RO98P1 Thomas Gorman & Bro. Match Stamp Die Proof ex-Joyce


T. Gorman & Bro. were located at Westville, Connecticut, which was also the site of the match factories of A. Beecher & Sons and James G. Hotchkiss. The Gorman’s set up their business in the summer of 1865 and continued for some 13 years. Thomas Gorman’s brother dropped out sometime prior to 1876; Gorman himself died early in that year or late in 1875, but the business was continued through 1877 by the “Estate of Thomas Gorman” some connection with the operation of the business after Thomas Gorman’s death. In March 1876 the die was altered from “T. Gorman & Bro.” (R097 and 98) to “Thomas Gorman” (R099). The latter stamps were used by the Estate of Thomas Gorman.

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 (trimmed)

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Die approved March 3, 1876

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