brandard Ten Items.
    All of the die proofs in this grouping were engraved by either William Rice or Robert Brandard and are printed on India paper, mounted to die-sunk card stock. Each is in nice original condition and may have some soiling and toning of the card stock due to years of storage. Any more significant exceptions will be noted.
    A die proof designated THE BARN-YARD / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / No. 124 depicts a farmer pumping water for his horse while a pig watches. An annotation on the card indicated that Francis Edmonds was the artist and Rice the engraver. A small water stain in the lower, left corner intrudes into Edmonds name. Verified usage includes the $1 note from the Continental Bank (Boston, MA).
    A die proof designated AGRICULTURE / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. / No. 92 depicts a maiden with a scythe with two goats/sheep. An annotation on the card indicates that Christian Schussele was the artist and Rice the engraver of this plate completed in 1860. The top and right side of the card are slightly toned and a small water stain in in the left, lower corner. Verified usage includes the $100 note of the Bank of Lebanon (NH).
    A second copy of the above die proof without the annotations. The card has been cut down by about 10%.
    An untitled die proof of Mercury with an annotation indicting that John Casilear was the artist and Rice the engraver. A water stain is noted on the right lower corner and covers Rice's name.
    An untitled die proof of an allegorical maid leaning on a shield and fasces with what looks to be Niagara Falls behind her (known as America). An annotation on the card indicates that John Casilear was the artist and Rice and Brandard the engravers. Verified usage includes the $1 note from the Union County Bank (Plainfield, NJ). Water stains in both lower corners cover Casilear and Rice/Brandard's names.
    An untitled die proof of a maiden with the South Carolina arms. An annotation on the card indicates that John Casilear was the artist and Rice the engraver. A waterspot covers Rice's name. Verified usage includes the $5 note from the Exchange Bank (Columbia, SC) and the $50 note of the Planters Bank of Fairfield (SC).
    An untitled die proof cut to slightly larger than the design depicts an farm maiden carrying a bucket on her head. An annotation on the card indicates that John Casilear was the artist and Rice and Brandard the engravers. Verified usage includes the $100 1862 Confederate note (T-39 & 40).
    An untitled die proof of a paddle wheeler under full sale and engine power (known as Baltic) as well as a dismounted die proof of the same vignette. An annotation on the card indicates that John Casilear was the artist and Brandard and Rice the engravers. Verified usage includes the $2 note from the Searsport Bank (Searsport, ME).
    A large untitled die proof with Indians hunting buffalo on horseback on the left and a man felling a tree on the right. An annotation on the card which has been cut down to near design size, indicates that John Casilear was the artist and Barnard the engraver. A water stain is seen on the left, lower corner and the card has been removed from a mounting and has remnants on the back. Verified usage includes the $5 note from the North Western Bank (Bloomfield, IN).
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