RO130TC1e Aetna Match, F. Mansfield & Co. Trial Color Proof, ex-Joyce


Zisemann, Griesheim and Company, contracting with Butler & Carpenter of Philadelphia, used their proprietary die stamp from Oct. 1867 to Aug. 1868, when they were succeeded by F. Mansfield and Company. In 1875, when the National Bank Note Company took over printing proprietary stamps from the Carpenter firm, F. Mansfield and Company had a new plate made with their name substituted for Zisemann, Griesheim. Their stamps were printed from November of 1875 through November of 1879. Subsequently the die was passed to the Alligator Match Co.

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 October 22, 1875

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