RO107P1 Henning & Bonhack Matches Large Die Proof ex-Joyce


Henning & Bonhack were active in what is now called Jersey City Heights in Jersey City, NJ for a year or two making their friction matches. As denoted on their stamp, D. (David) E. Gregory was their sole agent out of New York City, listed in the 1868-69 NYC Directory at 36 Dey Street. Their 1 Cent Blue, central shield-designed stamps #RO107a were issued in sheets of 210 (14×15) from July 1868 to November 9, 1869. This is one of the last match stamps engraved by Butler & Carpenter before John M. Butler’s death – all printed in Philadlephia.

Models, Essays and Proofs of the Morton Dean Joyce Collection
The collection of Morton Dean Joyce contained a magnificent array of the models and large die proofs, including trial color and plate proofs. It seems that Morton Dean Joyce was able to obtain the majority, if not the complete holding, of the Butler and Carpenter Archives including the Order Book which contained the original models. Nearly all of the models that are listed in the Turner book are present in the Morton Dean Joyce Collection. From that point on Joyce researched the large dies according to company from Butler and Carpenter through the National and American Bank Note Companies to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Whenever there was a chance to show trial color proofs or additional information, Joyce did so and the results (were) his collection…The area of models, essays and proofs of the private die proprietary issues was quite possibly Morton Dean Joyce’s most outstanding accomplishment.
Richard Friedberg, Introduction to the Morton Dean Joyce Private Die Proprietary Collection Auction Catalog, Andrew Levitt, September 12-14, 1991

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india die sunk on card

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Die approved May 18, 1868

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