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    Group of Symbolic Die Proofs by Smillie Six Examples
    James Smillie and his son James D. Smillie produced a number of vignettes related to more abstract symbolism. Six examples, printed on India paper and mounted on die-sunk card stock unless otherwise noted, comprise this group. The die proofs are, likewise, in nice original condition, with any exceptions noted.
    Pair of die proofs, including an etching and final die proof depicting farm tools and produce. The etching, or progress proof, carries the handwritten notation in the lower margin "Etching by Jas. Smillie / Nov 8th, 1861" while the final die proof has the further designation of the vignette as AGRICULTURE and the AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y. imprint beneath the scene. Used on obsolete paper money (for example, The Farmers & Mechanics Bank of Easton, PA $5)
    Untitled die proof of a classic representation of Hope, an anchor. Penciled notations indicate that James D. Smillie was the artist and James Smillie, the engraver
    Pair of die proofs, including progress proof and a final die proof of a popular theme in nineteenth century America, Progress. This was usually represented by native Americans looking at "civilization" in the form of towns, railroads, and the like. This very large 6-1/2" x 4" vignette is on the progress proof less the "flesh work" on the two Indians, while on the final die proof this has been added. The progress proof is dated "N.Y. Jany. 26th, 1872" and has a couple of penciled sketches on the back. The final die proof also carries the further designation "PROGRESS / 709 /AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y. below the completed vignette along with a microprinted statement that it was entered with the office of the Librarian of Congress in the year 1872. Further notations on the final die proof indicate that James D. Smillie was the artist and James Smillie was the engraver (although the identification of the engraver who did the "flesh work" is shown as a "?"). The final die proof has a minor bend in the lower right corner.
    An odd piece that appears to be a photographic image of a George Washington medal with Washington on the obverse and Mount Vernon as it appeared in 1796 on the reverse. "AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO. N.Y." appears in central decorative element. Some toning around the edges.
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