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    Group of Progress and Duplicate Die Proof from the Smillie Archives Sixteen Examples.
    The Smillie Archives had many duplicate die and progress proofs. This group contains sixteen die proofs printed on India paper, mounted on die-sunk card stock, and in nice original condition unless otherwise noted.
    A die proof designated JUST ARRIVED / C - 239 / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y.
    An untitled etching of two men harvesting with scythes. This is an early rendition as no detail has been done, just the primary outlines. It has been cut down to design size and has a small cut out on both sides and the top which do not affect the design.
    An untitled etching proof of the above scene. The men's figures have not been engraved except for their hats. An annotation on the card indicated that this is an "Etching Prf, Dec. 2nd, 1862." The initials J.D.S. in pencil are at the top right and there is a small red rectangle stamp with "J.D.Smillie Collection" in two lines.
    A die proof of an male deer standing on a rock with geysers in the background. Below the deer is a ribbon with "SITAT DEUS" (known as THE ARMS OF ARIZONA TER).
    A die proof of a lions head.
    A die proof of a bare-breasted allegorical female flying over a city holding a light bulb.
    A die proof designated COMING LIGHT / C - 244 / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y. depicting Electricity standing on a wheel with wings and holding two ends of an electric wire with sparks from each end. Verified usage includes the 500 peso note of the Banco Yucateco (Pick S472).
    An untitled progress proof of two horses by a shield with a ship in the background. The horse on the right has not been engraved. An annotation on the card indicates it is an "Etching Proof, March 9, 1855. The word Father and initials J.S. in pencil are at the top right and there is a small red rectangle stamp with "J.D.Smillie Collection" in two lines.
    An untitled progress proof of a horse getting loose (known as The Runaway). The figures of the three men are not engraved. An annotation on the card indicates that Felix Darley was the artist and James D. Smillie the engraver and it was done on Nov. 24, 1853. The card has been cut down to design size. Verified usage includes the $5 note on the Centreville Bank (Warwick, RI) and the $10 note of the Nemaha Valley Bank (Brownville, NE).
    An untitled progress proof of two men, one sitting on the ground, the other on a two rail fence taking a break from harvesting. The figures have not been engraved. An annotation on the card has the date "Oct. 4th, 1852." the card has been cut down to design size with wider side margins.
    An untitled progress proof of a woman carrying a shock of grain on her shoulder. The woman has not been engraved. Felix Darley's name is engraved under the woman on the left. The card has been cut down.
    An untitled progress proof of three Indian braves on the bank of a river around a fire with their canoe near. Parts of the Indians have not been engraved. An annotation on the card indicated that James D. Smillie engraved this 2d impression in 1861. There is a small red rectangle stamp with "J.D.Smillie Collection" in two lines at the top right.
    An untitled die proof depicting a farmer with his horse whittling a stick while others herd his sheep and cows through a gate. An annotation on the card has the initials "J.D.S." and "5th Imp. Dec 31, 1857."
    An untitled die proof of two men with a herd of cows in front of a slaughterhouse (known as Cattle Market). Verified usage includes the $5 note of the Northwestern Bank (Warren, PA) and the 100 peso note of the Banco de Londres Y Mexico (Pick S237).
    An untitled die proof of an allegorical woman leaning on a column. An annotation on the back states "Brasiliria."
    A die proof designated THE REAPERS No. 2 / 791 / AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y. depicts two allegorical females, one with a scythe and the other holding a shock of grain. An annotation on the card indicates that the art was "After a French print.". The annotation also indicates that the proof was finished by James Smillie. Of note--according to Hessler's book The Engraver's Line, George Smillie did this engraving at the age of 17 and it was his first security engraving. Verified usage includes the 20 Mil Res note of Brazil (Pick S631) and the 1000 peseta note of Spain (Pick S13).
    From The Smillie Family Archives (Total: 16 vignettes)


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